NZ’s best reporting today — the NZ Herald’s John Armstrong asks Key to man upBy 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?”
Great morning’s basketball last Sunday
By Angelo Robinson. Photos by Joy Cowle
The programme was as follows:
~ 9.30am: the 8 & Unders
~ 10.30am: the 10 & Unders & 12 & Unders
~ 11.30am: the 14 & Unders.
Dramatic contrast with 2013
By Roger Childs
After 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…
Mobile operating theatre treating Kapiti patients todayBy 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…
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
Roger 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 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…
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…
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
Rugby 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…
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
As 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…