He’s seen the glory, and told the story of battles glorious, and deeds victorious… Andy Stewart The Scottish Soldier
Over the top?
By Roger Childs
Is the country more obsessed than usual with Anzac Day? This year the TV presenters have been wearing red poppies since long before Easter; there are special supplements in the papers and many television documentaries, films and dramas on screen; the government has allocated millions of dollars and there has been vigorous red poppy marketing. Furthermore, Trelise Cooper, with an eye to the main chance, has been selling fashion items based on the red poppy theme.
Is there too much emphasis on the battles glorious and deeds victorious and is the mantra lest we forget too focused on the fallen servicemen and forgetful of the huge number of civilian deaths? And what’s so important about this year? read more…
Otaki Beach resident Ann Lawler is urging Otaki residents to put pressure on their Community Board drop plans to spend over a quarter of a million dollars on a children’s splashpad.
She says the Reserves Fund sum of $255,000 should be spent instead on 10 projects which would benefit the whole community, not just children aged from two to eleven years. read more…
The Kapiti Independent is now arguably the Kapiti Coast’s leading online journal — and we are ready to welcome aboard one or two trainee reporters.
Our standards are high because we aim to be the best-written, ethical paper on the Coast.
Your work will be guaranteed a wide readership because we are now getting a large number of ‘page hits’ (in the thousands) every day of the week. read more…
The battle of the red and white poppies in Kapiti
By Alan Tristram
Two Kapiti Coast personalities have ignited an Anzac conflict of their own as Anzac Day approaches.
Former local politician and Paraparaumu Vice-President Chris Turver espouses the traditional view of Anzac Day and the sale of red poppies to help ex-service people and their families.
But former Presbyterian Church moderator
John Murray is spearheading a local campaign tomorrow stressing the urgent need
to prevent war, and the need to commemorate civilian casualties. His group sells white poppies to fund peace scholarships.
Mr Turver says Mr Murray’s peace group is deliberately piggy-backing on Anzac Day and it is ‘contemptible to deliberately choose a collection date which undermines the sacrifices of so many New Zealanders.’ read more…
The unique bond between NZ and Aussie soldiers in both World Wars is being marked in Kapiti by the Australian High Commission this year.
It’s sending Petty Officer Matthew Dunt of the Royal Australian Navy to join New Zealand veterans in marching to the Memorial Gates in Tutanekai Street, Paraparaumu, as dawn breaks at 6.30 am on, Friday, 25 April. read more…
By Alan Tristram
The latest Roy Morgan Poll has shown a large jump in support for National as New Zealanders celebrated the visit of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Once again, Prime Minister Key is outstripping Labour Leader David Cunliffe.
National’s share of the vote is now 48.5% up 5.5% — Labour’s down by 3.5% to 28.5%. read more…
Police are investigating a serious assault last night at Cannons Creek Park in Porirua.
Police were initially called at 3am today by staff at Kenepuru Hospital, who were treating a man with a serious head injury. read more…
Bore water turned off
Thanks to recent rain, the water supply for Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae is now back to 100% river water.
But the Kapiti Coast District Council says it may take 24 to 48 hours for the 100% river water to get through to customers. read more…
Time for politicians to lead with Te Reo
By Russell Marshall
The ongoing discussion about the management and stewardship of the Kohanga Reo Trust is a sad and unfortunate part of a much larger issue, the credible survival of the Maori language.
Historically, governments paid little attention to the retention of the Maori language. read more…