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Editors’ Choice

2014 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
To all of you worried about my office staff, this is my personal answer...’

To all of you worried about my office staff, this is my personal answer…’

NZ’s best reporting today — the NZ Herald’s John Armstrong asks Key to man up

By the Editors
For our money, here’s an excerpt from the best piece of political reporting today.
Leading political journalist John Armstrong, of the NZ Herald, asks:
 
“What is so hard about offering an apology, Prime Minister?”

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Kapiti And Hutt Valley Hoop Clubs Meet

2014 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great morning’s basketball last Sunday

By Angelo Robinson. Photos by Joy Cowle

Hoop Club Kapiti vs Hutt Valley 2On Sunday 23 November Hoop Club Hutt Valley came out to play Hoop Club Kapiti for some friendly games.

The programme was as follows:

~ 9.30am: the 8 & Unders

~ 10.30am: the 10 & Unders & 12 & Unders

~ 11.30am: the 14 & Unders.

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Weather Unkind To Strawberry Festival

2014 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dramatic contrast with 2013

By Roger Childs

MPH weatherAfter a fine day on Friday, the Kapiti Coast weather was brutal the following day. Then Sunday was beautiful. Unfortunately, the Strawberry Festival, to raise funds for the Mary Potter Hospice (MPH), was on the Saturday when the storm roared into Paraparaumu Beach.

The programme, set around the sale of strawberries and ice cream, and Christmas gifts, was to start at 9.00am and run through to four in the afternoon. A range of bands, music groups and dancers were due to perform and 60 stalls selling food, jewellery, clothing and other goods were set to operated down MacLean Street. Sadly much of what was planned was blown away. read more…

Surgery From SH1

2014 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Surgical procedure on board (earlier stop)

Surgical procedure on board (at earlier stop)

Mobile operating theatre treating Kapiti patients today

By Jim Webber and Alan Tristram
Photos: Helen Tristram and MSU

An amazing ‘fold-out’ operating theatre has arrived in Kapiti on the back of a bus chassis; and is parked next to Paraparaumu Hospital.

Soon after arriving, doctors started operating on local people and at least one patient from farther afield.

The Mobile Surgical Unit (MSU), as it’s called,  travels the country on a five-week loop, stopping off for the day at 23 regular sites. read more…

Davis Cup: The First Swiss Win

2014 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 The Swiss love him — there are flags at all his matches and he supports his hometown tournament — but Federer is a truly global superstar. He’s the hometown favorite wherever he is, from Wimbledon to Paris to Shanghai to Indian Wells to Tokyo. He’ll remain that way. But today he’s as much a Swiss hero as ever. Chris Chase, USA Today

Federer and Wawrinka close it out for Switzerland

By Roger Childs

Lille FedererRoger Federer made history for his small country by beating France’s Richard Gasquet on Sunday. With that victory Switzerland won the Davis Cup for the first time. But he couldn’t have done it without Stan Wawrinka. read more…

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 Services, 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…

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

Gerry Security