Sydney to open Lockdown-themed amusement park For New Zealanders who want the full Melbourne experience | The Shovel

Originally posted on olddogthoughts: Saying they were concerned about the high number of Kiwis entering Sydney but then immediately departing for Melbourne, Tourism NSW announced today that it will build a Melbourne-style lockdown amusement park, in an attempt to keep valuable tourism dollars in the state. Sydney To Open Lockdown-Themed Amusement Park For New Zealanders…

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Kaprice, the Spoiled Brat

by Louisa Carroll

KCDC is known in parenting circles as the Kaprice brat, behaving like most children who are both spoiled and obnoxious. Kaprice throws her toys out of the play pen when they are tired and old. Kaprice hates them. Kaprice didn’t look after them.

Kaprice is demanding a new toy. It is something she must have right now.  The new toy is the Kaj – Kapiti’s Taj Mahal. It is a magic building. Uncle Guru and Uncle Wayne have been telling everyone this new doll’s house will stop all storms so Kaprice’s friends can go to their favourite secret island every day of the year! There will be no storms to stop them. 

Uncle Guru and Uncle Wayne have told Kaprice how to con her parents (they are Ratepayers!) Like all Mummies and Daddies they tell Kaprice ‘you should look after your toys.’ But Kaprice hates that. She pretends she has looked after them. 

She has a library in her own toy town. It no longer works. It will cost millions [$13 million to be exact]¹ to fix. Kanprice also has a Community Hall where dolls once played. 

It is now full of black mould. It will cost heaps to fix [$1.4 million]². Uncle Guru and Uncle Wayne have helped Kandice make it look as if she did try and look after her toy town. She has done a pretty mural on the library and scrubbed up the community centre house with a bit of glue and bleach. 

Kaprice is sure Mummy and Daddy ratepayer will be happy and reward her for being such a good child. She knows Mummy and Daddy are kind inclusive liberal parents and will not be like parents of old and tell her ‘Fix what you broke before you get your new Kaj.’  

Next month Mummy and Daddy are going to give Kaprice a special pre-Christmas present — a brand spanking new Kaj. And Mummy and Daddy will be glad Kaprice is so happy they will forget about those old toys which look destined for the recycling bin.


1. “Waikanae’s toxic library has a new mural, a new lick of paint and an estimated $13 million replacement bill.” –Stuff

2. “In 2019, Stuff revealed the Te Newhanga Community Centre, valued at $1.2m, needed an estimated $1.2m worth of repairs after tests discovered black mould and water-damaged infrastructure.”  –Stuff. The estimate is now $1.4 million

Kapiti Historical Society: October 2020 Newsletter

“History is an unending dialogue between the present and the past and the chief function of historian is to master and understand the past as a key to the understanding of present.”  –E.H. Carr

In this issue

  • Feedback on Anthony Dreaver’s talk in September
  • The upcoming October session – Hari Jackson “A Kapiti Life”  –Tuesday 27 October
  • Jock Phillips on statues
  • Are we hiding our early history?
  • The last two sessions for 2020

Thanks to our September speaker: Anthony Dreaver

Anthony provided a very interesting account of the history of the health camp movement with an emphasis on the Otaki facility. He outlined the important part the camps played in improving the health, confidence and well-being of children who were often in need of “building up”. One gentleman in the audience came along with the framed original of the “The Sound of Music” photograph. (See below)Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the session. 

On the night Anthony mentioned the “Save the Rotunda” project and seven of us took up his offer of a guided tour of the Otaki Health Camp in early October. Di Buchan, who has written the history, spoke about the development of the camp and then Anthony led us on a tour of the buildings and facilities. Well worthwhile. If you would like to do a tour, contact Anthony: anthonydreaver@gmail.com

An historic photo of Otaki Health Camp is above, the Rotunda is in the right background.

The October speaker – Hari Jackson

Hari has lived most of his 80+ years on the Coast. He attended primary school here and later went on an old bus to Horowhenua College in the days before Raumati District High School was established. Rugby was a major sporting interest and he played for over 60 years ending up in the Golden Oldies competition. 

