Roger Childs of the Kapiti Independent News

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This afternoon we had afternoon tea with Roger, the KIN Associate Editor, in the Front Room café in Tutere Street (strictly it was afternoon cider, wheat beer and coffee. 🙂 )

We are admirers of each other’s websites and we share objectives: uncovering taxpayer rip-offs, particularly through council corruption, exposing bad management and bad managers both in government and business, fighting the poisoning of the eco-system with the vast overuse of pesticides, 1080 in particular, and the promotion of arts, culture, positive hobbies and sport.

He has been a Kapiti resident for 51 years and taught at Kapiti College for 14 of them.  Now retired, his work for the KIN website is voluntary, as is that of all the others involved with it, whether as writers or artists including editor Alan Tristram’s son who does the excellent cartoons.

Being independent and not concerned about offending advertisers, we can tackle issues that the other media are reluctant to.

He has the physique of an active sportsman, so it doesn’t surprise that sport is one of his major interests and pursuits. All of us are looking forward to a real summer with lots of outdoor activity to make up for last year. 🙂

The Kapiti Independent News website.

public piano on the Wellington shore

Joanna Frank Kitts

Or if you’re a Cockney, a joanna!  Seen next to Frank Kitts Park yesterday.

A more upmarket one seen in Los Angeles Union Station is below.

A piano for Mahara Place has been one of the suggestions made, although of course it would need to be wheeled inside somewhere, perhaps the library, during the night.


a new form of Botulism or something more deadly?

reproduced from  — original article


Tuesday 21 November 2017, 2:15PM
By J. James

“…in the process of elimination the doctors think it is definitely some sort of poisoning within the boar itself so maybe the boar has consumed poison before it was shot down and so whatever was in its blood has found itself in to theirs ….”…

With the recent case of poisoned pig meat causing serious health effects in three members of one New Zealand family the world is watching and asking are we seeing a new form of botulism?

PubMed ProMED – is the International society for Infectious diseases and has this to say — (find it at the bottom of the page)

…”…In summary, if this is proven to be due to botulism, by identification of the toxin in either the patients and/or in the food, the description of the time of onset of the symptoms would make this reportable as 15-30 mins post ingestion is highly unusual…”…

In short they are questioning if this is indeed botulism given the symptoms or even a new strain.

However, they do not know New Zealand’s history of dropping a deadly poison into its eco system a poison so deadly there is no antidote – a poison that kills anything that breaths oxygen and that can be up taken by both plants and animals in sub lethal doses.

Sodium fluoroacetate better known in New Zealand as compound 1080 is  indiscriminately aerially dropped out of helicopters throughout New Zealand’s pristine eco system and water ways.

Interestingly in a Radio NZ interview – family friend and church member Joji Varghese, had this to say

..“…in the process of elimination the doctors think it is defiantly some sort of poising within the boar itself so maybe the boar has consumed poison before it was shot down and so whatever was in its blood has found itself in to theirs ….”…

He goes on to say that without a proper toxicology report no one can be sure and that the toxicology report is expected shortly

Social media is abuzz with theories — I am not saying here that it is sodium fluoroacetate, but it is certainly something to look at because of its ubiquitous presence within the entire ecosystem of New Zealand.

It serves no one to obscure all possibilities because one might upset a million dollar industry.

It is not uncommon nor is it unknown as this study shows 

Sodium fluoroacetate residue in feral pig (Sus scrofa) carcasses — Is it a significant secondary poisoning hazard? 

...”….Feral pig control in Australia is heavily reliant upon poisoning with sodium fluoroacetate (1080) bait. Tissue residue levels may be considerable and pose a potential risk to non-target consumers. Tissue/fluid samples (liver, kidney, stomach, stomach contents, small intestine, large intestine, muscle and eye) from lethally poisoned feral pigs were removed and assayed for fluoroacetate concentration. The digestive system, specifically the stomach contents and stomach, consistently contained the greatest concentration of 1080 within individuals. Few non-target animals apart from introduced mammals (fox, dog, cat) appear at risk from consuming muscle tissue, however, many native species may be at risk from consuming visceral tissue (especially stomach and contents). The practical risk is probably low and reduced given the rapid decomposition of carcasses in the field. Regular consumption of poisoned pork may exceed the recommended daily intake of fluoroacetate and be a risk to human health, but there is a low probability of this occurring…”..

Pigs can also eat deer or possums that have been killed by compound 1080 and gain a sub lethal dose from that

Research is showing that one of the fingerprints to look for is fluorocitrate

What I am learning through others in the Stop the drops movement is that Sodium Fluoracetate metabolises into FluoroCITRATE or is a metabolite of compound 1080.

