Waikanae, Waikanae

6 hours ago

Do you get our free gardening ezine?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we say avocados are the fruit we all long to grow. It’s time to plant salad greens in containers, inspire junior gardeners, turn lawns into new garden beds and repot and feed hippeastrums.

We list 10 trees to plant to attract birds to your garden for shelter and a … View more
In this week’s issue we say avocados are the fruit we all long to grow. It’s time to plant salad greens in containers, inspire junior gardeners, turn lawns into new garden beds and repot and feed hippeastrums.

We list 10 trees to plant to attract birds to your garden for shelter and a year-round food supply. Plus go in the draw for fertiliser and soil enhancer from Fodda and there’s another chance to win Mr Fothergill’s ultimate garden pack.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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10 minutes ago

Public warned about dangers on Otaki Gorge Road

Alan from Raumati Beach

New damage to the slip-prone bank at Blue Bluff on Ōtaki Gorge Road after heavy rain is worrying the Kāpiti Coast District Council - and it has temporary closed the area to vehicles. ( Photo shows previous slip dadage; Ross Giblin, Fairfax NZ) -- bit.ly...

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1 day ago

Why 2021 will be the year of the long weekend

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours,

Good news – 2021 is set to be the year of the long weekend.

Five out of 10 public holidays will be Mondayised (or Tuesdayised in one case) next year, which means if you work a standard Monday to Friday week, you can look forward to some extended breaks.

In fact, once you’ve … View more
Hey neighbours,

Good news – 2021 is set to be the year of the long weekend.

Five out of 10 public holidays will be Mondayised (or Tuesdayised in one case) next year, which means if you work a standard Monday to Friday week, you can look forward to some extended breaks.

In fact, once you’ve tacked on the weekends, you’ll end up getting a whopping 25 days off out of those 10 stat days, plus your region’s anniversary day.

To find out how to get the most out of your annual leave next year, click here.

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1 hour ago

Watch Our Story On Country Calendar This Sunday 27th Sept

Waikanae Crab

Closed this Weekend We have Sold Out
Thanks Everyone -
Dont forget to watch our story on Country Calendar this Sunday 27th Sept.
See you next week!

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2 hours ago

What's On: Waikanae Millennium Rebus Club

David from Waikanae

Meets 1st Tuesday monthly, Combined group of active retirees .Monthly speaker plus 12 activity groups including outings, dineouts ,walking. Speaker Jenny Setchell - Life on the Road with a Musician.
Waikanae Millennium Rebus Club
  • Waikanae Community Centre
3 days 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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2 days 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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5 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.
A Boeing 747 consumes … View more
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.

7 hours ago

Rabbit trap

Bayne from Waikanae Beach

Does anyone have a rabbit trap that I could borrow or buy.
Thanks in advance

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8 hours ago

What's On: Make pottery cats or Pikachu

Martine from Otaki District

Come along to make a cat or Pikachu from clay. These will then be fired and glazed by the Ōtaki Pottery Club. School Holiday Programme. Registration required. Ages 5 -12.
Make pottery cats or Pikachu
  • Ōtaki Library
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8 hours ago

What's On: Discover NZ Sign Language

Martine from Otaki District

Curious about New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)? Come and learn a little about this visual language. School Holiday Programme. Registration is required.
Discover NZ Sign Language
  • Waikanae Library
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8 hours ago

What's On: Make a Poi

Martine from Otaki District

Come on down to the library and learn to make poi, and we'll also have a kanikani/dance! For ages 9-12. Registration required.
Make a Poi
  • Ōtaki Library
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8 hours ago

What's On: Pink Ribbon Fundraiser Morning Tea

Martine from Otaki District

Enjoy a homemade treat and a cuppa for a $1 donation to support the fight against breast cancer.
Pink Ribbon Fundraiser Morning Tea
  • Ōtaki Library
8 hours ago

Tātou Rohe Our Region September 25

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington Regional Council

Another edition of our community newsletter, Tātou Rohe, is hot off the press! Read it here: bit.ly...

Sign-up to receive this bi-weekly update direct to your inbox at gw.govt.nz/tatou-rohe

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8 hours ago

What's On: Multicultural Storytime School Holiday Programme

Martine from Otaki District

Join us for a multicultural storytime and hear stories read in some of the different languages spoken across the Kāpiti region.
Multicultural Storytime School Holiday Programme
  • Paraparaumu Library
10 hours ago

What is double glazing?

RetroFit Double Glazing - Wellington

What is double glazing? We’ve put together some information that might help you with your research if you're considering getting retrofit double glazing click here to read. If you’re interested, we offer a free no obligation quote click here or call us on 0800 658 658.

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