TVNZ urged to cancel controversial seven-part series

Take a quick look in the mirror, if you have white skin, You Are …Guilty! —Bud Jones

History documentary highlights non-Maori guilt

New Conservative Party deputy leader Elliot Ikilei calls for the immediate cancellation of the seven-part documentary funded by NZ On Air – Land of the Long White Cloud. [NZ Herald story]

Elliot Ikilei“Following on from the tragedy that occurred in March this year, New Zealand was applauded for standing united against hatred. In direct contrast, this documentary has been created to broaden a racial divide and effectively encourage hostility, observes Elliot Ikilei.

Pakeha guilt concept divides us

The introduction of the documentary refers to “Pākehā guilt,” inferring that all those without any Māori ancestry should bear a burden for the social situations that exist now and should be doing more to create equity.

Mr Ikilei has spent nearly two decades on the frontline with at-risk youth. The experiences he has gathered over the years, highlights the risk of a dialogue that removes accountability and personal responsibility, creating an enemy of those loosely defined with a “pakeha” identity.

Expressing concern about the level of reality and honesty that the documentary has captured, Mr Ikilei calls for balance and caution in the use of taxpayer funds to divide our society into ‘us and them’. 

The theme of the series is appalling

“The theme of this documentary is appalling and damaging to our young people and is effectively educating them to be angry and resentful toward anyone who is not of Māori ancestry, says Mr Ikilei. “If we are a society where we can proudly say ‘we are one,’ then we must stop funding irresponsible media who are laying blame and raising resentment at the feet of people purely and completely because of the colour of their skin.”

New Conservative PartyNew Conservative is committed to seeing a conclusion to the Treaty settlement process so that all New Zealanders will be able to move forward together.

“New Conservative do not accept that Māori are to be treated as victims and encouraged to be angry, seeing only negatives from our history as a nation,” concludes Mr Ikilei. “Our young people need to be encouraged to succeed, not encouraged to fail due to the current distortion and misrepresentation of the issues we face today.”

1830s Hobson (1)

Lieutenant Governor Hobson greeted each Maori treaty signatory in 1840 with the words, Now we are one people.”

question-mark over council-owned vacant lot in Weggery Drive

Weggery vacant lot

From the KC News website (our photo):-

Well known as a guardian of walkways and pathways throughout Kapiti, Chris Glover has also been known to cross the line a time or two with local authorities.
Mr Glover’s latest (and ongoing) stoush with the Kapiti Council involves a piece of land on Weggery Drive in Waikanae which was gifted to Council by developers to be used as road reserve.
Mr Glover says the land was set aside to be used when a bridge across the Waikanae River at Otaihanga could connect up with Weggery Drive.
“The land between 146 and 148 Weggery Drive, Waikanae, classified as a legal road, was gifted to the Kapiti Council by the developer of the subdivision and now Council wants to sell it off and I doubt that is even legal.”
Mr Glover, a former Kapiti Mayoral candidate, says Council say they want to sell this land because it has no use but he says it was used as a shortcut, saving 130 metres for pedestrians walking north via Weggery Drive from the Otaihanga Domain.
“It was well used when a stile was there. I have observed people using this shortcut from Otaihanga and noticed it was very popular.”
Mr Glover says without consulting users of this shortcut or ratepayers, council staff removed the stile and built a higher fence at the request of residents who live next to this road reserve, costing over $5500 of borrowed money.
The Reserve is currently fully fenced on three sides (open on the street to Weggery Drive) and has significant plantings on the river side of the fence.
Late last year a council meeting voted on the matter of revocation of the reserve status and reclassification.
KCDC’s Natasha Tod explained that matters raised by Mr Glover in Public Speaking Time were consistent with issues he had also put forward in his submission and which had been considered by staff in coming to the recommendations contained in the paper before Council. Staff estimated that the cost of the revocation process outlined in the report would be a maximum of approximately $5,000.00. Council then moved (Cr Cardiff/CrBenton) to not uphold the objections received for the proposed Reserve Revocation and Reclassification over land between 146 and 148 Weggery Drive, Waikanae (Lot 104).
The meeting authorised the Chief Executive to commission a section 40 Public Works Act 1981 report from a suitably qualified consultant to identify whether this property must be offered back to a former owner or their successor in title, or whether an exemption from offer back applies. The Chief Executive was delegated the power to take all necessary steps required to enable the disposal (either by offer back or on open market) of Lot 104, including to negotiate and complete the terms of sale. Voting for the motion: Deputy Mayor Holborow, Crs Buswell, Benton, Cootes, Vining and Cardiff; Against: Cr Elliott.
Mr Glover says although Council has taken this decision it is not too late for them to rethink what he says is a plan that is not in the best interests of the community.
“Of those who made this poor decision two have been sacked by the public at the election, one has resigned and one voted against it so the Council need to think again,” says Mr Glover.
He says the legal road reserve between 146 and 148 Weggery Drive is for a local road to connect with a bridge between Otaihanga and Waikanae Beach as part of the plan B to link local roads consisting of two local road bridges over Waikanae River.
“I believe Council have been pressured by a small number of local residents who are opposed to this local road bridge.”
Mr Glover says the bridge would include a shared path that provides a shorter, more direct and more reliable route for cyclists and pedestrians.
He says the bridge is a vital link for local traffic and a bus route between the north end of Paraparaumu Beach, Otaihanga and Waikanae Beach because the nearest interchange on the expressway is Kapiti Rd. The expressway was designed to carry commuter traffic and through traffic but it’s not well suited to local traffic.
Regardless of whether a bridge goes ahead or not Mr Glover is adamant the reserve status of the land should be maintained and public access to this public land should be restored.
“I have been arrested, charged and trespassed in relation to this and I believe it is necessary the public are fully aware of what is at stake with this important piece of public land,” says Mr Glover. He says Council could put a gate in the fence and allow the public an accessway through the land the public own.

