Labour Leader Andrew Little has announced a new Caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience.
Mana MP Kris Faafoi has an unranked position and is spokesman for Commerce, State Service, and Racing (and is Assistant
Whip). He has lost his role as broadcasting spokesperson, which, — as a former journalist — he filled with some distinction, in my opinion.
However, another Labour MP well-known in Kapiti, Annette King, has been given a key post as deputy leader. read more…
Black Sticks win against Japan
The Black Sticks Men were victorious against Japan’s national hockey team in the four-match series held in Wellington and Kāpiti this week.
The fourth match held last night at the Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf ended in a 3-3 tie. The Black Sticks won the second and third matches, with a nil-all tie in the first match.
Hundreds of locals turned up at the Kapiti Sports Turf for the final game and the game on Friday evening to watch the district’s first international test matches. read more…
The All Blacks are patient. They kick a lot. And when the unforced error is made, that’s when they’re better than anyone else. Tom Fordyce, BBC Sports Writer
Welsh fade in the last quarter
By Roger Childs
Rugby is an eighty minute game and you need to give it your best shot through to the final whistle. This time last year in Dublin, the Irish learnt this lesson the hard way when they let the All Blacks loose with the ball in the 79th minute. The visitors went on to score one of the great test tries of all time and snatch an unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat. On Saturday in Cardiff, the Welsh were still in the match after 68 minutes as they led 16-15, but allowed the All Blacks to run in three tries in the last ten minutes and cruise to a decisive 34-16 victory. read more…
One figure stands out above all those who took part in the 1948 Games: 30 year old Dutch woman Fanny Blankers-Koen. Olympic historians Nigel Blundel and Duncan Mackay
An extraordinary performance at the London Olympics
By Roger Childs
As a teenager Fanny Blankers-Koen had been unplaced in the high jump at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Twelve years later, as a 30 year old mother of two, her chances of doing well in London were written off by some experts because of her age. Also she wasn’t competing in the two events in which she held world records: the high jump and long jump. However the Flying Dutchwoman would astound the sporting world by winning four gold medals in 1948: a feat that has never been matched by another woman in Olympic history. read more…
Police say they are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on State Highway One, at Raumati, near the Poplar Avenue turn off (just beyond curve of Expressway in photo left).
The death occurred about 9.30pm last evening when the male pedestrian, heading south of SHI, was hit by a car. read more…
Andrew Little can bring stability and confidence…with a good teamBy Russell Marshall (Labour Cabinet Minister 1984-90) It is over four decades since Norman Kirk’s Labour government came to office. Looking back it all seems to have been a bright but fleeting star, all over in three years.There was no real Labour government again until Helen Clark, Michael Cullen and their team took office a quarter century later.
Our services are free thanks to the generosity of the people in our community who make donations and bequests to help meet costs. Mary Potter Hospice website
Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival 2014
By Roger Childs
Strawberries and ice cream is something we associate with summer. There has been some summery weather in recent weeks and with the temperature range for Saturday likely to be 15º- 18º C, the timing is good for the annual strawberry festival.
~ MacLean Park, Paraparaumu Beach
~ 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
~ No admission charge
~ Strawberries and ice cream for $5
The main purpose of the festival is to raise money for the local Mary Potter Hospice in Paraparaumu. Last year the beautiful summer day brought our people in their thousands. Over $20,000 was raised and the 70-100 volunteers helping on the day are keen to see takings increase this year. read more…
Films of faith and doubt:
at Gladstone’s Library?By Tom Aitken in London
When I was a child in Taumarunui, many Christians were deeply suspicious of the cinema.
The ‘picture theatre’ was known, not altogether in jest, as ‘the palace of sin’. Folk tales told of clerics haunting the streets where these reprehensible buildings were sited – to intercept, reprove and redirect their parishioners away from the sinful delights of Betty Grable’s high-kicking legs.
My father, I am glad to report, did not share this particular foible of puritanism. read more…