Young Kapiti dancer WOWing her examiners
October 2014

Performing in the World of WearableArt is normal daily routine for 11 year old Roseanna Lewis. This is her second year performing in the show, which included six weeks of rehearsals in Wellington three nights a week, before the current three week run.

This year the children's section includes acrobatics, Roseanna's favourite dance style.

Roseanna was awarded a Distinction for her Grade 5 Acrobatics and was invited to visit the examiners' school in England. During her visit she received lessons in acrobatics, modern jazz and lyrical. She also received tuition from professional cruise line dancers during their break touring.

In the middle of the WOW run she found time to squeeze in three more exams in jazz and lyrical as well as gaining her Gold Shield for acrobatics. The examiner said of her acrobatic dance "outstanding performance".

Following the exam session the examiner offered to choreograph a ballet solo for Roseanna. This is a huge compliment for a young dancer and a great acknowledgement of the hours of rehearsal she puts in each week to improve her dancing.

After WOW Roseanna still has a busy performance schedule closer to home on the Kapiti coast, with the Waikanae Market on Labour weekend and her dance school show in November.

Historical Plaques unveiled at Waikanae Station
October 2014

Greater Wellington regional councillor Paul Swain has officially opened the Waikanae Railway Station building which now houses historical plaques marking major events in the station's history.

Cr Swain, public transport portfolio leader acknowledged the presence at the event of Nathan Guy, MP for Otaki, Kapiti Deputy Mayor Mike Cardiff, Kaumatua Tuki Takiwa, members of the Parata family, Richard Campbell, President of Waikanae Rotary, and members of Keep Waikanae Beautiful, and fellow regional councillors.
"Three years ago, we opened the new station at Waikanae and celebrated the extension of the electric line to Waikanae – that was a wonderful community event and it was clear that our investment in Kapiti was greatly appreciated," said Cr Swain.

The extension of the commuter line to Waikanae has been a great success with a steady increase in passenger numbers on the Kapiti line. Evidence of the popularity of the Waikanae commuter service is seen every weekday by the cars lining both sides of the main road. "We're very aware that this isn't an ideal situation and we're working with KCDC to find more park and ride opportunities.
"I'm delighted to see the station's looking in mint condition, a result of great deal of local pride in it – from the flowers on the counter to the photographs donated by Ra Higgott that adorn the walls.
Waikanae has a proud and unique rail history, beginning with the gifting of the land for the right of way from Te Ati Awa chief Wi Parata 130 years ago, and it's great that it's being kept alive via the two new wall panels we're blessing and unveiling today."

Cr Swain thanked Richard Noakes, GW Senior Fixed Assets Advisor, who has worked closely with the local community and been instrumental in getting these wall panels designed and produced.
"Thanks to everyone who has been involved especially David Parsons, one of the region's biggest rail enthusiasts, who painstakingly tracked down all the photos for the panels, and to Norma McCallum and her fellow Keep Waikanae Beautiful members for their determination to have the panels reinstated at the station – features which will no doubt be enjoyed by regular users and visitors to Waikanae Station for many years to come," said Cr Swain.

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion welcome news for Otaki
October 2014

Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed news that Otaki is likely to be included in the rollout of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB).
"I'm delighted that UFB will be extended further across New Zealand, and that Minister Amy Adams says Otaki is now 'strong contender' to be included."
Mr Guy welcomed the announcement in Waikanae recently where Chorus workers are busy installing UFB.
Under National's new policy, UFB rollout will be expanded from a target of 75 per cent of New Zealanders to 80 per cent.
"The timing will depend on a competitive bid process, which will take into account the cost of deployment, strength of local demand, and support from local authorities.
"I will be working closely with both the Kapiti Coast District Council and Horowhenua District Council so that we prepare strong bids, and get this rollout underway as soon as possible.
"UFB offers major potential for schools, medical care and the many small businesses in the area who need to be connected with the wider world.
"The National Party has already announced $150 million to improve broadband coverage into rural areas that will continue to benefit parts of the Otaki electorate.
"Along with Transmission Gully and the Kapiti Expressway this will encourage more people and businesses to base themselves here."
UFB has already been installed passed 18% of premises in Levin and 17% in Kapiti. One of four planned Rural Broadband Initiative towers has also been built to help connect rural areas outside the main townships.

Contracting Company Named Business of the Year
October 2014

A successful Waikanae civil engineering company has been selected as the 2014 Kapiti Horowhenua Electra Business of the Year.
Goodman Contractors Limited (Goodmans), a family operated Civil Engineering Contracting company started by Rick Goodman and his brother in 1963, was awarded the supreme Business of the Year Award at the Electra Business Awards gala dinner in Levin on Friday, 10 October 2014.
It was a big night for the company which claimed two other awards with the Large Business Excellence Award and the Health and Safety Achievement Award.
In announcing the supreme award, the judges said Goodmans impressed them as being a quality business, saying: "Following some tough times, the business has made a remarkable come-back and is returning excellent revenues through focusing on strong commercial opportunities while caring for its people. Taking a number of measurements into account, including winning a significant number of awards, Goodman Contractors has scored very high in several areas of their business and the judges are proud to make them Business of the Year."
Kapiti Pak'n Save received the Highly Commended Award with the judges noting the company's particular strengths in their operational focus and financial control that delivers healthy bottom line results, a general ability to manage all aspects of their business, and their constant drive to improve their business.

Goodmans has a workforce of up to 60 permanent employees with an extensive range of experience and knowledge. All staff are appropriately licenced and are trained according to our internal training system. External training is used as appropriate.
There are a team of middle managers who meet regularly with senior management. These staff have advanced skills and knowledge in their areas of expertise and are capable of leading and supervising crews of staff. Goodmans middle management team includes job supervisors and a workshop manager.

The other Excellence Award winners were:
Owner-operator: Craig Pope Mortgages & Insurance
Small Business: Jomp Hair Design
Medium Business: Longbeach
The Achievement Award winners on the night were:
Health and Safety: Goodman Contractors Ltd
Sustainability: Kapiti Pak'n Save
New Thinking: Woodhaven Gardens Ltd
Emerging Business: Tall Poppy
Employer of Choice: Jomp Hair Design

The winners of the popular Customer Choice Awards are judged solely based on the voting of their customers. These awards were hotly contested once again.

The Customer Choice winners were:
Retail: Swazi Apparel
Service: Book Island

Sign the Petition! Save your rights to a tea break!
October 2014

The Government is currently trying to rush through a law to stop workers from having the right to a tea break.
For thousands of working Kiwis across the country, it will mean the risk of losing the breaks they take to have a deserved rest and a cup of tea or coffee.
We don't have long to show the Government the strength of feeling against this proposal, but if they know that thousands of Kiwis feel strong enough to speak out against their plans in just a couple of days, there's a chance they may back down on this part of their proposals.
Can you add your name to the petition and stand up for workers' rights? The more of us who sign it, the more likely it is the Government will be persuaded to rethink their plans.

Sign here:

Paekakariki and Kapiti Island's birdlife now heard all over Kapiti
November 2014

In a dramatic expansion of its reach, burgeoning local community radio station Paekakariki 88.2FM is now broadcasting live Kapiti Island's birds and over 30 locally produced radio shows live across most of the Kapiti district, as well as to households in Paekakariki.
"One of the challenges we faced when we set up was the limited coverage for the station, and that made it hard for people to find our frequency," said Mark Amery, the station's programme manager.
With the help of Paekakariki-based company Groundtruth, who provide technical tools, advice and management services to help with sustainable land use and environmental monitoring, and the support of local radio transmission enthusiasts John and Rochelle Brader, the radio station's transmitter has moved to the top of Paekakariki Hill. This allows listeners to tune in across Raumati and Paraparaumu, and as far away as Waikanae Beach and Pukerua Bay.
"Now we can share all our creativity, music and local journalism. Plus Kapiti Coast residents get the chance to hear the wonderful birdsongs of our island in their homes. We can now take Paekakariki with us driving around the district!"
Thanks to its association with Groundtruth and the support of Ngati Toa and the Department of Conservation, Paekakariki 88.2FM broadcasts live the sounds of Kapiti Island between 11pm and 10am every day. Then, between 10am and 11pm the station's shows are broadcast continuously. These range from two hour community radio show 'Te Pae' (which airs twice daily 12noon and 6pm) and everything from a magazine style show about sustainability to specialist shows in reggae, comedy, jazz, African music, country and modern classical.
"We've only been on air a year and a half," says Amery of the station, "but we've been growing steadily. Earlier this year we moved into our own premises and have become a significant community resource, ranging from a popular school show to presentations from local musicians, poets and journalists. There is a real thirst from locals to share their music, stories, history and discuss issues, local and global."
As well as being able to be heard at 88.2Fm through much of the district through radio, Paekakariki FM can also be heard worldwide streaming live on the internet, through their website, where a 24 hour live stream from Kapiti Island can also be heard. In addition the website hosts over 200 audio items you can listen to online of local musicians, poet and people sharing their stories, which have so far received almost 3000 plays.

Paekakariki FM is a non-profit organisation run by Paekakariki Informed Community Incorporated who used to publish the newspaper Paekakariki Expressed. People can find out more about Paekakariki 88.2FM at

Fracking practices under fire
November 2014

Frack Free Kapiti has made a hard hitting statement accusing Nova Energy of making dishonest and misleading claims of "providing great value energy for kiwi families and businesses" including "eco-friendly" natural gas.
"What Nova doesn't say is that they are using and selling gas produced from fracking wells and the hidden costs of this extreme extraction method are not included in the current price. But those hidden costs are being felt by the communities being fracked and will also be paid for by more kiwi families and businesses, just further down the track.
For example; the cost of cleaning up abandoned well-sites and poisoned waterways; the cost of polluted aquifers and continuous methane leakage from wells; the cost to public health and to individual families and business where members have been sickened temporarily or fatally as a result of living, working and/or attending school in areas where the fracking industry just moved in one day.
"Todd Corporation is the parent company to Nova and is heavily involved in fracking rural communities in Taranaki. Amongst others, Kapuni and Tikorangi were quiet rural neighbourhoods before the petroleum industry 'came to town'. Now, they are not only gas fields, they are fracking gas fields. Conventional oil and gas extraction causes damage to the environment that cannot be denied. However, the aggressive invasion of unconventional hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is known internationally to cause damage most New Zealanders could never even imagine. Another hard to imagine, but undeniable fact is that the Todd family are the people leading the unconventional drilling and extreme extraction invasion on rural New Zealand."

Waikanae's Cr Tony Lloyd dies after short illness
November 2014

Popular Waikanae councillor Tony Lloyd has died on the weekend after a short illness.
He had a business management and governance background including Chairmanship of the Kapanui School Board of Trustees and Coasters Musical Theatre which made him a life member last year.
Cr Lloyd had previously been a Waikanae Community Board member for 15 years and was Chair for three years.
At the last election he was elected in a close contest as ward councillor for Waikanae and continued to serve on the Waikanae Community Board.
Cr Lloyd was also the current chair of KCDC's Appeals Committee, responsible for hearing appeals or objections on Council's regulatory and compliance areas.
Leading into the last election Cr Lloyd said he wanted to see the community board have more say in deciding Waikanae's programme in grass root areas such as footpath renewals and repairs.
"Once the existing state highway becomes a local road we need to involve the whole community in deciding what our town centre and Mahara Place will look like.
"We can't compete with Paraparaumu so should we make Waikanae a destination shopping/dining experience."
Councillor Lloyd, 67, is married to Jill and lived in Waikanae for 43 years.
Councillor Lloyd died in Wellington hospital after suffering a stroke following scheduled surgery.
Mayor Ross Church said it was with the greatest sadness that he acknowledge Cr Lloyd's passing. "Tony was a dedicated and hard-working councillor who was a strong advocate for the Waikanae ward and for the goals and aspirations of the wider Kapiti district. Our thoughts are with Jill and the family."

Kapiti Food Fair fully booked
November 2014

Less than a month out from the Kapiti Food Fair and vendor registrations have closed at 119 sites.
"We are super happy about this as it shows vendor confidence in running a food and beverage event in Kapiti," says Helene Judge, Fair Spokesperson.
Ms Judge adds, "we seriously have the united nations of ready to eat foods represented for visitors to try. We have asked vendors to be thoughtful about their portion price as we want to achieve a win/win for commercial vendors and a taste sensation for visitors." The site map is now under construction in preparation for the big day.

"Sometime ago we bought a Ken Ring weather prediction report. He's the guy that predicts weather by the cycles of the moon and he says we will have a fine day with clear skies and north west winds so we are really hoping he is correct," says Ms Judge.
The Celebrity Kitchen is also heating up in preparation to host Karena and Kasey Bird, our Celebrity Chefs, says Jeanine van Kradenburg of PartyPerfect Catering. Their show will run inside the Pavilion at Mazengarb Reserve between 11am and 1pm. From there they will go on a hosted walkabout of the Fair with Mayor Church and ANZ Paraparaumu as principal sponsor. Their cooking demo will be themed around a Christmas lunch for a Kiwi family and will include products from sponsors, including BCE Catering Equipment, Kapiti Kitchen, Soprano Limoncello and Tendertips Asparagus. "I have no doubt that the girls will put on a delicious, inspiring and really fun show," says Jeanine.

The Fair will take place on Saturday 6th December 2014, 10am to 3pm at the Mazengarb Reserve.

Kapiti Coast duo finalists in Welly Awards
November 2014

Two of Kapiti's most dedicated environmentalists have been named as finalists in the Environment section of the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards.
Known as the Welly's the Awards are presented in Arts, Business, Community Service, Education, Environment, Government, Science & Technology, Sport, and Youth categories.

The Awards will take place at a gala ceremony on 19 November at Te Papa.

Kapiti's two finalists in the Environment section are:

Ann Evans
Ann Evans is a Whareroa Guardian, out in all weathers weeding, planting and inspiring others. Planting 45,000 plants in eight years, Ann and numerous volunteers have restored Whareroa Farm Reserve for nature and recreation (or fun).

John Lancashire
During John's 10 year Chairmanship of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park over 1/2 million dollars has been raised from competitive grants to allow Friends' volunteers to restore streams, protect and extend a rare dune forest remnant, establish new wetlands, protect dunes (altogether over 200,000 plants established) and target improved biodiversity.

Paekakariki a generous town
November 2014

Paekakariki placed in the Top 20 of the 2014 Oxfam Unwrapped Generosity List for 2014.

Upper Moutere has defended its title for the fourth year in a row as New Zealand's most generous town according to the 2014 Oxfam Unwrapped Generosity List.
Waimauku took second place, followed by Taupiri and Russell in third and fourth places. Rankings are based on the number of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts purchased per capita in each town.
Kiwis purchased a total of $305,375 worth of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts last year ranging from perennial favourites like the Oxfam goat, to flocks of chicks and toilets for communities.
The top three gifts for 2013 were a pair of chickens, safe water for 10 people, and magic tarp.
In the past seven years, the Oxfam Unwrapped campaign has raised a staggering $5.3 million to help lift the lives of people in the developing world.
Money raised by Kiwis through Oxfam Unwrapped helps build clean water supplies and enables people to grow more food to feed their families, it protects women from violence and gives children a chance at an education.
Here's how it works: choose a gift from the Oxfam Unwrapped catalogue and order online, by phone or mail; you get a card to give to your loved one and the actual gift goes to communities in developing countries.
Through Oxfam Unwrapped, Kiwis are making a huge difference to communities in developing countries. Luke Ledi's Village in the Solomon Islands was devastated by flash flooding earlier this year. He thanked Oxfam supporters for their contributions with an important reminder: "…nevermind if your help is very small…it's a very big something."
Rachael Le Mesurier, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand said: "We're so humbled by the generosity of Kiwis and want to say thank you on behalf of the many, many people whose lives you have saved from natural disasters and who you have helped leave poverty behind".

Oxfam Unwrapped gifts can be purchased online or by calling toll-free 0800 600 700. Check out to find out more.

Kapiti Food Fair ready to roll
December 2014

"With a week to go before the Kapiti Food Fair, everything is on-track to deliver a taste sensation and a wonderful day out for visitors," says Helene Judge, Fair Spokesperson.

"Vendors, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and importantly, our celebrity chefs' Karena and Kasey Bird are all briefed and ready to roll", Helene adds. There is much planning all year round for this event to take place successfully – the month leading up to the Fair is always a busy yet exciting time with last minute logistics being cemented. Critically the vendor site plan is finalised and hosting arrangements for Karena & Kasey are in-place to make sure their time in Kapiti is a memorable one.

Karena and Kasey will be kept busy while in Kapiti as we are hosting a welcome to Kapiti function that will be attended by sponsors, supporters and volunteers on Thursday night. On Friday they will be judging baking done by ANZ staff and having a picnic at Nga Manu Nature Reserve before heading off to run a Masterclass with 16 excited people who bought tickets to this event some time ago. On Saturday they will be demonstrating a delicious Christmas themed lunch from 11am to 1pm in the PartyPerfect Catering Celebrity Kitchen and then hosted by the Kapiti Mayor and principal sponsor ANZ on a Fair walkabout.

The entertainment schedule includes a line-up of talented locals who will play, sing and dance their way throughout the Fair from the Big Mac Slab Entertainment Arena. Inside and out of the large stretch tent there will be lots of room to sit down and relax while you enjoy the delicious tastes from the 'united nations' of food vendors.

"The weather is predicted to be good, so tell all of your friends, family and visitors to Kapiti to attend the Fair sometime during the day, 10am to 3pm, Mazengarb Reserve," says Helene.

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Paekakariki Hill Road investigation update
December 2014

Police have worked today to secure and recover the body of a 32 year old male and a white Toyota Corolla vehicle on Paekakariki Hill Road. Early indications are that the injuries sustained are inconsistent with a vehicle crash so Police are treating the death as suspicious.

The body of the 32 year old male will be removed from the scene later this afternoon and a post mortem examination to confirm the injuries is likely to be completed tomorrow morning. The vehicle has now been removed and will undergo forensic examination by ESR scientists.

Kapiti-Mana Area Commander Inspector Paul Basham says "Police want to hear from anyone who has seen anything unusual in the Paekakariki Hill Road area since 10.00pm last night and 6.00am this morning. We are also urging anyone who has seen the white 1993 Toyota Corolla hatchback vehicle, registration RZ1852, anytime in the last 24 hours."

A scene examination will be continuing for the remainder of the day and the road is likely to be closed overnight and tomorrow morning.

Police and Victim Support are supporting the man's family and his name will not be released until the process of formally identifying the body is complete.

Anyone with information should cal1 04 381 2000 and ask for the Operation Vintage investigation team. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

MacLean Park Kiosk reopens
December 2014

The MacLean Park Kiosk at Paraparaumu Beach, damaged by fire a year ago, has just reopened after a $72,000 restoration.
The building has been fully restored following a community call for it to be saved and the occasion was marked with an open day from 9am to 12 noon on Saturday which coincided with 15th anniversary celebrations for the Paraparaumu Beach market.
The event was an opportunity for people to have a look at what's been done to restore the kiosk and to engage in the process of deciding the best use of the kiosk, says Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board Chair Fiona Vining.
"Given the huge public interest in the repair of the kiosk the Community Board wanted to give the public a chance to come and look inside the kiosk, as many people have only ever seen it from the outside."
The Community Board is also keen to hear from community groups interested in using the kiosk.
"We'd like to use the open day to begin discussions with the community as to the best uses of the kiosk in future.
"We will be talking to community volunteers previously based in the kiosk and other interested groups. We believe the kiosk could be used for a number of purposes to provide the best benefit to the community. It's quite possible more than one group could use it."
Kapiti Open Forum spokesperson Dale Evans led a petition of 2500 signatories to save the Kiosk and while he is pleased it has been reopened he says the job is not yet finished.
"It has taken a year for KCDC to restore the Kiosk. Unfortunately they didn't feel the need to install water sprinklers."
Mr Evans says "It is disappointing that the installation of water sprinklers was not a part of KCDC's plan, given that it was destroyed by fire in the first place.
"Should the Kiosk burn again, another $72,000 to repair would fall on the raterpayers as KCDC do not insure for damage under $100,000," says Mr Evans who added the public should contact the community board and council and tell them to install proper fire protection.

Dead man identified on Paekakariki Hill
December 2014

Police have released name of the man found dead outside his car in suspicious circumstances on the Kapiti Coast yesterday.

Matthew Stevens, of Lower Hutt, was found near his white Toyota Corolla on Paekakariki Hill Rd about 7.30am.

The 32-year-old's death was initially thought to be caused by a fatal car accident but police found his injuries were inconsistent with a crash.

"Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and are appealing for anyone who might have had concerns for his welfare in recent times to make contact with the Operation Vintage investigation team," said Detective Inspector Grant Wormald.

"In particular, anyone that may have spoken to or seen Mr Stevens in the last 48 hours."

Stevens' family have asked for privacy and are not commenting at this time, police said.

Paekakariki Hill Rd, which links Pauatahanui near Porirua with Kapiti Coast, was opened last night about 9.00pm after being closed at 7.30am yesterday.

A scene examination by the police specialist search group is likely to continue for several days and the car was also examined.

An autopsy will take place this afternoon and anyone with information should call 04 381 2000 and ask for the Operation Vintage investigation team.

Sea Level Rise Report big news for Kapiti Coast
December 2014

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has recognised findings of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright's report released today on the impact of rising seas as significant for coastal areas of New Zealand, aligning well with work the sector is undertaking.
The independent report, 'Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science' sends strong signals to both central and local government that this is a big issue for New Zealand. It shows that sea levels have risen by 20 centimetres over the last hundred years and a further rise of 30 centimetres is inevitable by 2050.

LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says unless we take these issues seriously, there will be significant ramifications for coastal areas of New Zealand.
"If New Zealand does not take action, communities will continue to be impacted. There needs to be a shared national approach to tackle issues of climate change and sea level rise that can be implemented at a national, regional and local level," Mr Yule says.
"We see a need for a serious bi-partisan discussion on the management of natural hazards including sea level rises, flood mapping and coastal hazards."
LGNZ says the report also aligns well with recent work local government has undertaken to address the impact of natural hazards.
"It highlights similar themes to local government's work, including that the risk damage from natural hazards is likely to increase, and the vulnerability and degree of loss that can be expected from natural hazards is high in New Zealand because we are a small economy," Mr Yule says.
The think piece LGNZ released in October, 'Managing natural hazard risk in New Zealand – Towards more resilient communities', has pinpointed the need for a national framework to address the need to apply effort across the continuum from hazard mitigation to adaptation, and across the four 'Rs' – from risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery aspects.
It shows there is a need for issue and place-specific responses to natural hazards, and integration and collaboration to develop and deliver effective responses across the many players.
The Parliamentary Commissioner's work also aligns with LGNZ's current review of the local government insurance market which recommends that councils more actively embrace, understand and manage assets and risk including spending more resources on risk profiling, risk management and risk mitigation to improve self-reliance and resilience.

Better Kapiti says amalgamation offers significant benefits for Kapiti residents
December 2014

"Many Kapiti residents and businesses will welcome an informed and rational debate on restructuring the Wellington Region as was recommended in the report of the Local Government Commission released yesterday," the chair of Better Kapiti, Guy Weaver, said.

"This week's report of roading priorities underscores the value of a region-wide decision-making process. Sadly though, the other 'biggie', water services, won't enjoy the same advantages under the current fractured and siloed structure. Until Kapiti joins with the rest of the region our water services will continue to be a problem, despite recent efforts to resolve the ongoing issues," he said.

"Kapiti is too small and does not have the critical mass to properly achieve its potential. Until we partner in a formal and non-partisan way with our neighbors, Coast residents will continue to suffer second rate services and decisions - such as the LIM coastal erosion fiasco, mismanaged cost over-runs, like the aquatic centre, questionable environmental decisions, like the Waikanae River recharge, multii-million edifice construction under the guise of repairs and upgrade and heavy-handed treatment of residents innocently trimming a few trees on their properties," he said.

Guy Weaver said Better Kapiti supports reforms that allow greater transparency and accountability to ratepayers.

"This is a once in a generation opportunity to explore the potential of cooperation and inclusiveness. Better Kapiti urges residents to participate in the debate about the shape of our governance with open minds. We know the instinct is to preserve the status quo because it feels safe and familiar.

"Better Kapiti says the status quo is not delivering the best quality we deserve or expect. Therefore, we ask the community to consider thinking outside the square and exploring the possible. We are a growing community and we need to utilise the best cost-effective brains, to ensure Kapiti maximises its opportunities and strengths and becomes the best place to live, work and play in our region." Guy Weaver said.

Good on you Mr Weaver for getting the ball rolling, but I for one along with many others who have lived here on the Kapiti Coast all my life don't quite see it that way.
In the 70's the Kapiti Borough Council was formed.

One reason for this formation was for the people of Paraparaumu and Paekakariki to have more say, and to see that their rates money was being used in the area that they lived in..
In 1989 the formation (as we know it today) of the Kapiti Coast District Council took place.
This included Waikanae and Otaki, a logical decision I think when we look at the topography of our landscape.
But the one thing for me that stands out from everything else is the lifestyle that is why most people choose to live here.
Better Kapiti Mr Weaver, stands for all about business, growth and money from my perspective. It may bring some more jobs, but not the real jobs that are needed the most, and although I support some growth, it needs to be sustainable growth, not rampant growth that some would like to see.
More people equals more services and infrastructure, and more pressure on our delicate environment.
Please Mr Weaver, don't use weasel words to entice people into thinking your way will make it the best place to live, work and play. If people cannot find what they want here on the Kapiti Coast, then they only have to travel a short distance to the city of Wellington and surrounding areas to find. Let us stay and remain somewhat unique from the city life.
Greater transparency and accountability will become worse under amalgamation. It's the same old story, the bigger you get, the more disorganised you become. Cooperation and inclusiveness is already happening between councils at a level which gives each council their own thoughts, ideas and recommendations from ratepayers perspective.
Mr Weaver you need to take on board a saying that captains of a sailing ship use, "Steady as she goes."

Graeme, Kapiti resident

Kapiti top of the regional list for local road improvements
December 2014

Kapiti local road changes are the top priority for the region's transport plan. An extension of Ihakara Street in Paraparaumu to accommodate increased traffic from the Kapiti expressway is the top priority for the Wellington region's proposed transport improvement programme over the next six years.

The Kapiti roading improvements top the list of 16 significant transport improvements that the region wants funding for over the next six years. The list is included in the draft Regional Land Transport Plan, approved by the Regional Transport Committee this week for public consultation next month.

Fran Wilde, Chair of the Regional Transport Committee, says the roading changes would ease traffic flows coming on to local roads from the Kapiti expressway.

"Extending Ihakara Street and connecting it to a proposed new intersection at Arawhata and Kapiti Roads will ease congestion and make journeys on local roads quicker."

Kapiti public transport users would also benefit from proposed improvements, including faster train journeys from Waikanae to Wellington and a modern, integrated fares and ticketing system, where customers use just one electronic payment system for all public transport travel.

"The proposed improvements will make it safer, quicker and easier to get where you want to go whether you're in a car, on a bike, on foot, on public transport or driving a truck. Being able to do this is fundamental for everyone in the region and for the vibrancy, attractiveness and productivity of the region as a whole," says Fran Wilde.

The draft plan will go out for public consultation on 19 January 2015.

The NZ Transport Agency will make the final decision next June on which of the proposed significant transport improvements are given funding.

Serious assault in Waikanae
December 2014

Kapiti-Mana Police are investigating the serious assault of an elderly couple in Waikanae. The couple have been assaulted in their home in He Awa Street by an offender or offenders, sometime overnight.

The offenders have stolen their car and Police are appealing to the public for any sightings of a green 1999 Honda Accord, registration YP4339.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ferguson says "This is very concerning attack on an elderly couple in their home, it doesn't get much worse than this. We want to locate the persons responsible as soon as possible and prevent any one else being at risk of harm by them."

"The couple are currently in hospital undergoing medical treatment and we are hoping they will be able to provide further details about the incident as they recover. They are understandably very shaken by what has occurred."

Anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area or has seen this vehicle should urgently contact the Kapiti-Mana Police on (04) 238 1400. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Arrest in Waikanae serious assault investigation
December 2014

Kapiti-Mana Police have charged a 17 year old male with two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for the serious assault of an elderly couple in Waikanae.
He will also face two charges of burglary for this incident as well as burglary that occurred earlier in the evening near He Awa Street when he appears this afternoon in the Porirua District Court.
The elderly victims of the assault remain in hospital in a stable condition.
Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Ferguson, Kapiti-Mana Investigations Manager, says "This incident has caused significant concern in the local community and we are pleased to have it resolved swiftly."
"I hope the Kapiti community is reassured that this cowardly person will face the consequences of his actions."

March to Save condemned Beau
December 2014

"Beau has been ordered to die on or about Thursday 18th December 2014 ....and we are calling the decision and the process's applied by the Kapiti Coast District Council a gross injustice. Not just to Beau, but to Kapiti as a community," says spokesperson for a March organised for Tuesday 16 December.
$30,000 of Kapiti ratepayer money was squandered as Beau was imprisoned in the Pound for 2 years....and now he must die because of a grievance between his owner and the council.
"We want to ask the Kapiti Council why the usual procedures were not followed? Why did they not enforce a menacing classification or remove the dog and place it in a new responsible home? Why did they go to such lengths with ratepayers money to condemn Beau?
"We will engage Lawyers and seek an injunction if it is not to late, but that will target the courts. The reason we are asking you to march is to let KCDC hear loud and clear that their behaviour is not acceptable and won't be tolerated.
"We will meet at 12pm this Tuesday the 16th Dec 2014, at the Western end of Kapiti Pak n Save car park and we will march together to council...bring your loudest voices, your homemade signs and your best intentions."

Animal welfare group HUHA have organised the march and more details can be seen at their facebook page

QUITLINE poised for surge in Quit calls

While most New Zealanders will be taking a well-deserved break on New Year's Day, Quitline's Wellington office expects to be a hive of activity as staff support smokers to beat their addiction.
A 10% increase in tobacco tax takes effect on January 1 and is expected to push the price of an average pack of cigarettes up to $20. This, coupled with New Year resolutions to lead healthier lives, means a heavy workload for Quitline's call centre.
"January is always our busiest month and we know a price increase prompts hundreds of smokers to try to quit the addiction," says Quitline CEO, Paula Snowden.
"We welcome the Government's commitment to further tobacco tax increases in 2015 and 2016 and encourage it to impose even further increases over future years – and in a way that hits the tobacco industry in its back pocket.
"At present the industry manipulates pricing to impose the lowest price increases on low-cost brands and the highest increases on more expensive brands. This allows New Zealand's three tobacco companies to reduce the tax increase impact on their volume market which is low income smokers where prevalence is highest."
Quitline phone lines (0800 778 778) are open from 8.00am - 9.30pm on New Year's Day and Advisers are ready to talk to anyone who wants to chat about quitting. By signing up to Quitline's website, people can access a full quit smoking support programme. They can also order subsidised patches, gum and lozenges online.

Kapiti Run for Youth raises $20,702K for Kapiti youth

Kapiti Run for Youth has wrapped up for another year after raising $20,702 for Kapiti youth.
Richard Calkin of Web Genius says, "I am really delighted with the efforts of many people that get in behind this event as raising this amount of money requires perseverance and commitment by participants and those that plan and run the event." Richard goes on to say, "seeing the beach loaded with business groups, mums, dads, kids and grandparents was really exciting as everyone was out to have fun on the beach while raising money for Kapiti youth."
Terry Poko and the team from Youth Quest are very grateful that Kapiti Run for Youth has chosen them to be the lead charity who benefits from this event. "This donation will go a long way to help us deliver our two key programmes that support and positively mentor young boys so they have every chance of turning their lives around," says Terry. He goes on to say that "80% of our funding is through private sources so we sincerely thank Web Genius and the whole team that pulls this event together as it's a lot of fun being involved."
The other exciting thing for Youth Quest is Jerome Warren winning the Shout Out Strive Award for overcoming significant barriers. "Jerome was our poster boy for Kapiti Run for Youth this year. He attended our programme as many of his life experiences put him firmly on the wrong side of the law and his anti-social behavior made him someone to be avoided at all costs," says Terry. "He has turned his life around and the difference is on the inside – we now employ Jerome, he's an asset to our small team at Youth Quest. We are very proud of him for winning the Strive Award as he really deserves it."
Richard says, "as a Committee, we feel really terrific about what we have achieved this year and planning will start early in the New Year for next year. We are keen to incrementally grow each year so that Youth Quest and other fundraising partners can benefit from the money raised. More than 400 people participated this year so wouldn't it be great if each person brought along another friend next year – just imagine how much money we could then raise."
The Committee that work with Richard to make this event happen are Terry Poko (Youth Quest), Richard van Eck (Low Tax Accounting), Peter Jackson (Peter Jackson Plumbing) and Helene Judge (Kapiti Business Projects). Kapiti Run for Youth is an event aimed at raising funds and fitness levels for Kapiti's youth. All funds raised are split 40% to Youth Quest, 40% to the cause chosen by the participant and 20% to the running and promotion of the event. To register as a fundraising partner your objectives must be youth related. Other fundraising partners to benefit from Kapiti Run for Youth this year include:

1. Activate Youth
2. Girl Guiding Kapiti
3. Kapiti Basketball Association
4. Kapiti Youth Support
5. No 49 (Kapiti) Squadron Air Training Corps

Keep an eye on our web site for next year's event,

Kapiti commuters to get more park and ride at Paraparaumu

Greater Wellington Regional Council has approved the purchase of a substantial amount of land opposite Paraparaumu Station for more park and ride facilities for Kapiti train commuters.
"Three properties in Hinemoa Street, directly opposite the station, present a very rare opportunity to acquire land in a perfect park and ride location," says Paul Swain, the Regional Council's Public Transport portfolio leader.
"Parking at Paraparaumu Station reached capacity several years ago so we have been looking for more land for quite some time. More parking at Paraparaumu Station is even more crucial now that we've decided not to build a station at Raumati.
"Kapiti's strong population growth, coupled with the increasing popularity of rail commuting brought about by the extension of electrification to Waikanae and significant upgrades to Waikanae and Paraparaumu stations, has created the highest demand for park and ride in the region. Purchase of the land on Hinemoa Street will help ease the strain on existing car parks and local roads."
The land would provide about 130 more parking spots. Currently there are 581 spots available for parking at Paraparaumu Station.
Paraparaumu is the third busiest station, not including Wellington, on the regional rail network. More than 3300 people start or end their train journey every day at Paraparaumu Station.
Transport Agency Planning and Investment Manager Lyndon Hammond has welcomed the project as part of an ongoing package of public transport improvements throughout the region, with shared investment from Greater Wellington and the Transport Agency.
"The Kapiti Coast is experiencing major ongoing improvement in its public transport services and infrastructure, through recent milestones such as the new Matangi carriages, the electrification to Waikanae, and real time information.
"Park and Ride facilities help to relieve congestion by providing an easy, attractive option that takes the hassle out of finding a park and using public transport services. This means we can literally get people out of their cars and onto the train, making life easier for everybody."
Once the land is secured a timeline for the creation of park and ride facilities will be developed within existing budgets.

Kapiti man in critical condition
January 2015

A Kapiti man is in a critical condition after a ute rolled in southern Wairarapa.
Life Flight crew member Dave Greenberg said the Westpac rescue helicopter went to the crash scene west of the settlement of Ngawi in Cape Palliser Rd about 6.30pm yesterday.
"On our arrival we found a local doctor and the fire brigade attending to three patients who were in a ute which rolled over," he said.
"Two of the occupants of the ute were 'walking wounded' and did not require immediate attention."
The third, a Kapiti man in his early 20s, had serious head injuries. He was treated at the scene before being flown to Wellington Hospital.
Greenberg said the two other occupants were treated at the scene by a Wellington Free Ambulance crew that arrived after the helicopter.
Capital and Coast District Health Board senior communications adviser Matt Paterson said the Kapiti man remained in a critical condition in the intensive care unit this morning.

Paekakariki man found dead at beach
January 2015

The identity of a motorcyclist found dead on a beach this morning is as yet unknown.

The body - believed to be that of a young father - was found with a motorbike at the water's edge on a Kapiti Coast beach early this morning, police said.

Shortly after 7am, a walker came across the body which was beside the motorbike on the beach between Paekakariki and Raumati.

The motorcyclist was still wearing a helmet.

Senior Sergeant Anita Dixon said a post mortem would confirm how the man died, but it appeared to be as a result of falling off his motorbike.

Police said a Paekakariki woman called them this morning to say her partner, a 26-year-old man, had gone out on his motorbike last night and had not returned.

While the body still needed to be formally identified, police believed it was the missing man.

They told the woman of the find this morning.

Paekakariki community board chairman Jack McDonald said it was, "very saddening" to hear of the fatal motorcycle crash that occurred on Paekakariki beach overnight.

"The 26 year old man who died is believed to be a resident of Paekakariki. My thoughts and love go out to the family and friends who are affected by this tragedy.

"It is tragic and unfair when anyone who is so young is taken from their loved ones. Paekakariki is a small, close-knit town and so this will likely have a significant and long-lasting impact on the community.

"I and others in the community are nervously waiting for the identity of the deceased to be released by the police," McDonald said.

Otaki Kite Festival 28 February-1 March 2015

Come and enjoy free, open-air, eco-friendly fun to be held on Otaki beach. Schools day - Fri 27th Feb, Public days Sat 28 Feb, Sun 1 March
Fuse Acrobatic Circus Performance 4-5pm both days (weather dependant)
Spot prizes for child-made and family-made kites - Saturday afternoon
Food and Market stalls
Be wowed by every kind of kite imaginable from the giant to the tiny, acrobatic and single line. Kite buggies, kite surfing, weird and wonderful, traditional and international designs.
A festival for everyone, kids and grown ups, amateurs and professionals.

In Memoriam-Alan Austrin 1989-2015
January 2015

In Memoriam –Alan Austrin 1989-2015

From: Kevin Clements

There is nothing like a bout of pneumonia in the middle of summer to arouse feelings of mortality; and give some sense of life's precarity and the arbitrariness and unpredictability of the taken for granted.

While I was feeling mortal and waiting for the antibotics to kick in I was sent a note from a friend indicating that the 26 year old son of my former colleagues, Terry Austrin and Nabila Jaber, Alan Austrin, had been killed in a motor cycle accident on the Paekakariki beach near Wellington.

Alan was Terry and Nabila's only son. Soon after he was born we often baby sat for him. You don't expect someone you baby sat for to die before you!

Anyway the news hit me with a dull thud. It made my own mortal anxieties pale into total insignificance.

Alan was a 26 year old, writer, musician and student. He was in a creative relationship with Rebecca Nash ( also a writer) and they had produced a little 4 month old baby daughter Noelle. Friends describe Alan as a "Lovely laid back guy who really loved his daughter".

There is no rational explanation for this death. It is tragic and meaningless. Even though I have not seen him for years Alan's death still seems strangely personal

Everyone is in shock and grief. Alan's demise reminds us of how fragile and unpredictable all life is. Rebecca is now a widow and a solo mother. Noelle will never know her father. Terry and Nabila will never see their son realise all his/their hopes and aspirations for the future. They won't be able to experience his growth into middle age. The world of letters and music will be deprived of his talents and gifts. Those of us who welcomed him into the world 26 years ago feel absence instead of presence.

Yet at any one moment there is a natural ebb and flow to life everywhere.

Babies are born and fill their parents and relatives with hope for the future. In other places people are dying leaving behind others to make sense of the whys and the whens and the circumstances of their passing. Some die of natural causes some of very unnatural and preventable ones.

The news today is filled with stories about politically driven murder in France. Extremists killing innocent civilians French police killing extremists. There is a report of another suicide bombing in Pakistan. Bokol Haram creating more mayhem in Nigeria. Celebrities die with universal acknowledgement others die where they are often unnoticed, unmourned, and ignored.

There would be no literature, no art, no films, no music, no food, no love, no hospitality, no God, no meaning without the eternal cycle of birth, death, new birth rebirth. Narratives-stories-discourses are all embodied: They all begin with copulation and birth followed by a wide variety of different transitions, seeding and flowering , seeding and barenness, beginnings and ends, inevitable death. While young deaths seem particularly tragic they have their own completeness especially if the individual concerned is creative and life affirming . There are many long lives that often produce little in the way of creative impulse.

But on this day all of this sounds platitudinous. Alan died before his time, a short rather than a long story, a sad rather than a happy song. Deep commiserations to all those who loved him.

Kevin Clements has more on his blogsite:

Queen Elizabeth Park Cycleway route walkover

In 2014 Greater Wellington Regional Council announced its intention to develop a cycleway through Queen Elizabeth Park to enable people to avoid heavy traffic between Raumati and Paekakariki, better link the communities and promote healthy sustainable transport.

The cycleway route has now been identified and the public are invited to join the council's design team on a walkover, during which the key features of the cycleway will be explained.

"We are inviting people of the region to join us to review the route, which goes through some lovely parts of the park not usually open to the public. The walkover will give people the opportunity to discuss the route and ask questions of its design team," says GWRC Parks Manager Amanda Cox.

"The cycleway will be developed during 2015 and completed in January next year. It will offer a sustainable transport option for the region and a direct link between the communities of Raumati and Paekakariki and will provide an exciting new dimension to the park."

The walkover will focus on the northern part of the route from Poplar Avenue to Rainbow Court, an area not currently open to the public. Afterwards there will be opportunity for people to walk the entire 6.6 km route, though no return transport will be available.

The cycleway will be funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency and developed by Greater Wellington Regional Council and is expected to cost approximately $825,000.

What: QEP Cycleway route guided walk
Where: Wetland entrance just past the junction of Poplar Avenue and Matai Road
When: 10:00-11:30am, Sunday 25 January 2015, rain or shine
Duration: 1.50 hours

QE Park Cycleway Takes Shape

Kapiti's Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson said he was pleased to see the QEP Cycleway taking shape following a very well attended walkover with the Greater Wellington design team on Saturday.

"Over 100 residents turned out to see where the cycleway is proposed to go and many helpful suggestions were received by project manager Jonathan Kennett who has designed cycleways throughout New Zealand," said Cr Wilson.

The $825,000 project will be developed during 2015 and completed in January next year. It will offer a sustainable transport option for the region and a direct link between the communities of Raumati and Paekakariki and will provide an exciting new dimension to the park. The total length of the track is 6.6km and it will be sealed and between 2.5 and 3m wide.

For more information about the QEP cycleway, visit:

Group Convenes to Save Capital Connection

Palmerston North MP, Iain Lees-Galloway, lead a successful workshop in Otaki on Sunday in a further bid to save the Capital Connection.
Mr Lees-Galloway said 35 dedicated people spent hours brainstorming new ideas that will help a newly formed committee run a successful campaign to save the only commuter train service that runs from Palmerston North to Waikanae.
"The team now has each member running a different aspect of the campaign and we are welcoming any volunteers who wish to help them with their area of responsibility."
Mr Lees-Galloway said he would like to thank Perter Kirby, Penny Gaylor, Rob McCann, Lynne Gill, Malcolm Faulls, Marylin Stevens, Martin Burton and Chris Papps for volunteering to be on the campaign committee.
The Save the Capital Connection Committee will hold its first meeting this week and plan to have the campaign fully on its feet my March 1st.
For further information about the campaign and what you can do to help, contact Iain Lees-Galloway at

Young Ocean Defenders March for Maui Dolphins

Kapiti Colleges 'Young Ocean Defenders' Group Walked 55km to raise awareness for the plight of the remaining 55 Maui Dolphins on Sunday.
This enthusiastic group of 14-16 year-olds organised the event by themselves and achieved a great amount of awareness by walking the entire distance from Ngati Toa Domain in Mana to Waikanae Beach.
A core of about eight members walked the 55km, with a further 6-10 joining in for shorter sections. The group had said the event was a great success and they are looking forward to getting started on new projects.
The Maui Dolphin being an important part of New Zealand's natural heritage, it's great to see this group of young people getting involved in raising awareness. Kapiti College teacher Nicola Easthope said she was "mighty proud" of the group and their achievements.
For more information on the group visit their 'Young Ocean Defenders' facebook page.

Queen Elizabeth Park Cycleway on track
June 2015

Blessing gets cycleway underway

The beginning of construction on the new Queen Elizabeth Park cycleway has been marked by a ceremony at the Poplar Road entrance to the cycleway in Raumati South.

Kaumatua Rakauoteora Te Maipi (Koro Don) led the karakia and blessing accompanied by Mahutonga Blenkinsop and Anne-Maree Ellison from Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust and officials from Greater Wellington Regional Council.