the changeover to the new council

The last official day in office for the old councilors and CB members was yesterday, while the newly elected members get sworn into office at a ceremony at Southwards in the evening of 31 October.  The next 10 days are something of an interregnum which is being occupied with a series of seminars and presentations.

The first meeting of the new Waikanae Community Board takes place in the evening of Tuesday 19 November.  The new board’s wish list includes the things mentioned during the campaign, but at the top of the priorities will be inclusion of a new permanent library building in 2021’s Long Term Plan and a revitalised town centre. As well as the three permanently vacant shops, there are at present another 4 vacant shops along the south side of Mahara Place, sure to be a result of the reduced foot traffic.

pitch-side for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final: All Blacks v Ireland first hand

By Neil Smith in Tokyo

Steve Hansen and Joe SchmidtThe two teams were warming up at their respective ends of the pitch, far apart, but the two head coaches could be seen standing together at the halfway line engaged in a long, and clearly good-natured, discussion. 

The Irish – on the turf and in the stands

My work as a member of the ground staff started with checking the turf after the Irish team finished their warm-up and I was not impressed at the 4~5 bits of chewing gum players had spat out onto the turf during or after their warm-up. It struck me as a sign of disrespect for the turf on which they would be attempting to break the Irish quarter-final jinx, and some part of me was hoping the ABs would teach them a lesson about respect.

Irish fans 1You would not have realized from the television coverage just how loud the Irish fans’ singing during the haka was but at ground level, you could not hear the haka at all. There was no disrespect, just the fans accepting the challenge of the haka the best way they could. It was spine-tingling, goose bump-inducing, and suggested a contest for the ages.

Unstoppable All Black power and intensity 

Kieran Read and his men had other ideas. We could feel the power and intensity of the All Blacks’ tackles, see close-up the pace at which the ABs were operating, sense how Ireland was struggling to come to terms with the ABs, and watch the body language of the Irish. 

We were under strict instructions from World Rugby not to stand at any time unless we were about to enter the pitch to carry out running repairs and you can imagine how frustrating it was not to be able to leap up in joy at the play of the ABs. 

Abs V Ireland 2019 (1)The Irish fans broke out into song on a regular basis, hoping to inspire their team, but nothing could break the intense focus of the ABs tonight. We could see how the Irish forwards were catching the ball flat-footed, only to be smashed back time and time again, and we could feel the vigour gradually draining, not only from the fans’ singing but also from the players. 

Whatever they attempted, there were 2-3 ABs there to stop them, and I finally understood why the opposition occasionally commented that there seemed to be more than 15 men in black out there. 

A little Irish girl has the last word

Out on the pitch after the match finished as we started preparing the turf for the Japan vs South Africa quarter final the next day, I had the chance to have a quick chat to Peter O’Mahoney, the Irish blindside flanker.

