Call for Te Rauparaha Statue removalJune 13, 2020
Letter sent to KCDCDear Mr Mayor and CEO,I note you have the Te Rauparaha statue in your district in Otaki.
Why are you celebrating a murderer, cannibal and rapist? Are you proud of this sorry sick human? He decimated and hammered the poor Maori people of Ngai Tahu North Canterbury and his affect right ac... More...
Open letter to TVNZ One NewsJune 12, 2020
Recently, you chose 5 of the 9 small, registered political parties to interview for your news item. Your commentary announced that they would all love people's vote. You explained they all face an enormous hurdle because they must win over 5% or gain an electorate seat.
Unfortunately, leaving out 4 partie... More...
Appreciation for Raumati PharmacistsJune 11, 2020
Whilst welcoming Martin Lowis as the new owner of Raumati Pharmacy, I must record our sincere appreciation of Simone Greig, David Brazier and their wonderful staff at the pharmacy over the last two decades.
They have brought a friendly, warm atmosphere to what must be a demanding and exacting job and, in ... More...
Kapiti Island Gateway naysayers uniteJune 11, 2020
Editor,The Mayor is promising an outstanding new "gateway to Kapiti Island". In his column of 13 May he says that for decades a gateway has been sought. He says:
(1) it will only cost $4 million;
(2) will create local jobs and
stimulate the economy; and
(3) will provide the poor Department of Conservatio... More...
Gateway needs to be iconicJune 8, 2020
I am very disappointed in the renderings of the proposed Kapiti Island Gateway building.
What a totally uninspiring structure. There is no relationship between this building and the Island itself.
Lacking in beauty or relevance, if built as proposed it will represent a missed opportunity.
In two min... More...
Art boggles mindJune 8, 2020
I walk through Te Uruhi/Maclean Park regularly and have wondered about the empty space that has been awaiting the installation of an 'exciting new sculpture. ' But sadly we are represented with a picture of this new $145,000 'artwork' (see photo).
The mind boggles. This sculpture is supposed to symbolise ... More...
Time to fly the FlagJune 6, 2020
Can someone tell me and the people of Kapiti why our Council does not fly the New Zealand flag from the Council building. The Council buildings of our neighbours Horowhenua District Council and Poriria City Council both proudly fly the New Zealand flag from their publicly owned and built Council buildings. Th... More...
Dear Kāpiti community from SophieJune 4, 2020
Dear Kāpiti community, this is a letter from me to you. 💙
The past few months have been extremely challenging for so many people. We have seen people struggle to put food on the table, to work from home while also looking after their kids, to have to stay at home when home might not be the best space f... More...
Will Air Chathams fly south for the winterMay 22, 2020
Editor,It is very good news to see Air Chathams back flying from Kapiti. I see they are flying to and from Auckland and it would be good for Kapiti if they had flights to the South Island. The ski season will be starting soon and now that overseas travel is not happening there could be a lot of people wanting to fly so... More...
Shout out to Air ChathamsMay 21, 2020
Editor,A big shout out to Air Chathams. My son is coming down to see his dad and had to change his flight date and times. Air Chathams couldn't have been more helpful and the customer service was outstanding. Kapiti Coast residents, we need to support these guys, use it or lose it!
Keep Kapiti Virus Free
With the Coronavirus starting to take hold in New Zealand I would like to suggest public gathering places take sensible precautions. Petrol stations, Bank ATMs and supermarket checkout EFTPOS machines should all have hand sanitiser available and should be regularly cleaned.
Our public libraries should al... More...
Stolen guns a big security issue
EditorI have just read the story about the stolen guns and this highlights why the government is right in getting rid of them. Although having them stolen from a police station raises some big questions about the security of the guns removed from public use. It would be good to get some answers from the police about th... More...
Plastic Bags still need collecting
EditorIt is good news that plastic bags will soon be gone from our communities but what will be in their place. Before plastic bags we had paper bags in the supermarkets and that worked very well. The main reason they changed to plastic was because it was cheaper for the supermarkets but the communities have paid a hig... More...