…”….It has been known for many years that fluoroacetate and fluorocitrate when metabolized are highly toxic….”…

We know that: 1 part per trillion in water can disrupt hormones and be uptaken by plants

In a separate study: a vet is calling for an investigation into a toxin in wild pigs that affects dogs and might also make humans sick. – which begs the question – might this also be connected with compound 1080 being up taken by plants and eaten by pigs

compound 1080 is an indiscriminate killer with no antidote with potentially harmful and life threating sub lethal does –

There is very limiting independent study done on what it is actually doing in the environment as this report shows

A Critical Look at Aerial-Dropped, Poison-Laced Food in New Zealand’s Forest Ecosystems​

We all await the toxicology report and pray for the full recovery of the family

If you would like to help the family please go here 

the time to mulch in your garden is now

hot summer

This summer is predicted to be hotter than usual and you don’t want your garden drying out, as plants and trees can die.

The benefits of mulch are

  • it retains moisture in the soil
  • it controls weeds
  • organic mulch like bark decomposes to enrich the soil

There wasn’t any need for moisture retention last summer as it was so wet, but you’ll have noticed that the last month has been quite dry: according to the Greater Wellington Region Council rainfall meter at the Waikanae Water Treatment Plant, the last 30 days has been only 32 mm.

more photos of the 283 Ngarara Road garden

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Owner Dr Rachel Watters is in the centre of the middle group of three.  A glimpse of the ‘Ewy’ is in the middle of the cabbage trees and the noise from it was quite loud.

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The initial tree plantings are from over 25 years ago and the garden has evolved over 18 years — like cheese, good gardens take time!

from Bruce Rogan, Chairman of Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents

The tribulations of unfortunate ratepayers in the neighbouring Horowhenua District have been mentioned in a few posts on here.   Here are two more councils in the Far North whose ratepayers have suffered from gross mismanagement by council bosses.

In regards to Bruce Rogan, see the video in the earlier post “Why local government is the #1 thief of your money”

Kia ora to Ratepayers and Residents’ Associations in the Kapiti Coast area.

The struggle for Justice

Ratepayers from all over New Zealand have followed the twists and turns of the Kaipara District Council Saga since about 2011.

Many, possibly including members of your association, have made monetary contributions to the cost of litigation.

Thanks to shameful undemocratic behaviour by Parliament and staggeringly bank-friendly rulings by the High Court, nobody has been held to account for what happened, despite the High court finding that the money borrowed to fund the catastrophic sewage scheme was borrowed illegally, and the scheme itself was (and remains) illegal.  Actually, because the Office of the Auditor General were utterly incompetent, we do not know to this day what the money was spent on.  If it was spent on the sewage scheme we will be onto a gold mine if we ever dig it up.

Kaipara Council attempted to recover unpaid rates from some ratepayers who refused to pay until things were cleared up, by suing them in the district court.

Their evidence relied on documents (rate demands) that were simply teeming with errors.  The District Court said that didn’t matter, councils are above the law.  The High Court then decided to agree with that, saying nobody has any right to question any aspect of rates in the district court, because, well, they just shouldn’t.

The ratepayers were also prevented from challenging the KDC’s rates because of what Parliament did, so, because the Northland Regional Council were also suing for their bit of the alleged arrears the ratepayers asked the High Court to look at their rates.  Nobody was surprised to discover that NRC’s rates had been set without paying any attention whatever to the law for setting rates, and the High Court said so.  Your own council is very likely be setting its rates illegally too.  Why?  Because nobody ever tries to stop them.

On Thursday 23 November the Court of Appeal in Wellington will hear the NRC trying to overturn the judgment of the High Court.

The High Court found that the NRC had not set valid rates for about six years.  It also found that it had delegated certain functions to other people, that it was not lawfully allowed to delegate.

The facts are not in dispute.  That is, not even the NRC are trying to say they did not do these things; their argument is that because they are a council they should not have to comply with the law as it is written.

Historically, in New Zealand, that is pretty much the view of the courts.  Councils are above the law.  You, the ratepayers are not, but councils are.  Shepherd, the NRC Chair says they completely screwed up but they did it in good faith.  “I ran the person on the crossing over, but I was on the phone to the lawyers, so I didn’t see them.  Regrettable, but hardly my fault”.

When the High Court handed down a ruling against the Kaipara Ratepayers in 2014, Robertson, the government’s commissioner, said that the MRRA should accept the ruling of the High Court and get on with life.

Now, in 2017, when the High Court hands down a ruling that is partly unfavourable to a council, appealing the decision suddenly seems to be the most natural thing in the world.

The Greeks invented a word for this (it is not a recent development!), and everyone knows what it is.

