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. However, as often happens with “breaking news”, the cartoonists were far more astute than the political commentators. Dirty Politics caused John Key and the party bosses some anxious moments, but did not derail National’s campaign. Judith Collins, the cabinet minister with the closet links to the scurrilous right wing bloggers, was offered up as sacrificial mutton and Jason Ede, the main conduit from the PM’s office, quietly slipped away. National duly romped back into power. 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.
For many Australians, not to have a beer in their hands at six o’clock in the evening was almost as historic as the tie itself! Cricket writer, Jack Fingleton
The greatest test of all time. Don Bradman
By Roger Childs
It was December 1960, and there were only about 4000 people at the Brisbane Cricket Ground to witness the climax of the first test between Australia and the West Indies. However, hundreds of thousand listened to the last hour of play on their radios. History was about to be made, as West Indian speedster Wes Hall took the ball to bowl the last over. Australia needed six runs to win with three wickets in hand. read more…
With the Kapiti Road/Milne Drive/Te Roto Drive intersection nearly complete, a cycling safety “Lego man” display and video is now set up in the Paraparaumu Library.
This will give cyclists a head start in understanding how to safely perform the new “hook turn right” manoeuvre. read more…
Photo essay by Ian Linning
It was a great to see big crowds at the fair.
And great selection of ‘money sinks’ for the Mums and Dads! read more…
Conservation in the news
Local doctor Ann Evans is a finalist for her leadership and commitment to the Whareroa Guardians and John Lancashire for his work coordinating the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park. T
heir two areas of operation are the biggest conservation and leisure zones at the southern end of the Kapiti District and there is a lot happening in both places. read more…
A strategy that will protection and improve the Waikanae River has been signed by Kāpiti Coast District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
The two councils have worked with local iwi and Friends of the Waikanae River to do the right thing for the river and the whole environment, said Council’s Environment and Community Development Committee Chair Councillor Penny Gaylor at the signing ceremony. read more…
As a team, it gives us the opportunity to develop our game and test it against a different opponent each week. All Black coach, Steve Hansen
All Blacks face big challenges on overseas trip
By Roger Childs
Back in 2005 Graham Henry’s side beat Wales 41-3 and Ireland 45-7 on consecutive Saturdays,. In 2005, the scores were no surprise. However, the remarkable feature was that the run-on All Blacks for the Irish test featured fifteen different players from the team that played the Welsh.
The squad just picked to take on the USA, England, Scotland and Wales in the next few weeks has similar depth to that excellent 2005 team. Dan Carter, Luke Romano and Sonny Bill Williams return as expected and Victor Vito adds strength to the loose forwards. read more…
‘Once in a lifetime’ exhibition opens in London
Rembrandt: The Late Works, National Gallery, LondonBy Tom Aitken in London
For the next three months until (January 18, 2015) London’s National Gallery is presenting what it justly describes as ‘a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition’ – the first in-depth exploration of Rembrandt’s final years of painting.
What we see, therefore, takes him from age 44 to 63. The paintings, etchings and sketches on view cover the whole of this period, right through to the last six months of his life.
If you are going to be in London during the next three months, you can, as it were, visit all of these places and their treasures by walking through seven rooms in London. Don’t miss the chance !