He was naturally not looking very happy but I’ll give the last word to his daughter, a cute lass perched on his shoulders. I asked her how she was enjoying her trip to Japan.

“I’m having a great holiday.” 

(Neil Smith is a permanent resident in Japan and has been a pioneer in getting local authorities to convert kindergarten and school grounds, parks and sports grounds from dirt to grass.) 

news from the Mahara Gallery


Nau mai haere mai, you are warmly invited to the opening of Mahara Arts Review: a selected exhibition which showcases the creative talents of the Kāpiti to Horowhenua region, with guest selectors Jim Gorman and Vicki Robson on Saturday, 2 November at 6 pm.

This exhibition will run until Sunday 8 December 4 pm.

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this show
$1000 John Mowbray Open Award
$500 Jean Fleming Highly Commended Award
$300 Barry Herbert Student Award
$200 Jane Hyder 3D Award
$200 Kapiti Signs 2D Award
$200 Picture Perfect Framing Special Merit Award
$200 Kapiti Coffee Company People’s Choice Award
We are very happy this year to dedicate all Mahara commission on sales for this show & entry fees to the Mahara Redevelopment Fund.

Special events:

Saturday 2 November 6pm
Mahara Arts Review opening & awards celebration. All welcome & free entry.

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November 10 am- 4 pm part of the Kāpiti Arts Trail.

Saturday 7 December at 11 am
Mahara Arts Review — The People’s Choice Award sponsored by Kapiti Coffee Company will be announced. Please vote for your favorite art work when you visit the exhibition. All welcome & free entry.

PLEASE NOTE >> Mahara Gallery will be closed to the public 28 October and will reopen 10am Saturday 2 November. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Kapiti Historical Society October 2019 Newsletter

In this issue

  • Feedback on Howard Chamberlain’s talk last month
  • The forthcoming October session – John Granville on Sailors’ Salty Language – Tuesday 29 October
  • Details of the final two talks of the year
  • Possible sessions for 2020

We have over sixty five people on the mailing list, but we haven’t seen some of you for a while – so come along and bring your friends!

Thanks to our August speaker: Howard Chamberlain

Howard spoke about his tour of Western Front sites back in 2017. He illustrated his highly interesting talk with a Power Point of maps from the time of the Great War, and places his party visited.

He also provided plenty of appropriate background on actual campaigns and battles. Much appreciated Howard.

John Granville on Sailors’ Salty Language

Tuesday 29 October at 7.30 pm

speaker JohnFormer naval man and Paraparaumu Beach identity, John Granville, will be speaking about the provision of Navy Rum and some of the rules and traditions related to it.

 He will also cover, why we have a wide range of colloquial sayings which have obvious or less obvious origins in the British Navy of sailing ship era which exist in our generation, because of the time spent in ships by most NZ immigrants from the early 19th to mid 20th centuries.

John has been or is a member in various roles of Kapiti Rotary, Kapiti Rotary Trust, Paraparaumu RSA Executive, RSA Welfare Officer, Kapiti Joggers and Walkers Club, Youthquest Kapiti, Life Education Trust, and has also been a Trustee of Paraparaumu Beach School and a Coastguard Tutor locally. He enjoys tramping, travelling and reading and is hopeful of completing his BA (Philosophy) this year.

It should be a fascinating and entertaining session. Come along!

    • Kapiti Uniting Church
    • 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach
    • Enter via the main church door.
    • Gold coin koha. Thanks
    • A light supper will be served following the talk.

NOVEMBER A talk on Tuesday November 19 from Richard Mansell on the history of Coastlands as it celebrates 50 years of operation. 

DECEMBER David Hadfield on an aspect of the Hadfield family story.

2020 – shaping up a programme of speakers 

  • Kapiti’s Changing Coastline (Professor Mark Dickson) – confirmed for Tuesday 31 March
  • Gallipoli – Myth and Reality – confirmed for April
  • Whareoa Farm (Ann Evans) – confirmed, probably May
  • Paraparaumu’s First Retirement Village – Seven Oaks 
  • The history of Paraparaumu airport
  • The Kapiti Coast Museum (Allan Carley)
  • Key figures in Kapiti’s early-mid 19th century history – Wiremu Kingi, Te Rauparaha and Octavius Hadfield

Suggestions for topics and speakers are very welcome.

–Roger Childs and John Robinson, Coordinators of the Kapiti Historical Society