I shall be talking about my Great-great grand-father Te Wharemaru Ihakara who came to Paraparaumu about 1840 to claim his land from the beach front up Beach Road (later Kapiti Road) beyond the site of the airport, up to (present day) Coastlands, Epiha St and over the hill to Kaitawa Cres. He and his wife had three sons. I come from my Great grand-father Epiha Ihakara.”

Hari will also cover his experiences and involvement in the district in the post-war decades through to the present.

  • Tuesday 27 October at 7.30 pm
  • Kapiti Uniting Church, 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach.
  • Gold coin koha. Thanks. 
  • A light supper will be served following the talk.

Jock Phillips on statues

The well-known historian spoke recently to the Friends of the Library and addressed two key issues about statues and memorialsAre our memorial representative of gender and ethnicity?What do we do about “offensive” memorials?

Do women get a fair go?

Statues of women are usually symbolic rather than being of particular women. Often they are angels on war memorials or represented as symbols of motherhood. There are four angelic women featured on the memorial beside Christchurch Cathedral and motherhood is a feature of the sculpture in the National War Memorial in Wellington. 

Queen Victoria statues feature in Wellington, Christchurch and Christchurch. As for actual New Zealand women, there are few memorials. Waimate has one of the best – a statue honouring the hard working and highly respected doctor Margaret Cruickshank, who died in the 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic. In Auckland the legendary flyer Jean Batten features in bronze appropriately at the airport.  

In Christchurch beside the Avon there is memorial to the New Zealand suffragists – Kate Sheppard and five other women. 

Jock feels that there should be more statues of women. Opunake has one of Peter Snell, so why doesn’t Dunedin have one of Yvette Williams?

(For more on what he covered, see https://waikanaewatch.org/2020/10/18/jock-phillips-on-statues-and-memorials/)

Are we hiding our early history?

Some of you will know the name Martin Doutre. He has done plenty of work on researching the likelihood that human settlement notably of moa hunters, in New Zealand goes back 2000 -3000 years. He firmly believes that there were humans in New Zealand before the 186 AD Taupo ash shower and probably before the Wamihia ash shower in c 1340 BC. 

What’s the evidence? Extensive archaeological digs, notably in the Waipoua Forest in Northland and in the Poukawa Valley south of Hastings. These very careful excavations with meticulous records, were backed up by scientists at the DSIR and university geologists at the time. However, when carbon dating revealed ages of up to 3000+ years the trail went cold and authorities will not release the records. 

Ian Bradford from North Canterbury has noted: Archaeologist Noel Hilliam worked on the sites in the Waipoua forest along with 37 others in 1981 and 1983. Datings came back showing that in 2500 BC there were people living there. Shortly after, the local kaumatua closed the site down and the records held in Wellington had a hold on them for 75 years.

One of our members attended a talk by Martin Doutre in Auckland and suggested that the KHS might like him as a speaker. Another member is prepared to put him up if he comes here. If you feel this would be of interest, let John or Roger know.

Speakers and topics in November and December

  • November 17 – Bruce Taylor will speak on “A History of the Wellington to Manawatu Railway with particular reference to the impact on Kapiti, 1870s to present.”
  • December 15 – David Hadfield on the involvement of his family on the Kapiti Coast in the last 50+ years. 

Suggestions for topics and speakers are always very welcome. Next year we will definitely have sessions on Gallipoli and Parihaka.

Roger Childs and John Robinson

ACT ready to be a strong Opposition


Extracts from a Newsletter received today. On Saturday night the Party’s strength in Parliament went from 1 to 10 MPs.


The Missing Election

Covid-19 denied New Zealand an election on the issues, but they remain. Productivity growth remains in the tank. 1 in 10 kids is born on to a benefit. The country is 99 per cent uninhabited but building stuff is much harder than it needs to be. ACT now has a big team to campaign on the issues, and we can’t wait to get stuck in when Parliament resumes in a few weeks.

Opposing and Proposing

ACT will be both holding the Government accountable (why, today, does it want to give small business $300 million when Labour’s policies cost small business so much?) and proposing better ways forward (how can we make it easier to build a home and beat the gangs?). ACT’s balanced role as an opposition party will make a big impact.

