Leaving on a winning note is always satisfying
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