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Kruzers Smokin’ For The School

2014 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… we can safely say that we as Kruzers have done ourselves proud again. Murray Lobb

Raising big money for Paraparaumu School

 By Roger Childs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore than $13,000 was raised from the bikeathon fund raiser last Saturday. It was organised by local cycling group, the Kapiti Kruzers, in conjunction with Coastlands, cityfitness and BeachFM. More than 25 club members sweated it out for up to three hours in the mall forecourt. The steam was rising and in the early stages the temperatures resembled the Old Testament fiery furnace, but fortunately thermostatic adjustments were made! read more…

Waikanae Estuary in Photos

2014 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Last chances to see photographic exhibition at Paraparaumu Library

By Alan Tristram

mayor opens exhibitionKapiti Mayor Ross Church opened a major exhibition of nearly 60 photos showing the many faces of the Waikanae Estuary. The range of pictures covers the varied landscapes and birdlife of the area, the restoration work being done and people enjoying the environment. This highly recommended exhibition of one of Kapiti’s most interesting areas finishes on Friday 29 August.

Mayor Church was so impressed by the work of 17 members of the Kapiti Coast Photographic Society at the Paraparaumu Library that he ended up buying one of the works ( see Gavin Klee’s photo below.) read more…

Balotelli: Liverpool’s Answer?

2014 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been warned by his agent that a move to Liverpool would be his last chance in the big time. John Tour, Daily Star

Early indicators of who will be the front runners

By Dave Daniel

Manchester City v Liverpool - Barclays Premier LeagueThe English Premier League has been under way for a couple of rounds and already there are glimpses of who will be the challengers. Manchester City had a convincing win against Liverpool winning 3-1 but it must be noted that Liverpool played well and caused City some anxious moments.

Last year it was the defence that let them down so for them to concede 3 goals and then score late in the game via an own goal must be of concern for manager Brendan Rodgers. Without the carnivore Suarez in the line-up, Liverpool supporters may be worried about where the goals will come from. More on that later. read more…

Bernie Portenski: Running Legend

2014 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Like her hero Paula Radcliffe, Bernie’s got plenty of guts and determination. She’s also a hoot, irreverent and tells “it as it is”. Bernie’s been trimming hair and cutting records for years. Women Running Together.com

Celebrating gold card status with a 65 km run

By Roger Childs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe is one of the greatest athletes New Zealand has produced. You won’t find her name in the ranks of Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallists, however the list of records she’s held and the titles she’s won is longer than your arm. When Bernie turned 60 five years ago she ran her age in kilometres on a cold, wet Wellington day and although she was not well did an out and back from Miramar to Eastbourne. This time, on August 25 2014, the weather was fine and the health good. read more…

Steven Adams: Shades Of Oklahoma Blue

2014 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A great basketball camp with the Kiwi star

 By Angelo Robinson

Steve Adams Camp 2014 The New Zealand Basketball Academy held the Steven Funaki Adams Basketball Camp on Sunday 17 August at the ASB Arena in Kilbirnie in Wellington. And what a turnout it was – 350+ student athletes of the future attended this one-day camp,with all twelve courts at the ASB Arena full.

Special Guests of honour from Steven Adams NBA Team OKC – Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti and  Oklahoma City Assistant Coach Mark Bryant witnessed a sea of OKC shirts in little old Wellington! They were all blown away by the players doing the haka for them.

What an introduction to New Zealand and what a welcome!!! read more…

A Clutch Of Historical Novels

2014 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of the best from a top American author

By Ralph McAllister

Plot v USI finished re-reading Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America just as I left Brisbane for Waiheke. As many readers will know, this fine alternative history novel starts with Franklin Roosevelt losing the 1940 American election to Charles Lindbergh.

As America lurches to the extreme right and anti-Semite practices multiply, the young Philip Roth and his family try to maintain dignity and justice in a terrifying and utterly plausible nightmare.

It was a pleasure to meet again one of my all time favourite authors. I must go back for more delights. read more…

Life With Slater

2014 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Labours Biggest Asset

All Blacks Back In Business

2014 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I love winning that big trophy and having a drink out of it. Richie McCaw

Making amends for Sydney

By Roger Childs

ABs BledisloeThe All Blacks were sub-standard in Sydney last week and players, coaches and fans anticipated a much improved performance in the second test.

The result exceeded expectations as the New Zealanders roared home with a record 51-20 victory.

The Wallabies will be kicking themselves for not winning the first game on home territory and consequently now face a twelfth year without winning the Bledisloe Cup. read more…

Food, Fun and Fire

2014 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s exactly one hundred feet from our door to their’s. Mansur

The Hundred Foot Journey: an entertaining, feel-good movie

By Roger Childs

100f posterAny film with Helen Mirren in it is worth a look. She is a highly talented and versatile actress who has played many queens in her career.

This time she is Madame Mallory, the matriarch of an up-market French restaurant on the outskirts of a provincial town.

Imagine her dismay when an immigrant Indian family, fleeing from persecution, buy up the derelict building opposite with a view to setting up their own ethnic eating place.
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Answers For The Elderly?

2014 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Older People Want Answers From The Politicians

Residents of Kapiti Retirement Villages will join with organisations that advocate for the District’s elderly population in an ELECTION FORUM at Meadows Church Auditorium on Monday, 1st September, 2.00 pm.

Elderly carersFour political parties will send candidates

Nathan Guy (National),

Kris Faafoi and Rob McCann (Labour)

Jan Logie (Greens)

Darroch Ball (NZ First). read more…