When Keneperu was beginning surgery
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.