"We really appreciated the opportunity to work with Ngāti Toa Rangātira, Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai and Ngāti Haumia and express our shared relationship with the park in this special way," says GWRC parks manager Amanda Cox. "We acknowledge their support for the cycleway and look forward to a real celebration early next year when the new trail is officially opened."

Name gives cycleway identity
Many thanks to the three iwi for gifting the name Te Ara o Whareroa for the cycleway. Te Ara can be interpreted literally as way, path, lane, passageway, track, course or route. Whareroa can mean long house. The complete name could mean "pathway in the vicinity of the long house", which in turn complements the pa site at the mouth of the Whareroa Stream.

Given the rich history of Maori settlement in the region the name Te Ara o Whareroa cycleway fits really well. Maori have lived throughout the park for hundreds of years and there were major settlements at Wainui and Whareroa up until the mid-1800s. Although the land was covered in forest, the numerous waterways were deep enough for canoes to be paddled from Paekakariki to Waikanae. Hundreds of years later we're using Te Ara a Whareroa cycleway to re-establish some of those links, though through pedalling not paddling.

More thumbs up
Two more approvals have moved the construction of Te Ara o Whareroa cycleway closer to reality. Kapiti Coast District Council has approved the project's Outline Plan and Heritage New Zealand has granted us archaeological authority to proceed.

An Outline Plan is required to ensure a territorial authority (TA) has no significant objections to the environmental impact of an initiative where the site already has a designated purpose in the District Plan. If it does the TA can suggest conditions provided they don't frustrate the reasonable implementation of the project. We were able to answer several questions for KCDC, and it's great that we've got the official green light to start work that will particularly benefit local people.

Heritage New Zealand's archaeological authority will ensure protection of historically and culturally significant remains and artefacts. It contains a number of conditions such as the role of monitors, application of tikanga and procedures to be followed if human remains are found.

Te Ara a Whararoa cycleway project consultant archaeologist Andy Dodds describes his role as monitoring, sampling, analysing, describing and reporting any finds made during earthworks.

"There's a high likelihood of making finds during work on the dunes. Most likely we'll come across shell middens, which provide information on settlement in the area. If more significant finds are made, such as evidence of human burial or human remains, legislative provisions and cultural protocols coma into the picture. But they needn't normally delay construction," says Andy.

Construction update
Things are happening, and quickly. In recent weeks around 7,000 cubic metres of fill has been delivered to the park, to help smooth the cycleway's contours and keep it largely within the easiest cycling grade. All the fencing has now been done, although livestock are still in the northern section helping keep the grass down.

Construction proper will start soon, once the tender process is complete. Tenders for the full earthworks and surfacing of the cycleway are currently being advertised through the Government Electronic Tender Service website. They closed on 29 May and a decision is likely to be made on a contractor in early June.

First of Wellington’s newest trains arrive
June 2015

The first pair of two-car units from Wellington's new batch of Matangi trains arrived recently by boat from Korea (Sunday 24 May).
The two-car units are the first of 35 pairs made by Hyundai that will arrive in stages by the middle of next year.
Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Fran Wilde says Wellingtonians have overwhelmingly showed they prefer the new units to the old Ganz Mavag units; rail patronage has steadily increased since the first batch began arriving in 2010.
"This is the final step on the way to having the single, modern, electric train fleet the region's commuters deserve," she says. "And it can't come soon enough. If you stand on a platform today you can still hear a collective groan when the old units come into view instead of one of our new Matangi.
"It will be a good day for Wellington commuters when we've got the new fleet fully in place. From that day on every journey will be a smooth and comfortable one and I'm sure Wellingtonians will continue flocking to trains as a result."
The remaining Ganz Mavag units will be phased out as the new trains arrive and are commissioned.

Jill Lloyd elected to Community Board
June 2015

This week Jill Lloyd, wife of the late Kapiti Coast District councillor Tony Lloyd, won the by-election to fill a seat on the Waikanae Community Board.

One of four candidates, Jill Lloyd won the seat with 1924 votes to second place Jeremy Seamark's 1163.

Jill Lloyd's husband Tony Lloyd died aged 67 in November after suffering a stroke following hip surgery. Mr Lloyd had been a long serving member of the Waikanae Community Board and was elected as the Kapiti Coast District Council's Waikanae Ward councillor at the last election. He was replaced as councillor in a by-election by close friend and Waikanae Community Board chair Michael Scott.
Only days before his death, he celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with Jill Lloyd, herself the recipient of a donated liver nearly a decade ago.

On Wednesday, Jill Lloyd said she felt privileged to win the seat, which would give her a chance to continue work on issues her husband was passionate about.

"It's bitter-sweet, and Tony sits on my right shoulder the whole time. He's there, and he'll be there forever, and I run lots of things past him."

Jill Lloyd said she was looking forward to the challenge - and starting her new life after her husband's death.

That death came after Jill Lloyd had undergone liver surgery and beaten ongoing problems from her transplant.

"It was only a week after we'd been told my last operation was hugely successful, and Tony and I were just speechless."

Lloyd said she would place fresh flowers on her husband's grave when she visited this weekend.

TECH EXPO Kapiti – Workshop registrations now open – Students Leading the Way
June 2015

Kapiti Digital Leadership Forum Incorporated (KDLF) is delighted to announce the opening of online registrations to attend any of the 22 workshops and all for FREE and the response is already overwhelming. Attendance on any workshop is being handled through online registrations as seats are limited. Go to the Eventbrite web site to register.

Tech Expo Kapiti 2015 will take place 18 to 20 June at Coastlands.

Workshops are targeted at each day's activities with Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) being the underlying driver of business growth, education and fun. Ann Verboeket, Chair of the KDLF says, "we are particularly pleased to be able to provide a range of products and workshops for both young people and seniors and are expecting that families may get involved in getting online, helping an aged parent demystify their smartphone and getting started on their tablet. It is significant that Consumer NZ are sending their tech editor to talk through the online entertainment landscape for consumers."

Ann goes on to say, "a unique characteristic of this EXPO will be the involvement of both young people and seniors trained as "Digital Ambassadors" to guide visitors around the Expo". They will be able to explain the complexities of internet based products and guide visitors to areas of interest. They will help visitors play with TV online, test smart payroll applications take part in a virtual health clinic or just play games running UFB. "Look for them in their bright Orange T-shirts", Ann says!

This is an exciting concept for us and we expect that this will result in a smart and formidable group of people at opposite ends of the age spectrum involved in helping take Kapiti forward in a digital era after the Expo. We know that we have fantastic young people who are talented and can rub shoulders with the business, education, and health sectors with ease.

Virtual reality is going to come alive in the workshops and on the Expo floor with Weltec & Whitireia focusing on the latest technology. Digital Ambassadors will assist in directing people to cloud solutions, crowdfunding, digital enablement, web site portals, including the Amazing Travelling Photo Booth and health related technology stands and help demystify what UFB is all about.

Helene Judge, Project Manager for the Expo says, "I am super excited to be involved with this project as everything around us moves so quickly today so to have an opportunity to listen and learn from national and local experts about what it means for Kapiti to be more digitally connected, to support business growth and to enhance consumer awareness of technologies is ideal timing for Kapiti."

Go to the Tech Expo Kapiti web site to see the full programme and exhibitor details.

For further information, contact:

Ann Verboeket, Chair, Kapiti Digital Leadership Forum Inc, 021 485 706,

Helene Judge, Project Manager, 027 244 9585 or

Meeting looks to save Capital Connection
June 2015

A public meeting was held at the Otaki railway station last week in a bid to save the Capital Connection which is under threat of closure at the end of June.

Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Fran Wilde told a meeting over 100 at the Otaki Railway station that her council would match funding from the Horizons Regional Council in a bid to save the rail service.

The service is due to end on June 31 but a delegation has been formed to meet this week with Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges.

Ms Wilde said Greater Wellington would stump up with $110,000 per year for the next five years "provided there is a third party as well."

She told the meeting it is vital the government comes to the party on this or the service will be unaffordable for the regional councils on their own.

The continuation of the service is reliant on a positive response from the Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, who five members of the delegation will be meeting with on Wednesday.

The meeting was run by Paraparaumu/Raumati Community board member, and avid supporter of the Capital Connection, Deborah Morris-Travers. Other key speakers included the mayor of Palmerston North Grant Smith and Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway.

Smith pointed out that the service is the only commuter service in New Zealand that isn't subsidised.
"You pay full fare," he said.

The large crowd of Capital Connection supporters offered their own opinions on the matter. One audience member said he would like Otaki MP Nathan Guy to be more involved in saving the train line.

"There seems to be an apparent lack of interest from our local MP. We asked for an official information request regarding the correspondence between himself and NZTA, as well as the former transport minister regarding the Capital Connection. There was no response whatsoever from either of them," he said.

Guy did not respond to these comments.

University Student Melissa Riwaka who, along with ten other students, lives in Levin and studies in Wellington said, "Without this form of transport we will not have a way to and from our course."

Norma McCallum honoured for community work
June 2015

We are so delighted, Norma, that all your tireless work over 40 years for Waikanae has been recognised!

Norma McCallum has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal for Services to the Community - working relentlessly to promote and keep Waikanae beautiful; working with business owners to plant and enhance streets and commercial premises, supporting other volunteer organisations keeping our beaches clean and planting in our beautiful reserves.....there are far too many achievements, spanning Norma's time as Chair of the Waikanae 2000 group from 1994 right up to the present, to mention in one short post; We think you are quite wonderful, Norma!

And thank you, Lindsay, for being Norma's "rock" and encouraging her to keep going - and telling her when to slow down a bit! Very best wishes to you both.

Give a Little to help Nepal
June 2015

The Rotary Club of Kapiti has set up a Facebook Page at Give a Little for folks to make a contribution through the club to the Rotoract Club of Yala, Kathmandu, where one of our ex Rotary Youth Exchange Students, Nirjan Shakya is a member.
Nirjan has led his fellow club members with rescue efforts post earthquake and is now leading initiatives into helping rebuild villages and assist desperate residents around the Kathmandu valley that are forgotten or overlooked by the big charities and politicians.
For example, they are managing the collection and rid of waste, buying and delivering water, water purification equipment and tablets, manufacture (from saris) and distribution of reusable sanitary pads.
Every dollar you contribute goes to the Rotary Club of Yala through our club.
It is going to be a long haul for them but every $1, $10 -$100 will count.

Click on the link below to make your contribution

Kapiti Council gives green light to Legal Highs
June 2015

A motion that would effectively ban the sale of legal highs in Kapiti was lost at the Council meeting last week.

Councillor Jackie Elliott moved that KCDC take no action that would facilitate the sale of any substances under the jurisdiction of the Psychoactive Substances Act. This was seconded by Cr David Scott who said for him this was a moral and ethical issue.

"It is completely unacceptable for this council to assist in any way the sale of these dangerous substances to our young and vulnerable," he said.

Cr Elliott's motion was supported by four Councillors but was voted down by the mayor and Crs Gaylor, Bell, Ammundsen, Cardiff, and Cr Michael Scott.

The meeting then heard the staff motion that council allow the sale of the legal highs but restrict them for sale to one area on Kapiti Road.

Most of the councillors and mayor who supported this motion argued that placing the restriction would prevent the widespread sale of legal highs.

"I am making this decision for you young people," said Mayor Church. "We make this decision for the people of Kapiti so limiting it to one part of Kapiti Road means 99 percent of Kapiti won't have it.

Cr Elliott said the assertion that by limiting a shop to Kapiti Rd so that 99 percent of the district won't have access to legal highs was one of the stupidest comments she had ever heard in the council chamber and the fact that so many councillors repeated it was astonishing.

"It is like saying 99 percent of Kapiti don't have access to Briscoes because they are down in Ihakara St. It completely defies logic. People have cars and public transport and then there is the internet.
"Council had a chance to send a strong message that we don't want to facilitate the sale of these dangerous drugs and they didn't take it," she said.

Transpower under fire for overhead wires
June 2015

Destination Waikanae

Four years ago Councillor Michael Scott had the vision to see that Transpower could take advantage of the enormous Expressway earthworks and run its upgraded transmission lines underground instead of dramatically increasing the height of the pylons running through Waikanae. The time frames fitted neatly and the alignment of the Expressway provided a perfect footprint for the lines - eliminating all visual pollution and very likely health hazards as well.

The group "Go Underground Waikanae" set themselves up to support him and the Waikanae Community Board, with 90% of the people they petitioned wholeheartedly supporting their campaign. The media is also supportive, with three excellent articles in this week's Kapiti News and Kapiti Observer, (one in support by GWRC Councillor Nigel Wilson), and the Kāpiti Coast District Council is now voicing its support as well.

However Transpower seems intransigent, resolutely saying that undergrounding costs ten times as much as increasing the height of the existing towers EVEN THOUGH the Expressway earthworks have provided a perfect ready made channel, away from residential areas (the current wires run straight over Jim Cooke Park, Waikanae Park, and Parkwood Retirement Village and will carry nearly 50% more power when completely upgraded).

It is not just that these monstrous pylons are UGLY, which they indubitably are, but there is more and more evidence that the electro magnetic fields they generate they are hazardous to health - keep an eye out in the media for more discussions about this.

We have to keep pushing on this - Transpower is determined that undergrounding is unaffordable but can we afford not to do it?

New air service a boost for Kapiti Coast Airport
June 2015

Regional airline Sounds Air will now be flying customers between Nelson and the Kapiti Coast's Paraparaumu.

The service commences on June 15 and will provide two outgoing and incoming flights per day, adding up to 13,000 seats in and out of Nelson and Paraparaumu each year.

Sounds Air managing director Andrew Crawford said the decision to introduce the new route came after they started a flight service between Blenheim and Paraparaumu in January this year.

"That was going really well so we thought we would try flying to Nelson as well," said Crawford.

Nelson Airport chief executive Rob Evans said the new route would be positive for the airport's growth and the local economy.

"Kapiti Coast is a high growth area and a good strategic link for us," said Evans.

Nelson Tasman Tourism chief executive Lynda Keene said having a direct link to the Kapiti Coast area was great news for Nelson.

"There's a the convenience factor to it," said Keene.

There are some restrictions for people on the Kapiti Coast having to travel via Wellington to Nelson. Having a direct route is going to make a lot easier.

Sounds Air also has flight services from Wellington to Nelson, Picton, Blenheim, Taupo, Westport.

The price to fly between Nelson and Paraparaumu will be fixed, with an internet fare costing $125 per adult and $115 per child. A standard fare would cost $135 per adult and $125 per child.

The flight time of 40 minutes would be cost and time effective, said Crawford. He said it would keep the essential air service alive between the Kapiti/Manawatu and Nelson/Tasman regions.

"There is demand mostly from people in Kapiti trying to get to Tasman Bay - the fact you can go over and back in day is the main drawcard."

There was also strong interest from businesses flying between the two destinations for work, said Crawford.

He said the intended flight schedule was open to expanding but the company would commence flights on the new route before looking at introducing additional routes.

Kapiti's Burger King up for sale
July 2015

Kapiti's Burger King's takeaways outlet on the Paraparaumu main street is up for sale.

The building went up in the 1990s and has a rating valuation of $2 million from August last year.

The building, located close to The Warehouse, the railway station and bus terminal, and between the Ihakara St commercial-industrial zone and Coastlands shopping centre, is likely to attract a number of offers.

Agent Carl Hastings of Paul Hastings & Co said the vendor was offering finance in the form of a first mortgage of up to 60 per cent of the purchase price, secured over the property on "attractive terms".

It was being sold by private treaty closing July 22 unless sold earlier.

The sale follows a decision to put Burger King's Auckland headquarters on the market, as the chain's finances come under pressure.

Burger King New Zealand's holding company, Tango Holdings NZ, announced a net loss of $7.5m in 2014, up from a loss of $4.4m a year earlier.

Prior to Burger King moving in the site was a showroom for RossCars Toyota.

Paraparaumu College students off the Vietnam and Cambodia
July 2015

Five students from Paraparaumu College, have got together with their families to organise and host a fundraising dinner at Southwards, Saturday 10 October 2015. These students are part of a larger group from the college travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia in December 2015 until January 2016.
The students are travelling for one month. The group they are involved with is World Challenge, which works in partnership with schools to deliver life changing developmental expeditions to developing countries as a means of aiding students to develop crucial life skills such as leadership, teamwork, self-awareness and compassion.
The dinner has evolved from a small event to a very large one. The students wanted to involve the community as much as possible, by using as many local businesses to cater for their needs they are achieving their goal. The students felt they needed to work with their community to help reach the goal of helping another community less fortunate than themselves.
Their choice of venue for the dinner is Southward Car Museum, as it is an iconic venue within the community and covers all of their requirements. "Southward's has been amazing to deal with, the staff are all so friendly and helpful."
The support from other local business, from services to sponsorship has been overwhelming. The students have a main sponsor Mills Albert Ltd, a local contracting company, in Paraparaumu. Their support of youth within the community is vital for events like this, when Mills Albert Ltd were approached they were blown away by what the students were doing. One of the main highlights for Mills Albert Ltd is the fact the students will be living and working within a small village in Cambodia. The students are there working with the school children and helping the local village with infrastructure and building. They will know what project they are doing about two months before they leave.
Other businesses have been extremely supportive too such as Mitre 10 Mega Kapiti, Coastlands, Westpac, Bootleggers, Party Perfect (catering), Soulminerz (band) and a graphic design company from Wellington, Typeface and Professionals Real Estate – Eddie Winkel is the guest auctioneer for the evening. The group is currently working with other sponsors, in the way of spot prizes, tables of 10 and individual tickets for the evening. Tickets are $85.00 per person, this includes, entry, glass of prosecco on arrival, superb 3 course meal, live band, fundraising auction and a night of glamour, style and fun. If you wish to book a table of 10 there is a $100.00 discount. The kids would love to hear from anyone who is interested in purchasing tickets or sponsorship for the evening.

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Fallen Tree cuts Kapiti power
July 6, 2015

A power surge blew out meter boxes and appliances this morning when a tree fell on to 33,000 volt electricity lines just north of Peka Peka.

Lines company Electra has been restoring power to many homes in Waikanae after the incident.

Among those affected was the Charles Fleming retirement village which lost its power supply. Thirty five townhouses were still without power by 5pm.

Kapiti power operator Electra had to scramble to restore power to homes in Waikanae after one of its contractors accidentally dropped a tree on to 33,000-volt lines.

Electra chief executive Neil Simmonds said a safety mechanism automatically kicked in, cutting power to about 1400 properties in Peka Peka and Waikanae, but could not prevent the initial power surge.

Simmonds said most of the 1400 properties were reconnected to power within 30 minutes.

Electra contractors were felling a large pine tree off State Highway 1, north of Peka Peka, at about 10.45am when it fell on to lines.

The tree was being felled by contractors when it accidently struck the power line. Electra said it was a very large tree and was being felled because its size was causing it to impact on power lines.

Electra will fully investigate the incident in which nobody was injured.

Seats at Surf & Turf Kapiti Style proving popular
July 2015

If you have not bought your ticket to attend one of two lunches at Surf & Turf Kapiti Style yet, the organiser is suggesting that you get on to it as tickets are selling at a good pace.

The lunch will run on Saturday 22 August and Saturday 29 August from 12pm to 3.30pm at the iconic Otaihanga Boating Club.

The theme of each lunch will be to capture the essence of the land and sea and is being run in association with Visa Wellington on a Plate in the category of "The Essential Ingredient – Up close and personal focus on food." PartyPerfect Catering is planning a feast of fresh and seasonal ingredients to tempt the palate.

120 tickets (60 tickets per date) will be available for purchase by those who want to savour the taste of local seafood and meats in an unrivalled setting on the south bank of the Waikanae River. You will hear from local enthusiasts on their passion for local meats & fish and see hands-on demos of cuts, quality, availability and preparation. A popular demo at past lunches has been BCE Catering Equipment sharpening its knives. This is being planned again for this year.

Jeanine van Kradenburg of PartyPerfect says, "she is busy planning however the final menu will become clear much closer to the time to make sure everything is fresh and seasonal."

Helene Judge of Kapiti Business Projects says, "to compliment Jeanine's menu we will showcase and spoil you with Kapiti produced beverages – no one will be disappointed as we aim to provide a delicious lunch in a relaxed and friendly environment." To book your ticket Helene encourages local foodies to go to

Public meeting to discuss crime in Paekakariki
July 2015

Town Centre costs queried
September 2015

Historic Red House Cafe destroyed by fire
July 2015

Firefighters were unable to save the Red House Cafe on State Highway 1 at Te Horo.

Fire crews from Otaki and Te Horo were initially called to the fire about 5.10pm Thursday (9th) evening, but backup was soon needed from Levin, Waikanae and Paraparaumu.

Between 40 and 50 firefighters battled to save neighbouring buildings at the height of the blaze.

The Fire Service says the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen and was well ablaze when firefighters arrived at the scene.

Water had to be ferried from the Te Horo fire station.

An investigator has since said the fire that destroyed the popular Red House Cafe was not suspicious.

Investigator Russell Postlewaight says they have discovered the fire started at the centre of the building and was not suspicious.

Paraparaumu Fire Brigade station officer Steve Hudson says fire-fighters are still at the scene to assist investigators.

Club Vista opens its doors to public
September 2015

Club Vista – the new home of the Kapiti Club and Paraparaumu RSA on the Paraparaumu waterfront - is opening its doors on Sunday (13 Sept) for the public to see what the amalgamated club offers and grab a one-off membership offer of $20 per person.

The new club wants to make itself accessible to all Kapiti residents as it sets out to capture the spirit of the future, build quality and value into what it does, and provide a social center where its members make lifelong friends.
The $20 per person membership offer applies for the rest of the financial year to March 2016 and is only available on Sunday between 11 am and closing time.
The combined clubs Steering Committee chairman Mike Olsen said the goal is to provide a club that is welcoming and appealing, offers quality and value, and is "something we can all be proud of."

Kapiti Food Fair 2015 on track
September 2015

The Kapiti Food Fair 2015 looks set to be another huge success and already has over 100 vendor site bookings.
Vendors include those that have been in the past and new entrants so visitors will not be disappointed with the variety of ready to eat foods and products available.

Principal Supporter of the Fair, the Rotary Club of Kapiti has aligned itself to the Fair and is working closely with the Fair owner/operator (Kapiti Business Projects, Kapiti Cakes & Bakery and PartyPerfect Catering). Both are keen to continue building a sustainable Fair that showcases Kapiti as a perfect venue and delights vendors and visitors. Fair spokesperson, Helene Judge, "likens the approach to what the Martinborough Rotary Club has done for Wairarapa in the art & craft industry over the last 25 years."

Helene goes on to say "that the Fair has restructured gate entry to be free for those up to 18 and $5 for an adult. This has been done so our net proceeds can be driven back in to three community organisations via the Kapiti Rotary Charitable Trust; including Youth Quest, Kapiti Youth Support and Kapiti Food Bank who are all worthy groups doing great things in Kapiti."

Jeanine van Kradenburg is getting excited about working with celebrity chef Annabelle White, popular television and radio cooking personality and who is synonymous with good food and fun times in the kitchen. Annabelle will run a paying Masterclass on Fri 4 Dec at Whitireia Kapiti and a free public demonstration at the Fair around lunch time. Tickets for the Masterclass are for sale and can be purchased by going to the Fair's web site or by phoning Jeanine, 04 905 5520.

When at the Fair, visitors will be entertained by talented locals including a variety of musical acts and buskers.

The date for the Fair is Saturday 5th December 2015 at Mazengarb Reserve – note your calendar now and tell all your friends, family and colleagues to come along for a great gastronomic day out. It is the perfect pre-Christmas outing to buy lovely gifts, to try different foods and drink, to be entertained and to have an all-round fun time.

Vendors wishing to book a site should go to the Kapiti Food Fair web site – please don't delay – or phone Helene, 027 244 9585.

Kapiti Run for Youth racing ahead
September 2015

The Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) is ticking away with a little over 200 registrations. "The target is to achieve 500 people participating," says Richard Calkin of Web Genius.

Various groups and individuals have already started their fundraising efforts and there is money in the bank which is great to see at this stage. "The earlier you start fundraising the easier it is and every little bit counts towards the goal of giving back to Youth Quest and other fundraising partners who have registered to take part in the event," says Helene Judge, the Campaign Manager for KR4Y.

Helene goes on to say that "we have a new fundraising partner just registered – the Paraparaumu Playcentre. They are super excited about participating and are using the event as a way of fundraising for the Playcentre. By being a fundraising partner, this actually means they will receive back 40% of what they fundraise." Fundraising partners simply need to have a youth focus in their objectives.

Registered so far, are Activate Youth, Girl Guiding Kapiti, Kapiti Basketball Association, Kapiti Youth Support, Kenakena School Boys Mentoring Group, No 49 (Kapiti) Squadron Air Training Corps and Paraparaumu Playcentre. When you register to participate in KR4Y everyone must choose who their fundraising partner will be. This means that 40% of what you raise automatically goes to Youth Quest, 40% to your choice of fundraising partner and 20% to event logistics.

Look out for the KR4Y planning committee and the team from Youth Quest who will be running an awareness campaign in the Garden Court at Coastlands on Saturday 12 September between 11.30am and 2.30pm. Come along and watch the Youth Quest boys in action and donate a little of your spare cash or even register to participate in the event. When entering, there are four great options to choose from: 12km walk, 6km walk, 12km run and a 6km run taking place between 10am and 1pm. This is a unique community event. Note your calendar now: Sunday 8 November 2015 – go to to register.

Public pressure sees change in tree policy
September 2015

Kapiti Council has confirmed that only the most significant indigenous trees will be protected in urban areas of Kapiti from 4 September, and that property owners will have much more freedom to trim protected trees without the need for a resource consent.
Even when a resource consent is required for trimming, the cost of it will be zero.
The new rules represent a fundamental change in approach. Under the Urban Tree Variation to the Proposed District Plan only 1300 trees will be protected on about 400 properties, compared to over 10,600 protected under the PDP and about 14,000 in the Operative District Plan.
The urban trees now being protected by this variation are large, old, established indigenous trees, remnants of the original forests in Kapiti.
Protections on trees in ecological sites which are within urban areas remain in place, covering a further 9000 (approx) trees.
The changes, which align with new Resource Management Act requirements to discontinue "blanket" rules protecting particular species of trees, have been publicly notified and the "blanket" rules will lapse on 4 September.
The variation will be open for public submissions for 40 working days – twice the legal minimum – and the subsequent hearing of these submissions will be incorporated into the hearings on the PDP from next April.
Protected trees are listed by property address and all affected property owners are being contacted to make them aware of the changes.
Council's new, more permissive approach has been reached after considerable feedback from people during our recent engagement on tree protection and trimming rules.
It aims to strike the right balance between ensuring our most important indigenous trees remain protected and giving people much greater freedom in trimming these protected trees without the need for resource consent.
Ensuring the trimming is done to arboricultural best practice ensures the health of the trees is preserved.
The decision to remove any cost for resource consents is also recognition of the 'public' good' of retaining our most significant old, established trees.
In addition, staff will explore the possibility of having a package of non-regulatory measures including council providing people with advice on best practice management of trees and financial assistance with maintaining protected urban trees.
Council will also work in partnership with iwi on recognition of culturally-significant trees that require protection under the PDP.

Trade Aid opens Kapiti Store
September 2015

Strong Public Support for New Club Vista
September 2015

Kapiti residents showed their support for the new Club Vista on the Paraparaumu Beach waterfront with more than 250 signing up as new members during an open day special offer on Sunday.

The Club – formed by an amalgamation between Kapiti Club and Paraparaumu RSA - says the response was overwhelming with people queuing to fill in membership forms.

"Staff had to keep on printing more applications to keep up with demand and we have never seen anything like it," the club says.

The membership special offer of $20 per person was only open for the day and attracted all age groups and many families.

A week earlier the Governor General and Mayor of Kapiti had unveiled the new name of the club and the first new Club Vista signage has begun to be installed.

Retirement Village Seminar for Kapiti
October 2015

A free public seminar takes place at the Kapiti Community Centre next Thursday 15 October. There will be light refreshments from 12.30pm and the guest speakers, including Troy Churton, start the presentation at 1pm.

This seminar has been highly evaluated by attendees around the country. It will be of interest to anyone who might be thinking of living in a retirement village, their family support people and perhaps anyone else who would like to learn more about the personal, legal and financial decisions and issues involved in retirement village living.

Our venue can take up to 100 people and we still have plenty of seats available.

People can register easily by calling 0800 268 269 – or they can do so on-line at:

Kapiti youth gets a chance in HELL
October 2015

Jason Donovan of Kapiti has just graduated from HELL Pizza's 'Active in Hell' initiative.
Jason undertook six weeks of paid training in the kitchen of the brand's Paraparaumu store, learning about food safety standards and various commercial kitchen skills, while gaining valuable work experience. He said: "I really enjoyed my time at HELL. I liked working with the other staff members, they helped me out and I learned a lot of skills."

Jason is one of a number of candidates nominated by IHC's IDEA Services – which works to ensure those with intellectual disabilities can lead happy, safe and fulfilling lives – who are being paid to train in HELL stores around the country.

Active in HELL piloted in Wellington in 2013. Four young people, each with an intellectual disability, received on-the-job training and a weekly wage at HELL outlets in Strathmore, Island Bay, Northland, and Newlands. The positive response from participants on both sides inspired more HELL franchisees to get involved.

HELL has now trained candidates in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, New Plymouth, and Kapiti, with plans to place more than 60 nominees each year nationwide.

HELL Pizza GM Ben Cumming said: "Our role is to provide a platform. These guys need real-world opportunities, where they can learn skills and gain experience in a busy workplace. The confidence they get from the programme will really help them as they move on to further training, employment, or wherever they want to go in life."

Since finishing his training, Jason has begun working towards gaining a heavy vehicle licence and hopes to apply for a job as a bus driver when he gets his qualification.

"Jason was a very keen worker," said HELL Kapiti franchisee Ivan Shi. "He has a positive attitude and was very eager to learn and do things well. He took the job seriously and even practised how to use his knife safely at home during his time off, which showed initiative. "

Local IDEA coordinator Jo Picot supported Jason during his training and watched him progress. "Jason was very good at all of the tasks. His chopping skills improved very quickly and, by the end, he was capable of managing the work station on his own. The biggest change was in his Jason's confidence. At the beginning he was quite shy, but, once he became more assured in the kitchen, he came out of his shell and really started to enjoy himself."

Active in HELL national coordinator Krissy Gain, of IDEA Services, has seen the effect of the programme first hand: "The candidates have a great time and learn useful workplace skills that are transferable to everyday life. The most valuable thing for our candidates is the experience that Active in HELL provides them. The individuals we support are incredibly capable, so we are thrilled that HELL is able see this as well. It can be difficult to find businesses willing to give our young people a chance and we are very grateful to HELL for investing in our youth."

Counsellors give during Mental Health Awareness Week
October 2015

Counsellors around New Zealand are giving free counselling sessions to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, 5 - 11 October.
Selected New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) members have volunteered to give free counselling to a member, or members, of their community to help people understand the benefits of counselling.
They will collectively give over 25 hours of free counselling during the week.
NZAC president, Robyn McGill, says she hopes this will help make people aware that taking care of mental health is just as important as having a physical check-up.
"The offer of a free session may just spur some people to act on feelings they've had for a while and don't know what to do with," she says.
"It's a way we can help show members of our communities that there are people out there who can help them deal with the tough stuff that we all go through at some point."
Ms McGill says this is the first year NZAC have taken on such an initiative, and she hopes it will continue in future.
"The Mental Health Foundation are doing a fantastic job raising awareness of these important issues and creating a national dialogue about them, and NZAC hope to help spread that message," she says.
"Counselling is a valuable solution for anyone facing personal challenges – we want people to know that although it might be scary to front up and talk about them at first, that's the first step to facilitating positive change."
Visit to view the free counselling sessions being offered by NZAC members.

Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Charity Ride to Tuatara
October 2015

The 2015 Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Charity Ride is heading out to Tuatara Brewery on Sunday, 11th October to raise money for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.
So join us from 12pm - we'll be donating 50% of all ITI sales on the day to the NZ Breast Foundation!
Come along and enjoy a BBQ (gold coin donation), have a rubberneck at the bikes, and take part in a number of raffles up for grabs on the day!
Fun for the family, and all for an awesome, worthwhile cause:

Tuatara Brewery - 7 Sheffield St, Paraparaumu

Unique e-book Showcases Outstanding Local Businesses
October 2015

Business Kapiti Horowhenua, who organise and run the hugely successful Electra Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards, have launched an e-book showcasing some of the outstanding local businesses to have featured in the Awards over the last six years.
The e-book, thought to be the first of its kind in New Zealand, was launched at the Business Awards gala evening on Friday, 9 October and is now available for (free) download from:
Business Kapiti Horowhenua Chair, Mark Ternent says the e-book is the realisation of a dream the Board has had for a number of years. "For quite some time we've been saying we've got access to some amazing local business stories and that someone should be telling them. As a region we should be doing more to recognise and celebrate our own businesses – many of them are truly world class. By sharing valuable business lessons we hope to help other local businesses to grow and succeed.
"Earlier this year I sat down with one of our supporting sponsors, Stephen Leslie from (marketing agency) The Perfect Angle, and we worked on a plan to turn the dream into a reality, and here we are now.
"I think we've produced an awesome publication. It's well written and visually very well laid out, and most importantly, it's full of very valuable lessons, points and gems for business people."
The 2015 edition of the e-book (titled: "Passion and Purpose: Real-life Kiwi Business Stories") features twelve separate case studies – six are former Business of the Year winners dating back to 2009, while the other six were strong Finalists and category winners from the 2013 and 2014 Awards.
Mr Ternent says the intention is to add further case studies each year to create a valuable business resource for "…business people on the up, people getting into business, and students of entrepreneurship".
The initial feedback suggests the e-book may well be a New Zealand first. "From what we can tell, there's no other publication like this. We've already had early interest in the e-book from two prestigious national educational institutions who are considering using it as a resource for their business/entrepreneurship post graduate students."
"This means that some of the great businesses we have here in the Kapiti-Horowhenua region may well attract national, and even international, attention. What a fantastic advertisement for our region and for local business development.
"On behalf of the Board I'd like to thank the case study authors, Chris Ineson (Drivingforces) and Stephen Leslie (The Perfect Angle). We'd also like to recognise the work that Stephen's company has done in designing and producing such a high quality and professional looking publication."

The (free) e-book is available to download from:

Kapiti Food Fair on track to be bigger than last year
October 2015

"Vendor sites at the Kapiti Food Fair to be held on Saturday 5 December, 10am to 3pm at Mazengarb Reserve are currently sitting at 117", says Fair spokesperson, Helene Judge.
Helene goes on to say that "last year we had 124 sites so we are picking to reach that and maybe a few more so it's all very exciting. We have a mix of repeat and new vendors coming this year so we are sure visitors will not be disappointed with the variety of ready to eat foods and products available to buy.
There is much work going on behind the scenes to make sure the Fair will be an exciting day for everyone. "With the support of our new Principal Supporter, Kapiti Rotary, we have been able to broaden our marketing campaign to increase promotion in to Wellington and even more broadly through our social media presence," says Helene. "We have just received permission to install a large 1m by 10m banner on the North West side of Jervois Quay Overbridge in Wellington so this is super exciting as it does not come cheap to manufacture the sign and to get it up and down. The other aspect which we are really pleased about is this site is only used by Wellington city events, however a decision has been made to let us promote the Fair which is excellent indeed as we know we are offering an attractive day out to Wellington people", says Helene. If anyone out there has not liked our Facebook page yet they are encouraged to do so as this is a key place to stay up to date with the happenings of the Fair as we lead up to the big day –
The other big change this year supports our desire to be a truly sustainable event that Kapiti can be proud. We have restructured gate entry so it's free for those up to 18 and $5 for an adult. Helene says "this has been done so net proceeds from the Fair can go back in to three Kapiti community organisations via the Kapiti Rotary Charitable Trust. Those who will benefit this year are Kapiti Food Bank, Youth Quest and Kapiti Youth Support, who are all worthy groups doing great things in Kapiti."
Behind the scenes there is much preparation for the Masterclass with celebrity chef Annabelle White on Friday night, 4 December. Jeanine van Kradenburg "is confident that Annabelle will not disappoint as she is a popular cooking personality on TV and radio and who is well known for good food and fun times in the kitchen." Tickets for the Masterclass can be purchased by going to the Fair's web site or by phoning Jeanine, 04 905 5520.
Annabelle will do a free public demonstration around lunch time on the day of the Fair. Last year the seats filled quickly and it was standing room thereafter to watch Karena & Kasey Bird do their cooking demo. "We are sure that Annabelle will resonate well with Fair visitors this year", says Jeanine.
The entertainment programme is all set to go so visitors will be enthusiastically entertained by talented locals including a variety of musical acts and buskers.

Vendor site bookings close 1 November so those wishing to participate should go to the Fair web site to book without delay – or phone Helene, 027 244 9585.

Kapiti Coast Resident to Publish First Book at the Age of 96
October 2015

A 96 year old Kapiti Coast resident, Ronald C. Fama, will have his debut novel Sicilian Papa published at the end of this month.
The book is based on the life of the author's Grandfather, whose character takes the form of Vincenzo, an abandoned Sicilian eight year old.
This is an epic tale set within the context of Victorian England and an Italy under King Ferdinand II, full of historical detail and characters.
Following a successful career as a Director of the Agency for London based advertising firm Saatchi and Saatchi, the author is now retired and lives in the seaside town of Waikanae, about an hour's drive from Wellington. He has two children and three grandchildren living in Australia.
When asked what motivates and inspires him to write, Ronald says: "I love words and the way they can convevey ideas, colour, and emotions".
He continues: "I hope after the years of writing and rewriting, my book will become a success".
Sicilian Papa, published by Austin Macauley, is released on 30/10/15 and will be available to purchase on Amazon and from all good bookshops.

HLC named Business of the Year

A well-known and highly regarded private training establishment from Kapiti with offices in Levin and Hutt City has been named the 2015 Electra Business of the Year.

HLC (Horowhenua Learning Centre), a private training establishment that has been delivering vocational training courses to the community since 1994 (and as far back as 1984 under a different structure), was awarded the supreme Business of the Year Award at the Electra Business Awards gala dinner in Paraparaumu on Friday, 9 October 2015.

It's the second time the organisation has been named the Electra Business of the Year, following their success at the 2004 Electra Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards. They also won the "Past Masters" Award in 2008.

Based in Levin with a second campus in Hutt City, HLC is one of the largest training providers in the Kapiti Horowhenua region, offering full time, part time and short courses to the community including security, hospitality, and care giver training, as well as training programmes in employment, work and community skills.

The organisation, which operates as a charitable trust, also had two other wins on the night – squeaking in ahead of Turks in a tight contest to claim the Large Business Excellence Award, and also taking out the Sustainability Achievement Award.

Turks also won the new 'It's Great to be Here" Award, which celebrates businesses thriving because they are in our region, as well as the Health & Safety Award.

In announcing the supreme award, the judges said they were impressed with the leadership, teambuilding, and benchmarking performance of HLC. "HLC's assessment revealed an exceptional performer who has steadily improved its performance, driven by a strong strategic plan. We are very fortunate to have such an organisation in our midst and as the 2015 Electra Business of the Year."

Turk's Poultry Farm Ltd received the BNZ Highly Commended Award with the judges recognising the company's desire to continually improve and seek independent assessment of their performance, stating that: "Turk's has demonstrated the results of this approach to growth, making a strong mark on the region and the industry it operates in. It is on the path to further success and the assessors and judges congratulate the company for its ambitious and disciplined approach."

The other Excellence Award winners were:

Owner-Operator: Mr Sweep Kapiti Horowhenua
Small Business: Marty's Panel & Paint Ltd
Medium Business: Focal Point Cinema & Cafe Levin

The Achievement Award winners on the night were:
Health and Safety: Turk's Poultry Farm Ltd
Sustainability: HLC
New Thinking: Marty's Panel & Paint Ltd
Emerging Business: Smoooch Natural Products
Employer of Choice: CS Law
"It's Great to be Here": Turk's Poultry Farm Ltd

Mitre10 Mega Charity House to be Auctioned
October 2015

The Mitre10 MEGA Kapiti Charity House is fast approaching its' "closed in" status.
Recent superb efforts from our crew of local builders have resulted in the house being wrapped in building paper and the cavity battens installed. The window openings have been "flashed" with the new Baricade weather protection system, and the Nulock windows have been installed.The roofing materials have arrived and we are just awaiting the installation of the roof by All Roof Solutions.The next stage will again involve a Trade Working Bee of our local builders to install the weatherproof cladding system, plus the exterior timber battens, followed by some exterior painting.
The Mitre10 MEGA Kapiti Charity House is now moved in to the "interior lining stage" status.
Recent superb efforts from our crew of local builders, plumbers (Peter Jackson Plumbing) , electricians (Paul Cotter Electrical) have resulted in the house being insulated (Pink Fit Team) and now ready for the interior lining to be completed . The painters (JMA Decorators) have done a great job an preparing the exterior surface with the base colour, ready for the next stage, that will again involve a Trade Working Bee of our local builders to install the exterior timber battens, followed by the final exterior painting. The interior painting and finishing will be taking place very soon, with completion date planned for end of October.

Kapiti Council ‘delighted’ with glowing building accreditation audit
October 2015

The Kapiti Council has passed a review of its accreditation as a Building Consent Authority with flying colours.

Auditors from International Accreditation New Zealand's (IANZ) who undertook the two-yearly review said Kapiti is in the top group of the Building Consent Authorities in the country.

Kevin Currie, Group Manager Regulatory Services, says he's delighted with the result.

"This is extremely pleasing and a testament to the commitment of the Council's building team to continuous improvement within the framework of our Open for Business initiative.

"Having good systems and processes is the foundation to delivering excellent, accurate and timely service to our clients and that has been reflected in the results of this audit. "

Mr Currie said they the auditor's formal report is yet to arrive but they have advised staff of their key findings.

"They made a number of very complimentary comments about our operations, noting that we are making good decisions and we have a very proactive culture."

Councils are required under government legislation to hold Building Consent Authority status before they can issue building consents, inspect building work and issue code compliance certificates. Accreditation assessments are carried out on behalf of central government, assessing each council against a suite of government regulations and standards.

The audit has required just one corrective action of an administrative nature and a number of recommendations for minor improvements.

"The bottom line, and what really matters," says Kevin Currie, "is that we retain our accreditation to undertake building consenting functions and the community can be assured our processes are very sound."

Chief Executive Pat Dougherty congratulated staff involved. "It's a great result and shows what a committed team can achieve."

Kapiti Mayoress Vicki Church succumbs to battle with cancer
October 2015

Acting Mayor Mike Cardiff has thanked the community for their messages of condolence on the death of Kapiti Mayoress, Vicki Church, nee McCarthy.

Vicki died in Wellington Hospital early this morning (Friday 9th) after a two-year battle with cancer.

"Kapiti is a close district and we all feel these things. We appreciate that people have taken the time to pass on their messages of sorrow.

"Our thoughts are with Ross and with Vicki's family. Elected members and Council staff are supporting the Mayor and will continue to support him in the difficult weeks to come."

Cr Cardiff has taken over as Acting Mayor in the short term.

A funeral service for Vicki will be held at Southwards on Wednesday (14th) at 11am.

Rod Oram firing up the energy revolution
October 2015

Rod Oram, top business journalist and advocate for a grass-roots "energy revolution" in New Zealand will address two local meetings this month, a public meeting at Otaki College on Tuesday 27 October and a business breakfast at Otaki RSA on Wednesday 28 October.

Energise Otaki (EO) has organised the meetings as a public launch of its vision of Otaki as a vibrant, energy efficient and energy producing community. EO is a group of local people working towards this vision, supported by Otaki College, Kapiti Coast District Council, Transition Town Otaki, the Otaki Mail and the NZ Clean Technologies Association.

Rod Oram is a respected commentator and broadcaster on topics critical to New Zealand business, energy, agriculture and the environment. Originally from the UK where he was a writer and editor at The Financial Times, he's now an independent journalist, broadcaster and public speaker. He writes a column for the Sunday Star-Times and broadcasts on Tuesdays on Radio NZ's Nine to Noon programme.

His awards and scholarships are numerous. He's author of Reinventing Paradise, (2007), based on his articles and interviews about New Zealand and the challenges ahead of climate change, oil shocks, political instability and the need to earn a better, more sustainable living in the world economy.

