KCDC bosses get cold feet about borrowing to gamble in the stockmarket

One of the items on the agenda of the council meeting for this Thursday is a recommendation that the council not proceed with this plan. pdf

” There has been some level of concern raised in the community and with elected members about the level of risk associated with the investment funds, particularly given that in the financial markets currently there is a level of uncertainty around the equity markets.”

No doubt the Councilors will be pleased to give this recommendation their rubber stamps — even the notion’s previously aggressive supporters — after the revelation that they could be personally liable for losses.

Mulled Wine Summer Special in Paekakariki this Saturday evening

Mulled Wine Concerts — Kapiti’s vibrant concert organisation headed by pianist Mary Gow — will put on a special event to kick off their 2019 season. This concert, featuring three giants of the New Zealand music scene – Ray Woolf, Rodger Fox and Erna Ferry — will happen at the historic St Peter’s Hall in Paekakariki on Saturday 26 January 2019.

Ray Woolf’s appeal crosses generations with a musical CV that includes pop, rock, soul, cabaret and jazz, while his television career ranges from drama and soap opera to fronting Play School and his own talk show. Mums, dads and grandparents love him and even those with little interest in music will remember him as the guy with Howard Morrison on the Bic television commercials.

In 1980 he began his association with musical theatre starring in Hans Christian Anderson, The Music Man, The Sound Of Music (100 performances so far) New Rocky Horror Show, West Side Story, A Slice Of Saturday Night, Blood Brothers, Golf the Musical and later this year the King in The King and I.

For 43 years Rodger Fox and his big band have set the benchmark for jazz in New Zealand [Roger had his music shop The Golden Horn off Cuba Street at least as far back as 1974 —Eds]. Unlike many jazz musicians who’ve gone offshore, Rodger has stayed here to offer his gift of performance, arranging, administration, conducting and teaching.

The Mulled Wine concert will see Rodger lead his select jazz ensemble, playing his dynamic solos and leading the music. Erna Ferry is a vivacious, fun and sparkling jazz/blues singer with a great stage personality. She has the ability to grab the audience and make them hers. Whether she is singing a slow sultry ballad or belting out a swinging blues, you are in no doubt that Erna is giving the song her utmost.
 St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki
 Saturday 26 January 2019
 at 7:00 pm

Tickets: $30 adults, $25 Gold Card and $15 students.

Online sales: marygow@gmail.com. Tel: 021 101 9609 or 04 902 2283.
Info: http://www.mulledwineconcerts.com, or like on FaceBook: Mulled Wine Concerts.

Pre-sales until 25 January: Magpie Paremata, 99 Mana Esplanade; Darcy’s Paekakariki Fruit Supply, 11 Beach Road, Paekakariki; Milk and Ginger, 18 Margaret Rd, Raumati Beach; Moby Dickens Bookshop, Paraparaumu Beach; La Chic Hair Design, Kapiti Lights; Lovely Living, Waikanae.

Limited door sales on the night.

The 2019 Garden Trail list of gardens

waikanae garden trail

Unlike the last one in November 2017, all the gardens this time are in Waikanae proper and comprise 13 in total rather than the 10 of 2017. Several are on the trail for the first time.

The pamphlet and tickets ($20 each) are available at Gus Evans Nurseries and, on the weekend, at a ticket booth in the Grand Carpark as well as at any participating garden.  The tickets are stated to be “per day ” meaning you can’t spread your visits over both days at the $20 price. The visiting times are 10 am — 5 pm both days.

Beach Zone

55 Waimea Road

Central Zone

269 Te Moana Road

23 Millvale Street

31 Millvale Street

11 Charnwood Grove

95 Park Avenue

364 Te Moana Road

15 Hurunui Street

2A Kowhai Grove

10 Sunny Glen

21 Karu Crescent

East (Hill) Zone

18 Kotare Street

15 Matuhi Street

animal shaped trash cans


Here are a few examples found on the web.  It may seem a little counter-intuitive as plastic and other discarded trash is a huge problem for animal life in and around the oceans, but anything that encourages people to dispose of their wrappers and containers properly and not on the beach/streets/in the parks must be a good thing.

penguin trash cans


Waikanae ‘wilderness’ retreat

waikanae 1b tui

waiky 1b tui crescent

waiky house unusual 1b tui

Another of the fabulous properties that Della Randall specialises in finding and selling, this one is at 1b Tui Crescent:

“Under the canopy — pristine, purely NZ imagine living amid 1701 sq metres of private native forest bordering the Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve. Could there be a more idyllic or secluded setting for a two-bedroom retreat, with study, that blends into the environment as naturally as the flora and fauna? From the stunning cedar and macrocarpa construction, to the huge barn doors that open up to the enchanting fern garden, to the sunny, expansive deck overlooking the tree hut spa pool, everything about this timeless wonderland excites and delights.

