Cycle track volunteers appreciated
In response to the recent letters regarding spending, we felt it was time for a little positivity.
Having just enjoyed a fantastic bike ride this weekend we wanted to commend those tireless volunteers who gave up so much of their own time, scrub cutting, designing and building such an enjoyable track.
The scope for this track is amazing - it's accessible to all and will provide another great reason for visitors to stay an extra day.
It's encouraging to have people with vision who have a bigger picture in mind and genuinely want to make Kaikoura a better place for all to enjoy - including visitors to the town.
Change is a process and while $20,000 may seem like a lot of money to last week's letter writer, it needs to be considered in the context of future spin-offs and benefits for all in our community. Perhaps we should all spend less time writing letters and more time pitching in.
Nicola Chambers and Kelly Addis Lipsync postponed
Girl Guiding Kaikoura and the Seaward Lions have decided to postpone the junior lipsync that was planned for December 8.
Community feedback has been that everyone is very busy with the lead up to Christmas and that postponing until early next year is a better option.
This exciting event will still go ahead and we want to encourage those that have already prepared performances to keep their ideas ready to go.
Look out for information and posters around town in 2013.
Guide Club Leader
Our annual Project Kaikoura garden judging is over for another year and even though a poor growing season and late blooms created a loss in the entrant sections, there were still some lovely gardens on display.
Thanks to those that entered to once again make it a success in our 18th year, and make it worthwhile for out-of-town judges to spend the day in Kaikoura.
They never fail to be amazed at what our town has to offer. Bud O'Connor was their tour guide this year, and our thanks go to him for giving up a day.
Also thanks to the district Council, Mitre 10 and ITM for their financial support in helping beautify our town by providing the prizes.
Project Kaikoura convenor Pine trees
Can't see the wood for the trees? It was quite ironic to see two conflicting stories in last week's Kaikoura Star involving pine trees. One ("Pulling out wilding pines saves view") where volunteers put in time and effort to remove wilding pines; and another with a caricature ("Pine war"), criticising the mayor's aspirations to achieve the very same result.
It should perhaps be noted that the pines removed above the Post Office Cutting had nothing to do with the mayor's initiative.
This was done by a commercial contractor on private land, where the owner no doubt has the prerogative of deciding where and what should happen to the wood.
The pines bordering the cemetery were removed at no cost to the council and a number of the trees given to a community service group which donates the wood in winter to those in need.
The mayor should be commended for promoting a project which will not only complement the efforts already under way in having natural vegetation restored, but will also boost the rejuvenation of native birds, as well as improving the local landscape.