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Amazing Sports Stories 6: Payne Stewart

2014 July 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If golf is an art, Payne Stewart was the colour.  Friend and fellow PGA golfer, Paul Azinger

A golfer and a gentleman

by Roger Childs

Payne Stewart US OpenHe died in a plane crash in South Dakota in 1999 at the height of his career. Compared with greats like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart only won three majors, yet nonetheless has become a golfing legend.  He has had roads and a golf course named after him; he was admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001; there is a statue of him at Pinehurst Resort and the Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a PGA golfer. What makes this guy so special? read more…

Horowhenua Mayor Honoured

2014 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Photo - Brendan Duffy - Horowhenua MayorHorowhenua Mayor elected as LGNZ’s new Vice President

By Alan Tristram

Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy has been voted the new Vice President of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) by members at their 2014 conference in Nelson.

LGNZ is the sector voice for all 78 councils in the country, advocating on behalf of members and leading the sector’s commitment to improve practice and efficiency, enable economic growth, community vibrancy and environmental wellbeing. read more…

Magic Kapiti Morning

2014 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Magic Kapiti MorningPhoto of the Week

From KIN Photographic Editor Ian Linning

 ‘Magic Kapiti Morning’ shows Kapiti at 07.30am on May 10th this year.

The light conditions were quite amazing with the early post-dawn light creating the  texture on the island — and also creating the rainbow on the left hand side.

I’ve lived for  10 years on the Coast, and these are some of the most unique lighting conditions I’ve seen.

(For the photographic enthusiast, the image was captured on a Canon 5D MK 111, ISO 320, 1/400 @ f4.0)

Extra Note: And I was still in my pyjamas when I captured this!

Cunliffe et Brutus

2014 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters


Football players and their money

2014 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

After helping Germany lift the World Cup midfielder Mezut Ozil (pictured below), has captured the hearts of Brazilian youngsters, after revealing he has donated around £350,000 of his personal winnings to 23 children’s surgeries in the South American country. The Telegraph

Looking towards next season

By Dave Daniel

Mesut OzilNow that the World Cup is over, players around the globe are in various states of pre-season training and tours, and also perhaps just waiting to see where they will be playing next season. Managers are currently looking to refine their squads and make decisions on who they will keep and who they will sell. Others players may still be on holiday in exotic climes with family and friends, spending some of their rather large wages. read more…

Legal Highs Worry

2014 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

legal highsKapiti Council to tell Govt it wants ban on psychoactive drugs

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council says it will tell Government of its worries about being unable to stop the sale of psychoactive substances (legal highs) on the Coast.

The Psychoactive Substances Law introduced this year provides for councils to develop Local Approved Product Policies (LAPPs) to restrict the location of places where legal highs can be sold. The Ministry of Health will grant licences to sell legal highs on the basis a LAPP. read more…

National Up Again

2014 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

cunliffe, keyKey’s Party soars higher–while Cunliffe and Labour fall even lower

By Alan Tristram

The latest NZ Roy Morgan Poll shows a strong rise in support for National (51%, up 3%) and a substantial lead over a potential Labour/Greens alliance (38.5%, down 1.5%).

And it’s just over two months from the General Election on September 20.

Support for Key’s Coalition partners has changed little overall — with the Maori Party 1% (down 0.5%); Act NZ (0.5%, down 0.5%); and United Future 0.5% (up 0.5%). read more…

Ralph Reports from Overseas

2014 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a ralphGoodbye London…Hello Thailand

By Ralph McAllister

What a great way to finish a London visit .

Peter Brook and, at 89, showing that he still has much to offer, took over the Young Vic with his latest production The Valley of Astonishment and astonished we were. read more…

Road To WWI:July Crisis

2014 July 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Finally a situation arises when a Great Power can no longer just look on but must draw the sword. German Kaiser Wilhelm II to the Austrian Chief of General Staff, July 6 1914

Remembering a revolution and a war

By Roger Childs

Paris fireworksJuly 14 is Bastille Day and it celebrates the storming of the notorious Paris prison during the French Revolution of 1789. It is France’s National Day and this year, on the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One, there have been special ceremonies as well as dramatic fireworks around the Eiffel Tower.

It was in July 1914 that the great powers of Europe were faced with the possibility of fireworks of a different kind. Could they prevent a minor crisis in the Balkans leading to major war? read more…

Letter From London

2014 July 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Rolfy and C0′ – did the sexual dam burst in 1963?

By Tom Aiken in London

To begin with words from (in his way) a wise man and prophet:

rolf harrisAnnus Mirabilis

By Philip Larkin

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
 (which was rather late for me) –
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles’ first LP. read more…