Peka Peka, Waikanae

3 hours ago

What do you think of Facebook?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Porirua mayor Anita Baker has decided to no longer use Facebook.
She says the level of abuse has given her no other choice.
What is your experience of Facebook?

If you do not want your comments used in a story, please put NFP (Not for Publication).

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3 days ago

Do We Need An Airport

Marie from Waikanae

Do We Need An Airport?
Isn’t it funny how the term sustainable has changed? At its inception, I always thought it referred to something that could continue without damaging the planet. Now its any business concern that will make a buck. And so it is with the airport.
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Do We Need An Airport?
Isn’t it funny how the term sustainable has changed? At its inception, I always thought it referred to something that could continue without damaging the planet. Now its any business concern that will make a buck. And so it is with the airport.
A Boeing 747 consumes four litres of aviation gas per second. That is a fuel consumption of 12 litres per km, and on a one-hour flight, an estimated 15,000 litres. It is the biggest single use emitter of greenhouse gas. When the world went into lockdown in April, the sky turned a deeper shade of blue. It gave us all hope that if we stop destroying the planet, it will recover. By its very nature then, the Airline industry is not sustainable.
Airports are also famous for their noise pollution. A jet engine on take-off, emits approximately 140 Decibels of noise. This is more than enough to raise blood pressure and cause cardiovascular damage. I think we have all gained in health literacy in recent months and understand the benefits of peace and quiet and the ability to wind down and relax. 140 decibels of noise on a regular basis is not conducive to good health and well-being.
Economically, does it make sense? Not really. It employs a handful of people in Kapiti. In terms of investment it doesn’t add much to the local economy. On a cost benefit basis it probably doesn’t look too flash. Since the outbreak of Covid 19, Airline companies have reduced operations in the region of 70 percent. Air New Zealand expects to record a loss of $120 million for 2019/2020 and in this uncertain climate, it does not appear that Covid is going away anytime soon. With a third wave set to engulf Europe and the US showing no sign of peaking, predictions are for at least another three years of it. That’s a long time to mothball an industry. Few people are brave enough to fly in this climate.
Does the airport have other intrinsic qualities that make it desirable? I can’t think of any. My one and only flight to Auckland from Kapiti Airport was nerve wracking and uncomfortable. On my arrival at the airport I hoped to get a coffee but everything was closed. On boarding, I felt like I had been seated in a pressurised Bristol Freighter as the plane lumbered out of the airport and flew at low altitude to Auckland. It felt immeasurably slow. While it was nice to see all the landscape, it was not a comfortable feeling to be that low to the ground. The turbulence was distinctly unnerving and the plane shuddered alarmingly when this occurred. On my next trip I travelled to Wellington and boarded a nice big comfortable jet plane that whisked me away while I enjoyed a hot coffee on board. A much more pleasant trip.
With all this in mind, I’m puzzled then as to why the council and other business interests are so keen to retain the airport. There has been a lot of circular skulduggery going on it seems, in recent months, as various business interests jockey for position. Alarm bells went off for me when the Kapiti Coast Council CEO announced we should buy the airport. No meaningful community consultation has occurred on this but the council seems happy to spend ratepayers money on something of dubious merit and with no mandate. Noone has seen how the numbers stack up in order to make an informed decision whether they would support it. I haven’t seen the figures either, but having spent four years as a Treasury Analyst and another four as a Wall St Analyst in my misspent youth, I suspect they don’t stack up too well. Perhaps that’s why we haven’t seen any numbers. It would be very informative to see the current and projected rates of return for this enterprise.
I don’t think we need an airport. The Airport should be closed, the assets sold and the land returned to its rightful owners. The government has a moral obligation to return this land to its original owners and should never have appropriated the land in the first place. If government cannot return the land, the rightful owners should be compensated.
Rather than throwing good money after bad on a sunset industry, I would prefer to see council invest ratepayer’s money into ventures that are actually sustainable. That is, they are capable of continuing without damage to the planet. I personally would like to see the land adjacent to the airport, further developed with green industry such as solar technology or light industry such as health technology which would provide employment and career opportunities for Kapiti residents. With work from home arrangements now taking on a new ethos, there will be many business interests keen to establish operations outside of major cities. We all know Kapiti is a fabulous place to live, with great people and a supportive community. Why not capitalise on this with developments that will enable us to prosper. I will be deeply disappointed if Council buys this white elephant of an airport and saddles us with the debt.
What do others think? It doesn’t look like anyone is going to be given the opportunity to submit on community consultation regarding the airport, so let’s use Neighbourly as a forum.

5 days ago

Would you feel safe at the theatre"

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

The theatre industry is calling for a change to regulations, which would see them doing away with social distancing and enforcing masks.

Those involved in the industry believe it is unfair you can 80 people on a bus you can only have a maximum of 100 people at a theatre. What do you think?

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2 hours ago

Man's dressing down black with white piping $10

Margaret from Waikanae

Man's dressing down black with white piping $10 New condition

Price: $10

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1 day ago

KNITTING FOR NICU!

