never mind chlorine gas in Syria, what about fluoride in the water here? An incident last week not far from here

Fluoride-PoisonSome may have seen this news item last week:-

Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) and Public Health Services of MidCentral Health (PHS) advise of a recent incident relating to the fluoride dosing system at Longburn.

During routine monitoring at 1 pm, Tuesday 3 April, elevated fluoride levels were detected in the Longburn community water supply. Laboratory testing confirmed the elevated levels at 8.7 mg/L, which is above the target level of 0.7 – 1.0 mg/L. On notification, the dosing system was immediately switched off. Samples were taken, followed by a complete flushing of the entire Longburn network.

Twelve times the acceptable dosage in the drinking water?  What if it had been even more than that?  Oops.  At least the Palmerston North City Council admitted the incident occurred, 8 days later.  Would the KCDC have done that or covered it up?

Fluoride salts are toxic, and in fact a lot more toxic than chlorine which Theresa May and her allies used as an excuse to bomb Syria and the Russians last Friday.

The Food & Drug Administration in the United States now requires that all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. bear the following poison warning:

“WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”

The FDA warning is necessary because relatively small doses of fluoride can induce symptoms of acute fluoride toxicity (i.e., poisoning). Early symptoms of fluoride poisoning include gastrointestinal pain, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. The minimum dose that can produce these symptoms is estimated to be 0.1 to 0.3 mg/kg of fluoride (i.e., 0.1 to 0.3 milligrams of fluoride for every kilogram of bodyweight).

Our view on fluoride was stated at the time of the 2015 Waikanae ward Council by-election: consuming it should be a matter of personal choice and not imposed on people through the water tap.

Kapiti stormwater issues ‘extensive and expensive to resolve’

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This is the reply to an e-mail that we sent Cr James Cootes at his invitation on how the problem of street and watercourse flooding in Waikanae (and elsewhere) every time there is a significant deluge is being addressed.


As I am sure you are aware the physical works to address the issues are in the vicinity of $246 million+

What we are asking is, do you want us to address these issues over the 60 years as previously planned or would you prefer us to address them over a 45 year period? 60 years = “old approach” and 45 years = “new approach” as you’ve referred to.

There is a programmed schedule of works with a site specific hierarchy to address the $246 million worth of works. In some instances works have to be done downstream before we can resolve a particular issues upstream as the Act requires us to not make changes that have an adverse effect to properties downstream. E.g.: We could put in a larger culvert that solves flooding on a particular property but then shifts that issue further downstream flooding 2 or 3 other properties. Hence why we are not allowed to do that.

I’m assuming there would also be a schedule of upgrades and renewals budgeted over the 20 years and that also there would be a mixture of plastic, concrete and asbestos pipes across the district included in that.

With regards to the significant development at Maypole (and others), two areas that KCDC have led the way a bit is in new developments requiring rain water tanks, grey water systems and to have hydraulic neutrality. This helps alleviate the pressure from new developments. As you’re also aware Development Contributions also assist and I have raised the question that the DC contribution is apportioned correctly and was given the assurance that we have it at the right level of contribution.

NSW government to plant 5 million trees to increase Sydney’s tree canopy to 40% by 2030

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government would spend $38.7 million over the next four years on its “Five Million Trees” initiative, as part of its plan to boost Sydney’s existing tree canopy from 16 per cent to 40 per cent by 2030.

Under the program the government will plant as many as 400,000 native trees each year until 2030 and will give away another 15,000 trees to people building homes in new land release areas in western Sydney.

While Ms Berejiklian trumpeted the policy as a first for any Australian state government, dozens of councils across the country have also implemented canopy policies and targets.

Full article on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

three ceramic artists exhibition opened

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Gallery director Janet Bayly on the left and the three ceramic artists giving short speeches on the right: Pamella Annsouth, Jenny Shearer and Anneke Borren (if that name sounds Dutch, it is).

About 140 art enthusiasts came along yesterday evening to the opening of the exhibition in the Mahara Gallery and pretty much filled it to capacity.   If only a proper sized building existed for what should be a prime attraction for not just Waikanae but the Kapiti Coast…

The exhibition runs to 3 June and is free to view during the gallery’s normal hours.

Abbeyfield project dinner at the Waikanae Chartered Club last Friday

Abbyfield Dinner

The objective of Kapiti members, led by Celia Harlen, is to establish an Abbeyfield home in Kapiti which will provide affordable social housing to older people.  Info on its national website.

Worldwide there are 9,000 residents living in 850 Abbeyfield Homes in 18 countries and 12.000 people give time and support as Abbeyfield volunteers.

Here Cr David Scott talks with former Kapiti mayor Iride McCloy. (Mary Skertchly pic)

“We can ban you at any time, for any reason, without explanation…” as YouTube loses all credibility, Mike Adams prepares to launch an alternative channel

Like Facebook, Google and Twitter, YouTube has devolved into a left-wing echo chamber where rationality, logic and reason are no longer tolerated. In order to maintain a voice on any of these platforms, you must obediently kow-tow to whatever latest irrational delusion is being pushed by the Left Cult

via “We can ban you at any time, for any reason, without explanation…” as Youtube loses all credibility, Mike Adams, prepares to launch an alternative channel — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

from last night’s KCDC Facebook Q & A session on the rating system

For those who didn’t watch it, the most enlightening ‘official’ comment was this:

..in the past 51% of our rates was levied by way of fixed charges. That was fundamentally unfair, too many, what Councillors have done, is try to make the system a little fairer and more transparent. It’s also designed to try and take the better than 80% funding pressure off the domestic ratepayer. What we’ve done is take the first of what may be a number of fixed charges that were levied, irrespective of use and link them to capital value.

We have also moved some rating units which were previously on the domestic ratepayer onto the commercial sector. These are first steps on a process to balance our rates to make them approximately 33% fixed charges, 33% capital value and 33% land value. It is going to take some time before people can see the full impact of these changes as Councillors want to work with steadily rather than suddenly on these changes. Cr M Scott

We think this means that fixed charges, which have been 51% of the total, are being reduced this 33%, while charges based on the capital value of ‘rating units’ are being increased from 6% to 33% of the total.

More info is needed, which we will endeavour to find out.