His visit here comes immediately after a trip to China, the UK and US to talk to business and energy leaders about the opportunities in moving to low energy and energy efficient economies.

The public is invited to both meetings, the first at Otaki College, 7pm on Tuesday 27 October, where Rod Oram will present his ideas alongside senior students, who'll be showcasing their own energy-efficient projects. Entry is free.

The second meeting is a business breakfast at the Otaki RSA at 7.30am on Wednesday 28 October. Local business people, who will be critical players in the move to a low energy economy, are invited to hear how energy efficiency can save money and benefit their enterprises, at the same time supporting the community and the environment. Tickets cost $15.

For tickets or further information, visit

Raumati Artist shows golden touch to win Mahara Arts Review People’s Choice Award
November 2015

Raumati artist Tracey-Lea Morgan has struck gold in the "People's Choice" category of the Mahara Arts Review 2015.

Her acrylic, oil and glitter painting, Te Kihi, was inspired by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt whose work featured in the successful 2015 film, Woman in Gold. It is a New Zealand take on the famous Klimt painting, The Kiss.

For Te Kihi, Tracey-Lea Morgan substituted glitter for the gold leaf Gustav Klimt used in his paintings during what's known as the "golden period" of his career. One of these paintings, stolen during World War Two by the Nazis, became the subject of the 2015 film starring Helen Mirren which told the story of an elderly Jewish refugee's fight to reclaim the painting by Klimt of her aunt, Adele-Bloch-Baur,

The painting received more support from the 1500 visitors to Mahara Gallery during the exhibition than any of the other 108 Arts Review works when votes were counted on 30 October.

The People's Choice Award was the last of six awards presented as part of the Mahara Arts Review. The presentation was made at Mahara Gallery on Saturday (31 October) by award sponsor Warwick Halcrow of the Kapiti Coffee Company.

The other six had been presented at the opening of the Mahara Arts Review Exhibition on 3 October.

Public meeting on weed spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park
November 2015

Members of the Kapiti community are invited to a public meeting about chemical spraying techniques used for weed control in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Greater Wellington Regional Council wants to listen to the community's concerns and will use this open session to record and answer questions from the public. Officials from the regional council will be available to advise and to discuss matters with people both during and at the end of the meeting.

"We acknowledge that some people in the community are concerned about spraying in the park. This meeting will give people the opportunity to have their say and participate in a full and frank exchange of views," says GWRC Manager Parks Amanda Cox.

Details of the meeting are:

Location: Raumati South Memorial Hall, 7 Tennis Court Road, Raumati
When: Saturday 14 November 10:00-noon

Background questions and answers can be found at

Kapiti Council told they are not a White Ribbon Council
November 2015

A letter has been sent to Kapiti Coast Mayor and Councillors from the White Ribbon organisation asking KCDC to stop referring to themselves as a White Ribbon council.

The move comes as increasing numbers of public and elected members have made repeated claims of bullying and intimidation from the council.

The White Ribbon campaign has been highly successful in highlighting issues of bullying and violence and clearly they are taking their branding and their message seriously when it appears it may be being misused.

The full text of the letter is below.

Dear KCDC Mayor and Councillors

White Ribbon is a campaign that focuses on ending men's violence towards women. It originated in Canada as a men's response to the murder of 14 women and became a worldwide campaign and was brought to NZ by UNIFEM (now UN Women) in 2004. Last year the campaign was entrusted to the White Ribbon Campaign Trust.

As the campaign manager I have been dismayed to see the White Ribbon brand being used by KCDC councillors as a defence against allegations of bullying behaviour. I am also concerned to see the brand of White Ribbon being used to further publicise the issues that a number of ratepayers have with the council.

Councillor Elliott is quite correct that we as White Ribbon have been very reluctant to become involved in this dispute as it was hoped that this issue would be sorted out within the council process.

White Ribbon has limited resources and prefers to spend crucial time in planning the creation of the campaign, supporting events leading up to the month of November and organising the White Ribbon Ride. We are reluctant to be involved in this type of dispute; however when it brings the White Ribbon brand into question it is important to clarify our stance.

The issue which we are focused on is the prevention of violence by men to women. The (on average) 14 women each year killed as a result of domestic violence, the 3,500 plus convictions against men every year for domestic violence is something this campaign wants to stop.

As you are aware we have been publicly working towards a 'workplace strategy', whereby organisations can with permission, call themselves 'White Ribbon organisations'. We see there is the opportunity to work with businesses, NGOs, sports teams and councils to embed anti-violence policies and proactive action which could benefit New Zealand.

This work is not yet complete, and we intend to trial this initially with a small number of organisations. Once we completed this trial we planned to approach other organisations such as the Kapiti District Council to either cease calling themselves a White Ribbon Council, or take part in the next phase of the trial to create an environment that exemplified White Ribbon principles.

Given the concerns expressed by some members of the public about actions of the KCDC, White Ribbon now asks that they cease calling themselves a 'White Ribbon' Council. Until we have agreed and proven processes for approving any business or council as a White Ribbon approved organisation, it is inappropriate for KCDC to use this title.

It is inappropriate for councillors who may have used White Ribbon as a defence to allegations of bullying behaviour, to somehow use an unsanctioned "White Ribbon status" as a defence. Simply stating you are a self-appointed White Ribbon organisation does not guarantee you uphold White Ribbon values nor does it adequately deflect allegations of bullying. Our brand and campaign is being unfairly used within this dispute.

As a show of goodwill we ask all the KCDC councillors to support the White Ribbon campaign (as individuals) and our aim of ending men's violence towards women. While there are clear disagreements and perhaps even ideological divides, perhaps the one thing to agree upon, is that violence women face must end.

You now have an opportunity to show the community that despite your differences, you are willing to join me and sign the White Ribbon Pledge 'to never commit condone or remain silent about violence towards women'.

I would like to organise a time this coming Monday to sign 'The Pledge' and invite media to record your commitment to helping end men's violence towards women. In coming months we will be able to discuss with other businesses, councils and organisations what they need to do to obtain a 'White Ribbon Status,' something that will be reviewed each year.

Should you wish to find out more about this year's campaign, please visit

Rob McCann
White Ribbon Campaign Manager

Broadband build progressing well in Kapiti
November 2015

More homes, schools and businesses in Kapiti now have access to world-leading fibre-to-the-premises under the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme, Communications Minister Amy Adams says.

The latest results for phase one of UFB as at 30 September 2015 were released today.

"By 2019, 75 per cent of New Zealanders will have access to fibre under the first phase of our UFB programme. Kapiti's build is on track and we're seeing good uptake across the region. Faster, more reliable broadband will bring significant social, educational and economic benefits to this community," Ms Adams says.

In Kapiti, under UFB phase one:

  • The build is 30 per cent complete
  • 5547 homes, schools and businesses can connect

    The rollout in Kapiti will be completed in 2019.

    "Across New Zealand uptake of UFB services has increased to 16.4 per cent and we're five per cent ahead of schedule. With the build completion on track, the Government is now focused on the extension of UFB to at least 80 per cent of New Zealanders," Ms Adams says.

    Kapiti Food Fair Ready to Roll with Flavour, Fun & Flare
    December 2015

    The Kapiti Food Fair has released the site map to all vendors. "It's a hugely exciting yet busy time focusing on all the last minute logistics to make the Fair a huge success", says Fair spokesperson, Helene Judge.
    "This is the biggest Fair in our six year history with 139 sites. We are sticking to our mantra of all sites being New Zealand manufactured food & beverage products, ready to eat foods and other food related products. Visitors to the Fair will not be disappointed by the choice available."

    Join the Fair on its Facebook page or go to our web site to view the site map and entertainment programme that is planned. Talented local musicians (Brasso, Two Flat Whites, Gravel Trax, Serena Alpha and Jukebox Gypsies) will take to the Big Mac Slabs Stretch Tent Arena along with comedian & actor Cohen Holloway who will hog the mic with his hilarious take on iconic kiwi food. For kids big and small, there will be buskers Zane & Degge and Matt Time entertainment along with a selection of bouncy castles and henna body art.

    If in Wellington keep your eyes peeled for our enormous 10m banner that is up on the Jervois Quay Overbridge from 30 Nov. Remember to tell all your friends, family and colleagues from Wellington to jump on the train or to full their car to visit Kapiti and the Fair.

    "Without a doubt the Mazengarb Reserve will be transformed for the day on Sat 5 Dec, 10am to 3pm – make a note to be there for a fantastic gastronomic day out," says Helene.

    Jeanine van Kradenburg of PartyPerfect Catering is all over the menu that celebrity chef Annabelle White has prepared for her public demonstration at the Fair. "The focus is on summer food which incorporates local sponsored products from KOAST Limoncello, Sone's Salad Sauce and Tendertips Asparagus. The audience can look forward to Annabelle turning on a really entertaining show starting at 11.30am in the Pavilion Building – seats run out quickly so arrive early." At the end of the demonstration Annabelle will go on a hosted walkabout of the Fair with Mayor Ross Church.

    The Fair runs rain or shine and entry is free for those up to 18 and $5 per adult (net proceeds to Kapiti Youth Support, Kapiti Food Bank, Youth Quest). The Kapiti Rotary Club will be running an Eftpos cash out facility and many vendors have their own Eftpos so if you run out of money don't worry.

    There will be lots to taste and buy to take home for your pantry or as a gift for someone special. Nor is there any need to bring your lunch as the united nations of ready to vendors will be at your service throughout the Fair serving up delicious kai for everyone to enjoy, including meats, vegetarian, dairy & gluten free, raw food treats and superb ethnic creations.

    For those that like to try different beers, wines, liqueurs, ports, cider, schnapps, cordials, syrups, fizzy drinks, smoothies & delicious teas, you will find something to wet your whistle. For those with a sweet tooth there will be ice cream, cakes & biscuits, handmade cheesecakes, honey, sweets, chocolate & specialty confectionary and for those with a taste for sauces, pickles, jams, eggs, drizzles, dips, pesto, hummus, dukkah, fancy butters, nuts, freshly ground peanut butter, preserves, vinegars, fine olive oil, smoke eel, gourmet pies, figs, cherries, sea salts ………. you will find vendors ready to tempt and serve.

    On top of all that you will find a really interesting range of food related products and gadgets to take pride of place in your kitchen at home or to package up as a nice Christmas gift for a friend.

    Once again Whitireia Kapiti Campus and Mitre 10 MEGA Kapiti will be running their popular Student BBQ competition. There will be heats run throughout the day and the winner will take away a BBQ donated by Mitre 10 MEGA Kapiti.

    The Fair is a perfect pre-Christmas outing for gifts, to try different foods and drinks, to be entertained and above all, to have fun. Thanks go to our Principal Supporter (Kapiti Rotary Club); Sponsors (Bayleys Real Estate Wellington, Craig Pope Mortgages & Insurance, Kapiti Business Projects, Kapiti Cakes & Bakery, Kapiti News, PartyPerfect Catering); Celebrity Kitchen Sponsors (Air New Zealand, BCE Catering Equipment, Greenmantle Estate Lodge, KOAST Limoncello, New World Kapiti, Sone's Sauces, Tendertips Asparagus); and our Supporters (Action Safety, Beach FM, Big Mac Slabs Furniture, Brien Electrical, Captured by Friday, Captured Essence, Goodman Contractors, Kapiti Coast District Council, Kapiti Hire, Low Cost Bins, M2PP, NZME, Paraparaumu College, SignCraft, Soundsgood Audio, Whitireia Kapiti Campus).

    SHAG Show faces Council axe
    December 2015

    Kapiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott says she is very disappointed that the Sustainable Home and Garden Show held in Paraparaumu each spring for the last ten years has had its funding axed by Kapiti Council.

    "The show was undoubtedly the district's premier event. It had consistently attracted more and more visitors up until last year when due to wet weather and preshow controversy over a decision to include a M2PP public information tent, questions were asked about the council's commitment to environmental sustainability."

    "The show was an important conduit between the community and the Council. Staff got to chat with the public in the council's eight information tents alongside our experts, the Green Gardener, The Green Plumber and our Eco-design advisor.

    "I can't overestimate the value of this opportunity to build a more positive council-public relationship and this has been my aim from day one for the benefit of the whole district," says Cr Elliott.

    "We showcased Enviroschools, civil defence advice, plants, landscaping displays and everything to do with the outdoors and it was a show enjoyed by all from families to pensioners.

    "It also drew visitors from outside the district while spreading the key messages of water conservation, environmental sustainability and waste reduction.

    "As Kapiti's representative to the Regional Waste Forum for the past two years I question the decision of Environment and Community Development Committee today where staff cited that economic benefit over social benefit will be the driver going forward in future decisions to support major events," says Cr Elliott.

    Later in the same meeting, Councillors narrowly voted in favour of a $20,000 grant to the Airport Holdings Group and partners Southwards and the Aviation Club to hold a Wings and Classic Wheels show on the airport in January.

    "While the rest of the world is focussing on the CP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris this week, it appears to me that Council has just taken the district on a great leap backwards," says Cr Elliott.

    RIP Beau - Vigil to be held
    December 2015

    A silent vigil for little Beau will be held on 16 December, the anniversary of his killing by council.
    Cr. David Scott is among the supporters of this event.

    Candlelight SILENT VIGIL
    Bring candles, glowsticks

    Outside Council
    175 Rimu Road
    16 DEC. 7:30 pm

    Summer Check for safety in the water during summer
    December 2015

    With summer just around the corner, it's important to be prepared before you head for the water. And it's easier than ever to do so through the Summer Check information site that's now up and running on the home page of Greater Wellington Regional Council at

    Summer Check is a one-stop web based information site which encourages people to prepare before they head out to the beach. It provides information on toxic algae warnings, water quality, sun protection and weather conditions, water safety and harbour and boating information. There's even information for dog owners on how they can keep their pets safe.
    Greater Wellington Regional Council, Regional Public Health and local authorities work together to monitor and inform people about water quality at 87 popular swimming spots. Summer Check has been developed in response to calls for easier access to up-to-date information on toxic algae and swimming water quality.
    "Summer sees people flocking to the rivers and beaches to cool off. It also creates suitable conditions for toxic algae blooms and on the other hand sudden intense rainfall that can carry contaminants and reduce water quality for two days after the event," says environmental spokesperson for Greater Wellington Regional Council, Councillor Barbara Donaldson.
    "The unusual weather patterns during this El Nino summer will not only affect water quality, the winds will affect coastal water currents and conditions and our perception of sun strength may be skewed making it easy to stay out in the sun too long and get burned.
    "People are more aware of the risks and want to know as much as possible before they pack up and head to the beach or river. Summer Check aggregates current information at one site and provides links to more detailed sites.'
    Summer Check will be promoted on radio and signs and quick reference codes at popular swimming spots will make it easy to check water quality just before you take the plunge.
    "We want people to enjoy the summer and stay safe. Summer Check makes it easier to find out what you need to know before you go," Councillor Donaldson says.

    Kapiti teens win New Zealand Film Festival Awards
    December 2015

    Another big congratulations to Kapiti film students CJ Puna and Mason Packer, who received awards at the New Zealand Student Film Festival. CJ won the year 11 category with her film 'Accompanied' and also received the award for the overall most promising talent. Mason won the year 12 category with his film 'Stage'. You can view these fantastic films below:
    CJ Puna, 'Accompanied':
    Mason Packer, 'Stage':

    Kapiti Food Truck rolls into Paraparaumu
    December 2015

    Paraparaumu it's finally happening! The food trucks are BACK! We want to make this a regular thing at the beach so come down and check it out.
    Great food and live entertainment, chilled summer vibes - we're going to bring this summer into action.

    We'll have The Hot Wafel with their sumptuously sweet waffly goodness, Origin - Gourmet Food Shack with their fresh and healthy EarthBowls (they've got GF and vege options!), Paella Boys with that great pan of seafood Paella and handmade pizzas and last but no least Dutchy's Burger Joint bringing serious burgers - charcoal grill and all fresh hand prepared ingredients.

    10 December

    Food Trucks in Paraparaumu Beach!
    Thu 5:30 PM · Copperfield Seaside Motel · Paraparaumu Beach
    by The Kapiti Food Truck Project

    Volunteer for IHC
    December 2015

    IHC is looking for volunteers to join their One-to-One Friendship and Skills-based volunteering programmes. By taking a moment to connect with someone with an intellectual disability, volunteers make a positive change in another person's life, and make a new friend in the process.

    If you become an IHC Volunteer, we make sure that you are doing something you usually do and including someone with similar interests...along with 'having fun'!

    We are looking for people who are caring, patient and compassionate. For more information go to or phone Johnston Connelly on 027 532 9260

    Event Manager Optimistic for Kapiti SHAG Show
    December 2015

    Local Event Manager Louise Dench says it is a shame to hear Kapiti Coast District Council have decided to no longer run the Sustainable Home and Garden show.

    "It has been a unique and really popular event drawing people of all ages even from outside the district.
    "I share Cr Jackie Elliott's disappointment. I have been involved with the show for a number of years through my event management business Stress Free Functions, and as such, I know a winner when I see one.
    I'm keen to look at the feasibility of keeping the show going, and can already think of a dozen people involved in the past shows' organisation to discuss this with in the new year," says Ms Dench.

    "At this stage, I would request KCDC Management's full cooperation in allowing this to happen, and as a show of goodwill request that they confirm at this early stage that all the signage, databases and contacts and plans and costings related to the show are kept and made available to any group who has the will to breathe new life into it.

    "So with quietly bubbling optimism, I look forward to the next Sustainable Home and Garden Show rather than just say how sad, what a shame. Please contact Cr Jackie Elliott or me, Louise Hinton Dench on if you wish to be involved."

    Queen Elizabeth Park Cycle Trail to Open
    December 2015

    On Saturday, January 23, 2016at 10 AM - 2 PM the new Queen Elizabeth Park Cycle and Walking Trail (Te Ara o Whareroa) between Paekakariki and Raumati South will be officially opened in a ceremony at the Mackays Crossing entrance to the Park.

    Following the formalities, there will a chance to enjoy food, music and activities for the family.

    What to bring: Warm clothes, good shoes and a wind breaker, a bike to join the parade.

    General parking will be in the paddock behind the Ranger's office. Please allow 20 minutes to catch a tram, walk or cycle to the event.

    Tramways will be doing a great deal for the opening. For a gold coin donation per person per trip you can catch the tram down to the event. A great saving for families who don't want to walk or cycle down to the beach.

    Do you manage a food stall? Or are you a talented face-painter or entertainer? If so, we want you!
    We're putting the call out to all vendors, retailers and entertainers in the Wellington region to join us and be part of the Te Ara o Whareroa Trail official opening.
    If you, or anyone you know is interested in being part of the event, please contact or phone 04 830 4041.

    The northern part of the Te Ara o Whareroa Trail between Whareroa Road and Rainbow Court is already open to the public. Keen cyclists have already begun testing it out.
    Construction is still taking place throughout some parts of the trail until the official opening on 23 January 2016. Until then please keep an eye out for any contractors and machinery south of Whareroa Road.
    The Te Ara o Whareroa cycling and walking trail is something truly special and we're looking forward to seeing you at the open day!

    Happy New Year Kapiti
    January 2016

    Te Ara o Whareroa trail officially opens on 23 January
    January 2016

    Queen Elizabeth Park's Te Ara o Whareroa trail will be officially opened on Saturday 23 January, ending a year of planning and construction that's resulted in a superb cycling and walking trail that is likely to attract visitors from throughout the greater Wellington region.

    Funded by the NZ Transport Agency at a cost of $825,000 plus GST and designed and built under the management of Greater Wellington Regional Council, Te Ara o Whareroa provides a 6 km trail that gently undulates through the park from Poplar Ave in the north to Tilley Road in the south, connecting communities at both ends.

    The cycleway/walkway is expected to encourage more people into the park, giving them an opportunity to enjoy a new attraction that will provide fun, outdoor recreation and a new commuting route to schools and local train stations.

    "We're keen to promote cycling, which is an inherently positive activity which should be encouraged because it delivers health benefits and wellbeing for all involved," says Greater Wellington Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw.

    "We're hoping that students, in particular, will gain from using the trail to get to and from school and college. It will foster their independence, improve their fitness and provide a hell of a lot of fun in the process. And, by some estimates, it will help them save up to $800 a year on bus fares."

    The trail was funded to provide an alternative route for cyclists to joining the busy traffic along SH1.

    Its opening should attract more people to what is already Greater Wellington Regional Council's most popular regional park, which sees around half a million visitors each year. The trail is easy to ride and, with the installation of new gates, easily accessible for disabled users and those with modified bikes.

    "The cycleway route will also open up new areas of the park that have been off limits in the past, enabling people to enjoy the scenery along the eastern edge of the dunes. It's one of the best ways of seeing Queen Elizabeth Park and we encourage people to get along and experience the trail," says Chris Laidlaw.

    Details of the formal opening, which will be followed by a festival of cycling are;
    Date: Saturday 23 January 2016
    Time: 10–11am (formal opening)
    Location: Queen Elizabeth Park, MacKays Crossing entrance

    Teddy Bears Picnic Time
    January 2016

  • Consent application lodged for Aquatic Centre
    8th March
    Kapiti Aquatic Centre - a step closer

    The Aquatic Centre reached a milestone today with the lodging of the application for resource consents with Council. Mayor Jenny Rowan welcomed this major step in the programme for the project.
    "This has been a long time coming. It's clear evidence that Council and the Trust are serious about making this project happen."
    The application documents were handed to Council resource consents planners this morning completing a busy phase of work for the Aquatic Centre design team, Project Manager Peter Knight said.
    "Efforts will now focus on preparing the details of the design which will be needed for construction contract documents."
    Chair of the Kāpiti Aquatic Centre Trust, Neil MacKay also welcomed the milestone.
    "This will be a significant boost to the Trust's ability to convince potential sponsors that this project is going to happen. Some of our sponsors have been waiting until we reached the stage of consents and construction designs before committing fully to the project.
    "With the application for consents having been lodged they can now see real progress being made.
    "Now's the time for all the potential sponsors the Trust has been working with to take the next step and confirm that the full amount of funding discussed earlier, is now available."
    Construction of the facility with its leading-edge translucent roof will commence before the end of the year, Mr Knight said.
    The centre will take about a year to build, and is planned to be open for swimming in late 2012.

    KCDC - 'Water meters under consideration'
    March 8

    Kapiti Council says it will include water meters in the draft Annual Plan for 2011/12 in a move "designed to give more certainty that water consumption and leak reduction targets will be met."
    Council has a significant Water Supply Project underway that has two separate but related streams.
    "One is to provide a long-term secure water supply to Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati residents. The other involves a number of conservation and educational initiatives aimed at reducing peak consumption to 400 litres per person a day," said Mayor Jenny Rowan.
    "The level of capital investment involved in the first stream is based on the assumption that we can reduce peak consumption to 400 litres per person a day. Peak consumption, however, is running at up to 560 litres a day and in some areas, more than 700 litres."
    Council had a number of innovative schemes underway aimed at reducing consumption. One was Plan Change 75 that required all new dwellings to have rain water tanks or diversion systems. It is about to introduce an interest-free loan scheme to fund rain water tanks for existing homes.
    "However, during preparation of the Draft Annual Plan, it has become clear there are considerable advantages in extending the coverage of water meters district-wide.
    "At present staff estimate 5,200 tonnes of water a day is being lost from the network. That is a phenomenal figure. Leak detection suggests the biggest loss is on private property. One leak found recently totalled 30,000 litres a day.
    "The installation of water meters will provide detailed information about what is being consumed and where, and what is being lost.
    "There are clear fairness reasons as well to support universal water meters. At present low water users are subsidising large water users. Many of these low water users are elderly on fixed incomes.
    "The current annual fixed charge masks the true cost of water to individual households. Under a metered system, the cost will be transparent.
    "At present, householders have no control over their bills and no ability to reduce them. Meters will also give Council more certainty about outcomes."
    Corporate Business Committee chairman Councillor Ross Church said there were two major concerns with water meters – privatisation and cost.
    "Under the Local Government Act, Council cannot sell its water assets to a private company, but it can transfer the management, delivery and operations of its water assets to another local government entity, it can contract out all or part of a water service operation for up to 35 years, or it can set up a public/private joint arrangement while still retaining control over pricing and policy.
    "Councillors, like many Kapiti residents, are very sensitive about this issue. Given this, we will be considering a change to our Standing Orders to require a 75% vote before any changes to the operations, management and not-for-profit nature of our water supply systems are possible in the future. We want to lift the bar as high as possible to protect our water interests."
    The cost of water to individual households was another major issue.
    "We are mindful there are considerable issues around charging under water meters – how the pricing regime will impact on the elderly, families, people with large gardens. Given this, we are keen to set up a separate Charging Regime Advisory Group to look into different charging regimes. The former head of the State Services Commission and current head of the Water Supply Technical Advisory Group Don Hunn has already agreed to chair such a body, which is fantastic."
    Councillor Church said there would be plenty of opportunities for residents to debate the issue of water meters.
    "The decision to introduce water meters triggers our Policy of Significance. This means there will be specific consultation on this one particular policy change. We see this running parallel and at the same time as consultation on the Draft Annual Plan."
    Councillor Church said the installation of district-wide meters was expected to result in a 25% reduction in peak residential water usage.
    This would enable Council to defer some parts of the Water Supply Project. The $10 million saved would fund the cost of installing meters, estimated at $8 million.

    Logging Trucks on the Move
    7th March

    Forest Owner Marketing Services has advised residents of Maungakotukutuku Road that logging will start at Price's block on or close to March 14.
    The letter from director Chris Maher told the residents, "We will endeavour to truck out the logs every second day to minimise disruption to residents.
    "Hours of trucking have been voluntarily restricted to between 9am and 4pm to avoid conflict during the times people may be coming and going from work."
    There will be eight loaded trucks leaving the site every second day.
    "We will be operating under a Traffic Management Plan approved by Kāpiti Coast District Council."
    "Under the TMP on any days when logging trucks are using the road, the front hill section of the road will be controlled by flagmen employed by Maverick Services to ensure there is no chance that vehicles can meet a logging truck head on.
    "Traffic will be able to follow behind unladen trucks going up the hill section and behind laden trucks going down the hill section.
    "The road between the top of the hill section and Price's gate will be uncontrolled and care will need to be taken when travelling this section particularly when going around the corners on the unsealed section.
    "All drivers involved with the harvesting and log cartage will be briefed on the utmost importance of driving carefully on the Maungakotukutuku Rd," Mr Maher said.
    Council's Regulatory Manager, Ken Smith, confirmed that the Traffic Management Plan had been approved and that work carried out on a number of the corners on the road as required by the Council had been completed.
    "It's worth noting that the contractors have gone beyond the work legally required in order to address the safety issues on the road," Mr Smith said.

    Welcome to Kapiti - that's better

    KCDC reports their regulatory manager Ken Smith has finally managed to make contact with the owners. They have now done a "deal" with Kapiti Coast Security who will be using the site as a base and they arranged for its clean up.

    Welcome to Kapiti

    This is the not so lovely sight that has welcomed thousands to Kapiti every day - message to the owners of the former Mobil site in Paraparaumu - this is a disgraceful mess, clean it up!

    Missing Waikanae man found safe
    1 March

    Missing 75 year old Trevor Mann has been located alive in the Hemi Matenga Memorial Park in Waikanae a short time ago.

    A team of Land Search and Rescue (Land SAR) volunteers located Mr Mann about 200 metres from the ridge track off Hemi Matenga Memorial Park around 2pm.

    Search Incident Controller Constable Anthony Harmer says Mr Mann was winched out of the area by the Westpac Rescue helicopter and is now in Wellington Hospital receiving medical attention.

    "Mr Mann is in a really good condition and is conscious, despite three nights out in the open. Last night a Police dog team did a search about 100 metres from where Mr Mann was located a short time ago."

    He says late yesterday afternoon a member of the public phoned Police to report seeing Mr Mann on the Hemi Matenga track on Monday night around 7pm.

    "This sighting really helped narrow our search area down today to where he was last seen on Monday night, and helped us find Mr Mann safely."

    Constable Harmer would like to thank Land SAR volunteers from Wellington, Palmerston North and Levin and out of district Police staff who assisted in the search, as well as Waikanae Neighbourhood Support and Community Patrol teams who spent many hours distributing flyers about Mr Mann's disappearance.

    Kapiti supporting Christchurch
    1 March
    Christchurch earthquake rescue workers

    A team of seven building inspectors and water and reticulation staff from Kapiti Coast District Council are now assisting the Christchurch recovery effort, Mayor Jenny Rowan said today.
    "This team of seven will be replaced on a revolving basis each week," she said.
    They are part of a combined regional team of 10 building inspectors and 17 water and reticulation staff from throughout the region which travelled to Christchurch on Sunday.
    "Our building inspectors took a Council-owned light four-wheel drive vehicle to Christchurch as last time there was difficulty with transport in the city. Two members of the Kāpiti team were also involved in carrying out similar building inspection work in Christchurch following the September 'quake.
    "The water and reticulation staff from Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti councils will be assisting to restore water and wastewater services to the quake damaged areas.
    The water teams are made up of four two-man crews from Wellington City, and two two-man crews from Porirua City and Kapiti Coast District Council as well as one engineer from Kapiti.
    "While our building inspectors were organised in advance last week, our water staff were placed on 24 hour notice late on Friday night. On late Saturday afternoon they were asked to ship out within 14 hours due to ferry schedules."
    The combined regional building inspectors and water team of 27 staff travelled together by ferry and arrived in Christchurch on Sunday afternoon. After sorting accommodation for Sunday night for the water team, staff are now being deployed.
    "Reducing our staff through this response will have an impact on our service response times and plans," Jenny Rowan said.
    "Our officers will work through these issues today and the aim will be to make sure the public are informed of any services which may be affected.

    Emergency Management Controller Rian van Schalkwyk
    1 March

    There are numbers of overseas tourists and visitors to New Zealand who have managed to leave Christchurch since Tuesday's earthquake but who have left important personal items behind there, Wellington Regional Civil Defence Emergency Management Controller Rian van Schalkwyk said.

    Progress focus for new Otaki Community Board member
    18 February
    Newly elected Otaki Community Board member Marilyn Stevens

    "Newly elected Otaki Community Board member Marilyn Stevens says although she is a newcomer to the community board, she is not a newcomer to Otaki."
    "My husband Wayne and I have lived in Te Horo for a decade and prior to our shift here we used to holiday with our children at Byrons Resort, Otaki Beach. We live on a 10 acre lifestyle block and have a 92 acre run-off farm down the road. I work as Office Manager for the local electrician Paul Pearce Electrical Ltd. I am a keen Rotarian being the first woman President of the Rotary Club of Otaki, Assistant Civil Defence Co-Ordinator for Te Horo."
    Ms Stevens says she loves working for the good of the community and is looking forward to working with Don Moselen, James Cootes, Penny Gaylor and Colin Pearce.
    "I have a vision of seeing the railway line electrified to Otaki and railcars being introduced to run a more regular commuter service between Palmerston North and Otaki.
    "I accept that the Expressway is the right thing for our town, we can't stand in the way of progress. I will lose about 12 acres of my own land but feel this is our opportunity to do something great without losing the character of our small town. I am keen to make sure the retail sector is protected during the roading and expressway development with adequate signage, parking and advertising in place during and after the completion of the roadworks."

    Kapiti Police Chief honoured by Governor-General
    Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO is pictured with Kapiti's police chief Alasdair Macmillan

    Kapiti's Police Chief Alasdair Macmillan was among the honourees at the recent 35th anniversary of the 20th Police Cadet Wing.

    The ceremony, held at the Royal New Zealand Police College, saw Snr Sgt Macmillan and 13 colleagues, who between them have given 490 years of service to the New Zealand Police, presented with their 35-year service clasp by the current Governor-General, His Excellency the Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO.

    The recipients, now all aged in their 50s, were recruited straight out of school at 17 or 18. Over their expansive careers they have achieved ranks from Senior Constable to Inspector.
    The officers have worked on some high profile local and international incidents during their 35 years of service. Many of these events are ones that have shaped our nation, including the occupation of Bastion Point (1978), the Mt Erebus disaster (1979), the Springbok tour (1981), the Trades Hall (1984) and Rainbow Warrior (1985) bombings, and most recently the Pike River mining disaster (2010).
    On the world stage some have supported such tragic events as the Bali bombings (2002) and the Thailand (2005) and Samoan (2009) tsunamis. They have also served in the international hot spots of Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
    Snr Sgt Macmillan has worked on many high profile cases including the Rainbow Warrior case where he was a diver for seven months.
    He has been the head of Kapiti's police unit since 2005.

    Don Briggs -public defender remembered

    Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson remembers public advocate Don Briggs

    Kapiti lost one of its staunchest public defenders this week with the death of former Councillor Don Briggs.

    At age 81, Don was still showing the tenacity and energy that had become his hallmark.

    I joked with him recently that when he and I died half the people at the funeral would be showing up just to make sure we were actually dead. He laughed.

    While all the public campaigning may have created an impression of an earnest, strident and fearless advocate the fact is Don was also always up for a laugh. He had a wicked sense of humour.

    For many years Don and Joan, who passed away in 2007, were a team and I personally was delighted when Don was elected to Council.

    Don's funeral will be held at St Lukes Church in Waikanae on Wednesday at 3pm.
    My sincerest sympathies to Don's daughter Alison, his son Richard and their families.

    The last words must go to Don himself. Below is his statement during the recent election – it is well worth a re-read.
    "Council cannot be allowed to continue to submit to private self-interest, at ever increasing cost to the community.
    "I want change. I have no wish at all to simply support a council bent on any more approval of private changes. Changes that are counter to all the plans we set in place by democratic process.
    "Delivering on the District Plan can no longer be allowed to belie the fact that the district plan has quietly been changed almost 100 times, all in service of private developments and at ever increasing cost on rates.
    "We owe it to ourselves and to our future generations to at least preserve the values we have all worked hard for and cherish, rather than see them continually eroded at our cost in the false name of development.
    "We owe it to ourselves and our children to face the truth of just how far we have declined in the name of 'development' disguised as progress. Council's are intended to be a public service, not a private corporation. The future must be for all of us, starting here and now and no longer abandoned to free loading private opportunists.
    "Council has to urgently address the increasing real needs and concerns of those who have made their homes here, who pay the bills and suffer the rapidly depleting way of life.
    "We must bring back proper Town Planning from what has become an open door for major Private Plan Changes to our District Plan. Changes in Zoning, must be brought back to be the proper public process it was always intended to be. We must urgently come to realise that growth and the markets, rely first of all on the well being of the customers."

    Kapiti Community Foodbank gets great response

    November was a busy month, culminating in the Kapiti wide Lions collection for the Foodbank. This was very successful and resulted in the collection of enough canned and packet food to fill the shelves of the kapiti Community Foodbank for approximately four months.

    Foodbank Secretary Margaret Griffith says when they manned the gate at the recent Food Fair at Lindale we "received 10 cartons of canned food and $744 in donations.

    "We are now putting together the Christmas parcels which will be issued on 21st December. This year we have been given the names of 145 families who will benefit from this scheme. All parcels will have festive items including chickens, chocolates, tinned fruit, cream, jelly, Christmas cake or pudding etc," says Ms Griffith.

    The Foodbank is closing on Wednesday, 22nd December-13 January to give our co-ordinator and volunteers a break. During this period, emergency food parcels will still be available via the telephone message system.

    Running battle heads to Court
    Former KCDC Councillor, Don Briggs

    Statement by Paraparaumu Ward councillor K Gurunathan

    "Former councillor Don Briggs must be congratulated for successfully making an application for a declaration from the Environment Court to sort out a two-year running battle of attrition with the Kapiti Coast District Council.

    He has been repeatedly urged to test his legal case through the courts but Mr Briggs has said he was not prepared to hock his house to fund his fight for justice on behalf of the community. Last week he received the green light for an Environment Court judge to consider his case in a pre-hearing for a filing fee of just $56.22 cents.

    The expected KCDC response must be that Mr Briggs' case is frivolous. There is a process for mediation but given Mr Briggs understanding of his case there is no wriggle room for mediation.

    Over the two years Mr Briggs has inundated council staff, elected councillors and the media with several hundred letters and statements over the matter. His letters to council staff have been pain-in-the-butt guerilla-type requests requiring responses from senior managers resulting in a 'waste' of staff time.

    He has also written to the Ombudsman, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and Auditor General arguing his case.

    Mr Briggs' point of legal and political contention was sparked off by the Paraparaumu Airport Private Plan Change 73 decision. He believes council has approved and continues to approve private plan changes under the RMA but without proper public consultation as required under the Local Government Act 2002.

    He says the Special Consultative Procedure in the LGA is the mandatory requirement for administering public consultation in any private plan change process.

    Council has stated that the private plan changes are managed exclusively under the RMA and as such do not have to be considered under the Special Consultative Process.

    In a statement sent to the media in May this year Mr Briggs claimed KCDC was caught between a rock and a hard place. Council had to approve "the most outrageous invasions dreamed up by avaricious self interests in the form of quick buck developments and Council's original sworn duty to uphold the declared intents of the LGA".

    An Environment Court declaration is an opportunity to bring some finality to this drawn out affair. But given Mr Briggs dog-with-a-bone tenacity even if his case is thrown out he is not likely to stop. If he wins, it will have runaway ramifications."

    Nathan Guy staying 'Sweet As'

    Otaki MP Nathan Guy receives a free diabetes risk check from Nurse Lorna Bingham at Parliament. Mr Guy is a local patron of Diabetes NZ, which supports and educates people living with diabetes.

    Diabetes Awareness week runs from 16 to 22 November with theme 'Stay Sweet As'.

    "It was great to have a quick finger prick blood test and measure my blood pressure," says Mr Guy.

    "These tests helped remind me of the importance of a balanced diet and 30 minutes of exercise a day to help reduce the risk of diabetes."

    Kapiti Council Committee chairs appointed
    Clr Ross Church heads the Corporate Business Committee

    Kapiti Coast District Council's committee chairs and deputy chairs for the various standing committees were elected at yesterday morning's first full Council meeting.
    All standing committees are committees of the whole Council and a new committee has been added to the governance structure.
    The chair of the Corporate Business Committee, responsible for overseeing the financial performance and planning activities of the Council, is Councillor Ross Church. The Committee's deputy chair is Councillor Tony Lester.
    The Environment & Community Development Committee, responsible for overseeing the development of policies and work programmes that support the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of the community is chaired by Councillor Penny Gaylor with Councillor K. Gurunathan as the deputy chair.
    The Regulatory Management Committee will be chaired by Councillor Diane Ammundsen with Councillor Peter Ellis as deputy. The committee administers the various regulatory and compliance functions of the Council including animal control, building control, regulatory and bylaws and the district plan review.
    The new Appeals Committee, responsible for hearing appeals or objections on Council's regulatory and compliance areas, is chaired by Councillor Hilary Wooding with Councillor Tony Lloyd as deputy.
    Subcommittees of the Corporate Business Committee include the Property Purchase Committee, chaired by the Mayor with Councillor Church as deputy, and the Audit & Risk Committee chaired by Councillor Church with Councillor Lester as deputy.
    Full details of the Governance Structure for the 2010-13 triennium and the responsibilities and delegations of each Committee and Subcommittee will be available shortly from Libraries and Service Centres and on the Council website (

    Record numbers dispose of computer waste at Kapiti eDay 2010
    Helping out on Kapiti eDay is councillor Diane Ammundsen

    Kapiti people cleared their homes of nearly 47 tonnes of old computer equipment on Saturday as part of New Zealand's fourth national eDay.

    "That's a magnificent effort," Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan said. "Last year there were 598 cars and 28 tonnes of eWaste collected.

    "This year we were expecting around 600 cars but the final count was 1081 cars which brought 46.93 tonnes consisting of 4,280 separate items in a pretty steady stream throughout the day to the collection point at Southward's Car Museum in Paraparaumu.

    "We would like to thank the community for dropping off the eWaste and thank the volunteers and our local supporters for their wonderful effort in turning this eDay into an even bigger success!" Jenny Rowan said.

    In addition to Jenny Rowan, Deputy Mayor Roger Booth and Councillors Diane Ammundsen, Ross Church and Penny Gaylor, as well as Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board members Jonny Best and Trevor Daniell were among the volunteers who took part in sorting and stacking the gear. Candidates for the Mana electorate Hekia Parata, Kris Faafoi and Jan Logie along with Labour leader Phil Goff and local list MP Darren Hughes also took part.

    Mayor Rowan also thanked sponsors Southward's Car Museum and Kāpiti Hire for their support.

    Nationwide, Kiwis cleared their homes of an estimated 900 tonnes of old computer equipment and mobile phones.

    17,787 cars, the largest number since eDay's inception in 2007, passed through eDay sites around the country dropping off an estimated 77,000 items of computer and computer related equipment and mobile phones for safe recycling.

    The free drive-through recycling event was held in 53 drop-off locations across the country on Saturday, including Paraparaumu, up from 38 locations last year.

    National organiser, Laurence Zwimpfer of the eDay New Zealand Trust, said the response around the country was phenomenal. "The amount collected today filled over 110 shipping containers which is a phenomenal result. It demonstrates that there is clearly a lot of old computers out there being stored in cupboards and garages and New Zealanders want a solution to disposing of this gear in an environmentally friendly way," Mr Zwimpfer said.

    Two Kapiti Coast charities receive grants from Harcourts
    19 October
    Harcourts Paraparaumu Branch Manager Catherine Swinn, right, presenting a cheque from The Harcourts Foundation to Stroke Foundation Central Region General Manager Grace Moulton.

    Two Kapiti Coast-based charities have received funding in the latest round of quarterly grants from The Harcourts Foundation, a charity set up by Harcourts real estate group to provide financial support that helps, grows and enriches our communities.
    Stroke Foundation Central Region, which is based in Paraparaumu, and Shine New Zealand, which is run from Raumati South, are amongst six charitable organisations in the Greater Wellington area and 16 in New Zealand to receive funding recently.
    Stroke Foundation Central Region, which provides support to stroke survivors and their families throughout the Central North Island, received a $500 donation towards the cost of their fifth annual convention for stroke survivors. Meanwhile Shine New Zealand received a grant of $500 towards the cost of a community project is it organising which will result in a new earthbuilding being erected for use as a teaching facility at the Rudolf Steiner School in Lower Hutt.
    Local Harcourts franchise owner Eliot Falconer, a key supporter of The Harcourts Foundation, says it is great to see the Foundation putting money back into the communities in which it was raised through supporting these deserving initiatives.
    As Harcourts New Zealand CEO Hayden Duncan explains, more than $750,000 has been raised for The Harcourts Foundation since it was established in mid-2008 through the voluntary donations and fundraising efforts of Harcourts team members on both sides of the Tasman, with additional support coming from some of the group's business partners and clients.
    "That support has enabled us to grant more than $480,000 to a total of 110 charities in New Zealand and Australia to date," he says, noting that 100% of the money raised for The Harcourts Foundation is donated to the community and apart from a small portion set aside to support major emergency relief efforts the money raised in a particular region goes back into that area.

    Bike Fix event a hit
    13 October
    Checking bikes at the Kapiti bike fix event

    More than 100 people had their bikes checked out and adjusted at the Kapiti Coast Bike Fix at Paraparaumu Library on Sunday, Council's Climate Change and Energy Advisor, Jake Roos, said today.
    Common repairs were reinflating tires, tightening brakes, raising seats, lubricating chains and adjusting gears. Visitors were given free reflective stickers and straps and information on basic bike maintenance and safety.
    The event was organised by Kapiti Council as part of the Global Day of Action of Climate Change and was one of more than 7,300 events occurring around the world on the same day.
    "We're delighted with the turnout to the event and that we were able to help so many people get their bikes ready for the road," Jake Roos said.
    "With transport being the second highest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand, more people leaving the car at home and cycling more often can make a difference."
    Mr Roos thanked Troy Sullivan from The Bike Shop for contributing his time and expertise to the event.
    The 10-10-10 Day of Action was initiated by, an international movement dedicated to stopping dangerous climate change by lowering the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to the safe level of 350 parts per million. The present concentration is 388 parts per million and rising.

