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Sep 2020
A friendly face at Raumati Beach
September 20, 2020
A recent visitor to Kāpiti is this baby fur seal spotted at Raumati South by superb photographer Karl Webber. There have been several seals seen recently along the Kāpiti Coast. New Zealand fur seals or kekeno often come ashore in winter to rest, Female seals would leave the...
Wetland expert is speaker for Friends of QEP AGM
September 20, 2020
Wayne Mitchell, Chair of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park says the group is pretty excited about the speaker they have for the AGM this year."Dr Abbie Spiers, a wetland expert, writer and communicator, is a passionate and inspiring young scientist who spends her time lobby...
Wetland expert is speaker for Friends of QEP AGM
September 20, 2020
Wayne Mitchell, Chair of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park says the group is pretty excited about the speaker they have for the AGM this year."Dr Abbie Spiers, a wetland expert, writer and communicator, is a passionate and inspiring young scientist who spends her time lobby...
Kāpiti Infrastructure Key Focus at Chamber Debate
September 20, 2020
Delivering world-class infrastructure to Kāpiti was the hot topic of discussion at the recent Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce's Business Debate ahead of next month's General Election.The 2020 Business debate featured six candidates for both Mana and Ētaki Electorates. Each ...
Two vacancies to be filled on Waikanae Community Board
September 19, 2020
The formal resignation of Waikanae Community Board member Jill Griggs has been received by Kāpiti Coast District Council today (Friday, 18 September).This means there are now two vacancies on the Board following the earlier resignation of former Board member Geoffrey Churchman. ...
Katherine Kelly stands for Waikanae Board
September 18, 2020
Like many Kāpiti residents, Kath Kelly and her family got to know Waikanae through many years of family holidays. She remembers the freedom that the wide-open spaces provided her and her brothers.Kath and her husband have made Waikanae their home since 2013 and are enjoying b...
Horowhenua/Kāpiti Cricket is Back
September 18, 2020
The first of a month-long series of free, fun events to celebrate the return of cricket gets underway this weekend, and the first Senior men's representative dates of 2020/21 have been inked in by Central Districts Cricket.#CricketsBack is a series of nine family-themed events in...
Kāpiti Wellbeing Centre could close
September 18, 2020
Te Ara Korowai Wellbeing Centre has seen a dramatic increase in people throughout Kāpiti accessing their services in the past few months - almost double the usual number.This is largely due to Covid 19 and the anxiety surrounding it, the isolation caused by lockdown, or inde...
Michael Walker Standing for the Mana electorate
September 15, 2020
Michael Walker is a candidate in the Mana Electorate representing The Progressive Party of Aotearoa New Zealand (PPANZ).Mr Walker says he was fortunate to be born into a loving family with four amazing sisters in Thames. "My dad was a commercial fisherman and my mum ran t...
Youth Fundraiser for Outward Bound
September 14, 2020
It is a bargain hunter's dream and its in a great cause. A fundraising garage sale on Saturday 19th of September at 51 Moana Street, Ōtaki Beach is expected to raise enough money to send Rose Sinclair to Outward Bound on a three week course in January 2021.The course is called Mi...
Celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with interactive online events
September 10, 2020
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori celebrates and promotes te Reo Maori as one of the national languages of New Zealand, and Horowhenua is joining the fun. Horowhenua District Council and Muapoko Tribal Authority have partnered to offer a range of interactive online events between Frida...
Kāpiti gets Lights Kites and Action
September 10, 2020
The Kāpiti Coast District Council has awarded $190,000 to five events which showcase a distinctly Kāpiti flavour and bring economic benefits by attracting visitors and boosting the local economy. XTERRA Wellington, Maoriland Film Festival, Kāpiti Food Fair, Matariki Lights ...
Call for feedback on new by-laws to ramp up harbour safety
September 10, 2020
Greater Wellington Regional Council is seeking to make our regional harbours safer for communities following approval by its Environment Committee's proposed amendments designed to ensure national consistency, reduce risk and improve safety measures on the water.Public feed...
Richard Mansell stands for Waikanae Board
September 8, 2020
Well-known Kāpiti businessman Richard Mansell is standing for the Waikanae Community Board in October's by-election, and says he will work to help his community maintain its identity and character as it grows over coming years if he is elected to the Board. With four generati...
Don't be difficult with old people
September 5, 2020
The old lady handed her bank card to a bank teller and said, "I would like to withdraw $10The teller told her, "For withdrawals less than $100 please use the ATM."The old lady wanted to know why ...The teller returned her bank card and irritably told her, "These are t...
Colourful strands of artistic vision - Woven together in Foxton
September 3, 2020
The new Whenu exhibition in Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom is set to raise a few eyebrows - probably in astonishment, as well as admiration - when it opens on Saturday 29 August.Influences from around the motu and across the sea are woven in new ways into a vibrant kete of diversity...
Kāpiti Chamber Hosts Election Debate
September 3, 2020
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce has announced the hosting of their triennial business debate prior to this year's election.The Chamber is hosting what is set to be a really informative and valuable event that will feature some of the candidates running for election in the Otak...
Kāpiti businesses feature in regional awards
September 3, 2020
Judges have announced ten Kāpiti businesses are finalists in the Electra Business and Innovation Awards, with the winners in each category to be announced at an event on 9 October.Established in 1993, the Electra Business and Innovation Awards are one of the longest running r...
Ōtaki College gymnasium gets major boost
September 3, 2020
Kāpiti Coast District Council will contribute $345,000 over six years to the refurbishment of the Ōtaki College gymnasium in exchange for community use of the facility for sporting events and training.The funding, which was agreed through Council's Long Term Plan 2018-38, wi...
Kāpiti waste reduction grants support green community projects
September 20, 2020
Kāpiti community groups, Iwi/Māori organisations, schools, neighbourhood groups and businesses have until 20 October to apply for funding to support solutions that reduce waste.Council's contestable Waste Reduction Grants fund community projects, seed funding for waste mini...
Better recreation options in prospect for Queen Elizabeth Park
September 4, 2020
More barbeques, picnic facilities, food trucks, shelters, bird hides, new trails and much more are proposals earmarked for QEP to increase recreational opportunities for the growing numbers of visitors to the park.The enhancements are being proposed by Greater Wellington in c...
Let's Talk About Me
September 2, 2020
Let's Talk About Me is a Comedy Stage Musical just waiting to happen and we can all be involved.This project is about writing a stage musical based on the New Zealand-focused innovative satirical songwriting of well-known singer/songwriter Andrew London, and the creative writing ...
Kāpiti Hip Hop Crew looking sharp
September 1, 2020
Seven Kāpiti teenagers who love to dance form the Omega Hip Hop Crew at Judith Fuge Dance School (JFDS).The Crew were placed together as a team in February this year, to perform in competitions throughout the year. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and the subsequent Alert Level ...

 
Aug 2020
Cody Turner wins shoot-out at Club Vista
August 27, 2020
Fans of quality attacking snooker were served up a treat in the final of the recently completed Club Vista A Grade Snooker Championship.The tournament, which attracted an invitation field of 16 top class players, was played at the Club Vista venue at Paraparaumu Beach.Inc...
Friends Rally Round to Make Sure Concert Continues
August 27, 2020
The Waikanae Music Society concert on Sunday 13 September promises to be one of the highlights of the 2020 season.Originally titled "Wilma and Friends" this concert has been organised by well-known violinist Wilma Smith, who for many years was the Concertmaster of the NZ Sym...
Friends Rally Round to Make Sure Concert Continues
August 27, 2020
The Waikanae Music Society concert on Sunday 13 September promises to be one of the highlights of the 2020 season.Originally titled "Wilma and Friends" this concert has been organised by well-known violinist Wilma Smith, who for many years was the Concertmaster of the NZ Symp...
Metlink says passengers getting #OnBoardWithMasks
August 27, 2020
Metlink says it is already seeing an increase of passengers wearing face coverings following the Government's announcement that they will be compulsory on public transport on Monday 31 August.Metlink general manager Scott Gallacher says passengers have quickly adapted to the ...
Kāpiti Business expands through region
August 27, 2020
Kāpiti business We Love Local, specialising in gift boxes, is expanding to cover more of the Greater Wellington region.The wooden boxes themselves are unique, with most crafted by The Shed Project - a local organisation in Kāpiti who are working to improve the lives of diffe...
Hydroslide repairs begin at Levin Aquatic Centre
August 27, 2020
Swimmers at the Levin Aquatic Centre can look forward to aquatic fun on the hydroslide. Work to repair the hydroslide will begin in early September, and is expected to be complete by January 2021.The stairwell leading to the hydroslide needs to be repaired due to signific...
Foxton Pools season opens with $1 fitness classes
August 27, 2020
Foxton Heated Pools opens for the extended summer season on Tuesday 1 September, and Aquatics Horowhenua is offering $1 fitness classes to celebrate.The discount applies to all Aquatics Horowhenua land-based and water-based fitness classes from Monday 7 September to Friday 11...
Foxton Family Fun Day 2020
August 27, 2020
Celebrate the opening of Foxton Heated Pools for the 2020/2021 season with a FREE Family Fun Day.There will be a dunk tank, photo-booth, live music, pop up eats, inflatables, information desks and heaps more! Postponed to Sunday, 20 September 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM ...
Dulcis Tibia at Mahara Gallery
August 26, 2020
Toi Whakarākai: Ngā Aho o te WhenuaTe Wānanga o Raukawa staff and tauira, past and present,until 29 August, free entry, all welcome.Special event: Weaving Demonstration, final one, Thursday 27 August, 10am - 3pm, with Hinepūororangi Tahupārae,...
WellingtonNZ has $3.94 million available for regional business support
August 26, 2020
WellingtonNZ has established a Business Recovery Team to help connect Wellington regional business owners to expert advice and support.This funding, available through the Regional Business Partner Network, allows businesses to access up to $5,000 in vouchers to access expert ...
Donald Trump Tours to Raumati
The 45th President of the United States is coming to Raumati Social Club on Thursday 3 September 2020. Or, the Southern Hemisphere's #1 Trump impersonator, Alexander Sparrow, will be. In a record-setting tour, the multi-award-winning comedian will perform all over New Zealand com...
Two Car Crash in Waikanae
August 24, 2020
Two drivers had a lucky escape this afternoon after an intersection crash in Waikanae which looks to have written off both vehicles.The crash happened at about 4.30pm on the intersection of Nikau, Horopito and Kohekohe Roads.The driver of the Audi was attended to by param...
Local government elects new president
August 23, 2020
Local Government New Zealand's (LGNZ) 78 member councils have elected Stuart Crosby as LGNZ president, replacing Dave Cull who steps down from the role.LGNZ is the peak body representing New Zealand's 78 councils, providing a unified voice for the sector and a pathway for con...
Arts Festival features Van Gogh Alive
August 23. 2020
Bruce Peterson is the Founder and CEO of Grande Exhibitions, which creatives interactive, immersive exhibitions that travel the globe. Arts Festival caught up with him ahead of the first Wellington iteration of DIGITAL NIGHTS - Van Gogh Alive. What can audiences expect from the V...
Nicola Todd for Business Breakfast
August 23, 2020
The Electra Kāpiti Business Breakfast on September 2 will be hosting local and Wellington Regional Business Awards Supreme Winner, Cuttriss Consultants.The guest speaker is Nicola Todd, a Director since 2007, who will chart out their business journey of 70 years. In 2019, Cut...
Kāpiti 50+ Entrepreneurs back in action
August 23, 2020
Angela Robertson from 50Plus Entrepreneurs says Council has confirmed the group can hold their 31st August Network Meeting if we remain at Level 2 or drop back to Level 1, as the meeting room is plenty big enough to accommodate the group.Ms Robertson says they will do away wi...
Kāpiti welcomes Transmission Gully date
August 23, 2020
Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan welcomes Waka Kotahi's announcement today that Transmission Gully is scheduled to open by 27 September 2021."Having a solid date for when the road will open to traffic is good news for Kāpiti commuters and our district's economy. "Transmissi...
Ōtaki Golf Club Championships
August 21, 2020
This Sunday (August 23) is the Ōtaki Golf Club's Championship day, and believed to be the first time in 119 years that father and son are playing for the Senior championship.Aaron Moy will take on his 13 year old son, Riley, in the 36 hole final. Both played interclub this ye...
Regular savings for long-term gain
August 22, 2020
As the economic impact of COVID-19 begins to be felt, there are growing concerns over increasing unemployment. Many people are considering ways to reduce their expenditure so that they are able to weather any potential negative consequences arising from reduction or loss of house...
Regular savings for long-term gain
August 22, 2020
As the economic impact of COVID-19 begins to be felt, there are growing concerns over increasing unemployment. Many people are considering ways to reduce their expenditure so that they are able to weather any potential negative consequences arising from reduction or loss of house...
Cr Elliott says Reconsider Kāpiti Island Gateway Timeline
August 22, 2020
The proposed Kāpiti Island Gateway could be operational by next summer, but KCDC Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott is keen to put the brakes on given the re-emergence of Covid-19. Cr Elliott, a former eco-tourism guide on Kāpiti Island, says the very recent re-emergence ...
Nominations for Youth Excellence Scholarships now open
August 22, 2020
Nominations for Horowhenua District Council's Youth Excellence Scholarships are now open.Twelve Youth Excellence Scholarships of $250 each are available, with three scholarships in each of four categories: arts and culture, sport, academic, and outstanding service to the comm...
Kāpiti Public Art Blessed
August 20, 2020
Public art took pride of place this week with the blessing of the recently completed mural in Mahara Place, Waikanae.Kāpiti artist Kate Hartmann and noted muralist Ruth Robertson-Taylor produced the mural based on the fabric design of internationally acclaimed artist Frances ...
COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy
August 18, 2020
A two-week COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy payment will be available nationally for employers, including self-employed people, who are financially impacted by the resurgence of COVID-19 and changes to COVID Alert Levels.Here's what you need to know:You must have had or expec...
Housing frustration grows
August 18, 2020
Dear Editor,I write with a frustration that has grown with a lack of action. Two and a half years ago a house owned by KCDC in Te Miti Street Paekākāariki was vacated by our then treasured village caretaker Graham Carlsen. It has, with one brief exception, been left vacant and...
A Political Point of View
August 16, 2020
Coast Access Radio has a regular political interview programme hosted by local Kāpiti Coast man Graham Priest. Each week Graham has conversations with Central and Local Government, and aspiring candidates. This week the guest is Jan Logie from the New Zealand Green Party. Jan is ...
Butchers want Covid Change
August 15, 2020
Open Letter to The Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime MinisterDear Prime Minister,We are writing to you on behalf of the independent butchers of New Zealand to urgently reclassify local butcheries as essential services in line with dairies.Like dairies, local butcheries hav...
Council services continue with safety measures at Alert Level 2
August 13, 2020
Most Horowhenua District Council services and facilities will continue as Horowhenua entered Alert Level 2 this week, with additional precautions in place where necessary to protect public health and safety.Following the Government announcement that community transmission of COVI...
Regional Parks open under Covid Level 2 but play it safe
August 13, 2020
At Alert Level 2, facilities in our regional parks will remain open for safe access to exercise and recreation, but Greater Wellington's Parks team say we need to play it safe."To prevent the spread of COVID-19 you should maintain 2m distance from people you don't know, wash ...
Regional Parks open under Covid Level 2 but play it safe
August 13, 2020
At Alert Level 2, facilities in our regional parks will remain open for safe access to exercise and recreation, but Greater Wellington's Parks team say we need to play it safe."To prevent the spread of COVID-19 you should maintain 2m distance from people you don't know, wash your...
Covid 19 - Urgent Message for Metlink Customers
August 12, 2020
The Government has placed the Wellington region into Alert Level 2. Please be assured that Metlink will continue to offer a full service across its train, bus and harbour ferry network. If you are sick, do not travel on public transport. If you can, work from home.Fares will rem...
Metlink offering full service under Covid Level 2.
August 12, 2020
The Government has placed the Wellington region into Alert Level 2. Please be assured that Metlink will continue to offer a full service across its train, bus and harbour ferry network. If you are sick, do not travel on public transport. If you can, work from home.Fares will rema...
Kāpiti Women in Business Lunch
August 12, 2020
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Kāpiti Women in Business lunch on August 20 which will feature three keynote speakers who are all local businesswomen.A Chamber spokesperson says they are thrilled to have these three speaker coming to share with us over some fabu...
100 Years Young for Joyce Rush
August 12, 2020
Joyce Rush of Waikanae was born just after the first world war, came through the great depression and World War II and is still going strong.This week Joyce celebrates her 100th birthday and puts it down to good food and good genes."We have always eaten healthy food, even...
Rotary challenge to Kāpiti youth
August 12, 2020
Kāpiti Rotary is inviting young people to apply for financial assistance to personal growth programmes. The Rotary Club of Kāpiti are inviting applications from up to 10 Kāpiti youth aged 16-19 to attend a 21 day Outward Bound or 10 day Spirit of Adventure programme by 31 Au...
Closing Kāpiti Airport 'a kick in the guts'
August 11, 2020
Reports that Kāpiti Airport owners are closing the airport is a kick in the guts for our community and region, National's candidate in Ōtaki, and former Air Force pilot, Tim Costley says."Chopping up Kāpiti Airport for residential sections is short sighted and ...
Kāpiti Aged Care facilities ordered closed
August 12, 2020
As New Zealand moves back into Covid-19 restrictions special attention is being paid to Retirement and Age Care facilities.Neville Parkinson, acting Manager at Charles Fleming Retirement Village in Waikanae, says they are closed to visitors as at 12noon today."We have tak...
Covid airborne transmission is being underestimated, expert warns
August 10, 2020
Director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says Covid-19 community transmission is now inevitable and Kiwi families should start stocking up on their own personal supplies of masks.Pharmaceutical scientist and medical device expert Sir Ray Avery says Bloomfield is 100 pe...
National biodiversity strategy launched
August 10, 2020
Local Government New Zealand's (LGNZ) Regional Sector has today welcomed the launch of Te Mana o te Taiao, the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy, citing robust collaboration with iwi, regional councils and private landowners and leadership from central government and the...
Praise for 100 days of no Community Covid
August 9, 2020
Editor, As we watch the world struggling to cope with Covid 19 we should be thankful it was handled well here.Not that long ago we were stuck indoors and made tentative trips to the supermarket and feared for our community.Many people were critical of the government a...
Kāpiti Parenting through the storm
August 6, 2020
Martin Sloman will be the guest speaker for Parenting through the storm - Monday Aug 10, 7pm at the Hub Tongariro Street, Main Building.Martin is an experienced counsellor originally from Wales and living in New Zealand since 2009.He works with people over many issues inc...
Kāpiti Parenting through the storm
August 6, 2020
Martin Sloman will be the guest speaker for Parenting through the storm - Monday Aug 10, 7pm at the Hub Tongariro Street, Main Building.Martin is an experienced counsellor originally from Wales and living in New Zealand since 2009.He works with people over many issues in...
Kāpiti businesses shine in Wellington Gold Awards
August 6, 2020
Three Kāpiti companies have been announced as finalists in the Wellington Gold Awards which highlight the contribution businesses make to the region's economy, and showcase talent and capability in the sector.Digital gaming company Garphill Games, creative entity Mā...
Sophie Handford to Host Youth Workshop
August 6, 2020
Sophie Handford says she is excited to be hosting a workshop for youth as part of Freedom Challenge 2020 "Shouting out for climate justice" with Amnesty International New Zealand."I'll be facilitating a workshop on 'Organising a team of climate justice advocates around you!' ...
An Evening with Hon David Parker & Dr Ayesha Verrall
August 6, 2020
The Hon David Parker, and Dr Ayesha Verrall will be in Kāpiti for a public meeting on Monday August 10.This is being held next MONDAY 10 AUGUST at 7PMat the Waikanae Baptist Church, 286 Te Moana Rd, WaikanaeHon David Parker is Minister for the Environment, Trade and E...
Open Letter on Rate Rises
August 6, 2020
Dear Mayor, Thank you again for taking time to reply in the attached letter to my further questions relating to the Rates increase for funding KCDC Annual Plan 2020/21.I am not an accountant but I am skilled in household / business finances and it is clear that Council thinks...
Foxton lights up its Matariki stargazing tradition
August 6, 2020
It's probably a tradition that goes back 100s of years, for the people of Te Awahou-Foxton, but this year's Matariki stargazing event will look deeper into space than ever.Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park is hosting the Matariki stargazing event, on Thursday 13 August.With a vid...
Nominations for Civic Honours Awards 2020 now open
August 6, 2020
Do you know someone in Horowhenua who deserves recognition for outstanding voluntary service? If so, Horowhenua District Council's Civic Honours Awards are the perfect opportunity to give them the recognition they deserve.Nominations for the Civic Honours Awards are now open.Civi...
Ōhau community invited to have their say on community plan
August 6, 2020
If you live in, own property in or often visit Ōhau, now is your chance to have your say on the future of your community.Horowhenua District Council is seeking public feedback on the draft Ōhau Community Plan.Ōhau is facing a number of challenges and opport...
Kāpiti Foodbank in new home
August 3, 2020
Relocating has been a high priority for the Kāpiti Foodbank and the journey was recently completed with a move in to the Kāpiti Community Centre on Ngahina St, Paraparaumu.The Foodbank is open from 10am to 12 noon Monday to Friday and has significantly more space than the pre...
Peter Miskimmin to step down as CEO of Sport NZ
August 5, 2020
Peter Miskimmin has resigned as CEO of Sport NZ and will step down from his role in December. He has served as CEO of Sport NZ (formerly SPARC) since 2008."It had been my intention to step down in Spring, however COVID-19 presented a challenge to our sector that was so great ...
Kāpiti Gateway funding approved
August 5, 2020
The proposed Kāpiti Gateway at Maclean Park has been given the green light by Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones.The controversial application appears to have cleared the first funding hurdle with the half the funding coming from the Provincial Growth Fund. Kāpiti Counc...
Sophie Handford to Host Youth Workshop
August 6, 2020
Sophie Handford says she is excited to be hosting a workshop for youth as part of Freedom Challenge 2020 "Shouting out for climate justice" with Amnesty International New Zealand. "I'll be facilitating a workshop on "Organising a team of climate justice advocates around you!"...
Region gets $11million Flood Protection
August 4, 2020
Greater Wellington's flood protection and resilience is getting a vital $11m boost from the Government's post-Covid-19 infrastructure fund, which will lead to more jobs and better protection for flood prone communities.Two main areas of development in Lower Hutt and the Waira...
Open Mic at Sunday Cantina
August 4, 2020
Phill Simmonds will be hosting the first OPEN MIC at the SUNDAY CANTINA this month. Saturday August 15th."All ages and stages, all genres and genders... aiming to widen the definition of entertainment in the village... ha ha a free drink for every performer."...
Open Mic at Sunday Cantina
August 4, 2020
Phill Simmonds will be hosting the first OPEN MIC at the SUNDAY CANTINA this month. Saturday August 15th."All ages and stages, all genres and genders... aiming to widen the definition of entertainment in the village... ha ha a free drink for every performer."...
National's $330 million in transport projects for Horowhenua and Kāpiti
August 3, 2020
National Party leader Judith Collins announced from Ōtaki today that her government will unlock the economic potential of Horowhenua and Kāpiti by connecting Ōtaki to Wellington's electric commuter train network and fast-tracking construction of a four-lane expressway b...
Price and Vanity - should be no barrier to treating hearing loss
August 2, 2020
Price should not be a barrier to having the best hearing you can have. Neither should vanity.All New Zealanders are eligible for a $1022 subsidy on hearing aids and while prices can vary considerably it is the case that some hearing aids are fully funded.Kāpiti audiologis...
Te Horo School Country Fair
August 2, 2020
Te Horo School Country Fair. 'Paddy's Mart' Get ready for this eagerly anticipated annual event!Featuring : Horse Rides, Craft Stalls, Produce, Bric a Brac, Games, High Tea, Raffle, Bouncy Castle, Animal Petting and much much more.FREE ENTRYSaturday 19th September from 11am...
#nzforgood Video Challenge Open for Entries
August 2, 2020
New Zealand's leading solar energy company solarcity is inviting Kiwis to express themselves with a post-lockdown celebration of positivity as part of their #nzforgood programme launched last month to support their mission to help fast track New Zealand to a Zero Carbon future. ...
Mulled Wine Concerts Presents more for music lovers
August 2, 2020
Paekākāariki-based concert organisation Mulled Wine Concerts is reaching the peak of its 2020 concert season with a popular Beethoven concert on Sunday 16 August which is sure to please Kāpiti music-lovers.The concert series - now in its thirteenth season - has made its name b...
Mulled Wine Concerts Presents more for music lovers
August 2, 2020
Paekākāariki-based concert organisation Mulled Wine Concerts is reaching the peak of its 2020 concert season with a popular Beethoven concert on Sunday 16 August which is sure to please Kāpiti music-lovers.The concert series - now in its thirteenth season - has made its name b...
Major community project to celebrate Ōtaki and tell its stories
August 2, 2020
Being bypassed by a major expressway has given the Kāpiti Coast town of Ōtaki a new lease of life, thanks to a unique community project that will keep it firmly on the map. The project is designed to reaffirm Ōtaki as a thriving community with a cultural centre...
Weather gods shine on mid-winter swim
August 2, 2020
The weather gods were certainly on side as 78 people took the polar plunge at Waikanae Boating Club's recent mid winter swim. The community event drew a good crowd with over 150 people coming down to the beach.The youngest swimmers were Tilly and Raffy Parr who had a great ti...
Local Councils want reinvention of Northern Explorer
August 2, 2020
Councillors from Greater Wellington appeared at Parliament's Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee today, representing 16 regional, district and city councils along the Northern Explorer route, calling on KiwiRail to reopen and refocus the service on connecting regions as...
Kāpiti Council maintains AA credit rating
August 2, 2020
Kāpiti Coast District Council says its experienced management, funding strategy and prudent financial practices see it in a strong position to withstand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.Despite the prediction of a financial and economic 'shock' in New Zealand because...
Applications open for new community grant
August 2, 2020
Applications are now open for Horowhenua District Council's new Community Support Grant, as well as for the Shannon Community Development Grant and the Creative Communities Scheme Grant.Applicants for the first round of these grants for this financial year open on 1 August an...
Renewed animal shelter for Kāpiti
August 2, 2020
The recent upgrade to Kāpiti Coast District Council's animal shelter is enabling the Public Spaces and Animal Management team to provide a greater standard of care to animals who come into their care.The renewal project included improvements to the shelter's drainage, he...
Ōtaki land sale aiming for jobs and growth
August 2, 2020
Kāpiti Council-owned land in Ōtaki has gone on the market this week in a move Council says will meet the needs of businesses looking to own their premises.Kāpiti Council is selling two parcels of land on Riverbank Rd Extension which are no longer required for counci...
NZAVS Push for end of Animal Testing
August 3, 2020
The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) is pushing for sweeping changes that could spell the end of animal testing and other harmful uses of animals in science.The group is launching a petition today that calls on the government to start prioritising non-animal-based...
Zip, Bang, Crash, Wallop is how we drive
August 3, 2020
Kiwi drivers are racking up millions of dollars in traffic fines each year according to Finder, a car insurance comparison site recently launched in New Zealand.A Finder analysis of New Zealand Police data shows that Kiwi drivers committed more than 1.6 million traffic offenc...

