the first council meeting of the year is this Thursday

It nominally starts at 10 am, although those who think the council will listen to them can show up at 9:30 and register for their 3 minutes of public speaking time on whatever council matters they choose.

The meeting agenda is here.  The most interesting items are always those that the council bosses don’t want the people they serve to know about, the “public excluded sessions”. All you get told is the subject(s) to be covered. This time it is the ‘Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway Property Agreement’, which we assume relates to property owners in the vicinity affected by the Ewy extension, including property owned by the council itself.

If you can’t make it, you can listen and view on the live streaming broadcast here, although this gets turned off for the secret sessions, and its visual and audio quality isn’t great anyway..

Another page of the council website always worth a visit is the job vacancies as this tells us what new bureaucrats the council boss intends to add to the already considerable KCDC staff.

the low mural in Mahara Place

Mahara low mural

Just outside the Sunday Cantina café.  This is looking west and shows the sunflowers now in bloom.

On the opposite side (behind the camera) an area has been painted lime green in readiness for another mural.  Sue Lusk of Destination Waikanae says: “[artist] Abby found it very hard on her back and knees and we wondered about marine ply panels for this one (which would be good if the planters are eventually demolished).”

Like the sculpture garden, there seems no good reason for demolishing the flower planters. The open area really only requires relatively small expenditure to improve it.

It is more important to spend the allocated money instead on expanding the Mahara Gallery building by adding a second story.

what you can find in the Kapiti Museum in Elizabeth Street

Waikanae Cash Store

a photo of Waikanae Cash Store (in other words “no credit”) which still exists as the Eastside Foodmarket.  From the look of the cars, this was probably circa 1930.


The Volksempfänger radio receiver promoted by the Nazis in 1933 so the populace could listen to party propaganda, particularly, the Führer’s speeches.


a Nazi officer’s radio, 1939

The western end of Elizabeth Street has a number of historic Waikanae features, and for day-trippers arriving on the train or bus, it begins within a short distance from the platform.

We’ve mentioned some of the features in previous posts; this one contains the Kapiti Museum’s pamphlet.

After our lunch in Relish yesterday, we strolled across the street to reacquaint ourselves with what we may have overlooked on previous visits.

Being the old town post office, you’d expect to find items relating to days when it was known as the P&T — the Post and Telegraph Office — and there are several artifacts including a couple of artworks of the Reikorangi Post Office: it had its own small building until 1962.  In one place there is the Waikanae Telephone Directory from 1939 on display — it’s a short list.

There is a complete section of radio and broadcasting equipment from the past, not just from NZ, examples above.

There are many photos of the old days on the walls; exhibits include old typewriters, a sewing machine, mannequins with old clothes… in all easily enough to occupy a couple of hours.

It is open Fridays from 1 pm to 4 pm; Saturday & Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm and most Public Holidays from 2 pm to 4 pm. Entry is free although a gold coin donation is appreciated.

shenanigans of the Horowhenua District Council

By Veronica Harrod

Horowhenua: a political environment where the tail wags the dog “…the majority of Horowhenua residents are increasingly finding themselves caught in a ‘tail wagging the dog’ political environment where the economic development board is the tail determining the direction and decisions of council which is the dog and not a […]

via Horowhenua: a political environment where the tail wags the dog … the steady erosion of democracy in Aotearoa — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch