Cameo Kiwi Christmas art

Cameo Xmas

Cameo Reinkiwi

Yes, Christmas isn’t far away.¬† Painted by Cath Chittenden on the window of the Cameo Drop-In Centre, these show a Santa Kiwi and a Reinkiwi, as distinct from a Reindeer ūüôā

And those who haven’t visited the centre for a little while will notice the inside walls have been repainted in a colour very similar to our blog’s wallpaper. ūüôā¬† (If you’ve wondered, it in turn is the colour we repainted our master bedroom with in 2006 as we couldn’t stand the lurid pink it had when we bought the house.¬† Later we extended it to the corridors downstairs and upstairs.)

events billboards

Waiky events billboards

This spot near the Te Moana Road / Karu Crescent intersection is popular for billboards although we have doubts about how many actually see them there, only those exiting Marae Lane south are likely to.

The first up of these events shown is the Kapiti Coast Festival on Saturday in Paraparaumu, at the Kapitii Primary School, cnr of Kapiti Road and Rimu Road.

The Blind Eye theatre piece is also in Paraparaumu: at the Kapiti Playhouse at 7 Ruahine Street.


Dog owners: Seven Simple Steps to Share the Beach ‚ÄĒ Conservation blog

By Laura Boren, dog owner and Marine Science Advisor. The days will be starting to get longer, and more people will be hitting the beach. Following on from my series of blogs, me and my dog-buddy Mack are back to give dog owners some easy tips for managing dogs in coastal environments. New Zealand beaches are […]

via Dog owners: Seven Simple Steps to Share the Beach ‚ÄĒ Conservation blog

the railway bridge piers get more arty

Waiky bridge pier art

Theo Arraj has been adding to the paintings on the piers — we think he’s in the pic putting the finishing touches to the very new tuatara/’life is but a dream.’

We also noted this bird art (a Royal spoonbill we think) on a big pipe under the road bridge, the standpoint of the top photo — likewise by Theo?

Waiky Bridge pipe art


The boom that begot tragedy in Paradise, California


Fortunately, Waikanae has a wet climate; the average annual 55 inches or 1,400 mm mentioned in the L.A. Times¬†article below is about the same that we get and this year’s rainfall so far is right on average.¬† Still, the KCDC stores none of it with a dam and when summer comes around and things dry up….

“This is a wet place by California standards. It averages about 55 inches of rain a year, thanks to its prime location in the verdant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, which wrings rain out of Pacific storms…

When Greg Bolin arrived in¬†Paradise¬†in 1967, the Sierra Nevada foothill town was too small to require traffic lights. It felt unplanned and slightly spontaneous. Rustic wood-sided cabins sprouted up along winding, often narrow roads and cul-de-sacs. It was the kind of place you could live in for decades and still not know all its secrets. ‚ÄúIt just kind of evolved over the years,‚ÄĚ said Bolin, the town‚Äôs vice mayor and also a builder.

‚ÄúWas it something I would design? No, not at all. It was something we had to live with.‚ÄĚ

Bolin was part of the mass migration four decades ago that ultimately doomed the Sierra ridge town. Everyone wanted to live in Paradise. When a massive wildfire swept through its streets on Thursday, residents found themselves trapped by bumper-to-bumper traffic as they tried to flee.

To date 42 people on the ridge are confirmed dead, and more than half the dwellings of Paradise are gone. Still burning and uncontrolled, whipped by winds, the fire that began five days ago on Camp Road is already the worst wildfire disaster in California history. The irony is that Paradise was one of the few Sierra slope towns built in a tinderbox that tried to change its fate. Los Angeles Times

Vicious cycle: This month’s firestorms come as California continues to see much less rain than it used to get. That makes an already dangerous situation much worse. Los Angeles Times

ornamental moa art

Moa au jardin Waiongana

Made from pieces of wood and presumably about the actual size, a bird that was hunted to extinction in NZ’s pre-European period.¬† “Moa¬†were¬†nine¬†species¬†(in six genera) of¬†flightless birds¬†endemic to New Zealand.¬†The two largest species,¬†Dinornis¬†robustus¬†and¬†Dinornis¬†novaezelandiae, reached about 3.6¬†m (12¬†ft) in height with neck outstretched, and weighed about 230¬†kg (510¬†lb).¬†It is estimated that, when Polynesians settled New Zealand circa 1280, the moa population was about 58,000.” (Wikipedia)

From the Waiongana Gardens Facebook page

Waikanae 5 km Fun Run and Walk next Monday

Fun Run & Walk

Under the auspices of the Kapiti Running & Tri Club, being hosted by the Salt & Wood pub which is the start and finish point.

For you night owls (like us) it’s a run/walk that starts at a civilised time of day!

The blurb:

Come and join us for the first event in our Summer Series!

These fun events cater for everyone from social joggers and walkers to top athletes.

Walkers start at 6.10 pm, runners start 6.30 pm
Entry fees: FREE for KRTC members; Others – $5 (or $10 for families)
Enter on the day from 5.45pm
Spot prize draw immediately after each race with an array of prizes to be won.