 
Jul 2020
Kāpiti man sentenced to life for murder
July 31, 2020
Justice Simon France has today sentenced Kāpiti man Brian McConachie to a life sentence for what the Judge described as the premeditated, brutal murder of Irina Scantee carried out in full public view.Justice France says McConachie had an extensive history of mental health in...
Judith Collins makes Kāpiti Visit
July 30, 2020
National's Ōtaki candidate Tim Costley says new party leader Judith Collins will be joining him next Monday in the electorate."We will have a public meeting at 2pm at Connect Church, 1 Realm Dr, Paraparaumu. I expect a big crowd there," says Mr Costley.It is expected that...
Lotus Eco Village Grand Opening
July 30, 2020
Kāpiti will soon see the grand opening of the Lotus Eco Village in Paraparaumu.The Lotus Eco Village emerged out of the Lotus Yoga Centre and is a new housing initiative incorporated eco design and cohousing principles for people living together in an intentional community....
Kāpiti Gateway unaffordable
July 28, 2020
EditorKāpiti has one of the highest Council debts in the whole country which means Council is already living beyond its, and our means.Talk of spending over $5 million for a flashy new building at Paraparaumu Beach is madness in the current financial climate.Just because ...
Tokomaru Water Take secured
July 30, 2020
An 18-year resource consent securing the Water Supply Take for Tokomaru has been granted.Tokomaru is supplied with water from Tokomaru Awa. The water is treated before being dispersed through a network made up of 6km of mains and 2.1km of laterals. Just over 220 properties, o...
Kāpiti gets A Mindful Choice
July 29, 2020
A Waikanae screening of a documentary film about finding peace will help raise funds for teaching meditation in prisons.The film A Mindful Choice follows the stories of a number of people who have found peace after learning Ascension meditation through the Ishayas of the Brig...
Always look on the bright side of life...
July 29, 2020
With thanks to Michael CoppolelliSo we're into our 5th month of defeating COVID-19. These words made me laugh but there's a lot of truth mixed in to consider. . .😂 Some of these are pretty funny.1. So let me get this straight, there's no cure for a virus that can ...
Waikanae Club AGM Notice
July 28, 2020
NOTICE OF Annual General MeetingThe Annual General Meeting of the Waikanae Club will be held on Saturday 8th August 2020 commencing at 11:00am.Notice is given that any matters a member may wish to bring before the meeting must be in the hands of the Club Manager no later than 10 ...
Vigilance vital in the war against pest plants and animals
July 27, 2020
Smothering, strangling, displacing, infecting, browsing, killing. Sounds like plotlines from a Stephen King novel, but these are methods which significantly impact our biodiversity.There are many ways pest plants and animals can undermine our biodiversity, put our primary pro...
Record entries for Kāpiti & Horowhenua Business Awards
July 27, 2020
Plenty of local businesses, large and small, have had to battle through the impacts of Covid-19. However the resilience of so many is apparent with the Electra Business & Innovation Awards announcing this year's entries are higher than ever recorded.Businesses across the K...
Making the Case for Kāpiti Gateway
July 27, 2020
Kāpiti Coast Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott favours the building of a Kāpiti Island Gateway...."The pristine native offshore environment which we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep remains our collective responsibility to protect. It is our taonga from our past for ...
Kāpiti Gateway hangs in the Balance
July 27, 2020
Most major issues facing Councils and communities attract extreme opinions. The Kāpiti Island Gateway project is one of the rare exceptions. The views of those opposed to the project have been reasonable and well considered. Those in favour of the Gateway have also made their cas...
Paraparaumu Business Group say Gateway Flawed
July 27, 2020
Paraparaumu Beach Business Association (PBBA) Chair Sharon Hunter says both the Kāpiti Island Gateway Project Proposal to the Provincial Growth Fund and the public consultation process are deeply flawed. The business community at Paraparaumu Beach is a short walk from the Kap...
Comedy Debate - We Don't Know How Lucky We Are
July 26, 2020
Kāpiti's annual comedy debate is set to occur on the 14th August with a stellar line up, and a topic that should be dear to our hearts 'That we don't know how lucky we are'. Organised by the Paraparaumu Branch of the Labour Party, the line up features Ayesha Verrall (#18 on t...
Kāpiti Food Fair planting community fruit trees
July 27, 2020
The Kāpiti Food Fair recently planted five fruit trees in the Mazengarb Reserve community fruit orchard as part of its waste minimisation strategy.In 2019 the Fair set a goal to eliminate 80% of waste from landfill. Helene Judge and Jeanine van Kradenburg, Co-owners' of...
Greater Wellington consult on Plan
July 23, 2020
Greater Wellington are responsible for a wide range of activities that contribute to the overall well being of our region. In particular there is a strong focus on protecting the environment while enabling sustainable economic activity.In June 2018, GW adopted the Long Term P...
Council issued a 'Please Explain' on Gateway Proposal
July 23, 2020
Editor,KCDC had a meeting among themselves. There has been no public meetings about this proposal. No proper communication, no community involvement activated, no consultation with our community, even though some councillors may disagree.Have some councillors and the mayo...
Cabinet art is spreading in Horowhenua
July 23, 2020
Chorus is again working with Horowhenua District Council to extend its cabinet art programme in the district and is calling for designs from local artists.Four cabinets in Levin have been chosen for beautification and artists are encouraged to get their designs in.The pro...
Have your say on the Draft Rates Postponement Policy
July 23, 2020
Horowhenua District Council wants to know if you support a policy that will give affected ratepayers relief during or after an extraordinary or emergency event.Council has approved consultation on the Draft Rates Postponement Policy. Several councils in Aotearoa have similar ...
A Time of the Signs
July 22, 2020
The whole country is being festooned with election signs as candidates vie for your constituency and party votes. Hats off to all those brave souls who battled the elements to get their signs up over the last few days.It is sad to see there has already been vandalism of many ...
Cathy Strong wins Editing Award
July 22, 2020
Kāpiti's Dr Cathy Strong, Senior Lecturer at Massey University's School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing has recently received an international award for editing.Dr Strong has been named the winner of the Dalton-Landon Foundation Service Award in recognition of her ...
Martin Frauenstein for New Conservative
July 21, 2020
Martin Frauenstein is standing as a candidate in the Ōtaki electorate representing the New Conservative party.Martin and his family moved to Wellington from South Africa in 1996. He soon became an avid Hurricane's supporter. Running his own software company he implemented man...
Freddy and Pierre 'The Pretty Boys'
July 21, 2020
Freddy Sayer ( Ōtaki College Y9) and Pierre Lange-Gerrard (Te Horo School Y8) have been part of The After School Music Programme run out of Ōtaki College for a long time.This programme is a Not-For-Profit music-learning program that is run as a valuable Community Service heade...
Kāpiti gets vibrant public art
July 19, 2020
Community Art or Public art is the ultimate gift of the artist to their community. It is art we all can share, locals and visitors alike.At its best, community art enlivens the space it inhabits, warms and enriches the lives of its viewers.A recent example is in Waikanae'...
Kāpiti Markets flourishing
July 19, 2020
The Waikanae Market is back and flourishing after a break during Covid-19. It is also a reminder of how fortunate we are to be able to wander round our local markets in contrast to what is happening in most of the world.The Paraparaumu Beach Market is also well underway at th...
Kāpiti Chamber BA5 with Superminx
July 19, 2020
The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce invites Members and Non-Members to their Business After Five networking programme.Date: Wednesday 22nd July 2020Time: 5.30pm to 7pmLocation: Joe & Joy, 11 Mahara Place, WaikanaeCost: Members Free - note to Member's: Use a gues...
The Mindful Killer by Nila Taylor
July 19, 2020
The silent killer fills our discussions, Spreading like wildfire affecting mankind.But what of the social repercussions, And the killer that is the human mind. Families in boxes across the nation Disguised by the new household term "bubble"Deprived of the ...
Happy Star for Ōtaki Trainers
July 18, 2020
Johno Benner has a bit of time for promising galloper Happy Star and the Ōtaki horseman, who trains in partnership with Hollie Wynyard, was excited to kick-off his preparation at Awapuni on last Saturday with a win.The four-year-old son of Fabulous contested the Norwood 1400 ...
Amanda Vickers selected as Ōtaki Candidate
July, 2020
Social Credit has selected a veterinarian as its general election candidate for the Ōtaki electorate.Amanda Vickers worked extensively in the UK with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, helping to eradicate swine fever and foot and mouth disease, before re...
Kāpiti Beach Bylaw Consultation Review
July 17, 2020
The public consultation period for the review of the Kāpiti Coast District Council's Beach Bylaw will kick off in October this year.Consultation was originally proposed to take place in May, but as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown could not proceed as planned.The Be...
Cyber Crime Gangs and Ransomware
July 17, 2020
Cyber crime gangs are still out in force and Kāpiti's risk management expert Richard Andrewes says the public and businesses need to be aware of the latest problem Ransomware."There has been a fast-moving trend in the ransomware scene," says Mr Andrewes. "We have seen eCri...
Dog registration caring for Kāpiti Dogs
July 16, 2020
Annual dog registration is now open at Kāpiti Coast District Council. Between now and 31 July, Council is asking its 6,000 plus dog owners to register their dogs, switching out the yellow collar tags, to new blue ones.Public Spaces Animal Management Team Leader, Lee Gree...
Vandals cause over $18,000 worth of damage in Kāpiti
July 16, 2020
Kāpiti Ratepayers have footed bills totalling over $18,000 to repair 42 acts of vandalism to public buildings over the last 12 months.Libraries, public toilets and community halls across the district have been the targets of vandals who have broken windows and doors, covered ...
Bernard Long for Green Party Ōtaki
July 14, 2020
Bernard Long, Green Party candidate for the Ōtaki electorate says he is standing as the Green candidate because he is concerned about climate justice and poverty."My candidacy is supported by my ongoing practical social work and activism in relation to French Nuclear Testing,...
Terisa Ngobi is Proudly Local Labour
July 16, 2020
Born, raised and educated in Levin, Ōtaki electorate Labour candidate Terisa Ngobi says she is a proud Horowhenua local of Samoan and Scottish descent."I'm a proud local working mum with three young boys who with their mix of Samoan, Scots and African heritage, represent the ...
Tim Costley pilots National campaign
July 16, 2020
Tim Costley says he is really excited to be replacing Nathan Guy as the Ōtaki electorate National Party candidate.Tim spent the last 19 years in the Air Force as a helicopter pilot."The thing I loved about flying helicopters in the Air Force was that you got to work close...
Funding to support major Kāpiti events
July 17, 2020
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting applications for grants from the Kāpiti Major Events Fund. Event organisers can apply for support from the 2020/21 and 2021/22 fund for events that showcase Kāpiti's unique flavour and vibrancy.The contestable fund ...
Graeme Waters warmly remembered
July 15, 2020
It is with tremendous regret that we learned that Labour stalwart Graeme Waters (79) has passed away says Labour LEC Chair Rob McCann.As former Labour Ōtaki MP Judy Keall said, "In his day he was a committed, independent thinking member of the Labour Party. He was voted in a...
Waiting for Justice Concert
July 15, 2020
A concert of 'music, spoken word and typography' is being performed on the evening of Saturday August 1st at St Peters Hall, Paekākāariki.Travelling bard Mark Raffills will host the evening, weaving his lyrical magic through an eclectic mix of sounds and projected images. The ...
Ōtaki Dentists chair conversation led to radio career
July 15, 2020
The retiring manager of Coast Access Radio, Graeme Joyes, says it was a chance conversation in a dentist's chair that led him to first join the station as a technician and then go on to lead it for 20 years.His wife, Heather, was working with an Ōtaki dentist. One day the the...
Whitireia and WelTec welcomes infrastructure announcement
July 16, 2020
Whitireia and WelTec CE Mark Oldershaw welcomed the recent announcement of a $185 million investment in and job creation in the Wellington region.The Government has outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the COVID Response and Recovery Fund will be allocated acros...
Bernard Long for Green Party Ōtaki
July 14, 2020
Bernard Long, Green Party candidate for the Ōtaki electorate says he is standing as the Green candidate because he is concerned about climate justice and poverty. "My candidacy is supported by my ongoing practical social work and activism in relation to French Nuclear Testin...
Paekākāariki Book Fair
July 13, 2020
Come along for first pick on Friday 17th at 6pm. $5 with wine and cheese. Free on Saturday and Sunday.People have been cleaning out during lockdown, so we have 1000s of books novels, gardening, sport, classics, cookbooks. St Peters is 5 mins walk from the Paekākāariki Station, s...
Cadenza Choir in Kāpiti Concert
July 12, 2020
Cadenza Choir is the newest choir on the Kāpiti Coast.Cadenza are inviting the public to join them as they celebrate the beauty of our region, through Choral music, Photographic art and poetry."Experience nature and humanity..from dawn to dusk. Photography by Brett Hayvice....
Small Town on Kāpiti Stage
July 12, 2020
Small Town is a musical based on the songs of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground which is playing July 15th-18th at 7.30pm at Te Raukura ki Kāpiti! "When you're growing up in a small town, and you're having a nervous breakdown; and you think that you'll never escape it, yourself...
Small Town on Kāpiti Stage
July 12, 2020
Small Town is a musical based on the songs of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground which is playing July 15th-18th at 7.30pm at Te Raukura ki Kāpiti!"When you're growing up in a small town, and you're having a nervous breakdown; and you think that you'll never escape it, yourself ...
Kāpiti scoops MovinMarch wins
July 12, 2020
Greater Wellington Councillor Penny Gaylor and Kāpiti Coast District Council Road Safety Coordinator Bruce Johnston visited Kapakapanui School last week to present Movin'March WOW Passport winner Moannata Tebou with a $400 MYRIDE voucher.Also winning a $400 voucher for ...
Te Wananga o Raukawa features in Mahara Matariki exhibition
July 12, 2020
Mahara Gallery is celebrating Matariki, the Maori New Year with an exhibition which features 54 mahi toi, artworks by 30 weavers and carvers who are past and present tauira (students) and tutors of Ōtaki's Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Toi Whakarākai: Ngā Aho o te Whenua o...
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power Survey
July 12, 2020
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power are conducting a quick, easy to use survey to gather information for a presentation to Council.If you have not already done so, could you please click on the link below and complete the Age Friendly Survey. It is important we get as many people as possible...
Expressions of Interest Sought
July 13, 2020
Helen Cartwright stands for Integrity
July 13, 2020
The New Zealand political scene has been hotly contentious in recent times which may have opened up opportunities for new parties to make their mark in the upcoming election.One such party is Integrity New Zealand, with party leader Helen Cartwright standing in the Mana Elect...
Paekākāariki Open Mic Night
July 11, 2020
Paekākāariki Open Mic Night - don't forget! Friday night, July 31 at 7:30 PM at St Peter's Hall, Paekākāariki.A pleasant user-friendly Open Mic night for lovers of live music in an informal setting. Singers, songwriters, poets and musicians welcome. You get 3 songs or 10 minut...
Kāpiti Mentoring Scheme Changes Lives
July 10, 2020
A Kāpiti mentoring scheme is changing lives - one young person at a time.Challenge for Change, an early intervention mentoring programme, has been running in Kāpiti by the Kāpiti Impact Trust for two years and has just started year 3 this week.Young people aged between 9 and ...
Kāpiti's Hidden Gem
Are you missing out on one of the Kāpiti Coast's little gems? Have you been to the Kāpiti Coast Museum on Elizabeth Street, Waikanae? If your answers are yes and no then put it right any weekend.This small museum has attracted the interest of many local and international visi...
Fewer people to face end of year tax bills
July 9, 2020
The Government is moving to ease financial stress for around 149,000 taxpayers by changing the rules around write-offs for tax debt."Fewer people will have tax bills to pay this year," said Revenue Minister Stuart Nash."Inland Revenue's end of year automatic income tax ca...
Time for Small Business Cashflow Scheme extended
July 9, 2020
The time for applications to the Small Business Cashflow Scheme has been extended until the end of the year.Businesses now have until 31 December to apply.As of 1 July 2020, almost 90,000 businesses have applied for more than $1.5 billion in loans from the Scheme.Loa...
Changes to in-work tax credit
July 9, 2020
Changes to the in-work tax credit (IWTC), which removes the requirement for working families to work a minimum number of hours, have come in to effect.From 1 July, the IWTC will be available to eligible families who are not receiving an income-tested benefit or student allowa...
Green Party announce Jan Logie MP as candidate for Mana
July 9, 2020
The Green Party have announced current MP Jan Logie as their candidate for Mana.With three terms as an MP, Jan has spent the past three years as aParliamentary Under-Secretary, providing significant funding for domestic and sexual violence issues and helping to reshape th...
Cadenza Choir in Kāpiti Concert
July 9, 2020
Cadenza Choir is the newest choir on the Kāpiti Coast.Cadenza are inviting the public to join them as they celebrate the beauty of our region, through Choral music, Photographic art and poetry."Experience nature and humanity..from dawn to dusk. Photography by Brett Hayvice....
Scarecrow Competition for Vege Beds
July 9, 2020
The great Kāpiti Scarecrow Competition is on and organiser James Bishop is welcoming all entries."If you or family want to make a Scarecrow and place the Scarecrow at the bottom of the bank along the wall or in our Vegetable Beds please do so before August 23 2020."Then t...
How Animals Eat - very funny
July 8, 2020
The eating habits of animals as seen by MisterEpicMann. If you like a laugh, check this out this video....
Kāpiti Coast Business Network
July 6, 2020
Kāpiti Business - Kāpiti Coast Business Network at Tuatara Brewery Tap Room on July 13.The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses along to the Kāpiti Coast Business Network meeting on July 13.Date: Monday 13 July 2020Time: 5.15pm to 7pmVenue: Tuatara Brewer...
Kāpiti Coast Business Network
July 6, 2020
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses along to the Kāpiti Coast Business Network meeting on July 13. Date: Monday 13 July 2020Time: 5.15pm to 7pmVenue: Tuatara Brewery Tap Room7 Sheffield Street, ParaparaumuNo need to registerJust arriv...
Kāpiti Hoop Club Basketball up and running
July 3, 2020
Mixed Adult Basketball ScrimmagesWednesdays 7.15 - 9pmSundays 3.15 - 5.15pmParaparaumu College Community SportshallMen & Women of all skill levels welcome$5 EntryContact Lindsay on 0276194636 for more infowww.hoopclubkapiti.nzWinter Mixed Adult Social Basketball LeagueStarts 22 J...
Kāpiti Welcomes Winter Basketball league
July 3, 2020
It is time to channel your inner basketball star and take to the court as part of the Winter Mixed Adult Social Basketball League hosted by Hoop Club Kāpiti.Winter Mixed Adult Social Basketball LeagueStarts 22 July 2020 Wed & Sunday NightsParaparaumu College Community Sportsh...
LGNZ recovery fund to sponsor new sector development initiative
July 2, 2020
Local Government New Zealand's National Council has announced the creation of an LGNZ Covid Recovery Fund, which will be used to deliver free digital training to support mayors, chairs and elected members in their post-Covid decision-making.The Covid crisis has had a significant ...
Kāpiti Basketball Back in action
July 3, 2020
Mixed Adult Basketball ScrimmagesWednesdays 7.15pm - 9pmSundays 3.15pm - 5.15pmParaparaumu College Community SportshallMen & Women of all skill levels welcome$5 EntryContact Lindsay on 0276194636 for more infowww.hoopclubkapiti.nz...
Terisa Ngobi is Proudly Local Labour
July 1, 2020
Born, raised and educated in Levin, Ōtaki electorate Labour candidate Terisa Ngobi says she is a proud Horowhenua local of Samoan and Scottish descent."I'm a proud local working mum with three young boys who with their mix of Samoan, Scots and African heritage, represent the ...

 
Jun 2020
Kāpiti to get a new school
July 1, 2020
A 7.5 acre strategic land purchase 10 years ago for a new school in Kāpiti looks like paying dividends with both major political parties in agreement that the school will be built by 2025.To be located in Waikanae the school will accommodate up to 400 kids and include an ear...
A Kāpiti good news story
June 29, 2020
In a world full of bad news stories it is great to discover there are some very good news stories out there as well.One story from Kāpiti comes to mind when locals Shane and Sharon Pirie and business partner David Walsh decided they would do what they could do to help out som...
Kāpiti Man Builds Cardboard Box Mansion
How to solve the housing crisis is made easy. Just write a great song and start building with Cardboard Boxes. Kāpiti's 'Flying Man' Jeff Simmonds shows how it is done....
Hearing the Revolution in Kāpiti
June 28, 2020
The 1960s and 70s were a time of cultural revolution. Clothing, attitudes and music were outrageous and we loved every minute of it. The music was also pretty loud.Now there are many back in the sixties and seventies (this time age) and the music may sound a bit more thuddish...
Strategy to foster Kāpiti Economy
June 27, 2020
An advisory group of local business representatives working collaboratively with the Kāpiti Coast District Council have reviewed and refreshed the district's Economic Development Strategy.The draft Economic Development Strategy 2020-23 provides a roadmap for fostering a ...
Rates rebates applications close soon
June 25, 2020
Horowhenua ratepayers who have yet to apply for a rates rebate for the 2019-2020 rating year are encouraged to do so before applications close on 30 June 2020.Ratepayers with a household income up to $25,660 may be eligible for a rates rebate up to $640.Finance Manager Je...
Modern woman shines at Mahara
June 25, 2020
The (Old) Waikanae Library might be a leaky mess on the inside but outside it has had a major makeover, significantly brightening Mahara Place, thanks to local artists Kate Hartmann and Ruth Robertson-Taylor.Kate says they were approached by the KCDC Public Art Panel last Nov...
Harnessing the Power of the Internet
June 25, 2020
Kāpiti's Richard Calkin is the man who literally wrote the book on Internet Marketing, not once but three times.First published in 2011, updated in 2015, and now the 2020 edition of The Kiwi Business Hero's Internet Marketing Handbook, has been substantially updated again to ...
Communication Breakdown with Lisa Addy
June 24, 2020
In a world where mis-communication seems more prevalent than ever, getting it right becomes vital. Kāpiti Communications specialist Lisa Addy offers some thoughts on the subject.Communication it's a very challenging thing to get right, isn't it,but why?I believe that it c...
Ōtaki Museum highlights Main St
June 24, 2020
Ōtaki Museum's new exhibition opening July 17 highlights the history of Main Street. With the opening of the new exhibition the museum will be back to its pre-Covid-19 times opening at 10am and closing at 2pm Thursday to Saturday.The exhibition, As Time Goes By the Ch...
Cr Jennings praises rates cut
June 25, 2020
Recent statements from Horowhenua Mayor Bernie Wanden appear to be at odds with his vote against the recent rates reduction.Mayor Wanden says "Horowhenua is a fantastic place to live, work and play and we are increasingly seeing it becoming more attractive for those wanting t...
Front Room Series features Tracey Jones
Kāpiti businesswoman Tracey Jones is hosting a webinar this week as part of the Coming to your Front Room series organised by the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce and the Kāpiti Coast District Council.Tracey is the Managing Director of Tracey Jones Insurance Excellence, she started the...
Trojan Horse or Gift Horse for Kāpiti
June 22, 2020
The Kāpiti Council's recent decision to apply for over $2million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for the proposed Kāpiti Island Gateway remains very controversial.In a recent meeting Council agreed in a split decision to lodge the application for funding. The...
Waikanae library - KCDC gets praise from ROBB
June 22, 2020
The Waikanae Library is in need of restoration. ROBB (Restore our Book Budget community group) asked KCDC if it had attempted to get assistance concerning the restoration of this vital community facility.ROBB chairperson Christopher Ruthe says it is to KCDC's credit it sought...
Waikanae Concerts Return
June 19, 2020
The Waikanae Music Society will re-open its concert season on Sunday 5 July. Music for Horn and Strings will celebrate the return of Waikanae concerts with a concert from Vesa and Friends.This ensemble is led by NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppanen. Born and raised in Finl...
Front Room Series - Maintaining & Growing personal wealth
June 17, 2020
Coming to your Front Room is a series of Zoom meetings aimed at connecting the Kāpiti Business Community. The series is made available by the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce and the Kāpiti Coast District Council.The latest in the series was from Liz Koh of Moneymax titled Maintaining ...
Kāpiti Chamber optimistic
June 17, 2020
Only 35% of Kāpiti's local businesses were able to operate in Level 2 fully, but the local economy is optimistic about the next 12 months as it begins to recover from COVID-19.The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce surveyed members in May 2020 to assess the impacts of Level...
Life on our own Terms gets Launch
June 17, 2020
Kāpiti writer Angela Robertson's book Life On Our Own Terms has survived the constraints of Covid-19 is now about to be officially launched. This inspirational book of 19 short stories is about local men and women who appreciate that life is a gift for us to enjoy and the...
Changes boost Kāpitis events calendar
June 18, 2020
Conversations with event organisers have prompted the Kāpiti Coast District Council to make changes to its Proposed District Plan.Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan says the Council was looking to simplify requirements for event organisers where it was safe and able to do so...
Covid-19: Two new cases in New Zealand, both arrivals from UK
June 16, 2020
There are two new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.In a statement released this afternoon, the Ministry of Health said the two new cases were related to the border as a result of recent travel from the UK.The ministry said both cases ...
Fearless bad-guy catcher for Police Museum
June 16, 2020
Kāpiti Artist Marcus Ebbett says the New Zealand Police Museum is a fantastic final destination and home for his painting 'Constable Rob Eastham with Ike'.Constable Eastham is a member of the Porirua Public Safety Team, and Wellington AOS.Ike served New Zealand Police for...
Kāpiti to celebrate International Yoga Day
June 15, 2020
This Sunday (June 21) is International Yoga Day. All around the world there will be events to mark the day. In New Zealand we are fortunate to be able to turn up to participate while most of the world will still have to take part online.In Kāpiti, Z Health Studio is inviting ...
Michelle Lewis joins GW Transport Advisory Group
June 14, 2020
Kāpiti's Michelle Lewis has been selected to join the Public Transport Advisory Group administered by Greater Wellington Regional Council.A Greater Wellington spokesperson said Ms Lewis has a very good understanding of transport issues."She has experience working in the a...
A dual currency system would help New Zealand recover
June 14, 2020
From what we sometimes glean from the media the economy consists of a whole lot of empty restaurants and underemployed baristas. Of course it is more than that. The economy is a gigantic machine in which one person's consumption spending generates someone else's income. We bu...
Electra Trust Election Results
June 13, 2020
The Electra Trust election results are out with the two newly elected members coming from Kāpiti and Horowhenua.Topping the poll was former Electra Board Chair Neil MacKay from Paraparaumu.Mr MacKay's 4107 votes was well clear of the other three contenders.Mr Mackay s...
Call for Te Rauparaha Statue removal
June 13, 2020
EditorLetter sent to KCDCDear Mr Mayor and CEO,I note you have the Te Rauparaha statue in your district in Ōtaki. Why are you celebrating a murderer, cannibal and rapist? Are you proud of this sorry sick human? He decimated and hammered the poor Maori people of Ngai Tahu ...
Elizabeth Kay in Kāpiti Book Talk
Sunday 12 July in the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room at 2:00 pm The Kāpiti Friends of the Library are hosting Elizabeth Kay who will speak about her book Eddie Norman and 25 Battalion.The book is based on the letters and writings of her father Eddie Norman who was at El Al...
Electra Trustees Election Result
June 13, 2020
Kāpiti Coast Museum is Re-opening
June 12, 2020
The Kāpiti Coast Museum will re-open on Friday June 19 after several weeks Lockdown during the COVID 19 crisis.Museum Chairman Mark Holland says "We are delighted to be able to host visitors again and specially pleased and proud that so many of our volunteer visitor hosts have el...
Kāpiti man writes Buried Alive
June 12, 2020
If you've been into Paper Plus Coastlands this week, you may have noticed a new book on display 'Buried Alive: A story of Hate and Acceptance' written by local Kāpiti man Alex Dean which shares his journey of survival and search for justice as a victim of childhood sexual abu...
Open letter to TVNZ One News
June 12, 2020
To TVNZRecently, you chose 5 of the 9 small, registered political parties to interview for your news item. Your commentary announced that they would all love people's vote. You explained they all face an enormous hurdle because they must win over 5% or gain an electorate seat...
Appreciation for Raumati Pharmacists
June 11, 2020
Editor,Whilst welcoming Martin Lowis as the new owner of Raumati Pharmacy, I must record our sincere appreciation of Simone Greig, David Brazier and their wonderful staff at the pharmacy over the last two decades.They have brought a friendly, warm atmosphere to what must ...
Kāpiti Island Gateway naysayers unite
June 11, 2020
Editor,The Mayor is promising an outstanding new "gateway to Kāpiti Island". In his column of 13 May he says that for decades a gateway has been sought. He says: (1) it will only cost $4 million; (2) will create local jobs andstimulate the economy; and (3) will pr...
Kāpiti Food Fair is good to go
June 11, 2020
Kāpiti Food Fair operator Helene Judge says the Kāpiti Food Fair has taken COVID-19 seriously and respected Alert Levels' 4, 3, 2 and now we have reached Level 1 we are super excited and good to go with our delivery which is a huge relief."We have updated our Risk Manage...
Open Depot at Steam Inc
June 11, 2020
The hugely popular Steam Incorporated will have the depot open to the public on the weekend of July 11-12.The public will be able to join the volunteer crew Steam Incorporated for a fun-filled weekend with the family, from 10am to 3pm both days at the depot just off SH1 at Pa...
Last Chance for Electra Trust Vote
June 11, 2020
With four candidates standing for two positions on the Electra Trust voting closes at noon tomorrow (June 12). One candidate, Neil MacKay, says it will be too late to vote by post but the option of voting online still gives people an opportunity to have their say.Mr MacKa...
Greater Wellington rate rise halved
June 12, 2020
Greater Wellington Regional Council agreed to reduce its 2020/21 regional rates rise from an average of 6.3% to 3% during discussions around its draft annual plan yesterday.The decision was made by Council after consideration of the impact of COVID-19 and will be achieved thr...
Gateway needs to be iconic
June 8, 2020
Editor,I am very disappointed in the renderings of the proposed Kāpiti Island Gateway building.What a totally uninspiring structure. There is no relationship between this building and the Island itself.Lacking in beauty or relevance, if built as proposed it will repre...
Art boggles mind
June 8, 2020
Editor, I walk through Te Uruhi/Maclean Park regularly and have wondered about the empty space that has been awaiting the installation of an 'exciting new sculpture.' But sadly we are represented with a picture of this new $145,000 'artwork' (see photo).The mind boggles. ...
Ka pai Kāpiti
June 8, 2020
Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K. Gurunathan says getting back to Level One is great news but there's more work to be done."I'm very proud of the way our community responded to the measures necessary to fight off COVID-19. People have endured massive disruption to their liv...
Kāpiti on Scam Alert
June 8, 2020
The Kāpiti Coast has seen record numbers of scams during the Covid-19 period and KCNews spoke to local expert Richard Andrewes about how best to avoid them. Police advise the most common types of online scams include Romance scams, Cold calling scams, Business email compromis...
Time to fly the Flag
June 6, 2020
EditorCan someone tell me and the people of Kāpiti why our Council does not fly the New Zealand flag from the Council building. The Council buildings of our neighbours Horowhenua District Council and Poriria City Council both proudly fly the New Zealand flag from their public...
Kāpiti opts for flexible work
June 6, 2020
Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan has welcomed news that consumer spending in the local community is up by around 15 per cent and praised the benefits of more flexible working arrangements."There are nearly eight thousand Kāpiti residents who usually leave th...
Dear Kāpiti community from Sophie
June 4, 2020
Dear Kāpiti community, this is a letter from me to you. 💙 The past few months have been extremely challenging for so many people. We have seen people struggle to put food on the table, to work from home while also looking after their kids, to have to stay at home...
Whareora Guardians from planting to Houdini sheep
Planting is planned to start at Whareroa on Sunday July 5th. Depending on the level of Covid-19 control at that time there are likely to be changes in how we manage working bees; we will give detail nearer the time. Planting 2020 will complete Upper Ti Kouka and extend planti...
Major funding boost for Mahara Gallery
The project which seeks to transform Mahara Gallery to bring it up to professional gallery standard has received a major boost following donations this year totaling some $270,000.Mahara Gallery Trust Board Chairman, Professor Les Holborow, says the latest donation of $100,00...
Kāpiti Electra Business Breakfast Goes Virtual - Episode 2
June 1, 2020
The Kāpiti Electra Business Breakfast is still operating in Alert Level 2 and are hopeful Level 1 will not be too far away.Each month organisers will decide the best approach for safe B2B networking, whether that be a webinar or getting back together in-person at the Southwar...
Covid-19 - The choice - Are we destroying our economy to save lives
June 1, 2020
The emergence of Covid-19 has caused much more than just a health crisis. Economic carnage has accompanied the pandemic, starting with China and spreading around the world even faster than the virus.New Zealand was hit hard well before a single case had crossed the border, as...

