Kapiti Observer : January 17th 2013
9 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 17, 2013 Call in and see us at 5 Epiha Street, opposite the railway station. We look forward to your visit. 04 902-5476 TRILOGY TRAVEL, TOURS KAPITI SHUTTLES -- CHARTERS SAT 02 FEBRUARY & 02 MARCH Join our escorted bus tour for a lovely day's outing with all the fun of the fair-over 480 stalls to browse through, with a huge variety of products and food galore. Plus a free glass of wine or fruit juice from Te Kairanga Winery to finish off the day. Free stall layout map available COACH DEPARTS: Connelly Court Waikanae 8.00am Or 5 Epiha Street, Paraparaumu 8.15am Return from Martinborough: 4.15pm Cost: $45pp ALL THIS FOR ONLY $45pp Phone and secure your seat now Bookings now open 04 902 5476 SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2pm ST JAMES Grand circle ticket, front two rows plus shuttle $126.50 pp Coach departs: Connelly Court, Waikanae 12.15pm 5 Epiha St. Paraparaumu 12.30pm Moscow Ballet-La Classique presents the Spectacular Masterpiece THE NUTCRACKER SAT 18 MAY 7.30pm ST JAMES "Superb dancing, lavish costumes, and spectacular scenery... It's a superb production that does justice to Tchaikovsky's classical music including "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" and "Waltz of the Flowers." There is no matinee for this production, however, we have secured Premium seats on the above date and offer them to you with transport to and from ballet for $131.50pp. Flier available for departure times etc Coach departs: Connelly Court, Waikanae 5.45pm 5 Epiha Street, Paraparaumu 6.00pm Wednesday 13 March 2013 Join us on a full day tour to Hawera to explore and enjoy the famous Tawhiti Museum with it's super realistic and engaging life size figures. Visit Mr Badgers Café, the Tawhiti Bush Railway and illuminated only by the twinkling of lanterns boat through an eerie world of bird calls and burly sailors bartering with local Maori in the 1820's. Cost: $145pp --includes transport, light lunch, Museum entrance fee, Bush Railway fee & Traders & Whales boat tour.-Phone for further information or flier. 04 902 5476 Limited seating for Shows & Events Shows & Events 5116220AA Expressway traps retiree in home By JOEL MAXWELL A Waikanae woman and her ailing husband are trapped in an impossible-to-sell home by the proposed Kapiti expressway, the board deciding its future has heard. On Monday, Waikanae s Jane Leonard-Taylor showed the human impact of the planned four-lane road between MacKay s Crossing and Peka Peka, as the Board of Inquiry for its consent rolls into week seven. Her Kauri Rd home, bought in 1963, is impossible to sell after the announcement of the proposal, Mrs Leonard-Taylor said. She had hoped to move to a retirement vil- lage before now, or nearer family in Levin -- plans scuttled by her inability to sell the home border- ing the proposed route. My dependent husband suffers from congestive heart failure. For the past six months he has only left the house for medical atten- tion. He does not like being alone, so I try to shop when he is sleep- ing. This now occurs for much of the day. Mrs Leonard-Taylor said her garden is now getting away on her, and she suffers giddy spells. Last week the board heard of the benefits of the $630 million road, from advocates including the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce, and the Road Transport Forum. Both touted the economic upside of the project. Meanwhile Kapiti s artistic community was represented on Monday by submitters grappling with the impact of the express- way. Retired head of theatre and film at Victoria University John Downie, of Waikanae, said he would exploit his area of expertise for his submission. He aimed to express dismay at a proposal that is ill-considered, badly managed, ideologically tain- ted, expeditiously arrived at, socially destructive, environmen- tally disastrous and, most of all... out of date . His submission touched on the work of quantum physicist Werner Heisenberg, and the cin- ema of Richard Gere -- concluding with an analogy comparing recent keyhole surgery to remove his gall bladder with the planned express- way. Would the audience prefer to have 1950s-style invasive surgery for the procedure -- akin to the planned expressway -- or an up to date procedure? Paekakariki poet Dinah Hawken said there are various and contradictory reports on the cost/benefit ratio of the road. I have been wondering if the proposed expressway truly is of national significance. Or to put it another way, if New Zealand s economic future would suffer sig- nificantly if this expressway did not go ahead. Pukerua Bay storyteller Judy Frost-Evans covered technical points including a call for the reinstatement of the cheaper, local Western Link Road, and upgrade of the exiting state highway. The hearing continues today. Expressway treated as 'done deal' Opponents of the controversial Kapiti expressway have claimed the proposed project is already a done deal and is just waiting to be rubber- stamped. A board of inquiry is hearing submissions on the McKays Crossing to Peka Peka expressway. Greater Wellington regional councillor Nigel Wilson, who opposes the project in full, said the transport minister and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) had carried on as though this hearing is a done deal and you [commissioners] are here as loyal vassals to rubberstamp the pro- posal . He said that sentiment was shared by many in the community, who viewed NZTA with mistrust. They have been a mine of misinformation from the start. Waikanae property owner Mark Harris, co- secretary of the anti-expressway lobby group Save Kapiti, said he was appalled by the paucity of the evidence and the hubris of the public agent that seems to have approached this proceeding as a rubber stamp . We have relied on the Official Information Act and the Ombudsman to require NZTA to comply with legislation, Mr Harris said. Instead of the proposed expressway, he suppor- ted a two-lane Western Link Road along with upgrades to State Highway 1. Waikanae historic homestead owner Glen Hoo- ker said the process had been considered a done deal by those who made the decision 18 months ago. That was despite evidence and information revealed through the consultation process and brought to the inquiry by concerned residents. NZTA spokesman Rod James said the inquiry provided an open and transparent avenue for con- sideration of information provided by the agency, as well as submissions from opponents. There had been extensive and open engagement with the community since 2009. That included public consultations, open days, meetings with affected parties, media updates, let- ters to stakeholders, a staffed information centre at Coastlands, an 0800 information line, a dedicated email address and a project website. -- Fairfax NZ Hodge best Kiwi Levin golfer Tyler Hodge was the best of the four Kiwis at the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship in Melbourne at the weekend. The 18-year-old, who last year became the first New Zealand golfer to win both the Australian and New Zealand Age Group titles in the same year, finished in a share of 11th place. Playing at the Royal Melbourne West Course, Hodge had rounds of 71, 76, 71 and 72 to finish on a two over par total, 11 shots back from champion Viraat Badhwar from Queensland. There were 54 elite amateur golfers in the field and it was the highest ranked amateur champion- ship in Australia.
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