Fact versus fiction: open letter to KCDC councillors

The intended $5 million Kapiti (Guru) Gateway. According to the council: ‘The structure itself will consist of two “pods” – a Biosecurity Pod and an Information/Ticketing/Retail Pod, which is referred to as a Visitor Centre and which will promote local tourism activities. A feature of the design is a large (9 metre [30 ft] high) carved Pouwhenua, which can be seen out at sea and possibly the Island.’ However, that last feature doesn’t seem to be included in the drawing.

Dear Councillors, 

Re: information concerning the Gateway and the “Consultation

The Mayor, in various newspaper columns and Councillor Buswell in press releases have told everyone in Kapiti that there was resounding public support for the Gateway. The evidence they have relied on is the Maclean Park Management Plan Refresh in 2017 (“MPMP”).

The KCDC website repeats the same story.

Improving the Kāpiti Island departure point and providing an iconic visitor experience has been a discussion point for our community for many years. It was consulted on during the 2017 Maclean Park Te Ūruhi Development Plan and funding for a Gateway is signalled in the Council’s 2018–38 Long term plan, and set aside in both 2019/20 and 2020/21 Annual Plans.web site

The KCDC Application to the PGF states:

Extensive public consultation has been undertaken on the proposal to build a Kāpiti Gateway. This has taken place in four phases: 

1) As part of the Maclean Park Management Plan refresh in 2017, many submissions called for a Kāpiti Island Visitor Centre to be established on the south side of the Tikotu Stream.  (pages 18/34)

However, when one reads the Maclean Park Management Plan refresh  2017 one finds there were virtually no submissions made in favour of the Gateway. The MPMP says 1500 people were consulted. The number who made comment on the gateway  was only 46. The Consultation is clearly set out in the PGF Application:

Lumin have been working closely with the Kāpiti Coast District Council since September 2016 providing professional services in stakeholder engagement,…. Work to date has involved extensive consultation, with more than 1,500 people engaged (page 6)

The actual number of those who commented on the Gateway as biosecurity and supported the idea was 3,  those wanting an information centre was 17. This is the extract from the councils documents. 

“Table 2 (page 10)

Comments regarding Area A – Northern Entrance 

Kāpiti Island Gateway (46 responses) 

  • Make any development a Kāpiti Coast visitor centre (17) 
  • Collaborate with boat club (4) Improved access to the northern end (3) 
  • Small biosecurity centre (3) 
  • Too expensive (7) and needs to be paid for by business (2)”

Only 3 wanted a bio centre, 17 a visitor centre: = 20

Anyone interested in the truth would say 3 out of 1500, or at best 17 out of 1,500 shows enormous opposition, not support. To so mislead the PGF and all Ratepayers needs an apology, a retraction.

President Trump wants to use Kapiti as a superb precedent when he claims to have won the election in November, if he gets only 40% of the vote.  In fact one of his campaign advisors has already gotten hold of me and asked, “Give us folks the evidence of how the KCDC mayor and Council were able to get the NZ government to accept that 20 people out of 1,500 as being the majority. And to get $2.3 million. And having the majority councillors supporting this bullshit. Gee, this is brilliant, NZ a great little democracy knows how to sell the story and get everyone to believe it!”

Christopher Ruthe

Vote I Must – but Who For? Dilemma for the swinging voter

By Tony Orman

There’s an election coming later this year and in today’s increasingly bizarre world, I am in a real quandary who to vote for. I must vote.  I have a duty and responsibility to do so. 

I’m a swinging voter. That is I vary my vote from election to election to whichever party I feel has the best policies.

Apathy can be a problem with elections i.e. the danger of “I couldn’t give a stuff and won’t vote”. As the Greek philosopher Plato once said about 400 BC, “the price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men.”  Take “evil” in the broader sense. You might use “corrupt”, “arrogant” or some other adjective. You might even use the word “undemocratic”.

Getting a fair hearing

Now democracy is the very foundation of our society and that’s why we have democratic elections where every three years political parties and MPs are held to account.

I was brought up to believe that Parliament was the place of democracy – where you could get a fair hearing from elected representatives based on a history and moral constitution of honour, truth and justice. Note the phrase “fair hearing.”

Part of parliament’s system is select committees where the public can comment on a bill proposing new law. In other words you expect a fair hearing.

I recall going before a parliamentary select committee about 1971 over a National government plan to bring in trout farming. I spoke for over an hour from my 44 page submission and I fielded questions from MPs probably for half an hour. In all I was allowed one and a half hours.

Then I remembered a 1986 Conservation Reform Bill setting up Fish and Game Councils. John Henderson and I delivered our joint submission for half an hour with probably 15 minutes of questions and discussion following. Then in 1991 I made verbal submissions on the Maori Fisheries Bill where I argued that the saltwater fishery was a public resource and should not be allocated on ethnic grounds. That took over an hour.

But that’s in the past and sadly so is the expectation of a “fair hearing.”