NRC have boasted that they have found another $190,000 (over $300,000 already spent) to blaze away on this.  And rest assured, if that doesn’t do the trick they’ll stump up another million, or whatever it takes.  They can steal as much money from their ratepayers as they like, and, if this judgment against NRC is overturned, no council anywhere will ever have to be concerned about what the law says, ever again.

If any of your members are in Wellington next Thursday (November 23), they should drop in at the Court of Appeal.  They might be there to see the death by suffocation of another Greek idea — Democracy.

Democracy is usually born in bloodshed, but its death occurs in silence, and its passing is usually unnoticed by those who need it most.

Even if you can’t be there, it would be really appreciated if you could help with the costs of sending our (one) lawyer there.  He’s going there to protect the interests of every ratepayer in the country.  This is not me, Bruce Rogan, being a blowhard.  This is now How It Is.

You can make a donation online to 38 9012 0318164 00. Please put your phone number and name in the reference fields.  If posting a cheque make it payable to MRRA (Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc ) and put your name and phone number on the back.  The mailing address is Box 225 Mangawhai 0540.

Alternatively, please go to our Give-a-little page and contribute whatever you can to this very worthy cause. mangawhairatepayers.

We need something like $50,000 to fund this defence, and whatever is not contributed will be coming out of the pockets of the Rogans.

That is not a threat.  It is a promise.  We have been married for 50 years now and have never welched on a legitimate debt in our lives.

If you can’t spare any money, try what the American politicians recommend after their weekly gun massacres — prayer.

If enough people do it surely someone will hear.

Please forward this to all of your members and anyone else who might be interested.

Kind regards,

Bruce Rogan

Chair, Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc.


on the weekend Waikanae spring garden trail

We spent Sunday doing the 10 gardens in this year’s trail and unlike for the spring trail in November last year, the weather was good.

Only 4 of them were in Waikanae proper and none were in the January 2016 trail. Despite all the new presentations, we are told the attendance figures are down on January last year, so the Lions may return from a November to a January event for the next one.

Here was our visit order with one photo of each; we’ll post more photos of them over the next week or two.

89 Greendale Road, Otaihanga


111 Ngatiawa Road, Reikorangi

111 Ngatiawa

It reminds of scenes in the English Lake District.  At the bottom is the Waikanae River.

245 Ngatiawa Road, Reikorangi


Definitely the highlight of the day for us, this is a fabulously created extensive garden in an idyllic hill setting.

5 Lindale Grove, Waikanae Beach


In the beach zone, one of the owners sitting at the table, with a photo-story board of how it was developed.

206 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach


At the south end of Tutere Street adjacent to the Estuary Reserve, this demonstrated how it is possible to produce a colourful array of shrubs and bushes in a fairly salt-air laden environment which many plants don’t like.

40 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach


This is the commercial organic garden of the Long Beach café, and this one provided not just the visual pleasure, but also lovely scents of the various exotic edible plants.

37 Kensington Drive, Peka Peka

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This is home to Peter Augustin’s arts studio, and this also featured in the Arts Trail (see earlier).  If you wonder about Peter’s accent, he is from Basel in Switzerland, which is also very close to Germany and France.

61 Hadfield Road, Peka Peka


In the hills above Peka Peka was this garden nestled in the natural folds, a place to go exploring around the paths and discover ornaments and features.

62 Hadfield Road, Peka Peka

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Terrace views of the coastal plain, the sea and Kapiti Island are a major feature of this garden across the road from the previous.  It also provides a view of the ‘Ewy’ and we were told the noise from it at night drives them mad, particularly from motorbikes.

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This was another extensive and well-sculptured garden with the feel of an old world gentry estate.

In all it was a most enjoyable way to spend a fine spring day.

Our admiration goes to those who made the garden trail happen:

  • The Lions for organizing it all and providing people for the entry tables
  • The Law Connection who were the major sponsor.  Although some lawyers give the legal profession a bad name, there are the good ones.  The Law Connection is in this category and co-principal Mathew O’Byrne is another guy Geoffrey went to school with. Co-principal Steve Tomlinson came to the Destination Waikanae AGM.
  • The several other sponsors and, of course, the garden owners for opening them to the public over the weekend.

The Kea are nearly all gone thanks to 1080

Poison Eyewitness NZ Published on 17 November 2017: Pete Lusk tells us how few kea there are left in New Zealand after 1080 poison use

TheGrafBoys Published on 25 Sepember, 2016: Kea are one of the most endangered parrots on Earth. The New Zealand Govt agency – Department of Conservation – continues to aerially drop […]

via The Kea are nearly all gone thanks to 1080 — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch