Council announces date for long-awaited pool rampBy Alan Tristram
After months of controversy and delays, the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) has just announced a date for the opening of the ramp at the new Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu.
The KCDC says it will be installed with an appropriate ceremony on 7 February, 2014.
Earlier in the week, a senior national figure in the disability field refused to accept the Council’s explanation for the delay in installing the ramp at the new Kapiti Aquatic Centre. (Original plans included a ramp to be installed at the pool for the opening in August) read more…
A lunch in Jo-Berg with Mandela’s personal assistantBy Russell Marshall
In the late 1980s there was much concern around the world, especially in the English speaking countries about the internal conflicts in South Africa.
A Special Session of the United Nations was called to discuss the situation and consider what, if anything, could be done. The Session took place in mid December 1989, exactly twenty four years ago. read more…
One of the tasks I have taken to heart as a MP has been ensuring that locals are treated fairly and with respect by government agencies, particularly as the decisions of these agencies can have a huge impact on communities and the lives of their residents.
As such I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to many locals that the New Zealand Transport Agency desperately needs to rethink its engagement with our local communities here in Mana. read more…
Architects give their reasons for ramp delaysBy Alan Tristram
The architects responsible for the ramp for the new Kapiti Aquatic Centre says the delays are beyond the control of the Kāpiti Coast District Council.
But, it assures the public the design and construction teams are doing their best to deliver the new ramp as soon as possible. read more…
Many of us opposed apartheid — some at considerable risk to themselves — in the years when it really mattered. Unfortunately, we aren’t being represented at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
So KIN has asked Kapiti’s John Murray, an anti-apartheid veteran and member of the commission which oversaw South Africa’s first democratic elections, to explain why he thinks Mr Key is acting undemocratically. read more…
By Tracey Morgan and Roger Childs
If you want your kids to keep up with their reading skills over the holidays, enrol them in Kapiti Coast District Libraries’ summer reading programme. Tracey Morgan, Youth Services Coordinator
Encouraging the kids’ holiday reading
- choose a minimum of four books to read during the holidays
- ‘report in’ to the library to talk about these with a staff member or volunteer
- can use email for reporting in – see www.kapiticoastlibraries.govt.nz/kids.php for instructions or email email@example.com
Once they’ve reported in, children receive a stamp in their Summer Reading Stars Booklet and an incentive reward.
If a child reads and reports in to discuss at least four books, they get an invitation to a finale party during the last week of January at 3.30pm. read more…
The 3 E’s diet…start today!By Alan and Helen Tristram
Exercise is the first, and perhaps, most import part of the 3 E’s diet (Exercise, Eating right, and Eating ethically).
This is because it underlies everything else you do in your life. It will help your feel and look better. And it will help you eat healthily.
Let’s start by saying this regime (Exercise) needn’t cost you a bean.
You don’t need to join a gym, to buy special equipment, or wear special clothes. read more…
A senior national figure in the disability field has refused to accept the Kapiti District Council’s explanation for the delay in installing a ramp at the new Kapiti Aquatic Centre. (Original plans included a ramp to be installed at the pool for the opening in August)
Paul Curry, president of the Wellington Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust Board, says REACT ( Ramp Equal Action Coalition Team ) wants action immediately at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu.
He says that unless the Kapiti Council acts now, disabled children — and others– will suffer during the coming holiday period.
Mr Curry’s views carry extra weight because he was formerly head executive of the Families commission. read more…
Three Seek Otaki Labour Candidacy
Three nominations have been received when nominations closed on December 6 for the Labour candidacy for the Otaki electorate in the 2014 general election, the Otaki Labour Electorate Committee has announced.
The prospective candidates are (listed alphabetically by surname):
- Penny Gaylor
- Rob McCann
- Jade Teki. read more…