Launch Maverick on Alert 5

Lovers of Top Gun will know there is always a spare aircraft below deck in case the carrier is attacked, Alert 5. Here come the Special Votes. The Sainte-Lague formula is tedious but every seat has a rank. Damien Smith is ranked 110, safely in Parliament. Miles McConway is on Alert 5, ranked 122. There are half a million special votes to be counted. If ACT does slightly better than other parties on the specials, Miles may make it.

The New Caucus:–

ACT supporters can be confident they have elected a high quality team. Commentators say they haven’t been in Parliament like it’s a bad thing. The experiences our caucus bring are worth more than a term in the House when it comes to serving in Parliament.

Brooke van Velden

Smart, liberal, likeable. Brooke carries the social mores of the millennial generation who don’t want to be socialist. A trained economist from a family of small business, Brooke is set to be the voice of a generation that could otherwise repeat the mistakes of the 70s. A name worth remembering.

Nicole McKee

In Nicole’s case, MP stands for magnetic personality. We have been in awe of Nicole’s connection and work rate, she was on the bus tour for 26 days straight. She is also Communicator of the Year 2020 who stood up for licensed firearm owners on principle in a calm and rational way that is a credit to New Zealand’s democracy. We are thrilled to have her in Parliament.

Chris Baillie

Chris had fifteen years as a cop, and fifteen as a teacher for students with special learning needs at Nayland College in Nelson. He owns a small business and employs 30 people, plus he plays jazz. How cool is that. Chris will being a wealth of much needed experience to the House of Representatives.

Simon Court

Everyone says there should be a blue-green party. Trouble is, the Greens are an anti-capitalist party and the blues pay lip service to the environment. Simon Court is a former Green voter. What changed? He’s an environmental engineer. He knows we are not short of regulations. We need innovation to be better environmental custodians, and often regulation stops environmentally friendly innovation.

James McDowall

32 year old James McDowall has a PhD, a young family, and speaks Chinese. Brimming with ability, James will make a big impact on the standard of debate in Parliament. He is a committed classical liberal, the second ‘native’ ACT MP. He was in ACT on Campus with David Seymour supporting Rodney Hide in 2005.

Karen Chhour

Karen wowed ACT’s Dare to be Different campaign launch with the bravest political speech we have seen. Nearly every MP says they want to reform CYFPs/CYFs/Oranga Tamariki. Karen Chhour lived it and is coming to Parliament to make a better world for children left down and out. Her own story of overcoming adversity to have a loved family of her own and a successful business is the embodiment of ACT values. She changed her future.

Mark Cameron

Mark is the authentic voice of rural New Zealand. He has farmed for 32 years. He gave a speech on the Auckland waterfront in a suit and red bands. He’s seen the calamity of rural mental health and understands what MPI inspectors coming on to your land means in practical terms. No party in recent times has had a professional farmer who actually milks cows every morning enter Parliament. While his family manages the farm, Mark will speak for all those who do.

Toni Severin

Toni is a long time ACT supporter, many time candidate and member of the Party’s Board of Trustees. She and her husband employ over 25 people in their business that operates across three cities. Toni is from the deep south and will bring the southern burr with ACT’s principles and a real understanding of what it means to make payroll every fortnight.

Damien Smith

Damien has serious corporate, investment, and finance experience. He is going to be the most knowledgeable member of Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee. When monetary policy is at the crossroads and debt is out of control, he is one of the best possible voices any party could be bringing to Parliament.

David Seymour

How good is David Seymour. Many are calling him one of the top two MPs, second only to the PM. Nobody in 100 years has entered Parliament alone, become a leader on day one, gone into government, then turned down being a Minister. Thousands will benefit at their most vulnerable stage from the compassion and choice of the End of Life Choice Act. He has grown ACT into the third largest party after the commentariat wrote him off. Now they are saying he won’t turn ACT into Parliament’s second party.

Forest and Bird — and 1080 poison

Below is most of a mail from one of our readers to another and copied to us.


Unfortunately, Forest and Bird strongly support 1080 usage and many people are staggered that this slow acting and cruel poison is actively supported by an organisation like Forest and Bird.   

