So that’s what the white man’s science did not realise – cleaning up Kapiti’s water calls for eels

June 3, 2015
Mayor Church ... out of his depth without the right science.

Mayor Church … out of his depth without the right science.

Well, isn’t this a splendid example of Treaty-based togetherness?

Actually, the best people to answer that question should be the good people of Kapiti who may – or may not – have woken to a pleasant surprise.

According to this Radio NZ report, the council they had elected in 2013 to do good things for them, including manage their water supply, had recognised it was not up to the job.

It had whistled in some help – or maybe it eagerly accepted the help which was offered.

Much more important, the sad-sack council has recognised the serious shortcomings of the white man’s science and is being bailed out by the belated application of Maori science.

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Kapiti council took a hard line against old folk but is keen to okay a cycling club’s tree-lopping

March 12, 2015

Some mad bastards are running freely around the country after threatening to poison infant formula. But the  news media have been just as enthralled by the antics of some tossers with a powerful urge to protect  trees.

Alf is not sure what has happened today but overnight – as you can see here – the owners of the Titirangi sites where a kauri and a rimu were scheduled for removal have released an open letter saying the kauri  can stay.

This sounds like discrimination against rimu, but Alf – to be candid – couldn’t care less.

Accordingly he thinks Environment Minister Nick Smith is looking dangerously like a greenie for saying he hoped the kauri would be saved.

“I expressed to the [Auckland] mayor [Len Brown] a preference for the 200-year-old kauri to be spared, if at all possible, but that the Government respected the fact that it was a decision for the Auckland Council.”

This fuss led Alf to recall the appalling way an elderly couple in Kapiti were treated last year for doing the environment a favour and letting in more sun by lopping a few trees.

The bloody council fairly obviously knew it was being unreasonably bloody-minded by sending in the cops to help deal to the couple because it apologised while persisting with prosecuting them. 

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Kapiti’s PC councillors forget that water safety – like charity – should begin at home

August 6, 2011

So where's the safety fence?

Remember how the PC prats on the Kapiti Coast District Council opted to fork out up to $10,000 for two new welcome signs emblazoned with macrons?

This was a follow-up to their vote two years ago to place macrons over the “a” in Kapiti, the “o” in Otaki and the second and third “a” in Paekakariki. At no small expense.

Well, the buggers are promoting a fresh idea to demonstrate that their district is a place best avoided.

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