Yes, cli­mate change is on the radar

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

What a de­light to see a full house at Para­pa­raumu Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for a meet­ing on cli­mate change, prov­ing Bill English wrong about this not be­ing an elec­tion is­sue.

With party rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all po­lit­i­cal par­ties ex­cept Na­tional (she sent a mes­sage to say she was stuck in traf­fic in Lower Hutt), the lively event was chaired by Ju­lia Tr­us­cott of Low Car­bon Kapiti.

Pro­fes­sor James Ren­wick of Vic­to­ria Univer­sity said the earth was al­ready one de­gree warmer, and to con­form with the Paris Agree­ment we can only go to 1.5 de­grees.

Al­ready we are see­ing ma­jor cli­mate events like Texas and South Asia flood­ing and wild­fires in Cal­i­for­nia – and it is only go­ing to get worse. We have 3-5 years to turn this around. Me­gan Woods (Labour) said that lo­cal gov­ern­ment needs a lot of sup­port for cli­mate adap­ta­tion, Jan Lo­gie (Greens) said with sup­pres­sion of Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment re­ports, it is not get­ting enough in­for­ma­tion. Stormwa­ter is get­ting ex­pen­sive.

Ge­off Sim­mons (TOP) said lo­cal gov­ern­ment has been hung out to dry with sea level rise.

ACT want to get rid of Land­corp and plant trees in­stead of dairy­ing.

The Greens want to scrap the ETS, and TOP and Labour want to cap emis­sions and re­form it.

Deirdre Kent

Sec­re­tary, Low Car­bon Kapiti

MAHARA REDE­VEL­OP­MENT

In the af­ter­math of the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to place its plans for a new com­bined li­brary and art gallery build­ing in Waikanae on hold, I want to re­as­sure the Kapiti com­mu­nity that Mahara Gallery Trust Board is im­me­di­ately re­turn­ing to work again on a stand-alone gallery rede­vel­op­ment on the gallery’s ex­ist­ing site.

This will in­volve re­view­ing the work done in the past, in­clud­ing our orig­i­nal con­cept brief and build­ing on con­sid­er­able work and re­sources al­ready de­vel­oped.

We sup­ported the plan for a com­bined fa­cil­ity be­cause we con­sid­ered it would de­liver the best out­come for Waikanae and the Kapiti dis­trict.

While the de­ci­sion to place the project on hold is dis­ap­point­ing, we un­der­stand the coun­cil’s rea­sons for mak­ing it and we are grate­ful that the coun­cil re­mains com­mit­ted to its bud­geted con­tri­bu­tion to the gallery rede­vel­op­ment.

We now in­tend to pro­ceed separately from the li­brary to re­de­velop the gallery on its ex­ist­ing gallery site.

Our pri­or­ity re­mains cre­at­ing a mu­se­um­stan­dard fa­cil­ity that will en­able the na­tion­allysig­nif­i­cant Field Col­lec­tion to be re­tained in Kapiti and stored and dis­played in the gallery.

The Field Col­lec­tion is a trea­sure, with con­sid­er­able po­ten­tial as a vis­i­tor at­trac­tion for Kapiti.

We ap­pre­ci­ate that its of­fer to Mahara Gallery will not last in­def­i­nitely and that we must move as quickly as we can to se­cure it.

The scope of the project will de­pend on the fi­nan­cial sup­port we re­ceive. We will be re­new­ing our cam­paign to raise money from pri­vate and pub­lic fun­ders, in­clud­ing the Kapiti com­mu­nity.

Les Hol­borow

Chair­man Mahara Gallery Char­i­ta­ble Trust Board

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