News­pa­per deeply em­bed­ded in the Kapi-Mana com­mu­nity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

The look may have changed over 64 years but Kapi-Mana News’ com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity has stayed the same.

Kapi-Mana News was started in 1949 by four Plim­mer­ton busi­ness­men: Alex Grant, Glad­stone Hill, Frank Ross and Jock Cameron.

In the lead-up to the news­pa­per’s 60th an­niver­sary in 2009, we vis­ited Grant’s daugh­ter, who played us a record­ing of an in­ter­view with her fa­ther.

On the tape he said the people in Tawa needed to know what was hap­pen­ing in Pukerua Bay and vice versa.

He said the Welling­ton City dailies never wrote a line about the area be­tween Tawa and Kapiti un­less a mur­der or some form of em­bar­rass­ment was in­volved. Each of the men put in £1 ($71 now) to start the busi­ness. Af­ter ini­tial print­ing suc­cess, they built a 30 x 30ft shed in Plim­mer­ton, where the Bap­tist Church is now.

The men bought a sec­ond-hand stick flyer press that printed four pages at a time.

The paper was de­liv­ered be­tween Tawa Flat and Para­pa­raumu, the area known as Kapi-Mana.

Af­ter a share­hold­ers’ meet­ing in 1950-1, Glad­stone Hill stepped down and Grant be­came the man­ag­ing edi­tor for 21 years.

Kapi-Mana News moved from Plim­mer­ton to a build­ing in Kenepuru Dr (Bath­room Di­rect to­day) in the mid-1950s.

In 1973, Grant re­tired and the paper was sold to In­de­pen­dent News­pa­pers Ltd.

Kapi-Mana News moved to its present lo­ca­tion un­der the Canopies in Septem­ber 1995.

Time walk­ing: The first edi­tion of Kapi-Mana News, 1949. Pic­ture per­fect: This wa­ter­colour of Kenepuru in the 1800s was the first time a colour im­age ap­peared in the paper, in 1971.

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