Photo essay by Ian Linning
Great to see big crowds at the fair.
A great selection of “money sinks” for the Mums and Dads! read more…
Conservation in the news
Local doctor Ann Evans is a finalist for her leadership and commitment to the Whareroa Guardians and John Lancashire for his work coordinating the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park. T
heir two areas of operation are the biggest conservation and leisure zones at the southern end of the Kapiti District and there is a lot happening in both places. read more…
A strategy that will protection and improve the Waikanae River has been signed by Kāpiti Coast District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
The two councils have worked with local iwi and Friends of the Waikanae River to do the right thing for the river and the whole environment, said Council’s Environment and Community Development Committee Chair Councillor Penny Gaylor at the signing ceremony. read more…
As a team, it gives us the opportunity to develop our game and test it against a different opponent each week. All Black coach, Steve Hansen
All Blacks face big challenges on overseas trip
By Roger Childs
Back in 2005 Graham Henry’s side beat Wales 41-3 and Ireland 45-7 on consecutive Saturdays,. In 2005, the scores were no surprise. However, the remarkable feature was that the run-on All Blacks for the Irish test featured fifteen different players from the team that played the Welsh.
The squad just picked to take on the USA, England, Scotland and Wales in the next few weeks has similar depth to that excellent 2005 team. Dan Carter, Luke Romano and Sonny Bill Williams return as expected and Victor Vito adds strength to the loose forwards. read more…
‘Once in a lifetime’ exhibition opens in London
Rembrandt: The Late Works, National Gallery, LondonBy Tom Aitken in London
For the next three months until (January 18, 2015) London’s National Gallery is presenting what it justly describes as ‘a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition’ – the first in-depth exploration of Rembrandt’s final years of painting.
What we see, therefore, takes him from age 44 to 63. The paintings, etchings and sketches on view cover the whole of this period, right through to the last six months of his life.
If you are going to be in London during the next three months, you can, as it were, visit all of these places and their treasures by walking through seven rooms in London. Don’t miss the chance !
Is “Gone Girl” a feminist masterpiece or supremely damaging to all women everywhere? Emine Sander, Mail & Guardian
A typical American movie
By Roger Childs
There will be different views on the success of Gone Girl as it is thought-provoking, provocative but, at times, rather contrived. In many ways it is a typical Hollywood thriller, with the expected mix of drama, schmaltz, violence, bad language and sex, however on another level it can be seen as a satire on modern American life. It is based on the book by Gillian Flynn who also wrote the screenplay. That being the case, the film probably reflects the story line of the novel pretty well. Three stars. read more…
Whitireia Polytechnic on the Kapiti Coast has welcomed home one of their best-known teachers, Katherine Mansfield award winner, Mandy Hager.
Mandy, who is also one of KIN’s best-loved columnists, has already contributed to our paper, immediately after returning from six months in France.
And here is Whitireia Polytechnic’s account of her work while overseas…
‘Mandy Hager, well-known author of novels for young adults and tutor at the Creative Writing Programme of Whitireia Polytechnic, is back in Raumati after six months in Menton, France.
During her stay in Menton, which she describes as amazing and challenging, Mandy travelled extensively absorbing French history and culture and doing research for her next book, the story of a 12th century nun. read more…
If the A-League is only as strong as its weakest link, then Wellington Phoenix are on notice. Michael Cockerill, Football Writer for the Sydney Morning Herald
Disappointment for football fans
By Dave Daniel
The Wellington Phoenix kicked off their 2014 A League campaign with a 2-1 home loss to the Perth Glory last Sunday. They flapped their wings but never really took off and sadly some of the familiar weaknesses surfaced again.
It is only one game, but I left the stadium a little deflated and many of the 7,767 crowd would have felt the same.
Are their real reasons for concern about the season? read more…
As great as Nadal and Djokovic are, I have yet to see a tennis player with the same finesse, poetic grace and winners instinct Roger Federer possesses. Michael G, letter to The Guardian
The Swiss maestro triumphs in Shanghai
By Roger Childs
In early 2012, when Federer had turned 30, many pundits doubted whether he would add to his 16 grand slam tennis titles. They were wrong, as the Swiss super star defeated Andy Murray at Wimbledon in June. He still continues to confound the critics at the age of 33. In an era which undoubtedly has the greatest depth in men’s tennis ever seen, Federer continues to win tournaments. In the Shanghai Masters last weekend he beat Gilles Simon in the final 7-6,7-6. In that tournament all the top ten ranked players in the world were competing. read more…