Kris Neighbourly Lead from Waikanae Beach

Hi there,
I am doing knitting for NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and are hoping some lovely people out there have some wool they no longer have use for. Pure wool in 2,3,4,5 ply would be gratefully accepted.
Thank you!!

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2 hours ago

WORK WANTED (FULL OR PART-TIME)

Alan from Paraparaumu

Hi, Chinese lady seeks work and is open to most things (Cleaning, piece work from home, etc). Has limited English skills but is a quick learner and can legally work in NZ. If you can help please call Alan on 0276337228. Thank you.

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4 hours ago

What's On: Free Games: Upper Hutt Pickleball

Chris from Trentham

Come along and have a go at one of the fastest growing sports and it's completely free. Check us out: facebook.com/UpperHuttPickleball. See you there! txt Chris 0224145096. Friday 7-9 PM.
Free Games: Upper Hutt Pickleball
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4 hours ago

What's On: Free Play: Upper Hutt Pickleball

Chris from Trentham

Come along and have a go at one of the fastest growing sports and it's completely free. Check us out: facebook.com/UpperHuttPickleball. See you there! txt Chris 0224145096. Friday 7-9 PM.
Free Play: Upper Hutt Pickleball
  • Expression Rec Hall
11 hours ago

Take part in Pots for Tots for Plunket with Resene!

Resene

Help us help Plunket support Kiwi kids and their families! Buy any Resene testpot with a colour name starting with P, O or T and Resene will donate $1 to Plunket.

The 10 most common birthdays all appear in the 13-day period from 22 September to 4 October! What better way to celebrate all these … View more
Help us help Plunket support Kiwi kids and their families! Buy any Resene testpot with a colour name starting with P, O or T and Resene will donate $1 to Plunket.

The 10 most common birthdays all appear in the 13-day period from 22 September to 4 October! What better way to celebrate all these new babies than supporting Plunket to support them.

Every qualifying testpot you buy = a $1 donation to Plunket!

Offer applies until 4 October 2020 at Resene owned ColorShops.
Learn more

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11 hours ago

Have Shadowclad as your exterior cladding? Important Information!

Adina Thorn Lawyers

Join the Shadowclad Class Action

Many property owners from around New Zealand have already signed up to the fully-funded Shadowclad Class Action, filed in the Auckland High Court.

The action seeks damages on behalf of owners as a result of the alleged failure of Shadowclad cladding.

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Join the Shadowclad Class Action

Many property owners from around New Zealand have already signed up to the fully-funded Shadowclad Class Action, filed in the Auckland High Court.

The action seeks damages on behalf of owners as a result of the alleged failure of Shadowclad cladding.

LIMITED TIME, ACT NOW

If you own a property (house or commercial building) with Shadowclad as the exterior cladding, and the Shadowclad was installed within the last 15 years, register your interest now! There is no cost or obligation to register your interest.

Visit www.adinathorn.co.nz to find out more about the class action and litigation funding.
Register now

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23 days ago

WANTED TO BUY, RANCHSLIDER

John from Otaki District

WANTED TO BUY, RANCHSLIDER.
Single or double glazed, anything considered.
Thanks John

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18 hours ago

What's On: CRAFTERS MARKET

Taiana from Trentham

?Genuine home and hand produced crafters, art, plants, produce and more.  Come along and support your local crafts people.  Free admission.
CRAFTERS MARKET
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1 day ago

We are hiring! 😃

Lawn Pro Solutions

Like working outside? Want flexible hours? Contact us today and let’s chat. 04-391 4742

20 hours ago

Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara mailing list

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington Regional Council

If you’re not on the Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara mailing list, check out their latest newsletter update here: bit.ly...

They recently wrapped up a survey on water quality, and now they’re looking for your input on water security and allocation.

Please email whaitua@gw.govt.nz if you’d like… View more
If you’re not on the Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara mailing list, check out their latest newsletter update here: bit.ly...

They recently wrapped up a survey on water quality, and now they’re looking for your input on water security and allocation.

Please email whaitua@gw.govt.nz if you’d like to be kept up to date on the latest news coming from the committee.

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21 hours ago

What's On: Monthly meetings for Mac users

Carole from Paraparaumu Beach

For users of iMac, MacBook, iPad/iPhone: speakers, Q&A sessions. Contact Janet 04 298 4622 email kapiti@welmac.org.nz. Topic ‘Using iPhone/iPad cameras - getting ready for Christmas photos’ Bring your device (charged)
Monthly meetings for Mac users
  • Kapiti Uniting Parish
21 hours ago

What's On: Paraparaumu Country Music Club

Allan from Paraparaumu

An afternoon of great country music with a live band. $4-00 for members, $5-00 for visitors. Afternoon tea provided at no extra cost. Y'all come. Contact Allan (04)905-9325 or 027-657-0152.
Paraparaumu Country Music Club
  • Waikanae Chartered Club
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