Kerry Bolton gets the Police State treatment from the KCDC (again)

As is clear to most followers of the local political scene, and was demonstrated particularly with the experiences of the Osbornes of Waikanae last year, the KCDC management and councilors hate their critics; and they have no qualms about indulging in whatever retaliatory harassment and intimidation they feel they can get away with.

One of the people near the top of the KCDC’s Hit List for harassment is Kerry Bolton, see earlier posts.

He tells us that he was arrested last Friday night and held for three hours. Reason? He mentioned the name of Dougherty/Guru/Power’s Accomplice in the David Scott affair on a radio talkback show following the trial in May.  It’s certain that Ms Accomplice complained to the police about it.

Technically, he should not have done so, as in sexual assault prosecutions there is automatic name suppression for a complainant once the police have laid a charge, unless the complainant wants to be identified, or the court overrules it.

In this case the Newstalk ZB radio station has a delayed broadcast of 7 seconds so that such things can be censored before they reach the airwaves, but Newstalk ZB didn’t do so.

Kerry Bolton says, “I will readily apologise to the court for an unintended breach of name suppression about which the court had said nothing to the public. I asked several times whether Heather du Plesis of Newstalk ZB had also been arrested, but they were quite oblivious to that, and somehow thought that a radio station can not exercise the same control as a newspaper, despite my explaining several times about the censor button.”

“I also asked why David Scott had been phoned at 1:00 am with some crap about breaching bail conditions by not being at the Ibis Hotel in Wellington. Again, blank. Nonetheless, I found the two police officers Okay, and unlike David, I was allowed to keep my shoes on and given a ride home. “

Clearly, Ms Accomplice doesn’t want to be identified, although nearly everyone who follows the political scene in Kapiti knows who she is, via the grapevine.  We are told she is no longer employed by the KCDC and now works in a government department in Wellington.  As well as having a nasty personality, she was totally unsuited to the position that Dougherty gave her in the KCDC and her departure was appropriate.


Putting another eucalyptus myth to rest: Lifespan of blue gum eucalyptus

When the native plant movement began in earnest, about 25 years ago, its proponents weren’t expecting blowback from those who value the existing landscape. As far as they were concerned, the trees had to be destroyed solely because they “don’t belong here.” When they started destroying our predominantly non-native urban forest, they learned that it […]

via Putting another eucalyptus myth to rest: Lifespan of blue gum eucalyptus — Death of a Million Trees

Matariki 2018: Kapanui kapahaka in Mahara Place

Matariki 2018Matariki this year commences today, 15 June. and this Waikanae free event is 4 PM – 4:30 PM.

“Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. The ascent of Matariki in late May or June signalled the change of season and heralded the start of the Māori New Year. For iwi on the west coast, the ascent of Puanga (Rigel in Orion) indicates the start of the Māori New Year as the pae maunga (mountain ranges) obstruct the view of Matariki.

“Different iwi celebrate Matariki at different times. The Māori New Year is marked by the ascent of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon.”

Schedule of events (pdf) on the KCDC website

Guy Burns: a sad day for local government in Kapiti

Air Chathams

Air Chathams has flown profitably from the mainland to the Chatham Islands since 1984 — the KCDC courted them to fly from Paraparaumu to Auckland.  “No problem,” said Air Chathams, “provided you subsidise us.”  “Sure,” said councilors, “how much do you want?”

 “It’s a sad day for local government in Kapiti” says Guy Burns in response to news Kapiti Coast District Council will give $150,000 to help Air Chathams start flying from Paraparaumu to Auckland.

 “Councillors have shown poor judgement handing over ratepayers’ money to a private, profit making business. Air Chathams needs to stand on its own feet if it thinks it’s feasible to fly out of Paraparaumu.

 “Rate rises are high, debt levels have sky rocketed. There’s no place for local government subsidising private enterprise. In fact KCDC have lost millions over the years in failed attempts to promote economic development.

 “KCDC should stick to the basics of providing core services for ratepayers, not using public funds for subsidising Air Chathams.”


EPA: Formaldehyde In Vaccines Causes Leukemia

Originally posted on Nwo Report: Leaked emails from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirms that formaldehyde, a key ingredient in vaccines, is the number one cause of leukemia. The EPA, under pressure from the chemical industry, was forced to delay the release of a groundbreaking study confirming the cancer risks from formaldehyde, according to confidential emails seen…

via EPA: Formaldehyde In Vaccines Causes Leukemia — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

the KCDC to give Air Chathams $150,000

According to the article on the stuff website: “In a decision made behind closed doors on Thursday, council members voted unanimously to subsidise Air Chathams to help get direct flights between Paraparaumu and Auckland off the ground again.”

The $150,000 figure, however, may not be all of it: “the full amount of the ratepayer subsidy would not be known until negotiations with Air Chathams were completed over the next few weeks.”  So, the councilors have given Wayne Maxwell a blank cheque.

“Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke criticised the council’s decision, calling it a classic case of corporate welfare. “The Council has turned Air Chathams, a private, profitable business, into a charity case,” Houlbrooke said.

“Regular flyers like councillors and Chamber of Commerce members will benefit, but it will be at the expense of the general Kāpiti ratepayer, who is far less likely to get their money’s worth from these flights.”

This doesn’t surprise — like everything else the present councilors are asked to rubber stamp, it’s not their money, so why should they care?  Well, there is the little issue of whether the ratepayers care about the way their rates imposts are used, and in October next year there will be a little referendum on their insouciant, cavalier attitude.

petition for a Kapiti Hospital presented to Parliament

by Bernie Randall of the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board

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Today was one of those unusual Wellington winter days: calm and sunny. And that seemed to reflect on the faces of Kris Faafoi and Kapiti supporters who were at Parliament to present the Kapiti Hospital petition to Kris Faafoi, the Minister of Civil Defence and MP for Mana. The petition calling for a hospital at Kapiti was signed by more than 22,000 residents.

The main petition organisers, Sue Emerali, Conrad Petersen and Kevin Burrows presented the petition to the Minster on the steps of Parliament. which in turn was presented in Parliament today. The only elected Kapiti representatives in attendance were Kathy Spiers and Bernie Randall, which was rather disappointing, but the enthusiasm of those present made up for the lack of elected representatives.