 
May 2020
Mulled Wine Concerts Return
After a long break through Covid-19 Kāpiti's popular Mulled Wine Concerts are back with the first concert featuring Jian Liu, Mary Gow and friends.Concertgoers have been eagerly awaiting the return of concerts and events and musicians of all stripes have been longing to play ...
$5million to tackle train sardine scenario
June, 2020
Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils have secured $5m in funding from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to pursue a detailed business case, and commence procurement for regional trains which if delivered would prevent passengers from being packed like sardines within t...
Amanda Vickers selected as Ōtaki Candidate
June, 2020
Social Credit has selected a veterinarian as its general election candidate for the Ōtaki electorate.Amanda Vickers worked extensively in the UK with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, helping to eradicate swine fever and foot and mouth disease, before re...
Kāpiti Plan reassessed
May 23, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kāpiti Coast District Council has reassessed its plans for the coming year. KCDC says it is focusing on making sure they're in the best position to support Kāpiti through this crisis and out the other side.Information on the draft 2...
Kāpiti Coast Museum needs Help
May 24, 2020
The Kāpiti Coast Museum on Elizabeth Street, Waikanae, is in need of help, says Chairman Mark Holland."We are a small committee of enthusiastic volunteers with many and varied skills all put to use to keep this important community museum going," says Mr Holland."But we ...
Kāpiti Coast Museum needs Help
May 24, 2020
The Kāpiti Coast Museum on Elizabeth Street, Waikanae, is in need of help, says Chairman Mark Holland."We are a small committee of enthusiastic volunteers with many and varied skills all put to use to keep this important community museum going," says Mr Holland."But we ar...
National Party gets odd couple on top
May 24, 2020
Much loved (mainly by Labour supporters) Sheriff Simon Bridges has sailed off to wherever former party leaders sail off to while his trusty deputy Paula Bennett is also no longer in sight. Instead National has opted for a liberal Aucklander and a conservative Catholic as thei...
Tim Costley pilots National campaign
June, 2020
Tim Costley says he is really excited to be replacing Nathan Guy as the Ōtaki electorate National Party candidate.Tim spent the last 19 years in the Air Force as a helicopter pilot. "The thing I loved about flying helicopters in the Air Force was that you got to work clos...
Candidate reminds Electra voters
Kevin Burrows who is a candidate for the position of Trustee of Electra Trust is reminding people to vote in the election of their Trustees.The Trust represents the households and businesses in Kāpiti and Horowhenua who are connected to the local power lines. It is wholly own...
Electra Trust Candidates - Vote Now
May 24, 2020
The Voting Papers for the 2020 election of Electra Trustees will have been received by eligible voters in Kāpiti and Horowhenua. There are two vacancies and the four candidates are Neil MacKay, Kevin Burrows, Brendan Duffy, and Lindsay Burnell. Statements from the four candidates...
Kāpiti - We are In it Together
May 23, 2020
"Over the last few weeks, we have been reminded many times of fact that, whether we like it or not, we are part of a community. The welfare and wellbeing of each person in the community has an impact, either directly or indirectly, on the community as a whole.We are all in th...
In the Swing at Sevenoaks
June 23, 2020
While the rest of the country is getting back into its 'new' normal, life in residential aged care remains much as it has been with restrictions still in place.Residents in The Lodge (the Kāpiti Retirement Trust's aged care hospital at Sevenoaks) remain as vulnerable as ever ...
Will Air Chathams fly south for the winter
May 22, 2020
Editor,It is very good news to see Air Chathams back flying from Kāpiti. I see they are flying to and from Auckland and it would be good for Kāpiti if they had flights to the South Island. The ski season will be starting soon and now that overseas travel is not happening there co...
Shout out to Air Chathams
May 21, 2020
Editor,A big shout out to Air Chathams. My son is coming down to see his dad and had to change his flight date and times. Air Chathams couldn't have been more helpful and the customer service was outstanding. Kāpiti Coast residents, we need to support these guys, use it or lose i...
Concept design for Kāpiti Island Gateway building
May 21, 2020
A concept design for the proposed Kāpiti Island Gateway building and visitor centre shows a single storey 235m building, with decking and a new bridge over Tikotu stream.On Thursday 28 May the Kāpiti Council will be considering an application to the Provincial Growth Fu...
Kāpiti Law are back on Deck
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Air Chathams back in Kāpiti Skies
May 18, 2020
After 7 weeks of uncertainty and 'hibernation' Air Chathams says it is excited to slowly relaunch scheduled flights from its Auckland Airport base to Whakatane, Whanganui and the Kāpiti Coast commencing 24th May.Duane Emeny, Airline General Manager says Airline management hav...
Kāpiti Grey Power office re-opens
The Kāpiti Grey Power office at Coastlands has re-opened as of today May 18.Diana Pierce, Membership Secretary says "We are now officially at Alert Level 2. Well done everyone. We still all have a part to play in keeping each other safe and need to continue to behave like the...
Don't leave town till you've see the country
May 18, 2020
The slogan 'Don't leave town till you've seen the Country' looks set to make a comeback as Kiwis replace overseas travel and holidays with a look around New Zealand instead.Under Covid-19 the New Zealand tourism industry has taken a massive hit but already there are signs tha...
Kāpiti Council Review in 30 Days
May 14, 2020
Kāpiti District-wide councillor Rob McCann has moved to have the Kāpiti Council's Organisation Review Report by Martin Jenkins seen within a month.Cr McCann says he moved a motion regarding the review today seconded by Cr James Cootes who had been a primary driver in getting ...
Political pay cuts moved on
May 14, 2020
Local Government NZ had welcomed the introduction of legislation this morning that will allow the Remuneration Authority to consider pay cuts for local government elected members, in response to the COVID-19 crisis.In April, LGNZ asked that the Government give the Remuneratio...
Kāpiti Coast back in the swim
May 13, 2020
Coastlands Aquatic Centre and Ōtaki Pool will reopen from 5.30am on Friday 15 May with reduced services and extra measures in place to help keep everyone safe."We know many in our community have missed their regular swims over the last six weeks and our staff are working...
Up to 50 can attend Funerals and Tangihanga
May 13, 2020
The Health Minister David Clark has confirmed funerals and tangihanga will be allowed under alert level 2, with the number of people at the event now capped at 50.From Thursday, funeral directors can apply for an exemption to allow up to 50 people at services, as long as the Mini...
2020 - is the year of innovation
May 13, 2020
Electra Business & Innovation Awards have launched their new look for 2020.This year has been like no other in so many respects, many of them not good, but what it is turning out to be is a year for innovation and the ability to think outside of the box.Businesses have ha...
Kāpiti libraries prepare for a safer normal at alert level 2
May 13, 2020
Kāpiti Coast District Council libraries will reopen to the public from 10am tomorrow (Thursday 14 May) as New Zealand transitions to COVID-19 alert level 2."We're thrilled to be able to welcome our active library users back to browse the shelves again, but we want to let...
Kāpiti Businesses adapting to Covid-19
May 11, 2020
Prominent Kāpiti businesswoman Sonya Jackson says being creative and adaptive will be vital for the business community as we battle back from the Covid-19 pandemic."The virus has had a huge impact on virtually every business and sadly some businesses have lost everything. We ...
Kāpiti Rates and Covid-19
May 7, 2020
This week ratepayers across the district will start to receive their latest rates notices. We know this is a difficult time for many in the community and understand some households and businesses might be finding it difficult to keep on top of their rates.Support is available for...
Kāpiti Run for Youth Goes Virtual Wraps in Recognition of Youth Week
May 6, 2020
Richard Calkin, founder of Web Genius, says Kāpiti Run for Youth is excited to be wrapping it's 2020 virtual event and to be announcing its result during 'Youth Week', a nationwide festival that runs from 9 to 17 May to celebrate the talents, passion and success of young people....
Remembering to listen...
May 4, 2020
"Lots of people talk to animals...Not very many listen though...that's the problem."A.A. Milne, Winnie the PoohThere has been a lot of noise for the last few weeks, and it will continue especially around economic meltdown. And while I am no economist I fear that it is true...
Kāpiti Libraries see 500% increase for online services
May 3, 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced all kinds of community services, including Kāpiti District libraries, to temporarily close their doors, staff are finding creative ways to continue to connect with their communities.Kāpiti Coast District Council's Libraries and...
Kāpiti updates Rubbish and Recycling
May 2, 2020
Collection companies will start to pick up recycling bins and crates alongside the normal rubbish collection in Alert Level 3. However, the region's recycling sorting plant remains closed, so all recycling collected will be going straight to landfill. If it is safe and hygienic t...
Mackays to Peka Peka works to recommence
May 3, 2020
This week will see the recommencement of enhancement work on the Mackays to Peka Peka Corridor (The M2PP Revocation Project).The works will be located in Zone 1 & 2 between Poplar Ave and Ihakara St. (see attached graphic)On Tuesday 5 May, service investigation work rec...
Kāpiti Climate Action petition gains numbers
Low Carbon Kāpiti, the Kāpiti Climate Change Action Group and Councillor Sophie Handford have started a petition to Kāpiti Coast District Council to institute a 'Green Recovery of Kāpiti'.In mid-2019, Kāpiti Coast District Council declared a climate emergency in the...
Public Transport Advisory Group sets the wheels in motion
May 3, 2020
Greater Wellington Regional Council has appointed 17 members to the Public Transport Advisory Group to help shape the region's transport.The Advisory Group was established to provide consumer advice to help inform Greater Wellington's Metlink business and Transport Committee....

 
Apr 2020
Kāpiti remembers ANZACs
April 25, 2020
ANZAC Day in Kāpiti and Horowhenua is normally marked by well attended Dawn Parades and huge public gatherings as we come together to remember those who have served and those who currently serve our country. This year the remembrance has been largely personal and private.With...
ANZAC Day remembered privately
April 25, 2020
ANZAC Day in Horowhenua and Kāpiti is normally marked by well attended Dawn Parades and huge public gatherings as we come together to remember those who have served and those who currently serve our country. This year the remembrance has been largely personal and private.With...
Kāpiti Retirement Trust committed to Safety
Kāpiti Retirement Trust CEO Wendy Huston says as we move to Alert Level 3 the main message is still Stay Well, Stay Safe, Stay at Home."As we move to Alert Level 3 and follow the Government guidelines around this level, we remain absolutely committed that the decisions we mak...
Kāpiti Retirement Trust committed to Safety
April 24, 2020
Kāpiti Retirement Trust CEO Wendy Huston says as we move to Alert Level 3 the main message is still Stay Well, Stay Safe, Stay at Home."As we move to Alert Level 3 and follow the Government guidelines around this level, we remain absolutely committed that the decisions we mak...
COVID-19 and the Laws of Attraction
April 20, 2020
Local Professional Hypnotherapist and Mental Health Consultant of 40+ years, Pamm Millage, revisits her words published in KCNews in June 2019: - "Just as the global environment reflects pollution within its atmosphere and in its waterways; so does your body reflect that which it...
Business Support Network Launched for Kāpiti
April 20, 2020
Local businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown can now turn to professional advisers in Kāpiti for free initial advice on how to move forward as the economy enters recovery mode. A group of local professionals have formed a business support network, sponsore...
Covid-19 Lockdown Level 4 in place until April 27
April 20, 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced this afternoon that New Zealand will stay in Lockdown level 4 until April 27.The PM says at that point Cabinet plans to move to Level 3 and will then reassess progress on May 11.She says New Zealand has performed very well as a ...
Tips from Horowhenua Trust bubble.
April 18, 2020
We are now entering our fourth week of lockdown, and it's time for us to start preparing for the aftermath of the isolation period. Although we don't yet know when the lockdown will be lifted, we do have some of the information that can help us to prepare for the transition to Le...
Man arrested after dog injured in Kāpiti Coast dirt bike incident
April 17, 2020
A 35-year-old man has been arrested today in relation to an incident last week in Raumati Beach.Police received a report on Tuesday 7 April that a couple walking their dog on a pedestrian-only track in the area had been involved in an incident where a dirt bike rider had coll...
Online quiz for Boaties - Five $300 Prizes
April 15, 2020
Looking for something to do while you're in lockdown at home?Going out on the water is off limits right now, but this is the perfect time to make sure you are up to date with checking your gear and upgrading your skills and knowledge.There are five opportunities to win $3...
Jeff Simmonds - A Paekākāariki Shutdown Song
Jeff Simmonds - A Paekākāariki Shutdown SongIn another installment of his superb Red Beanbag sessions, Kāpiti singer/songwriter, musician, filmmaker Jeff Simmonds has produced A Paekākāariki Shutdown Song.The video accompanying the song is a dystopian but finally optimistic vie...
Heroes don't all wear capes - Kāpiti Meals on Wheels keeps rolling along
April 15, 2020
The country may be in the grip of a pandemic but that has not stopped the dedicated group of volunteers who deliver 85 meals a day in Kāpiti as part of the Meals On Wheels effort.Meals on Wheels is deemed to be an 'essential service' and Luella Jensen is the co-ordinator for ...
Kāpiti Car Crash Blaze
April 13, 2020
Police have confirmed details following a car crash off Kāpiti Rd on Saturday evening.A Police Spokesperson told KCNews a vehicle caught fire in the northbound lane of the Kāpiti Expressway, next to the Kāpiti Road northbound onramp, about 6.30pm Saturday. "It had earlie...
Parkwood Zooms through Covid-19
April 11, 2020
The popular use of technology to retain essential connections in the lockdown has spread to at least one retirement village on the Coast.Residents of Parkwood Village in Waikanae, led by their Residents' Association, have been meeting up regularly for Zoom meetings to discuss...
Kāpiti Coast residents urged to stay put this Easter
April 8, 2020
Kāpiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan is urging Kāpiti Coast residents not to be complacent in the fight against COVID-19 and to stay home and save lives this Easter."For the most part Kāpiti Coast residents are doing a great job of staying in their bubbles but we ha...
Kāpiti Supermarkets Easter Hours
April 9, 2020
Easter Hours for Kāpiti Supermarkets are:KCNews.co.nz has contacted all supermarkets in Kāpiti for their Easter shopping hours. There are a variety of opening and closing times during the Easter break. The opening hours are listed below - please note all are Closed on Easter Frid...
Kāpiti Mayor Warns 'Community Idiots'
April 8, 2020
Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan says while most of Kāpiti are choosing to remain in their bubbles and safe lives there are some who are breaching the isolation protocols in place under Covid-19 Alert Level 4. "In particular, I want to give a clear warning to those off-road trail bi...
Home Learning Initiatives Welcomed
April 8, 2020
NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government's announcement today of a range of learning from home initiatives to help support learners, whānau, schools and centres through the Covid-19 lockdown."This announcement is significant and welcome. The package will help support ...
Business Breakdowns Barker Style
April 6, 2020
Legendary Ronnie Barker on Business breakdownsThe Business news with Ronnie BarkerAnd finally...It is with great sadness that I have to mention the loss of a few local businesses.A local Bra Shop has gone bust.A Mining Company has gone under.A manufacturer of food ble...
Phone line for Kāpiti residents most in need
April 6, 2020
Kāpiti Coast residents struggling to get essentials like food and medication because of COVID-19 can now call a new Council welfare support number, says Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan."We recognise that there are people in our community that are on their o...
Kowhai trees from here to London
April 6, 2020
Part-time Kāpiti Coaster and Hutt City Councillor Chris Milne tells of planting trees from here to London."Back in 1988 when I was living in London my father passed away in New Zealand. After his funeral, my sister Alex Dempster and I brought some kowhai seeds from our parent...
Business Breakdowns Barker Style
April 6, 2020
The Business news with Ronnie Barker And finally...It is with great sadness that I have to mention the loss of a few local businesses.A local Bra Shop has gone bust.A Mining Company has gone under.A manufacturer of food blenders has gone into liquidation.A Dog Ken...

 
Mar 2020
Kāpiti heritage projects granted funds
April 1, 2020
Sites of historic and natural significance stretching across the district from Paekākāariki to Ōtaki are among 12 projects granted financial assistance from the latest Kāpiti Coast District Council Heritage Fund.The Fund aims to assist and actively encourage landowne...
Kāpiti advised to stay at home and save lives
April 1, 2020
Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says Council will continue do its job and keep essential services running over the next four weeks but the community needs to do its job too stay at home and save lives."New Zealand entered COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Eliminate and o...
Alcohol and cigarettes can be delivered but not exercise equipment
April 1, 2020
Leading New Zealand exercise expert is extremely disappointed that alcohol and cigarettes can be delivered to people by courier because they are 'essential' and for their welfare, whereas exercise equipment isn't essential, so can't be delivered even if someone is working from a ...
Kāpiti Chamber offers positive community stories
April 1, 2020
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce chair Jacinda Thorn says as we are nearing our first week of lock-down for COVID-19, there are a lot of positive stories coming out of the local community, with people helping each other where possible and staying connected through digital technology. W...
Kāpiti Run for Youth Goes Virtual
April 1, 2020
Organisers of the Kāpiti Run for Youth have a message for the thousands who wanted to take part in this year's event - "Spread the word, not the virus inside your bubble. Kāpiti Run for Youth Goes Virtual."Sometime ago Kāpiti Run for Youth started repositioning the event to t...
Kāpiti Island Webcams to foil Poachers
April 1, 2020
A programme to install webcams on Kāpiti Island is being expanded in an effort to clamp down on illegal poachers.The first webcam was installed at the end of 2018 and another last year. The group behind them, Guardians of the Kāpiti Marine Reserve, say they are alre...
The Genius Guide to Remote Working
April 1, 2020
Kāpiti's Lisa Addy, a consultant with BSI People Skills, says as more countries are going into lockdown and enforcing quarantines, people and businesses are having to adjust to a new way of working. "Working from home, and working with a remote team, can have many problems and ch...
Kāpiti Gateway Centre makes progress
March 25, 2020
An updated feasibility investigation released recently by the Kāpiti Coast District Council on building a Kāpiti Gateway Centre at Paraparaumu Beach has provided the necessary direction for the project to progress to a business case.The feasibility study, which invo...
PM announces complete shutdown
March 23, 2020 2.15pm
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand will shut down in response to the community transmission of coronavirus, in two days time.The most severe response, level 4 of the country's Covid-19 threat system, was announced by Ardern on Monday afternoon. Schools wi...
Metlink moves to Sunday Services from Wednesday
March 23, 2020
In response to the Prime Minister's address today on raised COVID-19 levels, Metlink will be moving to Sunday services across all public transport modes from Wednesday 25 March.Metlink GM Scott Gallacher says, that while there are still a number of issues to work out, all tra...
Covid19 and your Business
March 23, 2020
In response to COVID-19 the Government is acting to support the economy. The $12.1 billion package includes:- a wage subsidy scheme - leave and self-isolation support - business cash flow and tax measures. If you're not sure what assistance may be available, don't kno...
Kāpiti BNI chapters have plenty to offer
March 15, 2020
BNI Gold Coast held a very successful Visitors Day last week, attracting 15 Kāpiti businesses to check out what BNI has to offer.Chapter President Richard Calkin of Web Genius says it was excellent to see so many visitors take the opportunity to see what BNI can offer their b...
Border Controls force Waikanae's Guest Pianist to Cancel Tour
March 16, 2020
Members of the Waikanae Music Society have been looking forward to March 29 and the chance of hearing one of their most popular pianists, the internationally acclaimed Oleg Marshev who last visited New Zealand in 2016.However, the border controls announced over the weekend me...
Keep Kāpiti Virus Free
Editor, With the Coronavirus starting to take hold in New Zealand I would like to suggest public gathering places take sensible precautions. Petrol stations, Bank ATMs and supermarket checkout EFTPOS machines should all have hand sanitiser available and should be regularly cl...
Review of Kāpiti production Parihaka
'Parihaka' - A Kāpiti College Multi-Curricular ProductionReviewed by Te Aniwaniwa Black.Kāpiti College's multi-curricular production 'Parihaka,' written by Paora Trim and Nicola Easthope, is a fictional account of real life events based on the invasion of Parihaka, Nove...
Ōtaki Players AGM
March 13, 2020
Ōtaki Players AGM on Sunday 15 March...
Hairspray for Ōtaki - Auditions
March 13, 2020
It has been an award winning movie musical and a hit stage show and now it is the turn of the Ōtaki Players to put on the hugely popular show Hairspray.The call is out for singers/actors/dancers to bring the show to life.The auditions for Hairspray will take place on Satu...
Gear Jammers All Fired Up for Classic Car Show
March 10, 2020
This weekend sees the spectacular display of cars on the Kāpiti Coast with the All Fired Up Classic Car Show at Kāpiti Primary SchoolOpen on Sunday (March 15) from 10am to 3pm, the Show is again hosted by Gear Jammers Rod & Muscle Car Club Inc and is lots of fun for the famil...
Remember Me Home
March 11, 2020
‎Avril McDonald‎ reports"I'm so thrilled to release the next Feel Brave song to help kids deal with change/loss & grief - recorded on the Kāpiti Coast using amazing local talent Unity Jayne Wara and Tui Tahere-Katene recorded by Ross at Audiosuite studio at Lindal...
Parks Week in full swing
March 9, 2020
Greater Wellington Regional Council is celebrating Parks Week with an abundance of events and activities to encourage people to get out and about and explore nature.Greater Wellington Parks Manager Amanda Cox says Parks Week is all about celebrating the vital role parks play ...
After an earthquake, Kāpiti prepares
March 9, 2020
After an earthquake, where would you go to ask for and offer help?The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office is running a free event to help you be prepared.The earthquake scenario will take place on March 14 at Kāpiti Community Centre, one of Kāpiti's local ...
2020 Minimum Wage Increase
March 8, 2020
On April 1 the adult minimum wage increases $1.20 to $18.90 an hour - an additional $48 per week before tax for an employee working a 40 hour week.Employment expert Julia Palmer of Star People in Kāpiti says Employers will need to remember to adjust their payroll."Startin...
Horowhenua Coronavirus workshop
March 8, 2020
Please join us for our Covid-19 business preparation workshop next Thursday 12 March.Horowhenua New Zealand Trust (www.hnzt.org)Workshop Invitation3pm Thursday 12 Marchwww.hnzt.org The potential impact of COVID-19 is creating high levels of uncertainty here and ab...
Top European Concert Pianist in Kāpiti
March 5, 2020
In a development that will surely please Kāpiti concert-goers, the highly regarded German pianist Michael Endres will open the Mulled Wine Concert programme this year.International critics have described Endres as "one of the most interesting pianists recording today". He has...
Global Thought Leader for Horowhenua Electra BA5
March 5, 2020
Join us and global thought leader, Alexia Hilbertidou, for BA5 on Thursday the 12th of March.ELECTRA BUSINESS AFTER 55.30pm Thursday 12 March 2020www.hnzt.orgInside the mind of Gen Z.Alexia Hilbertidou - CEO and Founder, GirlBoss New ZealandAs the largest, younges...
$500 Kāpiti Giveaway in giving back plan
March 4, 2020
Kāpiti business Peter Jackson Plumbing Limited is giving away $500 cash to someone in need.The $500 giveaway started with a business in Auckland who then nominated another to carry on and then that company nominated Peter Jackson Plumbing in Kāpiti.Sonya Jackson says they...