It is particularly concerning when in New Zealand animals are declared as sentient beings and the deaths to animals like deer and possums takes several days with 1080 use.   Deer are in such agony they try to gouge out their entrails using their antlers and hind legs to ease their suffering

The claims by DOC and Forest and Bird of 25 million of native birds being predated every year is a gross distortion and there is no factual evidence to back up these claims.    Even when it is given a little thought it would work out at 2,853 birds being predated every hour of every day of the year.
The 1080 is an insecticide as well as a rodenticide.    Many of our little insectivores are being decimated by the 1080 from starvation as their food source disappears and  Kea dying from secondary poison from eating poisoned carcasses.    The same applies to our native falcon the Karearea a recent bird of the year winner.

Forest and Bird are intransigent that 1080 benefits the birds and won’t listen to any concerns that are expressed by the likes of Dr Jo Pollard, Professor Wayne Linklater and Dr Jamie Steer among others.  It wasn’t always the case that Forest and Bird fully supported 1080 use.  Back in the 1990’s Forest and Bird totally opposed 1080.  We are unable to ascertain why Forest and Bird did this massive u-turn on the issue.  As quite a number of our native species are in a race to extinction many of us cannot fathom why this rigid support for 1080 continues.   If 1080 works one might ask why is it still being used after 65 years since it began.

It is for the reasons mentioned above that people take action and stop purchasing products that endorses actions by DOC such as those mentioned above and are fully supported by Forest and Bird.

I am a regular host and have enjoyed your wines to date but was horrified to see the endorsement of Forest and Bird, given their support for the use of 1080.

All Blacks bounce back at Eden Park

By Roger Childs

After a mixed performance in the drawn test against the Wallabies last week, the All Blacks were in impressive form on Saturday winning 27–7. The first half saw the honours even and the home side went into the shed with only a 10-7 lead. However three tries in the second half and keeping the visitors scoreless, ensured a well-deserved victory.

Plenty of intensity from the All Blacks

There was much more physicality this week and the All Blacks forwards, ably led by Sam Cane had the better of their opposites. Cane tackled strongly, won turnovers and scored an excellent try in the second half. The other outstanding forward performance came from Ardie Savea who produced some bullocking runs, won crucial turnovers and also scored a try.

In the backs Beauden Barrett returned to the team at full back and had an excellent game with reliable line kicks and some superb breaks, including one where he brushed off five would-be tacklers in a 50-metre run. However, the star in the backs was Caleb Clarke on the left wing with a number of strong runs and solid defensive work.

The coaches emptied the bench in the second half and all the reserves coming on played well. This highlighted the depth of the All Black squad which the Wallabies can’t match.

The Wallabies had their moments

The visitors had scored a very good try in the 25th minute and were in the game until early in the second half. They twice went over the line in the second forty minutes, but in the first instance the referee corrected ruled that a double movement had occurred, and in the second the left winger was held up in the corner.

Once again Michael Hooper led by example and he won his usual crucial turnovers. However, unlike last week, the Wallabies missed crucial tackles and there were a number of handing errors.

There are two more tests in this Bledisloe Cup series and both of them are in Australia. The Wallabies will need to win both these matches to take the trophy which they haven’t held since 2002.

Jock Phillips on Statues and Memorials

Historian Jock Phillips spoke recently to the Friends of the Kapiti Libraries. He has written a number of books on New Zealand history, initiated the Te Ara history website and was chief historian at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. These days he tends towards a more Politically Correct view of our country’s history.

He started his talk by making the point that memorials remind people of their history and that statues of famous figures from the past may provide role models.

He addressed two key issues:

  • Are our memorial representative of gender and ethnicity?
  • What do we do about “offensive” memorials?

Do women get a fair go?

Statues of women are usually symbolic rather than being of particular women. Often they are angels on war memorials or represented as symbols of motherhood. There are four angelic women featured on the memorial beside Christchurch Cathedral and motherhood is a feature of the sculpture in the National War Memorial in Wellington. 

Queen Victoria statues feature in Wellington, Christchurch and Christchurch. As for actual New Zealand women, there are few memorials. Waimate has one of the best – a statue honouring the hard working and highly respected doctor Margaret Cruickshank, who died in the 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic. In Auckland the legendary flyer Jean Batten features in bronze appropriately at the airport.  