“You can just as easily enjoy the great outdoors from the grand indoors, be it the king-size master bedroom with a glass roof for stargazing or the light-filled living space with its breath-taking cathedral ceiling and open fireplace.”

Della’s webpage


Hungary: Soros Completely Controls European Union

Originally posted on Nwo Report: The Hungarian government believes that billionaire globalist George Soros has complete control of the European Union. According to Fidesz MEP Tamas Deutsch, George Soros is “pulling the strings of the European Commission’s leading politicians.” Thehungaryjournal.com reports: Deutsch noted that daily Magyar Idok learned that U.S. billionaire Soros had met for talks with…

via Hungary: Soros Completely Controls European Union — Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

Monday 21 January, Wellington has the first provincial holiday of the year. Why do we have these anniversaries?

by Roger Childs

A link back to the old 19th century provinces
Six provinces were set up under the 1852 constitution to provide for the efficient administration of the country’s scattered settlements. This was in the days well before the development of road and rail links between the main centres, and most transport and trade was by sea. Four more provinces were set up later.

By 1876 land transport was rapidly expanding and many provincial administrations were in dire financial straits. The central government in Wellington, led by Julius Vogel, decided the time had come to abolish the provinces.

The provinces have broken down because of their coming into conflict with the colonial government on many points, and especially on points of finance. Their doom was only a question of time … Colonial Treasurer, Julius Vogel 1874

However, each province had set up an anniversary day and 143 years after the abolition of provincial government, these public holidays remain.

Provincial anniversaries: related to European settlement
These were the first public holidays observed in New Zealand and some pre-dated the 1852 formal establishment of the six original provinces: Auckland, New Plymouth (later Taranaki), Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury, and Otago.

Most provincial anniversaries were held on the day British settlers first arrived. However there were exceptions and changes. Auckland’s day was 29 January, the date of Lieutenant Governor William Hobson’s arrival in the Bay of Islands in 1840. In Canterbury the original December holiday was shifted to coincide with the A & P Show day in November.

Most are now celebrated on the Friday or Monday closest to day of British settlement. In the early days the anniversaries included sporting fixtures, displays, church services and balls.
 Auckland had a regatta on the Waitemata Harbour.
 Wellington had yacht races, horse racing and rifle shooting.
 Canterbury had a cricket match in Christchurch.
 Dunedin in the Otago province held a fireworks display.

Some of these events have survived, such as Wellington’s big race day at Trentham on the Saturday of anniversary weekend.

The demise of the old provinces
Having provincial administrations made sense in the mid 19th century because of the isolation of the different settlements. Central government provided the provinces with a share of land sale revenue and customs income, and the local administrations spent most of this money on roads and railways, land development and immigration schemes.

The provinces were also able to raise loans for their public works and settlement schemes, but for most this lead to problems. Marlborough and Southland became bankrupt, and all the others, except gold-rich Otago, struggled.

In the end the central government removed the power of provinces to borrow money. With the major public works and immigration schemes promoted by Julius Vogel across the country from the 1870s, settlement expanded to more remote areas and links between the different provinces improved.

The writing was on the wall for provincial government. New Zealand, unlike Australia and Canada, was too small to justify autonomous regional administrations and in 1876 the provincial era ended.

Provincial pride
There was an attempt to set up a national holiday to replace provincial anniversaries, but this failed. The anniversaries remain and people continue to identify with their “province” even though there have been many changes over the last hundred years in how districts/regions/boroughs/cities are administered.

For many, there is pride is being from Taranaki or the Waikato; identifying as a West Coaster or a Southlander. Many sports teams continue to have a provincial basis, and cultural, professional and employment groups still associate themselves with a province or region.

Anniversary days will endure!
It’s a long way back to the demise of the provinces, however anniversary days are here to stay! New regions and identities have emerged over the last 142 years, but it is the original provincial boundaries from the mid 19 th century that determine your day.

So whatever your origins and date of arrival in the province, enjoy your day!

Kapiti Coasters, and people from the Hutt Valley, Wellington, the Porirua Basin, Wairarapa, Horowhenua, Wanganui, Manawatu and Rangitikei; you’re first on 21 January!

the KCDC is selling off its social housing

Suspicions that this was intended began circulating early last year. We now know what the item in the Secret Council Session headed “Disposal of Property” last 5 December was about:

Regular readers will remember we asked the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MHUD) last year if it had received any approach from the KCDC to buy the KCDC’s units and it hadn’t.

The obvious conclusion: the KCDC is simply going to flog off the properties to the private sector at market prices. The only councilor who has expressed any opposition to this is Jackie Elliott.