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Otaki Community Board Matters

On election day Otaki was 1 member short for its community board, and is now two members short. This is unfortunate. I suspect that residents in Otaki who may have thought about standing did not do so because the existing members had all been excellent. They were a united hard working board so why change?

Wonderful, Wonderful Cohen

Last night I went to heaven and Leonard Cohen was there!. He was amazing, his singing, his poetry, his courtsey and salutes to his band, his crouching and skipping. A concert to remember.

Saw him when we lived in Kent in the 1970s. Then he was good now he is great.  I have loved his songs and his gravelly voice since then. Even those singers who do covers for him get my vote . Rufus and the Wainright family, KD Lang et al. All amazing but can't surpase the master himself.

Bravo Leonard for giving me a great birthday treat from my family.

Bitter or relieved?

I seem to have created a flurry of responses to my comment on the Kapiti independent news' website. My observations as a former deputy mayor, as to the proceding and the on the election of the Deputy Mayor did not find favour with 'One Kapiti' candidates, both elected and non elected.

I smile when I am accused of being bitter. I chose not to stand for Council so the allegation of bitterness seems a bit wild. Freedom is a better expression.

Inauguration of New Councillors

Last night I attended the inauguration of the mayor, 10 new councillors and the Community Board members. It was a great evening with a couple of surprises.

Mayor Rowan had the numbers for her deputy, Roger Booth, but the 'One Kapiti' councillors had to have a show of strength and moved that Ross Church be elected to the role. This seemed to me to be a petulant two fingers from a minority group within council, all newcomers except Peter Ellis.

Time to Smell the Roses

One of the benefits about being a defeated candidate is that time expands. I can now spend more time in the garden and after a long, bitter, wet winter my garden is now looking tidy and springlike.

The iris is out, the leaves on the 100 plus roses are lush and green, no disease anywhere to be seen. Buds appear and over night burst into flower. Some of our enduring favourites are covered in buds ready (I hope) for the visit of the Wellington Heritage Rose Group towards the end of November.

Ratbags in Wellington

Last night we went to Wellington to celebrate our son's birthday, staying over night in his inner city apartment. This morning we found some ratbags had trashed the car, broken the window and stolen my cell phone! So to those ratbags - a pox on you. To the traffic warden who helped and phoned the police - thanks, to the police - good luck, to the judge - throw away the key!

Life After Politics

The webpage will start to develop a new focus as I move on from politics. New opportunities have already started to come my way. A contract for a book was agreed this week, and there may be more in the making. There are more in my head anyway.

An English publisher has agreed to publish "Women in My Rose Garden" to hit the book stands in the early part of 2012.

I hope to follow this with a book on men in the rose garden!

Meanwhile I will continue with "Missionaries, Wives and Roses", a book about New Zealand bred roses named after the missionary wives.

The Waiting....

The waiting for the final days of the campaign to finish seems endless. After a frantic busy 6 weeks of meetings, developing a web site, writing copy for it, talking endlessly, answering questions, making statements, these final days seems calm, peaceful and almost boring. I keep telling my husband I will stop being so self indulgent and turn back into a real human being on Sat. He is waiting with eager anticipation!

Final KCD C Speech- A Tribute to Staff

After 18 years I find I have very little to say as I leave this chamber.

 However there are a group of people I do wish to recognise.

 I could not have done my job without the support and commitment of staff.

 Theirs is a lonely job. They are not able to answer the slings and arrows, the criticisms thrown at them by the uninformed, the mean and the just plain nasty.

 I admire their professionalism; I acknowledge their work ethic and their commitment to the council and to the district. They are the unsung heroes of the Kapiti Coast.

Robust Democracy is Good News for Kapiti

Yesterday, after a rugged 6 hour, robust debate, when 10 individual minds challenged whether or not to agree the building of the Aquatic Centre, democracy won.

The council was unanimous in its decision to build stage one of the Aquatic Centre.

Candidates from One Kapiti have argued that we are a disfunctional council, that we cannot make decisions and that nothing has been done.

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