This week for Te Pae your Paekakariki radio show we have brought together links and material related to the closure of the Kapiti Cantina. See below..
On this week’s show (6-8pm and 12-2pm daily at 88.2FM and streaming at www.paekakariki.org.nz) presenter Mark Amery has Helen Keivom in the studio to talk about ‘where to from here’ after the closure, and also the rich musical life of St Peters Hall, where Keivom has led concert programming and organising. Also in honour of Labour Weekend Elyse Robert speaks to Dr Kathleen Kuehn about the intentional (and not so intentional) forms of labour we are creating in digital media spaces, creating new issues for workers rights. We have a live musical performance from Franis Mills and friends, and Api Taylor reads, in the first of a three part series, from the recently released short History of Paekakariki. Our local sqwark of the week is from the Surf Club who have Junior’s opening day next Sunday. You can check out the entire schedule of 30 plus shows for Paekakariki 88.2Fm at www.paekakariki.org.nz/our-schedule.
Kāpiti Cantina Update
There’s been quite a bit of interest here in our little village about the ill fate of the Kāpiti Cantina.
A recent article in the Kāpiti Observer painted our village as a ‘malicious’ and ‘jealous’ (you can read it here… ) And a response article in the same newspaper has done little to negate this (you can read it in the 16 October edition here).
The Kāpiti Cantina’s closure and the associated costs, financial and otherwise, have sparked an outpouring of support for those negatively affected by it.
Helen Keivom is considering organising a fundraiser gig to support those affected by unpaid wages. If you, or anyone you know, was affected financially by the business’ practices and/or closure then please get in touch with the station and we’ll put you in touch [email protected]
Media Statement from the Community Board
In response to this negativity the Paekākāriki Community Board have released a statement (which you can find on their Facebook page here) and will be repeated below:
Media statement on the Kāpiti Cantina
Paekākāriki Community Board
The Paekākāriki Community Board is taken aback and disappointed to see the slurs on the community from the owner of the Kāpiti Cantina, Deborah Lee Marlow.
“These ungracious and offensive comments disregard the support her business has received from the community”, says Jack McDonald, Chair of the Paekākāriki Community Board.
“Paekākāriki is a diverse, multicultural community and our nature is very welcoming of new residents and businesses who contribute to our vibrant culture. We are known across the district for our positive community spirit”.
He says that, “in a small community, goodwill is an essential ingredient for business success. While some in the community were alienated by Ms Marlow’s actions and attitudes, there has been no evidence to support her view that her nationality, or jealousy of her project, were responsible”.
The Cantina received huge support from the community including financial backing, participation in working bees on a voluntary basis, strong patronage from the community particularly in the initial stages and some residents even regularly ran errands for Ms Marlow.
McDonald went on to say, “there have been very troubling reports of tradespeople, investors, shareholders and even staff not receiving proper payment from the Kāpiti Cantina. Many local residents have been affected by Ms Marlow’s irresponsible actions”.
“The police has informed members of the community that Marlow has left the country and so we sincerely hope that all those affected are paid in full and that the authorities help to ensure this”, he says.
The unsubstantiated business successes reported in the press allowed her to gain undeserved credibility with investors and other supporters.
“It is a challenge to run successful businesses in Paekākāriki”, says Mr McDonald. “For businesses to be successful they need to draw in clientele from across the district and the wider region as our current businesses do successfully”.
“To blame business failure on the Paekākāriki community reflects a lack of business acumen and suggests that Marlow is not the business expert that she claims to be”.
For more information:
Chair, Paekākāriki Community Board
027 759 1680
Since Ms. Marlow’s departure from the village many individuals have circulated helpful links and other pieces of information for those wanting to know more about the correct (and legal) processes for collecting the money owed to them by Ms. Marlow and/or the Kāpiti Cantina. A summary of those links can be found below:
Ministry of Business and Innovation
Insolvency and Trustee Service
- Paekākāriki Community Board – contact person, Chair Jack McDonald – [email protected]