Former journalist K Gurunathan has become the new mayor of Kapiti.
Gurunathan beat one-term incumbent Ross Church, in a field of six candidates. The new mayor finished up with 8911 votes in the final round of the STV election, 2300 ahead of Church on 6611. Gavin Welsh finished third highest on 4787.
The voter turnout in Kapiti was 47.26 per cent, 18,295 voters down on the previous election, which had a return rate of 51.54 per cent.
Gurunathan will head a table with five new faces.
The five district-wide councillors are Angela Buswell and John Howson, and incumbents Mike Cardiff, Jackie Elliott and David Scott.
Waikanae ward councillor is Michael Scott; Otaki ward councillor James Cootes, who was unopposed; Paraparaumu ward councillors were Mark Benton and Fiona Vining, and Paekakariki-Raumati councillor is Janet Holborow.
Councillor Murray Bell was not re-elected, while councillor Gavin Welsh missed out on a bid for the mayoralty and did not re-stand as a councillor.
10th October 2016 – Penny Gaylor takes over from Nigel Wilson as Wellington Regional Councillor for Kapiti
Chris Laidlaw will carry on as chairman of the regional council after being voted back in.
With 95 per cent of votes counted, Greater Wellington Regional Council has named its successful candidates.
In the KAPITI COAST CONSTITUENCY
Penny Gaylor from Otaki and most recent a councillor for KCDC was elected with Nigel Wilson and Peter Bollmann being excluded.
In the WELLINGTON CONSTITUENCY
The Elected are : Sue Kedgley, Chris Laidlaw, Ian McKinnon, Daran Ponter, Roger Blakeley.
LOWER HUTT CONSTITUENCY
Elected: Ken Laban, Prue Lamason, David Ogden.
Elected: Jenny Brash, Barbara Donaldson.
UPPER HUTT CONSTITUENCY
Elected unopposed: Paul Swain.
Elected: Adrienne Staples
Kapiti’s Tuatara Brewing Company can raise a glass to the fact it is now the country’s first two-time champion brewery.
Based in Paraparaumu the brewery won the supreme award at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand 2016 Beer Awards on Saturday, eight years after it last took out the top gong.
Tuatara dominated the 10th year of the country’s most prestigious brewing awards, collecting three of 14 category trophies and a total of five gold, five silver and four bronze medals for its beers.
Brewery founder Carl Vasta, who started Tuatara in his Waikanae backyard in 2000, said winning the champion brewery award for a second time was a huge honour.
Tuatara produces about two million litres of beer a year and has cracked important export markets in Australia, Britain, Ireland, Scotland, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia.
On Saturday, Tuatara also won trophies for its New Zealand lager Mot Eureka, its pale ale Sauvinova and its wheat beer Weiz Guy, which were all named best in category.
Wellington brewery Choice Bros. also featured prominently, taking out the ‘flavoured and aged’ category with its Reet Petite red IPA.
This year’s Brewers Guild awards featured 946 beers from 98 breweries competing across 14 beer categories. A total of 88 New Zealand breweries were entered, joining 10 breweries from Australia, Germany and the United States.
Outspoken councillor Michael Feyen looks to be the next mayor of Horowhenua after a tight race for the mayoralty of Horowhenua against incumbent mayor Bfrendan Duffy.
With 98 per cent of votes counted on Sunday afternoon – Duffy was behind by about 150.
Deputy electoral officer Ian Tate said there were still votes to count but he did not anticipate any change.
Feyen had 4306 votes to Duffy’s 4147.
That result will bring an end to Duffy’s 20-years on the council, and 12 years as mayor.
Feyen said he was “happy as I could be”, with final results still to be confirmed.
He was quietly confident there would not be any change after the final few votes are counted.
Feyen would take over as mayor after only one prior term on the Horowhenua District Council, but he has previously run for the mayoralty in Tararua in 2010.
He was also a Palmerston North city councillor for a term.
A car crashed and flipped onto its roof at midday on Saturday on SH1 about 1km north of Pukerua Bay.
There were no reports of injuries and no one was reported to be trapped. The incident did cause delays of around 90 minutes in traffic and Southbound traffic was being diverted over Paekakariki Hill Rd. .
Fire central communications spokesman Carlos Dempsey said two fire trucks attended.
On Friday, a crash occurred on the same stretch of road after two-vehicles crashed at the Kapiti bottleneck.
