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All Blacks Scrape Home

2014 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

They could easily have scored right at the very end and won it. It’s a shame in a game like that, someone has to lose. I’m just happy it wasn’t us. All Black coach, Steve Hansen

Cliff-hanger at the Caketin

By Roger Childs

de Villiers and McCawIt was a near thing. The South Africans went within an ace of ending the All Blacks 20 game streak without a loss. For the last ten minutes they were hot on attack inside the New Zealand 22 and only resolute defence held them out. They needed a try to win the match, but came away with just one bonus point from the 10-14 loss. It was the typical tight game that you associate with the two top teams on the planet and there is a lot to look forward to in the return match at Ellis Park in three weeks time. read more…

Kapiti Kids Take On Dads At Basketball!

2014 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The games were all fun but did get quite competitive!

Hoop Club Kapiti Father’s Day Games

By Angelo Robinson

Father's Day 2014 Competative Dads (2)On Father’s Day, Hoop Club Kapiti held their annual Kids vs Dads games at Hoop Club.

It always is a great day and something the kids really look forward to.

They love the idea of playing against the Dads and showing them what they have learnt at Hoop Club and of course they all try really hard to beat the Dads. read more…

Waikanae Gymnastics Turn 30

2014 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A proud record

By Kay Brown

gymnastics kidsLast month the Waikanae Gymnastic Club celebrated 30 years. Their first classes were run in August 1984. Since that time thousands of Waikanae children have attended classes.

With all their club coaches still giving their time voluntarily the club has managed to keep its costs to families very affordable. read more…

Key’s Winstonian Nightmare

2014 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

winston polls high

Editorial by Prue Hyman

2014 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hymanWhy we should vote Green 

By Prue Hyman

In August I urged us all to vote and to be as educated as we can possibly be on the issues.

And I promised that my next column would say why I dream of a Greens 45, Labour 20 seat government, but would settle for the other way round. So here we are! read more…

Letter from Germany

2014 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

FIREWOOD, CEMETERIES AND MUSHROOMING

guy and trufflesBy Guy Burns in Bavaria

I’m been now back in Bavaria for most of August and three things I’d like to talk about: firewood; cemeteries; and mushrooming.

I’m living in a rural area not far from Amberg, in the province of Oberpfalz. Here most people use wood to heat their houses, often in conjunction with a central heating system using oil. Though, what is quite different here is the way people cut and store the wood. read more…

Letter From Australia

2014 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a australiaUranium and coal for the Indians — and big profits for Aussie capitalists

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

One can be very happy living in a different country, loving its warm-hearted, generous majority of people, loving its different flora and fauna, and so on.

But that does not prevent one from criticizing the ambitions of the politicians and the greed of the capitalists. Such phenomena are everywhere! read more…

Easy Winners In The US Open

2014 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Cilic and Williams cruise home

By Roger Childs

Serena WilliamsOne was expected, the other not. Top seed Serena Williams won in straight sets in the women’s US Open tennis final, having too much power for Caroline Wozniacki. Pundits predicted that the great Roger Federer would easily dispose of 10th seed Marin Cilic in the semi finals, but in fact the big serving Croat blasted the number two seed off the court in straight sets. The other semi was also an upset, with Kei Nishikori defeating world number one Novak Djokovic in four. So the men’s final would see the crowning of a new grand slam champion. read more…

Local College Basketballers Do Well

2014 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Success in the Wellington Secondary Schools Basketball Competition

By Angelo Robinson

Kapiti College Snr Boys Team - champions (1)The College Basketball season just wrapped up at the end of August with some great results from our area. Teams from Kapiti and Paraparaumu College did very well in both the senior and junior grades. read more…

World War I: Share The Blame?

2014 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Allied and Associated Governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected as a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies. Treaty of Versailles Article 321: The War Guilt Clause

Let’s be beastly to the Germans

 By Roger Childs

WW1 damageHistorians cannot agree on who was to blame for starting the war. The “winners” – Britain, France, Italy, the USA and their allies and empires – blamed the defeated Germany (and its allies). The war guilt clause in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles reflected this. Consequently Germany was made to pay heavily in the Treaty especially to compensate the country that suffered the most damage: France. (See the photo above.)  British Prime Minister David Lloyd George expressed the view that we must have from Germany the uttermost farthing, and shall search their pockets for it. Emotions were running high at the time and there was a strong desire for revenge, especially amongst the French. read more…