    Mayoral Candidate Jenny Rowan
    9 October

    Mayoral Candidate Ross Church
    9 October

    Mayoral Candidate David Mitchell
    9 October

    Mayoral Candidate Chris Glover
    9 October

    Mayoral Candidate Mike Clulee
    9 October

    Kapiti Coast Cycle Fix-Up with The Bike Shop and Kapiti Council
    7 October

    Stacey Gasson, Council's Sustainable Communities Coordinator says it's time for Kapiti Coasters to get our bikes out of the garage, fixed up and on the road for a summer of cycling.
    Not ridden your bike since last summer, or even longer? Pedaling your out-of-tune machine is just hard work? Not sure your children's bikes are road-worthy? Don't know where to start to get them sorted?
    "Bring your bikes along between 10am and 12.30pm on Sunday 10 October for a free basic service and check-up before you take to the roads and parks this summer," says Ms Gasson.
    "The Cycle Fix-Up session is hosted by Kapiti Council, with the expert support of The Bike Shop. We can help get your family's bikes running smoothly and safely. Maintenance checks and simple repairs will be done on the day with discount vouchers from The Bike Shop available for more serious fix-ups. Spot prizes will be given away.
    You will find us in the courtyard by Paraparaumu Library if the weather is okay or in Kapiti Primary School's hall on Rimu Road if it's not so great."
    This initiative is part of 350 Aotearoa's working bee for climate change. On 10/10/10, communities around the world will be creating and celebrating their own climate change actions. Transport is New Zealand's second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions behind agriculture and it's growing, so more people on bikes, more often, is one way we can create climate solutions of our own.

    Paekakariki Hill Road closed
    30 September - 4pm

    Police have requested Porirua City Council to close their side of Paekakariki Hill Road, due to a slip/trees down.

    Tony Cronin from Kapiti Council says KCDC is in the process of closing our end of the hill road.

    "At this stage we have no idea how long it will remain closed."

    Mental Health Awareness Week - October 4-11

    Kapiti community organisations have been spending time organising exciting things to be held next week in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week.
    Take the time to check out the programme, talk about it with family and friends and organise with them to attend something of interest during this week. Every year Kapiti provides events, initiatives, presentations, music, drama, poetry etc. to raise awareness about the importance of health and wellbeing. This year the focus is on flourishing for everyBODY, feeling good and functioning well.

    Flourishing for everyBODY: Feel good and function well
    Over the last century or more, the focus on mental health in society has been on mental disorders, and either treating or preventing them. So much so that most people think about mental health only as a problem or something negative. There are also many more stressors on mental health today generally relating to increased pace and complexity of life.
    Flourishing is a measure of mental health that has been developed within the last decade and can be used to determine the level of positive mental health in populations. When someone is flourishing they experience, most of the time, positive emotions, positive interest and engagement with the world around them, and meaning and purpose in their lives. Evidence suggests that people who are flourishing are less at risk of physical and mental health problems and have better social relationships.
    Flourishing is about focusing on the good things in life. It's about the things we aspire to, both as individuals and as members of a wider community.

    In Aotearoa/New Zealand we believe:
    EveryBODY has the right to participate and flourish in their community.
    EveryBODY can contribute towards creating a flourishing community.
    EveryBODY has the potential to feel good and function well.

    For more information on flourishing - including tips and techniques to support your mental health and wellbeing visit:

    Kapiti Choices
    82 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu
    04 905 2110

    Compass Primary Health Care
    Network – Kapiti Locality

    Cnr Kapiti & Hurley Road,
    04 297 2009

    04 902 0753

    Kapiti Community Health Group
    Kapiti Health Centre
    Warrimoo Street, Paraparaumu
    04 2986917

    Strengthening Families
    Seaview Road
    04 297 3146

    Kapiti Crossroads
    Weka Road
    Raumati, 04 299 6981

    Age Concern, Kapiti
    Coastlands, Paraparaumu
    04 298 8879

    Kapiti Community Mental
    Health Team

    Kapiti Health Centre, Warrimoo
    Street, Paraparaumu
    04 903 0260

    Also see Entertainment section for Free Film details

    Residents respond to Council survey
    29 September

    Residents were generally satisfied with most of the services tested in a "service delivery" survey conducted by UMR Research on behalf of Council.
    Residents were most satisfied with the general appearance and quality of the district's parks, standard of urban kerbside recycling collection, availability of sports fields and facilities, standard of playgrounds, and standard of walkways and cycle ways.
    They were least satisfied with the standard of swimming pools and their opening hours, the quality of water supply, road safety programmes, the standard of wastewater treatment, and the standard of storm water management.
    The telephone survey was conducted in July and involved a sample of 400 residents aged 18 and over across all four wards. The final report was provided to Councillors this week.
    The annual survey is the first of three. Each survey will contain a specific section of up to 16 questions on service delivery. The questions will change each year to ensure a cross-section of services is tested.
    Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty said he was not surprised by the feedback in the survey.
    "We are aware there are real issues, especially in the area of water quality and supply. This is why Council has committed $23 million to improving the water supply system and a further $5.5 million to a reservoir for Otaki. Council is also spending $3.5 million a year for at least the next 10 years on improving storm water systems. It also recently authorised work on the design and resource consents for a $15.7 million aquatic centre.
    "We are moving quickly to address these issues. These are big projects costing significant amounts of money."
    Mr Dougherty was heartened by the fact most residents who contacted Council over the past 12 months had found it responsive to the service issues they raised. "Being on the positive side of the ledger is good, but we need to keep working on our service delivery so we are better. There is always room for improvement."
    A full copy of the survey can be found on Council's website

    By Marie O'Sullivan

    The Government needs to rein in the power co's with restrictions on what they can and cannot do. Like many others I felt the pinch this week when my power bill arrived in the letterbox. My electricity consumption was lower than last winter, but the bill was higher than any I have ever received before. I felt disempowered.

    Not everything you read is right!

    Daylight Savings
    26 September

    Library amnesty to November
    23 September

    In an effort to get back missing books and other items, Kapiti Coast District Libraries won't be charging fines on long overdue (more than six weeks) items from Monday September 27 until the end of November, District Libraries Manager Leslie Clague said today.
    "Over the 20 years the Kapiti Coast District Libraries have been serving the community, some customers have forgotten or overlooked returning a few library books and other items.
    "We understand that people misplace things, move house, lend books to other people, and then they think they'll owe the library so much that they never come back.
    "We want former library members to come back and to bring back any long overdue books, CDs, DVDs and so on and we're not going to charge anything.
    "Bring them back, and your account will be cleared. You can even put long overdue items through the overnight returns slot, if you're embarrassed about doing it in person.
    "Maybe you know you borrowed something but now you can't find it for whatever reason. Come in and talk to us. We want you to start using your library again, but in the proper way."
    The District Libraries will shortly go onto a new computer system and the amnesty is aimed at sorting out the records on the libraries management system database and assisting with a stock take of items held by the libraries.
    "The District's ratepayers invest a lot each year in adding to and updating the stock of items held by the libraries so it's in the interests of the community that we manage and retain our stocks effectively.
    "While the amnesty will run until the end of November, people who do owe fines should be aware that after that time we will be placing significant debtors in the hands of debt collectors.
    "It's very much in the interests of those with long overdue items to take advantage of the amnesty period," Mrs Clague said.
    Currently the value of long overdue items is around $60,000 while an analysis of the total value of overdue fines, including those that are between 10 cents and $10, shows a total of just over 8900 customers owing fines and a total of fines due of around $150,000, Mrs Clague said.
    "When an individual's fines hit $10 we stop lending items until that is paid but, in the case of around 2800 customers, the fines exceed that and we haven't seen them for a while. We want the customers back and we want the items back.
    "Council has approved the amnesty from next Monday until the end of November and we're hopeful that will turn up some long overdue stock and bring back some library customers whom we haven't seen for a while," she said.

    Kapiti's macron use not authorised
    22 September

    The Kapiti 'macron debate' has taken a fresh turn recently with the disclosure that KCDC has not made an application to have the new name registered with the New Zealand Geographic Board which is the Government organisation authorised to alter place names in New Zealand.

    Board secretary Wendy Shaw says, "At this point in time the Kapiti Coast District Council has not submitted a proposal to the Board to alter the district name of Kapiti to Kāpiti."

    Anti-macron campaigner Martin Warriner says KCDC Chief Executive Pat Dougherty, in an official information letter has confirmed that the legal name is "Kapiti Coast District Council" without a macron.

    Mr Warriner says profiles in the 2010 election pack show current Councillors and Mayor Jenny Rowan, who are standing for this election, all consider it to be the Kapiti Coast and not the Kāpiti Coast.

    Mr Warriner says "in 2009, Mr Dougherty arbitrarily changed the spelling of Kapiti Coast District Council through an "operational decision", without any consultation with the residents and ratepayers. The Mayor and Councillors are also aware that more than half the elected Council representatives were not notified of the decision until I informed them after reading about it in the local newspaper."

    Mr Warriner says what Mr Dougherty did (on behalf of Mayor Jenny Rowan) in 2009 was an illegal act and no meeting of the full Council can ratify this decision. "What he should have done, after consulting the wider community, was to submit a motion to Council proposing a name change for the District Council. Why he didn't do this only he knows.

    "It is now time (before the 09/10/2010 elections) for KCDC to publicly announce that Kapiti Coast District Council is not spelt with a macron and to cease immediately from using it on their website, any correspondence and signage," says Mr Warriner.

    Daylight Saving starts on Sunday
    21 September

    New Zealand daylight saving begins next Sunday, 26 September 2010, when clocks go forward an hour at 2.00 am to become 3.00 am.

    The extra hour of daylight in the evenings will run till Sunday 3 April 2011, when clocks go back an hour at 3 am to 2 am.

    New Zealand moved to an extended period of daylight saving in 2007. Clocks go forward an hour on the last Sunday in September and revert to standard time on the first Sunday in April when clocks go back an hour.

    As well as altering clocks, the change to daylight saving is an opportune time for people to check their household emergency plans, survival kits and home smoke alarms.

    People may find it convenient to advance their clocks by one hour before going to bed on Saturday 25 September.

    Aquatic Centre gets green light
    16 September
    Thrilled to get the green light for the Kapiti Aquatic Centre are Trust chair Neil Mackay, Rob Borges, Jane Smart, Peter Knight and Mayor Jenny Rowan.

    It has now been officially confirmed that Kapiti is to get a new Aquatic Centre.
    In a sometimes tense debate in the Council Chamber today Councillor Lyndy McIntyre emerged as an unlikely hero for those wanting the Aquatic Centre.
    Cr McIntyre and Cr Patton had vigorously tested the case for the Centre earlier in the meeting and they were joined by Cr Jack who questioned the financial viability of the project and the further impact on rates.
    In the end it was an amendment moved by Cr McIntyre that sealed the deal, much to the delight of the many supporters of the Aquatic Centre.
    "I believe it was important to raise concerns. This is a huge cost and it was important to ensure transparency," said Cr McIntyre.
    Mr Mackay said the Council decision today was great news for the people of Kapiti. "This means we can move forward with some certainty. It was a very good decision and we are delighted with the outcome."
    Mayor Rowan was also very pleased to have got this passed ahead of the election. A strong supporter of the Aquatic Centre for the last three years, Mayor Rowan said this will be a superb new asset for the district.

    Questionnaire responses
    16 September

    Last month two Community Board chairs sent a questionnaire to all Council candidates.
    John Haxton and Adrian Webster were responding to their communities' concerns to achieve a more certain outcome from this year's election.
    "Voters want to know what candidates promise to do if elected. We've been told if voters know what they are voting for, many more of them will participate in the election. Candidates were asked if they would pledge support for nine policies.
    "The nine policies arise from the feedback our two Boards have received from our communities so we are bound to support and promote them. They were kept as brief and as simple as possible and we wanted to know if candidates share our communities' concerns and will do something about them.
    "The questionnaire was sent to all 41 candidates, we received 21 replies," said the two chairs.
    "The following candidates promise to fully support the nine policies and so would best protect the interests of the district and its communities.

    Mayor: David Mitchell and Jenny Rowan
    Ōtaki Ward: Penny Gaylor
    Waikanae Ward: Eric Gregory and Marie O'Sullivan
    Paraparaumu Ward: Beryl Barr, Peter Daniel and K 'Guru' Gurunathan
    Raumati/Paekākāriki Ward: Janet Holborow and Hilary Wooding
    District-wide candidates: Roger Booth, Nick Fisher, David Mitchell, Don Moselen and Doris Zuur

    "Four candidates supported most of the policies. Diane Ammundsen disagrees with the need for community boards. Mark Benton, Richard Halliday and Harold Thomas won't oppose an adverse expressway plan.

    "No reply or a decline to answer was received from the remaining candidates. Voters can draw their own conclusions from this. The following policies remain pressing community concerns.
    1 Work effectively with other Councillors as a collaborative team.
    2. Work hard to keep rates down.
    3. Support the continued provision of community facilities, libraries, sporting and leisure facilities at an affordable cost.
    4. Oppose the privatisation of water and develop new community sources of supply.
    5. Insist that development does not move ahead of roading, water, sewage and other infrastructure requirements and respects community expectations.
    6. Oppose any NZ Transport Agency Expressway plan that destroys our community structure and character.
    7. Work with the two Regional Councils to achieve the best outcomes for our communities on transport, health, and public safety issues.
    8. Work collaboratively with other councils but resist being included in any super city arrangement.
    9. Keep the current structure of community boards and wards and move Kāpiti forward while maintaining the unique characteristics of each separate community.

    Aquatic Centre hangs in the balance
    15 September
    Kapiti's proposed Aquatic Centre

    All the facts of the Aquatic Centre project must be on the table for a robust and transparent decision at Thursday's council meeting, says Paraparaumu Ward candidate K (Guru) Gurunathan.

    The Aquatic Centre project, one of two significant topics for Thursday's council meeting, is expected to see some lively debate. Councilor Sandra Patton has described as "outrageous" a media release by council staff prior to Thursday's meeting.

    Councillor Lyndy McIntyre has supported Ms Patton. She says there are a "myriad of questions" about the cost of the project "including all the hidden costs not accounted for in the paper". She adds these should have been discussed before the press release was even considered.

    In an email to staff and elected members Ms Patton questioned why the KCDC is issuing a press release on behalf of the Aquatic Centre Trust.

    "While it is very grand (as well as misleading) to make much of the amount of funding 'promised' or 'committed' – but not in the bank! – there is nothing about the amount which actually has been raised, or spent in order to attract it," says Ms Patton.

    In the council press statement, Trust chair Neil Mackay says: "Its time to stop talking and build the centre and start enjoying the benefits".

    In response Ms Patton says:"We've been waiting over three months for a full report from the Trust – there hasn't been any talking because we've had no information. Mr Mackay should also understand that not a spade goes in the ground until ALL the money has been raised. That's been black and white in Annual Plans and LTCCP for years".

    She was happy, however, that the press statement notes that tenders for construction would not be called until final funding is confirmed.

    The Aquatic Trust documents tabled for Thursday shows the Trust has $52,571 in its current account plus a bank term loan of $40,000. Its income from grants, raffles and donations was $222,245. More than half of that income amounting to $128,884 was spent on "advertising, consultants/contractors, other expenses, raffle prizes".

    Voting at Thursday's meeting would be interesting as councillors Peter Ellis and Diane Ammundsen were trustees and will not be able to vote.

    Building Inspectors heading south
    9 September
    Gary Simpson of KCDC

    Two of Kāpiti Council's Building Inspectors have left for Christchurch in response to Canterbury's request today for 60 Building Inspectors from throughout New Zealand, Acting Chief Executive Gary Simpson has announced.
    "The main focus for two inspectors will be houses, but where they end up working has not been decided yet.
    "They'll be allocated to one of the Councils affected by the earthquake and will be working with Building Inspectors from throughout New Zealand.
    "More members of the team were very willing to volunteer but we are conscious we need to strive to maintain our levels of service to our local community. While we're sure people would have been patient, ultimately we're responsible to our own builders and home owners and we need to maintain our service levels.
    "The experience our inspectors gain will help Kāpiti in refining our own Emergency response plans," Gary Simpson said.
    "We're looking to see if there are other members of our staff who have the training and expertise required to assist in the recovery. Not only can they make a contribution but they can also learn a great deal from the experience."

    Harold Thomas airs concerns on water scheme
    25 August
    Harold Thomas

    Waikanae Ward Council candidate Harold Thomas is concerned that the council have gone for the river recharge option to replenish water from the borefield below the water supply intake.
    Mr Thomas's concerns are about an extended drought reducing water flow above the intake and secondly he asks if this is an admission that the bore water is not suitable as many people have suggested for use or that it is too expensive to treat to a potable level.
    "It does not make sense to have huge pumps supplying water and at the same time pumping water from the borefield at what cost to recharge the river," says Mr Thomas.
    "Surely it would make sense to just use the borefield for supply and leave the river water.
    "Any future proposal to use storage dams and recharge the Waikanae river need to be considered carefully as to the amount of water that may be lost to ground water as the river water flows to the water intake."
    Mr Thomas says the cost of maintaining a recharge system could be very expensive on top of the capital cost of implementing the project.

    Employment Relations Bill No 2 submissions
    25 August

    Submissions on the Employment Relations Bill No 2 need to be in by 13 September.

    Some of the arguments relating to the bill include:

    1. Extending the 90 day no-rights period to all workers in a new job. Removing the protection against unfair dismissal is unfair and unnecessary.
    2. Lowering the standard for what a reasonable employer would be expected to do when dismissing or disciplining staff. The change from the word 'would' to 'could' greatly expands the range of circumstances where a dismissal is deemed to be justified.
    3. Allowing people to be dismissed with an unfair process that may not give them a proper opportunity to explain or defend themselves.
    4. Creating barriers to stop employees from having contact with a union when they want to do so.
    5. Allowing employers greater scope to interfere with and disrupt collective bargaining negotiations by bypassing elected union representatives.
    6. Allowing mediation where an employee doesn't have a support person.
    7. Taking the focus away from getting someone's job back when it is found they have been unfairly dismissed.

    More information is available at:

    Airport news - 'no surprise'
    10 August

    The news that the Paraparaumu airport will not be conducting Air New Zealand services comes as no surprise to the Paraparaumu airport Coalition (PAC).

    Spokesman Nick Fisher said, "Ever since Mr Robinson announced his intention to provide an Air New Zealand service we pointed out that this would be highly unlikely. Unfortunately he was able to dupe the Council into giving him consent to cut the airport in half and reduce safety by removing the second runway. Mr Robinson repeated this in the environment court, where he insisted that his big box development was essential to pay for the improvements required to have an Air NZ service.
    "PAC consistently pointed out that this was not true, and now we have been proven correct. Unfortunately too late to save us from losing the runway.
    "The only building so far proposed to grace Mr Robinson's development is a huge and ugly Mega Mitre 10, and even Mr Robinson has expressed disappointment with its design, said Mr Fisher.

    "Paraparaumu Airport Ltd convinced the Environment Court that it would have control over the design and aesthetics of the buildings in the airport subdivision. Yet now we find that again we were correct to doubt these assurances."

    The Airport Coalition say Mr Robinson's company also convinced the Court that as his big box development was necessary, it formed part of the airport and therefore the land was not surplus and should not be offered back to the descendants of the original owners.

    "Now that his promises have been exposed to be hollow, I wonder if he will have the moral fibre to admit the land is now surplus and make the offer back to those who were forced to sell the land under the public works act?"

    Your comments are welcome. Email:

    $1 million reached for Warm Greater Wellington scheme
    11 August
    Underfloor insulation will help to keep the winter chills out of Michelle Walker’s home. Firewool Ltd’s installer Joe Lewis (left) takes a break from installing Autex Greenstuff, joined by Dave Crout from Firewool, Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Fran Wilde and property owner Michelle Walker. Greenstuff is made in New Zealand from recycled plastic drink bottles.

    Another significant milestone was reached today when the Warm Greater Wellington scheme passed $1 million of approvals. So far Kapiti district has had 46 applications approved worth $89,954.

    "That means over 460 homes throughout the greater Wellington region will be warmer, healthier, cost less to heat and be more friendly to the environment than they were before," Greater Wellington Regional Council's chief executive David Benham said.
    "All of us at Greater Wellington are absolutely stoked at the uptake of assistance since the Warm Greater Wellington scheme was launched on 6 April this year.
    "The assistance available from Greater Wellington is clearly meeting a need in our communities and also supporting the Government's assistance package available through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority," he said.
    "When our Council approved this scheme we knew it was a good idea but had no idea what the level of uptake would be. We hit the half-million-dollar mark on 1 July after three months and we have now doubled that in one month, that's fantastic news.
    "We really appreciate the help that some of the cities and districts in our region have been giving in promoting this scheme to their residents.
    "Our Council has capped the assistance available through this scheme at $3 million a year. We may have to look at extending that if it appears that demand is likely to exceed this limit," Mr Benham said.
    Greater Wellington's scheme supports the national 'Warm Up New Zealand' programme run on behalf of the Government by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
    The Warm Greater Wellington scheme offers the region's ratepayers up to $2,600 as a top up for support offered by EECA for home insulation and clean heating for their homes. This money is repaid through a targeted rate against the property over the following nine years.

    10 August

    More than half of New Zealanders want any changes to the electoral system in place for the 2014 general election, not the 2017 one as currently planned.

    Maori Language Week - a Progressive approach
    26 July-1 August
    Amanda Ashton, co-host of the Maori youth program haa.

    Supermarket leader Progressive Enterprises has won special praise from the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (The Maori Language Commission) for their commitment to Maori Language Week 2010.

    In an unprecedented move Progressive Enterprises will adopt a bilingual approach to its advertising and marketing campaigns for the duration of Maori Language Week.

    "Around 2.5 million people pass through Progressive Enterprises supermarkets each week, so the increased visibility of the language achieved through this significant initiative will help tremendously to normalise the language in our communities and is an awesome way to kick off Maori Language Week," says Chief Executive Glenis Philip-Barbara.

    "This is by far the single most significant effort by a corporate entity in recent times to celebrate Maori Language week."

    152 Foodtown Woolworths and Countdown supermarkets across the country will feature Maori words and phrases in promotional posters, and special ticketing. As well as that their regular mailer which reaches 1.4 million households also features bilingual components.

    "This represents a major achievement for te reo Maori, and Progressive Enterprises should be congratulated for their bravery and foresight in using the language", says Glenis Philip-Barbara.

    Leaky homes assistance package recommended
    9 July
    Assistance for leaky homes

    The Kapiti Coast District Council's Corporate Business Committee recommended approval to Council of the Government's proposed financial assistance package for owners of leaky homes.

    Council will consider the recommendation at its meeting on July 15.

    "The Government's proposal offers the best balance of benefits and risks for the Council and for affected homeowners in the Kapiti Coast district," Chief Executive Pat Dougherty, said today.
    "The package offers owners some certainty about the total amount they can expect to receive, the opportunity to get on with repairing their homes fairly quickly, and avoiding legal and expert evidence costs.
    "The benefits to the Kapiti Coast District Council and its residents of adopting the proposal include a commitment from the Crown to contribute 25%. Council's contribution is capped at 25% of the actual cost of repairs, compared to the risk in litigation of having to meet 100%.
    "Other benefits include a faster solution for homeowners and reduced legal costs and stress as well as access to a Government loan guarantee for owners to support their need to borrow 50% of the cost.
    "Both the Council and the Government's contribution will have to be spent on repairs. Under the current litigation approach there's no obligation to apply settlement funds to fix the problem.
    "While Treasury and the Department of Building and Housing have made some fairly bleak forecasts for potential costs to Kapiti Coast ratepayers of 81 claims with a potential claims exposure of $3.6million, a more realistic forecast for Kapiti based on past experience we believe is around 34 claims with a total uninsured cost of less than $1.5million.
    "That potential cost will have to be taken into account in future Annual Plan considerations," Mr Dougherty said.

    Guy urges ratepayers to claim rebates
    26 June

    Otaki MP Nathan Guy is urging local ratepayers not to miss out on claiming a rates rebate from their local council.

    "This is a government-funded scheme to help low income earners meet the cost of their rates. In Kapiti and Horowhenua we have many elderly and low income households who will find this a real helping hand.

    "Low income earners can claim a maximum rebate of $550 back from their local council, but applications close on Wednesday 30 June.

    "Those earning up to $21,940 a year from all sources may be eligible for the maximum benefit, while those earning over the threshold may still qualify for a lower rebate.

    "I'm urging people to get their application in on time because time is running out."

    Applicants can apply at their local council, and will need information on their income, their partners income and a rates notice for the current year.

    Time running out for rates rebates
    24 June

    Time is running out to apply for financial assistance for this year's rates. If you have not had a rates rebate for the 2009/10 Year apply now - applications close June 30 for the 09/10 rating year rebates.
    If you have had a rebate for that year and want to apply for a rebate for next year, 2010/2011 - please wait until August to apply.
    The Rates Rebate Scheme provides a rebate of up to $550 for low income homeowners who were paying rates for the home in which they were living on July 1, 2009.
    Rebate calculations are based on income, rates and number of dependants.
    Rates Manager Brent Waterhouse said Kāpiti Coast District Council had advertised extensively over the past few weeks and many people have applied for their rates rebates, but there could still be a last-minute increase.
    "We have staff ready to help people through the process of applying for rates rebates, but it's important to have all the necessary information and know the key dates.
    "Applications for 2009/2010 rebates close on June 30, but people should wait until August before applying for rebates for the next 2010/2011 period."
    "The income eligibility for a rebate is $21,910. If your income exceeds this amount you could still be entitled to a rebate so we encourage you to check and see if you qualify.
    "You can do this by phoning the Call Centre on 0800 486 486 and asking to be put through to our rates staff."
    Forms are available from the council offices, or can be downloaded from

    Rotary Food Bank appeal a huge success
    Food Bank collector Alison Edwards

    Kapiti Rotary Club's Foodbank Appeal organiser Dave Edwards said this year's appeal has exceeded all expectations.
    'It was a fantastic community response. We couldn't have hoped for more and the Foodbank is delighted," said Mr Edwards.
    The Rotary Club's one day appeal was held on Saturday with 23 club members stationed outside Woolworths, Pak n Save, and the Warehouse in Paraparaumu and Woolworths and New World in Waikanae.
    Mr Edwards said the club raised 130 banana boxes full of food which was double the amount collected last year and also collected $1304 in cash.
    "The Kapiti Rotary Club got in behind the collection last year and we have kept costs to a minimum. The Kapiti Community Foodbank gives out around 100 food parcels per month so it is very important to keep it well stocked," said Mr Edwards who, along with his wife Alison, is also a volunteer at the Foodbank.

    Don't call us we'll call you is the message from TelstraClear to its workers at the Paraparaumu call centre. The company has announced a Philippines call centre will replace the Kapiti operation, with the axing of 70 jobs here.

    Public meeting calls for call centre jobs to be saved
    TelstraClear call centre workers at last night's meeting

    A resolution calling on TelstraClear to withdraw its plan to locate its call centres off shore was passed unanimously at a public meeting in Kapiti last night.

    The call centres in Kapiti and Christchurch are set to lose 148 workers with the Telstra plan to relocate their jobs to Manilla.

    The general feeling of the meeting was that of outrage against Telstra, firstly for putting these jobs at risk but also for not fronting to the meeting. Many of the affected workers were also unable to attend the meeting due to a 'media clause' in their contract.

    Union spokesperson George Collins described it as, "indirectly, it's a threat for workers not to talk to the media."

    He said he was proud of the workers for showing up but disgusted that the company didn't.

    "The workers here are trained and skilled. There is no way the quality of service will be maintained with the jobs going to the Philippines."

    Mayor Jenny Rowan said she had known of this move for six months and had talked to TelstraClear many times trying to convince them to stay. "This will impact on TelstraClear's reputation. A call centre hundreds of miles away simply cannot provide the service we need."

    John Grundy recounted for the meeting how Telstra first came to Kapiti, via Kiwi Cable and Clear. "Telstra was really born in Kapiti. We all fought for it in those early days. Kapiti gave Telstra a strong base in New Zealand and now they are not supporting Kapiti."

    Local resident Doug Hipkins told the meeting he was very disappointed Telstra had not turned up to hear the community's views.
    "The call centre here has done a great job - I have always had a good response. It is a disgrace management haven't turned up to give me, the customer, the opportunity to respond to their plans."

    Jan Nimmo reflected the general view that this was dreadful public relations by Telstra.

    Local councillor Lyndy McIntyre said reasoning hadn't worked and people should contact Telstra directly to let them know how they feel, including changing companies.

    The call centre workers said they were very grateful for the strong community support.

    Telstra can be contacted on 0508 888 800 or go online to email the CEO Alan Freeth at - online help, then contact us.

    St George's Day celebrations

    Celebrating St George's Day was a very English affair on Friday. See St George's Day Celebrations in this section for more photos and story.

    Jim McIntosh - 'Danger....Life Changer'

    This Kapiti Kiwi could win this international competition for wildlife conservation - Jim McIntosh tells KCNews about his wild adventure.

    My tour-"Danger....Life Changer!" is up there with the best of 1,000's from all around the world. I designed my entry to publicise the work that two organisations that I have personally volunteered with, do in wildlife conservation in Namibia, never believing I could win.But got told last week mine was up there with the best!

    Thanks for every vote you've placed everyone. The rules allow you to vote ever 24 hours. Now we have until the 25th April.
    We're behind but we can do it if we can build a tally close to the top group to allow the judges to decide on all the other criteria. Public votes are important but the tour is also based on other merits. So can I ask that you go to the above link, vote, then bookmark it in your favourites, so it only takes a few clicks to vote every day for the next week.

    Sure I win a trip. But it means EHRA and Naankuse get a massive 'donation' from GAP because GAP have to send 8 volunteers to them possibly worth in excess off $15,000 US! Plus each organisation benefits with the ongoing publicity they gain, from this tour entry becoming GAP Adventures 20th anniversary flagship promotional tour. The net result for these two magnificent organisations is enormous.
    You are voting for this-
    and this -

    Your vote, each day, is a vote to protect Namibia's desert elephants, orphan cheetah, wounded leopard, disadvantaged San Bushman can enable a huge donation. It costs nothing but a minute a day.
    But it's gonna cost me a few beers LOL.
    I never thought this was all possible when I first placed my entry, but we can see a Kapiti Kiwi win this for two fantastic organisations I have personally volunteered with and will visit again.

    Fundraiser under way

    Kapiti Rotary Club member Tim Mikkelsen is seen in Coastlands with the Club's annual raffle fundraiser. Willing purchasers are Debbie and Stuart Ayres. Mr Mikkelsen said the tickets for the huge trailor raffle have been selling very well.

    School competitions launched on World Water Day

    Two new competitions for schools and students underline the importance of water for the Kapiti Coast district. The competitions were launched this week - World Water Day 2010 – at schools throughout the district.
    The first of the competitions is open to all schools and aims to find the school with the best water conservation programme in the district.
    The second is an essay competition open to secondary school students aged 15 and over on "Where does our water come from and how does it get to our tap?".
    The Kapiti Council is developing a Water Conservation Plan which aims to reduce water use to 400 litres/person/day over the next five years. Education, financial incentives, technical innovation and a review of water supply management were areas addressed as part of the Water Conservation Plan which will be discussed with the wider community as part of the Annual Plan process. Better monitoring of water flows and data collection on consumption is also vital for long-term water conservation.
    Participating schools are encouraged to put together a short presentation on what they are doing to save water. Environmental awareness (including awareness of the importance of water) integrated in their teaching programme, the promotion of water conservation measures in the school and sustainable use of water in school activities, e.g. the school garden, are areas the competition judges are looking for.
    The winning school will receive a Water Conservation Trophy, four rain barrels for their garden, visits from the Council's water saving experts – the Green Plumber, the Green Gardener and the Eco Design Advisor - as well as three MP3 players.
    The essay competition has the topic "Where does our water come from and how does it get to our tap?"
    The winning student will receive a digital camera and four weeks' paid summer holiday employment at Kapiti Coast District Council, working mainly on water-related tasks. The 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive iTunes vouchers. The essay competition is endorsed by Water Industry Training and the Water Industry Operations Group of New Zealand and all entries will be displayed at the Water Industry Operations Group of New Zealand's annual conference in Hamilton in May. The winning essay will be published in industry publications.
    Water Industry Training Manager Annie Yeates said the competition was a first for New Zealand.
    "We hope that other districts will pick up on this excellent initiative," Ms Yeates said.

    For further information, contact Phil Stroud, Water Project Manager, Kapiti Coast District Council, 04-296 4823.

    Kapiti - The Nature Coast

    $5million reservoir for Otaki

    A $5million reservoir planned for Otaki will ensure security of supply for Otaki residents and is not connected in any way to issues of supply for Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati, Kapiti Coast District Council's chief executive, Pat Dougherty, said today.
    "Otaki residents get their water supply from bores alongside the Otaki River. This system can be at risk in the event of a bore pump breakdown or power failure.
    "To ensure security of supply, the Council proposed in the 2009 Long Term Council Community Plan that a large storage tank or concrete reservoir be built with work commencing in 2010/11.
    "Under the new arrangement, water will not be pumped directly into the reticulation as it is now, but pumped to the reservoir. If there are pump or power failures, then there will be stored water available to provide security of supply for Otaki," Mr Dougherty said.
    "The building of the reservoir has been planned for some time. There is no connection between the planned reservoir and any possible considerations of out-of-catchment supply from the Otaki River to any other parts of the District."
    Preliminary work on the reservoir will commence in 2010/11 and it is budgeted at $558,000. The reservoir is expected to be completed in 2011/12 at a total cost of around $5million.
    "It's unfortunate that a media story last weekend confused the issue and gave rise to concerns for Otaki residents that there was some connection between their reservoir and any other options for water supply to the south," Mr Dougherty said.

    Kapiti Karnival this Saturday!
    By Jaimie Tofts

    On the 18th of September there is going to be the annual Kapiti Karnival at Paraparaumu Beach School.

    It is as fun as ever with new rides and stalls arriving this year. There is going to be a MONSTER Auction, a MoreFM 'Be there' Prize, and all you have to do for that is visit, go to Kapiti Region and find Kapiti Carnival under local events, fill out the entry form and be in the draw to win a $100 gift voucher for Coastlands. Don't forget the Lighthouse bike lock up, also new, the Mobile rock climbing wall and the Super Surfer.

    There is a clothes, books and toys stall in the hall. The clothes are all $3 each or $15 for a supermarket bag full. In the hall as well are the cakes and treats made by kind volunteers.

    The Kandy, Video, SPCA, ST John's, Kitchen Creators and City Fitness Stall's are all going to be at the Karnival.

    Gold Dig, Duck throw and Whack a Rat are all fun things for kids to be doing as well. With on site BBQ's, Coffee, Shaved Ice, Balloon Makers, Fire Engine, Harley Rides and much more Paraparaumu Beach School hopes to see you there!

    Massey University awards Honoraray Degree to Waikanae Veterinarian
    July 2013

    Today (05 July) Waikanae based Dr David Bayvel, Chief Veterinary Adviser for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), will receive a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (honoris causa) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession in New Zealand and beyond.

    Dr Bayvel is one of the world's pre-eminent experts in the fields of animal welfare and veterinary science. His career, which has taken him around the world – from Australia to Zambia, and from the UK to New Zealand – spans more than four decades and includes positions in private and public sector organisations and veterinary practice promoting the ethical care and treatment of animals.

    Dr David Bayvel commenced his current role as Chief Veterinary Adviser at WSPA more than a year ago, when he retired as MAF's Director of Animal Welfare. In this pivotal senior role, he helps to ensure that WSPA is working at the heart of the veterinary profession around the world to support and advance animal welfare. This includes working with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on the drafting of standards, with national Chief Veterinary Officers, and with national and international bodies, to ensure the implementation of international standards and laws to protect the welfare of animals; as well as with international, regional and national Veterinary Associations to promote increased veterinary engagement in animal welfare. Dr Bayvel also advises on WSPA's international programmes, supporting the animal welfare education of veterinarians through WSPA's specially designed training modules.

    Dr Bayvel, who is not a Massey graduate, will receive this Honorary Degree to recognise his outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession and to also mark the occasion of 50 years of veterinary education at Massey University. On receiving this degree, Dr Bayvel says:

    "It is a great honour to receive such an award and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support received, during my career, from both my wife and family and colleagues at MAF (now MPI). In a relatively short period of time, Massey University has become recognised as an international centre of veterinary excellence and I am sure that, in the decades ahead, it will continue to respond to both the animal health and welfare challenges of the day and the expectations of contemporary society.
    "Recognising the benefits of public and private sector partnerships, WSPA looks forward to consolidating, and further developing, its strategically important relationship with Massey's Institute of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences."

    After obtaining his initial veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow in 1967, Dr Bayvel then gained a Diploma in Tropical Veterinary Medicine from the University of Edinburgh. He became a member of the Australian and NZ College of Veterinary Scientists, by examination in Veterinary Pharmacology, in 1983 and obtained a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington in 1994.

    Dr Bayvel moved to New Zealand in 1982 and represented the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on the New Zealand National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and the Trans-Tasman Animal Welfare Working Group.

    Over recent years, Dr Bayvel has received awards, and been honoured, by a number of international and national organisations including the OIE, the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching, the New Zealand Veterinary Association, the New Zealand Companion Animal Council, the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Australian and NZ College of Veterinary Scientists. He was also awarded a Queen's Service Order (in the December 2011 Honours List) and was appointed, in 2012, as the New Zealand Government veterinary appointee to the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.

    Dr Bayvel's extensive expertise and dedication to animal welfare issues has significantly benefited WSPA not only in New Zealand, but worldwide says Mike Baker, Chief Executive at WSPA. "Combining Dr Bayvel's unrivalled wealth of experience with the global reach and influence of an international organisation such as WSPA, means real advancements in animal welfare are being placed at the heart of the veterinary profession worldwide, enabling us to effectively work towards a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.

    "WSPA is, therefore, delighted that Massey University has recognised Dr Bayvel's outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession; furthering endorsing the fact that the profession's contribution to animal welfare both in New Zealand and worldwide, is invaluable."

    Kapiti Kruzers riding for the cause
    August 2014

    Kapiti Kruzers Fundraiser is on this Saturday 23 August. They're cycling for 3 hours to raise money for Paraparaumu School, please give them your support!

    Health funding cuts will silence respected Kapiti advocacy group
    12 April

    A well respected and longstanding voice in the health sector for the Kapiti Coast's communities has become the latest victim of National's slash and burn agenda, Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi said today.
    "Last week the Kapiti Community Health Group was told that its funding would be cut from June. That effectively means the end of the road for a vital independent voice for the people of Kapiti," Kris Faafoi said.
    "The Health Group has been advocating for the people of Kapiti since 2001 and has successfully improved public transport to health services, lead the establishment of the Kapiti health information website, and worked to keep the Kapiti Community Nursing service.
    "The drive of the Health Group has always been to ensure the wellbeing of the Kapiti community. It has been a strong voice which has now been silenced by National's funding cuts.
    "This is a serious loss to the community. The Kapiti Coast has unique health needs and the loss of the Kapiti Community Health Group means there will no longer be an independent voice fighting on behalf of locals.
    "I have written to the Minister of Health urging that he reconsider the decision. Kapiti must have a voice to ensure the community's health needs are met."

    More than $41 million in capital projects for Kapiti
    22 March

    The Draft Annual Plan proposed for the Kapiti Coast District Council for 2011/2012 includes more than $41million in capital projects across 16 activity areas, Mayor Jenny Rowan said today.
    Approved for consultation at the Council's meeting held in Otaki last week, the plan seeks an average net rate increase of 7.31%, down significantly from the 9.8% originally proposed for the year in the Council's Long Term Plan published in 2009.

    In her introduction to the Draft Annual Plan, Mayor Jenny Rowan said, "It is very much a statement about the considerable amount of work we are undertaking on behalf of Kapiti Coast residents.
    Major expenditure items planned include:

     $2.4million for additional water supply/storage capacity
     $0.3million on water treatment plant renewal
     $2.3million on Raumati Beach CBD stormwater upgrade
     $8.7million to commence construction on the Aquatic Centre
     $3.7million on refurbished civic centre/council chambers
     $1.3million on the annual road resealing programme
     $0.9million on the Kapiti Road/Rimu Road intersection upgrade
     $1.1million on Raumati Beach Town Centre and $0.411 on Otaki Town Centre
     $1.9million on strategic land purchases

    In addition there are a range of other significant projects are planned which require funding.

    "When Councillors first began work on the Draft Annual Plan for 2011/12, they were initially looking at 9.5%," Mayor Rowan said. "During a series of workshops open to the public they have managed to reduce the average rate increase to 7.31%."

    The consultation period for the Draft Annual Plan and for the Special Consultative Procedure for the water meters will run from March 28 to April 28, 2011. The Council will hear submissions on May 24, 25 and 26 and consider those submissions on June 2.

    Subject to the Council's response to the submissions, the final Annual Plan and any amendment to the 2009 Long Term Council Community Plan required by the decision on the introduction of water meters, will be adopted on 23 June, 2011 at the same time as the rates will be levied.

    "This draft plan has the Council focusing very clearly on its core businesses. There is money for new water supply, for the major Raumati Beach CBD stormwater and town centre upgrades, as well as roading.

    "At the same time the Council is working towards a start on the Aquatic Centre and Civic Building.

    "The most contentious issues confronting us at present are clearly the NZTA Expressway plans from Mackay's Crossing to Peka Peka and the Peka Peka to Ōtaki leg. While these do not involve significant Council funds in 2011/12, they will continue to require a considerable commitment in time from both Elected Members and Council staff.

    "Please read the summary of the annual plan and the statement of proposal on water meters.

    "Copies of the full Draft Annual Plan and more detailed information on the water meters proposals are available on our website ( ), the libraries and service centres.

    "Please read them and provide us with your constructive feedback before the close of consultation on April 28," Mayor Rowan said.

    Raumati Pool re-opening delayed

    The re-opening of Raumati Swimming Pool has been delayed for approximately two weeks, Leisure & Open Space Asset Manager, Lex Bartlett said today.
    "In order to provide alternative facilities the Waikanae Pool will remain open until Raumati can be re-opened," he said.
    With the completion of the re-roofing project, the pool was due to open on Monday April 18 but when the pool was emptied it was discovered the product used to seal the pool joints had failed.
    "The pool was not emptied until late in the re-roofing project as this is best practice to maintain the structural integrity of the pool.
    "Once the pool was drained the sealant failure proved to be widespread and we must now remove and then replace it with new sealant, which will take around two weeks to cure, before the pool can be refilled, tested and then heated," Mr Bartlett said.
    "We have informed regular users of the pool via text and telephone.
    "We apologise to them and any others who may be inconvenienced by this later opening date," Mr Bartlett said.

    Broadband roll-out plans under fire
    April 27

    Kapiti has one of the highest internet user rates in the country so the Government's proposed roll-out of services is under close scrutiny and many groups are far from satisfied.
    In a recent poll nearly three-quarters of the New Zealanders polled about the Government's proposed Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) roll-out want the Commerce Commission retained as a watch-dog over telecommunications prices and services.
    Announcing the poll's results recently in Auckland at the Tel.Con11 Conference, TelstraClear CEO Allan Freeth revealed New Zealander consumers don't believe the Telecommunications (TSO, Broadband, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will protect their interests in terms of competitive and fairly-priced broadband.
    The nationwide, online survey of 500 Kiwis shows 73 percent are against current Government plans to ban the Commerce Commission from overseeing telecommunications services and prices until late 2019.
    "An overwhelming majority, at 73 percent, believe the Commerce Commission should be allowed to regulate prices where necessary to protect consumers," said Dr Freeth.
    The proposal to remove Commerce Commission oversight flies in the face of World Trade Organisation rules by giving successful fibre company bidders an unprecedented 10-year holiday from regulation.
    "It will create a monopoly scenario providing fibre companies with the incentive to overcharge and underperform. We have been here before," declared Dr Freeth.
    Proposals in the Bill allowing duplication, or overbuild, of UFB-like services that already exist also found little favour with those polled: 61 percent want the Government to prioritise UFB construction where need is greatest and supply poorest.
    Furthermore, over half those questioned said they were concerned about the Christchurch earthquake, and supported a delay to the UFB rollout, in favour of efforts to provide further support to affected Cantabrians.
    Dr Freeth says the poll's results show it's time the Government looked again at the Bill to ensure consumer interests and taxpayers' $1.5b contribution are being protected. He called on Steven Joyce, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, and his officials to "join us in a sincere dialogue about these issues and concerns," in a clear reference to flaws that both consumer and telecommunications industry groups see in the Bill.
    "Clearly, consumers know what they want, and have already worked through the trade-offs," said Dr Freeth. "Maybe it's time for this Government to begin listening, and seek ways of accommodating the well-founded concerns and issues of all stakeholders."

    Council in the spotlight at citizens public meeting...
    July 2012

    A public meeting has been called by a citizens group to discuss the performance of the Kapiti Coast District Council.

