Latest poll = a turning point?
By Roger Childs
Roy Morgan’s latest poll poll is bad news for John Key. The Nats seemed to be sleep walking to a third term in office on the back of a growing economy, high business confidence, a fawning media and the popularity of JK. But with National down, Labour and NZ First up and Internet/Mana possibly in with a chance of more than one seat, the game may have changed. However, one poll does not make an election victory and the margin for error is as unscientific as ever. Nevertheless having recently ruled out a deal with the flakey Colin Craig, JK might not be sleeping easy in his bed. read more…
National lead cut by 5% as Labour support jumps
Latest Roy Morgan pollBy Alan Tristram
The latest Roy Morgan shows National has gone down 5% — and its lead over a Labour/ Greens coalition has been cut significantly.
The poll theoretically puts NZ First’s Winston Peters in position as a potential kingmaker, as long as his party gets 5% of the vote.
It comes after PM John Key ruled out a pre-election agreement with Conservative Party, but said National would consider a deal with NZ First (now on 5%). read more…
Green politicians and environment groups have been expressing dismay at the Federal Government’s decision to approve a giant Queensland coalmine owned by India’s Adani company.
But the project will bring 240 more massive bulk carriers into the Great Barrier Reef waters every year. read more…
Raumati Beach residents’ petition against new alcohol outletBy Alan Tristram
A growing number of residents and business owners at Raumati Beach are signing a petition opposing a new liquor store in the village.
As a result, the KCDC’s District Licensing Committee says it has been obliged to hold a full public hearing.
The Kapiti Coast District Council says ‘an application to turn a Raumati Beach grocery and cellar shop into a bottle store will be considered by a formal hearing convened by the Licensing Committee, at which objectors will have a full opportunity to voice their concerns.’ read more…
Enterprising Waikanae School Seniors
By Peter Corlett
They were given an opportunity to show their entrepreneurial spirit and organisational abilities through fundraising activities, with money raised to go towards the cost of going on camp.
Under a cloudy sky and with dozens of stalls sporting:
~ tantalising sweets
~ toffee apples
~ toffee apples
~ homemade baking.
There were plenty of tempting treats at the event last Friday. read more…
Those past few days, when I was asked which one was my best moment of the Tour, I anticipated that no feeling of happiness could be compared to what we feel on the podium at the Champs-Elysées. It’s even more beautiful than what I could imagine.Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali
Expect the unexpected
By Roger Childs
This year’s tour was expected to be a battle between the 2013 winner Chris Froome and Spain’s Alberto Contador. Having won in 2007 and 2009, Contador was stripped of the 2010 title because of drug taking and served a one year ban. However the expected clash between the former winners did not eventuate as both had to retire after being involved in crashes in the first half of the three week race.
Out of the wings came an acknowledged contender, Vicenzo Nibali, who had won the Giro d’Italia in 2013. Nibali decided not to ride the June Giro this year to save himself for the Tour de France. It was a gamble that paid off handsomely. read more…
The size of the field is probably as a result of the exceptionally good state of the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club course. Jenny MacKay
Women coming from far and wide to the links tournament
This is one of the prestige events in the ladies’ golfing calendar in the wider Wellington region.
Women are coming from as far away as Mt Maunganui and Masterton, with more than 60 visitors registered. Most are from the Wellington, Hutt, Kapiti and Horowhenua. read more…
Violent deaths in Kapiti succeeded by plan to help young MaoriBy Alan Tristram
The Kapiti Coast Council will get $40,000 from a Ministry of Youth Development fund to help develop the prospects for young Maori.
The programme is a beacon of hope following outbreaks of drunken violence in the Paraparaumu shopping area which led to the deaths of two young Maori men.
The Ngā Kākano (The Seeds) programme was initiated from a series of hui held by family and friends of Sean Strongman-Lintern and Izak Millanta who died tragically in the 2012 killings in Paraparaumu. read more…