Kapiti Observer : May 26th 2011
Your community partner for more than 60 years THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 IN BRIEF That's a lot of candles, page 2 Dawn celebration, page 5 Celebrities get helping hand, page 9 INSIDE Boys face charges Four boys were arrested on Sunday night after the burglary of jewellery and a camera from a Maungakotukutuku Valley house earlier that day. The group of three 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old were spotted leaving the house, Constable Jason McFarlane said. Police located the boys hours later, recovering stolen property. Mr McFarlane said two of the boys became abusive. All were charged with burglary and two charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, he said. Toddler left in car A 22-month-old girl was found ''extremely distressed'' in a car outside Kapiti Pak'n Save on Sunday afternoon while her mother was shopping for nearly two hours. Constable Jason McFarlane said the 36-year-old left her sleeping child in the car about 4.20pm. The girl woke up and became distressed. A member of the public called police, who checked on the girl and CCTV footage to determine how long the mother had left her child for. He said the woman was charged with leaving a child unsupervised. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- email@example.com Lucky break: Valve band members from left, Clarrie Macklin, Oliver Ryan, Sam Shepherd, Kieren Sprunt and Aeron Glasgow Keene. Big chance for school band A Kapiti band has scored a prime gig opening for a Shihad concert tomorrow night. Kapiti College band Valve was chosen by Karl Kippenberger, Shi- had s bass player and a former student of the college. Valve will join three other school bands, each chosen from schools Shihad members pre- viously attended, in the concert WhenIGrowUpIWannabein Shihad in Wellington. Valve, made up of Clarrie Macklin, Oliver Ryan, Sam Shep- herd, Kieren Sprunt and Aeron Glasgow Keene, is the school s only rock band, so when Shihad approached the college their band was put forward, said band members. They asked us and then to con- firm it they wanted us to send in some recordings, so we sent them Riding South, said Sam, the drummer. The song Riding South was recorded at Paraparaumu s Audio- Suite Studio. We are influenced by progress- ive rock bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Captain Beefheart, said Oliver. Valve members, all year 12 students, have been jamming for three years, and began taking their music more seriously six months ago. The concert will be filmed as part of a feature-length documen- tary about the formation of the award-winning Kiwi band, whose members joined forces in 1988 when they were 16-year-olds. Sam said it was like going from nothing to something and they hope their 20-minute set leads on to other opportunities. Tomorrow s all-ages gig at Wel- lington College starts at 7pm. Tickets $26 from Kapiti College or shihad.com. Transpower 'bully boys' By JOEL MAXWELL A planned upgrade of power lines through Kapiti has been slammed by a district councillor, who called for vigilance against bully boy tactics from Transpower. K Gurunathan said the upgrade on the Bunnythorpe to Haywards project will run through Otaki and Waikanae and cause massive visual pollution. He said Kapiti Coast District councillors would be briefed today on the project that is set to start in 2014 and run till 2018. The Kapiti Coast is a geo- graphically narrow district. We already have to cope with a mass- ive expressway . . . being put through it and now Transpower is looking at a huge upgrade of its pylons. The project will involve Trans- power replacing the wires on the 50-year-old lines running through the district. Transpower is considering three options that range from replacing the lines with the same thickness wire, or increasing the wire width and capacity. Increasing the width would also require replacing or increasing the height of a number of pylons on the service. Mr Gurunathan said Tran- spower had deep pockets and pre- viously used bully boy tactics against Valley Rd residents involved in an upgrade along their properties. Transpower also misled KCDC by claims the upgrade was main- tenance and therefore not subject to Section 23 of the Electricity Act, which would have required notifi- cation, consultation and miti- gation of adverse effects. Court action taken by residents in that case has still not been resolved. However, Transpower com- munications manager Rebecca Wilson said while there will be alterations to the existing line as part of the work, there will be little visual change to what is already there . She said Transpower disagrees with Mr Gurunathan s bully boy statement about its treatment of Valley Rd residents. We are currently working with these residents, and have been for some time, to address their con- cerns. We recognise that we have learned more about community consultation and communication over recent years and we value the relationships that we have with those who have our assets on or near their properties. The Waikanae Community Board had suggested undergroun- ding the lines as part of the expressway project and this would be investigated with the New Zea- land Transport Agency, she said. However, undergrounding is very expensive, approximately 10 times the cost of overhead lines, and has substantial reliability issues as recently highlighted in Christchurch. Transpower will select its pre- ferred option next month then seek consent in July, with approval expected next year. Ms Wilson said it was difficult to give a cost for the project until the pre- ferred option is decided.
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