    The meeting is on Monday 16 July at 7p at the Coast Church, 57 Hinemoa St, Paraparaumu.

    For more information contact:

    Shorty St Star supports Mary Potter Hospice
    November 22

    Lee Donoghue who stars on Kiwi soap Shortland St as Hunter McKay was the guest star at the Mary Potter Hospice fundraiser at Paraparaumu Beach on Saturday.

    Donoghue signed autographs and was photographed with visitors to help boost the funds for Mary Potter Hospice as part of their annual Strawberry Festival.

    Hundreds turned out for the day which was deemed a great success.

    Kapiti billboard provides boost for Winston
    December 1

    Local identity Dale Evans gave a boost to the New Zealand First campaign with the aid of his billboard at the Paraparaumu Lights.

    Mr Evans said he was happy to have provided the space to Winston's party.
    "I even had some people say early on why put up the billboard for a loser - I guess the last laugh is on them."

    Mr Evans said he was impressed that Winston Peters raised a lot of issues, specifically those related to the elderly.

    "I think Winston will make both main parties a lot more accountable. There are a lot of social and economic issues relating to what people can afford. Our young people are leaving for Australia because they have more opportunities, pay less tax and earn much higher wages. This needs to be turned around," said Mr Evans.

    New Zealand First polled very well in Kapiti, capturing 2896 Party votes, while David Scott received 1056 electorate votes for Otaki. In Mana New Zealand First received 1535 Party votes.

    In the meantime the famous and sometimes infamous billboard space is currently devoted to a statement about Kapiti Council's growing debt.

    Does he have plans for more billboards. Mr Evans says "watch this space."

    “An idle Mind - is a Dangerous Mind”
    December 7

    It is not a wonder more outrageous vandalism has not occurred in the past with regards to our youth. E.g. Aircraft vandalism, letter box smashed, Infringement fines- speeding, violence.

    There is so much unemployment within the youth community in the Kapiti Coast District. This is due to no jobs, boredom, and lack of parental control, teachers and Police frustration.

    I was always taught 'An idle mind - is a dangerous mind (WATCH OUT).' Just to mention I was the advocate who pushed for this Kapiti Council to form a Youth Council which was taken up e.g. this information was given to this Council as to how they operated in Wanganui with Michael Laws (the Mayor).

    I can now say they are only catering for the upper bracket and not the lower social economic side of the Youth community.

    Recently I spoke to a wide section of the Youth in Paraparaumu/Otaki/Paekakariki from these areas who have been unemployed for more than a year. I can see that they were totally out of it - disorientated, lack of wellbeing and respect. Their agendas in life were smoking dope, pop pills, partying a lot, getting girls pregnant, go on the Benefit, no incentive to work or get out of bed in the morning.


    I honestly think to fix this unemployment issue and paying out Benefits, after six weeks – Unemployment Benefit would be cut entirely or else work for the Benefit scheme run in conjunction with WINZ and local Council e.g. Kapiti Coast District Council rather than the Central Government.

    This would have positive consequences all round.

    1. It would give those youth who are unemployed wellbeing in life.
    2. Would alleviate a lot of crime that goes on.
    3. Responsibility to the Community.
    4. Justification for our taxes – as high as they are.
    5. This would benefit the whole community young and old.
    6. Change of minds – mental thinking of our youth.
    7. Lead to better leadership within the youth.
    8. Parents, Police would possibly see a positive side of this scheme.

    I end this comment of the week, "An idle Mind - is a Dangerous Mind"

    Christmas in the Skate Park
    December 8

    The Kapiti Coast Youth Council is launching Youth2U Live at MacLean Skate Park, Paraparaumu Beach Saturday 17 December from 12pm.

    This is a free youth event which will feature DJ Entertainment from Kapiti's own talented entertainer DJ Antikz (Josh Parata) and there will also be a free sausage sizzle for young people.

    There will be regular Youth2U Live events at MacLean Skate Park over the summer. Cheapskates have jumped on board by offering to run a workshop on how to judge a skate comp so that youth in Kapiti gain experience to run their own events. This workshop will be held during February.

    We are looking for Kapiti youth to be involved in Youth2U Live. If you want to perform or have skills in a particular area or just want to gain some experience helping to run an event or workshop then we want to hear from you. Email us at or contact us via our facebook page

    Skills could include:

  • Sound/lighting
  • Musicians
  • Dance crews
  • Sports people

    A full timetable will be loaded to facebook every month so that youth know about upcoming events in their area. There will be a range of different events taking place all over the district from Paekakariki to Otaki.

  • Santa meets Blake at Coastlands....
    December 10

    Blake Murphy, 18 months young from Paraparaumu, gives Santa the Christmas gift message at Coastlands on Saturday

    Water Meters - savings equals price hike

    Kapiti Coast Councillors heard that under the Tauranga water meter scheme reductions in water usage means water prices go up.

    A presentation to the KCDC Corporate Business Committee by John Sternberg and Peter Bahrs showed the Tauranga experience had resulted in delaying the cost of new infrastructure and they advised KCDC to follow a similar path.
    It would appear however that the economics are highly questionable in terms of protecting the consumers from escalating water prices.
    The meeting heard water prices had risen consistently in Tauranga since the introduction of metering.
    "The water supply service is a self funding arm of Council and must generate sufficient revenue to operate the system. As consumption falls there needs to be a pricing adjustment to bring in the required amount of revenue," said Mr Bahrs.
    In Tauranga there has also been a significant downturn in business as well as many businesses closing down. In turn, water consumption has dropped sharply in the sector and much of the $2million shortfall will be passed on to domestic users via price increases.
    The meeting was not well attended by the public as the item was a late inclusion on the agenda.
    During public speaking time local identity and former Paraparaumu/Raumati community board deputy chair Dale Evans berated Council for the late notice of this item. "More than 7700 signed a petition calling for a referendum on water meters and many of them would have turned up had they known the meeting was on," said Mr Evans.
    Mr Evans put several questions to the meeting which included who was paying the costs of the officials from Tauranga and how much "has been spent on advertising in local papers regarding water meters by Council to convert non-believers."
    Mr Evans also asked the Mayor for a direct and honest answer, yes or no, to the referendum on water meters. "Are we going to have a referendum?"
    He did not get his answer but Committee Chair Ross Church gave Mr Evans an assurance that his questions would be treated as an Official Information Request and they would all be taken seriously and answered.

    Abandon the silos!
    21 February

    Chief Executive of the Cancer Society, Dalton Kelly, today challenged stakeholders at a PHARMAC forum whether the time hasn't come to abandon the silo approach to delivery of disease prevention and treatment, as is apparent in the public sector.

    "Our worry has long been the silo approach where different health groups and divisions get on with their objectives and roles - whether it be buying drugs or running a public health promotion. But I wonder whether the revolution in technologies, and the understanding of the holistic approach, shouldn't be leading us to think about the spectrum as a whole.
    Dalton Kelly had a work of praise for the country's drug purchasing agency. "PHARMAC, along with its siblings that deal with vaccines, Maori health, smoking cessation and so on, has worked well for New Zealand. Until relatively recently PHARMAC had to deal with a dwindling allocation of funds, while on the other hand new and very expensive drugs became available.
    "The paradigm has shifted further. New blockbuster drugs are increasingly few and far between. And while these drugs come at an enormous cost, I have two comments. The first is 'thank goodness we still have researchers looking for new cures and resolutions, and secondly the cancer community does understand how much R&D trials, particularly failed trials, cost in a commercial world.
    "And anecdotally, we find that many of our acceptable day to day drugs, like aspirin, would never have made it through today's rigorous testing as the side effects, such as bleeding, would have been regarded as unacceptable."
    In closing Dalton noted that one of the reasons he had raised the issue of the silo mentality was because, "being based in Wellington I hear a lot about the 'joined-up government approach for many policy issues, ranging from infrastructure development to delivery of welfare services. But this-joined up idea still has to come to fruition in the health sector. I know efforts are being made, but suggest we need to do better.

    "It is not just deciding what drugs will or won't be funded, whether provincial cities continue to retain maternity services or if breakfast will be served at low decile schools – somehow we need to get a hand on the big picture, the helicopter approach, which draws all these threads together.

    "A great example just this is the work currently being done to enhance the Cancer Registry. This is a great initiative that will capture information about every one of the 20,000 cancer cases diagnosed every year. The work enhances the existing registry and will ultimately provide a brilliant planning tool so that DHBs will really know if trends indicate they need new equipment, staffing and resources, it will allow researchers and clinicians to know what treatments have been applied and what outcomes have occurred."

    Sustainabilty show draws crowds despite weather.....more
    March 29

    Over 6000 braved the elements to visit the annual Sustainable Home and Garden Show held at the Kapiti Primary School in Paraparaumu.

    Special guest Te Radar was a popular attraction among the 80 exhibitors at the two day show.

    One of the popular stalls was the Save Kapiti display which featured the newly released DVD of locally made documentary movie Through the Heart which focuses on the proposed expressway through Kapiti.

    The films Director Bos O'Sullivan said he was greatly heartened by the public response.

    "It is becoming increasingly clear to the public that this road is not a done deal," said Mr O'Sullivan.

    "We had large numbers of visitors come to the stall and over 100 copies of the movie were sold. We gave a copy to Te Radar and he was very interested and wanted more information about our website."

    Mr O'Sullivan said the film was now generally available and it can be purchased by visiting the website

    Aquatic Centre more than a hole in the ground
    June 2012

    After many years of planning and debate, Kapiti's Coastlands Aquatic Centre is starting to emerge as a significant building.

    Last week saw an official visit to the site, off Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu, by Kapiti councillors, sponsors and aquatic centre trustees.

    The complex, expected to cost over $22 million, is on schedule to be completed in 2013. Just on $18million will be paid by KCDC with the rest being raised by a community trust.

    The dominating feature on the site at present is the huge excavated hole that will form the main 25m by 25m swimming pool.

    Visible from off site are the large precast tapered columns which will form the outside of the pool's hall.

    The fitting of the see-through ceiling for the centre is expected in July.

    Irate Kapiti residents set to march to Parliament....more....
    June 2012

    Ask us First petition organiser Jackie Elliott has sent an invitaion to elected representatives for Mana and Otaki electorates and Greater Wellington Regional Council to join Kapiti residents on a march to Parliament.

    Hon Jan Logie
    Hon Hekia Parata
    Hon Nathan Guy
    Hon Kris Faafoi
    and Hon David Carter, Minister for Local Government.
    Fran Wilde, Chair Greater Wellington Regional Council
    Cr Nigel Wilson, Kapiti Representative to Greater Wellington Regional Council are all on the invitation list.

    Ms Elliott says in November 2011, 7662, Citizens of the Kapiti Coast were signatories to a petition to the Kapiti Coast District Council requesting a democratic ratepayer referendum on Water Meters.
    "Our request was ignored by Kapiti Coast District Council who voted on 5th April 2012 not to hold a ratepayer referendum under any circumstances. On Thursday 28th of June, they make their final vote on districtwide water metering and volumetric charging.
    "Meanwhile, there is huge dissatifaction, distrust and lack of confidence in the community of the current Council. The long term debt they are creating. The policies they are proceeding with without electoral mandate. And most of all their apparent contempt for the ratepayers."
    Ms Elliott says her group have requested the petition be returned to them and numbers have now boosted to 8012.

    Ms Elliott says on May 31st a districtwide "VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE" was launched requesting the immediate resignation of Elected members of Council and a new Local Body Election on the basis that by voting against a referendum they are in breach of their oath of office as our elected representatives.

    In a statement to the elected leaders Ms Elliott says "Citizens of Kapiti are collectively marching to Parliament with the "Ask Us First" petition in the last week of June to bring it to you, our elected representatives with a request for democracy on the Kapiti Coast. And that there is Government intervention here urgently. Please let march organisers know by return email, which of the dates is most suitable for your to meet us on the steps of Parliament. Monday 25th of June, Tuesday the 26th of June or Wednesday 27th of June. We will select the day most of you can come and meet us."

    Marines Memorial unveiled at Queen Elizabeth Park....
    June 2012

    A new Sailor's Memorial has been unveiled to about 600 people at a Memorial Day event, marking 70 years since the friendly invasion by US Marines of Paekakariki during World War II.

    Kapiti US Marines Trust and Greater Wellington Regional Council organised Monday's event, which saw former and current US Marines attend alongside the likes of Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

    Organiser Allie Webber said the event was a great success, and she has had an "overwhelming amount of positive feedback".

    A sculpture made by Riverbank Engineering in Otaki was unveiled at the ceremony, honouring the 10 US Marines who died when a ship sank off the Kapiti Coast during WWII.

    The ceremony started with a powhiri and flag raising, before Sir Jerry Mateparae and US Army Lieutenant Colonel Steven M Johnson made speeches to the large crowd.

    Wreaths were laid at the new sculpture and at the Camp Russell site, where the memorial ceremony was held.

    Ms Webber said she was proud of herself and the Kapiti US Marine Trust for the work put in to organise the event, and said it was great to have people attend from the United States.

    "They have really enjoyed their time in Kapiti and really enjoyed the Memorial Day," she said.

    "I think the turnout showed how big this still is to people in Kapiti, that the Americans were based here."

    The Salute 70 festival runs until June 14.

    A running event on June 10 will follow a route near Queen Elizabeth Park, through Whareroa Farm where the marines used to train.

    For a full list of events, see

    No mandate for water meters
    June 2012

    Kapiti Coast District Council has no Mandate for the installation of district wide water meters, and a rigged phone survey won't help, says anti water meter campaigner Jackie Elliott.

    The 28 day LTP consultation and submission period is over leaving most ratepayers and residents feeling even more ignored and confused than before, she says.

    "The CEO shocked those attending the Council meeting of April 5th when he told staff to use the "Water Supply Options phone survey to stop enquiries about the Dam for good. Now we see just how he has rigged that phone survey.

    "Figures released by council on the Water Supply options were inaccurate and deliberately misleading. Low costs quoted for single person households under the water meter option did not include the actual water usage or many on-going costs of water meter maintenance or meter reading."

    Costs quoted for the dam only option at $44million, were wildly inflated. "Council simply can not justify this figure," Ms Elliott says. When consultants last costed the dam in 2006 for the Technical Advisory Group, the quoted price for the Maungotukutuku dam to be completed by March 2014 was $25.1 million. This is the price accepted by this Council in July 2010 when they accepted the T.A.G. report and project timeline.

    "The dam, was quoted at costing $33 million, by the Charging Regime Advisory Group report in April, yet during the submission process, it was inflated again to $44 million. If anything this proves that 'No' price will be as good as today's price. And by postponing its construction KCDC will be committing ratepayers to huge costs in the future as well as huge costs under water metering with no tangible gain."

    Ms Elliott says campaigners are concerned that both the T.A.G. and the C.R.A.G. were chaired by the same person, Mr Don Hunn, and that over 20 months, the outcome of the dam costing has differed so much. This looks like report writing to order, and it is just one of the issues they will be seeking further legal advice on.

    "In accepting the T.A.G. report in July 2010, the Mayor stated there would be NO WATER METERS, we all remember this, and refuse to accept Council has the right to begin household and business charging. KCDC has no right to enter your private property to install meter equipment. No right to dig up your shared access driveway. No right to issue invoices to you other than for your rates or dog license and no right to spend ratepayers money on water meters, a project for which they have absolutely no mandate to proceed with. It is up to the community to ensure they never get that right."

    A sign of the times - 'debt going through the roof'
    June 2012

    Kapiti personality Dale Evans says Council's debt is out of control and is going through the roof.

    "I copped some criticism from councillors when I put a sign on my billboard a couple of weeks back stating the gay times are over and showing Kapiti Council's debt at $75million. In all their criticism of me not one single time did any of them refer to the main part of the sign - that is the $75million debt," said Mr Evans.

    "Well this week the sign is upgraded to show the current level of debt which is now over $100million. This is huge so I guess they will probably ignore that as well. The good news is the public aren't ignoring it and I have had overwhelming feedback endorsing my attempts to show how badly this council is performing."

    Mr Evans said the hard decisions have not been made and it is time the Mayor and Council resigned.

    "Democracy is dieing in Kapiti. With 8000 petitioners over the water meters being completely ignored the council has showed their contempt for the people who elected them. It is time for them to go," said Mr Evans.

    Protest aims to donate $450million road money to Christchurch
    July 2012

    Convoy to Kapiti looks to save Capital Connection
    Tony Ng reports

    A convoy of enraged Capital Connection patrons arrived at the Waikanae train station yesterday in response to KiwiRail's proposed disconnection of the commuter train service between Palmerston North and Wellington.
    Over 50 cars with 100 people in them arrived en masse, tooting their horns as they approached Waikanae station and continued to toot non-stop for 10 minutes after their arrival.
    The convoy started at the Palmerston North station, and made stops at the Shannon, Levin and Otaki stations (the three stops before Waikanae on the Capital Connection) for additional protestors to join in.
    The Capital Connection connects passengers from the Manawatu and Horowhenua-Kapiti regions to Wellington, and if KiwiRail's proposal to shut it down goes ahead, it will leave commuters from the north of Waikanae with no train service to Wellington.
    The New Zealand Transport Agency has recently rejected a proposed rescue package for the endangered service because they don't believe it relieves traffic congestion between Palmerston North and Waikanae.
    The convoy was to prove that if the Capital Connection was stopped, it would create more traffic congestion and parking problems around Waikanae.
    The protestors made their way to the Waikanae Memorial Hall next to the station for a meeting hosted by Labour's Otaki electorate committee.
    At the meeting, convoy leader and Palmerston North MP, Iain Lees-Galloway opened the meeting with a speech followed by speeches from regional councillors and protestors.
    Notable absentee from the meeting was Otaki MP, Nathan Guy who was invited.
    Mr Lees-Galloway said that the idea of people north of Waikanae can just drive there smoothly is not true.
    "We caused mayhem, if we can cause this on a Sunday morning imagine what would happen during the week," said Mr Lees-Galloway.
    It was recently announced that the Greater Wellington Regional Council in partnership with Horizons will be willing to partially fund the service in response to KiwiRail's argument that the Capital Connection is no longer economically viable.
    However Greater Wellington Regional Council and Horizons will only provide funding if the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) also chips in for the service's estimated $435,000 shortfall.
    Mr Lees-Galloway believes that the ball is now in NZTA's and transport Minister Gerry Brownlee's court as they have the power to and resources to save the service.
    "The regional councils are doing the right thing, but we need the government to listen," said Mr Lees-Galloway.
    Regional Councillor, Nigel Wilson said that the council and Horizons are "100% on board" with saving the Capital Connection and expressed his disappointment in Mr Guy's absence from the meeting.
    "Our community is not best served by stopping the Capital Connection and for our MP not to be here (to listen to the community) is appalling," said Mr Wilson.
    Former national advisor for crash and investigations, and Waikanae resident, Errol Brown also spoke at the meeting, and he said that not only will traffic congestion be a problem if the Capital Connection shuts, but it will also cause safety problems.
    "Right now you're promoting safety (by having drivers on the train), if you increase volume you'll increase the crash rate," said Mr Brown.
    Protestors and patrons of the Capital Connection in attendance expressed their disappointment at the potential closure of the service.
    James O'Hagan, from Levin catches the train to get to work in Wellington every day. He moved out to Levin with his wife and infant daughter last year from Wellington to be closer to his in-laws but may regret that decision now.
    "We moved up to Levin to be closer to the in-laws and because I knew the Capital Connection was available to use, we might not have moved up if it wasn't," said Mr O'Hagan.
    Shannon resident, Bob Pearce hops on the train to get to work in Wellington, and thinks the termination of the service will negatively affect small towns like Shannon as some residents may consider moving closer to Wellington as a result.
    "It'll impact small businesses and towns like Shannon," said Mr Pearce.

    Get yellow, get creative, Daffodil Day is just around the corner
    August 2012

    Daffodil Day, the Cancer Society's flagship fundraising day, is on 31 August this year and Kapiti businesses and organisations are invited to get creative and join in the spirit.

    Kapiti Daffodil Day Coordinator Janie Walker says the local Kapiti community has always been very generous in their support of Daffodil Day. "Most of us have stories about cancer so it's a day that connects us all. Times are tough but people still have time and resources to give."
    Many of these people volunteer their time for the street collection. Some are in businesses that fundraise by buying fresh daffodils or merchandise. Or, as Ms Walker says, some are getting creative. "I talked to a business last week that wants to do a photography exhibition that celebrates life. There are pot luck dinners being organised, daffodil cupcakes being sourced and a count-the-daffodils stand – I'm having fun cooking up ideas with people. It's not too late for a business or group to start."
    Ms Walker says pre-schools and schools who fundraise may get a visit from Zena the Daffodil Dog, her Golden Labrador, who has been especially recruited for the cause. Her first confirmed visit is to Castle Kids Pioneers in Waikanae Beach. Although, Pat Cumming from the Kapiti Community Centre isn't sure about having a rival Daffodil Dog to her beloved Chagall. "I think there's room for two Daffodil dogs!" says Ms Walker. "Who knows, maybe people want to nominate their own dog to help fundraise."
    Last year Daffodil Day raised four million dollars nationally. The Cancer Society relies on this income stream to provide supportive care for patients, their carers, whanau, family and friends; fund research; provide information about the ways to reduce the risk of cancer (Smokefree, SunSmart, healthy lifestyle) and publish and provide resources and programmes for patients and medical professionals.
    Judy Dickie, Cancer Society Kapiti Coordinator says the organisation's advocacy role is a vital one that not everyone is aware of. "We work closely with groups like the Cancer Control Council at a national and political level to advocate for cancer patients and their families in order to achieve the best possible outcomes," says Ms Dickie.

    Local Timber Design Award finalists showcase interior excellence, innovation, and sustainability
    August 2012

    Six projects from Wellington, Kapiti, and Carterton have been chosen as finalists in the 2012 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards, representing excellence in commercial, engineering, interior, innovation and sustainability categories.
    2012 attracted 93 entries across the nine categories – more than three times the number in 2011 and a record in the more than 30 year history of the Timber Design Awards. Of these, 38 have been selected for second stage judging which requires the entrant to provide greater detail.

    "New Zealand's only Timber Design Awards achieved a massive jump in entries this year, reflecting the desire of professionals to differentiate themselves and their practices from the rest," says NZ Wood CEO Jane Arnott.
    "Winning an NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Award provides a competitive edge that is compelling in a marketplace that values expertise. The Awards cater to such expertise, and they help draw a line in the sand between mediocrity and brilliance. In these tough economic times, what better way to do this than to put your work forward to be judged alongside your peers," says Ms Arnott.
    The finalists with projects in Kapiti are Peka Peka by Box Living, Ngā Purapura (at Te Wananga-O-Raukawa) by Tennent + Brown Architects and Kākano entered by Tennent + Brown Architects, Dunning Thornton Consultants Ltd & Stanley Group.

    Peka Peka is a 4 bedroom beach house which was designed and built using BOX's engineered timber framing system in place of steel. The architect individually designs BOX homes for the site and client, but all homes use a common engineered post and beam building system. The system aims to reduce the architectural design fees by up to 75%, allowing more people to afford services of an architect. The system also gives certainty of build cost. The system has been optimized for efficiency and unlike a custom build, does not throw out any 'unknowns' during construction. The system is a set of components that are assembled on site. Post & beam components are cut, drilled, routed and painted off site so that everything fits together fast and perfectly on site.
    Ngā Purapura at Te Wānanga-O-Raukawa, a Māori tertiary institution in Otaki required a building to fulfill its vision for courses focused on improving physical wellbeing for Māori. Timber was used extensively for structure; engineered timber, laminated & LVL, was used for post, beams & rafters. Within the sports hall a 36m span Tahuhu (ridge beam) with a precambered composite timber & steel beam which aesthetically represented a waka & minimised the bulk of the structure. Timber was used to minimise high embodied energy steel and was precast from local supplier 4km from site. It also used sustainably sourced sports floor timber and landscaping local native hardy species.
    Kākano is a special meeting space in the main foyer at Te Wānanga-O-Raukawa which represents a 'new beginning' for young Māori, and is also a structure of beauty. Kākano in Māori means 'seedpod'. The 54m2 pod was fabricated entirely out of 12mm high-grade plywood. The interior and exterior of the pod are each made up of 268 triangular panels, every one different, fitted together with a 'tenth of a degree' of accuracy. The final result demonstrates pushing common everyday materials to their limit in terms of use but at the same time showing off the natural beauty plywood has to offer.

    For further details see

    Winners will be announced at an awards evening on 9 October in Auckland.

    Telecom encourages mobile switch for Kapiti

    Telecom is encouraging customers in the Kapiti region to switch mobile networks before the CDMA network closes at the end of this month.

    Since 1 July 2011, when Telecom announced the CDMA network would be closing on 31 July 2012, a good response has been seen from customers realising the benefits of XT.

    Telecom store manager, Rory Faughnan, said response has been excellent to the CDMA offers, with an increase in customers moving from CDMA to XT.

    "We have been getting some awesome feedback around switching to XT from customers in store as we are offering our prepaid CDMA customers a free $79 top-up credit with any prepaid XT handset purchased. Take up has been so positive that we've extended this deal until the end of July.

    "Postpaid CDMA customers who sign up to a 24 month plan on XT can choose from a range of zero dollar handsets. We can't guarantee customers' mobile numbers will be available after the 31st July when the CDMA network closes, unless they have switched to another network – so we're really encouraging people to come in store and take up the offers as soon as possible," he says.

    To ensure awareness of the network closure, Telecom has initiated pre-closure voice announcements that customers hear before calls they make from a CDMA phone.

    "Of course not everyone embraces change in the same way, but we are going all out to make the switch to XT as seamless as possible if they choose it. We are taking the extra time to explain to our customers the details of all our XT mobile plans and we also transfer their mobile phone number with any existing prepaid credit, voicemails and where possible, personal contacts to their new XT device," says Mr Faughnan.

    Once customers have made the transition to XT, they can take their old CDMA phone to a Telecom store to be recycled. The proceeds from the initiative are donated to Starship and help pay for their priority needs – such as the Starship National Air Ambulance Service. In 2011, Telecom customers donated over 60,000 devices to Starship.

    The XT network was purpose built for smartphones to enable a great mobile, data and apps experience with Telecom investing more than $900,000 in the XT network in the Kapiti region during 2011.
    Customers can check if they are on the CDMA network by calling 333.

    Further information

  • The CDMA network is closing to allow Telecom to focus investment and activity on the XT network which provides customers with the latest applications, service, and world class 3G capability.

    ▪ CDMA customers will not be able to access their voice mailbox from their CDMA device after the 31st July when the network closes. Telecom has the ability to put important voice messages onto CDs if customers wish (please note this incurs a customer charge).

    ▪ Customers' prepaid balance will expire when the network closes on 31 July 2012. However, Telecom understands some customers may not have a chance to use all their prepaid credit before then. Therefore, if a customer has a high prepaid credit balance after the closure, they can contact Telecom to discuss a refund until 31 October 2012.

  • For further information on the network closure, customers can visit or visit their local Telecom store.

    Telecom store:

    16 Ihakara Street, Paraparaumu

  • Rainwater tanks important for emergency preparedness
    August 2012

    A rainwater tank installed at home could save you a lot of grief in the event of a full-scale emergency.
    In the Wellington region, the bulk water mains cross the Wellington Fault six times, so it could take a long time to fix pipe breaks not only in the mains but also in the local water pipes.
    "Our civil defence people recommend that, at the very least, every household should have stored three litres of water per person per day for three days, just for drinking," says Deputy Chair, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Peter Glensor. "However, as you'll need more water for cooking and hygiene, we recommend storing at least 20 litres per person per day."

    This would require a family of four needing 3,200 litres of water, if the water supply was cut off for 40 days.
    "You'd need a lot of containers to store that much water," Councillor Glensor says. "As a full-scale disaster could disrupt water supply for weeks or even months, we encourage people to think about installing rainwater tanks on their properties."
    "Having a rainwater tank attached to the guttering system on the roof of your house would ensure your tank would get replenished every time it rained and means, if there was a problem with water supply, you wouldn't have to line up for hours at a collection point and carry your water home."

    Setting up a rainwater tank for emergency water storage can be relatively cheap and easy. And, unless they're connected to a toilet or laundry, tanks don't usually require a building consent or need to be installed by a qualified tradesman.
    "A basic rainwater tank is pretty easy to install," Mr Glensor says. "And having a tank like this on your property ensures you have your own source of water even if the water supply system isn't working."
    "It's really important we are as prepared as possible for a natural disaster. We cannot afford to be complacent."

    For information on rainwater tanks (including where to buy them), go to:

    Popular Waikanae Teacher On The Move
    August 2012

    Popular Waikanae School teacher Martin Taylor is leaving teaching and a farewell assembly was held at Waikanae School on the 20th July.
    The special assembly included speeches, items by students and the school band. In his farewell speech to Mr Taylor, Waikanae School principal Bevan Campbell recounted how Mr Taylor arrived at Waikanae School firstly as part of his teacher training, before then joining the staff on a fulltime basis in 2003 as a provisionally registered teacher (PRT) after he graduated from teachers' college. Teaching was a significant career change for Mr Taylor and followed a 20 year stint in the NZ Army, which included a being a part of a bomb disposal unit.
    Mr Taylor's first class was a short period with Year 5-6s, The following year he moved rooms and became the teacher for a Year 6-7 class, and subsequently a year 7-8 composite class, a role he continued for the rest of his time at Waikanae School.
    Mr Taylor told of how he has teaching in his blood. A photo frame he showed displayed four generations of teachers, starting with his great-grandmother. Next was his two grandparents, his father and then himself. Absent from the line-up was the photo of his daughter who is a teacher in Auckland. Mr Taylor spoke of how he had taught over 300 children in his time at the school, and will remember with fondness the many "amazing people and amazing kids" he has encountered.
    Elizabeth Couchman, the BOT chair, spoke to the assembled children and parents about Mr Taylor being "an inspiration to all children particularly the year 7 and 8s", while two of his current Year 8 pupils, Dorian Marsden and Frankie Davis, told of Mr Taylor being "fun and creative", and a teacher with a "lively and humorous personality"
    When later asked about the highs and lows of his teaching career he mentioned that both were centered in his experiences with a particularly difficult special needs child who he had seen through to college level, and the real rewards from having being involved in making a positive impact and seeing small successes in the child's life. He also spoke of driving into a supermarket car park recently, and seeing a child who, from a distance, he initially thought was his former pupil, and then driving back around a second time just to check if he was OK. While it turned out it wasn't the child he thought it was, it was indicative of Mr Taylor's care and concern for the children he had taught, a characteristic his colleagues recognise in him.
    After a three week break Mr Taylor commences his new career, something he says is on his 'bucket list', training as a driver with TransMetro.

    Story and Photo from Peter Corlett

    CapTel – Captioned Phones for the Hearing Impaired
    August 2012

    To those who can hear with ease, the thought of what life would be like without access to a telephone would probably never cross their mind.
    Spare then, a thought for those of us who struggle to hear on the phone and how it must now feel to have an option of using a captioned telephone.
    Captioned Telephone technology engages a third party operator who uses voice recognition technology to transmit real-time captions on the phone while you listen to the call - much like watching captioned television – it is WONDERFUL. The spoken word appears as captions on a large, easy-to-read screen at virtually the same time as the caller speaks, allowing conversation to flow at near normal speed between the two call participants.
    Without a doubt, text messaging has opened up a world of communications for the hearing impaired, as has emailing however, many of our more mature family members prefer to use their telephones and as their hearing has deteriorated with age they have become isolated and often sad and lonely.
    Louise Carroll CEO of The National Foundation for the Deaf said this is one of the greatest telephone communication breakthroughs for the hearing impaired sector. She also commented that following the announcement earlier this week that the registration cost for the first 200 people has reduced from $323.00 to $99.00 shows government and industry are also keenly in support of this technology being available too.
    For more information and to register for a CapTel Phone visit or call 0800 CAPTEL (0800 227 835).

    Paper Plus Coastlands named Group Bookshop of the Year
    August 2012

    Local books and stationery store, Paper Plus Coastlands has been awarded as the best in the country, taking out the prestigious title of THORPE-Bowker Group Bookshop of the Year.

    The announcement was made on Thursday night at the Booksellers NZ Conference Dinner & Industry Awards, held at Auckland's Rendezvous Hotel, which saw Paper Plus Coastlands go up against some of the country's finest bookshops.

    The store recently celebrated its outstanding achievement at the Paper Plus Gala Awards, where they took out the top spot for book sales, beating 107 other stores nationwide to claim the title.

    Store owners Rob and Kaye Clarke were thrilled to receive the recognition at the esteemed New Zealand Book Industry Awards, and say that the store's huge achievement could not have been done without their dedicated team of staff who continually strive to better their store.

    "Receiving this award, on the back of our Paper Plus Gala Dinner achievement last week, is such a thrill. It's a true credit to our staff and loyal customers, many of whom have been there for us since the beginning. We are so proud to be a part of the Paper Plus Group and receiving this award is testament to the fantastic support we have had over the years as part of a successful franchise system," says Kaye.

    Paper Plus Group Chief Executive, Rob Smith, says: "We are delighted for Rob and Kaye who have consistently shown initiative and creativity, something that plays a huge role of acquiring the title of Group Bookshop of the Year. Their store is one to be admired and it's only right that they are the big winners at this year's New Zealand Book Industry Awards."

    Serious Assault in Coastlands - teenager on life support
    August 2012

    Report by Peter Corlett

    Following a serious assault in the early hours of this morning the bridge area of the Coastlands car park is still closed to traffic and pedestrians due to on-going scene examinations, with security guards and police guarding the scene.

    It has been reported that the youth assaulted had been involved in an altercation with a group of people in the Kapiti Lights area. According to Wellington District Field Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Mike Johnson, a 17 year old teenager was found unconscious about 3am with serious head injuries, near the back of KFC in the Coastlands car park.
    "It's too early to speculate on what has occurred or whether any weapons have been involved," Insp. Johnson said.
    Police have said the teenager remains on life support after having to be resuscitated at the scene.
    "Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is urged to contact Kapiti police or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111," Inspector Johnson said.

    Kapiti boy dies after assault
    August 2012

    Izak Millanta, from Paraparaumu, has died surrounded by family and friends in Wellington Hospital.

    He had been on life support after police found him unconscious in a car park at Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu, with just a graze on his head about 3am on Saturday.

    Izak's mother was on a plane back to Wellington to say goodbye to him, but she didn't make it in time.

    Two men were seen allegedly chasing the teenager through an alleyway and into the darkness minutes after a fight outside the Retro Bar.

    Police began a homicide investigation yesterday and a 25-year-old unemployed Titahi Bay man was arrested and charged with assault.

    He appeared in Porirua District Court today and was remanded to appear on September 4. He was granted interim name suppression and was also charged with assaulting Millanta's brother in the same incident.

    Four police and two security guards in protective vests were in court today as about 20 people filed into the public gallery.

    Izak's family left the court room silently.

    Inquiry head Detective Inspector Mike Johnson said an autopsy had been done but he declined to give details.

    He said police had spoken to both men allegedly seen chasing the victim, one of whom was now facing the assault charge. It was too early to determine whether further charges would be laid, Johnson said.

    "There appears to have been a number of incidents and assaults that have gone on throughout the evening and we are still looking hard at all of those."

    Police did not believe weapons were involved. It is understood police are investigating several incidents that may have led to the altercation outside the Retro Bar.

    One is believed to include a fight, which involved Millanta's brother, Tane.

    Their mother was in Taiwan at the time of the incident.

    Millanta's father declined to comment yesterday, but Josephine Tukaki-Millanta said her grandson was heading home from a friend's place with Tane when he was involved in an altercation.

    She believed her grandson was later bashed in a targeted attack. He suffered internal injuries, she said.

    Millanta was a "fantastic" musician who played guitar, drums, and sang.

    "He had a lot of people who loved him. It's going to take a lot for the community to get over it."

    Mel Hartman, the mother of Millanta's best friend, Rhythm Hartman, said her son was devastated. She believed the Retro Bar should be shut down.

    "This boy has been beaten to death; this has to stop.

    "All the parents want the Retro Bar closed down. If they do not shut it down, there will be someone else," she said. She feared there would be more violence as a result of the young man's death.

    Kapiti Coast Councillor Ross Church has called for calm.

    "This has thrown everyone. It is a tragedy when one of our young people dies and in circumstances like this it is brutal for the whole community."

    Cr Church said the matter was now in the hands of the police and anyone who can assist should contact them.

    Vandalism at local school
    August 2012

    Waikanae School caretaker, Peter Larkin, says that when he arrives at school each morning he will never know what he will find.
    There have been on-going incidents of vandalism on a regular basis over the years. This has included graffiti, broken windows in the hall, break ins into the PE shed and caretakers shed, youths running on the building roofs, rubbish bins in the playground and attached to buildings set on fire, and in one instance, faeces smeared on the windows and door handles of the office block. Frequently, as with yesterday, there are smashed beer bottles, posing a danger to students when they arrive in the morning especially if they have been broken on grassed areas. Repair of damage is a cost to the school and means less money is available for resources for the children.
    Yesterday's vandalism included broken glass bottles, new scooter racks wrenched from the concrete destroying three of them, and a heavy concrete block from a construction area being used to try and break in to the Phys Ed shed.
    "It is very disappointing to see a community place like our school being damaged. It is particularly upsetting for our children who cannot understand why people would do this and who would treat their school in this way," observed Peter Corlett, a teacher at the school.
    If anyone has any information they can contact the school on 902-6544, the local community police on 296 1950, or unanimously phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    Kapiti couples Tie the Knot at Te Papa
    August 2012

    Four Kapiti couples have tied the knot at a traditional Thai Cultural Wedding ceremony held at Te Papa.

    In all, nine couples took part in the celebrations organised by the Thai community of Wellington. The occasion also celebrated the Queen of Thailand's 80th birthday as well as Thai Mother's Day.

    Among the couples were Dale Evans and Jan Homkajon of Paraparaumu Beach.

    Mr Evans said the event was a wonderful cultural celebration and he and his partner Jan were delighted to share their big day with so many family and friends.

    Te Papa was a feast of colour as wedding guests were joined by members of the public who gathered for the event.

    Hundreds of visitors had the opportunity to experience different parts of the wedding as a parade including the grooms made its way around the outskirts of the museum about 11.30am.

    Entering the building, the grooms then had to make their way up a set of stairs and pass through three chains before they could join their brides.

    At each chain the grooms needed to barter their way past, leading to banter and laughter as the group passed through the bronze, silver and gold chains.

    Lamai Chanhoom, from Paraparaumu who was marrying Anun Ponhong, said she was thrilled to be getting married at Te Papa and to be able to share her culture with New Zealanders.

    Guest of honour was the Thai ambassador Noppadon Theppitak who said the two occasions were a cause for celebration for Thai people all across the world.

    Family bonds were extremely important in Thailand and it was not uncommon for weddings to be open to the public, he said.

    The two other Kapiti couples were John Weaver and Gasorn Nakarin, and Ian Morton and Gough Boonmeephon.

    Public meetings regarding Kapiti's user-payers water plans
    August 2012

    The Kapiti Concerned Citizens group is holding two public meetings this week.

    KCC is a group established to prevent user-pays water schemes being instituted in Kapiti, to campaign for increased democracy in Kapiti local government and to circulate information on other local issues.

    Jackie Elliot and Alan Tiora (formerly The Green Plumber) will speak at these meetings.

    Wednesday, 29th August 11.30am at the Presbyterian Church, Ngaio Road, Waikanae, and;

    Saturday, 1st of September 10.30am at the Rotary Hall, Aotaki Street, Otaki.


    Kapiti woman wins NZ$180,000 with secret lottery ticket
    September 2012

    By Austin Weaver

    Choosing lottery numbers is a very personal decision.
    Individuals will generally consider important dates, such as birthdays and anniversaries, when filling out a lottery ticket.
    A husband and wife from the Kapiti Coast has been entering the New Zealand Lotto for eight years without ever tasting much success. However, this all changed when the lady landed NZ$180,000 on Lotto Strike.
    It came as a big surprise to the man though, as he had already filled out their usual lottery numbers for the week. But the woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, had a premonition and decided to enter an extra lottery ticket in secret.
    The move turned out to be very beneficial and now they can look forward to travelling the world seeing their three sons.
    Speaking to the Dominion Post, the 50-year-old lady said: ''I'm not one of those people who are into the psychic ways, but I just felt that something awesome was going to happen. Go with your intuition."
    She added trips to the UK and Hawaii are already on the horizon, as they look to celebrate their newfound wealth in style. Once they return from their travels, the pair intend to buy new golf clubs, a car and also visit a local charity auction.
    Her husband is turning 60 next February and so unsurprisingly they are planning quite the celebration. They are going to fly all three of their sons to the one location so they can enjoy the big day as a family.
    It just goes to show what is possible with the power of positive thinking, as the woman was sure that it was her time to land a windfall - and sure enough - she was right.
    And she might not be the last person to enter a couple of extra lottery tickets in secret!

    Austin Weaver loves cricket and rugby, but his real passion is traveling. During the day he is a content and blog writer for online lottery tickets site. You can find him around the web on Google +, Twitter and theLotter's Facebook Page

    Kapiti Police disappointed
    October 2012

    Kapiti Police are disappointed by the actions of some youths, after three out of control parties over the weekend.

    Officer in charge of Kapiti Police Senior Sergeant Alasdair Macmillan says around 10:15pm on Friday night, Police were called to a Raumati South address where a group of uninvited guests, aged between 16 and 20 years, had turned up.

    "A large number of Police staff arrived and managed to close the party down with the help of the occupants and no arrests were made."

    Senior Sergeant Macmillan says on Saturday night around 11:45pm, Police were called to Wairere Grove after receiving reports of up to 30 youths fighting on the street.

    "An unidentified person threw a bottle, which narrowly missed a Police officer, but hit a patrol vehicle, causing minor damage. Three males, two aged 18 and one 19 years were arrested for disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence."

    Upon the arrest of the 19 year old male, Police located a small knife. This male also faces a charge of possession of an offensive weapon.

    It appears the party had been widely publicised on Facebook.

    Around 45 minutes later, Police were then called to an Otaihanga address after receiving reports of fighting. Upon arrival, Police found a number of drunken youths, some as young as 14 years, who were returned home to their parents.

    "After the recent incidents in Kapiti, we are disappointed with what has occurred over the weekend. We will continue to take a zero tolerance approach to alcohol and violence on the coast.

    Senior Sergeant Macmillan says, "We remain committed to reducing the harm caused by alcohol, especially to young people."

    SPCA National Appeal starts this week (Nov 5-11)
    November 2012

    A family cat deliberately cut up in Timaru, a tethered pet goat stabbed to death in Greymouth, a climbing carabiner threaded through the neck of a dog in Rotorua, and in Wellington, several boys kick and hit a small terrier cross dog with a cricket bat. These are just four of more than thirty grievously inhumane acts of abuse and neglect of animals that make up the 2012 SPCA List of Shame.

    "Violence towards animals both co-occurs and is a predictor of violence towards humans", says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand SPCA. "The sheer level of violence meted out on animals by some of the perpetrators in the cases in this year's List of Shame is shocking, and underlying of wider issues in New Zealand."

    The Royal New Zealand SPCA, in partnership with Women's Refuge, recently released research into the strong link between animal cruelty and domestic and family violence in New Zealand. This study, 'Pets as Pawns', showed that 50% of women interviewed had witnessed animal cruelty as part of their experience of domestic violence and 25% said their children had witnessed violence against animals. The research also revealed that one in three women surveyed reported delaying leaving violent relationships because they feared their pets and other animals would be killed or tortured.

    The SPCA speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves and the annual SPCA List of Shame aims to highlight to the New Zealand public the appalling abuse of animals which happens all too frequently throughout the country.

    Unfortunately cases such as those in the this year's list of shame are all too familiar to SPCA centres around New Zealand, who are then tasked with the heartbreaking job of determining whether the animals in question are able to be rehabilitated or have to be euthanased due to their abuse or neglect. In many cases, the financial cost of investigating and prosecuting the perpetrators is also met by these SPCA centres.

    July saw the prosecution of two men who had systematically shot 33 dogs and puppies. This was a particularly violent and prolonged act of cruelty which resulted in many of the dogs dying a slow painful death, whilst others struggled to hide from the shooters. These men were handed sentences of 6 months home detention and 6 months community detention, 300 hours community work and reparation.

