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Halo Effect creator is Mahara Gallery’s first Artist in Residence
August 11, 2017
Wellington artist Paul Forrest has become Mahara Gallery's first Artist in Residence contributing his Halo Effect – Nga Manu art works to the current exhibition of paintings on the environmental theme of "seed" by pupils of Raumati South Primary School. Paul is spending two weeks in the Gallery, talking to school an... More...

Collaborative Exhibition launched at Mahara Gallery
August 7, 2017
He Kākano, Seed, a collaborative project between Mahara Gallery, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School, was launched last week and is currently showing at the gallery. The project, supported by the Phillip Family Foundation (PFF), aims to link science, environmental themes and the creative proce... More...

Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust Poetry Reading
3 July, 2017
Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust invites all to the final of the Station Sessions - poetry readings by local poets, as part of the current display of Poets and Writers of Paekakariki in the Station Museum. Sunday July 9 from 3-4pm, koha admission. Petticoat Junction has limited seating, so be early!Reading will be by ... More...

Kapiti Playhouse hits the mark with Homeland
11 June, 2017
What a superb play Homeland, performed at Kapiti Playhouse, was. From the moment Ken (Peter Carr), that frail and pathetic shadow of a man, stumbled onto the stage we were emotionally involved with him. Cold practicality demanded that he 'went into a home' even though his true home was the house and farm that he was a p... More...

Michael O'Leary features At Petticoat Junction
8 June. 2017
Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust would like to invite all to the fifth Station Sessions - poetry readings at Petticoat Junction, the tea rooms at the station, featuring poets in the current display of Paekakariki Writers at the Station Museum. Next, on Sunday 11 June, Michael O'Leary is the featured reader. Bring ... More...

Mahara Galley host Matariki Exhibition
29 May, 2017
Mahara Gallery in Waikanae will be hosting the opening of its 2017 Matariki exhibition Matariki Dawn on Saturday June 10 starting at 4pm. Matariki Dawn, is an installation by Michel Tuffery and Yvonne de Mille. Both artists are inspired by the traditional use of Manu Aute and Manu Tukutuku kites during Matariki. Matarik... More...

Film-making Workshop for Otaki
May 2017
Registrations are open for the 2017 series of free film-making workshops for young people. The Someday Workshops are back and there will be one held in Otaki with a date soon to be confirmed. The workshops have become a critical first step on the film-making pathway created by The Outlook for Someday project. Par... More...

Kapiti writer Mandy Hager to Launch New Novel
May 2017
The launch of Mandy Hager`s new historical novel for adults, Heloise, will take place on Wednesday 31 May, 7pm in Paraparaumu Library meeting room. Mandy is a multi award winning author and gives an insight into the origins of thi... More...

Paekakariki Station Precinct Poetry Readings
Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust would like to invite all to the fourth Station Sessions - poetry readings at Petticoat Junction, the tea rooms at the station, featuring poets in the current display of Paekakariki Writers at the Station Museum. Next, on Sunday 14 May, Helen Heath is the featured reader. Bring a po... More...

Art workshops with Lynda Mapplebeck
April 2017
Mahara Gallery in Waikanae will be running a second art workshop with Lynda Mapplebeck on Thursday 27 April at 10am. 'Resist and Reveal'Please be sure to book to confirm your place . Thursday April 27 'Resist and Reveal'. If mixed with gel mediums, paint can become shiny and resistant to the layers put on top. ... More...

Paekakariki Arts Show on Anzac Weekend
April 2017

Happy Birthday Frances
April 2017
Floor Talk - Victoria Robson on Frances Hodgkins' birthday April 28, 2017 at 11am-2pm Mahara Gallery, WaikanaeExhibition Curator Victoria Robson floortalk on Frances Hodgkins' birthday, 28 April at 11am, all welcome, entry free. This exhibition and its illustrated catalogue have been kindly supported by the Deane ... More...

Raumati boatshed reborn as art studio
March 2017
A disused Raumati Beach boatshed has been repurposed to form the base for local abstract painter, Tania Dally. The Boatshed Studio is located just over the footbridge from the carpark at Marine Gardens near the Waterfront Bar. To mark the opening of the studio, Tania is holding an exhibition of her latest work on Satur... More...

Photography Doctorate Pioneer to Exhibit at Mahara Gallery
March 2017
Kapiti Coast photographer Mizuho Nishioka, who last year became the first person in New Zealand to complete a PhD in photography, will exhibit her work at Mahara Gallery in Waikanae from Tuesday 14 March. Her exhibition, MachineTime_NatureTime, which will be on display in Mahara's new SPACE gallery, is drawn from her Ph... More...

