“They are not hillbillies, nor are they diamond encrusted, landed gentry types commonly portrayed – they are the folks who live in Reikorangi and, like everyone else in Kapiti, they want to improve their community assets and community spirit.
“At present there is a problem in this idyllic landscape and it centres around a riding arena at the Reikorangi Reserve which, for the most part is owned and operated by a group whose membership is predominately not from Kapiti.
“And this has the locals hoping their Council will put things right.
“Mayor Gurunathan met with many from the community at the weekend and it appears he was very sympathetic to the community view. Council is due to make a decision about who will be granted a lease over the land and for what period at its next meeting next week [there is a meeting scheduled for 29 June].”