 
Feb 2020
Truck crash threat on Akatarawa Road
February 27, 2020
A truck is perched precariously on the Akatarawa Road and traffic is blocked from passing.Locals have long warned against long vehicles trying to negotiate this narrow and winding road.Kāpiti Coast District Council have advised that Akatarawa Rd is currently CLOSED, due t...
Marcus Portrait Highly Recommended
Outstanding Kāpiti artist Marcus Ebbett has been Highly Commended for his self-portrait at the prestigious Adam Portraiture Awards.From his Rosetta Rd studio in Raumati, Marcus has been in huge demand both nationally and overseas.The Adam Portraiture Award is a biennial c...
Change and growth ahead for Kāpiti
February 20, 2020
The Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is hosting two speakers at the March breakfast, Brendan Duffy Chair Business Kāpiti Horowhenua Incorporated and Wayne Maxwell Chief Executive Kāpiti Coast District Council."Nothing ever stays the same, change is constant, a...
Transport Committees plan for reduced carbon emissions
February 20, 2020
Greater Wellington Regional Council's Transport Committee this week agreed to priorities for transport including contributing to targets that will see reductions in transport-generated emissions.Transport Committee Chair Roger Blakeley says the committee agreed to strategic p...
Transport Committees plan for reduced carbon emissions
February 20, 2020
Greater Wellington Regional Council's Transport Committee this week agreed to priorities for transport including contributing to targets that will see reductions in transport-generated emissions.Transport Committee Chair Roger Blakeley says the committee agreed to strategic p...
Kāpiti Community Sports Bank to break down barriers to sport
February 20, 2020
A community Sports Bank is set to open in Kāpiti, giving the community easier access to free sporting equipment.The initiative has been established by the Wellington City Mission with the support of Fun Zone Group and the local community, and is one of many Community Spo...
Kāpiti Run for Youth 2020 Business Sponsorship is Open
February 20, 2020
Event organiser Helene Judge says local business sponsorship plays a large part in the Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth campaign. "Last year we achieved 51 local businesses contributing a whopping $11,625 to the overall amount raised through Gold $500, Silver $250 and Bronze $...
Time to register for MovinMarch Kāpiti
February 19, 2020
Movin'March is fast approaching but there is still time for schools to sign up for the month-long free initiative that encourages students to walk, cycle and scoot to school.Greater Wellington Regional Council Travel Choice Coordinator Kirsty Barr says so far 122 schools have...
Plans for safer roads, lower emissions and more active travel
February 19, 2020
In recent years Kāpiti has experienced massive roadworks with the construction of the Kāpiti Expressway and with the recent government announcement of increased transport infrastructure spending the trend looks set to continue.The Regional Transport Committee this week agreed...
Kāpiti celebrates International Women's Day #EachforEqual
February 17, 2020
International Women's Day 2020 will take place on Sunday 8 March with Kāpiti participating in this international event on Friday 6 March, hosted by the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.Kāpiti organiser Lisa Addy says International Women's Day provides an important ...
Volunteering Expo for Horowhenua
February 13, 2020
Volunteer Resource Centre, supported by the Horowhenua District Council, is organising their first Volunteering Expo at the end of February. Organisers say this event aims to create connections by allowing people to meet organisations that have volunteer opportunities as well...
Unplanned discharges across the Region
A number of unplanned sewage discharges have happened across the Wellington Region recently, which has caused widespread concern among communities, as well as confusion about who's responsible for the region's stormwater networks.Greater Wellington Regional Council Environmen...
Raumati South Beach on Fire
February 11, 2020
In what looks like being a great night of community fun, the Raumati South Beach Fire 2020 Celebration kicks off at 8pm on Friday Feb 14.Organisers describe the event as whanau-friendly with plenty of live music to celebrate the evening."Bring good vibes, kids, rugs, refreshments...
Taika takes home the Oscar
February 10, 2020
Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi has become the latest Kiwi to win an Oscar, taking out Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit at the 92nd Academy Awards at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre."Thank you, Kia Ora," said a slightly nervous Waititi as he accepted the Academy Award.He t...
Confidence in Public Transport on the Rise
February 2, 2020
The results of a recent Passenger Satisfaction Survey show customer confidence in the Wellington region's public transport network is growing.Metlink General Manager Greg Pollock says the results of the survey, which were recently collated after the survey was taken independe...
Kāpiti South to get new MP
February 8, 2020
Raumati and Paekākāariki will have a new MP at the next election with the announcment from current Labour MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi,that he will run as a list candidate at this year's election in order to make way for a new Labour MP in Mana."The decision to run as a List candi...
Kāpiti Chamber calls for faster action on Roads
February 2, 2020
The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce welcomes news the Government will fund four lanes from Ōtaki to Levin but is concerned construction won't begin until 2025 and be completed in 2029.The four-lane road was originally announced last decade by the previous Government. Fundin...
Two business leaders appointed to Kāpiti board
February 2, 2020
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce board has appointed two new emerging business leaders, Asher Wilson-Goldman and Monique Leith. Jacinda Thorn, Kāpiti Chamber Chair, says Asher Wilson-Goldman and Monique Leith have strong ties to the Kāpiti Coast and are advocate...
Enhanced EQC claims system kicks in for Kāpiti claims
February 4, 2020
Homeowners affected by the recent Kāpiti Coast earthquakes are the first customers to enjoy the benefits of new automated processes in the Earthquake Commission's claims system.As of noon on Tuesday last week, 18 homeowners had lodged a claim for damage after the magnitude 5....
Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre announces events
February 4, 2020
The Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre has announced a programme of events, including an Open Day where the community is invited to come and explore the new Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre and get a backstage tour of all of the facilities included in this incredible venue.The P...
Kāpiti bands wanted for Local Scene 2020
February 5, 2020
Local Musican AJ Crawshaw is on the hunt for some music acts with a connection to Kāpiti for the first Local Scene of 2020 to be held on the 21st of March.Mr Crawshaw says applications need to be in by the 16th of February. "We're holding this one at Tuatara Brewery. Semi-Out...
ZEALANDIA book celebrates the 'Valley that Changed a Nation'
One of the founders of region's beloved ZEALANDIA Eco-sanctuary, Jim Lynch, gave a talk at the Greater Wellington Regional Council on Thursday discussing how the ambitious idea came to life, and his new book ZEALANDIA: The Valley that Changed a Nation.A crowd of conservation ...
Bike Challenge gets rolling with Waterfront event
February 1, 2019
Get your bike checked with Torpedo 7 and help kick-off the fourth annual Aotearoa Bike Challenge in Wellington, at the Waterfront behind Te Papa on Monday 3 February.The bike challenge is a nation-wide event lead by the NZ Transport Agency that runs throughout February and ai...
Maoriland Film Festival announcment
February 1, 2020
Māoriland Film Festival has announced the Opening and Closing night films for their 7th annual International Indigenous Film Festival. Māoriland Film Festival 2020 will take place from March 18 - 22 in Ōtaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Māoriland's Opening Nig...

 
Jan 2020
Paris Museums Place 100,000 Works of Art Online for Free Download
January 21, 2020
Story courtesy of mymodernmet.comThe start of a new decade has also brought a new wave of art entering the public domain. And in France, a collective of 14 museums is starting this year by placing over 100,000 pieces of art on its online portalall of which are free to download a...
Recycling new system on trial at Maclean Park
January 21, 2020
A new recycling station that makes it easier to recycle while out and about has been installed at Maclean Park in Paraparaumu for a 12-month trial. The new public place recycling station is part of the Litter Less, Recycle More project developed by the Packaging Forum, in par...
Beatrice Faumuinā appointed to Sport NZ Board
January 21, 2020
Beatrice Faumuinā ONZM OLY has been appointed to the board of Sport NZ for a term of three years. Her appointment, filling a vacant directorship, moves the board from gender parity to a 5-4 majority of female directors."Beatrice is a champion athlete and a proven leader....
Horses on Kāpiti beaches
January 21, 2020
Horses are permitted on all Kāpiti beaches with restrictions on beach urban areas during summer.You must ride your horse in a safe and careful manner when on the beach. Keep your horse out of the dunes, as these areas are fragile and contain breeding birds and erosion-co...
Web Genius Run 4 Youth 2020
January 18, 2020
Planning is well underway for this year's Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) to raise funds and fitness for Kāpiti's youth while having great fun strolling or running along the beautiful Kāpiti coastline.Richard Calkin, Founder of Web Genius says last year's event raised ...
Mahara founder artists return for anniversary exhibition
Three Kāpiti artists who were among the original group of artists and supporters responsible for the founding of Mahara Gallery 25 years ago, have returned to the Gallery to exhibit their work.Mahara Marks 25 years, an exhibition featuring the work of Mary Zohrab, Robin ...
Banded dotterel make a comeback in Ōtaki
The lower Ōtaki River area has seen a significant recovery of the threatened banded dotterel.While some of our precious native coastal birds are declining, a survey of 460 kilometres of coastline highlights how banded dotterel are thriving in the Wellington region.Greater...
Kāpiti Fundraiser movie for Oz
January 8, 2020
A family friendly outdoor movie fundraiser is being held to help our friends in Australia who are dealing with the bushfires.Cash Donation (anything above $1), free popcorn will be available and feel free to bring your own blanket although some will be provided. The movie wil...
Bunnings Closure timing labelled cynical
January 4, 2020
The news delivered to staff on December 23 that the Waikanae Bunnings store would close after Christmas is devastating and cynical in its timing says Kāpiti Coast District Councillor Rob McCann."It's incredibly cynical to announce a review a week ago and then inform the worke...

 
Dec 2019
Rotary Golf Scores for Lifting the Lid
December, 2019
Bruce Morgan is a man with a mission - saving lives of our vulnerable youth.Mr Morgan heads up Lifting the Lid, a charitable organisation aiming at not only highlighting the issue of youth suicide but also enabling practical steps to prevent it."New Zealand has the highes...

 
Nov 2019
Animal abusers prosecuted
November 27, 2019
A Palmerston North man has been jailed and his wife fined $30,000 after pleading guilty to a total of 20 charges relating to the abuse of cows and calves in their care.Malcolm and Cheryl Wood pleaded guilty earlier this year to multiple charges under the Animal Welfare Act wh...
Storyteller for Business Breakfast
November 27, 2019
Storyteller Steve LaHood is the guest speaker at the next Electra Business Breakfast.Date And TimeWed, 4 December 20197:15 AM 8:45 AM NZDTLocationSouthward Car MuseumOtaihanga RoadParaparaumuSteve La Hood The Storyteller"Using every possible technique,...
Strong Leadership Needed to Improve Economic Outcomes for Kāpiti
November 22, 2019
New data shows Kāpiti is tracking behind New Zealand averages for productivity and standard of living measures, and the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce is urging the new District Council to urgently address issues identified by Infometrics in its latest Kāpiti upd...
Jim Bolger addresses Kāpiti OPC
Former Prime Minister and Kāpiti resident Jim Bolger addressed the Kāpiti Older Persons Council recently and his speech is reproduced here. The title of Mr Bolger's speech is 'The Journey to Age equality' "Greetings all and I thank the organisers for their invitation to share...
The Paekākāriki Green Dream gets Real
November 21, 2019
Work over the last seven years to create a green space to encourage Paekākāriki's self sufficiency and strengthen community is now a reality with Paekākāriki Orchards and Gardens.This year this local open group secured a four year license from Kāpiti Coast...
2019 Kāpiti Coast Strawberry Festival
The Festival takes place on Saturday 23 November between 9.30am and 3.30pm. It is held at Kāpiti Primary School on Rimu Road (behind Coastlands) in Paraparaumu.There is a gold coin donation on entry. This donation goes to charity - Mary Potter Hospice.The Festival is about th...
Kāpiti - how Age Friendly are we.
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power is setting a New Zealand first on Age Friendly Community Consultation.Kāpiti Coast Grey Power is extending an invitation to all residents of Kāpiti to attend a workshop and have their say on the future of an Age Friendly Kāpiti.The purpose of the w...
Sophie Handford on Climate Strike
November 12, 2019
Kāpiti Councillor Sophie Handford is continuing to put out the message for urgent action on climate change. In a recently released video Sophie says the clock is ticking and action must be taken now.Sophie addressed a huge crowd outside Parliament saying, "We have power toget...
New Kāpiti Council Inaugurated
In a very bi-cultural ceremony at Southwards last week the re-elected mayor K Gurunathan and councillors were officially sworn in along with community board members for Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paekākāariki-Raumati, and Paekākāariki.Set against a superb natural bush bachdrop, Kāpiti Co...
Te Rama Country Estate in rare sale
Te Rama Estate in Kāpiti, one of New Zealand's finest properties, is being offered for sale for the first time in 23 years and only for the fourth time since 1886. This is a rare opportunity to own an estate with a range of exceptional qualities rarely seen in one property....
Kāpiti Grey Power welcomes new Council
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power has congratulated the incoming Council and says they look forward to continuing a productive relationship with it over the next three years.Kāpiti Coast Grey Power president, Trevor Daniell congratulated the Mayor and returning Councillors on being re-...

 
Oct 2019
Marcus Ebbett in Kāpiti Arts Trail
Raumati artist Marcus Ebbett is opening his Rosetta Road studio for the Kāpiti Arts Trail from 10am to 5pm each of the four days over the next two weekends.In huge demand, Marcus says he is kept busy with commission work."These days it's mostly commission work these days....
National recognition for Kāpiti Retirement Trust
At its national conference held in Wellington last week the NZ Aged Care Association, which represents more than 90% of residential aged care facilities in New Zealand, confirmed what Kāpiti residents have known for decades.That is, care provided at Kāpiti Retirement Trust's ...
Position at Waikanae Golf Club
November 1, 2019
Waikanae Golf Club is looking for an outgoing friendly person to manage the Club. This is a full-time position, Monday to Friday, within the hours of 9 a.m. 6 p.m.The Operations Manager will be responsible for overseeing the operational running of the Golf Club, excluding manag...
Light and colour of Vietnam comes to Kāpiti
Kāpiti artist Tania Dally has recently returned home with a series of 20 paintings created while living in Hoi An, Vietnam for three months.The collection: Hoi An: Light and Colour will be featured at Tania's Boatshed Studio, across the footbridge from the carpark at Marine G...
Donald Trump confirms he personally killed al-Baghdadi with his own bare hands
October 31, 2019
Donald Trump strangled Bagdhadi by Neil Tollfree at newsthump.comPresident Trump has revealed that he killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with his own bare hands during a raid on the IS leader's compound.Although initially there only to observe the raid, Mr Trump described how events...
Kāpiti Girls Football Bolt to win in Taupo
October 25, 2019
It was huge congratulations and celebrations all round back at the clubhouse for the Kāpiti Coast United girls football team The Lightning Bolts. The girls competed at the McCartney Tournament in Taupo a couple of weeks ago and won the competition for Grade 10 girls.This ...
Tee Time for Rotary Golf Open
October 25, 2019
The annual Rotary Golf tournament is a great way to enjoy a round of golf and raise funds for an excellent cause at the same time.This year's Kāpiti Hire Charity Golf Tournament is being staged at the world renowned Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club on Thursday November 7.Registrat...
Park rangers take new e-bikes for a spin
October 22, 2019
Greater Wellington Regional Council takes another step towards its carbon neutral by 2030 goal by providing regional park rangers with electric bikes.Two rangers took their new e-bikes for a spin around East Harbour Regional Park recently, demonstrating how quick and easy it ...
Internationally Acclaimed Pianist For Waikanae
October 22, 2019
The final concert of the Waikanae Music Society's 2019 season on Sunday 3 November is a not-to-be-missed celebrity recital from the stunningly virtuosic Ukrainian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, making his third visit to Waikanae.This is his only solo recital in New Zealand so t...
Public Land sale in dispute
Well known as a guardian of walkways and pathways throughout Kāpiti, Chris Glover has also been known to cross the line a time or two with local authorities.Mr Glover's latest (and ongoing) stoush with the Kāpiti Council involves a piece of land on Weggery Drive in Waikanae w...
Parish Fair includes Art Auction
October 11, 2019
"It's that time of year again for our annual Parish Fair.As well as all our favourite stalls, this year we are introducing an Art Auction. We will have plenty of tomato plants and seedlings at our plant stall. There are so many options for second hand items, with Thrifty ...
Flying man seen over Kāpiti
Reports are coming in that an amazing flying man has been seen over various parts of Kāpiti. Captured on film, the video is below.Please feel free to Share......
Kāpiti $250,000 Review signed off
October 10, 2019
At today's Kāpiti Council meeting the proposal to institute an Independent Organisational Review was passed by 7 votes to 2, with 1 abstention.While there has been general agreement for the need to have a review, there has also been a great deal of controversy about the timin...
Kāpiti Grey Power receives grant to promote Age Friendly Communities
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power has received a $10,000 grant from the Office for Seniors to help promote an Age Friendly community.Vice president Kevin Burrows says 27% of Kāpiti residents are over the age of 65, one of the highest demographics of this age in the country and is expec...
Rail to Ōtaki a Priority for Mackay
October 8, 2019
Kāpiti Regional Council candidate Neil Mackay says getting the rail through to Ōtaki will be a top priority for him."There is clearly a need for this and I was greatly disappointed, as were the public, at a recent meeting where the current regional councillor waved the surren...
Free Waikanae Seminar on Macular Degeneration
October 9, 2019
Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in NZ with one in 7 people over 50 years of age having some evidence of MD and the incidence increases with age.Many people dismiss the early warning signs of MD, accepting vision loss as a normal part of the ageing ...
Spring Fling for Reikorangi
October 7, 2019
Back by popular demand is the superb community event - The Reikorangi Spring Fling, being held at the Reikorangi Domain on Sunday, October 20, at 11 AM 2:30 PM.Put this on your calendar! Live Music from Bullfrog Rata and Co, Family Games, Devonshire Teas, Stalls, Pony Rides...
David Shand says Dental Care missing from Health System
October 3, 2019
Kāpiti's David Shand says Dental Care is the missing and neglected part of our Health System.Mr Shand, a candidate for the Capital & Coast DHB, says for dental care we are (almost) on our own apart from CCDHB programs for young people up to the age of 18. "Dentists are ...

 
Sep 2019
Lifting The Lid On Youth Suicide Charity Lunch
September 28, 2019
Helen Turnbull, award winning chef and owner of Kāpiti's 50-50 Restaurant has created a special menu for Lifting the Lid on Youth Suicide Charity Lunch on 4 October.Helen says she is honoured to be able to cook for this event and is really looking forward to it. "I have w...
Kāpiti Finance Plan Defended
September 28, 2019
Kāpiti Councillor Michael Scott, chair of the Operations and Finance Committee, has responded to claims about council finances, particularly in relation to derivatives."Cr Scott says recently a Mayoral and District Wide candidate was quoted as making several comments regardin...
Cycling rodeo for Kāpiti kids
September 25, 2019
Jump on your bike at St Peter Chanel School's free Bike Rodeo in Ōtaki on October 1 to kick-start the month-long Kia eke paihikara tātou Greater Welly Bike Fest. Greater Wellington Regional Council will host free events for all ages across the region to encourage pe...
Adrian Gregory for MidCentral DHB
September 24, 2019
Adrian Gregory is a candidate for the MidCentral DHB"Having worked with health and wellbeing organisations here and in the UK for 20 years, health and wellbeing are at the heart of my work, in my home town of Ōtaki and for communities across the MidCentral region. I also...
Local government voting period underway
September 25, 2019
The voting period for the 2019 local government elections is officially underway and Greater Wellington Regional Council is encouraging people to help shape our region's future by voting. If you are enrolled to vote you will receive your voting papers in the post between Frid...
Having a Challenging BUT Courageous Conversation
September 25, 2019
Management Skills 101: Having a Challenging BUT Courageous ConversationHost: Kāpiti Chamber of CommerceDate: Wednesday 16 OctoberTime: 9.30am to 11.30amVenue: Coastlands Kāpiti Sports Turf & Pavilion, ParaparaumuCost: Members $25 Non members $40Presented...
Kāpiti Council gambles and loses $millions
September 25, 2019
Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says that Kāpiti Coast District Council has gambled and lost millions of ratepayers money. "The Council gambled and lost with an $8 million drop in the value of its speculative interest rate swaps as detailed in the 2018/19 A...
Firearms collection event in Kāpiti
September 25, 2019
Police are encouraging firearm holders to keep an eye on the Police website for new collection events. A new batch of dates will be available shortly, taking collection events up until the end of the amnesty and buy-back on 20 December 2019.There is a collection event in ...
Kāpiti not getting its Regional Share
September 24, 2019
While talk of a 15% Greater Wellington Regional Council rate increase for next year is likely to be well wide of the mark, it is true that Kāpiti is currently getting a bad deal.Kāpiti Regional candidate Neil Mackay says the 15% is speculation and would be completely unaccept...
Call for surplus Kāpiti land to stay Public
September 23, 2019
Approximately 550 hectares of land surrounding Paekākāriki township, currently owned by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), will be declared surplus after the completion of the Transmission Gully motorway, scheduled to be opened in 2020.A Kāpiti Co...
Kenakena School are Champions
Bruce McDonald, Principal of Kenakena School"All four of Kenakena School's Tournament of Minds teams competed in the National Final at Victoria University on Saturday after winning the right to do so, after winning their respective categories at the Regional Tournament of Minds....
Helping Kāpiti Hearing for 10 Years
September 23, 2019
Local audiologists Kāpiti Hearing are celebrating 10 Years of helping Kāpiti Coasters with hearing issues.When Kāpiti Hearing independent audiology clinic first opened in Raumati Beach in September 2009, there was already a doctors' surgery, a dentists' surgery, a physiothera...
Regional rate rises over the top
September 24, 2019
Porirua-Tawa Greater Wellington Regional Council candidate Roger Watkin says while the recently speculated rate increase for next year of 15% is likely to be well wide of the mark, it is true that there are serious political problems to be addressed."I believe Regional counci...
Chris Papps for Ōtaki Re-election
September 17, 2019
Chris Papps is standing as a member of the Ōtaki Community Board."It's been my privilege to be a member of the Ōtaki Community Board for the last six years and Chair for the past three.I believe my work is helping to achieve the aims and needs of our community around the...
Dan O'Connell makes a stand in Paekākāariki
September 17, 2019
Dan O'Connell is standing for the Paekakakriki Community Board."Hi, I'm Dan O'Connell. I've been a resident of Paekākāariki for approximately five years.I've been involved with the Community Trust for the last three, principally as the organiser of the monthly market in St...
KYS urge Youth to Vote
September 14, 2019
Kāpiti Youth Support is encouraging young people to get involved in the upcoming Local Body Elections, by hosting a "Pizza & Politics" evening.Being held on 16th September 5.30pm-7.30pm at KYS, the evening aims to bring local candidates and young people together to discuss to...
Grace Lindsay standing for Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board
Sept 14, 2019
Grace Lindsay is standing for the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board in the upcoming Kāpiti elections."I am in my second year of Law at Victoria University, and I am also studying French, International Relations, and Political Science. I am passionate about the law and governanc...
Jonny Best seeks re-election
September 14, 2019
Jonny Best is a candidate for the Parapapaumu-Raumati Community Board."A Kāpiti resident for nearly 30 years, I live in Raumati with my wife and three children. I have served the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board and am currently the chair.I also work for the Building and C...
Waikanae Croquet Club - welcomes new members
September 15, 2019
The Waikanae Croquet Club is situated in the Waikanae Park and we hope that more Kāpiti residents will join us on our beautiful grounds in Park Avenue and learn to play this enjoyable and challenging fun sport.Croquet is not an expensive game to play. There is a modest annual...
Mark Benton re-standing
September 11, 2019
Mark Benton is standing as a Paraparaumu Ward candidate in the Kāpiti elections."I have lived in Paraparaumu for the past 19 years with my wife and son, and in that time, I have become an extremely passionate supporter of the Kāpiti Coast.I was honoured to be elected as a...
A helping hand on Wellingtons rail network
September 12, 2019
Wellington's Metlink has been working closely with the Blind Foundation to educate their on-board rail team on the best way to offer assistance to visually impaired passengers.Blind Foundation Rehabilitation Instructor Elaine Kelleher and Access and Awareness Advisor Chris Or...
Levin Police seek owners after recovering property
September 9, 2019
Officers in Levin conducting a vehicle search have recovered a substantial amount of what is believed to be stolen property.The officers stopped a driver for dangerous driving at about 11pm on 8 September.A further search of the vehicle located items including Makita powe...
New Police District Commander welcomed
September 9, 2019
New Wellington District Commander Superintendent Corrie Parnell brings a breadth of knowledge and experience from a number of areas in Police to his new role in the capital, and was formally welcomed into the role today at Waiwhetu Marae.Superintendent Parnell has served most...
Kāpiti Locals to get mobile with On the Go Expo
An All Ages on the Go Expo is coming to the Waikanae War Memorial Hall on Saturday September 21 to encourage positive, active community participation for all people of all ages and abilities. Sue Emirali from the Accessibility Advisory Group, who are organising the event alon...
Kāpiti Housing Crisis highlighted
September 8, 2019
Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says Statistics New Zealand's latest residential building consent numbers highlight that the current Council has failed to take meaningful action on housing, took the strong residential consent numbers it inherited for granted, an...
Andrew Lennox stands for Ōtaki
September 7, 2019
Andrew Lennox is a Candidate for the Ōtaki Ward Council seat and for the Ōtaki Community Board"In this next chapter of Ōtaki's unique story, we all share a responsibility to ensure that future generations will really benefit from the decisions that we make on their behalf....
Tim Parry in District-wide Race
September 7, 2019
Tim Parry is standing as a District-wide candidate in the Kāpiti elections."The growth of Kāpiti and environmental issues require careful management, however developing and growing the Kāpiti economy need not be at the total expense of the ratepayer.Last year a decision was t...
Paraparaumu Cricket Club - Pre-season is here
September 7, 2019
Paraparaumu Cricket Club would like to invite all senior cricketers wanting to consider changing their pathway to play in the Central Districts region and play quality cricket, week in week out.Whether it's for PCC in the Wanganui - Wairarapa Coastal Cup, Horowhenua in Hawke ...
Bernie Randall stands for Paraparaumu Ward
September 6, 2019
Bernie Randall is a candidate for one of two seats on the Paraparaumu Ward in the Kāpiti elections. He is also a candidate for a seat on the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board."My active community engagement continues through my role as a member of the Paraparaumu/Raumati Co...
Labour seeks 2020 candidate in the Ōtaki electorate
September 6, 2019
Nominations have opened for those who wish to be the Labour candidate for the Ōtaki electorate in the 2020 General Election.Bruce Taylor, Chair of the Ōtaki Labour Electorate Committee, says planning for the 2020 General Election is well underway. "We look forwa...
Candidates meeting in Waikanae
September 6, 2019
NZLP Waikanae Branch is sponsoring a Public Meeting to hear and engage with candidates standing for KCDC Mayor and District-wide Council positions.The meeting has been designed to provide an opportunity for NZLP members and the wider public - ie KCDC residents and ratepayers ...
Waikanae Piano Recital by Tony Chen Lin
September 7, 2019
Described as "a dazzling young pianist", Tony Chen Lin will perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 22 September as part of a fourteen centre Chamber Music New Zealand tour. Born in China, Tony Chen Lin came to New Zealand when he was six. At fourteen he won the Ch...
Kāpiti Grey Power - Meet the Candidates
September, 2019
Below is a list of dates for the Local Body Candidates Meetings. Kāpiti Coast Grey Power will be sponsoring the following Public Meetings open to all the residents of Kāpiti, in order that people can meet the candidates and ask questions of them.All the meetings are open to the ...
Janet Holborow goes District-wide
September 5, 2019
Janet Holborow is standing for a District-wide seat on the Kāpiti Council."It's been so rewarding to represent you for the past twelve years, including six years as Ward Councillor for Paekākāariki-Raumati and the last three as Deputy Mayor. Some highlights have been: reducing...
Shelly Warwick in Ōtaki Ward contest
September 4, 2019
Shelly Warwick is a candidate for the Ōtaki Ward councillor position at Kāpiti Council."I am Ōtaki born and bred, a mother of 4, and a registered nurse. I believe Ōtaki is a special place and the people who live here make it a special community.I have been involved in ma...
Neil Mackay steps up for Greater Wellington
September 4, 2019
Former Chair of Electra, Neil Mackay, has announced his candidacy for the Greater Wellington Regional Council.Mr Mackay says the next three years are crucial for Kāpiti and the relationship between KCDC and Greater Wellington will be a vital."I have lived on the Kāpiti Co...
Angela Buswell seeks re-election
September 5, 2019
Angela Buswell is a candidate for a District-wide seat for Kāpiti Council."It's been a privilege to serve Kāpiti since 2016 as a Districtwide councillor. If re-elected, I will focus on delivering better infrastructure for our families and older people; helping town centres thrive...
Govt must take communities with them on freshwater
September 5, 2019
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has welcomed the launch of the Essential Freshwater package as an important step to cleaning up the country's waterways, but says more work is needed to ensure that the Government right-sizes the package to take communities with them."Clean...
James Westbury in line for Waikanae Community Board
September 5, 2019
James Westbury is a candidate for the Waikanae Community Board."As the current deputy chair of the Waikanae Community Board (WCB), I continuously inject fresh ideas and challenge the status quo, adding rigor to the WCB and Council decisions.I have an uncompromising passio...

