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Labour’s New Line-Up

2014 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

kris faafoiLowly role for Mana’s Kris Faafoi, but major promotion for Annette King annette king

By Alan Tristram

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…

From John’s Desk

2014 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
'TO ALL OF YOU WORRIED ABOUT OUR NEW TERROR LAWS, THIS IS MY PERSONAL ANSWER '...

‘TO ALL OF YOU WORRIED ABOUT OUR NEW TERROR LAWS, THIS IS MY PERSONAL ANSWER ‘…

Kapiti’s 1st Hockey International

2014 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Both teams relax after the last match in the series

Both teams relax after the last match in the series

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…

All Blacks Finish On A High

2014 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Wales McCawRugby 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…

Amazing Sports Story 15: Fanny B-K

2014 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Fanny BKAs 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…

Airport Security Stepped Up

2014 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Fatality on SHI in Kapiti

2014 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

shi at raumatiPolice investigating death of walker on main highway at Raumati

By Alan Tristram

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…

Russell Marshall on Labour Prospects

2014 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Russell Marshall

Russell Marshall

Andrew Little can bring stability and confidence…with a good team

By 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.

read more…

It’s Strawberry Time Again!

2014 November 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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.

MPH Strawberries~ Saturday 22 November 2014

~ 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…

The Multi-purpose Gladstone Library

2014 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Films of faith and doubt:

at Gladstone’s Library?

betty grableBy 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…