When Keneperu was be­gin­ning surgery

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

It was 1980 and the Kapi-Mana News was abreast of all the news that mat­tered.

Kenepuru Hospi­tal had opened its first ward and its first two spe­cial­i­ties, gen­eral and or­tho­pe­dic surgery, were ready.

Pa­tients were be­ing brought in from Welling­ton Hospi­tal’s wait­ing list and three house sur­geons were on hand.

Novem­ber’s ed­i­to­rial fo­cused on the hot is­sue of Satur­day trad­ing which was on the hori­zon for the Porirua basin.

‘‘No-one needs re­mind­ing of the so­cial fac­tors in­volved in New Zealand giv­ing up its hal­lowed two­day week­end,’’ the pa­per in­toned.

In real es­tate news, the house of the week was in Whitby.

The sum of $65,000 would snare the three-bed­room home that boasted an ex­tra fam­ily room and full en­suite.

If that was out of your price range, a $38,000, three-bed­room Pare­mata house might suit.

In other news, Aotea Col­lege’s fourth form stu­dents held an Egg Drop Day where they had to de­sign a way to pre­vent an egg from break­ing when dropped from a great height.

A suit­ably tall build­ing was of­fered by the Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and the suc­cess rate was a ‘‘sur­pris­ing’’ 24 eggs out of 28 – ’’which the stu­dents be­lieve is a record, cer­tainly a lo­cal one’’. on the road and their teacher’s aid slumped over the driver’s wheel it was a con­fronting sight for the kids who had been learn­ing about how to be­have at an ac­ci­dent scene.

The traf­fic of­fi­cer at the time said a sense of re­al­ity was im­por­tant for the chil­dren.

The recipe page held many a de­light for keen cooks.

Chicken liver curry, sweet and sour chicken liv­ers and health loaf [that ap­peared to be made mainly of car­rots and sul­tanas] were on of­fer.

In en­ter­tain­ment, Porirua’s first rodeo was in town in Fe­bru­ary and fea­tured bull rid­ing, calf rop­ing and some­thing called bull­dog­ging.

Sadly, the Po­lice File re­ported bur­glars had been busy in the area. A fac­tory was bur­gled and had four tyres, 90 litres of petrol and two crow­bars stolen.

A Can­nons Creek store was bro­ken into and had $230 worth of cig­a­rettes, sham­poo and cof­fee stolen and some­one en­tered a War­spite Ave home and stole $20.

‘‘No-one needs re­mind­ing of the so­cial fac­tors in­volved in New Zealand giv­ing up its hal­lowed two-day week­end.’’

The great 1980 Egg Drop - a ‘‘sur­pris­ing’’ 24 eggs out of 28 sur­vived the fall in­tact.

Ad­verts from 1980 edi­tions of the KapiMana News. No, it’s not a cell­phone and no-one had heard of self­ies. Be­low, grab your cas­sette deck be­fore they go.

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