If I should die, think only this of me; That there’s some corner of a foreign field. That is forever England. Rupert Brooke
Another Friends of the Library classic
By Roger Childs
This is the sixth literary festival run by the FOTL and it has an appropriate war literature theme in this 100th anniversary year of World War One. It begins at 7.30pm on Friday 26 September with distinguished Victoria University Professor, Harry Ricketts, speaking on the poets of the Great War. Then on Saturday morning at 10.00am there is a panel discussion on writing about the war. read more…
KIN Columnist Leslie Clague recently returned to the land of her birth. She was attending a reunion of Hollywood High School, where she and Michael Jackson were pupils last century. In a series of articles, Leslie writes of her experiences starting with the trip over.
Getting there is half the Fun…
By Leslie Clague
Well, maybe. I am just back from a trip to Los Angeles and Hollywood, California. I went to attend my 50th high school class reunion. It’s been at least 20 years since I travelled to the States and this time I took a lot of pride in travelling as a New Zealand citizen. read more…
By Tom Aitken in London
Well, well, well. So it’s all over. Scotland has voted, with a convincing majority, to stay in the United Kingdon.
Alex Salmond has resigned as Scottish First Minister.
British PM David Cameron has promised, by way of reward for loyalty, a number of constitutional changes in Scotland’s position which, he supposes, will soothe the fevered brows of those who voted for independence. These would give Scotland much greater control over its own budget, and would, if Salmond’s arguments were sound, make them more prosperous as well as more independent. read more…
After KIN’s story about dangers at the new Otaihanga roundabout on SH1 north of Paraparaumu (see story down page ), the NZ Transport Agency has urged all drivers to slow down when approaching the area.
Mark Owen, Regional Performance Manager for the Agency, says: “Just as a stop sign or a red light is designed to stop traffic, a roundabout is designed to slow down traffic. Failing to slow down at a roundabout is comparable to running a red light.” read more…
It’s been a tumultuous campaign. Russel Norman, Co- Leader of the Green Party
Three more Key years
By Roger Childs
Despite Dirty Politics, spying allegations and the disgrace of Judith Collins, John Key led National to a huge election victory last night, guaranteeing three more years on the Treasury Benches. Another success story was the unexpected increase in support for New Zealand First, but Winston Peters has been denied his traditional role as kingmaker. Ironically the big loser, Labour, didn’t concede any electorates and actually gained four, but was slaughtered in the party vote. The Greens did not do as well as expected and the big spending Conservatives and Internet Mana, bankrolled by Colin Craig and Kim Dotcom respectively, went down the tubes. read more…
Guidance needed at Otaihanga
Story by Roger Childs with photos and additional research from Ian Linning
The building of the roundabout at the busy Otaihanga turn-off on State Highway One was long overdue. With just a small section of new surfacing to be done on the approach from Paraparaumu, the project is almost complete. But what speed should you do on the roundabout? 40kph would be safe, but there are no speed signs coming from the north or south. At least three expressway trucks have had accidents negotiating the new layout and these may have occurred because they were going too fast. read more…
Today KIN starts a new series on Kapiti sportswomen and men. Over the coming months we will feature a range of people from teenagers to pensioners, from international stars to enthusiastic locals. We start with one the most outstanding basketballers ever produced by the Kapiti Coast.
Jacinta has been an U18 & U20 New Zealand Basketball representative player and a member of the Hutt Valley Flyers, who won the national women’s basketball title.
This year she joined the Seattle Redhawks who won the 2013 Western Athletic Conference regular season title. She is currently studying at Seattle University in Washington State.
Well known local basketball enthusiast and coach, Angelo Robinson, recently interviewed Jacinta on her experiences in Seattle so far. read more…
This event is about celebrating a cool day on the bike, and achieving goals that we once thought impossible. Stu Downs
The “Maungatuks Crazy” Rides
By Stu Downs and Roger Childs
On Sunday 21 September, Maungakotukutuku Road, will be a hive of activity. This famous local climb off the south end of Valley Road, 4km from Paraparaumu, is a great favourite with walkers, runners, mountain bikers and cyclists. It’s a challenging, windy 2km with a sealed surface all the way.
Between 8am and 2pm on Sunday, cyclists will be climbing the 2km ascent to surpass a collective total of 1,000 climbs for the day. Anyone is welcome to have a go whether they are professionals or just keen to give it a try. read more…