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Whareroa Gets Grant

2014 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Whareroa Guardians$34,000 for restored wetland and new track at Whareroa Farm

By Alan Tristram

The Government is to provide a $34,000 Community Conservation grant over two years to help the Whareroa Guardians restore the Ramaroa Wetland at Whareroa Farm, north of Paekakariki.

The grant will also help  to build a new track to the Ti Kouka Rocks.

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith has announced the Partnership Fund grant at a community event in Paekakariki. read more…

Death Of Professional Standards?

2014 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I am told library/information degrees are simply not necessary. What you need is a warm, smiling face and a persona of good customer service.

The journalist’s vocation

By Leslie Clague

leslie-clagueThroughout my working life I made my living primarily in two capacities: journalist and librarian. Journalism I learned as I was growing up, as both my parents were involved in the profession. My mother was first a copy writer and then a publicist. My father started as a journalist and then became a news photographer.

Throughout my teen years I was lectured, edited, advised by the two of them. My first job was writing for the Angeles Mesa News Advertiser, the same Los Angeles paper where my father had begun his career. read more…

Kapiti Basketballers in Vegas

2014 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All players did extremely well and learnt a lot from the experience and all are hungry to return again. Angelo Robinson

Playing in the States

By Angelo Robinson and the players

Las Vegas Tour 2014 Emily Teono (2)Six Kapiti Basketballers had an amazing opportunity to play in Age Group Basketball Tournaments in Las Vegas USA in July:Jack Hughes-Richards, Emily Teono, Zach Shearman, Josh Bunker, Kahu Sturmey, Emmerson Kavakura and Petelo Leaupepe.

All were selected for the New Zealand Basketball Academy Age Group Teams who played in Tournaments in Las Vegas. The competition was fierce and physical and took a bit of getting used to, along with the different style of refereeing where only blatant and obvious fouls etc are called.

Age Group Teams came from all over the USA, plus Mexico & Canada to play in these tournaments and all with attitudes and determination to win.Coaches, Players and Spectators were all intrigued with seeing these teams that had come – ALL THE WAY FROM NEW ZEALAND. read more…

Liquor Outlet For Raumati

2014 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Proposed site for  bottle store -- Photo, Ian Linning

Proposed site for bottle store — Photo, Ian Linning

Raumati alcohol licence application approved

By Alan Tristram

The Kāpiti Coast District Licensing Committee has approved an alcohol licence for a new bottle store at Raumati Beach on the Kapiti Coast.

The Raumati Village Liquor Centre will operate from premises at 3-5 Raumati Road, next door to the pub, where alcohol has been sold since the 1980′s.

There was some strong local opposition to the proposal, but the Committee has decided that the argunents in favour outweigh the objections. read more…

Collins Smear Sauna

2014 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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The Hager Editorial

2014 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

nicky hagerWhy I respect Nicky Hager

By Alan Tristram

I suppose one of the reasons I respect Nicky Hager is because I know he’s a better journalist than I am.

He also seems to me to represent a vital element in our journalistic history – the Puritan writer who cannot be corrupted. A man, like John Milton, who directly speaks the truth as he knows it to be, and bows in his opinions to no other authority.

So why do so many other columnists decry his work, dislike the man, and try to minimize his achievements? In two words, the answer is  professional jealousy. read more…

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…

Andy’s View

2014 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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