 
Aug 2019
August 31, 2019 - 4.40pm
Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash on the Mackays to Peka Peka expressway, Otaihanga.Police were called about 1.52pm. A person involved in a single-vehicle crash is understood to have left the vehicle, and has been hit by another vehicle.Initial re...
Guy Burns in Raumati-Paekākāariki Ward race
August 31, 2019
Guy P. Burns MSW is standing as a candidate for the Raumati-Paekākāariki Ward on the Kāpiti Council."I'm an independent candidate for the Raumati/Paekākāariki ward and have a background in Social Work and Community Development.I'm running for Council to ensure costs for rat...
Sophie Handford - A brief statement
August 31, 2019
The DomPost today featured statements and bios from most Kāpiti District-wide and Ward candidates. A Statement from Sophie Handford was not among them and is produced below. Candidates were asked to provide a statement on why they are standing, and a response to an issue importan...
Kāpiti Candidate for C&C DHB
August 30, 2019
Kāpiti has struggled to get direct representation on the Capital & Coast DHB in past elections but this time round there is a high profile candidate with plenty of top level experience.Waikanae resident David Shand is standing for the Capital & Coast DHB and says he is commit...
McCann a fresh face
August 29, 2019
EditorI am very pleased to see Rob McCann standing for the Kāpiti Council. I voted for him twice in the general election and I like his policies. It will be good to see some fresh faces at the Kāpiti Coast District Council.MargaretWaikanae...
Jackie Elliott joins Kāpiti Mayoral race
August 28, 2019
Jackie Elliott is a two-term councillor standing for the Kāpiti Coast Mayoralty.I look forward to being Mayor of Kāpiti and ask you to support 'Experience' at the council table. For those new to the district, I came to the attention of many in 2012, when I organised a petition fo...
Ōtaki Civic Theatre - Present Phantom
August 24, 2019
REVIEW: OTAKI CIVIC THEATRE PRODUCTION OF 'PHANTOM OF THE OPERA'Fall under the spell of the Phantom!The Phantom of the Opera is one of the world's most loved musicals, having all the elements audiences look for: extravagant costumes and sets, danger, intrigue, dancing, singin...
Merchant Navy Day marked with events
August 24, 2019
Most people would be unaware that September 3rd is Merchant Navy Day.Marked annually internationally, as a day to remember Merchant Navy Seafarers who died or served in war under the Red Ensign or "Red Duster" a flag that originated in the early 17th century as an English ens...
Geoffrey Churchman throws hat in for Waikanae Community Board
August 24, 2019
Geoffrey Churchman is standing for the Waikanae Community Board"Since the early 1960s I've loved Waikanae, the frequent destination of family summer outings from Wellington. This prompted my wife and I to move here in early 2006.Once retired from our publishing business, I be...
Former Mayor Iride McCloy stands in Waikanae Ward
August 24, 2019
Iride McCloy is standing for the Waikanae Ward Council seat."I have lived most of my life on the Kāpiti Coast and 30 years in Waikanae. As a Board Director, former member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, Chairperson of a prominent Kāpiti Body Corporate, Justice of the P...
Claim - Kāpiti Library users Robbed
A group of Kāpiti Coasters say they are outraged the Mayor and councillors have slashed the library budget and they are determined to have it reinstated.Lobby group 'ROBB' has been established to fight the council's decision. The group ROBB (Restore Our Book Budget) held ...
Hinemoana Baker live at Aratoi
August 24, 2019
From Paekākāariki to Berlin and back for one show only at Aratoi in Masterton is internationally acclaimed poet, singer, entertainer Hinemoana Baker.'a fine wine of a voice' (Nelson Evening Mail)'utterly spellbinding' (Oamaru Mail)'a major talent' (NZ Herald) Aratoi hosts say ...
Martin Halliday in Kāpiti Mayoral race
August 23, 2019
Kāpiti Coaster Martin Halliday says he is promising to bring the community's voice to a council that doesn't seem to be listening, as he announces that he is stepping up for the position of Kāpiti Coast Mayor and as Ward Councillor for Paraparaumu.Having raised his family and...
Bede Laracy stands for a Vibrant District
August 23, 2019
Bede Laracy is standing as a candidate in the Paekākāariki-Raumati Ward for Kāpiti Council."I believe that strong communities build a vibrant District, and that people need to be at the heart of all key decisions," says Paekākāariki-Raumati Ward candidate Bede Laracy."I have li...
KiwiRiders bid farewell to the Kāpiti Coast
Kāpiti Coast District Council's temporary loan of the award-winning KiwiRiders sculpture has come to an end and the installation is set to be uplifted from Paraparaumu Beach. KiwiRiders, which was crafted by artist Will Clijsen and depicts two children riding a stylised, flyi...
Michael Scott wants Waikanae Ward
August 21, 2019
Michael Scott is the current Kāpiti Councillor for the Waikanae Ward and is standing for re-election"I am a long-term resident and Waikanae ratepayer. I operate a successful legal practice where I am proud to employ local people, while supporting the local business community...
Kāpiti Youth Service Van robbed
"On Tuesday this week our Stepping Stones girls group went out for what was supposed to be a great day of outdoors adventure, fresh air, good times and learnings at Ōtaki ForksInstead, while they were out walking the KYS van was broken into and all the girls gear was stolen -...
Margaret Stevenson-Wright standing for Waikanae Community Board
August 22, 2019
Margaret Stevenson-Wright is running for a seat on the Waikanae Community Board, which she also did in 2016.Margaret says, "I was born in Central Wellington and throughout a grandparental upbringing enjoyed freedom to voice opinions within a mutual understanding that opinions...
Candlelight Vigil at Paraparaumu Beach
August 24, 2019
A Candlelight Vigil is being held at Paraparaumu Beach this Saturday evening to mark the tragic death of local resident Irina Scantee. All are welcome....
Murray Forsdyke in Kāpiti Council bid
August 22, 2019
Murray Forsdyke is standing for a Districtwide seat on the Kāpiti Council. His Statement is below:I was born and raised in Pukerua Bay within a very tight and friendly community culture which I value to this day. I moved to Paraparaumu in 1989-90 and raised my own family of three...
LGNZ welcomes a fresh look on urban development policy
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) will carefully consider the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) to assess if it meets the Government's aim of enabling urban development or simply adds more red tape to the planning process.Councils currently pr...
Mazengarb stream sewerage leak
August 21, 2019
The Kāpiti Council is advising people to stay out of the Mazengarb stream and Waikanae Estuary and Waikanae River mouth following a wastewater pipe break this afternoon."The pipe was damaged while contractors were working to construct the Mazengarb Road and Ratanui Road round...
Countdown to the 2019 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year National Final
August 20, 2019
With the huge success of wineries such as Ohau Wines, careers in viticulture are increasingly possible for young people in Horowhenua.Some young people who have already excelled in the industry will be celebrated this week.Following six regional finals throughout June and...
Ōtaki to Levin - The Missing Link
August 21, 2019
Our country is built on freight and logistics but many of us don't have an understanding of just how important this industry is, and what the impact is on our economy at a national and local level.Nick Leggett represents road freight operators nationally as the Chief Executiv...
Greater Wellington announces package to tackle climate change
Greater Wellington Regional Council agreed unanimously on an ambitious package to tackle climate change, combating the impacts already being felt across the region, at its Council meeting on August 21. Greater Wellington Chair Chris Laidlaw says Council is confident in declar...
Coasters Musical - Cassettes You Can't Forget
Kāpiti's well known musical theatre group are at it again with their latest production being Cassettes You Can't Forget.Coasters Musical Theatre's newest cabaret features an amazing cast of singers bringing you songs that you just can't get out of your head. If you are looking f...
An Afternoon of Musical Highlights
August 21, 2019
Air Chathams celebrates one year flying Kāpiti skies
August 20, 2019
Kāpiti Coast District Council and Air Chathams have today celebrated a year of flying Kāpiti skies.The airline, which undertook its first commercial flight from Kāpiti on 20 August 2018, has welcomed over 40,000 passengers on approximately 1472 flights travelling between Auck...
McCann to Stand for KCDC
August 20, 2019
Rob McCann, Labour Candidate for the last two general elections, is standing for KCDC and launching his campaign at the annual comedy debate. Previous debates have featured three local Mayors, the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, ACC Minister, Broadcasting Minister and Polic...
Living after midnight report highlights local alcohol policy issues
August 20, 2019
LGNZ has welcomed The New Zealand's Initiative's 'Living after midnight' report as an important step to advance the debate around how councils protect their communities, but also allow the night-time economy to thrive."One of the core challenges for local government in New Ze...
Arrests made following Levin commercial burglaries
August 20, 2019
Levin Police have made three arrests in relation to a number of commercial burglaries.Detective Sergeant Dave Wilson, Officer in Charge, Levin CIB says as a result of a number of search warrants, Police have recovered a substantial amount of stolen property."Two men, aged...
5000 new trees for Kāpiti thanks to Spade Aid
August 20, 2019
Hundreds of planters of all ages flooded into Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday, putting 5000 trees in the ground for this year's Spade Aid event. Greater Wellington Regional Council hosted the event which was the biggest planting day in our regional parks this year. Greater...
Get Walking Kāpiti - Exercise increases life expectancy
Latest academic research studies have found that exercise increases life expectancy regardless of the size of people, proving exercise is critical to longevity, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says.A British Medical Journal report says brisk walking increased life e...
Kāpiti murder accused in Court
August 19, 2019
Update - Homicide Investigation, KāpitiMonday, 19 August 2019 - 10:51amWellingtonA 48-year-old man has been charged with murder in relation to the death of a woman on the Kāpiti Coast on Saturday 17 August.His case was heard in the Wellington District Court this morni...
KEDA Annual General Meeting - all welcome
August 20, 2019
The Annual General Meeting of the Kāpiti Economic Development Agency Incorporated (KEDA) will be held on MONDAY 26 AUGUST, 7pm at the Kāpiti Community Centre, Kowhai Room.KEDA will be electing new officers and committee members at this meeting.Immediately following the AG...
Children learn to 'cross with care' during Rail Safety Week
August 16, 2019
Local primary school students got to ride on board Metlink trains this week while learning about staying safe near the tracks as part of Rail Safety Week. The theme of Rail Safety Week 2019, running from August 12-18, is 'near misses' which focusses on the more than 400 cases...
Top score for upkeep of Kāpiti Coasts transport networks
The Kāpiti Council scored the best possible overall rating for its management of the District's paths, roads and cycle ways in a recent audit carried out by the New Zealand Transport Agency."The Transport Agency's Audit Investment Report, which was tabled at Council yesterday...
One Person dead following incident in Kāpiti
August 17, 2019
Police have confirmed one person has died following a serious incident at Paraparaumu Beach this evening.Emergency services were notified of a serious assault at an address on Marine Parade around 8pm.On arrival, the body of a woman was located.Police say a man was ta...
Porirua-Tawa candidate advocates extending Super Gold Card hours
August 13, 2019
Roger Watkin, candidate in the Porirua-Tawa Regional Council race says the current Super Gold Card hours need to be extended."In discussions with many residents, and particularly those who are retired, a common grievance relates to the hours of use for the Super Gold Card on ...
Vessel operators face biosecurity fines
August 8, 2019
Biosecurity New Zealand officers will soon be able to fine commercial and recreational vessel operators that don't play by the rules.The new offences will come into force on 2 September, allowing officers to issue infringement notices to operators that don't provide notice of...
Kāpiti Council releases pre-election report
August 7, 2109
The Kāpiti Coast District Council has published its pre-election report to help inform candidate and community discussion in the lead up to local body elections in October 2019. Council Chief Executive Wayne Maxwell says the pre-election report provides an overview of th...
Kāpiti wins Excellence in Climate Action award
Innovative work by the Kāpiti Coast District Council to reduce its emissions by 76% over the last 10 years has been recognised in the 2019 Enviro-Mark Solutions Awards. The Awards are a biennial celebration of businesses certified under the CEMARS and carboNZero programm...
Kāpiti needs Winter Ant Baiting
Many Kāpiti residents are starting to report ant problems again. In the middle of winter! "Don't despair," say the coordinators of Raumati South's ant control programme Jenny Scott and Mike Freeman. "Now is an opportunity to identify overwintering colonies and destroy them ...
Nathan Guy standing down
August 8, 2019
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy will not be seeking re-election next year and will instead be retiring from politics.Mr Guy became an MP in 2005 and a Minister in 2009. He has held the Ōtaki seat since 2008 and will have served 15 years in Parliament by next year's General Election."...
Paraparaumu Beach Saturday Morning Market on the move
August 7, 2019
The Paraparaumu Beach Saturday Morning Market is looking to secure a permanent home in Maclean Street, providing stallholders and patrons with certainty that the popular Kāpiti institution can continue well into the future.Owner/Operators Kevin Jones and Warwick Halcrow ...
Cyclists and bus drivers switch places
Greater Wellington Regional Council's Travel Choice team recently joined NZBus to run a Wellington workshop where cyclists and bus drivers switched seats to feel what it is like to ride in each other's shoes.Driver trainer Nigel Hefford, who was a competitive cyclist for many...
Mulled Wine presents A Piano in the Wind
August 6, 2019
Kāpiti's own concert series, Mulled Wine Concerts is renowned for bringing new and interesting works to audiences on the Kāpiti Coast. On Sunday 11 August, they present an exciting group of local Wellington-area based musicians who perform as a quintet. They have chosen the n...
Building apprenticeships for two Kāpiti Youth
August 6, 2019
Pzazz Building are looking to offer two building apprenticeships to Work Ready Kāpiti programme participants.Nick Fleming, 17yr old Ōtaki College student has recently been offered a fantastic work opportunity following his work experience placement via Work Ready K&...
Levansa Trio to perform in Waikanae
August 1, 2019
The Waikanae Music Society will present a concert by the Levansa Trio on Sunday 18 August. Young Russian cellist Lev Sivkov will be joined by the highly respected New Zealand pianist Sarah Watkins and violinist Andrew Beer, Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. ...

 
Jul 2019
Kāpiti Candidate says RMA overhaul a good start
July 26, 2019
Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says news the government is overhauling the Resource Management Act with a focus on delivering more affordable housing is a good start, but the key will be whether any changes make it into law given how politically problematic pas...
Kāpiti 50+ Entrepreneur Network Meeting
July 26, 2019
A friendly reminder that the next 'Enterprising at 50 Plus Network' meeting is on: Monday 29th July 6.30-8pm Venue - Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room Theme Ideas to Promote Your BusinessCome along to meet and network with...
Kindergarten teachers vote to accept settlement
July 26, 2019
NZEI Te Riu Roa's kindergarten teacher members have overwhelmingly voted to accept a settlement of their collective agreement that retains pay parity with their primary and secondary colleagues.Members voted on the proposed settlement in an online ballot that closed on Thursd...
Kāpiti Councils credit rating more Standard than Poor
Independent financial rating agency Standard & Poor's has revised the Kāpiti Coast District Council's credit rating outlook up two grades from A+ to AA.The report confirms the Council's budgetary performance is stronger than expected and continues to improve. It acknowle...
High attendance at Kāpiti Beyond the Page events
July 26, 2019
Kāpiti kids experienced literature and story-telling like never before during the school holidays at this year's Beyond the Page festival NZ's largest literary festival for kids."Over the last couple of weeks Kāpiti libraries were abuzz with literary workshops, li...
Time to hit the Gym
July 24, 2019
Leading New Zealand exercise expert Richard Beddie says an obesity epidemic is gripping New Zealand which also has a physical inactivity crisis, being the 13th worst in the world - and the worst for children with only 10 percent meeting WHO guidelines.Beddie, chief executive ...
Kāpiti Line favourite for new train driver
Chandan Bhaskar started out at Metlink as a passenger operator but he soon set his sights higher, with the goal of being a locomotive engineer.On Monday Chandan became Metlink's newest train driver after eight months and 21 days of hard work and dedication. "The first day...
Cycle safety comes to Kāpiti Coast
July 25, 2019
This year 73 schools across the Wellington Region jumped on board with Pedal Ready, providing children with the skills to cycle safely. Greater Wellington Regional Council Pedal Ready Coordinator Tessa Coppard says cycle skills are spreading up to the Kāpiti Coast with Pedal ...
High attendance at Kāpiti Beyond the Page events
July 25, 2019
Kāpiti kids experienced literature and story-telling like never before during the school holidays at this year's Beyond the Page festival NZ's largest literary festival for kids."Over the last couple of weeks Kāpiti libraries were abuzz with literary workshops, li...
End-of-Life Suite for Kāpiti
Friday 19 July saw the official opening of the Shalom end-of-life suite at the Kāpiti Retirement Trust's Sevenoaks site by cabinet minister and MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi.The Shalom Suite is the latest development undertaking by Kāpiti Retirement Trust to extend its charitable ...
Public Education Discussion Meeting in Waikanae
July 21, 2019
The second in a series of policy discussion meetings is scheduled for 7pm on Monday 29 July 2019 at the Waikanae Baptist Church Hall, 286 Te Moana Road, Waikanae, concluding at 9pm with tea and coffee. The panel of speakers will be led by Jan Tinetti, MP.Speakers:Jan Tinetti ...
Big changes for biosecurity system
With Biosecurity a huge issue for the Kāpiti Coast, and Kāpiti Island in particular, the latest announcement of strengthened law changes is likely to be welcomed by many involved in protecting our natural environment.Last week Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor unveiled maj...
Seeking Rural Champions
July 16, 2019
Rural Women New Zealand is calling for nominations of Rural Champions who deserve to be recognised."The NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards promote and celebrate rural women entrepreneurs," says National President, Fiona Gower."We have expanded the Awards this year to incl...
Zoe Marychurch Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019
Of the career options available to young New Zealanders, one which has a growing future is Viticulture. Below is a story of a young southerner who is making a mark in the industry.Zoe Marychurch became the Bayer South Island Regional Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 on 12...
Becoming Kiwi - A Refugee's story.
July 16, 2019
Electra BA5 Thursday 25th JULYJoin us for a unique perspective on how we can work together to unlock the skills and potential that newcomers bring to Horowhenua.Tammam Tamim's story is a familiar one. With a wife and young son, two degrees in law and business administration, ...
Kāpiti Employers and Students get Speed Dating
There is a great opportunity to make valuable connections when Kāpiti employers and students get together for a speed dating style event.If you are a student currently studying at Paraparaumu College and looking to make some valuable connections with local employers, whi...

 
Jun 2019
Food for Thought in Kāpiti and Beyond
June 25, 2019
New Zealand is talking seriously about cleaning up its energy emissions to return to the 'Clean, Green' image of yesteryear.This morning John Campbell on TVNZ Breakfast Show interviewed Michael Liebreich, Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates. Michael describes himself as ...
Local MP Jan Logie in Violence Budget Hearing
June 26, 2019
"Today I sat alongside Minister Little and Minister Martin and we all answered questions on the whole of Government response to family violence and sexual violence. It's the first time parliament has considered all of the budget initiatives on family violence and sexual viole...
NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes report on fair pay agreements
June 25, 2019
NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed a BERL-authored report released by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions this morning, which finds that New Zealand's abandonment of sector bargaining in the 1990s is linked to a decline in wages.NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter s...
Kāpitis First Treaty of Waitangi Hearing
Opinion piece from Kāpiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie ElliottOver 100 people attended the final three day evidence session in Kāpiti's first Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal hearing at Southwards. By having their claims accepted, iwi will be officially mandated. Those who are manda...
New location for Waikanae library services to open shortly
Improved library and customer services will be available to the Waikanae community from the beginning of July."From 1 July 9 Mahara Place (formerly the Artel Gallery) will become the new location for Waikanae's library and customer services for the next few years," says K...
Book Time in Paekākāariki
June 22, 2019
Empty those bookshelves now so you're ready for Paekākāariki's book fair. The St Peters Village Hall Trust is running its annual book fair at the hall from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July.Ian Clark, organiser of this year's book fair, says mid-winter is a great time for reading, a...
Kāpiti Town Centres Need Greater Focus
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce says the five town centres which make up the Kāpiti Coast need more support if they're to flourish and grow, with Transmission Gully due to open next year and the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway in 2021.More than 100 local businesses attended...
Legal Issues and Banking changes impacting Kāpiti Seniors
As a Kāpiti lawyer with a special interest in assisting older clients I recently attended an Elder Law Conference in Wellington.The Conference provided an opportunity to hear different viewpoints on some of the issues older people can face, although these matters can also imp...
Hearing boost for Kāpiti
June 14, 2019
New Zealand's health system has a significant quirk when it comes to the treatment of hearing problems. In this country Audiologists are not required to be registered and this can cause serious accountability issues for patients.Just ask Jeanie Morrison-Low at Kāpiti Hearing ...
Rare birds take flight in wildlife reserve
Pest control is working its magic in our region with Fernbirds "singing away" in the Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve. Following the release of a number of the at-risk and declining birds by Forest and Bird in 2017, Greater Wellington Regional Council installed a large number of ...
Sophie Handford enters Kāpiti political race
June 17, 2019
Paekākāariki teenager Sophie Handford, who led the recent School Strike 4 Climate campaign, will be standing in the upcoming Kāpiti Coast District Council elections."I'm putting myself forward as a candidate because I want to advocate for healthier relationships between o...
Gwynn Compton announces plan to tackle Kāpitis 'housing crisis'
June 17, 2019
Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton has announced a plan to deliver real action to tackle Kāpiti's housing crisis by addressing the district's worsening housing and rental affordability situation as well as the district's social housing shortage."When housi...
Sophie Handford enters Kāpiti political race
June 17, 2019
Paekākāariki teenager Sophie Handford, who led the recent School Strike 4 Climate campaign, will be standing in the upcoming Kāpiti Coast District Council elections. "I'm putting myself forward as a candidate because I want to advocate for healthier relationships between ...
Coastguard Kāpiti celebrates new rescue vessel
June 17, 2019
It was a day of celebration for Coastguard Kāpiti Coast as their new vessel was officially launched in Paraparaumu at the weekend. Following a powhiri by local iwi and the traditional breaking of a bottle over the bow, invited guests, donors, supporters and people from the lo...
Paekākāriki space programme launches rocket into pocket universe
Facing bypass by the new major Transmission Gully road, due to open north of Wellington next year, the small village of Paekākāriki on the Kāpiti Coast is taking its future into its own hands. Known for its independent community spirit, at the end of this month the ...
Work Ready Kāpiti making a difference.
Proving the value in programmes such as the ones delivered by Work Ready Kāpiti can be tricky as students/youth move on and it can be hard to track the direct impact that the programmes had. So, it's fantastic to come across a story such as this where a local Kāpiti you...
Youth Voting to shine a light on local candidates
June 18, 2019
Youth across New Zealand will experience a local council election first-hand as voters in the Youth Voting 2019 programme.Supported by Local Government New Zealand as part of its Vote 2019 campaign for the October local elections, Youth Voting gives students aged 11 to 15 yea...
9Wire open for applications
June 13, 2019
The call is out for Kāpiti environmental innovators to be part of 9Wire, itself an environmental innovation, as they look to improve the environment in new and exciting ways.The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has partnered with WWF-NZ, and other organisations, to co-fo...
Electra Trustees - Vote Now
June 9, 2019
It is voting time for those standing for Electra Trust and to make it easy you can vote online.To Vote Online refer to your voting paper (which was mailed out to all households) and go to www.electionz.com/electra2019 and follow the link to cast your vote.The Electra Trust repres...
Free Kāpiti PopUp Business School
Following on from the success of the inaugural Kāpiti PopUp Business School in 2018, the free ten-day business course is coming to Paraparaumu again in 2019. Budding business people living or working in Kāpiti will get the chance to learn practical ways to get a bus...