Kapiti Playhouse Auditions for Home Land
March 2017
Unfortunately our first play, It's Never Too Late, has had to be postponed until next year due to casting issues. However, not wanting to stand still, we have moved around a few dates and are now happy to announce auditions for our first/second play of the year – Home Land by Gary Henderson to be directed by Peter Carr... More...

Diva Darlings at Coasters
March 2017
Our first offering in the new year is a new show written especially for Coasters by long-time member Tracy Wills-Wright called Diva Darlings. A group of friends meet at their local theatre for a bit of a clean up. They lament about the difficulties of being women in theatre, the lack of lead roles and songs to really si... More...

Little Shop of Horrors - Auditions....more...
March 2017
IT'S COMING!! DON'T FEED THE PLANTS!!! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - THE MUSICAL. Directed and Musically Directed by the Creative team of Jo Sharp and Charlotte KerriganAuditions: Saturday 25 March 2017, 15 Hinemoa St, Paraparaumu Pre-auditions meeting on Wednesday 15 March 7. 30pm, 15 Hinema St Show dates: 22 ... More...

Kapiti students perform for Arts Centre
March 2017
Kapiti College students Zephyr Wills, Jamie Beardslee and Vanessa O'Neill recently performed at the International Women's Day event held at Coastlands. Run by women from the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce and Kapiti Rotary, KPAC was presented with a cheque for $1000. It's exciting to see Kapiti College performing artists a... More...

Kapiti Writer releases latest - It’s That Kind of Planet
December 2016
This is the kind of planet that's been waiting for a new collection of Kiwi science fiction comics... and now it's here! Written and illustrated by Kapiti's Emma Weakley, That Kind of Planet brings together an assortment of stories drawing on myths and fairy tales with ... More...

Mahara Gallery remains firmly in the Council's sights
December 2016
Plans to upgrade the Mahara Gallery are still firmly in the Kapiti Coast District Council's sights following the signing of an agreement between the Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust and the Field Collection Trust. The Mahara Gallery Trust Board welcomed the fo... More...

New Shows Open at Mahara Gallery
Te whenua, the land; Paraparaumu Beach children's creations Te Whenua, the land, is the 5th Mahara Gallery-Nga Manu Children's art and environment project, working with a Kapiti school and Nga Manu Nature Reserve. This year's school is Paraparaumu Beach Primary, with 16... More...

Music definitions
March 2016

Kapiti College competes in ‘Kiwi As’ Film Making
March 2016
Kapiti College will join schools from the Wellington region who have put their names forward to compete in the annual Roxy5 Short Film Competition for 2016 and this year heralds a brand new partnership with Capital E. Registrations closed Friday 26 February welcoming ov... More...

Sleepwalker by Lindsay Rabbitt
Sleepwalker My Chinese sneakers leak. They cost 15 bucks At The Warehouse. I didn't seek poverty. It found me grizzling on Renown Road, It found me shivering on the Russian Steppes. As a kid I sleepwalked. My night wandering became legend. I trekked to... More...

Kapiti Writers - Menton calls
August 2016
The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship has been secured in perpetuity following a campaign that raised just over $800... More...

Kapiti Art Panel invite comment on public art for Paraparaumu
July 2016
The Public Art Panel and Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board is callin... More...

Winter Lecture Series at Mahara Gallery
June 2016
A Special Winter Lecture Series on Frances Hodgkins with renowned Art Historian Pamela Gerrish Nunn is being held at the... More...

Mahara Gallery - School Holiday Arts Events
April 2016
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Stop! Frame! The Illusion of life
April 2016
Stop! Frame! The Illusion of life is an exhibition by the BAFTA award-winning stop motion filmmaker Alan Platt. This exp... More...

Strong Dutch influence in Mahara Gallery Festival offering
March 2016
Mahara Gallery's contribution to the 2016 NZ Festival has a strong Dut... More...

Kapiti Arts Tour for Waitangi Weekend
February 2016
The Arts Tour is big enough to have something for everyone but small enough to get around in a weekend. Biking was very ... More...

The Mahara / Nga Manu children's art project Exhibition
January 2016
The Mahara / Nga Manu children's art project Exhibition Parliamenta... More...

Kapiti film maker wins Pride Award
October 2015
Talented Kapiti College film maker Te Awarangi Puna scooped the major award at the recent Pride Awards which recognise a... More...

Eva Saunders of Otaki tops at Rotary Art Show
October 2015
A steady stream of viewers turned up to the opening day of the Paraparaumu Rotary Annual Art Show at Southward Theatre i... More...