    "The SPCA's work is made less effective by the low level of sentencing being awarded in animal welfare cases. The sentencing in most of these cases is appallingly inadequate, and is no way indicative of the range of penalties that can be handed down under the Animal Welfare Amendment Act", says Robyn Kippenberger. "Considering the close links between violence towards humans and animal cruelty, courts should be recognising these crimes as significant in a continuum of violent behaviour. If these crimes are not punished significantly, an opportunity is lost to send a message that no violence is acceptable."

    The SPCA's work is almost entirely funded by donations, sponsorships and legacies provided by generous New Zealanders. New Zealanders are encouraged to support their SPCAs to make New Zealand a safer place for animals and humans.

    The SPCA's Annual Appeal Week takes place this year between Monday 5th November and Sunday 11th November. Please give generously to collectors in your area, make a donation at any ASB bank branch, or make an automatic $20 donation to the SPCA's fight against animal cruelty by calling 0900 4PAWS (0900 4 7297).

    "People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel." - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 19th Century Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer.

    Low benefit of Expressway gets calls to scrap it
    November 2012

    Labour is calling on the Government to pull the plug on the Mackays to Peka Peka section of the Kapiti expressway after a leaked NZTA document reveals the project has a "shockingly low" benefit to cost ratio.
    Labour's transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says the motorway project, which is currently before a Board of Inquiry, should be cancelled because the numbers simply don't add up.
    "A leaked report by engineering consultants Beca shows the half a billion dollar motorway project has a benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 0.2, which falls a long way short of break even at 1.0.
    "It also reveals that a $515 million investment will generate a return of only $118 million over a 30 year period. Spending this much money on what Beca describes as a 'relatively uncongested part of the road network' would be an economic and environmental crime.
    "It is only the Government's pig-headed commitment to its so-called 'roads of national significance' that keeps this project on the books. With such a low benefit to cost ratio it is impossible to justify the social and environmental cost of putting a massive elevated concrete expressway through the heart of the Kapiti Coast - especially when there is a more affordable and less destructive option available through completing the Western Ring Route and improving State Highway One.
    "The Government should be embarrassed by this revelation. It's no wonder it has tried to keep the report under wraps, refusing to release it under the Official Information Act.
    "Gerry Brownlee says the public shouldn't worry too much about the benefit-cost ratio which NZTA are required to use by law to assess the economic value of projects. Blowing a billion dollars a year of taxpayers'
    money on gold-plated motorway projects regardless of their value for money is okay by him.
    "We saw it with the Puhoi-Wellsford holiday highway. When consultants produced a BCR of 0.4, Mr Brownlee sat on the report and then took 10 months to commission another report to massage a more acceptable figure.
    "Mr Brownlee plans to raise road user charges and petrol tax, and borrow money, to fund these white elephant motorway projects.
    "He should think again and pull the plug on this one," Phil Twyford said.

    Warm Greater Wellington scheme hits $10 million mark
    November 2012

    Over ten million dollars of support for home insulation and clean heating has been provided to homes in the Wellington region through the Greater Wellington Regional Council's Warm Greater Wellington scheme.

    So far 512 Kapiti homes are now warmer, healthier and will cost less to heat, thanks to the scheme. More than 5,700 households in the Wellington region have taken part in the scheme.

    The Warm Greater Wellington scheme offers the region's ratepayers up to $2,600 as a top up for support offered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) through its Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme. This money is repaid through a targeted rate against the property over the following nine years.

    Last month EECA announced that further government funding will be focussed on insulation, which has the biggest benefit for homeowners. The Regional Council's scheme will follow this approach.

    The Warm Greater Wellington scheme has a cap of $6 million per year and financial support of $10,067,983 has been approved since the scheme began on 6 April 2010.

    Regional Council Chair Fran Wilde says that $10 million of financial support is a major milestone, and she urges householders across the region to use it.

    "I encourage householders to take full advantage of this scheme and get insulation installed during these summer months – come winter, you'll be pleased to have it.

    "The benefits of modern insulation are immense, including a warm and dry home, reduced heating costs, health benefits and added value to properties," says Fran Wilde.

    $1.7 million of funding has been provided through the Warm Greater Wellington scheme since July, meaning a further $4.2 million is available this financial year.

    Those wanting to find more information about the scheme can visit or call 0800 496 734 during business hours.

    Boxing to highlight Not for Sale
    December 2012

    Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington will present a live Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) boxing match at Midland Park on Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at noon.
    The match will set Fred Dagg (the people) against Uncle Sam (corporate power) to illustrate the clash of values implicit in the TPPA currently being negotiated in Auckland.
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is one of the biggest political issues facing New Zealand but one of the least publicised and least understood.
    It involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries including the United States, with the aim to extend it to all 21 APEC countries. It is being negotiated behind closed doors with no possibility of public or Parliamentary oversight. Some text is known through leaked sources.
    "This Agreement is deliberately being negotiated in secret. What we know about the TPPA suggests that it so hideous that if revealed the public would be outraged and would overwhelmingly oppose it." Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington spokesperson says.
    "The TPPA gives special rights and privileges to corporations and effectively elevates them to a nation state status by giving them the ability to over-ride our domestic law. It is an unfettered license for trans-national corporations to come into NZ to enforce their will. If New Zealand is signed up to TPPA we stand to loose affordable medicines, environmental protection, financial regulation, internet freedom, workers rights, GMO labelling, local businesses, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and much more."
    "This Agreement is referred to as a concrete agreement. Changes to it would require the agreement of all other signatory countries. If we are signed up this Government and all future Governments would be bound by it."
    "A handful of government officials and John Key, negotiating this Agreement on behalf of New Zealand, do not have the mandate or right to sign away our sovereignty. We are calling for an end to this undemocratic and treacherous Agreement. "
    Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington is not alone in voicing its concern over the trade agreement many industry groups and political parties also oppose the TPPA.
    Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says: "New Zealand has the right to make its own laws for the good of its people and its environment,
    "The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated would let offshore corporations sue our government when it makes law changes through investor state disputes mechanisms. That's anti-democratic because it would limit New Zealand's ability to make domestic laws.
    "The Green Party remains committed to ensuring that New Zealanders get to choose their own path in the future, free of foreign corporate control."
    Leader of MANA Hone Harawira says: "The TTPA is about kissing goodbye our rights as a country and placing them in the hands of greedy multinational companies who only care about how much money they can make.
    "With the next round of TTPA talks in Auckland, everybody3 and anybody3 who gives a damn about the future of our country needs to turn up and make their voices heard. This is an opportunity to tell John Key and his fat cat mates that our country is not for sale and that free trade agreements suck".
    Dr Thomas Owen, who has recently written his PhD thesis on the impact of free trade agreements on access to medicines, has also publically raised concerns about the TPPA.
    "Agreements such as this are part of an on-going project at this point in history to take power away from democratic institutions – such as local and national governments – and to place it instead with multinational corporations," Dr Owen says.
    "The issue isn't really about trade. It's about power, about democracy, and about sovereignty. Democracy is not a final product but a constant work in progress, something we all need to continuously fight for."

    “A cage, is a cage, is a cage.”
    December 2012

    Today the Minister of Primary Industries, David Carter, released the 2012 Layer Hen Code. Current cages, known as Battery, must be phased out by 2022 only to be replaced by Colony Cages.

    Battery cages give a layer hen approximately the same space as an A4 piece of paper to live on their entire life and the Colony cages allow an additional 200cm² per hen. The SPCA does not believe this is an improvement at all.

    "A cage, is a cage, is a cage." says SPCA National Chief Executive, Robyn Kippenberger.

    "These layer hens still cannot express their natural behaviour. Hens have to vie for restricted space in inadequate nest boxes and the scratch pad for 60 birds is so small it is just pathetic. The perches are just centimetres off the cage floor and the birds cannot dust bathe for the entirety of their lives."

    The SPCA believes New Zealanders will not be happy with this decision.

    "We pride ourselves on being a humane farming nation and the New Zealand free-range egg industry is steadily growing by 1% each year proving that consumers will pay more to free birds living in cages." says Ms Kippenberger.

    The decision to phase out Battery cages over the next 10 years and demanding new cages while farmers are still paying off existing mortgages means we will see caged hens in this industry for many decades to come".

    "We invite farmers to get rid of their cages and convert to a barn style of farming which is a high welfare environment where the hens can exhibit their natural behaviour." says Juliette Banks, SPCA National Blue Tick Manager.

    "New Zealand consumers will vote with their wallets as we have seen in Europe and there will be a diminishing market for caged bird eggs. Farmers who have invested in expensive colony cages will be left selling an inferior product in a market demanding better and better welfare."

    The SPCA Blue Tick is an independent accreditation scheme run by the SPCA which is actively getting animals out of cages.

    About the SPCA Blue Tick

    The SPCA Blue Tick is the Royal New Zealand SPCA's humane farming accreditation scheme. The SPCA Blue Tick is displayed prominently on products sourced from farms which have met the SPCA's high welfare standards, which are stricter than those dictated by the industry. Farms can be audited by the SPCA at any time, and must continue to adhere to the SPCA's standards or risk losing their accreditation.

    Current products accredited under the scheme include free range and free farmed pork, free range eggs and barn eggs, free range meat poultry chicken and free range turkey.

    For more information on the SPCA Blue Tick, please visit

    Graduating WelTec Engineer – A Great Role Model to Others
    December 2012

    Hard work and determination to succeed has meant a young Maori woman has unwittingly become a role model to other young women throughout New Zealand.

    "Most young girls don't think about engineering as an option in terms of a career. I'm here to show them it's not only an option, but a great choice for women where you can get a degree and get a fantastic job, and yes, I am talking about engineering," says Ruth Tautari.

    Ms Tautari, of Ngapuhi affiliations, is one of fourteen students in the final weeks of the inaugural three year Bachelor of Engineering Technology at the Wellington Institute of Technology. She is also a Lieutenant in the New Zealand Army based at Trentham where she works giving support to the workshop which maintains the Army's vehicles.

    Ms Tautari decided to study engineering majoring in mechanical to enable her to provide more technical support in her role, a decision which was backed by her employer and her family, particularly an older sister who had also served in the New Zealand Army.

    Advice for taking the silly out of the season
    December 2012

    Consumer NZ is on a mission to take the silly out of the season for consumers this year. Next week it is inviting Kiwis to share Christmas shopping tips on a Twitter chat.
    During the chat - on Tuesday 11 December between 1.00pm and 2.00pm - Consumer will also share key advice for smart Christmas shopping.
    Consumer NZ Editor in Chief David Naulls says Christmas is a peak time for spending so it pays for shoppers to be aware of their rights under the Fair Trading and Consumer Guarantees Acts.
    "With all the pre-Christmas and post-Christmas sales putting extra pressure to spend more on gifts, food and drink, a bit of planning and preparation will mean a more relaxing season with a minimum of silliness," says Naulls.
    "In this Twitter chat, we are keen to hear Kiwis' stories of Christmas shopping - the good and the bad - and their tips and tricks for reducing stress at this time of year."
    Tweeters who would like to participate can follow Consumer NZ via the handle @consumernz ( Chat will be tracked using the hash tag #ConsumerChat.
    Visit Consumer's legal rights section:

    Council debt levels 'unaffordable and unsustainable'
    February 2013

    Kapiti Social issues campaigner and former Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board member Dale Evans says KCDC's debt is out of control with levels now reaching unaffordable and unsustainable levels.

    "In today's economic climate and with the ever increasing debt, the Council is putting this Community into, it is no wonder the Community at large is deeply concerned.

    Mr Evans says it appears Council is taking a punt that the debt will not have to be repaid if amalgamation takes place. "If this does not happen Rate Payers are in serious debt, (on one hand KCDC for a start did not want to be a part of amalgamation, but now they are realising that the only way out of the debt incurred is amalgamating with other Councils)but that could backfire badly and the people of Kapiti will be the losers for it."

    "Are we going to finish up in Bankruptcy. The concern is the amount of interest being paid on debt from rate payments.

    "If we take the number of Rate Payers in Kapiti of approximately 16,000 – this makes the debt per Rate Payer of $7210 if the figure supplied by KCDC is correct $115,369,069.00 as stated in the Corporate Business Agenda 14th Feb 2013 under Recommendations."

    As stated in the Draft Plan, the debt is set to rise to $196,000,000 - the breakdown then makes the debt per Rate Payer $12,250.

    Mr Evans has asked Council to explain what they using as equity with regards to this debt.

    "This has all the hallmarks of a wildspending Council out of control," says Mr Evans.

    Paws for thought – planning a road trip with pets
    December 2012

    Now more than ever we consider our pets as family members, so when heading off on a summer holiday, they come too. But travelling with your furry friends can require a bit of forward planning to ensure the safety of everyone concerned.
    The Motor Trade Association (MTA) has put together a few tips and suggestions with advice from Wellington SPCA, to make sure your summer road trip is as stress free as possible.

    As you pack the kids and luggage into the car ready to head off on a holiday, most people seldom think twice about putting the pets in the back before motoring off. "It's just as important to consider the safety and needs of our pets on a long journey, as it is for our kids and other passengers", says MTA spokesperson Jayne Murray.

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to make travelling with your furry friends a lot easier and safer this holiday season.

  • Secure your pets in a well ventilated crate, carrier, or harness
    An unrestrained pet could be seriously injured, or injure other people in the car, if a crash were to occur. A dog sitting unsecured in the back seat can become a large furry missile, if the car stops suddenly in an accident.

    Unrestrained pets can also distract a driver and cause an accident if they get frightened or threatened by something. If involved in a crash, an unrestrained pet could escape and be hit by another vehicle, or cause another collision. And a frightened dog may attack strangers who are trying to help at the scene of an accident.

    Wellington SPCA Chief Inspector Ritchie Dawson says: "As a pet owner you have an obligation under the Animal Welfare Act to transport your animal in a safe and secure manner. Cats are best travelling in a cage, and dogs should be restrained in a safety harness or crate."

    "If you're travelling in a ute with an open deck, it is the legal responsibility of the owner to ensure that any load is secured in a safe manner, under the Land Transport Act. The best way to secure a dog on an open ute is to tether them to the middle of the front of the deck, right behind the cabin in the centre so the dog can't lean out over the side. The tether needs to be long enough so they can sit and lay down comfortably, but short enough so it can't lean out over the edge of the deck. If you were to go around a corner too quickly, and the tether is too long, you could hang your dog if it fell off the deck", he says.

  • Make sure your pet stays within the vehicle at all times
    You wouldn't let your kids hang out of the windows, would you? Keeping your pet inside the vehicle not only keeps them safe from getting hurt by objects outside, but it also keeps passersby safe too.

    "If you've stopped to get petrol, or you're caught in line of slow holiday traffic and a pedestrian or cyclist passes, if your dog is able to stick their head out the window, they're not only going to give the person a fright, but might latch on. Then you're in all sorts of trouble," Dawson says.

  • Prepare your pets for a long trip by taking them on series of short drives first.
    Pets can get car sick too, so be prepared – put some newspaper, a sheet or towels down so you can easily clean it up. Medication could work, but speak to your vet if your pet is nervous about travelling.
    "Don't feed them just before a trip. Feed them when you get to your destination, or if you stop for lunch. Give them a bit of food then, and let them go to the toilet and have a bit of a run around. Most people know if their pet is a good traveller or not. Stick to what's tried and proven", Dawson advises.

  • Take your pets with you when you park
    Never leave them unattended in a car for more than 10-15 minutes. If you're going to stop and have lunch, make sure someone can stay with your pet. Let another person get takeaways, or sandwiches, or have a picnic, rather than leave your pet in the car.

    "On a hot summer's day, the inside of a car heats up very quickly. On a 30 degree day for example, the temperature inside your car – even with the windows slightly opened or in the shade – will reach 39 degrees within 10 minutes. In 30 minutes it can climb up to 49 degrees, or even higher, and for any pet trapped inside it becomes like an oven. These conditions can easily mean death for the animal".

    "It's not an offence to leave your pet in the car, but if the animal suffers from any unnecessary pain or distress, you can be liable for criminal prosecution", says Dawson.

  • Pet travelling kit – things to take with you on your trip
    Take the essentials with you; plenty of water, food, toilet bags, (don't leave it on the side of the road), grooming equipment, bedding, bowls, a leash, a familiar toy, and any medication that your pet may have.

    If you want to leave your pet at a boarding kennel or cattery, you'll need to have to have a vaccination card – vaccinations need to be up to date to get into boarding facilities. If you are planning on using a boarding kennel or cattery this will need to be booked well in advance if you're going to have any luck getting in.

    Just remember that you can get stuck in traffic, sometimes for hours so make sure you have plenty of water and food for everyone.

  • Plan ahead and consider your destination
    Make sure you know your destination and make sure that they've got the appropriate facilities for your pet when you get there. For example, if you're staying with family somewhere else in the country, make sure they have a fenced yard to keep your dog secure in, and that there's a kennel or shelter if the weather changes or to get out of the sun.

    "Be prepared: you may need to take a few stops on the way. You might not do the trip in one day – so find a motel or motor camp that allows pets. A lot of them do and it's just a matter of asking. If you've got a well-behaved dog it could sleep in the back of the car at night," says Dawson.

    The main thing to do is to take a moment to think about your trip. If you are going to take your pet with you, plan your journey accordingly. If you don't need to take your pet, then don't – leave them at home with someone to care for them. They're not going to thank you for sitting in a hot stuffy car for hours on end.

    If you have any concerns about travelling with pets, consult your vet or local SPCA for advice.

  • Putting the heart in heartland: NZ’s most generous towns - Paekakariki high on the list
    December 2012

    By looking at the numbers and locations of gifts given through the Oxfam Unwrapped appeal, the 2012 Generosity List names New Zealand's most charitable towns. The Tasman town of Upper Moutere has come up trumps for the second year in a row. The number two and three spots went to Takaka, also in the Tasman district, and Hauraki's Ngatea.

    Oxfam Unwrapped's Julia Nicholson says: "Kiwis are a really generous bunch and it's so great to see small towns like Paekakariki featuring so highly in our Generosity List. Donations through Oxfam Unwrapped help families work their way out of poverty through long term projects like farming, organics and clean water. It's awesome to see Kapiti's residents supporting Oxfam's work to bring about real change."

    Over the past seven years, Oxfam Unwrapped has raised over $4.3 million from generous Kiwis to help communities in the Pacific, Southeast Asia and beyond. Money is spent on improving access to safe drinking water, providing educational training and helping farmers to grow enough food.

    Here's how it works: choose a cheeky gift from Oxfam Unwrapped, order online, by phone or mail, receive one of our quirky cards to send to your family or friends, and your gift goes to communities in the developing world where it is needed most.

    Nicholson added: "Oxfam Unwrapped gifts are a great alternative to the usual socks and chocolates at Christmas because they really change lives. From old favourites like a Goat to newbies such as Top up a Human Rights Defender's Phone and a Flat White, not only are you buying a unique gift; you're also giving someone in poverty the chance of a better life – what a great way to celebrate Christmas!"

    With nearly 50 gifts to choose from, starting at just $5, there's no more need to give a forgettable gift – or spend time stuck inside the mall. Get online, get shopping and get more time to enjoy the great Kiwi summer. Giving and receiving gifts has never been so much fun!

    Oxfam Unwrapped gifts can be purchased online or by calling toll-free 0800 400 666. Check out to find out more. Order your gift cards before December 17 to ensure delivery before Christmas. After this date you can still order a PDF or ecard that you can give immediately to your loved ones.
    The top 20 most generous towns in Oxfam Unwrapped's Generosity List 2012 are:
    1. Upper Moutere, Tasman
    2. Takaka, Tasman
    3. Ngatea , Hauraki
    4. Collingwood, Tasman
    5. Ohaupo, Waikato
    6. Russell, Northland
    7. Paekakariki, Kapiti
    8. Cheviot, Hurunui
    9. Akaroa, Canterbury
    10. Greytown, Wairarapa
    11. Warkworth, Auckland
    12. Lyttelton, Christchurch
    13. Port Chalmers, Otago
    14. Albany, Auckland
    15. Martinborough, Wairarapa
    16. Katikati, Bay of Plenty
    17. Waipu, Northland
    18. Kaiwaka, Northland
    19. Karori, Wellington
    20. Fairlie, Mackenzie

    A resting time on Kapiti Island
    December 2012

    Otaki Police celebrated Christmas with a well deserved day off on Kapiti Island this week.
    The 10 member force included Santa,(aka Senior Constable Terry Moore) who didn't even take the beard off during his hot hike to the summit Tuteremoana.
    Constable Ali Brooks and Sergeant Slade Sturmey got the guide award for braving the first swim of the season.
    It was the first trip to Kapiti for most of the group. 'This has been an awesome day,' said Ms Brooks 'and we will definitely be back.'

    $100,000 cannabis operation foiled by police
    December 2012

    On Tuesday 18th December 2012 the Kapiti Police Crime Control Unit (CCU) executed a planned drugs search warrant on a Waikanae Beach residential address.

    Located in the execution of the search warrant was a basement area as suspected professionally set up as a sophisticated cannabis grow operation.

    Ninety fully matured cannabis plants were located growing in soil under lights within a plywood sealed room in the basement area of the address.

    The electricity had been diverted away from the main power board with an estimated theft of power in excess of $4000.00

    At the current estimated street value of $350 per ounce, police estimate the haul to be in excess of $100,000.00 worth of cannabis.

    Officer in charge of the case Detective Matt Campbell of the Kapiti Police states:

    'It is an excellent result for police and the community as a whole to think that the quantity of drugs found on Wednesday will not be hitting the streets this summer. However we are under no illusions locally that there are not many more just like the one we found out there, and we encourage the community to continue to be the eyes and ears for us. It is our job as police to continue the war on drugs and the disruption of organised crime, preventing crime before it occurs. Without the assistance of the public and our external partners results like this would not be achievable. There is no doubt in my mind that by taking away drugs off the streets, overall crime in the area will decrease."

    A 40 year old local man appeared in the Porirua District Court on Wednesday facing charges of the cultivation of cannabis, theft of electricity and possession of cannabis for supply.

    Kapiti Coast water restrictions have started
    March 2013

    Gardeners reaching for hoses and sprinklers during recent hot, dry weather have pushed water consumption in the district up and triggered early water restrictions.

    From Friday (21 Dec) unattended hoses, sprinklers and garden watering systems (using reticulated water) can only be used between 7pm and 9pm by designated households from Raumati to Ōtaki. Even numbered houses can water on even days and odd numbered houses on odd numbered days. Handheld hoses can be used anytime.

    Sean Mallon Group Manager Infrastructure Services says the restrictions are necessary because the unusually sunny and dry pre-Christmas period has seen consumption rise markedly.

    "The restrictions are triggered when demand exceeds 18,000 cubic meters a day on weeknights or 20,000 cubic meters a day on weekends. Under our current resource consent we can only take 23,000 cubic meters a day from the Waikanae River and we came close to that last weekend."

    Mr Mallon says while there may have been some rain this week there hasn't been significant rainfall for a while and the sun and wind have combined to dry the place out.

    If consumption continues to rise Council can impose Stage two restrictions which totally ban the use of unattended hoses, sprinklers and garden watering systems.

    "Hopefully it won't come to that but we are asking people, especially keen gardeners, to be responsible about water use so that everybody3 doesn't end up being penalised."

    NIWA is predicting average rainfall this summer. Last year the District experienced higher than average rainfall and no water restrictions were imposed.

    Council has a range of services to help residents conserve water both inside and outside their homes. To access advice go to

    Takahe Chick Naming Competition
    January 2013

    Mitre 10 has a special new addition – a precious Takahe chick from Mingi and Bellamy.
    Until 1948 Takahe were thought to be extinct. Now there are just 250 left in the world. You could name this chick and go to Kapiti Island with your family to see where the Takahe live, maybe even meet the chick. (they don't know if the chick is male or female just yet)
    Entry forms available in-store at Mitre 10 Mega Kapiti or online. Competition closes on 13 January 2013.
    The winner of the Takahe Chick Naming Competition will get a half day tour for 4 to Kapiti Island with Kapiti Island Nature Tours.

    When: Sunday, January 13, 2013
    Where: Mitre 10 Mega Kapiti
    135 Kapiti Road
    Cost: Free
    Contact: (04) 296-6440

    Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board launches campaign against unauthorised tradespeople
    March 2013

    Kapiti homeowners are being warned today not to use unlicensed tradespeople for plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work over the summer break.

    The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB), which regulates the industry, is calling on Kapiti homeowners to ask plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers for their licence cards to ensure they are authorised to carry out the work.

    PGDB Chief Executive, Max Pedersen said it is illegal for anyone to do plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying unless they are authorised to do so by the Board. From 1 April each year, plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers must relicense with the Board in order to work legally in New Zealand.
    "We're reminding homeowners not to risk their family's health and safety or their insurance over the holiday season by hiring unauthorised tradespeople to undertake work.
    "Unlicensed plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers potentially place consumers in harm's way with their poor skills. New Zealanders have the right to have confidence that any plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying service provided to them is safe and compliant."
    He added: "Anyone carrying out plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying must be able to produce their licence card if asked. This provides consumers with an assurance that the work is being legally carried out by an authorised and competent tradesperson, who is currently licensed by the PGDB."

    Consumers can also check to see if a plumber, gasfitter or tradesperson is authorised to carry out the work by logging onto the PGDB's website at, he said.

    "If a homeowner believes work has been done by someone who is not authorised, or has concerns about the competency of tradespeople, they can make a complaint to the PGDB."

    Public Speakers' Corner for Kapiti
    February 2013

    The Kapiti Coast will again have its own version of Speakers' Corner at Hyde Park in London.
    Speakers' Corner sited between the KCDC Civic Building and the Paraparaumu Library had fallen into disuse for a variety of reasons.
    Once again, it will be open to all comers at all times – with just two 'bookable' half hours each week.
    The project is being driven by a working group called 'Friends of Free Speech,' convened by well-known local journalist and businessman Ron Wilkinson.
    It's been keenly supported from the outset by Cr K Gurunathan – Guru – who first proposed the idea in a successful submission to the KCDC 10 years ago.
    The Friends of Free Speech say the Corner will be open to all, with as few rules as possible.
    It will be conducted, they say, in the spirit of Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park, although because of space limitations there will only be room for one speaker at a time.
    Convenor Ron Wilkinson says the Speakers' Corner will be officially re-launched on March 4, shortly after the official opening of the new KCDC building next door.
    For the re-launch, three speakers will present their views. They are being finalised now, but the intention is to reflect a range of topics.
    The introduction to a code for speakers says: 'Speakers' Corner is your platform. You can use it express any idea, opinion or viewpoint as long as it is lawful."
    Our council, which is the landowner, says amplifiers and loudspeakers should not be used.
    The area is intended for citizens, but not for anyone wanting to use it for commercial gain.'
    The Friends also ask speakers to observe a simple code of conduct:

  • Respect other people's opinions
  • Avoid offensive language
  • Be courteous to other speakers and listeners
  • Limit your time to a maximum of 15 minutes

  • Kapiti Publisher Book Island goes international
    March 2013

    Kapiti Publisher Book Island is about to release first titles on the Dutch-speaking market. In two weeks' time Greet Pauwelijn, creator of Book Island and publisher of the popular children's books Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich, Bernie and Flora and Sir Mouse to the Rescue, is off to Belgium and the Netherlands to release three new children's books, this time in Dutch translation.
    After the successful November 2012 release of her first three English titles in the Southern Hemisphere, Pauwelijn is anticipating a similar response in her home country and the Netherlands.
    D.E.S.I.G.N., the first Dutch title to be published, is a translation of the popular Polish children's book on design, which was previously released in English by the Wellington-based publisher Gecko Press. 'I'm particularly excited about publishing the Dutch version of D.E.S.I.G.N. because the Design Museum in Ghent, one of the most important centres for design in Northern Europe, will be setting up an exhibition based on the book. This is exactly what I want to be doing as a publisher: releasing great books that inspire both kids and adults, and organising activities based on them,' says Pauwelijn. 'This way we can turn reading into a multidimensional experience.'
    After the exhibition opens in Belgium, Pauwelijn is heading to Italy for the Bologna Children's Book Fair, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. There she will buy the rights to more titles that Book Island shall translate and publish here and in Australia later this year. The books selected are based on customer feedback received at the many fairs and festivals in which Book Island has taken part this summer. 'We loved meeting our customers and talking about our titles,' she explains. 'We also had foreign books on display and noted which of these attracted the attention of our readers, young and old. Now we know which books to release in November.' In Bologna Pauwelijn will also be talking with UK distributors. 'Because our bestselling title, Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich, was written by Irish writer Lorraine Francis, I feel we shouldn't wait to go and explore that market. New Zealand and Australia have already embraced our books; I'm confident England and Ireland will soon follow.'
    Back in New Zealand Pauwelijn will be getting ready for the Storylines Festival in Wellington and Auckland, to be held in August, and the November release of (at least) two new Book Island titles in English.

    Friday lunchtime forums at Mahara Gallery
    March 2013

    Mahara Gallery are offering six Friday lunchtime forums with a great range of panelists on topics of broad socialand political interest to Kapiti communities and beyond.
    All forums run from 12 noon - 1pm, all welcome, entry free. For more information contact the gallery on 04 902 6242.

    Moderator: Dan Ormond, Ideasshop. Panelists include Dr Mike Joy, Lecturer in Environmental Science and Ecology, Massey University; Jack MacDonald, Alliance for a Sustainable Kapiti,Green Party Candidate; Hugh Tennent, Tennent + Brown Architects and Sophie Jerram, Co-curator
    'Letting Space'.

    TRAVELLING THE COAST - Friday 22 March
    Moderator: Jan Nimmo, Co-ordinator, Friends of Mahara. Panelists include Ani Parata, Te Ati Awa ki Waikanae; Bianca Begovich, Sustainability Adviser, Save Kāpiti; Dr Phil Battley, Avian ecologist,
    Massey University; Anthony Dreaver, Writer, local historian, chair of Paekakariki Station Museum Trust and Derek Schulz, Conservationist and writer.

    High Rotary Awards for Sir Noel Robinson
    March 2013

    A Valedictory address presented at the Rotary Club of Kapiti, described the background for the presentation of two high honours awarded to Sir Noel Robinson.
    Approximately 100 years ago, Sir Noel's grandparents owned the general store in the area over the railway line in Paraparaumu, and his mother was born here during that time. As a consequence of that association with Kapiti, he has held strong ties and affection with Kapiti for a very long time, and this formed part of the driving force that tempted him to purchase Paraparaumu Airport in 2006.
    Sir Noel has demonstrated a passionate desire to develop youth activities, foster the arts, and to our ultimate local benefit has promoted Kapiti both here and overseas. He has gone a long way to accomplishing that through his drive and initiative, and seeded a number of projects that have been most successful. At the top of the list, is his success in bringing Air New Zealand to Kapiti. The cost and anguish of heading this project has been enormous. The immediate benefits to this community are apparent for all to take advantage of. No doubt the range of services that the world's finest airline currently offers, will be enhanced. The impact of these services is very beneficial to the public at large, and to businesses in the area. This can only enhance the prosperity of the Kapiti region, said the valedictory message.
    Mr Graeme Waters, President of the Rotary Club, announced to the meeting that it had been decided to make Sir Noel Robinson an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Kapiti.
    Following this, the Past District Governor of Rotary District 9940, Mr Allan Birrell, also made a presentation with the comments "in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding among peoples of the world, and on behalf of Rotary International, you have been named with the high honour, as a Paul Harris Fellow".
    In thanking the Club for his awards, Sir Noel said, " many visits to the Kapiti area over a number of years have given me much pleasure, and I have many friends here. It has always been my dream to see Kapiti prosper, and it is obvious for a variety of reasons that this special area is about to witness substantial growth, for the benefit of all who reside and work here" he said.
    Kapiti Mayor, Jenny Rowan also congratulated Sir Noel on his awards, and thanked him for the huge contribution that he has made to the district.

    Warrior Dash hits Queen Elizabeth Park
    March 2013

    Organisers of the Warrior Dash, staged at QE Park, Paekakariki on the weekend say they were well pleased with the turnout and expect even bigger competitor numbers and cheering crowds for next year's event.

    The Kapiti version of the Warrior Dash featured over 750 competitors which adds to the over a million global competitors which makes the dash the world's largest running series.

    There was a constant flow of competitors from all age ranges who set off throughout the day around the arduous 6.5Km course at Queen Elizabeth Park, which was packed. The athletes came in all shapes and sizes and many dressed up (bit like the Sevens)as they raced their way into ultimate warrior status.

    The fastest time over the course went to men's winner Rory Sullivan, 30, of Wellington who completed the course in 27m35s.

    The start and finish lines were in the party zone and a nine-metre-long barbed-wire enclosed mudpool provided plenty of thrills for spectators soaking up the festival atmosphere.

    The highly successful event looks certain to return to Kapiti next year and could become a permanent fixture. Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson who chairs the committee overseeing the region's parks said Greater Wellington was very happy to have hosted the event.

    "It was clear from the faces of the competitors and the crowds that this was a fun-filled day and we want to see them all back for 2014."

    1. Rory Sullivan, 30, Wellington - 27m 35s 2. Antony Nalder, 27, Churton Park - 28m 37s 3. David Driscole, 33, Te Aro - 28m 51s

    1. Lillia Csorgo, 46, Wellington - 32m 25s 2. Larna Payne, 29, Wellington - 32m 40s 3. Janet Harris, 40, Waikanae - 32m 47s

    March 2013

    "What does a supercity mean for Kapiti?" This issue will be addressed next week by a panel of four prominent local body3 politicians at a public meeting in Waikanae.

    The meeting has been organised by the Waikanae Branch of the Labour Party to give the people of Kapiti the opportunity to be informed about local government reform proposals and to facilitate democratic participation.

    The advertised topic for the meeting is "local government amalgamation: yes or no for Kapiti?" The speakers are Jenny Rowan, (Mayor of Kapiti Coast), Nick Leggett (Mayor of Porirua), Ken Douglas (chair of the local government Working Party) and Nigel Wilson (Greater Wellington Regional Council).
    The meeting will be on Thursday 21 March at the Presbyterian Church hall in Ngaio Road, Waikanae, starting at 7.30pm. Bruce Taylor, the chair of the Waikanae Branch of the Labour Party, stressed that there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions and that everyone is welcome.

    Mr Taylor said that each speaker will initially have 10 minutes to explain and comment on the two options for change recommended by the Working Party. They will also be asked to explain the default option of the status quo, he said. "There is also the over riding issue of what amalgamation would mean for the people of Kapiti, which we are all keen to learn more about", Bruce Taylor said.

    The two options or models for a single city for the Wellington region recommended by the Working Party are, firstly, a single tier unitary council which may or may not have community boards and, secondly, a two tier unitary council with local boards. Wairarapa may be included or not depending on their community's views and the Hutt Valley is included in both options.

    The local government Working Party of Kapiti Coast District, Porirua City, Wellington City and Greater Wellington Regional Council was set up in December 2012 to develop a single city proposal for the Wellington region.

    Logo questions remain unanswered
    March 2013

    Community Board Member Jackie Elliott has raised a number of questions relating to a proposed new tourism logo for Kapiti.

    Ms Elliott raised her concerns at a recent Kapiti Council meeting.
    "My reason for public speaking on this agenda item is, that I was the only elected member to ask Council whether ratepayers were paying any part of the cost of this rebranding. I asked what was the project budget as none of this information was included in the proposal documents for discussion on the agenda and I asked what would be the cost to Kapiti's ratepayers," says Ms Elliott.

    Ms Elliott said despite a number of senior Council staff being present, no attempt was made to answer these questions and they remain unanswered.
    "My comments on the design were, as I said during my public speaking, the result of asking members of the public their opinion of the new design and giving the feedback to Council for consideration that morning."
    KCNews understands the cost of the controversial designs is in the region of $30,000.
    Ms Elliott says given the high degree of public opposition to KCDC spending large amounts of rate payers money on unnecessary projects this latest example will be upsetting to many in our community.
    "KCDC has only recently bought in a new logo so to do it again makes very little sense at all."
    Ms Elliott says at the meeting Council did not accept the logo, and it has been sent back to the designers for further work. "But at what cost, we still don't know."
    The logo, received strong opinions for and against at the meeting.
    Councillor Ross Church said the logo was not consistent with council branding and the 'k' would spark all sorts of comments about exactly what it depicts.
    "I showed it to a Scots person who said 'it looks like the Loch Ness monster on legs'."
    Councillor Tony Lester backed the logo, which he said was "absolutely excellent".
    "We've positioned ourselves for the future, it captures the hills, and the coast, and it captures our future as more of a city."
    Councillor Hilary Wooding did not like the 'k', which looked "cut in half".
    During public speaking Gavin Bradley, a highly successful brand advocate said the design missed the key point of difference we have here. "It leaves out the word Coast which is our most significant branding advantage."
    KCDC strategic projects manager Philippa Richardson said the decision was based on the idea that Kapiti is much more than just a coast.
    Kapiti's Eden Design won the bid to produce the marketing brand that will be owned by the council, but available to all tourism operators.
    Councillors voted to delay a decision to approve the logo till a demonstration image including "coast" is presented.
    Cr Lester voted against the decision, saying he approved the logo as it stands.

    Kapiti Council switches to bore water as river supply drops
    15 March 2013

    Kapiti Council is now using a small amount of treated bore water to supplement the main supply to properties in Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati as the big dry continues to bite.

    It is the first time bore water has been used since December 2010.

    Council staff at the Water Treatment Plant behind Waikanae opened the valve to the bore water system just after 8am today. At this point they are using around 20 litres a second to supplement the main water supply which comes from the Waikanae River.

    The water is coming from Bore KB4 which is near the Waikanae Park.

    "I doubt whether anyone will notice any difference in the treated water they drink at home," said David Bassett, Council's Water and Waste Water Treatment Plants manager. "The dilution rate at 20 litres a second is around 10% which is a very small percentage."

    Mr Bassett emphasised that the bore water went through the same treatment phases as water from the Waikanae River plus two extra steps.

    "The two extra steps are at the start of the process where we treat for iron and manganese which appear in higher concentrations in bore water. The bore water is then blended with the river water for further treatment before entering the reticulation system."

    Mr Bassett was confident there would be no problem with calcium build-ups (scaling) of electrical appliances as only a very small amount of bore water was being used.

    Council's trigger for using bore water is when the Waikanae River falls below 1100 litres a second. It is currently running below that figure.

    "There is always a balancing act between the river flow and consumption. At present residents are being especially helpful by holding consumption down in line with current water use restrictions. The less water they use, the less blending we have to do."

    It was clear recent publicity about water restrictions was having an impact. "Earlier this week consumption in Waikanae was 6.7 million litres, Paraparaumu 10.5 million litres, Ōtaki 4.2 million litres and Paekākāriki 0.86 million litres.

    Following significant publicity, the figures dropped to 6.5 million litres in Waikanae, 10 million litres in Paraparaumu, 4 million in Ōtaki and 0.78 million in Paekākāriki.

    "Clearly people are heeding the warnings and helping out by cutting back on their water use."

    Mr Bassett said the use of bore water would stop as soon as significant rain fell in the headwaters of the Waikanae River.

    Vote clears way for public to have say on local government reform
    March 2013

    Reform of the region's local government has moved a step closer with today's decision by Greater Wellington Regional Council to endorse public consultation on two models for change against the status quo.
    The regional council was the last of four councils involved in jointly developing the models to vote on seeking public comment.
    Councillors in Kapiti, Porirua and Wellington have already backed an engagement plan that includes six weeks of public meetings, stakeholder workshops and presentations to civic, community and business groups.
    In addition, a website will provide detailed information from tomorrow about the proposed models for change, along with a way to make submissions and join an online discussion forum. Advertising will begin on Saturday, followed early next month by a flyer to every letterbox in the region.
    Both models for change propose a single council for the region, which may or may not include Wairarapa. One has a single tier of representation – a mayor and up to 29 councillors – while the other has a mayor and fewer councillors in the first tier – up to 21 – but a second tier of up to eight local boards. The alternative would be the status quo.
    Regional council chair Fran Wilde said the consultation process was a genuine attempt to gauge what people thought of the proposed options for change.
    "Although we won't have a formal position on a preferred option till after the consultation, regional councillors have strongly supported the two-tier option in their discussion because it allows local communities to make decisions on local issues."
    She said the need for change was overwhelming.
    "We lack a single plan to guide our future. Instead we have nearly 400 local plans and policies, often on the same issue and often conflicting. We lack a single voice. Instead we have nine voices speaking mostly for their own patch ahead of what is best for the region. We used to have one of the strongest regional economies in the country but now we are towards the bottom of the heap in a number of indicators. And we lack a presence on the national stage. Instead we increasingly stand in the shadow of a united, growing Auckland and a resurgent Christchurch.
    "The changes being proposed will result in stronger regional leadership, better infrastructure management, less duplication, improved efficiency, simpler planning and an improved ability to deal with disasters."
    Ms Wilde said the regional councillors strongly supported Wairarapa continuing to be part of the region, but this view was not endorsed by all the other councils on the joint working party. The final decision on all issues would be made by the Local Government Commission.
    Mw Wilde said the submission form on the website gave people the chance to express a preference and she encouraged them to do so.
    The first public meeting is scheduled in Carterton on April 3.
    The website will go live tomorrow.

    Elliott announces candidacy for District Wide Council seat
    March 2013

    Kapiti businesswoman Jackie Elliott says she will be a candidate for a district-wide seat in the Council elections in October.
    "I have had huge public support and encouragement to stand and after some serious deliberation I am putting my name forward. If Council was running smoothly then I would say let them get on with it, but it is clear to everyone that this is not the case."
    Ms Elliott says she has also had considerable public support for a bid at the Kapiti mayoralty.
    "At this stage that is still a live option. I will give it full consideration over the next few weeks and will then make an announcement as to whether or not I will allow my name to go forward for the Mayoralty as well."
    Ms Elliott was elected by a comfortable margin to the Otaki Community Board in a by-election last year.
    "The Community Board experience has been interesting and has also highlighted some of the deficiencies of KCDC's processes that have seen our communities seriously divided over so many issues.
    Ms Elliott, who lead the petition to have a referendum on water meters, says that was a classic example of how Council was out of touch with the community.
    "We gained over 8000 signatures in nine weeks yet Council ignored the voices of all those people . It is a disgrace for a Council to be so dismissive of the people it was elected to serve."
    Ms Elliott says there are many pressing issues facing Kapiti. "The Council's debt is projected to reach $196 million which is staggering for a district of our size. The handling of the Coastal Erosion issue has been a debacle and a long term solution to water supply is still not being addressed in a meaningful way. The solution of building a dam which has always been obvious to the people of Kapiti has eluded a Council set on water meters, invasive river recharge and bores."
    "The other big issue confronting Kapiti is amalgamation and the implications for Kapiti. It is vital that local democracy is preserved while we benefit from the gains of greater efficiencies in local government," says Ms Elliott.
    "I believe it is a time for fresh voices and fresh perspectives because it is very clear that what we have now doesn't work".

    Sea rescue saves three lives off Kapiti Island....
    April 2013

    Three divers were rescued off Kapiti Island today in conditions that could have been fatal if not for a collective rescue from local boaties and professionals.

    Inspector Chris Tate from Wellington police said the two men and a woman, were reported missing this morning off Kapiti Island, but were found safe and well about 2pm.

    Rob Faulke from the Mana Coastguard said the divers had been found about five kilometres south-west of Tarere Mango Point, at the south end of Kapiti Island.

    The North to South current through the Rau-te-o-Rangi channel between the mainland and Kapiti Island was running like a fast river today with the full moon influence on the tides. Anyone at sea in that water would have swiftly been swept straight into Cook Strait today.

    The Westpac rescue helicopter and police boats were involved in the search around the Kapiti Island area after the trio were reported overdue. The divers had been last seen at midday about 50metres from Tarere Mango Point, at the south end of Kapiti Island.

    Mana coastguard and police requested assistance from boats in the area to find the divers.
    Sharon Trueman of Coast Guard Waikanae said "What a great outcome to have no lives lost when three divers are missing for over an hour when the call came in."
    She said an impressive number of 11 private boaties made their way to the search area. Ms Trueman said the radiowaves were overwhelmed with offers of help and everyone who could came to assist.

    Several organisations helped in the operation. The rescue helicopter, the coastguard's fixed wing plane, several coastguard boats, inflatatable rescue boats from nearby surf lifesaving clubs, and several private boats searched the area south of Kapiti Island.

    The divers did not need any medical attention when found.

    Inspector Simon Perry said the trio were diving in a group of five, and an extensive search was under way quickly when they did not return.

    "The group was well prepared and equipped, and it looks like they were caught by the outward tide.