 
May 2019
Dr Lawrence on Fiji Aid Mission
Most people relate a trip to Fiji as a holiday treat but for Raumati Dental Surgeon Gary Lawrence it is more a mission of mercy.Mr Lawrence has completed five trips to Fiji, the latest as team leader for the Rotary Volunteer Dental Aid Project to Tavenui Island.On the isl...
Kāpiti Whalepot Challenge
May 29, 2019
Put your thinking cap on. How much oil do you think this whalepot would hold? Worked it out? Then come into the Kāpiti Coast Museum any time between 1-4pm any Friday, Saturday, Sunday in June and July to see the whalepot and fill in your entry form in the Great Museum Whalepot...
Kāpiti students rewarded for getting active
May 23, 2019
Kāpiti kids have been getting active putting enormous amounts of effort into incorporating sustainable travel in their everyday lives by walking cycling and scooting to school. This hard work paid off when Raumati South School students recently discovered they had the highe...
Waikanae Beach Residents invited
May 19, 2019
Committee Chair Gerald Rys says the Waikanae Beach Residents Society Incorporated (WBRSI) have been busy presenting submissions and having dialogue with representatives of the Waikanae Community Board, KCDC and Greater Wellington Regional Council."This has included discussion...
Waikanae Beach Residents invited
May 19, 2019
Committee Chair Gerald Rys says the Waikanae Beach Residents Society Incorporated (WBRSI) have been busy presenting submissions and having dialogue with representatives of the Waikanae Community Board, KCDC and Greater Wellington Regional Council. "This has included discussio...
Kāpiti - The Little Museum that Could
May 19, 2019
Kāpiti Coast Museum, the charming museum on Elizabeth Street, Waikanae has joined the big league Museums Aotearoa, but it remains a small gem of a Museum ready to welcome visitors every Friday to Sunday 1-4pm. You may have never visited this 1907 Heritage Building or never ...
Pink Ribbon Breakfast in Kāpiti
May 19, 2019
Deb's Pink Ribbon BreakfastThis Breast Cancer fundraiser breakfast is being hosted by Debbie Martin.Monday, May 27, 2019 at 8 AM 10 AMOcean Road Community Centre45 Ocean Road, Paraparaumu, New Zealand 5032https://www.facebook.com/events/325582494767717/...
Update: Serious crash, Manakau, Horowhenua District
May 19, 2019
Police report six people are injured following a three-car crash south of Manakau.One person has serious injuries, and five others sustained moderate injuries.The road is currently blocked and diversions are in place at Manakau and at South Manakau Road.A helicopter h...
Good News - Missing Levin woman found
May 18, 2019
Police say the 49-year-old woman reported missing on Monday 13 May 2019 from Potts Hill, between Shannon and Levin, has been found safe. Levin Police had been seeking assistance from the public to locate 49-year-old Kim Seamer who had gone missing from her rural Levin address...
Flood protection work to go ahead on Waikanae River
May 15, 2019
Greater Wellington Regional Council is to extract gravel and realign the Waikanae River channel next to the El Rancho campsite in Waikanae to manage flood risks in the area caused by a build-up of gravel on the riverbed.Surveys have found that, following the 2016 widening of ...
Have you seen Kim - Levin Police
May 15, 2019
Levin Police are seeking assistance from the public to locate 49-year-old Kim Seamer who has gone missing from her rural Levin address.Kim was last seen at about 11.00 am on Monday 13 May walking at the top of Potts Hill on SH56, between Shannon and Levin.Kim is of medium...
New train driver gets green light
May 15, 2019
Until recently, Lisa Faaifo had her hands full as a busy stay at home mother of five.As she returned to the work force, Lisa started looking for an administration role when a train driver position in the wonderful world of rail came up and she decided to "give it a go". L...
Startup Weekend Kāpiti
May 11, 2019
Kāpiti Startup Weekend allows you to create a startup in just 54 hours collaborating with a group of motivated individuals.Everyone is encouraged to get involved. You can pitch your idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ones and form teams with diverse s...
Happy Mother's Day Card Ideas
In case you forgot to get your Mum a card yet, here are a few suggestions to lighten the day.......
Kāpiti Coast Family wins NZHL XRACE
May 8, 2019
Kāpiti Coast locals Kim and Regan Foote and their children have won the NZHL XRACE competition to attend the Gold Coast XRACE event in October.They couldn't believe their luck when they received the call to say they'd been the winner from nearly 3000 entries, to head to the G...
Te Horo School on track for Charity Ride
The Te Horo School Charity Trail Ride is being Hosted by Horowhenua Motorcycle Club Inc on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 8:30 AM 3 PM.See all entry details below. Ōtaki Gorge Road, ŌtakiSignposted or arrowed from the intersection of SH1 and Ōtaki Gorge Road, just south of the Otak...
Will latest royal have the family resemblance
Kāpiti violinist becomes viral star
RNZ reports on 23-year-old Richard Taylor performing a piece by Bach outside Coastlands Shopping Centre in Paraparaumu.A video (Link below) was posted of Richard to the Vic Deals Facebook page and racked up more than 22,000 views in 36 hours. It now has 74,000 views."I wa...
Mortgage Rates with Glen Mattingley
May 6, 2019
"Mortgage rates will stay relatively low. That said, the cost of borrowing will blow-out if the world tips into its next recession. "We also need to face the prospect of a much lower NZ dollar putting upward pressure on interest rates."Nonetheless, I still see mortgage ...
Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth Raises $20,698
May 6, 2019
Kāpiti Run for Youth took place on Sunday 31 March with close to 300 participants. The final fundraising amount is now known, $20,698 was raised for local Kāpiti youth."We are exceptionally pleased with this result," says Richard Calkin, Founder of Web Genius."A lot of t...
NRA Calls For Teachers To Keep Loaded Gun Pointed At Class For Entire School Day
FAIRFAX, VAIn the wake of Monday's tragic Nevada school shooting in which a 12-year-old student killed a teacher and wounded two classmates, representatives from the National Rifle Association pushed for all teachers around the country to keep a loaded gun pointed at their class...
Human Neurodiversity Should Be Celebrated, Not Treated as a Disorder
May 3, 2019
Human Neurodiversity should be celebrated, not treated as a Disorder says Devon Maceachron Phd, a Psycologist in this fascinating 3 minute video which is part of the NowThis series.If you, or someone you know is said to have a DISorder then watch this and if you don't then watch ...
Human Neurodiversity Should Be Celebrated, Not Treated as a Disorder
May 3, 2019
Human Neurodiversity should be celebrated, not treated as a Disorder says Devon Maceachron Phd, a Psycologist in this fascinating 3 minute video which is part of the NowThis series.If you, or someone you know is said to have a DISorder then watch this and if you don't then watch ...
Know your Wild Greens Workshop in Raumati
May 2, 2019
Your own garden and local environment is full of healthy, nutritious, edible greens.Join Felicity in her beautiful garden to learn about commonly found local weeds, herbs & native plants.Feel confident in identification, learn medicinal & nutritional benefits & feel empow...
Increased investment in teacher training welcomed
NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes the Government's announcement this morning that it is investing more into teacher training, but warns that the teacher shortage will only be addressed in the long-term by making teaching a sustainable and attractive profession."We are really happy the...
An environmental footprint to be proud of soil conservator retires after 44 years
May 2, 2019
After 44 years with the organisation soil conservator Stan Braaksma is hanging up his boots and retiring from the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Many rural properties in Kāpiti have benefited greatly from the work of Stan Braaksma over the years and while many things ha...
Kiwis moving towards plant-based diet
May 2, 2019
Increasing numbers of New Zealanders are ditching animal products and opting for plant-based foods, according to new figures from Horizon Research.The Horizon Research poll shows there has been a rise in conscious food purchases over the past three years. Kiwis are eating les...

 
Apr 2019
Great Art by the Numbers
Mum's Keyboard Skills
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Bigger isn't Better for Kāpiti Gateway
April 29, 2019
Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says he is calling on the Kāpiti Coast District Council to come clean with the community over its proposal for a Kāpiti Island Gateway Centre at Paraparaumu Beach that's being put forward to the Provincial Growth Fund.Mr Compton's ...
Kāpiti Coast Quilters host Biennial Rapt in Quilts Exhibition
April 28, 2019
Kāpiti Coast Quilters Biennial Rapt in Quilts Exhibition is on at Southward Car Museum, Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu on May 4th-5th from 9am - 4pm.Over 140 quilts and other textile items. Merchants stalls. Cafe on site for refreshments or lunch. Quilt, fabric, pamper pack and gou...
Kāpiti group SEAR launch ethical fashion campaign
SEAR Societal is a youth-led societal action group based at Paraparaumu College."I'm sure you've all heard the term, 'a wardrobe to die for' before, but what if that was, in fact, the case? "Demand for fashion has become so intense that 250,000 Indian cotton farmers have comm...
Make-A-Wish New Zealand Celebrates World Wish Day 2019
April 29, 2019
Make-A-Wish New Zealand, along with affiliates and chapters worldwide celebrate making the impossible possible for children with critical illnesses.Make-A-Wish New Zealand will celebrate World Wish Day on 29 April, the 39th anniversary of the wish for then-7-year-old Chris Grei...
Raumati shoreline wall strengthened
April 28, 2019
The Kāpiti Council is starting work to strengthen part of a Raumati beachfront wall to protect a local sewer main.The wall will better protect the local community from the risk of coastal erosion impacting the sewer."Back in mid-2016, we built a temporary block wall along...
Kāpiti projects get over $20k Creative NZ funding
Fourteen creative Kāpiti groups and individuals benefitted from the first 2019 round of Creative Communities Scheme grants for community arts projects. Just over $22,200 was awarded by Kāpiti Coast District Council's Grants Allocation Committee on the recommendation...
Kāpiti transport provider meets growing demand
April 29, 2019
Access to assisted transport has been a significant issue throughout the country and particularly in Kāpiti for many years.One local provider is Freedom Companion Driving owned and operated by Lindsey Gott of Paraparaumu.Lindsey says a primary aim for them is safety and t...
UPDATE: Police appeal for sightings of missing man
UPDATE: Police report the 89-year-old man reported missing last night had been located. They say he is safe and well.Police are appealing for sightings of William O'Mara, aged 89.Mr O'Mara left home this morning to catch a bus. He is a regular user of public transport and...
Police hunt for man who stole 11 firearms from police station
April 26, 2019
RNZ Reports on Stolen Firearms"Police are urgently seeking a 38-year-old man after weapons - some handed in for destruction - were stolen from the Palmerston North police station.Alan James Harris is wanted over the theft of a number of firearms from the Palmerston North poli...
Stolen guns a big security issue
EditorI have just read the story about the stolen guns and this highlights why the government is right in getting rid of them. Although having them stolen from a police station raises some big questions about the security of the guns removed from public use. It would be good to g...
Plastic Bags still need collecting
EditorIt is good news that plastic bags will soon be gone from our communities but what will be in their place. Before plastic bags we had paper bags in the supermarkets and that worked very well. The main reason they changed to plastic was because it was cheaper for the supermar...
Moa Community Orchard Fruit Tree Masterclass
April 25, 2019
The public are warmly invited to a free workshop with Sarah Frater from Edible Gardens nursery, at the MOA Community Orchard in Raumati South. Learn about pests and diseases on fruit trees, plus a grafting demonstration and rootstock talk. Afternoon tea is provided.Koha is is a...
Kāpiti Hosts Moa Community Orchard Fruit Tree Masterclass
April 25, 2019
The public are warmly invited to a free workshop with Sarah Frater from Edible Gardens nursery, at the MOA Community Orchard in Raumati South.Learn about pests and diseases on fruit trees, plus a grafting demonstration and rootstock talk. Afternoon tea is provided.Koha is is appr...
New Zealand ban on all single-use plastic bags by July 2019
April 24, 2019
Single-use plastic bags will be banned New Zealand-wide from July.Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage has confirmed retailers would no longer be able to sell or give away single-use plastic shopping bags from July, after Cabinet agreed to the proposed regulati...
Nīkau Ecological Experience in Kāpiti
April 23, 2019
The Nīkau Ecological Experience will be uniquely Kāpiti and is about thinking globally while acting locally. It will be a whānau-based, sustainable Airbnb with magnificent views of Kāpiti Island. Peter Rodeka, co Project Leader with Ria Waikerepuru says they will f...
Police looking for occupant of kayak located off the Kāpiti Coast
Police are appealing for information after a green kayak and paddle were located floating in the water near Raumati South, Kāpiti Coast.Police were notified of the floating kayak around 1:40pm and enquiries are currently underway to confirm if anyone was in the kayak prior to...
Kāpiti Libraries full of Mystery
April 23, 2019
A Mystery in the Library event on Friday 2 May at Paraparaumu Library 6 7.30pm is being held as a celebration of the Ngaio Marsh awards for crime/mystery writing.The Ngaio Marsh awards have organised four local/national writers to talk about their writing. This panel will b...
Kāpiti ANZAC Day Services
ANZAC Day Services for the Kāpiti Coast 2019Dawn Parade at the Paraparaumu MemorialStarting at the hospital gates, Tutanekai Street, Paraparaumu6.20am: Fall in6.25am: March off6.30am: Service (at the memorial arch, Tutanekai Street, Paraparaumu)Service Cemeteries Comm...
Kāpiti Playground Upgrades - Have your say
April 23, 2019
There are 49 playgrounds in neighbourhoods across Kāpiti, and each year a selection of them from across the District are upgraded.KCDC say they carefully monitor all our playground equipment to make sure it stays safe to play on. "This is measured against national standar...
Regional Council encourages people to have their say
May 24, 2019
If you love paying rates, there is now a great opportunity to thank those you pay them to. If you are not so keen on paying rates or have issues with rates then this is your time to shine.Consultation on Greater Wellington Regional Council's proposed rating change in the Reve...
Special events at Mahara Gallery
Opening 1.30 - 2.30, Sunday 28 AprilA celebration of Frances Hodgkins' 150th birthday, with special guest Avenal McKinnonAll welcomePanel discussion on Frances Hodgkins2.30-3.30 Sunday 28 April with Priscilla Pitts, Avenal McKinnon, Dr Pamela Gerrish Nunn and Tony...
Poets to the People - Kāpiti
Poets to the People - Kāpiti will have Rob Hack from Paekākāariki as guest Poet for the April 28 event.Dinah Hawken (who is also a local) writes of Rob's collection Everything is Here: "Everything is here ...stories told in spare, accessible poems that are both strongly placed, a...
Kāpiti Art Therapy tool for Anxiety
April 22, 2019
Hear are some tips for dealing with Anxiety from Kāpiti Art Therapy's Corinne Allan.If you could draw your Anxiety how would it look?- What color would I choose, black, blue, grey etc- How big is my Anxiety compare to me- Does my Anxiety have a body and how does the body ...
Serious crash - State Highway 57, Horowhenua
April 21, 2019
Police advise two people have been injured in a crash on State Highway 57 near Shannon.The crash, involving two cars, occurred at 11.25am.One person has critical injuries and one person has serious injuries.The road is blocked by the crash, and diversions are in place...
Paekākāariki Art Show
April 21, 2019
The Paekākāariki Art Show is on again over Anzac weekend from the opening night 24th April from 6pm ($10 entry) and then 25th to 28th April 10.00am till 5.00pm ($2 entry) - all raising funds for the St Peter's Hall restoration.This is the fifth Art Show, the event becoming more po...
Kāpiti Bird Club Show takes off
A stunning array of birds were on display at the recent annual Kāpiti Bird Show held at the Community Centre in Paraparaumu.Kāpiti Bird Club president Rob West says the Show was very popular and drew over 150 visitors.There was a spectacular range of birds of all shapes, ...
Easter Market draws big crowds
Another great turnout marked the 2019 Waikanae Easter Market with hundreds of locals and visitors rocking up on Easter Saturday to enjoy the atmosphere and sample the wares of nearly 100 stalls.There was plenty of music and entertainment to enjoy with musicians spread in and ...
ANZAC Day - A good time to reflect on the inspiration of Vera Lynn
April 18, 2019
With ANZAC Day fast approaching is seems a good time to reflect on legendary singer Vera Lynn who recently celebrated birthday number 102.Below is a piece from Nancy Bilyeau of the Vintage News.102! Singer who Inspired Nations During the Toughest of TimesApr 17, 2019 Nancy Bi...
Watch out Waikanae - The Bags are Back
April 17, 2019
The Bags are Back. Following on from the hugely successful fundraiser for Child Cancer at the Waikanae Spring Market, local businesses have got together to produce another run of the popular bags for the Waikanae Easter Market. The reusable jute bags will be on sale as a fund...
Horowhenua Grief Group starting up
Local women who have lost family members to suicide recently partnered to create a grief group intended to support the whanau of loved ones who have committed suicide.Regular meetings of the Horowhenua Grief Group (HGG) will be held in a private room at Te Takeretanga o Kura-...
Police abandon court battle to trespass Māori activist
April 18, 2019
RNZ reports Police have abandoned a long-running court battle to bring a trespass charge against a Māori activist, who has been living on his ancestral land next to Lake Horowhenua for 14 years.Phil Taueki has lived beside Lake Horowhenua for 13 years in protest at its d...
Mahara Curator values Frances Hodgkins as role model
Celebrated artist Frances Hodgkins - linked to Kāpiti by her sister Isabel - is a role model for women today says Pamela Gerrish Nunn, the curator of Mahara Gallery's special exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Hodgkins' birth.Frances Hodgkins, from Dunedin to Waikana...
Kāpiti Coast Enterprising at 50Plus
April 17, 2019
The Kāpiti Coast is a thriving part of our economy and it has its fair share of entrepreneurs who are 50 Plus.Three local entrepreneurs recognised the growing number of people, like themselves who are 50 Plus, want to work, but also want greater flexibility, independence and ...
Ōtaki Players to stage The Father
April 18, 2019
Directed by Peter Carr and written by Florian Zeller, one of France's hottest new writing talents, The Father, is being staged by the Ōtaki Players.There is usually a moment in the theatre, often after the first few minutes or the first few scenes, when you start to relax int...
Raise our Men - an important video released by White Ribbon
April 16, 2019
Raise Our Men is a 35-minute film featuring interviews with New Zealand men talking about their experience of being socialised as a boy and their experiences as a man....
Building capability in teachers and support staff to use te reo Māori welcomed
April 16, 2019
NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the roll-out of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, a $12.2 million pilot programme to support teachers and support staff use te reo Māori.NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said NZEI was committed to universal access to te reo for all New Zeala...
Gift of favourite flower marks World Parkinsons Day in Kāpiti
April 15, 2019
Kāpiti Coast District Councillor Angela Buswell received an unexpected surprise when she agreed to join Kāpiti people who live with Parkinson's Disease to mark World Parkinson's Day.Meeting the group on behalf of the Council, she was presented with a collection of tulip bulbs...
Coastal bird survey highlights key risk areas for oil spills
April 16, 2019
Greater Wellington Regional Council conducted a coastal bird survey recently to assess where wildlife would be most affected by an oil spill around our region's coast. Senior environmental scientist at Greater Wellington Roger Uys says the region needs to be prepared for oil ...
Golden Kiwi Egg Hunt at Nga Manu
April 12, 2019
FREE admission for children throughout the long weekend - Come and celebrate Easter at Ngā Manu and have fun with all the family.Take part in the Golden Kiwi Egg Scavenger Hunt to enter our prize draw to win a wonderful Easter Prize pack. Visit our Easter Zone on the Rob...
Kāpiti Bird Club Annual Show
April 11, 2019
The Annual Kāpiti Bird Show is on this Saturday, April 13 at the Community Centre, Ngahina St, Paraparaumu.Hosted by the Kāpiti Bird Club, the Show will feature a wide range of birds, many of which will not have been seen before by the public.Everyone is welcome to attend...
Kāpiti Pokies Policy draws Fire
April 12, 2019
Kāpiti Districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott says councillors are given considerable legislative powers to make meaningful social change for our most vulnerable in the community. "So when yet another opportunity is wasted due to a lack of positive leadership it is heartbreaking," she sa...
Name Needed for Detector Pup
April 11, 2019
This gorgeous wee lad and soon-to-be detector dog needs a name so we need your help! "We're looking for a name beginning with 'M', as the puppy is part of the M-litter the 36th beagle litter we've produced under Biosecurity NZ's detector dog breeding programme," says Bret...
Success Test for Kāpiti Businesses
April 11, 2019
Coming up with an innovative idea and going into business for yourself is an exciting prospect, although it is also a time to carefully consider what lies ahead, says Laurie Wilson of Learn Fast Solutions."It takes a lot of patience and endeavour to establish a business. Your...
Kāpiti Council Launches Antenno
April 10, 2019
The Kāpiti Coast District Council has launched Antenno, a free mobile app that allows residents to raise issues with Council, and be alerted to Council service-related things going on in their neighbourhood.Group Manager People and Partnerships Janice McDougall says Ante...
Age Concern Kāpiti Focus Groups
April 9, 2019
Age Concern Kāpiti invites the community to attend a Focus Group on their amazing comprehensive project at 10.30am at St Peters Hall. All welcome.We started our three year AgeConnect Kāpiti project last July. Its purpose is to increase social connections for older people/koro...
Rural Women NZ Business Awards 2019 Launched
April 8, 2019
Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards 2019."The NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and showcase excellence in business, entrepreneurship and innovation by ...
Kāpiti Genealogy - Next Meeting talk - Not Just Mud and Blood
April 8, 2019
The next meeting of Kāpiti Genealogy will be held from 7pm on Tuesday 23 April 2019 at Kāpiti Community Centre, Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.Guest Speaker: Graham Langton - 'Not Just Mud and Blood'All Welcome. Visitors $3.00ALSOKāpiti Genealogy Day Meeting will be held fr...
Ant Exclusion Zone Established In Raumati South
April 7, 2019
Michael Freeman, Project Manager for the Raumati South Residents' Association's ant eradication programme says their ant baiting weekend has finished and an ant control zone has been established in Raumati South."The control zone is within an area bordered by Dell Road, Popla...
Aston Road Villa - A Travelers Haven in Kāpiti
April 7, 2019
Louise and Dean Compton say an inspiration behind starting their Kāpiti business Aston Road Villa Bed and Breakfast is they love travel and meeting like-minded people."Our extensive overseas travel has targeted non touristy places and we like to stay in family run boutique ac...
Kāpiti Playhouse - Motherhood the Musical
April, 2019
Motherhood the Musical by Sue Fabisch is presented by Kāpiti Playhouse. Directed by Liz Alpine with musical direction by David Butterfield, Motherhood the Musical is now in its second week.The Plot: Four women share their insights, challenges and pleasures at a baby shower. In 90...
C'Mon Kāpiti - Gumboot Up on Friday 5 April
April 4, 2019
We're asking you, your teachers and parents to wear gumboots to school in support of Gumboot Friday. Put your gumboots on and bring along a gold coin donation (if you can). All funds raised on the day will help provide free counselling to kids who need it.Gumboot Friday is a ...
Man arrested following vehicle robberies in Kāpiti-Mana
April 2, 2019
Police say a 25-year-old man is in Police custody following the robbery of a number of vehicles north of Wellington this morning, including two from Kāpiti.Following the first robbery, which occurred in Champion Street in Porirua at around 7:30am and in which a person was att...
Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth 2019 a Winner
On Sunday 31st March the sun rose at 7.33am and continued to shine through a clear blue sky that was the perfect back drop for an amazing day of walking or running along the Kāpiti coastline.There were 271 people participating in the Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth 2019 eithe...
Wonky Donkey time in Waikanae
April 2, 2019
Join in the fun as Craig Smith performs infectious songs from his much loved books such as The Wonky Donkey and Kaha the Kea, along with new release The Drizzly Bear.Waikanae Memorial Hall, 7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae, Kāpiti CoastFriday 26 April 2019 10:30am 11:30am Where: W...
Wonky Donkey time in Waikanae
April 2, 2019
Join in the fun as Craig Smith performs infectious songs from his much loved books such as The Wonky Donkey and Kaha the Kea, along with new release The Drizzly Bear.Waikanae Memorial Hall, 7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae, Kāpiti CoastFriday 26 April 2019 10:30am 11:30amWhere: Wai...
Waikanae Easter Market 2019
April 2, 2019
Welcome to another vibrant, colourful Waikanae Easter Market on 20 April between 9.00am and 2.00pm.We have over 90 stalls again, two music stages, Lynn Strickland's children's entertainment and The Mobility Company's older children's entertainment (their eBikes!), Andy's spit ro...
No Kāpiti Election Advantage for Atholl Aardvark
Kāpiti Districtwide Councilor Jackie Elliott says she is delighted the alphabetical order on voting papers impasse has been broken and in the up and coming Local Government elections, the Kāpiti candidates names will be appearing on the voting forms in random order."I am not ...
Support for Roundabout
EditorCommunity Board Members Bernie Randall and Guy Burns have been informed that Council will recommend on Thursday to make an earlier start on the proposed roundabout at the corner of Ratanui Road and Mazengarb Road. Guy Burns will support the recommendations at the meeting on...
Kāpiti Competition winners announced
Nic Nel, Director of Kāpiti Skips & Scaffolding, says it is an important part of their business to give back to the community."It is actually part of our policy framework. We try to support our community as much as possible and when there are prizes involved it is fun to mak...
Kāpiti Playhouse - Motherhood the Musical
April, 2019
Motherhood the Musical by Sue Fabisch is presented by Kāpiti Playhouse. Directed by Liz Alpine with musical direction by David Butterfield, Motherhood the Musical is now in its second week.The Plot: Four women share their insights, challenges and pleasures at a baby shower. In 90...

