Leav­ing on a win­ning note is al­ways sat­is­fy­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS -

Se­nior Kapi-Mana News re­porter Kris Dando has had a week to re­mem­ber. Kris, who has worked for the news­pa­per for 10 years, was named the com­mu­nity re­porter of the year at the Canon na­tional jour­nal­ism awards last Fri­day.

He was also a key player in Kapi-Mana News be­ing named the top com­mu­nity news­pa­per in the coun­try, the sec­ond time in four years we have won that award.

I’m de­lighted we have been named top news­pa­per again.

It is a credit to the peo­ple who work for Kapi-Mana News, in­clud­ing our ad­ver­tis­ing staff and the ever-help­ful and thought­ful Jeanette Pet­tit, who does such a good job deal­ing with the public and at­tend­ing to a myr­iad of tasks ev­ery day.

How­ever, th­ese were jour­nal­ism awards and the lion’s share of the credit must go to our re­porters and sub-ed­i­tors.

Dur­ing 2015, the re­port­ing staff was Rhi­an­non McCon­nell (for three months), Daniel Whit­field and Kris Dando.

All played their part, but it is un­de­ni­able Kris has been a tow­er­ing pres­ence.

Many peo­ple in Porirua and Tawa will have dealt with him over the past decade, and will surely agree he has pro­vided good read­able sto­ries on a vast va­ri­ety of sub­jects – sport, police, the city coun­cil, so­cial is­sues, the arts.

He’s done in-depth longer in­ter­views with many of Porirua’s lead­ing fig­ures, has faith­fully re­ported sport (every­thing from un­der­wa­ter hockey to snooker), has al­ways had an eye out for the un­der­dog and has shown a par­tic­u­lar pen­chant for sto­ries with a his­tor­i­cal an­gle.

As Kapi-Mana News edi­tor since 2013, I have been ex­tremely for­tu­nate to be able to rely on Kris’ en­thu­si­asm, en­ergy and judg­ment.

Th­ese are chang­ing times in the world of jour­nal­ism, es­pe­cially print jour­nal­ism.

Our news­pa­per un­der­went a re­vamp last year and another is in the off­ing. As part of those changes, I de­part as edi­tor next week, so this is a good note to leave on.

My feel­ing is that Porirua and Tawa are for­tu­nate to be served by Kapi-Mana News, which has for decades been a re­li­able and in­for­ma­tive com­mu­nity news­pa­per.

And we jour­nal­ists have been equally lucky to work in the area we have. The Porirua basin is full of tal­ented, com­mit­ted peo­ple who want to make a dif­fer­ence, and their sto­ries have gen­er­ally been a joy to tell.

It’s al­ways dan­ger­ous to sin­gle out peo­ple, but I’m leav­ing, so I’ll do it any­way. There­fore let me thank Matt Dal­las for shap­ing the Kapi-Mana News I in­her­ited, and such fine re­porters as An­drea O’Neil, Rhi­an­non McCon­nell and, in par­tic­u­lar, the inim­itable Kris Dando.

Joseph Ro­manos De­part­ing edi­tor

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