Mayor Church feels stroppy councillors reflect local communityBy Alan Tristram
The Kapiti Coast District Mayor, Ross Church, says he accepts that the new council is deeply divided on some issues –but insists this ‘represents the local community.’
The new Mayor and former councillor swept to victory over two-time Mayor Jenny Rowan last October.
However, the new-look Kapiti Coast Council has been divided at times, with three rebellious councillors – K Gurunathan (Guru), Jackie Elliott and David Scott — often at odds with the other seven councillors, the Mayor and even the CEO. read more…
Dmitry Krymov, one of Russia’s leading experimental theatre practitioners, brought a large company to the St James Theatre for an anarchic production called A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM .
This had an absolute minimum to do with Shakespeare and more to do with Samuel Beckett,circus acrobatic acts,and gigantic puppets .
Admittedly the puppets were identified as Pyramus and Thisbe,even though the links thereafter were tenuous as the puppets kept collapsing ,despite the efforts of twelve manipulators to keep them erect,so to speak. read more…
Tell me lies. Tell me sweet little lies. Fleetwood Mac song
Trying to keep it under wraps
By Roger Childs
Political corruption, misinformation, deception and dishonesty are as old as government itself. There has been plenty of it in New Zealand over the last twelve months such as: John Key’s memory lapses, John Banks’ mayoral campaign donations, secret surveillance by the GSCB, revelations of spying cooperation with other western countries and Doc’s justification for continuing 1080 poison drops on our clean, green land.
Now in the last few days the political left and right have been guilty of breaking the rules and deceiving the public. read more…
The Kapiti Coast District Council says the recent rain has reduced the need for bore water to boost the Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati supply.
With Waikanae River running at 2380 litres per second this morning, the ratio of bore water was today reduced to 51% — and should fall to zero soon. read more…
It takes retirement out of the business forum and into the lifestyle forum. Wendy Huston, CEO, Kapiti Retirement Trust
Kapiti villages in sporting contests next week
By Roger Childs
Bad weather has meant the eagerly awaited “battle of the villages” has had to be postponed until Wednesday 12 March.
This annual event has grown ever since it started back in 2002. It’s organised by the Kapiti Retirement Trust Residents Association and this year will take place at Seven Oaks and Midlands.
Turned out to be one of the greatest books I have ever read. Leslie on Jane Eyre
By Leslie Clague
Finding classics on the home shelves
On my home book shelves I have stored books — some classics, some recommended, some gifted – that I’ve saved for “when I have time to read them.” Despite the busyness of retirement I have been finding time now to read some of these preserved items.
Two classics read in the last few months are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Erewhon by Samuel Butler. read more…
What would you do in the aftermath of a disaster if your house was soseverely damaged that it was unliveable? What would your local school do?
Well, Year 7-8 children of Poutama syndicate at Waikanae School ‘walked the talk’ when they had their survivors day. read more…
Cartoonist Andy introduces Penny and Pushka’s life on ‘Our Street,’Aotearoa
We’re pleased to introduce our first comic strip, Our Street, featuring Penny and Pushka’s life in the suburbs.
Each week they encounter some of the characters who influen ce all our lives, lone way or another.
Messrs Key, Joyce, Peters — Ms’s Collins, Parata, Turei, etc, etc.
It’s a street that full of colour… read more…
OK to axe native trees on Waikanae property, says KCDCBy Alan Tristram
The Kapiti Coast District Council has told a Waikanae couple they can trim or cut down ngaio native trees bordering their property — because they were planted rather than natural bush and as such are not protected under the current District Plan.
It’s a somewhat contentious move, as meanwhile the KCDC is proceeding to prosecute an elderly Otaki couple, Peter and Diana Standen, for cutting and trimming native trees on their property.
The Waikanae couple, Nance and John Buckley, understood they couldn’t trim or modify the trees without resource consent. But Andrew Guerin, Council’s Resource Consents and Compliance Manager, says that is not the case. read more…
This is great for hockey in Kapiti and a chance for people to see great hockey played at any age. Sonja Williams, Operations Manager, Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf and Pavilion
By Roger Childs
The largest sporting tournament in New Zealand
The excellent Kapiti Sports Turf facilities are co-hosts of the National Masters Hockey Tournament from March 2 to 8. There are 64 teams from Northland to Southland playing this week at the National Hockey Stadium, in Wellington and at Mazengarb Park.
This is a big sporting occasion for the Kapiti Coast and, in Sonja’s words, is bringing people into the district so they can see how fantastic Kapiti is! Mayor Ross Church was delighted to be able to watch the first game. read more…