In Christchurch beside the Avon there is memorial to the New Zealand suffragists – Kate Sheppard and five other women. 

Jock feels that there should be more statues of women. Opunake has one of Peter Snell, so  why doesn’t Dunedin have one of Yvette Williams?

Statues of Maori

There are a number:

  • Te Rauparaha
  • Maui Pomare
  • Te Rangi Hiroa (Peter Buck)
  • Tamati Waka Nene

But there are no statues of Te Puea or Apirana Ngata. There are memorials to kupapa Maori who fought for the crown in the New Zealand Wars, including a controversial monument to  the Maori who saved Wanganui from the Hau Hau is a successful battle up-river.

Rangiaowhia – some fighting but no atrocities.

Jock made reference to a monument erected by local Maori near Rangiaowhia which remembers people killed in 1864. The word atrocities is used and Jock didn’t regard this as offensive. However the evidence provided by historians such as James Cowan, John Robinson and Bruce Moon indicates that there were none.

Overall Jock feels that a greater range of statues are needed which are representative of different groups in the community.

Statues which some see as offensive

The Black Lives Matter movement earlier in 2020 led to some statue destruction overseas. Slave traders and Confederate generals were targets and in New Zealand, George Grey in Auckland and John Ballance in Wanganui have been beheaded.

The Motua Gardens monument mentioned above, is offensive to some – because of the reference to fanaticism and barbarism – but for others it honours heroes.

There are a number of statues of James Cook in New Zealand. In recent years, especially at the time of the 250th anniversary of his arrival in the country, Maori radicals and some historians, including the speaker, cast the explorer is a bad light. Jock emphasised the number of natives killed, but failed to make the point that attacks on Cook’s boats as well as theft was a key reason for the deaths. He conceded that Cook had his good points, but feels that there are too many statues of the man.

What to do?

Jock made the point that statues reflect the views of the times when they were erected and emphasized that few developments in the past are black and white.

He thinks that it is not helpful to remove statues, but feels that plaques could be amended where views have changed. There should be more information made available at the sites of statues which could be picked up by cell phone. The data could include detail on the context of why the memorials/statues went up and provide different viewpoints on what they represent.

Basically his message was no destruction but more information and debate.

Reporteurs sans Frontières call for the release of 34 jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia

On the second anniversary of the assassination of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and with 50 days left until the November 2020 G20 summit in Riyadh, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has launched a ‘50-day clock’ and petition urging G20 capitals to obtain concrete press freedom improvements in Saudi Arabia – starting with the release of the country’s 34 jailed journalists.

From 21 to 22 November, Saudi Arabia is set to host the G20 summit virtually from Riyadh, despite holding one of the world’s worst records on press freedom. RSF has launched a petition calling on G20 capitals to hold the Saudi government to account and act to obtain concrete press freedom improvements in Saudi Arabia in the 50 days left until the summit.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most prolific jailers of journalists, with 34 journalists currently languishing behind bars in connection with their work. Many of these journalists have been mistreated in detention. RSF has consistently campaigned for their release, and raised their cases directly with the Saudi government in an unprecedented press freedom mission to the country in April 2019.

This is in addition to continued impunity for the horrific murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. A closed trial with no public or media present reportedly resulted in the sentencing of eight unidentified defendants to prison sentences and the acquittal of three others – falling far short of international standards. No independent international investigation has taken place.

“Without addressing these serious ongoing violations in Saudi Arabia, G20 members risk severely damaging their own reputations. But we believe the Riyadh summit could instead present an opportunity to secure concrete improvements. We call on G20 capitals – from London to Berlin – to urge the Saudi government to release the country’s 34 jailed journalists and begin to turn their dire press freedom record around,” said RSF general secretary Christophe Deloire.

The Saudi government has stated that the three main aims of the 2020 G20 presidency are “empowering people,” safeguarding the planet,” and “shaping new frontiers.” But these goals cannot be achieved if G20 members and, in particular, the state holding the presidency, do not respect their international press freedom obligations. 

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