Support for Roundabout
EditorCommunity Board Members Bernie Randall and Guy Burns have been informed that Council will recommend on Thursday to make an earlier start on the proposed roundabout at the corner of Ratanui Road and Mazengarb Road. Guy Burns will support the recommendations at the meeting on Thursday.
It follows community conce... More...
Waikanae SPCA appreciates support
The Volunteers from Waikanae SPCA would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for supporting our recent garage sale. We were completely overwhelmed by the wonderful donations of goods to sell and to those who came and supported us. A fantastic $1400 was raised for animals in need. We are all grinning like ... More...
Coastella is great for Kapiti and the region
EditorI enjoyed reading the article on Coastella today. It was a terrific day out for the whole family and the music, the entertainment and the food on offer was a good advertisement for the Kapiti Coast.
I think they need to make sure prices don't get out of the range of supporters.
My congratulations to the org... More...
Refuse Collection - Low Woes
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I only this year instructed Low Cost Bins to collect my waste and as a low user I put out approximately fortnightly. The recycling I put out monthly or less. I am on a corner between two roads but only on the second occasion I put out my bins they were left uncollected even though everyone else's ha... More...
Kapiti Cheesed Off
EditorThis seems to be a pretty cheesy issue, sorry for the pun!
Fonterra has in its marketing, come-up with a new trademark name 'Tuteremoana Cheddar' for its Kapiti Cheese product.
This has caused a cheesy uproar with the Maori officials stating by labelling the product with this name is inappropriate to the Ma... More...
ANZAC emotion a slap
On ANZAC day I listen to our Mayor's speech, he spoke of his home and his grandfather, paused to compose himself as he spoke, with a long dramatic silence while he fought to control his emotions while talking about his grandfather who he never got to meet.
It came across heart felt, until I heard it again... More...
Congratulations to new Kapiti Chief Executive
EditorOpen Letter to Wayne MaxwellHi Wayne,
First and foremost congratulations for being appointed the Chief Executive of KCDC, (Oh by the way I was rooting for you out in the Community to get the job and told everybody you were the most consistent of the applicants who applied, knowledge, reliability and able ... More...
Advice for choosing new Kapiti CEO
Firstly -I wish current, and departing Kapiti CEO Pat Dougherty all the best in his new role.
1. One has to look at the process of appointment of a new CEO of Kapiti. The KPI (Key Performance Indicators) - Do we all know what are the requirements for KPI – in the Community at large. What is required... More...
Voting System Change Called For
In the last local Kapiti Coast District Council meeting on Electoral Systems for Local Body Elections (7 September 2017) the present Council voted 6 to 3 in favour of keeping the status quo voting system STV (Single Transferable Vote). Over the number of years this STV system has taken place the average ... More...
Kapiti sees decrease in Official Info Requests
Is the Community occupying Council time by making unnecessary Official Information requests? Let's look at the statistics. There has actually been a decrease in Official Information requests (246 this year versus 260 last year) since we had a new Mayor who was elected on openness and transparency.
These ar... More...
Kapiti Ratepayers fill Auckland begging bowl
Isn't it strange. Auckland historically has low rates increases and currently they are to be set at 2. 5%. Almost everywhere else, and particularly here in Kapiti rates are pretty high and average increases are also pretty large. Here we are used to anything between 5 and 7% increases in our rates.
With the electi... More...
One foot on either side
The extent of the "left" or "rightness" in the commentary about various political parties is all very well and good.
However, what never seems to be analysed from most commentariat is that modern politics has had another dimension since 1984. It has been fancily named "neo-liberalism" and is a movement to... More...
Call to halt toxic sprays
Not sure if it is widely known that a Masterton company, Beetham Pastural, have been employed to spray pesticides and herbicides in QE2 Park and Whareroa Farm?This should be halted immediately!
Everyone knows the devastating effects of these chemicals on wild life, not to mention human beings.
These a... More...
Kapiti Hospital - where is the money coming from
Can we really afford a Hospital in Kapiti when the Government Health system is in debt to the tune of $2. 1 Billion dollars.