 
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2019 Minimum Wage Increase
March 29, 2019
On April 1, 2019 the adult minimum wage increases $1.20 to $17.70 an hour - this equates to a wage increase of 7% or an additional $48 per week before tax for an employee working a 40 hour week.Kāpiti employment expert Julia Palmer of StarPeople says it is important for all b...
Kāpiti i-SITE Premises Closed
March 29, 2019
Kāpiti Coast District Council has confirmed the Kāpiti i-SITE is now closed and has announced new locations for some of the information services previously provided at the site will be operating from early April.Following a 13 February announcement of a decision to ...
Kāpiti Grey Power AGM - April 3
March 29, 2019
The KAPITI COAST GREY POWER ASSOCIATION'S 24th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held next Wednesday 3rd April 2019 10.00 am Venue: Ocean Road Community Center (formerly Senior Citizens Hall), Ocean Road, Paraparaumu Beach. Morning Tea will be served before the Meeti...
E.U. Sets Standard With Ban on Single-Use Plastics by 2021
March 28, 2019
The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to ban single-use plastic items including straws, food containers and cotton bud sticks, in a bid to tackle marine litter and encourage sustainable alternatives.According to a press release published by the E.U. Parliament on ...
Children got Movin for the month of March
March 28, 2019
Children were cheering for Movin'March this month with record numbers participating in this year's initiative. The month-long event run by Greater Wellington Regional Council in partnership with local councils encourages kids in the region to walk, cycle and scoot to school....
Kāpiti Coast Civic Awards Open for Nominations
The Kāpiti Coast District's annual Civic Awards paired with the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards are back again to honour the outstanding people who make our neighbourhoods and communities the special places they are. Mayor K Gurunathan says that while the aw...
Kāpiti Mayor wants gun-focused games banned
Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says he is making an open appeal to the staff at the National Library who manage the public computers accessed by public libraries across the country. Please take immediate steps to block access to gun-focused violent killing games. "...
A new home found for Waikanae Library
March 28, 2019
A new Library and Community Space is on the way in Waikanae says Ward Councillor Michael Scott. "A lot of effort, from some elected members and staff has been expended to get us to this point. It is the next step in the library recovery for the Waikanae community being put in...
Kāpiti Students perform powerful Haka
March 27, 2019
Kāpiti's three colleges showed their support for those murdered in the Christchurch mosque attacked by collective performing a powerful haka.Students from Ōtaki College, Paraparaumu College and Kāpiti College stood in formation to resemble Te Raukura - a plume of white feathe...
Biodiversity Framework to Care for our Environment
March 27, 2019
Are you known to take care of the natural environment in your community? Do you pride yourself on doing what you can to take care of our unique ecosystems?Greater Wellington Regional Council is looking for applicants to help develop a new Regional Biodiversity Framework that aims...
Kāpiti Business Help Needed for Local Scene Live Aid
March 21, 2019
Kāpiti businessman and Musician Marc Hamilton and fellow muso AJ Crawshaw are doing their bit to support those affected by the attacks in Christchurch by staging a charity concert here in Kāpiti.Mr Hamilton says, "to put this terrorist attack on Friday into perspective, a gre...
High levels of toxic algae found in Waikanae River
March 20, 2019
Greater Wellington Regional Council is advising people not to swim or walk dogs off-lead in and around the Waikanae River below SH1 due to high levels of toxic algae.Latest assessments show that toxic algae exceed safe levels in the river west of SH1, where river stones are c...
High levels of toxic algae found in Waikanae River
March 20, 2019
Greater Wellington Regional Council is advising people not to swim or walk dogs off-lead in and around the Waikanae River below SH1 due to high levels of toxic algae. Latest assessments show that toxic algae exceed safe levels in the river west of SH1, where river stones are ...
The Difference between Water and Beer
See Video below...this is cool...
Kāpiti Shows Support for the people of Christchurch
March 18, 2019
In response to Friday's tragic events in Christchurch, the Kāpiti Coast District Council will place condolence books in the District's libraries for people to leave messages of support and sympathy for those affected by the Christchurch mosque shootings. Mayor K Gurunath...
Kāpiti Council Focus in Key Areas
March 17, 2019
Kāpiti Coast District Council's annual plan process for the 2019/20 year is underway with Councillors agreeing proposed key areas of focus yesterday. Mayor K Gurunathan says the draft plan sets out the activities the Council plans to deliver in 2019/20 and the proposed r...
Challenger says Minimum Feedback for Kāpiti not enough
March 17, 2019
A proposal to seek only the bare minimum of public feedback required by law on Kāpiti's 2019/20 Annual Plan rather than undertaking a full and formal public consultation highlights the need for a fresh community-led approach at Kāpiti Coast District Council, says mayora...
Latest from Jeff Simmonds
March 16, 2019
The latest song out from talented Kāpiti musician Jeff Simmonds is now available on Youtube. The track When They Make the Movie of My Life I Wonder Who'll Be Me is the third of his weekly original songs sung from a red beanbag. (Red Beanbag Session #3)Jeff Simmonds is a Kāpiti ba...
Kāpiti Students Make Voices Heard on Climate Change
March 15, 2019
Hundreds of Kāpiti Coast students joined their counterparts from around the country in a strike to highlight the imminent dangers of Climate Change.OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council issued a letter to all Students regarding the day of protest."Dr Alex M...
How to talk to Children about Terrorism
March 15, 2019
The events in Christchurch today are traumatic for the people of Christchurch and for the whole country. The impacts of such violence can be deep and lasting. The attacks in Christchurch are hugely distressing and will affect the entire population of New Zealand. It is hard enoug...
Keda Project Showcase
March 14, 2019
Join us on 25 March, 7-9pm at the Kāpiti Boating Club for our very first Project Showcase.KEDA's (Kāpiti Economic Development Agency) role is to support the owners and originators of priority projects with the appropriate expertise and connections from within our network. We are ...
Lindale Village Friday Night Market
March 14, 2019
The boutique Lindale Village Friday Night Market in Paraparaumu is on this Friday (15 March) from 5:30pm.Food trucks, Car-Boot Sale, an eclectic mix of stalls with crafts and other goodies, entertainment and plenty for the kids to enjoy. The amazing ANZIL licensed cafe/restaurant...
Kāpiti gets Smart-Start Workshop
March 14, 2019
Going into business for yourself is an exciting prospect, although it is also a time to carefully consider what lies ahead and to plan accordingly. Business Coach Laurie Wilson says it often takes a lot of patience and endeavour to establish a business for the long haul. ...
Personal Transformation Through Art
Kāpiti will soon welcome a workshop run by Corinne Allen and Kimbra Taylor which introduces the transformative power of the Neurographic Technique, an effective art modality open to everyone.Rapidly evolving and gaining popularity, the Neurographic Technique was developed and...
Raumati Beach Kindergarten Garage Sale and Cake Stall
March 14, 2019
Raumati Beach Kindergarten Garage Sale and Cake Stall, come on down and grab a bargain, a cake and a sausage. Fill a bag of clothes for $5. Saturday 23 March, 8.30 am to 11 am. Thank you for supporting our local Raumati Beach Kindergarten. at Raumati Beach Kindergarten....
Celebrating St Pats Day with Beauties vs Beasts Rugby
March 15, 2019
Most people have heard about beauty and the beast and this Sunday there will be a major clash between the beauties of the Kāpiti College Rugby team and the beasts from the Kāpiti Gorillas Golden Oldies Rugby team.In what promises to be a huge day of fun and entertainment, thi...
Celebrating St Pats Day with Beauties vs Beasts Rugby
March 15, 2019
Most people have heard about beauty and the beast and this Sunday there will be a major clash between the beauties of the Kāpiti College Rugby team and the beasts from the Kāpiti Gorillas Golden Oldies Rugby team.In what promises to be a huge day of fun and entertainment, thi...
Kāpiti Roading Decisions will have Decades-Long Impact
March 13, 2019
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce Chair Heather Hutchings says the recent decision to scrap the Peka Peka Interchange and reduce the Expressway between North Ōtaki and Levin to a two-lane road will have a decades-long impact on businesses across the Kāpiti and Horowhenua Distr...
Kāpiti art collection contributes to National Hodgkins Tour
The Kāpiti-based Field Collection of art works, is contributing three works by celebrated painter Frances Hodgkins to a major celebratory exhibition of the artist's work which will tour the country during the year.The paintings will form part of Frances Hodgkins, Europea...
Pre-loved Clothing Pop-Up Shop
March 13, 2019
Pre-loved Clothing Pop-Up ShopWhen: Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 9 AM 4 PMWhere: Kāpiti United Parish Community Hall, 10 Weka Road (access off Raumati Road) Raumati Beach.Eftpos availableIf you love a bargain and want to support a good cause this is for you.Prices range ...
Pre-loved Clothing Pop-Up Shop
March 13, 2019
Pre-loved Clothing Pop-Up ShopWhen: Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 9 AM 4 PM Where: Kāpiti United Parish Community Hall, 10 Weka Road (access off Raumati Road) Raumati Beach.Eftpos availableIf you love a bargain and want to support a good cause this is for you. Prices rang...
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Keda Project Showcase
March 13, 2109
Join us on 25 March, 7-9pm at the Kāpiti Boating Club for our very first Project Showcase!!!KEDA's (Kāpiti Economic Development Agency) role is to support the owners and originators of priority projects with the appropriate expertise and connections from within our network. We ar...
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March 13, 2019
Parrot looking for Home in Waikanae
March 12, 2019
Many thanks to a couple in Marae Lane, Waikanae who sent through this photo of stunning green Parrot who decided to take up residence in their backyard.If this lovely creature is yours or you know who it might belong to please contact us at KCNews - email: [email protected] or ...
Kāpiti Genealogy Meetings
March 12, 2019
The next meeting of Kāpiti Genealogy will be held on Tuesday 26 March 2019 from 7.00pm at Kāpiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.Guest Speaker: Peter Farrell 'The Lie That Settles' - his published memoir of the search for his birth father.All welcome. Visitors...
Kāpiti Genealogy Guest Speaker is writer Peter Farrell
March 12, 2019
Author Peter Farrell is the guest speaker at the next Kāpiti Genealogy meeting.Mr Farrell is a fiction writer and memoirist. A former director of The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, he published his memoir, The Lie That Settles, in 2013. The book was praised by critics a...
Divalicious Fun to be had at Coasters Musical Theatre
March 12, 2019
The sequel to popular musical show Diva Darlings is about to hit the stage in Kāpiti with the production of Divalicious Fun at the Coasters Musical Theatre in Paraparaumu.The multi-talented Tracy Wills-Wright returns for the sequel, having again written the script. Ms Wills-Wrigh...
Sam and Mango back together in Waikanae
March 12, 2109
It is always great when a story ends well and this one certainly did. We reported earlier that a parrot had been spotted in a Waikanae garden. After sharing the story we found another Waikanae resident, Sam, was missing one parrot...sure enough it was the one and the same and Man...
Army Captains Walk 700km for son - first stop Waikanae
March 11, 2019
Army Captains Laura and Tane North will start on Wednesday an epic 700-kilometre walk from Wellington to Auckland to raise funds for their preschool son's treatment.Elijah, 3-1/2, the third of the couple's four children, was born with microcephaly and an undiagnosed genetic c...
Kāpiti launch for Keepers of History
In 2017, Rene Hollis interviewed 120 people over the age of 100, living in every region of New Zealand for her book Keepers of History: New Zealand Centenarians Tell Their Stories. Along the way she met opera singers and farmers, a politician and a racing car driver, a nun a...
Body of missing Te Horo man Rahul-Nathu Dahya found
March 11, 2019
Police say the body of missing man Rahul-Nathu Dahya has been found.The 22-year-old from Te Horo was reported missing on Tuesday 5 March after failing to arrive at an appointment in Mangaweka on the previous day.Friends and family began searching for him across the lower ...
Employment 101: Everything you need to know about hiring
March 8, 2019
A free training seminar to give you the knowledge and tools to hire the right people for your business.Learn the skills to find just the right person and take away some useful and practical tools you can use immediately at this free two hour workshop with Recruitment and HR Consu...
Police continue to appeal for sightings of missing man
March 8, 2019
Police are continuing to appeal to members of the public for sightings of 22-year-old Rahul-Nathu Dahya.Sergeant David Wilson, Levin Police, says Nathu was last seen on Monday 4 March. "He left Te Horo Beach on Monday morning in a white Toyata Hiace van, license plate num...
Can Kāpiti Keep Kaimanawa Horses
March 8, 2019
In the past several Kāpiti Coasters have provided homes for Kaimanawa wild Horses. Now 70 Kaimanawa horses face a grim future and more homes are urgently required for them.In April/May, seventy Kaimanawa wild horses will be mustered out of the Kaimanawa Ranges as part the are...
Expressway technology questioned
March 7, 2019
EditorOn the day the expressway was opened we got told this was a new surface that the water went through and wouldn't spray as usually happens. Obviously they never tried it out first, just thought it was a good idea. Maybe they would have been better to investigate the seal...
Kāpiti to look out for Alligator Weed
March 7, 2019
Kāpiti gardeners, hikers and walkers are encouraged to look out for the infamous Alligator weed (Alternathera philoxeroides) known as the choker.Greater Wellington Pest Plants team leader Gary Sue says Alligator Weed may not have teeth but it fights with native plants in our ...
Kāpiti Coast Pipes & Drums
March 7, 2019
Kāpiti Coast Pipes & DrumsMeeting and Practice - Scots Hall, Raumati. We are looking for members to join our band. Please contact Marion Hitchcock PresidentKāpiti Coast Pipes & DrumsCell Phone: 022 641 3456Home: 04 904 9024...
Kāpiti Coast Pipes and Drums Band - New Members Welcome
March 7, 2019
The Pipe Band - Kāpiti Coast Pipes and Drums Band has been actively involved in the Kāpiti District for over 60 years and has a long history of successful participation in local and national competitions.The band is family oriented and has trained many pipers and drummers who...
Diverse range for Kāpiti Readers and Writers 2019
The programme for Kāpiti Readers and Writers 2019 has now been released.Hosted by the The Friends of the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Readers and Writers 2019 includes an interesting and diverse range of genres and speakers who are most happy to give their time to come....
Kāpiti Readers and Writers 2019
March 7, 2019
The programme for Kāpiti Readers and Writers 2019 has now been released. Hosted by the The Friends of the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Readers and Writers 2019 includes an interesting and diverse range of genres and speakers who are most happy to give their time to come. ...
Gear Jammers Car Show hits the road
March 7, 2019
The spectacular annual display of the hottest cars in Kāpiti is back on the road with the 2019 annual Gear Jammers Hot Rod and Muscle Car show taking place on 17th March at the Kāpiti Primary School, Rimu Rd, grounds. Show co-ordinator Trevor Sheehan says the show will featur...
Waikanae River chosen for priority restoration
March 7, 2019
Kāpiti's Waikanae River, has been chosen by the Department of Conservation (DOC) as a priority river catchment for restoration from mountains to sea. The announcement was made at a hui at the Otaihanga Boating Club where community, iwi, councils and agencies had gathered to d...
Waikanae SPCA appreciates support
EditorThe Volunteers from Waikanae SPCA would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for supporting our recent garage sale. We were completely overwhelmed by the wonderful donations of goods to sell and to those who came and supported us. A fantastic $1400 was raised for an...
Helen Clark raising her voice for Women in Sport
March 8, 2019
Suzanne McFadden is the editor of LockerRoom, dedicated to women's sport.She's been frequently called one of the world's most powerful women. Now former Prime Minister Helen Clark will use her highly-regarded voice to advocate for equal opportunities for women in sport, both in N...
Jewels In the Crown at Queen Elizabeth Park
March 6, 2019
Pack a picnic and come along to Jewels in the Crown and get ready to explore Queen Elizabeth Park like you've never seen before. We will be offering a free loop bus from Paekākāariki train station from 10am-2pm on Sunday March 10 to get you and your whānau there easily.Gr...
Lack of Census 2018 data already hurting Kāpiti
March 6, 2019
With there still being no clarity on when data from Census 2018 will be available or how accurate it will be, Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says this raises concerns about the lack of up-to-date information.He says the absence of this census data may be im...
Ōtaki Police Appeal for Sightings of Missing Man
March 6, 2019
Ōtaki Police are appealing to the public to help find Rahul-Nathu Dahya.Police says the 22-year-old Mr Dahya was last seen on the morning of Monday 4 March at Te Horo Beach, and may have been heading north.He was wearing dark jeans, a maroon top and a black cap, and drive...
Kāpiti Expressway Woes Continue
March 6, 2019
The news for the Kāpiti Expressway remains bad as the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have announced more major repairs of almost 16 kilometres of the road.NZTA Acting Senior Manager Project Delivery Karen Boyt says, "Extensive investigations into issues on the Expressway...
Police release name in Raumati Beach homicide enquiry
March 6, 2019
Police can now confirm the name of the woman who died in Raumati Beach yesterday.Detective Senior Sergeant Christiaan Barnard says a 75-year-old man has been charged with murder and appeared in Porirua District Court today.Police says the victim was 70-year-old Edith Rode...
Murder charge laid in relation to Raumati Beach death
March 5, 2019
A 75-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the death of a woman in Raumati Beach, Kāpiti today. Detective Senior Sergeant Christiaan Barnard says the man has been charged with murder and will be appearing in the Porirua District Court tomorrow morning. H...
Horowhenua to hear Economic Outlook prospects from Tony Alexander
March 5, 2019
ELECTRA BUSINESS AFTER 5 5.30pm Thursday 21 March TONY'S TAKE...THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR NEW ZEALANDTony Alexander - BNZ Chief Economist Tony Alexander is regarded as one of New Zealand's foremost economic commentators and advisors. Having spent over 20 years as BNZ Chi...
Kāpiti Vote 19 - Calling all Citizens
March 5, 2019
The last couple of decades has seen a decline in voter numbers in Local Government elections and the Kāpiti Coast is no exception.From the relatively high voter turnout in the 65% range Kāpiti has fallen to just 47.9% at the last election. This is the trend across the country wit...
In the Footsteps of the Marines 2019
March 4, 2019
Preparations are well underway for the eighth running of the Kāpiti Joggers and Walkers In the Footsteps of the Marines charity event on Sunday 26 May 2019. Last year more than 140 walkers and runners participated, including several Marines and US Embassy staff. In 2018, bec...
Kāpiti Cr Scott says no Board members excluded
Senior Kāpiti Councillor Michael Scott has come out firing at two Community Board members who made allegations this week that Board members were being deliberately excluded from meetings.Cr Scott, Chair of the Operations & Finance Committee says the statement from Bernie Rand...
REX HAVENS - US Comedian at Kāpiti Playhouse
March 3, 2019
USA Comedian REX HAVENS is performing at the Kāpiti Playhouse, 7 Ruahine St, Paraparaumu on Wednesday 6 March 2019. When: Wed 6 Mar 2019, 7:30pm9:30pm Where: Kāpiti Playhouse, 7 Ruahine St, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti Coast Restrictions:All Ages Ticket Information: Table...
Distracted Drivers a Concern on Kāpiti Roads
March 3, 2019
Police are disappointed at the number of drivers taking risks by driving distracted on the road, including many in the Kāpiti area.During a recent campaign focused on distracted drivers, Police stopped 175 drivers using a cell phone, and 50 not wearing a seatbelt. Several dri...
Eco Dyeing Workshop - Te Horo
March 3, 2019
Eco Dyeing Workshop When: Sat 16 Mar 2019, 10:00am4:00pm Where:Te Horo Community Hall, School Road, Te Horo, Kāpiti CoastRestrictions:All AgesTicket Information:Buy TicketsAdditional fees may applyEco Dyeing (also called leaf print or eco print) is a...
Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board members 'Shocked'
March 3, 2019
Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board members Bernie Randall and Guy Burns say they are shocked that Kāpiti Coast District Council are building barriers against local government transparency.In a statement the two members say, "Recent decisions to exclude Community Board member...
Films for Young People at Maoriland Film Festival
March 3, 2019
Young people sit at the heart of everything done at Māoriland - if you've attended the festival before, you will have seen them presenting films and if you're an Ōtaki local, you may have seen them out on the street shooting films. Two years ago a handful of these r...
Films for Young People at Maoriland Film Festival
Young people sit at the heart of everything done at Māoriland - if you've attended the festival before, you will have seen them presenting films and if you're an Ōtaki local, you may have seen them out on the street shooting films. Two years ago a handful of these r...
1 in 4 New Zealanders Connect with MSD
March 3, 2019
The Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is hosting Katie Brosnahan, the Regional Commissioner for Ministry of Social Development of the Central Region on Wednesday 6 March 2019, at Southwards. The scope of MSD's work is so broad that one in four New Zealanders become its c...
REX HAVENS - US Comedian at Kāpiti Playhouse
March 3, 2019
USA Comedian REX HAVENS is performing at the Kāpiti Playhouse, 7 Ruahine St, Paraparaumu on Wednesday 6 March 2019. When: Wed 6 Mar 2019, 7:30pm9:30pm Where: Kāpiti Playhouse, 7 Ruahine St, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti CoastRestrictions:All AgesTicket Information:...
Young Kāpiti Basketballers hit the Hoops
March 3, 2019
Hoop Club Kāpiti Players were well Represented at the recent NZ Maori National Basketball Tournament.Between the 23rd and the 26th of January 2019 Basketball Players from around New Zealand gathered at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre to compete in the National Maori Basketba...
Meditation and Buddhism in Kāpiti
March 2, 2109
Meditation & BuddhismTe Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti CoastWhen:Mon 4 Mar 2019, 7:00pm8:15pm Mon 11 Mar 2019, 7:00pm8:15pm Mon 18 Mar 2019, 7:00pm8:15pm Mon 25 Mar 2019, 7:00pm8:15pm Mon 1 Apr 2019, 7:00pm8:1...
Chess Club - Kāpiti
March 2, 2019
Chess ClubBluetrain, 31 Rimutaka Street, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti CoastWhen:Tue 5 Mar 2019, 6:30pm9:30pm Tue 12 Mar 2019, 6:30pm9:30pm Tue 19 Mar 2019, 6:30pm9:30pm Tue 26 Mar 2019, 6:30pm9:30pm Where:Bluetrain, 31 Rimutaka Street, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti Coast...
Model Airshow at QE Park
March 1, 2019
Up, up and away to Queen Elizabeth Park for a fun family weekend (March 9 and 10) to enjoy an amazing display of flying model aircraft by Kāpiti Aeromodellers. For the Public it's free (a small donation would be appreciated). Our Gate Marshals will show you where to park an...
Acclaimed Scottish Historian Graeme Mackenzie to visit Kāpiti
March 1, 2019
The Kāpiti Branch of NZ Society of Genealogists is delighted to be hosting Graeme Mackenzie, Chairman of the Association of Highland Clans and Societies, at the Waikanae Baptist Church Hall, Te Moana Road, Waikanae on Tuesday 5 March 2019. If you have ever wondered about your...

