Kapiti Observer : June 2nd 2011
Your community partner for more than 60 years THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011 IN BRIEF What a view, page 3 Fighting for the elderly, page 5 It's going to be chilly, page 9 INSIDE Dogs attack dog A group of pig dogs launched a brutal attack on a 70-year- old's kelpie dog on Saturday morning, causing a deep gash in one of the dog's rear legs, police said. Constable Phil Johnson said a woman was walking her dog on a path south of the Otaki River bridge about 8.30am on Saturday when four or five pig dogs began attacking her dog, ripping it from the leash in the process. The dog ran away, and was found later with scratches and gashes over its body. Police are searching for a European- looking male, about 1.8 metres (6 foot) tall, who owns a pale purple Toyota Hilux with dog cages on the back. Call Otaki police, 364 7366. Strangle arrest A man has been arrested after he allegedly strangled a 20-year-old Otaki woman on Sunday, before dragging her around a house by her hair and kicking her. A 21-year-old Auckland man was arrested on Monday by Levin police, Constable Phil Johnson said. The woman was left with scratches and bruises, he said. The man appeared on Monday morning in Levin District Court, and was bailed to reappear on June 15. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org Grave rose theft hurts family Not happy: Donna, left, and Vickie Goodwin at their father's grave site, which has been hit by thieves. By JOEL MAXWELL A Kapiti family is stunned after cemetery thieves ransacked the grave of a beloved father and grandfather. Two red rose plants, set in pots on either side of John Goodwin s headstone at Awa Tapu Cemetery, were stolen some time during the past fortnight. Daughter Donna Goodwin said the family added the roses to the grave site about a year ago to mark Mr Goodwin s birthday. It was dad s favourite, red roses, that s why we put them here -- and the fact that he had flowers all the time. When she spoke to the Kapiti Observer on Tuesday, Miss Good- win said her mum, Jean, still didn t know her husband s rose plants had been stolen. Mr Goodwin, who died in 2009, was a generous and kind man who lived in Kapiti for about 40 years. He was well known in the community as a builder, she said. Miss Goodwin contacted the Observer so the thieves would be aware of the impact of their actions. It needs to be said, it s been said and I ll feel better. She planned to tell her mother of the theft. Daughter-in-law Vickie Good- win said she noticed the roses were gone when she visited the cemetery on Sunday. Usually visits to the cemetery were peaceful, with Mr Goodwin s grave looking out to Kapiti Island. However the rose plants had vanished some time in the two weeks since the last family visit to the cemetery, she said. They re going to have those plants sitting in their garden and wouldn t they at least have some conscience about what s sitting there in front of them -- that it s stolen property? Both women put out a plea to the culprits to return the pots to their rightful place by Mr Goodwin s headstone. The pots are green: one with distinctive paw-print patterns, and the other diagonal stripes. KCDC wants lines buried By JOEL MAXWELL The council has bypassed Trans- power and approached Kapiti expressway staff to push powerlines underground through Waikanae alongside the planned four-lane road. Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan said the council had held an initial dis- cussion with the NZ Transport Agency to see if they are willing to accommodate the line while they build the proposed road. They are very open to that. There s a willingness there to work with Transpower to have a look at that possibility. The move pre-empts discussions Transpower said it would have with the transport agency about undergrounding alongside the MacKays to Peka Peka expressway. Ms Rowan said councillors were not at all happy following a Transpower briefing last week on maintenance on the Bunnythorpe to Haywards project set to run through Kapiti. Councillors would vigorously pursue undergrounding lines through Waikanae as an option -- with other instances of undergrounding in New Zealand creating a precedent, she said. Councillor K Gurunathan was scathing of the briefing, saying the Transpower sent low-ranking people to speak to councillors. [During the briefing] I apolo- gised to them for being rude, but given the treatment meted out by Transpower to Valley Rd residents I told them I come from a place of mistrust. Mr Gurunathan said Tran- spower staff indicated there was about $10 million for mitigation, but questioned how much could be done with that amount of money. Meanwhile, Transpower fought back against accusations the proj- ect, replacing 50-year-old wires on pylons, would be as substantial as councillors suggested. In a written response to questions, Transpower spokes- woman Adele Fitzpatrick said towers would continue to look much as they do now, no matter which option is chosen. It is not a major new project and it does not change the existing nature of the lines, which have been in the community for 50 years. The visual impact of the lines won t change significantly. She said Transpower conducts similar maintenance work throughout the country, in excess of 1000km of lines, without issue. Undergrounding would be unlikely to pass Transpower s funding test for investment, Ms Fitzpatrick said. Creating a new, underground line instead of maintaining an existing line is highly unlikely to pass this test , she said. Transpower had undergroun- ded short sections of lower voltage lines, but these had been funded by the landowner or council whose properties it crossed, she said. The project is set to start in 2014, with a planned completion date of 2018.
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