    "The police were pleased that the group was quickly located, Mr Perry said.

    "Divers who are using this area need to maintain their situational awareness and ensure they keep their support vessel within sight."

    A member of the Paraparaumu Boating Club Rescue said "Two learner divers with a trainer from 'Dive Kapiti' did everything right and it saved their lives, they stayed together, they were equipped with orange inflatable sight devices."

    Kapiti Speakers' Corner Launched....
    April 7, 2013

    The right to free speech was celebrated at the re-launch of Kapiti Speakers' Corner at the weekend.
    After being summoned by the sound of a shofar blown by the originator of Speakers' Corner, K. Gurunathan, all speakers referred to the considerable freedom enjoyed in New Zealand with Dr Cathy Strong noting that only 14% of people live in a country where there is free speech. Throughout, the master of ceremonies, John Murray, quoted references to free speech throughout history.
    Opening speaker, Kapiti Coast Mayor Jenny Rowan, was also concerned that there are three areas where the right for social discussion is being eroded. She cited the conversion of public servants to people who deliver doctrine, boards of enquiry that do away with the environment court and the lack of education on what it is to live in a country such as New Zealand. Referring to her own sexuality, she highlighted the freedom of choice and the right to speak about it.
    Kane Te Whaiti, spoke of the need for youth to have a basketball court in the Raumati Beach area. He indicated that this is not only for physical but for mental health. He is particularly keen to discourage drug taking.
    Eva Rawnsley, from Paekakariki, is a member of a Jewish family, based in Hamburg, who fled Nazi Germany to settle in New Zealand. She described the persecution and hatred she experienced early in her life and of the freedoms she found in this country – something she thinks is taken for granted.
    Poetry has always been a method of expression. Highly regarded local poet and script writer, Gill Ward added to the celebration by using poetry as a powerful way of advocating in an issue. She talked of a time when there was a proposal to take some public land in Raumati South for housing. She read the poem she had written at the time.
    To round off the planned section of the re-launch, Kaumatua, Don Te Maipi, referred the audience to the wisdom handed by Maori elders who praised speaking and dialogue.
    In the open mike session that followed the planned speeches, Margaret Harris advocated the elimination of plastic bags, Dr Cathy Strong referred to the controlled environment she experienced in the Middle East and, in a light hearted manner, then proceeded to criticise politicians, just "because I can in New Zealand." K. Gurunathan contrasted the controls on behaviour in his home country of Malaysia with this country where a speeding Prime Minister can be stopped by a police constable and issued with a ticket. Shane Cave told the audience that not all speech needs be serious and read a humorous poem he has written.
    Kapiti Speaker's Corner is now again available seven days a week at any time. Further information is available on the Internet at

    Kapiti Motorbike recovered
    April 2013

    As a result of information received from a person who was arrested on Saturday 23rd March in relation to the stolen motorbike, on the 25th March Kapiti Police, with the help from Levin Detectives, executed a Search at an address in Foxton and recovered the stolen BMW racing motorbike from 11 Greenaway Road, Waikanae.

    The owner Ross Bloodworth is extremely happy with his bike being returned as it was uninsured. The BMW bike was valued at $45,000 and was stolen in a burglary on the 1st March 2013.

    We received numerous calls and facebook messages relating to sightings of the stolen motorbike from the public which led to numerous enquiries.

    Levin resident Bonnie Wilson (23) has already entered a guilty plea for the burglary and has been remanded on bail.

    Joshua Crothers (23) also arrested for the burglary is still in custody at Manawatu Prison.

    Crime down for a third year in a row
    April 2013

    Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed new crime statistics that show a continuing fall in the crime rate.
    "The 2012 Central Police District figures, which include the Horowhenua region, reveal a 7 per cent decrease in crime from the previous calendar year, and a 19 per cent decrease since 2008," says Mr Guy.
    "The Kapiti-Mana area has had a 3.2 per cent decrease in offences from 2011 to 2012.
    "These results are great news for our local communities. They reflect the hard work of our local police, as well as the Government's commitment to tackle crime and make our families safer in their homes and communities.
    "Nationally, recorded crime is down 7.4 per cent or 30,043 offences on the 2011 calendar year. This is the third consecutive year crime has fallen.
    "The 70 per cent increase in Police foot patrols, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, the Prevention First Strategy, and the 600 additional frontline officers delivered by this Government are all contributing to our falling crime rate.
    "The introduction of smart phones and tablets this month will save more than half a million hours of Police time.
    "This time is being invested in front-line crime prevention, which will continue to keep our local communities safe. National will continue to ensure our front-line Police are able to spend more time on the streets preventing crime, and building safer communities.
    "We are well on our way to reaching our Better Public Services targets of an overall reduction in recorded crime by 15 per cent, violent crime by 20 per cent, and youth crime by 5 per cent by 2017," says Mr Guy.

    Shona Moller painting up for Auction
    April 2013

    This Friday (12th) at 6pm they place to be for Kapiti art lovers is the Shona Moller Gallery, 22 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach.

    A stunning painting is being auctioned withh all proceeds being donated to Coastal Ratepayers United to help thousands of Kapiti residents make scientifically based submissions on the Council's District Plan.

    The painting is valued at $6000 and will be auctioned with no reserve.

    Candidate questions quality of information given
    April 2013

    Kapiti Council candidate Jackie Elliott said she was disappointed at the low public turnout at last night's initial public consultation on Local government Reform options meeting held in Otaki.

    "Only seven members of the public attended this first meeting, which was held with one days notice. A common question at the meeting was why is this consultation being rushed."

    Ms Elliott says the answer from the working party, CEO Pat Dougherty and Crs Booth and Gaylor was because the working party, formed last October, must consult with Kapiti and come up with a proposal by May.

    "The actual reason for this haste is that for the first year after the Government announced the pending reforms, KCDC refused to play any part in the discussions. So we in Kapiti are seriously behind the eight-ball and playing catch up," says Ms Elliott.

    A common theme at the meeting was what would be the position of Community Boards after amalgamation. The meeting was told under a single tier system there would be a super city and community boards but no local councils. Whereas under the two tier system community boards would only survive if the local council appointed them.

    Ms Elliott said there appears to be far more faith in our community boards than in the council and protecting community boards is vital to the preservation of local democracy and local decision making.

    Last night's panel, and the Kapiti public's submission forms give three outcomes which include the status quo. Ms Elliott says the status quo of eight separate councils plus the regional council is too expensive and doesn't work. "That is why the region's leaders asked for change. Ninety percent of respondents to KCDC's postal consultation on local Government reforms last year indicated they wanted change to the current system."

    Ms Elliott says KCDC's current structure costs Kapiti ratepayers nearly $2million in salaries each year just for the eight top positions. "This is a disproportionate part of the six cents in every rates dollar collected in Kapiti spent on salaries. This is the highest percentage in the country, and we need to change that."

    Ms Elliott says the issues being discussed are of great significance and she urges as many people as possible to attend the next three meetings.

    The next meetings are: Monday April 15, Waikanae Senior Citizens Hall, 7.30; Tuesday April 16, St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, 7.30pm; Monday 22 April, Paraparaumu Community Centre, 7.30pm.

    CRU set sail with painting donation...
    April 12, 2013

    The Shona Moller Gallery at Paraparaumu Beach was packed on Friday night as guests came to bid and enjoy the auction of a superb original piece by internationally renowned artist Shona Moller.

    The studio quickly filled with guests surrounded by brilliant art in an energy filled atmosphere.

    Ms Moller had donated the piece for auction with all proceeds going to the Coastal Ratepayers United group in their ongoing battle with the Kapiti Council.
    Auctioneer Stuart Whyte of Harveys got things under way with an opening bid of $3000. There was considerable interest as the bidding quickly reached $5000 then $6000. At that stage it become a duel with the final winning bid of $7000 being made by Sonya and Peter Jackson.

    Christopher Ruthe, on behalf of CRU, said how grateful CRU are to the bidders and particularly to Shona Moller who produced this magnificent work of art. Mr Ruthe said the proceeds would be used to continue the fight against KCDC's imposition of coastal hazard lines without supporting evidence. CRU is very well organised and has over 700 members.

    Speakers’ Corner: Brickbats fly at KCDC
    May 2013

    The relaunched Kapiti Speakers' Corner has seen its first protest group — and the target has been the KCDC next door.
    The protest has been centred on the new Aquatic Centre, which lacks a ramp despite the Kapiti District Council's promises to disability groups.
    The 'Bring Back the Ramp Group' is campaigning against the Council decision to abandon a proposed ramp for disabled access at the new $21m aquatic centre. (This decision was made in October last year despite a council promise, over several years, that a ramp would be provided)

    KCDC 'not completely honest'
    Group spokesperson Erica Cooney told a gathering of more 30 people at the weekend that council had not been completely honest and had issued misinformation on when the decision was made and who had supported the move.
    She says Kapiti had twice the national average of older people with many frail and with disabilities. Without a ramp the pool would not adequately cater for them.
    She also says the Human Rights Act and the Building Act stipulate that swimming pools must have reasonable and adequate access and facilities to enable those with disabilities to carry out "normal activities".
    Ms Cooney also questions the lack of grab rails and the rationale for a moveable floor.

    'Expensive solutions'
    Ms Cooney says ratepayers look likely to face expensive solutions because their council has not listened, from the beginning, to their architects and accessibility auditors.
    Wellington Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust president Paul Curry has also warned that a complaint had been filed with the Human Rights Commission and his organisation is looking at a legal challenge of council's compliance with the Building Act.
    He has also cited a host of regional and national organisations concerned by KCDC's lack of commitment to best practice access for the disabled.
    He says that it is shameful that people with disabilities have to fight council for their rights. And he warns of political consequences for elected members if the matter is not resolved.

    Kapiti residents surveyed on Airport's future
    May 2013

    Residents from Porirua, the Kapiti Coast through to Levin have the chance to have their say on the direction of their local airport.

    The following Kapiti Coast Airport survey is supported by the Kapiti Coast District Council and the Porirua City Council, and is a tool to ask residents about their existing knowledge of airport services, their satisfaction with those services, and what they want in the future.

    This survey is their opportunity to listen to you so they can plan their next steps.

    Kapiti Coast Airport is guided by a 30-year aviation plan. More than $5 million has been invested in improvements such as Civil Aviation Authority certification, resealing, remarking and new circling approach lights for the main runway, a new passenger terminal, fencing and signage upgrades, and appointment of a full-time airport manager.

    The airport is supported by the development of the adjacent Kapiti Landing business and Retail Park. The result has been an increase in services, such as the popular daily Air New Zealand flight to Auckland. Kapiti Coast Airport's success is supported by the success of Kapiti Landing, and vice versa. We know people up and down the Coast value the airport and the airport company appreciates their on-going backing.

    Now the Airport Company wants to know what you think should happen next. Please take the time over the next 5 minutes to let them know your thoughts…

    The Survey is open now, and closes at 10pm on Friday May 10th

    Expressway decision goes to appeal
    May 2013

    The game is not over. SaveKapiti has today lodged an appeal against the decision of the Board of Inquiry into the MacKays to Peka Peka expressway.

    "We believe that the Board has misunderstood and therefore misapplied the law around the baseline that the proposal should be considered against, said spokesman Mark Harris.

    "In our view, the baseline should be the Western Link Road project but NZTA has only assessed the M2PP against no road at all (otherwise known as the 'do nothing' scenario). The WLR had been consented and approved and was in the District Plan and should therefore have been considered as the existing environment."

    This point of law is supported by the High Court decision in Queenstown Central Limited vs. Queenstown Lakes District Council (2006).
    It is important because the benefits and costs of any project must be measured against the appropriate environment so they can be judged on their true merits.

    "Measuring the M2PP against no road at all means that NZTA can claim benefits that would already have existed under the WLR. The expressway has fewer benefits at a much higher cost and, in fact, erodes some of the benefits that the WLR would have delivered. In addition, we would already have been enjoying the benefits of the WLR which was due to have been completed in 2012."

    Te Horo’s Hyde Park Celebrates Revamp
    May 2013

    Hyde Park Te Horo was abuzz this weekend as they celebrated their new look with an outdoor market, outdoor music and crowds enjoying autumn sunshine on the decks.

    The property, formerly Hyde Park Museum, with the Caravans on the corner, has undergone a transformation and tenancies are filling fast as shop owners move into Hyde Park Shopping Centre.
    Situated on State Highway one between Waikanae and Otaki, Hyde Park is the perfect place to stop for a meal, an icecream or a browse. But today seemed to be all about kids as three local craftspeople, part of the Artscape Collective let the public have a hands on try at some of the most challenging crafts, pottery with a spinnning wheel, hot forging at the blacksmith's and Oamaru Stone carving.

    The Blacksmith, Warren Baillie, is usually found at his Forest Lakes property 'Endangered Crafts'. Google him, he holds workshops, where anyone can try blacksmithing, wheel turning and other ancient crafts, yes even arc welding, my request. Children made use of the forge to toast marshmellows today, meanwhile the spinning wheel was in hot demand with Brodie Archibald turning some impressive pots that will be fired by Otaki Pottery club's Rod Graeme. Brodie's Mum is part of the Artscape Collective. Their retail outlet is open Wed – Sun 10am-3.30pm. Here you will find patchwork, paintings, and sculpture as well as the blacksmith.
    Other new retailers are Amy Anderson's 'CUTE' where you will find everything gorgeous for girls or all ages. 'Chalkboard' with its useful range of near new baby and childswear, 'Blueskies Art', and 'Pixies Barbers'. You may remember Barber, Gerard Beatson, from his years at Pixies in Kirkaldie and Stains. He and partner Kim have relocated to the Kapiti Coast from Christchurch.
    "The people are lovely and the weather has been way warmer than Christchurch," said Kim, who works onsite keeping the shopping centre and gardens in tip top condition.

    Hyde Park's Cafe Te Horo is open 7 days and is a great place to meet for a meal, high tea, an icecream, or pick up forgotten milk and bread if you are a local, visit the garden centre, or get a haircut at the longest established business, Essensu Hair.

    We can't confirm what will happen with the old Museum space, but with Owner Selwyn Hydes' recent passing, the family are emptying out the space and will soon be advertising to families who have donated items for the Museum over the years to come forward and claim their goods. The Hyde Park Manager was not available for comment today. But it is obvious he has been working hard to create a very attractive and vital shopping centre on the corner of Te Horo Beach Rd.

    Call to retailers - stop selling drugs to our kids
    May 2013

    Mana MP Kris Faafoi has called on local retailers to cease stocking and selling K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids.
    "I have recently written to dairy owners and other retailers throughout the Mana electorate requesting that they cease stocking and selling K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids" said Kris Faafoi.
    "I have spoken to local principals, police and community leaders and they have all told me the same thing, we need to get K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids out of our classrooms and off our streets".
    With common occurring side-effects such as paranoia, vomiting, convulsions and psychosis action is needed to limit the possible harm.
    "I urge locals to join with me in supporting responsible retailers who do not stock these products" said Kris Faafoi.
    At present, a new substance can be sold until proved unsafe. The Psychoactive Substances Bill due to come into effect in August will mean importers will have to prove their products safe before they can be sold.

    Thinning blue line result of Budget cuts

    National should take the blame for more than 200 police officers leaving the force over the last eight months, says Labour's Police spokesperson Kris Faafoi.
    "There are 219 fewer police officers now than there were at the end of June last year.
    "This government talks a big game on law and order, but clearly doesn't play one.
    "It has failed to back frontline officers with resources and some of our top cops have walked as a result.
    "Continued belt tightening has put our police officers under increasing pressure to do much more, with much less.
    "Funding cutbacks have also meant the Police College in Porirua has only trained half the number of police recruits that it did in 2011.
    "The realities of Anne Tolley's Budget cuts are kicking in. With fewer recruits coming through and a loss of institutional knowledge, our police force is looking thin on the ground.
    "The even sadder reality is that the Minister is unlikely to go into bat for them in this week's Budget," Kris Faafoi said.

    Unscientific lines must be removed
    July 2013

    Leading mayoral candidate, Jackie Elliott says KCDC face an estimated $250,000 in costs defending the first case against their arbitrary lines on 1800 LIM reports, and there are still 1799 cases to go.

    Ms Elliott says regardless of the outcome of Mike Weir's case, storms will occur, erosion will occur, accretion will occur however the outcomes predicted in Dr Shand's report are not predicted for another 50 - 100 years.

    "The policy designed to stop future court action against KCDC has simply prompted that very action. It has failed and is one of the many decisions made by the current Council that must be reversed for the common good". says Ms Elliott.

    "What is needed is a commonsense, long term approach to re assessing the risk, or lack of it and the immediate removal of the arbitrary lines off the LIM's that are based on controversial science.

    "It is vital the science used by Council is accurate and verifiable. It was an overnight decision by KCDC that placed the 1800 owners of the affected properties into a living nightmare. This can be quickly remedied and removal of the lines is exactly what I will do when elected Mayor," says Ms Elliott.

    Closed for Good: BNZ shuts up shop for community projects in Kapiti
    July 2013

    On 4 September, nearly 5,500 BNZ employees will be getting stuck into some of the thousands of odd jobs that need doing around New Zealand while the bank is "Closed for Good".
    Closed for Good sees BNZ stores and offices around New Zealand close their doors for a whole day so that staff can help out community and not-for-profit groups with projects that support the wider community.
    BNZ is calling for community groups to submit projects in what is easily New Zealand's biggest day of corporate volunteering.
    "Whether it's a fence to paint, a garden to weed or even writing a financial plan, thousands of our staff are available on 4 September to help your organisation be good with money," says BNZ CEO, Andrew Thorburn.

    This is the fourth time BNZ has undertaken Closed for Good and Mr Thorburn is determined to make this year's the best yet.
    "It's crucial that large organisations such as ours give back to the communities that help New Zealand grow," says Mr Thorburn. "We can offer resources to assist with financial planning, HR and marketing advice, building an app or even just being there to lend a hand to a big job.
    "I'm personally looking forward to getting out there and helping out on a worthy project," he says.
    Last year in Kapiti BNZers helped a number of organisations includiong the Waikanae Estuary Care Group who they to help weed and plant natives on Te Araroa Walkway. They also helped out Parkwood Lodge and the Kapiti Rest Home by sharing some recreation time with elderly residents.
    Projects will be undertaken all around the country, with community and volunteer organisations able to submit their projects by visiting

    Submissions for this year's projects are due by the 26 July 2013.

    Kapiti laments the passing of Rosemary Barrington
    July 2013

    Many tributes have flowed since the sudden death last week of Paekakariki's Rosemary Barrington.

    In a moving ceremony conducted by the Very Rev John Murray at Old St Paul's, stories were told of the very many facets of Rosemary's full and colourful life.

    Friends and family came to farewell this remarkable woman who had achieved in so many fields - academic, political, social justice, feminist politics, student politics, as well as her love of family and community.

    Last week Kapiti mayor Jenny Rowan said Ms Barrington's death would be deeply felt throughout the community.

    "Rosemary made an extraordinary contribution to the public roles she held and had so much more to contribute. Her untimely death has stunned all of us and our thoughts are with her family."

    Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson said like so many in Kapiti and throughout the Greater Wellington Region, he was very saddened to hear of the death of Rosemary Barrington last week.

    "My initial dealings with Rosemary were in her role as a Paekakariki Community Board member where she was making a huge contribution to her local community. Rosemary was very much of the firm but fair school of thought which made her very effective.
    "Rosemary led a very full life and was seldom not involved in putting something right. She served at Victoria University in a variety of roles that went from student radical in the 60s to being the university Chancellor. Many of the gains made at the university for students came as a direct result of Rosemary's activities.
    Rosemary also had a notable career in local government, serving as a group manager at Hutt City Council, general manager at Wellington City Council and chief executive at Horowhenua Council."

    Mr Wilson said Rosemary was an energetic, vibrant and keenly intelligent woman who will be greatly missed.

    Kapiti Woman Nearly Impaled in Car Accident
    July 2013

    A Milne Road resident is resting at home and thanking her lucky stars after a freak accident last Monday afternoon.
    The woman had just turned onto Kapiti Road heading for Coastlands at 3.00pm when a flat deck truck reversing from a sloping driveway on her left ploughed through the front windscreen.

    Police and Ambulance who had just finished attending an accident at the Larch Grove intersection were quick to respond, describing it as the sort of scene you cut bodies from. Miraculously, the driver was able to be assisted from under the crumped mess of the vehicle roof. She was taken to Team Medical and underwent xrays, but had no broken bones, just severe and unexplained bruising to her left forearm.

    Later family members photographing the written off vehicle at a wreckers yard discovered that two steel warattahs that must have been on the trucks tray had javelined through the windscreen, one was imbedded in the floor between two front seats. The second in the passenger seat. Not only did she survive the crash, but she was very nearly impaled. The busy Nana was very very grateful that her grandchildren who she normally picks up from school were not in the vehicle that day.

    Police have given the truck driver a warning. It is believed low sun to the west had been a factor in the cause of the accident.

    Written by Jackie Elliott

    Great Comedy Debate
    July 13

    Roundabout is not Fair Play
    July 2013

    The announcement by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) that the Otaihanga roundabout is for 'safety improvements' is only half the story says Save Kapiti spokesperson Bianca Begovich.

    NZTA's own figures show that there hasn't been a serious accident at this intersection in the last three years but Save Kapiti agree that safety improvements are needed along this stretch from Otaihanga to Waikanae.

    Mrs Begovich says that these improvements didn't happen because NZTA did not regard the section between Otaihanga and Waikanae as unsafe until it became a "selling point" for the proposed Expressway project. "But another massive 4-8 lane motorway is not going to improve safety. Simple improvements such as wire rope barriers and a few other tweaks are what is needed to improve safety and address congestion along the current State Highway One (SH1)."

    However, she says "if NZTA were so concerned about safety improvements, they would have invested in wire rope barriers and other improvements 12 years ago as they were supposed to."

    Mrs Begovich also says that NZTA isn't being honest about the reason why they are suddenly investing in a roundabout at this location.

    "What they aren't telling us is that this roundabout will actually enable work for the huge number of truck movements required to access the proposed Expressway construction site at Otaihanga."

    The proposed Expressway requires vast amounts of fill and is set to be built on swampy peat and sand. The quarries are to the east of SH1 and the proposed Expressway is to the west. NZTA documents show over 3 million cubic metres of dirt will need to be moved to build the Expressway, including importing fill and removing sand and peat. Based on this information, it is estimated over 100 trucks a day will use the intersection. That's why the roundabout is being built, to ensure the trucks can enter and exit the SH1/Otaihanga intersection easily.

    "Obviously that will create increased congestion at this point especially as it will be a two lane roundabout on a one lane road. Haven't they learned anything from the Otaki roundabout? This all leads up to even more hold ups for traffic on SH1 for the duration of the project, if it goes ahead" said Mrs Begovich.

    Save Kapiti have lodged an appeal on the Board of Inquiry decision in favour of the proposed Expressway on the grounds that the project was not compared to the Western Link Road (WLR) which was approved and consented and in the Kapiti Coast District Plan. "The real tragedy is that none of this is necessary. If the WLR had been built as planned, we would already be driving on the alternative route that addresses our safety and congestion issues without creating even more delays and problems, as the proposed Expressway will," Mrs Begovich says.

    A large 6.5 earthquake rattles Kapiti
    21 July

    Kapiti was rattled, along with the rest of the region, by a 6.8 earthquake just after 5pm tonight.

    Aftershocks were continuing after the shake, with a 5.5 magnitude hitting within minutes.

    The 6.8 shake struck at 5.09pm at a depth of 11km, 30km east of Seddon. Shakes are continuing in the capital and the earthquake was felt as far away as New Plymouh, Hamilton and Christchurch.

    A fire service spokeswoman said the phone had been ringing off the hook, with power lines down, people trapped in lifts and multiple sprinkler activations in city buildings.

    "We've had reports of damage to some buildings down town. We've got power lines that are coming down."

    Every fire truck had been sent to jobs, she said: "We've got all of Wellington out now. And we've got jobs waiting to be addressed. We are prioritising jobs."

    Central New Zealand has been shaken throughout the day with a swarm of quakes including this evening's 6.8 event.

    The majority of the quakes have been centred in the same area off Seddon, Marlborough, that was hit on Friday by a 5.7. This morning's first quake - 4.2 - struck at 7.04, was at a 10km depth and centred 35km east of Seddon.

    It was followed 13 minutes later by the 5.8 shake that was centred 30km east of Seddon at a depth of 19km and then at 7.20 by a 4.3km shake at a depth of 14km and 25km east of Seddon, while a fourth - 4.3 - rattled the region from a depth of 22km at 7.30.

    There have been over 30 earthquakes in the same area in total so far this morning with the latest bigger ones being 4.5 magnitude at 9.28am, 5.1 at 10.55am and 4.6 at 12.21pm.

    Geonet duty seismologist Dr Anna Kaiser said it's expected they would continue.

    "It's quite common to get a shock reaching about four (on the richter scale) before a larger one, like we had before the 5.8 this morning.

    "It's also normal to get a series of threes and fours afterwards and about every two minutes or so is common.''

    GeoNet's website also crashed this morning due to a high demand from people wanting to see where earthquakes have struck.

    The run of earthquakes are a reminder that Wellington is a seismic active area and everyone should always be prepared, she said.

    "These quakes this morning are very close to the subduction interface, which is the boundary between the Pacific and Australian plate."

    The aftershocks this morning have ranged from 2.5 to 4.1 - all centred in the same region. While Geonet initially reported quakes in other areas in both islands, it appears they were erroneous recordings sparked by the other quakes.

    NZTA Jumping the Gun on High Court Expressway appeal
    August 19, 2013

    Anti Kapiti expressway lobby group Save Kapiti have expressed surprise that the government and NZTA are intent on going ahead with the "sod-turning" ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the expressway on Thursday 22 August.

    "There are a couple of key facts that NZTA seem to be ignoring," says spokesperson Mark Harris.

    "One, the High Court has not yet delivered its judgement on the appeal against the Board of Inquiry's decision to grant consent. Two, even if the decision is delivered in the early part of this week, by law the parties have 10 working days to consider the judgement and decide whether to appeal the decision further. This right of appeal is regardless of the outcome of the appeal and is available to all parties – the BOI, NZTA and Save Kapiti.

    "NZTA will be jumping the gun if they go ahead with the 'sod turning' ceremony on Thursday," says Mr Harris. "This really raises a question as to whether NZTA has due respect for lawful processes in New Zealand."

    The appeal was heard at the High Court in Wellington on 10 July before Hon. Justice Gendall, who reserved his decision.

    Portrait of Justice Gendall by Chris Warring

    Kapiti Business Awards Entrants Challenged
    September 2013

    Kapiti entrants in this year's Electra Business Awards were challenged Wednesday night (4 September 2013) to ensure that they have proper governance and management relationships.

    The challenge comes from Kapiti Mayor, Jenny Rowan who says that if businesses have such a structure they will go ahead.

    Last year's Business of the Year winners Vince and Tricia Indo from Mitre10 Mega returned the trophy to be awarded again in November.

    The Kapiti entrants also heard from Julia Palmer and Sheryl Earnslaw of Star Solutions – a Paraparaumu based business specialising in Human Resources and Recruitment.

    They outlined a series of key steps in recruitment and retention of staff.

    Kapiti Teens take action to unmask palm oil
    September 2013

    Three local Year 10 girls are part of a nationwide movement to highlight the grim realities of tropical deforestation due to the growing global market for palm oil.

    Kapiti College students Nikita Goile-McEvoy and Eesha Fugaz were joined by Greer Patterson from Paraparaumu College in a petition drive last month, collecting signatures outside the South East Asia enclosure at Wellington Zoo. The petition, organised by the NGO 'Unmask Palm Oil', requests that products containing palm oil have to be labeled as such, rather than using the more than 200 obscure names masking the widespread ingredient. Palm oil is commonly found in popular processed foods, toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning products.

    "People who are genuinely concerned about the plight of tropical rainforests in South East Asia usually have no idea that products they are consuming are contributing to the destruction of indigenous cultures and wildlife habitats", says Nikita. "About 10 percent of all products in our supermarkets contain palm oil, so it is an issue right under our noses, and we need to do something about it."

    While some small-scale plantations are managed sustainably, the huge demand for palm oil worldwide has dramatically increased the clearing and burning of tropical rainforests, further threatening critically endangered Sumatran tigers, Asian rhinoceros, orangutans and sun bears, and pushing locals out of their traditional forest homelands.

    "Twenty eight million hectares of former rainforest land is now covered in industrial-scale palm oil plantations, and apart from the dire local effects, the burning of shrubbery once the trees have been felled contributes to global warming – literally the burning issue of our time", warns Eesha.

    "But there are lots of things we can do, like consult the Palm Oil Free shopping guide on the Auckland Zoo website, and encourage your friends and family to reduce their palm oil consumption. You can express your concerns about lack of clear labeling to your local M.P. and supermarkets, and hopefully the 7400-strong petition that was delivered to Parliament last month will be considered by a Select Committee soon."

    Nikita and Eesha are part of Kapiti College's Eco Action Group, and took their message to the Year 7 and 8 students of Raumati South School recently. They are available to share their presentation to other schools on the Kapiti Coast.

    Nikita and Eesha are part of Kapiti College's Eco Action Group, which is supported through the Enviroschools programme. The girls took their message to the Year 7 and 8 students of Raumati South School recently. They are available to share their presentation to other schools on the Kapiti Coast.

    Worth making a HUHA about
    September 2013

    Kapiti Coast Marina Proposal
    September 2013

    Brandon Holman, one of the upcoming KCDC Election candidates, is wanting, if elected to undertake a feasibility study as to the provision of a marina on the Kapiti Coast.
    Mr Holman says a marina would enable larger tourist and fishing boats to launch safely as well as yachts with keels.
    "Currently, such vessels can only be safely launched from Mana marina. Funding would have to be provided by interested parties and not ratepayers, and additional benefits could include the provision of waterside eating and drinking venues, seen in smart marinas the world over. Also, a better Coastguard search and rescue service could be provided."
    Mr Holman says learned to sail offshore yachts from Brighton Marina in the UK, which was built in the 1970s by a development corporation and private money. The coastline at Brighton is straight and featureless, and the marina there simply encloses a section of land to create a haven from the English Channel storms. The website is
    "I understands that previous marina initiatives have targeted the Waikanae Estuary. I believe that that is not suitable, because not only is it a nature reserve, but it also would be likely to present a sandbar problem due to the river and sea combination. The beauty of a Caisson design like the Brighton Marina is that it can be created anywhere on the coast," says Mr Holman.
    He says the creation of a marina would provide another attraction on the Kapiti Coast for tourists and day-trippers, as well as providing a great facility for local yachtsmen, fishermen and pleasure boat users. "It would provide a realisable destination for Mana Marina and Marlborough Sounds boating visitors, and put Kapiti on the nautical map."

    Kapiti Aquatic Centre Trust - award nominee
    September 2013

    "The Kapiti Aquatic Center Trust, was established in 2008 to help fund a new Aquatic facility in the Kapiti region. The first plans were drawn and a relationship established with the Kapiti Coast District Council in a partnership to design and build the new facility.
    Hit by the GFC, fund raising through this period has been very difficult and a variety of events have been held, along with multiple applications and approaches to potential sponsors in an attempt to have this community facility built. Happily on August 10th 2013, stage 1 of the new pool complex was opened and a fantastic new Aquatic Facility has become available for the whole of the Kapiti Region to enjoy along with the wider Wellington Region. This will allow the development of a wide range of Aquatic sports and groups to develop their skills and training, which were previously not able to be played in the district. Many people had to travel outside the district if they wanted to participate in such activities as under water hockey, water polo and train for ANY other water activity requiring deep water."

    Nominations close on September 30

    Parenting Encouragement Programme
    October 2013

    in the Wellington Diocese


    1. To build the confidence of Parents & Caregivers of all ages.
    2. To help create strong families & solid support communities
    3. To provide a forum for sharing best practice in parenting
    4. To promote access to other points of community support.

    The Mother's Union in the Wellington Diocese is sponsoring
    a course around the Diocese to enable these initiatives.

    The Course is supervised by two facilitators over 5 two hour sessions and within the framework of a practical, positive, fun learning covers the topics of:

  • Parenting Styles
  • Childhood Development & Children's Self esteem(including faith development)
  • Building relationships (Through encouragement & listening)
  • Discipline strategies
  • Family Growth (through celebrations & spiritual development)

    A PEP Course will be held in Kapiti

    at St Paul's Church, Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu

    Beginning on 23th October 2013, at 7.30pm

    For further information & to enrol please contact:
    Deirdre Whitcombe E-mail Phone 904 1007 or MOB 021 255 0809
    Or Rev. Carrole Lewis Phone 902 2532 E-mail

  • Will Wellington Boot or Give a Leg Up to Tourism in Kapiti?
    October 2013

    One of the candidates in the mayoral elections in Wellington, Jack Yan, envisions Kapiti becoming the new gateway to Wellington and North Island with the building of a new international airport and high-speed rail route.
    Whether he will win the mayoral election on 12 October is one question; another is how far-reaching his powers would be should he gain office in affecting the infrastructure and long term planning in the region.
    Whether local residents in Kapiti love or hate the concept being proposed by Yan and regardless of the arguments for and against, there can be little doubt that inception of a project such as this would bring trade and jobs to the area, as well as giving tourism along the Kapiti coast a huge boost.

    Civil Aviation Authority Approval
    Kapiti Coast Airport (formerly Paraparaumu Airport) used to be the main airport for North Island until the re-opening of Wellington International Airport in 1959. The airport was bought by Sir Noel Robinson in 2006, who has since divested 75% of the ownership to Todd Property Group, having formed a new company: Kapiti Coast Airport Holdings. Since then the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority has approved the airport for international flights, paving the way for the new route between Kapiti and Christchurch which will be operational from 4 November. The airport is expected to expand its operations in the future.

    Getting the Word Out
    Promoting the many great things about Kapiti is essential to the growth of our tourist industry locally. There is such a lot to recommend the area: its proximity to the big city; the opportunity to cast off every day cares and just enjoy the sense of freedom that can be had in the great outdoors, with the fantastic coastline and beaches; Kapiti's island and marine reserves and the chance to see some rare and unusual flora and fauna; its eight museums, featuring local history, travel and transport and the island's heritage; the Kapiti Arts Trail which is held every year on the first weekend in November; not forgetting of course the chocolate factory at Paraparaumu. Neither can we forget the opportunities for visitors to see more by getting into the air with a flying holiday, scenic flight or flying lessons out of Kapiti Aero Club; while River Rock Escapes offer kayaking and rafting; and Kapiti 4x4 Adventure are a fantastic chance to really escape into the natural beauty of Kapiti. With paintball and laser; golf (New Zealand's best 9 hole course); snorkeling, diving and spear fishing; hiking and mountain biking; boredom is never going to be an issue.
    There is no lack of activities or sightseeing for visitors to Kapiti and the continuing development of the area as a major tourist destination is good news for local businesses.

    Tourism Development
    Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) is working with other agencies and with companies such as Kapiti Company Limited to raise the profile of Kapiti as a tourist destination outside the local area to attract visitors in to the many attractions and events which take place here year round. With long stretches of unspoiled beaches, amazing scenery and so much to do and see, Kapiti is still very much the "undiscovered" New Zealand. Many of the major holiday companies offer packages which take in Wellington and the surrounding area; while Iglu Cruise Company ranks the capital of cool in their top ten cruise stops for the Antipodes , with a seal coast safari to Tongue Point a firm favourite. Kapiti is only a step away from Wellington and within easy reach for visitors, regardless of the length of their holiday, whether they are staying on North Island or enjoying a two centre holiday and splitting their time between the islands.
    As part of their promotion of Kapiti, KCDC have worked with others in developing a local brand. The Kapiti brand, which is a registered trade mark, is available for businesses and tourist destinations to use upon application. Guidelines have been produced to support tourism and marketing agencies in presenting a consistent approach, contributing towards ensuring that the brand has a strong and reliable presence for visitors to Kapiti.

    Themes and Values
    The message being promoted to visitors is of Kapiti being THE place for a great escape within easy reach; an opportunity to relax, rediscover real values and enjoy an authentic experience – the chance to be ourselves in an otherwise busy world.

    Stepping up to support local charities
    October 2013

    News that community based youth services in the Kapiti region like Kapiti Youth Support and Youth Quest are under huge financial pressure and may even have to close is distressing.
    Many believe now is the time for communities to step up and support their local charities.
    Nikau Foundation has just announced a grant of $5,000 for Youth Quest, following a grant made to them last year. But this alone will not solve the problem. Other Nikau Fund grant recipients just announced this year include Birthright Otaki, C4U, Ngahina Family Trust and Volunteer Kapiti. In the last two years, Nikau Foundation has donated over $43,000 within the Kapiti region to diverse projects but the need is growing as the number of applications for funds continues to climb each year.
    Fortunately, now there is a way for Kapiti residents to target their giving directly into the region. The Kapiti Coast recently became the first area in the Wellington region to establish a community based endowment fund – the Nikau Kapiti Fund. District funds cater for those people who want to contribute directly to their local community.
    Financial advisor and Nikau Trustee, Liz Koh is a keen supporter of this initiative and is herself a Nikau Kapiti Fund founder donor: "Everybody3 in the Kapiti region, including myself, is a potential recipient of services from local charities. I believe it is important to ensure they have a sustainable future so they are there when needed by ourselves or future generations".
    For Kapiti residents this endowment fund provides the vehicle to appreciate the community where they have lived, worked, played and brought up a family. Income from this fund will be distributed to Kapiti charities from Paekakariki to Otaki once the fund has reached $75,000.
    The special appeal of this fund, as with all funds under Nikau Foundation, is that donors know that the capital is invested and the income distributed, and they are helping Kapiti charities every year, forever.
    "We aim to grow the Fund to $5million to benefit the our community." Liz Koh explains. "It will be great when our district can be self-sustainable for our charitable needs, so that we don't have to read about organisations like YouthQuest having to struggle to survive".

    Donors can make a gift now, or leave a gift to the Nikau Kapiti Fund in their will.

    About Nikau Foundation
    The Nikau foundation is part of a worldwide family of community foundations created to provide a simple, effective and long-lasting ways for people to leave legacies to local causes and to ensure these gifts will achieve maximum benefit into the future. Nikau Foundation is an independent charitable trust created for the benefit for the people of the greater Wellington region. The Foundation attracts funds and bequests from generous donors and invests the funds to preserve the capital and generate income. It provides grants from the income for charitable projects.

    Kapiti residents encouraged to dispose of unwanted TVs at drop off events
    October 2013

    Residents in Kapiti are being encouraged to drop off their unwanted TVs at a series of drop-off events in October.

    The additional special drop-off sites for residents wanting to recycle their unwanted televisions are all part of the TV TakeBack programme.

    TV TakeBack is an initiative to encourage the public to recycle their old TVs, diverting them from landfill. TV TakeBack is also investing in recycling infrastructure and raising public awareness about the benefits of recycling TVs. With increased investment, e-waste recyclers will have the capacity and capability to deal with increased volumes.

    Glenn Wigley, TV TakeBack operations manager at the Ministry for the Environment, said Kapiti residents had a choice of convenient locations to drop off their TVs in October.

    Residents should also look out for more drop-off locations coming to Kapiti.

    "Televisions contain materials such as lead that can be harmful to the environment so they shouldn't be thrown away, but recycled responsibly.

    "TVs contain components such as copper and steel, which can be recycled locally, or sent overseas to specialist recycling facilities.

    "Metals such as steel can be melted down and used in new items for the construction or agricultural industries. Precious metals can be recovered in specialist facilities overseas for use in new electronic items.

    "Glass can be remanufactured overseas into new televisions or monitors, used for sand blasting or in industrial processes. We're encouraging anyone with an unwanted TV to take it to one of the drop-off sites."

    The Government has committed funding from the Waste Minimisation Fund for TV TakeBack to cover investment in recycling infrastructure, subsidies for TV recycling and a public awareness programme. Money for the Waste Minimisation Fund comes from a levy charged on waste disposed of at landfills.

    The additional drop-off sites are:

    Saturday 19 October 2013 - Raumati South School, Kapiti
    10am to 1pm.

    Sunday 20 October 2013 Mazengarb Reserve, Kapiti
    10am to 2pm

    A Bumper Spring Party for Everyone
    October 2013

    Paekakariki will be abuzz with Spring fever this coming Saturday 2 November as the village's annual community party, the Paekakariki Bonanza coincides with this year's Art Trail and monthly St Peters Hall Market.

    Celebrated for its food and music, the Bonanza is at the historic 22 Wellington Road villa from 10am to 2pm.

    The Paekakariki Bonanza is a fundraiser to provide Paekakariki Playcentre, a cornerstone of the local community, with new verandah wet weather cover. And that iconic verandah is the stage for a rich set of free musical performances including The Mills Family premiering their set of Sam Hunt poems set to music, Hinemoana Baker, Christine White, Crimson Club, baritone bluesman Al Witham, Oscar Doorne and more. They're joined by storytellers Emily Duizend and Apirana Taylor.

    The Bonanza also hosts a celebrated yummy bake sale, a community white elephant beloved by bargain hunters, a bumper raffle and auction, plant stall, and plenty of good food and drinks for those travelling through. Not to mention lots of activities for the kids, including bouncy castle. The Paekakariki Bonanza will be happening rain or shine.

    "The Bonanza is a celebration of everything that makes Paekakariki a great place to share with others," says Playcentre's Mark Amery. "This is a chance to open our doors and host the wider community. Its important we raise funds for our tamariki's precious house, but its even more important that we come together for a good time."

    Sound is being provided by local music stalwarts Moa Music and support from realtors Marianne Tavernier and Della Randall. Raffle and auction prizes have been provided by Kingsgate Hotel Wellington, Roots Hair Design, Tranzscenic, The Interislander, the Comfort Hotel, City Fitness, Boundary Tap and Kitchen, the Monteiths Bar, Tuatara, Michelle Davies Photography. Support is also coming from the Perching Parrot and other local businesses.

    Playcentre is a New Zealand early childhood education institution, offering a fantastic environment for children to learn through play in a mixed age environment with their parents by their sides.

    Images attached: Blues baritone Al Witham plays (with his Playcentre child Eliza) at last year's Paekakariki Bonanza. Al and Eliza return this year.

    Image 2: The Paekakariki Bonanza in action.


    Kapiti District Council Taken to Court over Fluoridation
    November 2013

    The Kapiti Coast District Council is facing judicial review over its 2010 decision to retain water fluoridation.

    Kapiti resident Mike woods has lodged a Judicial Review with the High Court in Wellington on this week. The legal challenge is to the Kapiti Council's decision that it allowed a councillor with a conflict of interest to vote.

    As the 2010 vote was split 5 - 5. If one vote is declared invalid, the vote will retrospectively become 4 in support of retaining fluoridation and 5 opposed. This makes the Council's vote not in favour of retaining fluoridation and would therefore require the council to stop fluoridation forthwith.

    The vote in dispute was cast by a councillor who was also Deputy Chair of the Mid Central District Health Board at the time. This year the Hamilton City Council received legal advice that three of its councillors, who were also on the Waikato DHB, could not vote or even participate in the fluoridation vote because of their conflict of interest. The Far North District Council had previously prohibited councillors who also served on the DHB from voting, for the same reason.

    The South Taranaki District Council is also facing judicial review for its 2012 decision to fluoridate Patea and Waverley, against the wishes of the vast majority of submitters to the consultation process. Subsequently, New Health NZ lodged a Judicial Review on the grounds that since the Local Government Act 2002 came into force there is no legal basis for fluoridation and that the South Taranaki District Council are contravening the NZ Bill of Rights Act by providing medical treatment without informed consent.

    This STDC Judicial Review is set to be heard on the 25th and 26th of November at the New Plymouth High Court and the Kapiti Coast Judicial Review is set to be heard on the 24th of February at the Wellington High Court.

