When the former Australian PM Gough Whitlam died this week it seemed ironic that developers were about to destroy his birthplace in Melbourne.
But the better side of Australian public life rallied to the cause and the modest home of one of Australia’s greatest sons was saved for the nation. read more…
Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day. Gifford Pinchot, early 20th century American forester
Environmental action is thriving in Kapiti
By Roger Childs
Conservation Week starts November 1 and the Kapiti area can be proud of its achievements. There are more than 20 groups which regularly work away on environmental improvement from North Otaki Beach to Pukerua Bay. Every year, ten of thousands of flaxes, shrubs and trees are planted by volunteers, council staff and company employees.
KCDC is actively involved in the process and one of the newly developed areas in Paraparaumu – the Te Roto Wetland Walkway – was a council initiative. (See alongside.) read more…
… when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there. Gertrude Ederle
The extraordinary 19-yr-old swimmer from New York
By Roger Childs
She died in obscurity at the age of 97 in 2003. However back in 1926 she was a sporting sensation. Aged only 19, she became the first woman to swim the English Channel (La Manche) and broke the all time record by 2 hours.
She started in calm conditions, but the notorious stretch of water became so stormy that ships stayed in port!
Her coach urged her to abandon the attempt, but the gutsy New Yorker would have none of it. After all, daddy had promised her a new sports car! read more…
A 10-metre whale has washed up overnight at Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast.
The black and white whale was found at the south end of Waikanae Beach near Stonewall Grove at 6am, Police Central Communications Inspector Dave Rose says.
It appears to be dead and it is not clear yet what sort of whale it is. read more…
I’m writing this ‘how to write’ piece because one of the most commonly asked questions from our many readers is: ‘How do you start?‘ (writing, that is).
For instance, Richelle writes: “ I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.”
So I’ll try to answer her question – and Associate Editor Roger Childs will also give you his formula too. (See below) read more…
I know it was an incredible match. The tennis at the end and in the second set was high level. Andy Murray
The race to the Barclays tournament
By Roger Childs
The ATP World Tour Finals in London, sponsored by Barclays Bank, is the toughest tournament of the year. Djokovic, Federer, Wawrinka and Cilic have qualified, so it’s a battle for the other four spots.
Over the weekend, Scotsman Andy Murray won in the Valencia Open and now has a strong chance of being amongst the Barclays chosen. read more…
One thing I’m not going to do, is read “Dirty Politics”: it’s just muck raking. Peter Dunne at an election candidates meeting in Khandallah
By Roger Childs
It was inevitable that Dirty Politics would rear its head again, once parliament resumed after the election.
Those who bothered to read it right through, knew that the National Party and John Key in particular, were seriously compromised by the contents. Furthermore, the debate over whether writers should disclose their sources and the unwise raiding of Nicky Hager’s house, have kept the mud boiling.
Nicky Hager’s latest investigative research was published a few weeks before the election and provided a sensational story for the media. read more…
By Alan Tristram
The Kapiti Coast District Council says its controversial coastal hazard lines are finally being totally withdrawn — marking a victory for coastal campaigners who fought the proposals for two years.
It says the withdrawal of the contentious provisions from the Proposed District Plan (PDP) – including coastal hazard provisions – will take effect this week. read more…
Gough Whitlam is probably remembered most in New Zealand for being sensationally dismissed by the Governor General in 1975. However, he is arguably Australia’s greatest ever prime minister, having introduced a massive amount of legislation which transformed the country.Julia Meek in Melbourne looks at the life of a great Australian (with acknowledgment to ‘The Age’) The death of Gough Whitlam, aged 98, in the early hours of Tuesday, 21st October has reminded Australians of momentous times when their country changed for the better — ending their part in a corrupt war and beginning reconciliation with Aboriginals. Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister of a Labor-led government from Dec.5th, 1972, until it ended dramatically on Nov.11th 1975 when dismissed by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, a move that was of huge importance to the British Commonwealth, and unprecedented at the time.