Latest news and events from Mahara Gallery
October 2015
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Paraparaumu Rotary Art Show
October 2015
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Salem Foxx - a dancer with Attitude
October 2015
Here's the lastest update from Salem Foxx on the page "Ballet for a Boy Sydney 2015/16"I am lucky enough to be a finalis... More...

Support for Mahara Arts Review forces awards ceremony outdoors
October 2015
Mahara Gallery's 2015 Arts Review's opening night and awards presentat... More...

Kapiti Underground Art Exhibition
July 2015
Sunday, August 9 at 7:00pm123 Kapiti rd, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast 6 Artists, 1 Venue. Free Entry.We invite you ... More...

HARD DAY’S NIGHT FOR ARTEL ON THE MOVE!
June 2015
What a brilliant photo! Most of you will immediately recognise this iconic set piece from the Beatles' Abbey Road album ... More...

Tupe Lualua to showcase new work at Measina Festival
June 2015
Whitireia lecturer Tupe Lualua will showcase a new work this week duri... More...

Tupe Lualua to showcase new work at Measina Festival
June 2015
Whitireia lecturer Tupe Lualua will showcase a new work this week duri... More...

Kapiti Public Art Panel Established
March 2015
Members of the Public Art Panel, L to R: Tracey Morgan, Janet Bayly, Deb Donnelly, Tane Moleta and Cr Jackie Elliot.The ... More...

Raumati South - a perfect place to Nest
January 2015
Nest has relocated to Raumati South shops right next to the 4 Square Foodmarket. Weekends only at this point 10am -4pm. ... More...

Summer Studio Art Tour for Kapiti
December 2014
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Kapiti Arts Trail - Southwards on Sunday
November 2014
The Kapiti Arts Trail is done and dusted for another year with the two-day event having been largely successful. Ove... More...

Kapiti Arts Trail opens on soggy Saturday
November 2014
The 2014 Arts Trail has started with a soggy Saturday but that hasn't deterred art lovers from across the region descend... More...

Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager
November 2014
Kapiti writer Mandy Hager has just released her latest book - Singing Home the Whale.An extraordinary story of a boy who... More...

Kapiti Arts Trail bigger than ever
November 2014
This coming weekend sees the biggest ever Kapiti Arts Trail with a vast array of art and artist on display the length of... More...

Kapiti Author hits the mark with The Sea and Me
November 2014
The Sea and Me is an instantly engaging children's book written by Kap... More...

Julie Freeman painting wins Best in Show
October 2014
Julie Freeman's superb painting 'George' has won Best in Show at the Paraparaumu Rotary Art Show for 2014. Hosted at ... More...

Mahara Gallery hosts special events
October 2014
YOUNG COUNTRY - Kerry Hines 1 November - 14 DecemberFloortalk: with NZ poet Kerry Hines 'Fresh Views of a Young Count... More...

Auditions for Motel Coming Soon
Eight people, four stories, one seedy motel room. Their stories and choices underscore the transience of life, love and ... More...

Arts foundation gets funding boost
October 2014
Last night, Westpac announced a significant sponsorship of the Arts Foundation including our specialist arts crowdfundin... More...

Hinemoana Baker’s 'waha mouth': An exquisite collection reviewed
October 2014
Hinemoana Baker, 'waha mouth', Victoria University Press, 2014Hinemoan... More...

V8 Vocal Ensemble back in town
October 2014
The V8 Vocal Ensemble's 2010 concert in Waikanae was immensely popular, so their return visit is eagerly anticipated. ... More...

Beauty and the Beast comes to Kapiti
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Creativity for the ages
A group of students from Raumati South School and a group of residents at the care facility of retirement village Coasta... More...

Local poet kicks goals with published work this month
This month has been the biggest of Paekakariki poet Mercedes Webb-Pull... More...

Independent publishers and university presses triumph in this year’s New Zealand Post Book awards
September 2013
All four of the country's top book awards for 2013 have gone to indepe... More...

Poet Laureate, wherefore art thou...
July 2013
The National Library of New Zealand is inviting nominations for the next New Zealand Poet Laureate.Well you can't swing ... More...

Three special events coming up at Mahara Gallery
Firstly, Mahara Gallery has teamed up with WEA to offer a course of il... More...

Kapiti Playhouse presents THE SHAKESPEARE REVUE
July 2012
The Shakespeare Revue is compiled by Christopher Luscombe and Malcom M... More...

Last Chance for Kapiti Writers to enter National Book Award
May 2013
Writers from the Kapiti district have less than two weeks left to ente... More...

Mahara Arts Review 2013 opens selected works May 11
May 2013
Mahara Arts Review is a selected exhibition which showcases the creati... More...

