the Spring Market is well attended

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Waikanae Spring Market

Waikanae Spring 2018

As with the Easter Market there was a significant crowd today inspecting what stallholders had to offer and these covered a big range of artisan products as well as food and drinks, soaps, fragrances, skin cleansers and the like.

Sue Lusk says stallholders were happy with sales, “and if they’re happy, I’m happy.” 🙂

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Facebook deletes disabled Veteran’s pages — after taking $300,000 in advertising

The Political Correctness Brigade in action…


A disabled American veteran has become one of the victims of Facebook’s political purge ahead of the U.S. mid-term elections. The online social-media platform announced October 11 that it had suspended more than 800 pages and accounts for what it claimed was “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and spamming, with many of the accounts hosting politically conservative content supportive of President Trump.

via Facebook Deletes Disabled Vet’s Pages — After Taking $300,000 in Advertising

Guy Burns annoyed with error in the KCDC Annual Report

Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board Deputy Chair Guy Burns is angry that the latest Kapiti Coast District Council Annual Report shows he received full remuneration for the previous financial year.

“’During the period I was away I received no payment, as I asked to be not paid, unlike Councillors who continue to receive payment when on a leave of absence”

“I’m horrified and embarrassed that the KCDC Annual Report shows I was paid, when this was not the case.

“Such a basic error reflects badly on the financial reporting system used by Council and I wonder what other errors have been made.”


Ernst & Young auditors were paid $300,000 for checking the accuracy of the KCDC’s financial reports and projections: poor value in our opinion. — Eds.

the great national shakeout

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills Infographic

It may be just just a drill, but it’s good emergency preparedness training at 9:30 today.

Those who live in Wellington get used to the real thing, particularly those who inhabit tall buildings.

Fortunately, the last significant earthquake in 2016 occurred in the small hours so office workers weren’t affected, except of course those whose newer office buildings weren’t as good at coping as people thought they would be.

The two mantras are:

  • Drop, cover, hold
  • If it’s long or strong, get gone — for those who live on or near the coast

And it’s also a good reminder to ensure framed pictures and heavy items of furniture will stay put by securing them to the wall; and that there is enough food and drink to last three days, emergency flashlights and first aid supplies retained in your house!

See the earlier posts on the subject.

Rotary art show at Southward’s Museum, Saturday and Monday

Rotary Artshow 2018

“The 16th year of the Rotary Club of Paraparaumu Labour Weekend Art Show will allow the Club to pledge a further $10,000 to the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre which will be a truly magnificent public/college community asset.

“Prizewinners will be announced at the opening canapé and drinks function at Southwards at 7:30 pm Friday, 19 October, with tickets being available from Coastlands’ service desk. By attending this function you also get first chance to purchase some excellent art (and sample some delicious nibbles!)”

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A universal flu vaccine: the mad science solution

Vaccines are a highly controversial topic in several countries. Here is an article written by Jon Rappoport, who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has launched efforts to create a vaccine that would protect people from most flu strains, all at once, with a single shot.


Over the years, I’ve written many articles refuting claims that vaccines are safe and effective, but we’ll put all that aside for the moment and follow the bouncing ball.

Massachusetts Senator and big spender, Ed Markey, has introduced a bill that would shovel no less than a billion dollars toward the universal flu-vaccine project. You like something, it sounds good, you know nothing about the details, throw money at it.

Here is a paragraph from an NIAID press release that mentions one of several research approaches:

“NIAID Vaccine Research Center scientists have initiated Phase 1/2 studies of a universal flu vaccine strategy that includes an investigational DNA-based vaccine (called a DNA ‘prime’)…”

This is quite troubling, if you know what the phrase “DNA vaccine” means. It refers to what the experts are touting as the next generation of immunizations.

Instead of injecting a piece of a virus into a person, in order to stimulate the immune system, synthesized genes would be shot into the body. This isn’t traditional vaccination anymore. It’s “protective gene therapy”.

In any such method, where genes are edited, deleted, added, no matter what the pros say, there are always “unintended consequences,” to use their polite phrase. The ripple effects scramble the genetic structure in numerous unknown ways.

Here is the inconvenient truth about DNA vaccines—

Full article: A universal flu vaccine: the mad science solution

‘Waikanae River Walkover’

WaikanaeRiverWalkover GWRC 23 Oct

Being organised by the Flood Protection Department of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, this annual walkover of the river takes place to:

  • Allow people to identify and discuss issues relating to operations and maintenance works carried out under the operational maintenance resource consent held by Flood Protection;
  • Monitor implementation of the Waikanae Floodplain Management Plan; and
  • View environmental enhancement and restoration works in progress

“We will be meeting at the Karu Reserve car park on the river bank, south side of the road (downstream of the old State Highway One bridge) at 9.00 am on Tuesday, 23 October.

“Greater Wellington staff will be on hand to direct parking. A light lunch will be provided en route at midday. We expect to finish the walkover by 2.30 pm at the Waikanae Estuary (Waiheke Street). We will have buses available to take people back to their cars at the starting location.

“For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance with Amanda Death (04 830 4048 or amanda.death@gw.govt.nz) by 18 October 2018. We look forward to seeing you there.”

The event is free.

Learn more