The Kapiti Coast district Council is finally throwing out its controversial, and unpopular coastal hazard lines.
The lines were summarily imposed under the previous Council led by Jenny Rowan.
It was a highly unpopular, and poorly thought-out policy, and probably contributed hugely to Ms Rowan’s subsequent defeat in last year’s election. read more…
It was the first game of three cup finals: 10 days, 3 games, win them: history. Sounds simple! Ryan Giggs
An old club with a proud history
By Roger Childs
Manchester United is the most popular sports club on the planet. They have more than 650 million fans world-wide with half of them living in Asia. The club has a proud history going back to 1878 when the Newton Heath LYR Football Club was formed in the Lancashire city. There have been many momentous events over the years, with the worst being 1958 Munich air crash which claimed the lives of eight players. However the greatest achievement in its magnificent post-war record came over ten days in the spring of 1999. read more…
It is the make believe of Hollywood that is fascinating. It seems to spread across the entire city.
Making movies at Universal Studios
By Leslie Clague
My second full day in Los Angeles to attend my 50th high school class reunion took me to the industry that dominates the culture of the city. My friend Sheri Herman, who works for Universal Studios, arranged a day pass for me so we could wander the back lots and the “real” world that making movies is all about.
We walked through a highly professional, carefully regimented environment, with giant, square beige buildings, surrounded by clean white trucks, which were actually changing rooms for the actors and held costumes and other supplies. read more…
I’ve recently returned from a week in Sydney Australia, visiting a sick brother.
And on returning I’ve bent down to kiss the soil — as usual — just because I’m so glad to be back in Aotearoa.
Stupidly sentimental? Maybe, but at my time of life one can be forgiven a few peccadilloes. read more…
The All Blacks reign supreme in the Rugby Championship yet again, wrapping up the title with a match to spare by beating Argentina 34-13. stuff.co.nz
Polished performance in La Plata
By Roger Childs
The All Blacks have secured the Four Nations trophy with a bonus point win against Argentina. It was a classy performance on the hard and fast ground, and the backs, who scored all four tries, produced plenty of magic. The local team contributed to an entertaining match and were rewarded with a very good try late in the second half. The All Blacks now go on to Ellis Park with the competition won, but keen to keep their unbeaten record. read more…
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and Kapiti Mayor Ross Church have applauded the decision of New Zealand Transport Agency to appeal the Board of Inquiry’s rejection of the Basin Bridge application.
The Transport Agency has lodged an appeal to the High Court on a number of points of law in order to provide direction for the future planning of transport infrastructure, both around the Basin and throughout New Zealand. read more…
Quite clearly a lot of New Zealanders who I think do associate well with Labour’s values around issues like fairness and equality haven’t seen the party as one they want to vote for. Grant Robertson
Good news amongst the gloom?
By Roger Childs
Out of last weekend’s election trouncing there was some good news for Labour: a gain of four electorate seats. Also less than half of those who voted – about 77% of people eligible –gave their party vote to National. Unfortunately less than a quarter supported Labour! Even in many electorates where Labour candidates walloped the opposition, the highest party vote was for the Tories.
Bad weather, Kim Dotcom, Dirty Politics and spying allegations can’t be blamed for the rout; the leadership has to be accountable. David Cunliffe tried and failed, and is clearly yesterday’s man. He needs to resign to clear the decks for the careful selection of a new leader. read more…
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THE TRAIN TO PARIS by Sebastian Hampson ,despite being the story of a young man falling in love with an older woman ,in Paris,must rank as one of the worst books of the year.
Endless meetings in cafés whilst she bullies him interminably meant that for the first time in a while I did not finish a debut novel.
Disappointment too from two of England’s best novelists. read more…
Now the downtown area features a lot of high rise apartments. People actually live there.
High rise, greening and smog
By Leslie Clague
Driving along the 405 Freeway from the airport to the San Fernando Valley, now in L.A. for my 50th high school class reunion, I could see downtown Los Angeles to my right. A lot more high rises of varying size and style marked the centre.
My friend Sheri was taking me to her home in Studio City, a suburb of the valley. I certainly wasn’t driving, now so used to driving on the left. When we got to her car I of course got confused as to which side to sit on! read more…