Our Kapiti Mayor – all credit to him for highlighting this issue, but in reality where is the funding coming from?
Considering that Kapiti is an aging population with ma... More...
Climate Change missing from Kapiti Plan
Reading the summary booklet of the council's Long Term Plan, one would be forgiven for thinking everything in the atmosphere is much the same as it was 50 years ago and that out climate was stable.
Yes, tragically, there isn't a single mention of climate change in this 20-year plan being discussed.
Open for Business Council
The Council open day on Saturday attracted a number of people. Not necessarily to give feedback on the Long Term Plan but to pay their council bills and dog registration fees.
It's time the council listened to the bouncing cannonball of frustration from the residents that work in Wellington and out of the... More...
Helmets save lives
I suffered a pushbike accident by Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu last Saturday , July 15, which dislocated my left elbow, broke a bone and tore ligaments and I suffered multiple lacerations to my leg. I was wearing a cycle helmet.
Both Wellington Free Ambulance and others at the scene were marvellous.
I would ... More...
Road naming process not helpful
On the SH1 renaming issue, I believe the current process adopted by KCDC councillors over a year ago, where the four Community Boards make their individual recommendations on a name to council is inappropriate. Because it is not conductive to cohesive decision making, on what, is essentially a district... More...
Kapiti Mayor Gurunathan urged to think again
Kapiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan needs to think of the big picture and provide community centre trainees free parking spaces while they are training - not sting them for trying to better themselves reported as - Not all solo mums are poor, June 19.
People who are learning new skills are doing this so they c... More...
End of Life Choice Bill an Election Issue
Once again this matter is before Parliament. I hope in this period before the election people will demand of candidates that they express their intentions in this matter and that voters will cast their ballots according to their wishes. Brian Baggott
New Dreams for Kiwi Kids
Reg Fowles objects to the teaching or encouragement of the Maori language, telling us we should not ask young people to "live the dreams of their parents. " He's dead right. The grim colonial dream that New Zealand could become a Britain of the south seas - culturally and linguistically English, where Maori pe... More...
Bravo Kapiti Playhouse
Bravo Kapiti Playhouse. Last evening a cast of six delivered a strongly intelligent last night of Homeland written by Gary Henderson.
From the outset they captured and reflected the differing 'intergenerational' views of the passage of time, that which anyone of us at any given point within this passage tr... More...
Speaking out on Proposed Road Names
The group including myself that recommended new names for SH1 through Kapiti has stayed silent till now – as has the council that invited our input. However, since today's front page trumpets 'anger' (why – who has been hurt?) about our list, it's time to speak out. The Council asked us for seven original name... More...
Solution to Kapiti placenames offered
Can I offer a solution to the debate on whether to give the old Kapiti Coast SH1 new Maori placenames or not?
Why not put the English translation with the Maori names as is done on government buildings in Wellington.
Sometimes I wish I knew what some placenames meant, and maybe knowing the translation m... More...
Kapiti cabbages and kings
How very worthy of Mayor Gurunathan to "think it's a good opportunity to stand out" for Otaki township gaining bilingual status. I encourage the Otaki residents and all New Zealanders to insist our Mayor and Councillors ensure that Bilingual Signs are correctly portrayed. As a starting point would be th... More...
Quiet Road Not So Quiet
EditorIn Reference to Letter: Robbed of silence
I'm completely surprised that the road noise can now be heard in places I never expected, for example I have friends that are now further away from the State Highway One than they were but they can now hear noise. Previously they never heard the highway. The distance t... More...
Waikanae Hedge cause for wonder
EditorAgain I read yet another episode in the ongoing saga of the Waikanae hedge. While I do recognise that our council has not covered itself in glory over the issue I do wonder how the problem of the overgrown hedge would have been handled had such a hedge been in the least affluent area of the Kapiti Coast.
Reg F... More...
Robbed of silence
The trucks woke me in the early hours of the morning again today and I lay and thought about the lovely few days I had just had in Mahia. What was my favourite time? I replayed the highlights in my mind; the lazy holiday breakfasts eaten outside on the sun-drenched deck, kayaking across the bay, watchi... More...