    Kids Can Cook Kitchen pays a visit to Waikanae
    November 2013

    Over 140 children from the Te Aramoana Syndicate at Waikanae School had a chance to see a chef at work and taste some unusual food combinations when chef Chris Fortune visited Waikanae School last Wednesday.
    The programme called KIDS CAN COOK KITCHEN has visited over 140 primary, intermediate and secondary schools throughout New Zealand.
    Chris describes the programme as an extension of Enviro Schools and School Edible Gardens, creating a link between school gardens, the classroom and into homes.
    Waikanae School's Envirocentre garden, run by the children, has been growing vegetables and other plants for several years, and so fitted well with the message that Chris presented which encouraged children to give vegetables a go. The vision for the programme is "A Community of Kids Feeding Themselves"

    Chris talked about what is growing in the school garden, and asked about what is growing in gardens at home. Children heard about gluten commonly found in biscuits, cakes and sandwiches, and he added an international flavour speaking about French Food, Italian Food and New Zealand Kai……… Hokey-Pokey Ice-cream, Roast Lamb, Angus Beef, Marmite, Weetbix, Apples, and Pineapple lumps.
    There were lots of willing helpers and plenty of offers to be taste testers. One child in each class acted in the role of Sous chef while all the other children had the opportunity to be tasters. Chris congratulated the children on their positive 'give-it-a-go' attitude saying, "You guys were great and I loved the way you just got stuck in...I was so impressed. Waikanae Primary School, you truly are remarkable as you all got up and gave it a go on the Kids Can Cook Kitchen. A great school, a great community and teachers sowing the seeds for our future young citizens of New Zealand."

    A video of Chris can be seen using the link

    What are WE going to do about the violence?
    November 2013

    Kapiti has had to deal with a great deal of violent behaviour in recent times, including two incidents that led to the deaths of two of our young people. It seems there is still much work to be done to change the mindset of many.

    Last week New Zealanders had a wakeup call witnessing the misogynistic attitudes of a group of young men which led to an alleged rape, an act of terrible violence towards women.

    "These attitudes are epidemic in our country," says White Ribbon Chair Judge Boshier. "They result in the 3,500 convictions against men for assaults on women and the ultimately cost the lives of 14 women a year who are killed by their partners or ex-partners.

    White Ribbon is the largest male led anti-violence campaign in the world and aims to end men's violence towards women. This year the campaign is focusing on getting men to take action.

    "To end this violence we need to demonstrate to men that this violent behaviour is no longer acceptable," says Judge Boshier. "Join the White Ribbon Ambassadors and thousands of other men as we take The Pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.

    The Pledge is a simple statement and when taken the men are provided with resources to help them take action and change attitudes and behaviours. The Pledge lets men know that thousands of New Zealanders have got their back, and support their decision to help make Aotearoa a violence-free country. The Pledge can be taken online at

    "While most men are not violent, most violence is perpetrated by men," says Judge Boshier. "We know that one of the best ways to change behaviour is to change social norms. Right now, far too many people still think that violence is acceptable. And in too many cases, their friends and colleagues don't speak up. It is that silence that leads men to believe violence is okay. The Roastbuster group is an example of behaviour that was allowed to continue, drawing in other young men and encouraging further repugnant behaviour.

    "The time for looking away is over. I'm promoting this pledge because if we all take responsibility for this serious problem, we can change both attitudes and behaviour. For too long I've seen the results of family violence, for our mothers, our daughters, our colleagues, our friends and our partners – we need to take a stand, and it starts with The Pledge.

    Expressway decision disappoints, but it's not over till it's over
    November 2013

    The Supreme Court has declined to permit Save Kapiti to appeal the High Court judgement regarding the Kapiti Expressway.

    The Court ruled that "any attempt to assess the impact on the environment of the proposed Expressway on the assumption that the WLR was in place would be entirely artificial." Save Kapiti is extremely disappointed, after all the research, work and effort it has put into this process since 2009.

    "To assume that all the work undertaken since 1995 by KCDC and NZTA's predecessor agencies, particularly through protracted legal disputes in the Environment and High Courts, was 'entirely artificial' is mind-boggling", said Save Kapiti secretary Mark Harris.

    "Unfathomably, what the Board of Inquiry, the High Court, and now the Supreme Court, do not seem to understand is that, in our opinion, this diminishes (and almost invalidates) the value of the District Plan, a statutorily required document that councils spend millions developing and revising. Essentially, this judgement says that what's in the District Plan is irrelevant if it hasn't been built yet, which raises a question over the value of creating a plan at all. It seems that the Court did not consider that aspect of the matter at all."

    Save Kapiti have no option but to accept this decision, as there is no further course of appeal.

    "We've taken this particular battle as far as we can, and not achieved a result we are happy with," said Harris. "So be it. It's only one battle, it's not the war. With this legal avenue terminated, we have to move back into the political arena as it was a political decision in the first place to put the road here, going against all of the expert evidence of the time (including NZTA's own). They twice rejected this route for valid technical, social and economic reasons - nothing has changed, except that the price still goes up.

    "NZTA now state it will cost $680 million to build this motorway. I don't think they can point to any project that has come in under budget, and very few that have come in on budget. So we can expect to see it creep over the billion dollar mark, as they uncover 'unexpected geographical difficulties', as they did with Mackays Crossing, the Raumati Straight, Lindale and almost every other project they've carried out in this area."

    Official Opening of Bird Hide at QE Park
    January 2014

    The official opening of the newly built Bird Hide in the Marine Wetlands is the result of a joint project between Greater Wellington and the Friends with considerable assistance from sponsors: Boffa Miskell, Forest and Bird, Paekakariki and Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Boards, Whareroa Guardians and the NZ Ornithological Society to commemorate the 60th Jubilee year of the creation of Queen Elizabeth Park.

    All welcome Saturday 18th January.
    After the official ceremony at 11am, Park Rangers will lead two short walks around the wetlands and the Remnant Bush. After the walk, tea and coffee will be available so we encourage you to bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
    To keep the children interested there will be some organised craft activities. Bikes are welcome too as there are easy flat tracks nearby that are suitable for all the family.
    This year there has been a great range of birds using the wetlands ranging from the ever present but very entertaining Pukeko, Pied Stilts, Herons, Scaup, Dab Chicks, Teal, Paradise Duck and the inevitable Mallards. Interpretation boards are in the hide.
    Future plans include making the track from the Marines' Memorial site to the Jubilee Bird Hide wheel chair accessible.

    Plunket: Keep an eye out for kids on the roads
    January 2014

    Plunket is urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head back to school next week.

    As New Zealand's largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five, Plunket recognises many children will be venturing off to school for the first time.

    Sue Campbell, Plunket's National Child Safety Advisor, says for parents and caregivers the start of the school year can be an emotional and busy time. Parents will often have a lot of new experiences to work through with getting children to school, and caring for younger siblings.

    "Every driver on the road needs to be that bit more aware that more children are about, as well as people with prams and strollers, slow down and drive more cautiously.

    "Keeping children safe on and around the road is important as they make their way to and from school", she says.

    "Remember that every time a child travels in a car they need to be in a car seat or booster seat,
    no matter how short the journey".

    For a car seat to perform correctly in a crash and protect your child it needs to be installed correctly. Plunket recommend that parents and caregivers seek expert assistance from a child restraint technician to ensure that your child's car seat fits your vehicle and is installed correctly. They can also advise about the best car seat for your child's age, height and weight, and one that is best suited to your car.

    Child restraint technicians are available through Plunket's car seat service, and at a number of other hire outlets or retailers.

    Take time out to be with your children says Save The Children...
    March 2014

    This Sunday (March 2) is Children's Day and is a chance for our kids to take priority over everything else says Save the Children New Zealand.
    CEO Heather Hayden says the day is a special one for our children and is a time to stop, to recognise and to treasure them.
    "There are number of events being held up and down the country which give kids a chance to have fun and play and simply be with their families."
    Many countries around the world have Children's Days but Sunday has been set aside just to remember how precious and important our children in New Zealand are says Ms Hayden.

    Plunket says beware of bogus charity collectors
    March 2014

    Plunket's Annual 'Bear Hug' Appeal kicks off next week which means that collectors will soon be taking to the streets around the country to raise funds for local Plunket services.

    Unfortunately, this also brings a risk of bogus collectors shaking a bucket or knocking on doors and claiming to be from Plunket.

    Every year a number of unscrupulous groups and individuals attempt to defraud the public by pretending to collect on behalf of charities.

    Anyone collecting on behalf of Plunket will be clearly identified as being part of Plunket and have contact details for those in charge of the collection. They may also carry a letter on official letterhead stating they are an approved collector and the reason they are collecting.

    If you encounter a collector who makes you feel uncomfortable or suspicious please ask for identification and try to get as much information as possible from them. If in doubt, please contact your local Police.

    March 2014

    March 26 is International Purple Day for Epilepsy, and Epilepsy New Zealand is doing its bit to ensure the day is celebrated proudly for all those with the condition, an estimated 90,000 people in New Zealand.

    This March, Epilepsy New Zealand challenges you to be a Hero on March 26 and help raise awareness of epilepsy in your community. Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or paisley, as long as it's purple, it will be perfect for Purple Day. If you're the social and energetic type, why not organise an event at work, school or with friends? Create a theme – wear your best and brightest purple clothing, the most outrageous purple outfit, go the extra mile and dye your hair purple – and get people to contribute on the day for the honour of participating (and having a really good time). Any excuse for a get together is good. Have it over morning tea, lunch, and don't forget the catwalk parade!
    2014 is the third time that Purple Day has ever been held in New Zealand. Because of this, Epilepsy New Zealand is sending out a challenge to all New Zealanders – to make Purple Day 2014 the biggest it has ever been. To do this, Epilepsy New Zealand needs volunteers to hold purple themed events around the country to raise awareness of epilepsy. Prizes will be awarded to the biggest and most creative Purple Day events held throughout the country.

    To host or participate, just register online or email All funds raised go directly to Epilepsy New Zealand. Your support will contribute directly to improving the everyday lives of people with epilepsy and their families.

    Petition launched to save Kiosk
    March 2014

    Community campaigner Dale Evans has launched a petition to save the Kiosk at Paraparaumu Beach.
    A KCDC staff report to the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board last week recommended: That the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board recommends to Council that the fire damaged kiosk at MacLean Park be demolished. It also recommended that the pond area occupied by the kiosk should be filled to become open space and a seating area.
    Many members of the public spoke strongly in favour of keeping the kiosk.
    The meeting decided to give the kiosk a six week reprieve to guage public feedback.
    Mr Evans says the public feedback is already obvious.
    'The kiosk is used as a Police base manned by Grey Power volunteers. These volunteers were not consulted by council and nor was the community at large."
    Mr Evans says having the kiosk and the volunteers present offers a sense of security for the children and families who use the facilities there.
    "Council want to remove this and instead they should maximise its potential. The Kiosk could also be used for other facilities such as ticketing for Kapiti Island, Information Centre regarding the Paraparaumu Beach area, and of course for Community events."
    Mr Evans says the public response to the petition has been very positive.
    "It is very clear the people want to keep their Kiosk. It is very important that Council listens to the community," he says.

    Clean up celebrates Sea Week
    March 2014

    Everything from cigarette butts and fishing line to discarded clothing and plastic bottles. These were the finds of Kapiti College's Eco Action Group, when on Saturday 1st March they spent the day at the beach collecting rubbish for Sea Week.
    The group of eleven students were accompanied by teachers Maria Kalashi and Nicola Easthope, coordinator of the Eco Action Group. The group met at 2pm and spent two hours combing the waterfront, between The Esplanade and Paraparaumu Beach.
    "We managed to fill two large black rubbish bags and had some interesting finds along the way including a headless seahorse, five dollar note and distended snapper," Head Girl Bonnie Hayvice said.
    The students agreed it was a feel good way of spending their Saturday afternoon and were pleased with their efforts to help create a sustainable environment for the present and future generations of Kapiti.
    It's a great feeling knowing that that isn't going to end up killing an animal or having a further negative impact upon the waterways and coastline.
    The Eco Action group's next main focus is the Sustainable Home and Garden Show, happening on the 22nd & 23rd of March, where they have fabricated a multi faceted, cross-curriculum display.
    A simple action of taking a bag to the beach to pick up loose rubbish, especially after a storm, is a great way to secure our beaches for a clean future. The group would like to thank the Kapiti Coast District Council for supplying gloves and rubbish bags for the cleanup.

    Ancestral land in state of Grace...

    The Maori Land Court has ruled in favour of a small block of ancestral Waikanae land seized for the expressway to be set aside as a Maori reservation.

    Kapiti writer Patricia Grace has won a court battle to keep her ancestral lands from being seized for the Kapiti Expressway.

    Chief Judge Wilson Isaac granted Grace's application and recommended her 5770 square metres of land in Te Moana Rd be set apart as a Maori reservation for the benefits of the descendants of Wiremu Parata Te Kakakura. It is deemed to be a place of cultural and historic significance and as a waahi tapu site.

    The NZ Transport Agency had wanted to take 983 square metres of the block for the expressway.

    While it did not oppose Grace's right to declare the rest of the land a reserve, it wanted its portion excluded to build the road.

    "This is one of the vestigial blocks of Wi Parata's land remaining in the ownership of his descendants," Judge Isaac said.

    "This land has been in continual Maori ownership and control since before 1840.

    "It has special significance not only for the descendants of Wi Parata but also for Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, and has been protected through the generations to the present time. This protection should continue into the future."

    His decision and recommendation now goes to the chief executive of Te Puni Kokiri before the reservation is confirmed and gazetted.

    Grace was pleased with the decision. "It is very good news. I think our case was very well put. It (the recommendation) makes the land 'inalienable', even to the Crown," she said.

    Her lawyer, Leo Watson, said it vindicated her "long struggle to protect her ancestral land, which was a generous gesture to expend the benefit of a Maori reservation to the wider whanau".

    NZTA, which has started building the McKays to Peka Peka section of the expressway, said it would not be able to comment on whether the Maori Land Court's recommendation meant Grace's land would be avoided until after an Environment Court hearing in Wellington on Monday.

    Grace has lodged a separate objection with the Environment Court over the seizure.

    More than 30 top writers, academics and Maori leaders signed an open letter to Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee as a Waitangi Day protest urging the Government not "to literally bulldoze a road through the land".

    Source: Kay Blundell - DomPost

    Kapiti businesses bypassed for expressway work

    Waikanae nurseryman Gus Evans says he is disappointed local growers had been left out after tendering to supply some of the 1.5 million plants for the McKays to Peka Peka expressway.

    "We realise we are not big enough for the world, but it would have been good to have been included in some small way in some of the growing of the plants," says Mr Evans.

    He says bringing plants from out of the district could expose Kapiti to pest lizard the Australian rainbow skink which till now has not been found south of Foxton.

    "It would be disastrous to the locals," says Mr Evans.

    In touting the expressway NZTA had claimed local Kapiti businesses would be at the head of the queue for contracts. It seems that may not be so. Instead the Auckland-based Natural Habitats won the $7 million contract for 140 hectares of planting along the expressway over the next three years.

    Additionally it is likely Kauri Park Nurseries in Palmerston North will be cultivating most of the plants.

    Lynton Nurseries owner Lynton Allen was disappointed his joint tender with Te Horo Ornamentals for the planting project had been unsuccessful.

    The Auckland firm Natural Habitats is setting up shop in Kapiti and will hire 60 local staff.

    NZTA Wellington highways manager Rod James said Kauri Park Nursery had been the first provider appointed through a competitive tender process that was open to Kapiti growers.

    "However, the door remains open for local nurseries to also provide plants. The contract with Kauri Park is not exclusive. We need to source 1.5 million plants and a range of providers may be needed for such an unprecedented planting project.

    "Even where contracts are awarded to a non-Kapiti based supplier there will still be jobs and/or subcontracting opportunities on offer locally," Mr James said.

    Natural Habitats said there was a potential for other growers to be involved "but it will be a competitive arena."

    In the meantime it is the big Auckland firms who are getting the lions' share of the expressway planting business.

    Kapiti Women's Centre training begins
    April 2014

    Our new enrollment of Centre Worker Training for 2014 has begun.
    Volunteers are the heart and soul of Kapiti Women's Centre. Centre Workers participate in a thorough training programme that has several parts. Firstly, you attend an orientation session to learn more about the role. Secondly, there is a 7 session training programme with 5 half days and 2 full days of training. this training includes practical support skills and discussion of issues affecting women in our community. Part three is practical – learning about the ins and outs of the Centre. Lastly, you will take on a weekly shift at the Centre, supported by an experienced collective member. Towards the end of each year, we have a celebration to welcome the new graduates to our team. We look forward to you being a part of this wonderful team of volunteers. - See more at:

    Bore water assurances don't go down well
    April 2014

    Kapiti Council assurances that bore water is safe does not seem to have found favour with the public. There continue to be a heavy number of complaints about the taste and smell of the bore water and there are large numbers of complaints about damage to kettles and cylinders.

    In a report residents were advised: "If people did not like the taste, they could use water from emergency kits."

    Some recent comments include:

    Ashley Schaeffer
    The bore water not only tastes terrible it has a distinctive smell as well.

    We are looking at having to replace yet another kettle after this latest round of bore water. This one is less than six months old and is now poked. Who knows what damage our dishwasher is going to sustain?

    We have one crap council after another on the Kapiti Coast and despite turfing the last Mayor out on her ear, we're stuck with yet another dud. The problem is the impotent councillors are playing second fiddle to the unelected council employees.

    Its da truth
    Why they didn't build a water storage plant instead of that overpriced paddling pool, I don't know....... well I do. They're incompetent fools.

    You have just worked it out I had them pegged right from the start and don't forget the previous one both had a time to built a dam, dump the water meters but did not because its the CEO's pet baby. PS your very polite by just calling them incompetent fools I would call them some thing else but they cant print it.

    "If people did not like the taste, they could use water from emergency kits."

    This is the last sentence in the above article. Not sure if the council says that or the editor just add this in. Either way it sounds terribly offensive, as if telling you to piss off if you don't like bore water. Coming from a public entity which is supposedly there to serve the general public, this is not good at all.

    Snap Crackle Pop !!
    No that is not my cereal in the bowl but the sound of my jug each time it is used since the bore was switched over.
    Having to distill all the water we use to remove the impurities is costing more power and then we will be paying for this rubbish water when the meter charge starts soon.
    I should take my distiller into the council and the health department to show them what the inside is like after one distilation. Each time it is used it has to be cleaned /sterilised.
    Bore water is only fit for watering the garden

    I don't drink the water here in Paraparaumu as it tastes horrible. Every 3 week's we go to the Buick Street spring in Petone and bring back 100 liters of nice water. Lived at 5 places with bore water on the Kapiti Coast and the stuff here tastes the worst by far. I don't know if it comes from an aquifer with iron pans or through rusty pipes but it tastes of rust and it's disgusting.

    We go to Petone, or even if we visit friends in Otaki, Porirua or Johnsonville, we fill our bottles and bring that back for drinking and cooking.

    Bore water tastes like dirt.

    Is that why the Ministry of Health placed an ad earlier this year in the local papers to say:

    (I'm paraphrasing)

    'Run your tap in the morning and do not drink the water that first comes out as it MAY CONTAIN metals and minerals that could, in concentrated form, be hazardous.'

    The Council are lying when they say it doesn't affect kettles or hot water cylinders. They simply don't want to pay the damages for their cockups.

    ian of tawa
    The council has four options,
    A - build a $2B+ desalination plant,
    B - cut off water supply,
    C - force people to move leave the district,
    D - utilise bore water.

    E - build a dam.

    Not for my NEW QUIET SAFE JUG - sounds like its a 747 jumbo taking off.

    Mine too... just about messed my pants when I heard the noise coming from the jug. Then I saw the white "stuff" up the side showing how much water is in the jug. Dumped the water and white all over the stainless steel bottom. Not sure if it's any safer from the water but mine has the element UNDER the stainless steel base. Muck Fee, what a dog's breakfast we keep on electing in Kapiti.

    Mine too. No matter what type of jug / kettle you have everyone in the Kapiti area has the same problem.
    Have to clean the jug every other day with sterilising crystals as the bottom is YUCK.
    Cannot possibly be good for our health no matter what they say.

    Kapiti carpool commuters get priority parking at Waikanae Station
    May 2014

    Train commuters who share a ride to Waikanae Station can now get priority parking but they'll need to be early birds!
    Five spaces, in the parking area closest to SH1, are now reserved for carpoolers between midnight and 9am Monday to Friday, as part of a three-month trial.
    Angus Gabara, Greater Wellington Regional Council's Rail Operations Manager, says parking spots at Waikanae are in high demand so sharing a ride with family, friends or neighbours to the station frees up space for others. "It's a thank you to carpoolers who enable more people to use the Park & Ride.
    "We know from observing people who use the Waikanae Park & Ride that quite a few commuters do currently share a ride to the station so I expect the priority spaces will be snapped up pretty quickly each morning."
    The priority carpool carparking area will be monitored to check the uptake by carpoolers and to make sure it's being used appropriately.
    Melanie Thornton, the Regional Council's Sustainable Transport Manager, says sharing a ride to the station will save you petrol money. "It takes more cars off the busy roads at peak times so it's great for the environment too.
    "If you'd like to share a ride to the station but don't know how to find other carpooling buddies, registering with Let's Carpool is a great place to start. It's a safe, secure website for people keen to carpool, you simply key in your details, where you're starting your journey and which station you'd like to carpool to – and then run the search."
    Priority parking is also being trialled at Petone Station, in Lower Hutt, for people who share a ride. Depending on the success of Waikanae and Petone, the system may be extended to other Park & Rides around the Wellington region.

    Sexy Zen for Kapiti Drivers
    August 2014

    Here is a newsflash for Kapiti drivers - There's a new way of driving in the Wellington Region – the Sexy Zen way. And you can learn how in three short videos.

    The videos have been produced by Greater Wellington Regional Council as a novel way of encouraging motorists to slow down.

    "Sexy Zen Driving is all about easing your foot off the accelerator and enjoying the ride," says Simon Kennett, the Regional Council's Road Safety Coordinator.

    The three-part series follows the journey of three aggressive motorists who learn to become more relaxed and considerate behind the wheel.

    "Aimed at young drivers, the videos are a humorous way of getting across some very serious messages. It's a very different approach from most other road safety videos and we hope it will resonate with young people.

    "Wellington has the highest proportion of pedestrians and cyclists in the country which is fantastic. But because there are so many people out and about on the streets, quite a high number get hit by cars. The chances of someone surviving being hit by a car travelling at 30kms per hour is several times higher than someone who's hit by a car travelling at 50kms per hour.

    "The more sexy zen drivers there are in Wellington, the better for us all."

    Watch the Sexy Zen Driver videos at

    Housing Matters to Animals too
    August 2014

    Today, 13 August, animal advocacy organisation SAFE, with the help of actor Robyn Malcolm, launches its "Housing matters to animals too" election campaign, urging the public to support those political parties with firm policies banning all factory-farming practices.
    The election launch will see a thought provoking election sign erected at Western Park, Auckland. SAFE wants political parties to consider the animals too when debating housing issues this election.
    "Although it's widely agreed that New Zealand has a housing crisis, housing is an even bigger issue for animals," says executive director Hans Kriek. "On factory farms over 100 million animals are cruelly confined in overcrowded, barren living conditions, making it New Zealand's number-one animal welfare issue."
    SAFE is calling for a change to the law that will end factory-farming. Cruelty that is currently legal includes keeping pigs in crates so small they cannot turn around and keeping hens in cages so small and crowded they cannot stretch their wings.
    "With several political parties promising to end factory farming it is important that we get the word out and ensure every New Zealander is aware of the animal policies of each party," says long standing SAFE supporter Robyn Malcolm.
    "Opposition to factory farming is bigger than ever," says Mr Kriek. "Now it is time to make sure every New Zealander is able to make an informed decision on Election Day."

    Famous Kiwis get artistic for Daffodil Day
    August 2014

    A group of well-known New Zealanders have created unique artworks for the Cancer Society's Daffodil Day as part of the ANZ Daffodil Day Art Auction, and the results are amazing.
    "A couple of weeks ago we sent blank sheets of paper away to 20 prominent Kiwis, and we've been blown away by the flair and originality of the artworks they sent back," said Fred Ohlsson, Managing Director Retail and Business Banking for ANZ, the principal sponsor of Daffodil Day.
    "There is some serious artistic talent out there. We're really excited about auctioning the artworks on Trade Me to raise money for such a great cause."
    The brief for the artists was simple – there were no rules. They were asked to simply create an artwork which could be auctioned; it could be a sketch, painting, pastel, collage, abstract or even a poem or verse.
    The framed artworks will be available for auction on Trade Me from August 18-27, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to support the Cancer Society.
    Man Booker prize winner Eleanor Catton, celebrity chef Al Brown and netball legend Irene van Dyk are just a few of the famous Kiwis putting their creative hats on in support of the Cancer Society's annual fundraising drive.
    Catton's work 'Owl' (Acrylic on canvas, 2014) was inspired by a family tradition.
    "This is a wonderful initiative that I was honoured to be a part of," said Ms Catton.
    "We have a great need for cancer awareness in New Zealand and the Cancer Society does wonderful work on behalf of those in need. For this auction I painted an owl, the totem animal my family bestowed on me at my birth."
    Art commentator Hamish Keith expects the works to raise a sizeable sum. "It is wonderful to see such a rich variety of imagination at work."

    The New Zealanders generously taking part in the ANZ Daffodil Day Art Auction are:
    Al Brown, Eleanor Catton, Sally Ridge, Jaime Ridge, Irene van Dyk, Zambesi, Nadia Lim, David Dallas and Leilani Momoisea, Rawdon Christie, Duncan Garner and Family, Askew One, Megan Sellers, Deacon 'What we do in the Shadows' (aka Jonathan Brugh), Wayne Hapi, Lizzie Marvelly, Julien Dyne, Sarah Ulmer, Sara Hughes, Shane Hansen.

    Whitireia consistently a top achiever
    August 2014

    A report released today by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) shows Whitireia is among New Zealand's top performing polytechnics.

    The Kapiti campus, now on Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu, has been very popular and attracts a wide range of students.

    The Performance of Tertiary Education Organisations report for 2013 ranks Whitireia in the number one position for course completion. Course completion measures the number of students completing a course of study during the year under review. This top ranking was achieved ahead of 17 other Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics in New Zealand.

    A total of four measures are reported on including: successful completion of courses, completion of qualifications, student progression to higher level study and students retained in study. Whitireia ranked in the top three nationally, for course completion, qualification completion and students retained in study.

    Whitireia is proud of this achievement and proud of leading the sector said Don Campbell, Chief Executive. "Our number one position in the completion of courses and high rankings in qualification completion, and students retained in study are pleasing results for us. Whitireia students are motivated to succeed in their study and this shows in these results. Our relatively small class sizes, dedicated and skilled teaching staff and the non-academic support available to students have all contributed to our number one position in this course completion performance measure."

    "The two most important performance indicators are course completion and qualification completion. This is outstanding performance for our students, our staff and our community he said."

    Whitireia delivers leading tertiary education at certificate, diploma, degree, postgraduate and master's levels of study. It has a population of over 8,500, with students choosing to study at campuses in Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti and Auckland.

    Calling all young people in Kapiti!
    August 2014

    KYS and the Youth Council have organised a youth political forum. This is your chance to be able to put any burning questions to local representatives of the National, Labour and Green parties.

    Let’s talk about divestment and ethical investments
    August 2014

    Divestment workshop next week: Wednesday 20 August, 7pm at Kapiti College mezzanine (above the NEW GYM), Margaret Rd, Raumati Beach.
    Presenter: Ashlee Gross from 350 Aotearoa
    Find out how you can join a rapidly growing global movement tackling climate change from a new angle. Students, customers and members are asking their institutions, from universities to banks, to pension funds, to stop investing their money in fossil fuel companies. Nearly 100 organisations worldwide have already committed to divest and, with recent announcements from the Dunedin City Council and the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, the movement has solidly spread to New Zealand.
    Join 350 Aotearoa ( for an evening talk and Q&A on the ethical argument for divestment and how it helps tackle climate change, an overview of what's happening globally, and to find out how you can get involved in New Zealand, including through talking to your KiwiSaver provider, university or other institutions you're a part of.

    RSVP if you can to or turn up anyway.

    Otaki River Now a Painting TOO
    August 2014

    The annual review of progress on the Otaki River will be held Wednesday September 10, and this year there will be an art auction as part of the day-long activities.

    Supporters of the river work have an opportunity to bid on a 900x600 mm acrylic painting of the stunning Chrystall's Bend Lagoon. It was created by Levin artist Grace Goss, who donated it to Friends of the Otaki River to help raise funds for their on-going work on the river.

    Over the past decade, the Friends have planted about 50,000 native trees along the river edge, opened up two significant public walkways on the north edge of the river, and developed recreational stops at the estuary and at Chrystall's Bend.

    The "Chrystall's Lagoon" painting will be auctioned during the lunch break of the annual walkover, which is held on Wednesday September 10. The public is invited, and meet at 9 am at the Greater Wellington depot on Riverbank Rd, Otaki.

    Auctioneer Peter Jensen has agreed to accept telephone bids for Grace Goss's painting by prior arrangement. Those interested in placing a prior bid for "Chrystall's Lagoon' can email or ring secretary Trevor Wylie Tel 06 364 8918 prior to the auction day.

    Kapiti Vaulters Ninth at World Championships
    September 2014

    New Zealand's young vaulting stars from Kapiti have finished a very credible ninth in the final of the team's competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France tonight.
    To many, the Kiwis were a real surprise package, and making the top 12 for the final has attracted plenty of media interest and chatter among vaulting followers.
    But coach Catarina Strom knew her young charges would star, despite it being the first time New Zealand has had a team at the world champs.
    They took their Lorde-inspired freestyle, which they performed again this evening, to a whole new level. "They were absolutely amazing," she said. "They aced their performance . . . I am just so happy with these girls. Throughout the champs, they have got better and better. They thrived on the very loud crowd and atmosphere in there."
    The athletes tonight improved on their artistic and technical scores from the previous competition. They competed aboard Ikarus (owned by Karin Kiontke and Antonia Schubert), from the Pegasus Muhlacker Club in Germany where the New Zealand has been preparing for the world champs.
    The class was won by the Germans with 8.724.
    Strom extended a huge thank you to everyone who had support the team, and said the best was yet to come from them. "We can't wait to go home, train some more and show New Zealand what these girls are really capable of."
    Their next performance will be at Equidays.

    The team is – Vaulters: Danielle Schwabe, Brooke Dunstan, Lily-Claire Palmer, Georgi Curran, Rhyanne Vasta, Evangeline Goldie, Grace Williamson, Jennifer Ponne. Coaches: Catarina Strom, Verena Fiess.

    Dirty Politics author talking to Kapiti's youth
    September 2014


    Thursday 18 September 2014 3:30pm Otaki College School Hall, 233 Mill Road, Otaki

    Thursday 18 September 2014 6:30pm The Meeting Room, Paraparaumu Library

    This is a special invitation for young people to hear acclaimed author Nicky Hager talk about his experiences and the truth behind 'Dirty Politics'.

    This is open to all Kapiti youth but is especially important for any young people who may have been turned off voting, or who didn't previously vote.

    Bring your friend and don't miss this exceptional opportunity to hear Nicky talk about the importance of young people and politics today.

    Please be aware the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room has limited spaces. If you don't want to miss out, please try to get to Otaki College.

    For more information please phone 021 641 123

    Open Letter demands Access rethink
    October 2014

    An open letter to Councillors Kapiti Coast District Council, from Paul Curry a member of Ramp Equal Access Coalition Team (REACT).

    I am taking this unusual step of writing to Councillors of the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) directly as I have become deeply concerned about the acrimonious (and arguably discriminatory) approach that seems to permeate the senior staff leadership team of the KCDC with regard to their legislative responsibilities for the provision of access for people with disabilities. I have been a senior public and community servant (including as Chief Executive) for over 40 years. During all that time I have never seen or been subject to the treatment received over nearly two years from the senior staff of a Council. I make a living out of advising on governance and leadership matters, I am a fully accredited member of the Institute of Directors. I also served on, or are Chair of a number of Boards. What concerns me the most is, as KCDC Councilors, you appear to have delegated your responsibilities and your governance accountabilities to staff. Either on purpose, or by staff filling a vacuum in leadership. There appears to be a breakdown in governance responsibilities and an oversight by Councilors. I understand it is not your job to oversee operational matters (that is the role of the Chief Executive), however, according to your own code of conduct, it is your role to "monitor the performance of the Council against its strategic objectives, policies and identify community outcomes". In addition Councilors also have responsibility for "prudent stewardship of Council resources". One of your most important responsibilities is "to represent the interests of residents and ratepayers of the entire Kapiti Coast District". As Councilors you also have accountability for "ensuring overall compliance by the Council, with its obligations and responsibilities under the Local Government Act 2002, and all other legislation which prescribe statutory duties for territorial authorities." It is very clear that the Council has fallen way short, of meeting its obligations over recent years, when it comes to its legal accountabilities of its own facilities, for access for people with disabilities. A very clear case in point has been the recent determinations by central government with regard to the Coastlands Aquatic Centre. As Councilors you failed in your duty of care to one of the most vulnerable sectors of your community. Not only that, but Council staff endeavoured to determine those people with disabilities who would have their access rights provided for and those who would not. Council staff cannot by law, make this discrimination. It is incomprehensible to me, why a group of well-meaning people (councilors), with the honor of being elected by the public, to represent their community, appears to do the reverse. Other councils around the country are doing precisely the opposite to what KCDC is doing. Rather than trying to do the very minimum possible, a number of councils are taking a proactive approach to access and are implementing processes to ensure full inclusion of all people in their communities.
    I now reside in Tauranga and have the privilege of chairing the Tauranga City Council Disability Advisory Committee, this Council is working hard to make "Tauranga the most accessible and inclusive city New Zealand". This Council has made a strong commitment to the implementation of very detailed strategies for people with disabilities and for older people. This includes comprehensive training for all Council staff, an access audit of Council facilities, and a real dedication to open, meaningful communication and consultation. It is baffling that KCDC appears not to have learned from the recent decision made by central government with regard to the aquatic centre. This is evidenced by enquiries raised about the level of disabled access at the Waikanae and Otaki pools at a recent Council meeting, Senior staff Pool Manager Alison Law said: "both pools were legally compliant and as aged buildings they were not required to meet the building code". ''The only time we would need to consider upgrading the amenities to meet the current code for disability access would be if work requiring building consent was undertaken.'' "work planned for the Otaki pool this month would not require a building consent – classified as repairs and maintenance." ''It is highly unlikely that Waikanae would ever need a building consent for any works done.'' What she is really saying is that unless KCDC is required to do so by building law, KCDC will not be providing full and equal access for people with disabilities in accordance with the Building Code or the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. This is not acceptable. It omits the fact that both the Human Rights Commission and Office for Disability issues fully supported KCDC's determination, finding that the hoist and stairs did not provide 'reasonable and adequate' access for people with disabilities to carry out their normal day to day activities. Reasonable and adequate provision for people with disabilities is a major legal requirement under the Human Rights Act. It is also worth pointing out that the earlier Human Rights Mediation strongly 'indicated' the pool access provision of hoist and stairs were discriminatory under Human Rights Law regardless of Building requirements. That is why the mediation agreement solely benefitted disabled people. Suitable ramp access has been proven to be the best access provision for entry into public swimming pools, buildings and kerbsides etc. under all the various statutory obligations in the shorter and longer term. A senior staff member does not have the authority to make these decisions. This is the responsibility of you as Councilors as part of your duty as elected representatives of the community. I strongly believe there is a need for a governance and culture review to be undertaken by Councilors, to make sure that the senior staff leadership understands their roles and obligations to the Council.
    It is only through a committed change of culture that we will see meaningful outcomes for community without resorting to further legal remedies. The access issues for people with disabilities to the Coastlands Aquatic Centre is only one of a number of poor judgments made by Council senior staff over recent times. Councilors need to make sure that they are fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities by getting the best value for money, at the same time, meeting their community representative obligations under the Local Government Act 2002, Human Rights Act 1993,Building Act 2004, and administratively. As mentioned at the beginning of this letter, this is an unusual step for me to take; it was done with the best of intentions for the future of people who reside on the Kapiti Coast. I would like to suggest that the Councilors discuss this letter in a closed session without staff present. I do not expect a response (unless you wish to), but will be watching with interest for a change in culture.

    Yours sincerely
    Paul J Curry
    12 October 2014

    Kapiti Mayor ties the knot
    October 2014

    The Mayor of Kapiti Coast District Council, Ross Church, married long term partner Vicki McCarthy on Saturday in the presence of 45 family members and close friends.

    Marriage celebrant and Councillor Diane Ammundsen conducted the ceremony at Greenmantle Estate, Otaihanga.

    "It was a fabulous day," Mayor Church said. "We both enjoyed every moment."

    The newly-weds are now on a week-long tour of the Central North Island.

    Paekakariki Community offended by slurs
    October 2014

    Board Chair Jack McDonald says the Paekākāriki Community Board is taken aback and disappointed to see the slurs on the community from the owner of the Kāpiti Cantina, Deborah Lee Marlow.
    "These ungracious and offensive comments disregard the support her business has received from the community", says Jack McDonald, Chair of the Paekākāriki Community Board.
    "Paekākāriki is a diverse, multicultural community and our nature is very welcoming of new residents and businesses who contribute to our vibrant culture. We are known across the district for our positive community spirit".
    He says that, "in a small community, goodwill is an essential ingredient for business success. While some in the community were alienated by Ms Marlow's actions and attitudes, there has been no evidence to support her view that her nationality, or jealousy of her project, were responsible".
    The Cantina received huge support from the community including financial backing, participation in working bees on a voluntary basis, strong patronage from the community particularly in the initial stages and some residents even regularly ran errands for Ms Marlow.
    McDonald went on to say, "there have been very troubling reports of tradespeople, investors, shareholders and even staff not receiving proper payment from the Kāpiti Cantina. Many local residents have been affected by Ms Marlow's irresponsible actions".
    "The police have informed members of the community that Marlow has left the country and so we sincerely hope that all those affected are paid in full and that the authorities help to ensure this", he says.
    The unsubstantiated business successes reported in the press allowed her to gain undeserved credibility with investors and other supporters.
    "It is a challenge to run successful businesses in Paekākāriki", says Mr McDonald. "For businesses to be successful they need to draw in clientele from across the district and the wider region as our current businesses do successfully".
    "To blame business failure on the Paekākāriki community reflects a lack of business acumen and suggests that Marlow is not the business expert that she claims to be".

    Kiwibank dig deep to help with School rebuild
    October 2014

    Staff from Kiwibank Paraparaumu branch spent their day off gardening at Paraparaumu School.

    To help with the rebuild after the August fire, the local Kiwibank team have helped with the creation of a 'Teachers Garden', which the Teachers will use as a reward system for their students. Using soil and seedlings that were generously donated by local businesses, the Kiwibank team constructed the garden, which will be visible to the school community and help celebrate the upcoming 125th Anniversary on November 8th.

    With the help of Volunteer Kapiti, Lisa Kubala organised a team of volunteers from Kiwibank who wanted to give back to their community and help with the rebuild of Paraparaumu School.

    Parents of Paraparaumu School organised a sausage sizzle to thank the team and were thrilled with the outcome.

    Principal Steven Caldwell said "It's great to have help like this from the community. It is a great example to our students and the work that Kiwibank has done is a positive step towards the rebuild of our School".

    Volunteer Kapiti is always looking for volunteers to work with non-profit organisations on the Kapiti Coast and offers a wide range of opportunities. For more information, go to or call 04 905 8884.

    New APP to stop driver distraction
    September 2015

    With the New Zealand Police this week cracking down on mobile phone driver distraction, a locally created app could help drivers concentrate on the road, while checking their emails safely.

    Speaking Email reads emails aloud, so that users can keep in touch with work.
    The app was developed by Auckland web development company, beweb, after director Mike Nelson got frustrated with the lack of such a product on the market. He wanted to use his daily commute from Auckland's North Shore into the city to listen to emails, without taking his eyes off the road.
    Drivers should not be multitasking while they drive. But the current system of banning the use of phones isn't working. You just have to drive around to see how rife texting while driving is.
    "So I came up with this idea of making it as safe as possible to use your phone while driving," Mr Nelson says.
    With Speaking Email all text is read aloud from each email in your inbox. Email signatures, disclaimers and reply threads are skipped. You can listen completely hands free. If you have your phone in a fixed mounting you can also use it to triage your email – easy tap or swipe functions allow emails to be archived, flagged or swiped to skip reading. There is also a quick reply feature with pre-loaded text for a 'thanks' or 'ok'.
    "We purposely don't allow typed replies because that is cumbersome and dangerous when people are on the roads," he says.
    The app is available for iPhone and will be released for Android soon. It works with Gmail,, Yahoo Mail, iCloud and most other email servers. Microsoft Exchange support is currently in testing.
    Speaking Email is currently available free from the App Store, to promote the new product. Mr Nelson says that from October it will be listed at US$9.99.
    For more information and FAQs about the app, see

    Queen Elizabeth Park Champions Celebrated
    September 2015

    At the AGM of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park on 24th August, we honoured with Life Membership, the dedication of two long-serving remarkable men in our community.
    John Porter and John Lancashire are both extremely well-known and respected stalwarts for the environment and particularly Queen Elizabeth Park. I have attached a recent photograph (courtesy an Ann Evans) and the Life Membership citation letters for both people and hope that you will see this as newsworthy in your publication.

    Both men have "retired" their positions as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park after standing continuously since the establishment of the Friends group. We will greatly miss their experience and expertise on the ground, although their vision and determination has already made a significant impact on our community and this will continue with various projects they are both involved with.


    John Lancashire
    Dear John,

    this letter is to say, with very great pleasure, that the Trustees have made you a LIFE MEMBER of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park, and this award has been approved with ACCLAMATION at the AGM.

    The Trustees recognise that you have worked tirelessly over 10 years as Chair of the Friends which, as a group, has achieved a huge amount. During that time you led the Friends with vitality and strength, political wisdom, and often with sheer courage. You welcomed and analysed new directions in the group. You championed major developments in the Park like the historic barn, the cycle track, the Jubilee bird hide, and all conservation and restoration. Your enthusiasm at Barn Dances was notable! You repeatedly raised significant outside funds for Friend's projects, among which the recent biodiversity project is a towering, memorable achievement, not just for the Friends, but for Kapiti district.

    Importantly you always fearlessly defended the integrity of QEP as public land for community use. Moreover you acted strongly against those whose plans would damage the Park or distort its essential function-the expressway and printing press museum are but two examples of many. And you were always the public face of QEP in the news media.

    In brief, John you have always been, and remain an outstanding figure in the Friends, and hugely deserving of this recognition.
    The resolution passed at the AGM is immediately effective, and includes the following citation:
    "The Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park recognise, with gratitude and admiration, the immense contribution of JOHN LANCASHIRE to the work of the Friends by leading from the front since its inception with wisdom and courage; energetically supporting major developments; raising significant outside funds for many projects, culminating in the recent outstanding biodiversity initiative; and always defending the Park with determination and courage from damaging or inappropriate proposals. John's advocacy of public land for community use is unrelenting, as is his ability over the years to keep QEP before the news media".
    The Friends are honoured to have you as a LIFE MEMBER John, and we sincerely thank you for all that you have done.
    On behalf of the Friends and with very best wishes,
    Peter Brooking
    Acting Chair, Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park (Kapiti) Trust

    John Porter

    Dear John

    I have immense pleasure in writing to advise you that the Trustees have resolved to make you a LIFE MEMBER of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park. The Trustees were unanimous in their support for this, and passed the resolution WITH ACCLAMATION.

    The Trustees place great value on the way in which your unrivalled knowledge of events, people, and processes over many decades has kept us sharply aware of Park history - entirely to our advantage. We especially admire your critical, and respectful, approach to finding the best outcomes for QEP and other kindred spirit community groups. Your research of titles, governance, declarations, historic figures, and spelling (!) is tireless. We also much appreciate your lively photography of the Friends, and of features in the Park. You are greatly deserving of this recognition.

    Although the resolution we passed has immediate effect, it will be presented to the AGM in August, and include the following citation:

    "The Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park recognize, with admiration, the valuable contribution over many years of our colleague JOHN PORTER to the work of the Friends by his untiring research into all aspects of the history of Q E P, especially of its primary functions; by his valued photography; and by his persistent critical focus on the protection and welfare of the whole Park."

    The Friends will be greatly honoured to have you as a Life Member John, and sincerely thank you for everything that you have done.

    With very best wishes,

    Peter Brooking

    Water Treatment Plant open day well attended
    22 March

    More than 50 people took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about water treatment when visiting the Waikanae Water Treatment Plant on Saturday.
    The Plant held the open day for three hours.
    Kapiti Council spokesperson Tony Cronin said "Every day we collect an average of 16 million litres of Waikanae River water and treat it at the Waikanae Water Treatment Plant.
    "All Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati residents have to do is turn on a tap and it's there. The open day showed people how it gets there and why we treat it and how we treat it."

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