LAST CHANCE FOR WELLINGTON WRITERS TO ENTER MIND, BODY, SPIRIT AWARD
March 2013
Wellington writers have until Sunday 31 March to enter their unpublish... More...

D.H. Lawrence uncovered...
April 2013
A previously unknown piece by celebrated literary giant D. H. Lawrence has been discovered in papers recently made avail... More...

Transit of Venus seen at Mahara Gallery....
April 2013
A superb exhibition, titled Transit of Venus, has just opened at Kapiti's Mahara Galley in Waikanae featuring the works ... More...

Rare art exhibition in the Capital
March 2013
An exhibition of rare and fine art works, many of which have never been seen before other than in books and museum exhib... More...

Ephemeral Art Workshops with Lisa Terreni
January 2013
Lisa Terrini will be holding two workshops in the Mahara gallery space for children to explore their creativity using na... More...

Harriet Bright - Featured artist
December 2012
Paekakariki artist Harriet Bright was born in the UK in 1973, and studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art, and then ... More...

Kapiti Arts Trail a great success
November 2012
People from all over the region enjoyed the Kapiti Arts Trail at the weekend.Council's Arts and Museum Development Offic... More...

Kapiti publisher Book Island set to hit the shelves
Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich, Sir Mouse to the Rescue and Bernie ... More...

Art Exhibition at Waikanae Library
September 2012
Four Kapiti artists feature in an exhibition currently on display at Waikanae Library.Works from Heloise cover Paris to ... More...

Kapiti history captured in Letters book
August 2012
Of interest to local historians is the recent publication from boutique publisher Awa Press titled 'An Indescribable Bea... More...

EnviroArt gets boost in Kapiti
August 2012
Barry Lucinsky of Otaki is very well known for his commitment to recycling, especially glass, and now he has gone a step... More...

Green Light Art Group exhibition
August 2012
The Green Light Art Group, based at Kapiti Crossroads, are holding their annual art exhibition.A variety of works are on... More...

Celebrating National Poetry Day
July 2012
Today (Friday 27 July) is National Poetry Day. Celebrate by reading, writing, speaking poetry. Below is a review of the ... More...

New exhibitions open at Mahara Gallery
July 2012
Three new exhibitions have opened at the Mahara Gallery in Waikanae.Strive Towards your Destiny III features works from ... More...

Kapiti Legend: Gillian Weir to perform on European tour
July 2012
It seems that every superlative that can he used about a musician has ... More...

Mansfield with Monsters launched in Kapiti
July 2012
Local writers Matt and Debbie Cowens launched their collection of reworked Katherine Mansfield stories, 'Mansfield with ... More...

'And the Oscar goes to......'
June 2012
Coasters Musical Theatre presents their lastest show 'And the Oscar goes to......'starting on June 8 and running through... More...

Kapiti Playhouse - Auditions
June 2012
Auditions for Kapiti Playhouse's second production of 2012, Educating Rita, will be held from 10.30am onwards on Sunday ... More...

Robyn Kahukiwa exhibition opens at Mahara Gallery
February 29
Robyn Kahukiwa is a senior Maori artist with a national and internatio... More...

Harakeke is back
February 28
The annual Harakeke Flax Weaving on the Coast event is back at Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday 3 March, providing peopl... More...

In from the wilderness.....
December 9
Kapiti artist, illustrator and barber Lance Barnard is the current exhibitor at the Paraparaumu Library gallery.Barnard,... More...

Major new award goes to author of The Torchlight List
November 16
Jim Flynn, author of the best-selling book The Torchlight List and a r... More...

Nicola Easthope - new poetry book launched
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Success for local writers
23 April
Two local children's writers are celebrating success after the Storylines writers' awards were announced recently. Hu... More...

Mahara Gallery features Adele Younghusband - Selected works
9 March
The next exhibition at the Mahara Gallery will display the works of Ad... More...

Info sought on watercolour
9 March
A KCNews reader asks "Does anybody have any information regarding the artist or the history of this lovely watercolor pa... More...

Art of the Garden at Mahara
7 February
The Mahara Gallery in Waikanae is currently featuring a stunning exhibition titled The Art of the Garden. Nearly 60 p... More...

Hands up for public art
Kapiti artist Bodhi Vincent has created a superb sculpture featuring a new born baby nestled in a giant hand. The scu... More...

Success of Arts Trail needs to be built on
12 November
Kapiti Coast's Arts Trail grows bigger and better each year and it's right on the brink of becoming that elusive creatur... More...

Beyond New Zealand Exhibition
19 October
A new exhibition 'BEYOND NEW ZEALAND' has begun at the Kapiti Gallery in Raumati.The exhibition features Overseas Memori... More...

Tanya Davis - Art
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