mentions of Waikanae in the council’s ‘final’ Long Term Plan 2018-2028

If you’re interested in reading the latest production of the council’s “communications team”, particularly if you made a submission on it, the final Long Term Plan is here (174 page pdf).

In its considerable quantity of words, specific statements about Waikanae occupy a small number.

In terms of the most important subjects:

A second crossing of the railway line for those who live east of it:

Waikanae East link

We’ve mentioned the badly needed underpass several times.  A much less expensive (and much less satisfactory) option is to connect up the north end of Huia Street with the south end of Octavius Road in Peka Peka (a distance of about 700 metres) so that people can use the Hadfield Road level crossing.

In the meantime:

Waikanae East emergency

We’ve already mentioned this emergency rail access intention, too, which seems to consist of a few dozen trucks dumping shingle to form a one-lane path over the track and across some of Goodman’s property; and a lockable gate on each side of the track. How much should that cost?  Think again, this is the council, don’t forget: on page 38 it states it will cost no less than $355,000.

A new one on page 19:

“We’re also planning to upgrade the Waikanae Water Treatment Plant at around $17 million”

We visited this plant in November 2015 and thought it looked pretty modern. Some replacements of equipment are inevitably needed, of course.

Wastewater (sewerage):


Waste collection: no change to the existing (private enterprise only)

Waikanae Town Centre (page 87)

Waiky Town Centre

Waikanae Library and Mahara Gallery (page 72)

Waikanae Library
The Council has decided to defer the need for a new
library by undertaking a programme of renewals and
minor building alterations to the existing library
building. This work, which has a budget of $900,000 in
2018/19 and a further $100,000 the following year,
will achieve a high standard of library facility within
the constraints of the existing building envelope.
This will allow us to defer the building of a new
library in Waikanae until 2029/30 and will give us time
to identify a preferred site and resolve any land
ownership issues.

Mahara Gallery
In place of the original plan to build a new combined
library and art gallery on a new site it is now intended
that the Mahara Gallery will have its footprint
extended to take over the current Waikanae public
toilets space on the western side of the building. The
existing public toilets will first be replaced by a new
‘Exeloo’ style facility to be built in 2020/21. The
gallery extension is planned to follow in 2021 at an
estimated cost of $6.1 million, although this remains
subject to the Mahara Gallery Trust completing their

New Waikanae toilet facility (page 78)

As part of the planned expansion of the footprint of
the Mahara Gallery we will be building a new toilet
facility in Waikanae to serve Mahara Place. It is
proposed to be an ‘Exeloo’ facility and will be built in
2020/21 at an estimated cost of $318,000.

Hall renewals at Waikanae Beach and Reikorangi

A significant amount is proposed to be spent on the Waikanae Beach Hall on page 84.

We’ve previously stated that we agree with the WCB that a brand new hall is needed on a different site.

Other items in this document include conversion of street lights this year from sodium to LED and street works, including “Town centre to Te Moana Road – $79,000” and “Waikanae River to town centre – $138.000”. It’s not specified which streets are involved in this, but must be the Main Road and involve the exalted cycle lanes.

There are also several paragraphs dealing with long term (up to 45 years) improvements to stormwater drains and pipes, without being specific.

Maori carving, but not where you think

Maori style totem

We saw this outside the Sitka National Historic Park center in Sitka, Alaska.  That doesn’t look like a typical Tlingit totem pole we thought, so we asked.  In fact it was done by local carvers, but was inspired during a visit of a group of them to NZ.

Totems tell stories of events or a series of events.


Save our NZ land-lines! Important info & petition

Training technicians in the copper wire network costs the Telcos money which they don’t want to spend — see this post from April.

Introducing a new NZ website, Save Our Landlines NB: For updates, please check our NEWS section regularly at this link: We also have a FB page at this link: Introduction This site is a community project by New Zealanders who do not want to see our copper landline infrastructure, which will function in […]

via Save Our NZ Land lines! Important info & petition — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

America’s wildfires destroy millions of trees — and the recovery rate from regrowth is getting poorer


Travelling around Oregon and California we have noticed smoke haze from wildfires and in California we have gone past areas of dead burnt trees, which are likely from the bad 2017 year.

The thought occurs, will these trees grow back?

Such fires happen closer to home in Australia every year too, but it’s part of a natural cycle, and Australians we’ve asked say that after about 5 years the bush has recovered and you wouldn’t know from the look of the vegetation that there had been a fire.

The trees that cover America are different from the gum trees of Australia; in the northwest they are substantially conifers.  In California they are a mix depending on the part of the state.

The general trend, not just in the USA, is winters getting colder and summers getting hotter. Conifers cope well with very cold climates but not very hot climates.

Here follows an article on the subject.

Led by Dr Camille Stevens‐Rumann, an ecologist at Colorado State University, the study involved testing fire-struck areas of forest for signs of regeneration.

The scientists examined 1485 sites in the Rocky Mountains, all of which had been affected by fires between 1985 and 2015.

They looked for seedlings growing in the examined sites, comparing growth with nearby unburned forests to determine how well forests in each area were able to regenerate.

The team found the proportion of sites in which no post-fire tree regrowth had taken place increased from 19 to 32 per cent when comparing earlier years of the analysis to the more recent years.

“Significantly less tree regeneration is occurring after wildfires in the start of the 21st century compared to the end of the 20th century,” the scientists wrote in their paper.

Comparing these findings with information on the region’s changing climate suggested increases in global temperatures were influencing forest regeneration, particularly in the driest regions.

“Dry forests that already occur at the edge of their climatic tolerance are most prone to conversion to non-forests after wildfires,” the scientists wrote.

Full article

Facebook cops maximum UK fine for illegal data sharing

Worse than its contempt for the law and paying taxes, however, is Facebook’s political agenda and its censorship of those who have a different stance (see earlier).

Facebook has been advertising extensively in the U.S. to the effect of “we’re going to do better”. Believing that is rather like trusting a rattlesnake on the path in front of you not to bite you.


Facebook will be fined £500,000 ($US 662,900) in the U.K. after the country’s privacy watchdog said its data sharing scandal broke the law.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is hitting the social network with the maximum possible fine it can impose, for two breaches of the U.K.’s Data Protection Act.

Facebook failed to safeguard people’s information, the ICO said, and was not transparent about the way in which user data was harvested by others.

Full article on the CNBC website

only in Kapiti: the KCDC doesn’t want art that’s ‘muddled and confusing’


According to this article on the stuff website, the KCDC was offered the sculpture pictured for display, free of charge, but its art panel has recommended it not be put on public display because it is “muddled and ambiguous”.

We wonder if that was the criterion, how many other such public artworks in the world would be rejected for the same reason.

Just as bizarre was the removal of the appealing large Tui sculpture (below) in 2012, because its creator was convicted of sex offences.  The KCDC could not consider the artwork as separate from irrelevant foibles of its creator.

It’s fitting that stuff has categorised the story as Entertainment…

tui artwork