Abrupt Dismissal

Recently the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand (CORANZ) made a verbal submission on a bill amending the Resource Management Act (RMA). Despite being initially assured of 15 minutes to present the CORANZ viewpoint, chairman Andi Cockroft was interrupted by the chairman MP and abruptly dismissed after five minutes. 

A week later Andi was scheduled to give another verbal submission on behalf of Public Access NZ (PANZ). Initially given 15 minutes he was told – for no valid reason – five minutes would be his lot. Angry, he refused to attend.

His refusal reminded me of the 2007 Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA), review into 1080 poison.  Given just five minutes to present a submission, I refused since travelling across Cook Strait at $250 for five minutes speaking time was pointless. Instead John Henderson who lived in Wellington delivered my views, as best he could, under the handicap of five minutes. The RMA 1080 review was a farce – a blatant “kangaroo court” by public servants who had no intention of listening to the public.

The firearm law “reforms” following the Christchurch March 15 mosque tragedy, were rushed through with a total disregard for democracy. Forget the subject, focus on the claim of the select committee reading 13,000 submissions in just two days. It defies credibility and shows a total lack of integrity by MPs.

Dereliction of public duty

MPs are public servants. The Prime Minister is not our leader. Currently Jacinda Ardern is undeniably the public’s most senior public servant.

All three government parties — Labour, Greens and NZ First — are guilty of dereliction of duty to democracy. But then National isn’t blameless. Remember the shameful act of the Key government sacking Canterbury’s democratically elected Environmental Canterbury Regional Council (ECAN) to take over with their own State puppet commissioners? Or National’s Nick Smith giving himself sole power to approve 1080 aerial drops? And earlier there was the shonky 2007 ERMA review into 1080 which I referred to above.

The arrogance of power

The warning signs of politicians ignoring their role as elected representatives and public servants, have been happening for some time.  

No wonder the public rate politicians, political parties and governments as among the most despised people and institutions.  

There is an urgent crisis about the accelerating and alarming erosion of democracy and the strangling of the people’s voice. It needs strong reaction from an outraged public which is timely, as this is an election year. There’s an arrogance of an increasingly powerful, dominant bureaucracy with apparently most politicians now afflicted with the same amnesia about their democratic duty. Democracy is a big issue.

This election make sure you vote and give them the message.

(This was written at the end of June, but it seems Tony is still undecided. —Eds)

Police State Victoria is ramping it up, arresting elderly persons & raiding fruit & veggie markets

More arrests including a 69-Y-O. Some of these kinds of events are actually acted. It’s difficult to tell, but the clue is they openly advertise for crisis actors and employ them to create false flags. Ole Dammegard is an expert in that field having researched them globally for 3 decades. Check out his work. Either way, if they are crisis actors or the real deal they are sending the same fear message to you. Also, at the end of the day the more you react, the greater ‘license’ they have to crack down. […]

Police State Victoria is ramping it up, arresting elderly persons & raiding fruit & veggie markets — Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

200 Million Dead, by Joe Biden

Joe Biden: “It’s estimated that 200 million people will die, probably by the time I finish this talk.” That’s nearly 2/3 of the U.S. population.

While Left-wing authoritarians love exaggerating Cv-19 statistics, even they might question that one…

200 Million Dead, by Joe Biden — STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

back to normal electioneering, south of Auckland at least

With the government deciding that with no community cases of Cv-19 south of the Big Smoke for over 3 months, people are now safe to go about their normal activities, there should also be unrestricted “meet the candidates” as well as hui on issues (such as the pending Paraparaumu airport closure) events.

For those who aren’t excited by such, but are still interested in knowing more than what the Mainstream Media are going to tell you — and when the moderators of the TV1 and TV3 leaders’ debates are John Campbell and Patrick Gower respectively, you can’t help but sigh — there is Policy  :–

This makes voting easy: all the policies, parties and candidates, all in one place

→ See where the parties stand on key issues
→ Learn more about the candidates running in your area: 
→ Save the policies you like most, and view policies without party labels to browse free from bias
→ Share policies and candidates with friends and family 

“We’ve summarised 900+ policies from 550+ documents and speeches, and surveyed 500+ candidates across every electorate. We’ve also launched resources for teachers and schools and a policy idea competition for students.

“Please consider sharing Policy with your friends and family: research from the Electoral Commission shows that one in three non-voters cite ‘not knowing who to vote for’ as their main reason for not voting.

“You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to stay up to date.

Ngā mihi,

Chris, on behalf of the Policy team”

Comment on Gurunathan from April 1977

Contained on this NZETC archive webpage

Dear David Murray [Salient editor],

Behold, Gurunathan Krisnasamy, the half-baked Malaysian trotsky is in a state of great confusion. Teetering on a shaky platform, he is stumbling after every passing bandwagon. His political stand sways like dirty linen in Wellington winds. During his pangs of activism, I urge students to tolerate his ravings and hullaballos on campus.

In Vol 40. No. 4 of Salient, none of the writers had aimed at winning the favour or sympathy of the Kiwis. The basic issue was to get the facts right and to educate those who erred (distorted the truth). Judging from his comments. Guru is clearly much divorced from the social problems and the true life of the working masses back home. Or maybe he lacks the insight and hence ability to distinguish between the “typical” and “extreme” scenes.

