Felled palms nests were empty

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Over the years, my fam­ily has raised aban­doned baby birds, in­clud­ing crows in Malaysia where they are seen as pests.

There was a time my kids brought home six duck­lings af­ter a dog had sav­aged the mother at Te Ati­awa Park. Af­ter six months we handed the web­footed eat­ing ma­chines over to Nga¯ Manu. And then there was the pu¯ keko chick we named Poo — a lit­tle fluff ball propped up on ridicu­lously over-sized legs. I re­count this in ref­er­ence to the at­tacks against coun­cil over its de­ci­sion to cut down two Phoenix palms at Waikanae’s Ma­hara Place.

The at­tacks cen­tred around the de­struc­tion of nest­ing birds and their lit­tle chicks.

While I ap­pre­ci­ate the gen­uine con­cern over vul­ner­a­ble life, I want to counter-pose a ques­tion. How many of those who were quick to por­tray coun­cil as heart­less mon­sters are ac­tu­ally con­sumers of chicken, beef, mut­ton and pork?

How many own cats? I’m not deny­ing the right to hold coun­cil morally ac­count­able for its ac­tions but ask such crit­ics to ap­ply the same to them­selves. In the event, when the Phoenix trees did come down, what spar­row nests were found were empty. Now the mam­moth Phoenix palms have been re­moved, I look for­ward to new plant­ings. I sup­port Desti­na­tion Waikanae’s pre­ferred choice for ko¯ whai trees. I re­mem­ber a few years ago dur­ing spring, walk­ing through the Ma­hara Place en­trance from SH1. I counted at least seven tu¯ ı¯ flut­ter­ing though and feast­ing from the heav­ily laden ko¯ whai trees. And the singing was magic.

Talk­ing of magic and singing, Sun­day’s year-end con­cert by Ka¯ piti Mu­sic Cen­tre was just that.

It was stand­ing room only at South­wards, packed with par­ents and friends. The teach­ers and or­gan­is­ers did a fan­tas­tic job of show­cas­ing the tal­ent they had nur­tured. The in­di­vid­ual tal­ents work­ing in en­sem­bles were fit­ted pro­gres­sively into three grades of or­ches­tra. The dis­ci­pline was in­cred­i­ble with chil­dren and their in­stru­ments chore­ographed seam­lessly for the dif­fer­ent per­for­mances on a small crowded space. It was an im­pres­sive achieve­ment at so many lev­els. Yet again Ka¯ piti Mu­sic Cen­tre has proven that the Ka¯ piti Coast has a wealth of promis­ing mu­si­cians and a host of ded­i­cated teach­ers.

It is sup­ported by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and spon­sors with Ka¯ piti Col­lege host­ing them. No doubt they will be bet­ter served when the per­form­ing arts cen­tre is com­pleted.

Ear­lier on Satur­day, I at­tended a fam­ily fun day at the Waikanae pools or­gan­ised by so­cial ser­vice group Atareira as part of its White Rib­bon an­tiv­i­o­lence ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign. It in­cludes ser­vic­ing ad­dic­tion and men­tal health is­sues. Cur­rently based in Porirua, it’s man­ager Dan Mustapic said they are look­ing at set­ting up an of­fice in Para­pa­raumu. We can al­ways do with some ad­di­tional help.

It was also an op­por­tu­nity to thank Ka¯ piti’s well-known so­cial worker, Ross McCracken. Af­ter 18 years of ser­vice heal­ing the souls af­fected by the forces that shape the com­mu­nity’s un­der­belly, he’s head­ing back to Taranaki to spend more time with his grand­chil­dren. We wish him well.

Lastly, I have alerted the group that at­tended the fo­rum on the meth prob­lem back in March, about the com­ing 1st Dec march in O¯ taki. Or­gan­ised by Rawiro Bar­rib­all, Stacey Raika and Ho­hepa Rik­i­hana it is in­tended to high­light meth and its associated men­tal health prob­lems. It starts at 10am with a gather­ing at the cor­ner of Mill Rd and SH1. Marchers are ad­vised to use the foot­path.

It’s known that as the Xmas hol­i­day pe­riod comes upon us the pres­sure of house­hold ex­pen­di­ture bears upon many and the po­lice find them­selves hav­ing to deal with a spike in do­mes­tic in­ci­dents. Be kind and look af­ter the fam­ily and your neigh­bours.

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Ka¯ piti Mu­sic Cen­tre’s end of year con­cert.

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