Claims Kapiti Councillor victimised
Smears of the most obnoxious type against Councillor David Scott are indicative not of the councillor's alleged wrongdoing, but of the continuing dysfunction of KCDC, despite His Worship Gurunathan being elected to end the nonsense that pervaded the prior council. There seems to be a long-running pattern ... More...
White Poppies have a place
Editor,Lest we forget, or possibly never knew, red poppies from the RSA are not alone in connecting with, or "challenging" colleges and young people. White Poppies for Peace from Peace Movement Aotearoa (PMA) have been for years promoting peace education and challenging young people to think.
PMA provides annual scho... More...
KCDC Challenged over Road Names
Where and when did the ratepayers request come from (and how many signatures) to rename the two Main Road names out to seven.
I cannot see or imagine any advantage that such a move could possibly assist or entertain or enlighten the public in any way. Further, there will be costs to the likes of printed ro... More...
What is democracy
"The Truth about Democracy in Horowhenua" (half Page advertisement) Wednesday April 12th. Question - what is Democracy? According to the original Greek definition it means "people power. " The people of the Horowhenua District made it very clear who they wanted as their Mayor when they voted in 2016.
Peka Peka Expressway Access and Poor Signage
It is sad to read that the Waikanae Community Board and the Peka Peka community are up in arms regarding the lack of access to and from the expressway at Peka Peka.
Approximately a year ago at the Waikanae Beach Community Vision and Action public meeting, it was clearly established that there was to be no ... More...
Evans offers to assist Kapiti CEO
Dear EditorBelow is an open letter to KCDC Town Clerk Pat Dougherty
CEO Kapiti Coast District CouncilDear PatWhilst reading the Dominion Post (25th Feb 17) I read the advertisement placed by
Palmerston North District Council seeking an 'ambitious, innovotive & visionary' CEO.
I know that you consider you have ... More...
Observations from Waikanae
Dear EditorSome observations over the last week. Ladies it's indicate, break turn, not brake turn indicate. Gentleman if you are elderly and cannot stay in your lane driving down Te Moana Road at 35kph, then it is time to put your car in the garage and use your gold card. Love the new interchange at Waikanae, cannot wa... More...
Hedge Hazard Headline Horrifies
I am appalled to read the Headlines in today's Dominion Post that the Osborne Hedge has become a serious hazard, this hedge is an icon of the Wonderful Waikanae Area, and under no circumstances do we require that it be decimated due to the whims of some neighbours who seem to be talking, incorrectly, tha... More...
Citizenship is not for sale
It does not seem credible that Nathan Guy cannot recall granting Mr Thiel New Zealand citizenship in 2011.
Mr Theil is a high-profile billionaire who had met with our former Prime Minister and was the subject of a series of questions in Parliament. Now a prominent supporter of President Trum... More...
Voters wanted change
When the voters throughout the Horowhenua voted for change they didn't think the old guard would gang up on the Mayor or his campaign promises. They are using the excuse that they have no faith or trust in his decision to appoint his own deputy.
It was obvious right from day one that a new Mayor... More...
Pandering to NIMBYs Must Stop
The land between 146 and 148 Weggery Drive, Waikanae, classified as a legal road,was gifted to the Kapiti Council by the developer of the subdivision. Council say they want to sell this land because it has no use but it is still used as a shortcut, saving 130 metres for pedestrians walking north via Weggery Drive from t... More...
Experimental Fora Undemocratic
In my view, democracy is not well served through 'experimental' fora within which well-informed input from ratepayers is proverbially 'screened for relevance' by elected councillors prior to disappearing without record into the ether. Like Daniel Blake, we (the community) are citizens, citizens with the right to be eng... More...
Give Roundabouts another Turn
What a surprise! We finally have an honest politician in our midst. Good on you Guru for checking on your family and the dog then turning off your phone and going back to sleep. many other Mayors would have done the same thing , but would never have admitted it. I'm sure you knew your staff were trained in emergency pr... More...