The road was closed in both directions and traffic was diverted for almost three hours as investigators examined the site of a collision between a truck and a hot rod car.
The return of 22 pieces of pounamu stolen from Artel Gallery in Waikanae in February was not enough to save the culprit from going to jail.
Corey Thompson, 28, was sentenced today on FRIDAY to one year and three weeks in prison for stealing pounamu carvings worth $16,000.
Thompson handed the 22 pieces of pounamu in to Porira Police Station just before he was due to be sentenced but gallery owner Maude Heath said 74 pieces were still missing.
Thompson was charged with robbery and also possession of methamphetamine and failure to stop for Police.
Thompson rode a motorbike into Mahara Place shopping centre on February 25 and threw a rock through the window of the gallery before taking 101 pieces of pounamu.
He was wearing two of the stolen pieces when arrested after a Police chase on March 17.
Judge James Johnstone said while Thompson should be given credit for returning some of the pieces he had had “plenty of opportunity and time for those items to have been returned by now”
At the time of the robbery Waikanae’s Artel gallery owner Maude Heath said there had been some discussion about the traditional belief that stealing greenstone was thought to bring bad luck to the thief, or even a makutu, or curse.
An agreement has been reached for further consultation between Horowhenua District Council, iwi and other stakeholders including the RSA, businesses and community members before a decision is made about the relocation of the Foxton Cenotaph and final design of the area.
The agreement was reached following a meeting between the Council and iwi in Foxton on Monday
Council Chief Executive David Clapperton is committed to achieving a positive resolution following last week’s peaceful community action at the Foxton Cenotaph. This included a petition with 1,000 signatures from iwi, RSA and community members opposed to moving the Cenotaph.
Mr Clapperton says, “Following Monday’s meeting we acknowledge that Council needs to consult more broadly and apologise that we didn’t achieve this.”
Iwi spokesman Robert Ketu is pleased that Council has agreed to continue consultation on the location of the Foxton Cenotaph and the design of the area, which has significant ancestral history for Maori and members of the RSA and community.
The overall aim of the Foxton Main Street upgrade is to improve the safety, quality and ambience of the town centre.
The present Kāpiti Coast District Council has met for the last time before the election.
Thursday’s meeting was the last of more than 125 formal Council and committee meetings in the 2013-2016 term.
The final meeting of the present council adopted a Cemeteries Bylaw, tweaking the provisions around scattering of ashes.
Mayor Ross Church says, “We still maintain that there are public places where the scattering of ashes would be offensive to some people. But we have removed reference to people requiring the prior permission of the Council to scatter ashes in approved areas. Many councillors believed was an unnecessary process step for families to navigate.”
“The bylaw states that ashes may be deposited on Council-approved areas of public land. We’ll be preparing educational material to show approved locations and will work closely with funeral directors and other relevant organisations to make sure it is easily available to the public.”
Three people who appeared in court in Levin on Wednesday after a central North Island farmer was allegedly shot at have been named.
The trio were jointly charged in the Levin District Court with reckless disregard for the safety of others when a firearm was discharged.
Levin resident Johnny Macdonald Logan, 19, was remanded on bail until October 12.
Corey James Horn, 20, of Waitarere Beach was remanded on bail until October 19.
Rebekah Penman, 24, also of Waitarere Beach was also remanded on bail to appear on October 19.
Police were called to the Turakina Valley Rd property near Hunterville early on Wednesday after a farmer in his 70s said he had been shot at with a hunting rifle at 1am.
The farmer was not injured and his vehicle was not hit.
Foxton’s drinking water is shown as E grade by the Ministry of Health while being touted as A grade by the Horowhenua District Council.
The council says the ministry’s E grade is out of date. A Ministry of Health spokesperson in Wellington says the council has not requested a review of the grade.
The body that officially grades water for HDC is Mid Central Health’s public health unit drinking water assessor team.
Assessor Peter Wood writes an annual report on Foxton’s water. He says the upcoming report for 2015/16 will show Foxton water and water treatment complied with current standards.
Mr Wood says, “The drinking water standards focus on health criteria. Aesthetics – the look of the water – has a much lower priority”
“From my perspective, aesthetics are really important because you may have water that meets all the safety requirements, but if people are not prepared to drink it they are more likely to try and find another source of water that we can’t guarantee might be as safe.”
Meanwhile, Foxton Beach drinking water still has a grade of “Aa”. It received that grade in November 2014 following a regrade by the Mid Central Health drinking water assessors.