Park Avenue garden

park-ave-east-end

At the south east end; on the other side of the trees is Don Liddle’s sizable garden which has been included in the Lion’s Waikanae Garden Trail (see the earlier post on that).  This view is of the public domain next to the road, which shows what community-minded people can contribute to the Waikanae experience. 🙂

old comic Wellington baggage postcard

Wellington Baggage

Which seems rather apt with the movement north of people from Wellington seeking more property for their money in Kapiti, although if enough people do that, property prices in both areas should start to equalize out.

Today’s council meeting included a presentation from Infometrics entitled 2016 Annual Economic Profile — Kapiti Coast District downloadable here — and as ratepayers have spent $20,000 for it, you may as well do so.

The ‘bag’ part of the postcard folds down to reveal a photo of Wellington.

the homeless rate in NZ is twice that of Los Angeles — what will the next government do about it?

Boyle Height

a vacant lot in Boyle Heights, on April 6, 2017, where a nonprofit developer wants to build housing for homeless people and low-income veterans and families. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

It was revealed recently that there are now 42,000 homeless sleeping rough in NZ which has a population of 4.7 million.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the total in L.A. County — which includes 88 municipal councils with a total population of 10.17 million — is 47,000; thus half the rate in NZ.

L.A. is a big impersonal city full of neurotic, self-centered people, but it still does more for the down-and-outs than NZ does.

City voters have made it clear that they want to house homeless people. Last November, they approved Proposition HHH bond money that will build as many as 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless people across the city over the course of a decade.

Middle class people tend not to like low socio-economic types near them, and creating concentrated ghettos of them creates its own problems as we have seen in Britain and France.  But doing nothing isn’t human. We need a package of enlightened measures that will not just provide the Band Aid, but overcome the causes.

It’s another question to quiz the parliamentary candidates on. But local government also has a part to play.  In a post on 7 December 2015, Cr David Scott told us:

Currently there are 98 over-65’s with health issues and doctor letters who do not have a satisfactory roof over their heads. They are on the crisis housing list for the elderly in our area.

We have to do something about this situation. The building of an “Abbeyfield Home” would be a help. I have raised the issue at every planning meeting of council but we need four other councillors to acknowledge the problem and deal with it. Some of us councillors will raise the problem at the annual plan meetings early next year and, God willing, we will help those less fortunate in their old age who are suffering.

 

what did people think of the council?

satisfaction oh yeah

We mentioned the “Satisfaction Survey” in a post on 9 May.  But the results that have now appeared on the KCDC website here exclude the responses from the online questionnaire and only include responses from a telephone survey conducted by Research First.

With the ever-growing number of people who don’t have a landline anymore and only use mobile/wifi devices, we have questions about the reliability of this.

The big question mark, of course, is what were the results of the online survey which the KCDC doesn’t want to show us?

Anyway, here is a little summary of the totals in the telephone survey split per community board area. “Adjusted satisfaction” means those who were “neutral” or said don’t know are excluded:

satisfaction

Even with this, only 60% of those in Waikanae felt they were getting “value for money” with their rates.  In Otaki, even less: only 55%.

Strangely, in Paekakariki despite their 6.7% rates hike (announced in April), 92% said they were satisfied, so Cr Holborow should be very relieved by that.

Waikanae participants weren’t so happy with “clarity of information” (65%) — this has been a major bane of ours — nor with cycle lanes (52%).

And Waikanae respondents weren’t happy with “interaction overall” — only 50% saying there were, so you need to try harder and start communicating, WCB members.

Cr David Scott resumes his seat at council meetings

scottThe next will be this Thursday, which begins at 10 am in the KCDC HQ at 175 Rimu Road, although at 9:30 there is also the public forum where ratepayers who still think the council will take any notice of them can voice concerns.

Last week in the Wellington District Court, Cr Scott’s layer, Mike Antunovic, applied to have the bail conditions altered to allow him to attend Council meetings. Mr Dougherty presented the judge with a 3-page letter (probably composed for him by his [council-paid] lawyers Simpson Grierson) claiming that David Scott was a dangerous person and should not be allowed to attend council meetings.

The statements were actually quite defamatory, but Simpson Grierson know that section 14 of the Defamation Act states: “anything said, written, or done in … proceedings by a member of the tribunal or authority, or by a party, representative, or witness, is protected by absolute privilege.”

The judge, however, agreed with Mike Antonvic and rejected Mr Dougherty’s statement.

the Wellington region is going to get warmer, wetter, says NIWA

flooding-in-Waikanae“Climate change is going to bring four times the amount of hot days in Wellington and Wairarapa in the next 100 years and there’s also likely to be more frequent extreme rainfall events, a NIWA report says.”

“The NIWA report said Wairarapa was likely to go from 24 to 94 days with temperatures above 25° while Wellington will increase from six to 26 days.”

“There was likely to be an increase of droughts in Wairarapa with a 10 percent drop in rainfall but in Wellington, there’s likely to be an increase of rain in all seasons and up to 15 percent more in winter.”

Radio NZ story

You probably think that more warm days will be welcome, and we have to admit they will be for us, but not a growing number of deluges!

the Battle of Peka Peka, 1971

Peka Peka Festival 1971

It was a Rock Music Festival on a farm there (a reader says between 187 and 205 Peka Peka Rd) during Easter on 11 April 1971.  Bands included Highway, Sons & Lovers, Creation and Kal-Q-lated Risk. But it and Peka Peka itself became known as the NZ version of the infamous festival at Altamont (near San Francisco in December 1969) as a result of the violence that erupted between the Mongrel Mob gang and the Satan’s Slaves biker gang.

According to a report in the university newspaper Salient the following week:

The bulk of the “audience” were there to drink in the sun and watch the crowd, and listen to the music when it was good. They probably soon got bored. At least as the afternoon wore on many were waiting for the fighting they knew would break out. Looks like they weren’t disappointed.

A little extract from the book Patched: the history of gangs in New Zealand by Jarrod Gilbert:

Pekapeka 1971

 

ferny Awanui Drive garden

54 Awanui

As seen from the rear deck and although the property’s boundary isn’t far beyond what’s visible here, it adjoins a substantial lot of privately owned native bush. 🙂

This is another of the properties being marketed by realtor Della Randall who specialises in houses that are a cut above the rest, and we’ve been fans of her choices for over a decade now. This one isn’t far from where we are.

Details and more pics

a useful tool — the Reserve Bank’s inflation calculator

inflationWe make regular use of this to see how much the ever-growing KCDC rates + water charges impost on Kapiti households has increased above the rate of inflation, but it’s useful to see a lot of other comparisons, too.

It has six categories: general CPI, food, clothing, housing, wages and transport.  Obviously, it covers the whole country and some things will differ a bit from region to region, but it’s still very good.

You simply enter the starting quarter in any year and compare it with a quarter in any other year.

For general CPI you can go back as far as 1862.  For the other categories, somewhat later on. For example, the earliest year available for wages is 1961 and for housing, the following year.

The real shockers come, as expected, in comparing the growth in the cost of housing relative to the growth in wages.  Since 2000, for example, the first has gone up 332% while second has gone up 68%.

Website

where the new Waikanae school will be built, at some stage

MinEd paddock.jpg

These are pics of the paddock which the Ministry of Education owns with the view to building a school on it (see the earlier post).  At present it is only being used by two cows awaiting their turn to be made into hamburger patties.

Min Ed paddock Sth view

Min Ed paddock Sth

The two ex-shipping containers are being used by construction workers presently turning more of the Waikanae North land into streets (visible) and the titles for the lots will go on the market in the near future.

In the background is the Ryman Retirement Village complex named Charles Fleming.