Can you help 3 abandoned Waikawa Beach cats?

Just before Christmas some people moved out from a house in the village and abandoned their pet cats. Concerned neighbours have been feeding the cats, hoping the owners would return to pick them up, but that hope is fading fast.

Before the neighbours take the cats to the SPCA, is anyone in Waikawa Beach wanting to adopt a cat?

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Congratulations to our own John Russell, MNZM

Our congratulations to our own John Russell (voted in as WBRA Secretary at the 2018 AGM). He was awarded a Queen’s Birthday honour a couple of weeks ago for services to education.

The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit: … Mr John Spencer Russell, of Porirua. To be Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Unfair dog registration fees

Waikawa Beach is a popular place for owners to walk their dogs, and many who live here or visit regularly own dogs too. How much should we pay in registration fees?

Horowhenua District Councillor Christine Mitchell has forced a last-minute review of a dog fee model she said unfairly penalised owners of well-behaved dogs.

HDC met last week [early April 2019] to adopt the new fee structure that included small fee increases to all classes of canine to offset operational costs, expected to top $600,000 this year.

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A knighthood comes to Waikawa Beach; congratulations Sir Kim Workman

Citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

To be a Knight Companion of the said Order:

WORKMAN, Mr Robert Kinsela (Kim), QSO
For services to prisoner welfare and the justice sector

Mr Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2007 for his services to prisoner welfare.

Mr Workman stepped down from his role as National Director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand in 2008. He then served a three-year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 to 2011. He founded the Robson Hanan Trust, of which he remains a Trustee, Strategi Advisor, and spokesman. The Trust oversees the Rethinking Crime and Punishment strategy, which he helped launch in 2006, and in 2011 founded JustSpeak, a non-partisan network of young people speaking up for change in the criminal justice system. He has remained a Board member and strategic advisor to JustSpeak. He was a Board member of Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust from 2012 to 2013. He became an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded Victoria University’s John David Stout Fellowship and began writing the book ‘Criminal Justice, the State and Māori, from 1985 to 2015’. As an academic he has contributed a number of book chapters and produced journal articles on various aspects of criminal justice. Mr Workman was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the Victoria University Council in 2016, and the same degree by Massey University Council in 2017.

Source: New Year Honours 2019 – Citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

Newly knighted Sir Kim Workman. Photo: Kim Workman
Newly knighted Sir Kim Workman. Photo: Kim Workman

Photo from RadioNZ.