Secondly, his narrow minded argument on the “morality of rip-off” is clearly aimed at stirring up chauvinistic sentiments. This extremely political suicide approach defeats the idea of uniting the many. Who are our enemies and who are our friends? This issue is a question of class not racial chauvinism. I reckon it is Gurunathan Krisnasamy who is suffering from acute colonial hangover, resulting in a highly feverish and confused mind, and has thereby gone amok in his attacks. Instead of recommending him to a Bomoh, I suggest he do his homework. It is pathetic to be watching a lone ranger jumping at the wrong gun.

Barefoot doctor.

(“Trotsky” is a reference to followers of Leon Trotsky, a communist who was a contemporary of Lenin and Stalin, and later a rival of Stalin. This helps explain a lot… Thanks to reader Bob for bringing this to our attention. —Eds)

Youngster wins the Tour de France

The youngest winner of the Tour de France in a century rode into the city of light at sunset on Sunday, looking every inch the awestruck kid, as Tadej Pogacar became the first Slovenian to win the yellow jersey. –Jeremy Whittle, The Guardian

Last minute victory!

By Roger Childs

Tour winners are usually experienced and hardened cyclists who have many years of international competition under their belts. Biking more than 3480kms in 21 stages over three weeks in a variety of terrain, including several mountain stages to over 2000m, is not for the faint-hearted. So it is incredible that Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, aged 21, has pulled off the victory in his first Tour. However, up until the 20th stage his compatriot. Primoz Roglic, had been the yellow jersey holder for two weeks, with Pogacar (pronounced po-gar-cha) second.

However. in the penultimate stage — the 37 km time trial race against the clock where the riders cycle as individuals — Pogacar seized his chance and beat Roglic to take the lead by just under a minute. So the Slovenian youngster has just the one day in yellow, riding into Paris. He only had to stay on his bike and finish on the Champs-Élysées to win the most prestigious event in world cycling, which he duly did.

Amazing success

There are four competitions and trophies for the Tour –

  • the yellow jersey for the overall winner
  • the green jersey for the top sprinter
  • the polka dot jersey for the king the mountains
  • the white jersey for the best young rider under 23.

Sam Bennett from Ireland won the sprint title from Peter Sagan who had won it on eight previous occasions. Bennett also has the satisfaction of winning the final stage in Paris on Sunday. Incredibly, the other three titles all went to Pogacar. It’s the first time ever that this feat has been achieved. The Slovenian’s overall time for the Tour was 87 hours 21 minutes and four seconds. A disappointed Roglic was second and the evergreen Australian, Richie Porte, was third.

Subdued celebrations in Paris

Normally for the final stage in Paris there are tens of thousands of spectators lining the Champs-Élysées cheering on the cyclists as the pass the Arc de Triomphe, Cleopatra’s Needle, La Place de la Concorde, and Joan of Arc who watches the riders emerge from the one tunnel on the course. However, in Covid-lockdown-ridden France in 2020 there were just a few thousand spectators scattered around the course and plenty of police. 

The legendary event had started in Nice on August 29 and the various stages all took place in southern and eastern France. The Tour usually features in late June and July, however the organisers and spectators were delighted to be able to hold it at all. (For all the podium ceremonies during the 21 stages all the people on stage wore masks.) Even though the crowds were limited in the capital, it was well supported in the towns and mountains of the provinces.

However, above all, the 2020 Tour de France will long be remembered for the great achievements of Tadej Pogacar who on the last day of his 21st year won an unprecedented three titles, included the big one — overall winner by 59 seconds.

Beach Bylaw changes for adoption Thursday, includes proposed automatic vehicle entry barrier to the beach at the Boating Club

This is at a meeting of the Strategy and Operations Committee although it is effectively a full council meeting as all councilors are members of it.

The results of the survey that was conducted between 30 January and 30 April are viewable here for the Waikanae Ward area (381 participants, and regarding primarily Waikanae and Peka Peka Beaches). There was also a late drop-in session on 31 July at the Baptist Church Hall.

The meeting report dealing with the bylaw review is here.

The draft proposed new bylaw is here — pages 43 to 62 in the pdf. New or altered sections are highlighted in yellow.

Points worth noting as far as Waikanae and Peka Peka Beach are concerned are:

  • 6.3 – restrictions on where longline fishing can be done
  • 7. – boat launch and retrieval sites specified as at the Waikanae Boating Club and Peka Peka Beach at the end of Peka Peka Road (in practical terms there is no change)
  • No land yachts except between the north bank of the Waimeha Stream and the beach access point at Ollivier Grove.
  • 16. Parking on the beach: basically it is very limited.
  • 17.1 (a-c) No horses between the Waikanae Boating Club and Waimeha Stream between 15 December and 15 February.

The proposed electronic gate at the top of the ramp leading to the beach has been mentioned before. It would effectively prevent cars getting on Waikanae Beach, although the keen could still drive down from the Peka Peka Road entrance.

A formal consultation period on the adopted changes is set down for 12 October to 13 November.