 
Feb 2019
The Lions Club of Kāpiti - Invitation
March 1, 2019
The next meeting of The Lions Club of Kāpiti is to be held on Tuesday 5 March at the Ocean Road Community Centre (Formerly The Senior Citizens Hall) in Ocean Road. Andrew Laing from The Lions Club of Kāpiti says they will be having a meal ($24.00 per head) and listening to speake...
Kāpiti Celebrates a Cuppa Over the Fence
March 1, 2019
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is bringing neighbourhoods together in Kāpiti, by encouraging residents to host Over the Fence Cuppas for the tenth year. It's all about getting to know your neighbours better - helping to create stronger, happier, safer, and more resil...
Kāpiti Hosts International Women's Day Lunch 2019
February, 2019
‎The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce‎ is hosting a Lunch with the BalanceforBetter message as part of the 2019 International Women's Day. The event will be held at Southward Car Museum on March 8 at 12pm. International Women's Day provides an important and ex...
Kāpiti Coast ant survey
March 1, 2019
The Raumati South Residents Assn are undertaking a Survey to help them gain a better understanding of ants in Kāpiti.The survey is designed to help the community manage the Ants.Your opinion counts! Help you and your community by sharing your ant experiences in this short su...
Parparaumu Country Music Club - Visitors Welcome
February, 2019
PARAPARUMU COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB MEETINGS: The 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. VENUE:Waikanae Chartered Club 8 Elizabeth Street, Waikanae. TIME: From 1-00pm to 4-15pm. COST:$4-00 for Paraparaumu Country Music Club members $5-00 for Visitors. Afternoon...
Lawrence Arabia brings Singles Club to Kāpiti
February, 2019
Lawrence Arabia is riding into Paekākāariki for Singles Club release.New Zealand's "foremost chronicler of 21st Century bourgeois dilemmas," Lawrence Arabia, is back with a tour to celebrate the soon to be released album version of his audacious twelve month long project, "Law...
Rob Joass kicks off Pencarrow tour in Kāpiti
February, 2019
Kāpiti musician Rob Joass is set to embark on a tour with new album Pencarrow.The soon to be released Pencarrow is the third solo album of Kāpiti musician Rob Joass following on from Rainlovers (1996) and Black and White. To celebrate the release on March 8, Rob will emba...
Julene Hope on District Leaders Group
February 27, 2019
Julene Hope, Deputy Chair of the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce has been appointed to the Kāpiti District Leader's Group for the Provincial Growth Fund.The Chamber sits alongside side WREDA, the Mayor and representatives from the three local Iwi to review the appl...
Police say 'Dont be fooled by ticket scams'
February 27, 2019
Summer tends to be a high point for music lovers, with festivals, big-ticket stadium gigs and outdoor concerts throughout the warmer months. But Police are reminding Homegrown festival goers to be aware of ticket scams.A police spokesperson says "the types of scams vary the...
Police say 'Dont be fooled by ticket scams'
February 27, 2019
Summer tends to be a high point for music lovers, with festivals, big-ticket stadium gigs and outdoor concerts throughout the warmer months. But Police are reminding Homegrown festival goers to be aware of ticket scams.A police spokesperson says "the types of scams vary the...
Kāpiti Zeal Musicians Lounge showcasing our talented youth
February, 2019
Kāpiti Zeal Musicians Lounge provides a great environment for youthful talent.Musician's Lounge is an event where youth can come together as a community and share their passion and love for music with one another in a warm, safe and encouraging environment.Event founder Hanna...
Parparaumu Country Music Club - Visitors Welcome
PARAPARUMU COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB MEETINGS: The 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. VENUE:Waikanae Chartered Club 8 Elizabeth Street, Waikanae. TIME: From 1-00pm to 4-15pm. COST:$4-00 for Paraparaumu Country Music Club members $5-00 for Visitors. Afternoon...
Coastella Dodges Kāpiti Weatherbomb
February 26, 2019
It is every festival organiser's worst nightmare - great outdoor venue, top class acts, but enough rain to dampen any parade. Leading up to Coastella the weather was dreadful and the following day it was the same. The in between day of Coastella was director Gerry Paul's best cas...
Kāpiti Hosts International Women's Day Lunch 2019
February 26, 2019
‎The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce‎ is hosting a Lunch with the BalanceforBetter message as part of the 2019 International Women's Day.The event will be held at Southward Car Museum on March 8 at 12pm.International Women's Day provides an important and exci...
Coastella is great for Kāpiti and the region
EditorI enjoyed reading the article on Coastella today. It was a terrific day out for the whole family and the music, the entertainment and the food on offer was a good advertisement for the Kāpiti Coast.I think they need to make sure prices don't get out of the range of supp...
Te Horo Prepares for Emergency
February 22, 2019
Community Emergency Hubs are about the community coming together to do what it can to help each other - people helping people with what they have available.The Kāpiti Coast District is home 52,100 people and stretches from Paekākāariki in the south through Ōtaki in the north.I...
Coastella is only one sleep away
February 22, 2109
Just one more sleep until Kāpiti's premier music festival kicks off. Organisers say the forecast for Saturday is perfect festival weather - sunny with a bit of cloud, but Coastella will go ahead whatever the weather, unless deemed unsafe in which case the event will be cancelled ...
Mahara Place Rooted
February 21. 2019
Although they were removed from Mahara Place in Waikanae weeks ago, it seems the two iconic phoenix palms are still putting up quite a fight.As part of a major upgrade of Mahara Place the phoenix palms were removed and temporary stages set up. Now those are being removed and ...
Rob Joass kicks off Pencarrow tour in Kāpiti
February 19, 2019
The soon to be released Pencarrow is the third solo album of Kāpiti musician Rob Joass following on from Rainlovers (1996) and Black and White.To celebrate the release on March 8, Rob will embark on an album tour through New Zealand with a side trip to Sydney."Accomplishe...
Kāpiti Keep Watch for Roofing Scammers
February 19, 2019
Police are appealling for information on roofing scammers who may be in the area.Detective Senior Sergeant Bridget Doell, of the Auckland City Policesays they would like information on the whereabouts of three men who may be in Wellington.Snr Sgt Doell says this is in...
Model Airshow at QE Park
February 19, 2019
Up, up and away to Queen Elizabeth Park for a fun family weekend (March 9 and 10) to enjoy an amazing display of flying model aircraft by Kāpiti Aeromodellers.For the Public it's free (a small donation would be appreciated). Our Gate Marshals will show you where to park and...
Kāpiti Zeal Musicians Lounge showcasing our talented youth
Musician's Lounge is an event where youth can come together as a community and share their passion and love for music with one another in a warm, safe and encouraging environment.Event founder Hannah Neal says last year they created this from just an idea into a fully functioning...
Kāpiti Zeal Musicians Lounge showcasing our talented youth
February 18, 2019
Musician's Lounge is an event where youth can come together as a community and share their passion and love for music with one another in a warm, safe and encouraging environment.Event founder Hannah Neal says last year they created this from just an idea into a fully functioning...
Kāpiti Artist Marcus Ebbett Opens new Studio
Kāpiti Artist Marcus Ebbett has opened a new studio gallery space in Raumati.A regular of the Arts Trail, Marcus has been in very popular demand in recent years and his paintings are highly sought after.He is a member of and has exhibited at the New Zealand Academy of Fin...
Beware of Do-it-yourself Healthcare
February 18, 2019
It seems social media is awash with gadgets offering do-it-yourself remedies and caution is advised.One device doing the rounds looks like a sort of corkscrew on the end of a toothbrush handle which the sellers say "the twisting action of the ear wax removal wand acts like a ...
Kāpiti Woman Missing - Police ask for help
February 18, 2019
"UPDATE: Missing woman, Waikanae"A 74-year-old woman reported missing from Waikanae this evening has been found safe and well.Issued by Police Media Centre 10.30pm."Missing - Caroline Cook"Police are trying to locate a 74-year-old woman who has been reported missing f...
Kāpiti LoveMyBeach Winners Announced
February 18, 2019
After perusing nearly 180 fantastic submissions, the Kāpiti Coast District Council's #lovemybeach judging panel has chosen three outstanding photographs as the best in their categories. The competition ran from December through January, and called for photos in thre...
What causes Meltdowns in children
Meltdowns are an awful experience; both for your child and for you. Seeing your child suffer so badly can be heart-wrenching, and keeping them safe while it's happening can be back-breaking.What exactly is a 'meltdown'?So, what is it? Basically, it's a complete loss of be...
What causes Meltdowns in children
February 16, 2019
Meltdowns are an awful experience; both for your child and for you. Seeing your child suffer so badly can be heart-wrenching, and keeping them safe while it's happening can be back-breaking. What exactly is a 'meltdown'? So, what is it? Basically, it's a complete loss of ...
Kāpiti Dog Death River Risk
February 14, 2019
The Ōtaki River is at extreme levels of more than 50% riverbed cover. Detached mats of dried algae are widespread along the river margins. Mats have also been found in the Waikanae River at Jim Cooke Park.This is the first time guideline levels have been exceeded in Ōta...
Kāpiti Run for Youth tops $100k
February 14, 2019
The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) to raise funds and fitness for Kāpiti's youth while having great fun is happening this year on Sunday 31 March.Campaign Manager Helene Judge says now is the time to make a start getting your team together to be part of a "wonderful event...
Lawrence Arabia brings Singles Club to Kāpiti
February 14, 2019
New Zealand's "foremost chronicler of 21st Century bourgeois dilemmas," Lawrence Arabia, is back with a tour to celebrate the soon to be released album version of his audacious twelve month long project, "Lawrence Arabia's Singles Club."The album is released on March 29th and inc...
Coastella Time for Kāpiti
February 14, 2019
New Zealand's most talked about boutique music festival Coastella returns to the stunning Kāpiti Coast with an eclectic trans tasman lineup.Taking place on Saturday 23rd February, the 2019 programme will showcase a diverse range of acts, from jungle-rock-blues and slow-burnin...
Acclaimed Scottish Historian Graeme Mackenzie to visit Kāpiti
February 14, 2019
The Kāpiti Branch of NZ Society of Genealogists is delighted to be hosting Graeme Mackenzie, Chairman of the Association of Highland Clans and Societies, at the Waikanae Baptist Church Hall, Te Moana Road, Waikanae on Tuesday 5 March 2019.If you have ever wondered about your ...
Kāpiti Business Clinic to be hosted by Kāpiti Chamber and WREDA
February 15, 2019
Are you a Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce member business focused on increasing your scale and revenue outside the Wellington Region? If you are, then you may benefit from support available through the Regional Business Partner programme brought to you at the Kāpiti Business cl...
Kāpiti Run for Youth tops $100k
The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) to raise funds and fitness for Kāpiti's youth while having great fun is happening this year on Sunday 31 March.Campaign Manager Helene Judge says now is the time to make a start getting your team together to be part of a "wonderful event...
Expert claims Apprentices and Students disadvantaged by proposed changes
February, 2019
Thousands of apprentices and students will be disadvantaged under the new vocational education sector reforms proposed by the Government today - according to an industry expert.The proposed changes will see the replacement of regional polytechnics with the introduction of a n...
Kāpiti Island whanau featured
February, 2019
A superb article about an iconic Kāpiti family is featured in an article by Lee-Anne Duncan and photos by Tessa Chrisp of This New Zealand Life.The vast majority of Kāpiti Island is a nature reserve. But 20 hectares of the iconic island is privately owned by a whānau de...
Kāpiti Libraries have Treats for all ages
Friends of Kāpiti Libraries are promising 'Treats for Readers of all Ages' with four poets and a varied programme for the year.Chair Anthony Dreaver says between now and April four events will feature poets, children, centenarians and bookselling.On the afternoon of Wedne...
Kāpiti Councillor demands response on Social Housing
February 11, 2019
KCDC Mayor and Councillors have remained unresponsive to attempts by districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott to reconsider the 6th December 2018 decision to dispose of two council owned houses. One at Paekakarki, that a housing trust intended to purchase and a second in Paraparaumu housin...
Waikanae Arthritis Education Sessions
February, 2019
13 February 2019 Waikanae Arthritis Education SessionsCome along to our Arthritis Education Sessions and find out about nutrition and arthritis and then join the specific clinics on gout arthritis and osteoarthritis afterwards.Arthritis Educator: Robyn Tuohy, Health Professio...
Challenges for Kāpiti first home buyers
February, 2019
First home buyers in Kāpiti are unlikely to get much help in the short term from the KiwiBuild programme which promises 100,000 homes over the next 10 years.The Government has announced the scrapping of its interim KiwiBuild targets as Housing Minister Phil Twyford gets to wo...
Waikanae Health Services - Public Meeting
February 9, 2019
The Waikanae Health Advocacy Group is inviting Waikanae residents to its inaugural meeting Monday 11 February at 2pm.The meeting will be facilitated by consultant and Kāpiti Health Advisory Group member Adrian Gregory.Residents are invited to share their current challenge...
Refuse Collection - Low Woes
www.kcnews.co.nzI only this year instructed Low Cost Bins to collect my waste and as a low user I put out approximately fortnightly. The recycling I put out monthly or less. I am on a corner between two roads but only on the second occasion I put out my bins they were left un...
Kāpiti Family Eviction on Hold
February 7, 2019
Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan has asked Council staff to do everything in their power to avoid the large family in Paraparaumu from being forced out of their Council-owned home with no-where to go."This is a very unfortunate situation where the government agen...
Independent panel to help protect Kauri
February 7, 2019
A new independent panel announced today will strengthen efforts to protect New Zealand's iconic forest giant, at the same time as public consultation gets underway to further boost those efforts.There are many Kauri trees on the Kāpiti Coast listed under Notable Trees by the ...
Driving and Riding the Rightway in Kāpiti
February 6, 2019
Peter Hookham established Rightway Driving Academy after leaving the New Zealand Transport Agency and following nearly 40 years in the transport industry in the UK and New Zealand.Kāpiti based Rightway Driving Academy has been in operation since May this year and offers drivi...
Kāpiti Dunes need saving
February 5, 2019
Join Kāpiti Council's biodiversity manager Rob Cross again as he walks and talks you through the natural highlights of our sand dunes, reminding us what an important job they do creating homes for plants and wildlife and helping protect our coastline. Watch his latest video (...
Yoga in the Park - Free sessions in Kāpiti
February 5, 2019
Kāpiti Health, Fitness & Wellbeing Coach Zuri Brudenell will be running a series of FREE Community Yoga and Meditation classes as part of the Love Your Park programme being offered by the KCDC Parks team.The first session will be Tuesday February 12 - 5pm-6pm at Marine Gardens, R...
Nigel Latta serves up Revolution for Breakfast
February 4, 2019
If you would like to attend this special Electra Business After 5 Breakfast we encourage you to purchase your tickets quickly as availability is strictly limited.Your event ticket includes:Entry to the Electra Business After 5 BreakfastA standing buffet breakfastA gen...
Kāpiti Writer Mandy Hager Wins Storylines Medal
Kāpiti's multi-award-winning author Mandy Hager is the winner of the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand's literature for young people.Best-known as a writer of young adult fiction, Mandy Hager has also...
Kāpiti Enterprising at 50+
People are not only living longer, they want to be active for longer, looking after themselves for longer, engaged with their communities for longer and many of us are doing that quite creatively.It's what has been called "The End of Retirement as We Know It." New Zealand i...
Kāpiti Enterprising at 50+
February 5, 2019
People are not only living longer, they want to be active for longer, looking after themselves for longer, engaged with their communities for longer and many of us are doing that quite creatively. It's what has been called "The End of Retirement as We Know It." New Zealand i...
Rural Women New Zealand Scholarships
February 5, 2019
The deadline for five tertiary scholarships offered by Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is fast approaching, with applications due in by Friday, 1 March 2019."Despite the current Government's first-year Fees Free policy, university remains an expensive experience for many rural...
Kāpiti leaps for Vault Art Show
February 2, 2109
'Vault' Art Show will showcase some of the best artistic talent in Kāpiti and beyond for the weekend of 1st - 3rd March. There will be an opening party on Friday 1st March from 6.30pm hosted by Sir Jon Trimmer. Featuring over 25 artists including Grag Chaston, Marianne Mugge...
Fatal Crash in Ōtaki
February 2, 2019
Police have reported the death of one person after a single-vehicle crash in Ōtaki.The vehicle collided with a power pole on Waerenga Road about 7:15pm yesterday (Friday 1 February).A rescue helicopter was dispatched but the person died on the way to hospital.The driver was the s...

 
Jan 2019
Mahara Gallery Collectables
February 1, 2019
Some major names have been recently added to the Mahara Gallery FUNDRAISING AUCTION EVENT!!!Collectables seeking new homes is an auction of donated artwork to raise funds for the Athfield-designed Mahara Gallery upgrade.More than 160 artworks in many media, styles and periods hav...
Kāpiti welcomes Books at the Beach
February, 2019
Kāpiti community are joining together to have a Fun, Free and Full-on Family day out at Paraparaumu Beach with Books At The Beach, an event showcasing our talented local Kāpiti Authors and Story Tellers.Books at the Beach event has been in the planning for the last 10 months ...
Police warn of phone scam
January 29, 2019
Police are asking people to be wary of a telephone scam in which the caller claims to work for NZ Police and Spark NZ.Acting Senior Sergeant Beth Purcell, Relieving Prevention South Manager says, "ironically, the caller claims to be targeting internet fraud."The victim is...
Kāpiti Island doco in the making
February 1, 2019
Kāpiti audiovisual producer and director Dick van den Oever is in the process of making a documentary on Motungarara (Fishermans island) at the south end of Kāpiti Island.Mr van den Oever is founder and managing director of Captured Essence, having already made several videos wit...
Spending the Kids Inheritance
Successive generations always seem to be better off than the last. Our parents had a better standard of living than their parents and our children seem set to have a much more than we ever had. For that reason, most retirees don't seem very concerned at all about leaving an inher...
Award Winners on Show at Kāpiti Business Breakfast
January 26, 2019
Friday 8 February 20197.15am to 8.45am - Southward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is hosting Category Winners from the 2018 Electra Business Awards: Large, Medium, Small and Owner Operator. The breakfast session will be an op...
Kāpiti Chamber claims major impact from Interchange decision
January 25, 2019
Decisions to scrap the Peka Peka Interchange and reduce the Expressway between North Ōtaki and Levin to a two-lane road will have a decades-long impact on businesses across the Kāpiti and Horowhenua Districts, says Kāpiti the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce.The New Zeala...
New Library Opens in Paekākāariki
January 24, 2019
KAPITI'S latest municipal building will be officially opened by Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow this Saturday (January 26th, 12 noon) after months of delays and budget over-runs.Named after one of Kāpiti's civic dignitaries, The Old Whatsisname Memorial Library is a free book-swa...
Peka Peka Interchange Chopped
January 24, 2019
The NZ Transport Agency has announced it will not be proceeding with a full interchange at Peka Peka.The concept of an interchange was being investigated to improve access to and from the Kāpiti Expressway in the section between Peka Peka and Ōtaki."We understan...
Trains vs Snow
February, 2019
Plenty of people struggle to clear away winter snow after a cold snap. Fortunately we don't get too much of it in Kāpiti but elsewhere is can be a major issue.Seems these intrepid train engineers don't have a problem. Some spectacular footage of Trains versus Snow in the Video be...
Fresh Face for Kāpiti Mayoral Race
January 22, 2019
Paraparaumu resident Gwynn Compton has promised to bring fresh leadership and a community-led approach to the Kāpiti Coast as he announced he is standing for Mayor, and as a Districtwide Councillor, in this year's Kāpiti Coast District Council election.Living in Par...
Pesticide Rules need Overhaul
January, 2018
CJ Iorns is a Reader in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington.Victoria University of Wellington environmental law expert CJ Iorns calls for a radical overhaul of New Zealand's pesticide approval process.The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has invited pu...
Lucky escape for Kāpiti teens swept out to sea
January, 2018
Three teenagers had a lucky escape on the Kāpiti Coast this afternoon, after being blown out to sea in inflatable boats. The three young people were in separate inflatable boats at Waikanae Beach early this afternoon, when they were blown out to sea. None o...
Kāpiti Cheesed Off
EditorThis seems to be a pretty cheesy issue, sorry for the pun!Fonterra has in its marketing, come-up with a new trademark name 'Tuteremoana Cheddar' for its Kāpiti Cheese product.This has caused a cheesy uproar with the Maori officials stating by labelling the product w...

 
Dec 2018
Happy New Year Kāpiti
January 1, 2019
Kāpiti Car drives for Performing Arts
December, 2018
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.Graham Priest, of Paraparaumu Rotary, has used his time and talent to make a unique donation to the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre. In 2004 the former chemist acquired a 1938 Austin Big 7 from his local fr...
Police report critical crash south of Foxton - UPDATE 9.47pm
December, 2018
UPDATE: 9.47pmOne person has died as a result of a crash that occurred just south of Foxton at 6:35pm.Police are working to identify the deceased person and locate next of kin.Two patients remain in Wellington Hospital in a critical condition.Diversions remain in place an...
Merry Christmas Kāpiti
December, 2018
Police report serious crash in Ōtaki
December, 2018
"Serious crash, Ōtaki"Police have reported one person is critically injured after a car struck a moped on Mill Road, Ōtaki this afternoon.The crash occurred at around 12:05pm.A helicopter has been dispatched and motorists are asked to avoid the area.The Serious Crash Unit is ...
Kāpiti Business Confidence Survey
December, 2018
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is conducting a Business Confidence Survey and your feed back is welcome.How is business going? What do you think of the state of the economy?To better represent you and the views of regional businesses, we regularly ask you how you think we're doin...
Mental Health or the lack of it?
December, 2018
#1 Mental Health is a hot topic nationwide. Pamm Millage, local professional hypnotherapist and psycho-spiritual healer of 30 years, raises the questions:"What is missing in our general self-knowledge; and what needs to be addressed?"Time and Technology feed a constant flux ...
Kāpiti Loses Classic Character
December, 2018
Kāpiti lost one of its classic characters this week with the untimely passing of the Very Irreverent Bos O'Sullivan.Top of the list in recollections of Bos was humour. A punster of the first water, Bos could find a oneliner for every occasion which left some completely bemuse...
Heatwave Hits Kāpiti - Tips for Keeping Cool
January 29, 2019
The predicted heatwave has arrived - thanks Australia - and Kāpiti is expected to have very hot conditions in this late summer rush. Keeping cool is a priority. KCNews asked heating and ventilation expert Paul Spittal for some handy hints for taking the heat off.1.Regularly clea...
Mahara Gallery Redevelopment on Show
December, 2018
The new design for the redevelopment of Mahara Gallery will get its first public airing on Saturday 15 December at an early evening launch function at the Gallery.The design has been prepared by the Wellington-based architectural firm, Athfield Architects. It follows the conf...
SH 1 closed, Pukerua Bay
Police have advised State Highway One is closed at Pukerua Bay due to a scrub fire on the hill.Police are assisting Fire and Emergency NZ and were called to the scene at around 8.06pm tonight.Traffic is being diverted over the Paekākāariki Hill Road.The diversion is not su...

 
Nov 2018
Waikanae town centre revitalisation progressing at pace
Kāpiti Coast District Council has held a well attended meeting which invited the Waikanae community to pop into Mahara Place to hear about their plans to revitalise the Waikanae town centre.Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says the Council plans to progress a...
Toxic Mould Closes Waikanae Library
December, 2018
The Kāpiti Coast District Council has closed the Waikanae Library and Service Centre as a precaution, following air quality test results showing the presence of toxic mould.Due to the closure, customer and library services aren't available from Waikanae Library, and customers are...
Kāpiti Food Fair - set for the big day out
December, 2018
Fill your life with good friends, good times & good food at the Kāpiti Food Fair, tomorrow (Saturday Dec 1) at Mazengarb Reserve, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti Coast.Gate entry (cash only): ...
Kāpiti Historical Society Update
November 29, 2018
This monthSome thoughts from the PresidentFeedback on Larry Keim's talk last monthThe December speakerBooksFrom the Acting PresidentIt has been a delight to help re-launch the Kāpiti Historical Society after a 5 year hiatus, thanks to the solid work of a good ...
Serious Crash in Ohau - critical injuries
November 27, 2018
Police are attending a serious crash on State Highway 1 in Ohau, south of Levin.The crash occurred at 4:50pm and involved two vehicles.One person has been critically injured and another three people are seriously injured.Police advise the road is currently blocked and motoris...
Police searching for missing woman Terri-Lee Hartley
November 25, 2018
Levin Police have concerns for a woman missing since last night in the area of Mangahao Dam No3. Terri-Lee Hartley was reported missing this morning. She was last seen yesterday at around 6pm. When last seen Terri-Lee was wearing a yellow or orange long slee...
Missing woman found safe and well
November 25, 2018 8pm
UPDATE: Police have just reported missing 28-year-old Terri-Lee Hartley has been found safe and well.She was located in the in the Mangahao Dam No3 bush area around 6.45pm this evening.Her family has been notified.Terri-Lee Hartley missing since last night.Levin P...
Kāpiti quake risk buildings identified
November 20, 2018
The Kāpiti Coast District Council's work to identify potentially earthquake prone buildings in the District is now complete. The owners of 28 potentially earthquake-prone buildings have been notified and advised that they will need to obtain a seismic assessment of their building...
Waikanae Palms birds to be relocated
November 20, 2018
As part of the phoenix palm removal happening this week in Mahara Place, Waikanae, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is working with experts on a plan for retrieving and relocating any nesting birds found in the trees. "We've been approached by some concerned residents about...
Kāpiti Food Fair a fun foodie day out
November 20, 2018
On Saturday the 1st of December, bring the whole family down to the Mazengarb Reserve for a fun foodie day out.Kicking off from 10am through to 4pm, the annual Kāpiti Food Fair is expecting more than 15,000 hungry visitors to browse, buy and tuck-in to delicious treats from o...
Government must embrace localism to improve community wellbeing
Local Government New Zealand is pleased the Government is starting a discussion to reinvigorate local decision making, but says a bold localist approach is needed to drive meaningful change.The Local Governance for Community Wellbeing Cabinet paper looks to re-introduce socia...
Raskolnikovs/Travesties gig in Paekākāariki
November 20, 2018
Sixteen years after the band first set sail, Wellington's favourite drunken sailors return to play another of their legendary Paekākāariki gigs.The Raskolnikovs are becoming veterans of the Wellington music scene Despite announcing their 'final gig' at least three times, the b...
Kāpiti Festival - something for everyone
November, 2018
The Annual Kāpiti Festival is likely to draw thousands of visitors again this year when the gates open at 9.30am on Saturday 17 November in the grounds of Kāpiti School.Fresh Strawberries & Ice cream prepared by the Mary Potter HospiceLadies. Kāpiti Pak n Save is kindly supp...
An Evening Celebrating Kāpiti Songwriters
November 4, 2018
It's the last Local Scene gig for the year, and I'm hoping it goes off with a blast says organiser AJ Crawshaw. "It's an evening for local songwriters to showcase their talent to an enthusiastic audience of local punters. It was birthed from a desire to see local songwriters ...
An Evening Celebrating Kāpiti Songwriters
November 4, 2018
Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish-School Gala - giving thanks
November, 2018
Organisers of Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish-School Gala want to say thank-you to the Gala sponsors: Rutherford and Bond Kāpiti, GLO Hair, Vivo Hair Salon, Impact Hair Design, Chocolate Hair, Relish Caf, Kāpiti 10 Pin, High Tide Caf, Mitre 10 Mega Kāpiti, Gus Evans Nursery, and Kap...

 
Oct 2018
Police Recuitment Ad a Hit
New Zealand Police have just released another big-budget recruitment video, with hopes the humorous three-minute Q&A can replicate the success of last year's viral offering. SEE Video Link Below.Dubbed "Breaking News", the $480,000 ad poses and answers a variety of common - and n...
KC Pride Parade
Kāpiti College Pride Parade was as popular as ever this year. See video below.https://www.facebook.com/KāpitiCollegeNZ/videos/356855995052973/...
Street Art in Waikanae
October 25, 2018
Business fronts as art could be the new theme in Kāpiti, following the recent installation of a landscape scene on the front windows of the Mr Stump and Mr Chipper businesses in Omahi St, Waikanae.In the normal rough and tumble world of tree felling street art is not always a...
Kāpiti Rotary supporting Local Youth
Back by popular demand is the Rotary Club of Kāpiti's annual Trailer Raffle fundraiser with proceeds going to support Kāpiti Youth Services and Life Education Trust and enabling students to attend inspirational events like Science Forum and Business Week.Funds raised also support...
Kāpiti Rotary supporting Local Youth
Back by popular demand is the Rotary Club of Kāpiti's annual Trailer Raffle fundraiser with proceeds going to support Kāpiti Youth Services and Life Education Trust and enabling students to attend inspirational events like Science Forum and Business Week.Funds raised also support...
Recreational fishers fined approx $4,000 over long weekend
The Kāpiti Coast marine environment is as subject to poaching as any other part of the country and MPI fishery officers say patrolling is an ongoing task.The fisheries officers had a busy time over Labour Weekend, making a number of seizures around the country.One example was...
Kāpiti Hoop Club Coaching
October 22, 2018
Hoop Club Kāpiti's Junior Basketball Coaching Programme starts back in Paraparaumu for Term 4 this Sunday 28 October.Hoop Club Kāpiti Basketball Coaching Programme Term 4 2018 Paraparaumu Sessions:Sunday 28 October to Sunday 9 December 2018 At Paraparaumu ...
Kāpiti Talk on the Friendly Invasion
October 22, 2018
The invasion of Kāpiti during the Second World War was, fortunately for the locals, a friendly one. Enduring relationships between Kāpiti residents and the US Marines are marked by memorials and annual ceremonies.At the next Kāpiti Historical Society Meeting on Tuesday 23 Oct...
Where theres a way theres a Will
Kāpiti lawyer Jane Stevenson says she remains surprised that there are so many New Zealanders who do not have a Will."It really is a relatively simple and inexpensive process and can save families a huge amount of stress," says Ms Stevenson, a partner at Kāpiti Law.A surv...
Kāpiti on Show 'After Dark'
"After Dark"Another stunning photo from Kāpiti Photographer Conrad Labone. After Dark captures Paraparaumu and Kāpiti Island under the clouds and moon.For more photos from Conrad see:https://www.facebook.com/CLabonePhotography/...
Rotary Art now Showing
October 19, 2018
This is the 16th year of the Rotary Club of Paraparaumu Labour Weekend Art Show and will allow the Club to pledge a further $10,000 to the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre which will be a truly magnificent public/college community asset.Prizewinners will be announced at the opening ...
SH1 remains closed at Paekākāariki
October 19, 2018
Police report the closure of State Highway 1 between Paekākāariki and Grays Road at Mana remains in place. The NZ Transport Agency will provide an update at 2pm.A diversion is in place over Paekākāariki Hill Road for cars and other small vehicles; however it is not suitable for...
Peter Jackson Award Winner in Kāpiti
October 16, 2018
One of the big winners at the Electra Business Awards 2018 was local firm Peter Jackson Plumbing, based in Paraparaumu.It was the second time on to the winners podium for Peter and Sonya Jackson, having won the Small Business Award back in 2012.Since then Peter Jackson Plumbi...
Waikanae Spring Market - it's in the bag
The Annual Waikanae Spring Market gets underway tomorrow with a wide variety of stalls for all to enjoy and big crowds are expected again this year.One novel stall will be the reusable jute bags on sale as a fundraiser for Child Cancer with all proceeds going to the charity w...
Kāpiti Growth Projects Talk Time
The Council, with support from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), will shortly begin public discussions about opportunities for supporting our district's economic growth in partnership with central government. "We've had some early discussions with ...
Lack of Progress on Economic Development in Kāpiti
Chairperson of the Kāpiti Economic Development Agency (KEDA), Liz Koh, today expressed serious concern at the lack of progress on Council's Economic Development Strategy."At a time when we are poised for growth, we have no agreed plan of action and no-one to oversee its imple...
Kāpiti Gallery gets Great Gift
A landmark painting by one of the greats of New Zealand landscape painting, Peter McIntyre, has been gifted to raise money to keep the Field Collection in Kāpiti.Paekākāariki couple Jannie and Don Hunn have offered the work to Waikanae's Mahara Gallery to help raise funds for ...
Spring Fling in Reikorangi
October 8, 2018
Following last year's successful event the Reikorangi Residents Association are again presenting their Spring Fling! Country Fair.Organiser Julia Palmer says there will be plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy."It really is a fun day in the countryside and ri...
Homeless in Kāpiti - Public Meeting Called
October 7, 2018
A community housing taskforce, established last year released a report showing more people in Kāpiti are becoming homeless as a result of skyrocketing house prices and rents.Kāpiti Grey Power is hosting a public meeting on housing in the Kāpiti area. The meeting will be discuss...
Chamber Chair - Heather Hutchings
Welcome to October 2018, daylight saving has arrived, and Christmas is now just around the corner.I would like to congratulate all those businesses who stepped outside of their comfort zone and entered the Electra Business Awards. A total of 86 Businesses have entered across...
Kāpiti Coast commemorates Armistice Day with music and remembrance
October 1, 2018
This year Kāpiti remembers its own with an Armistice Day concert at Southward Theatre. On 11 November, more than 100 musicians and performers from the Kāpiti Coast will use song and music to commemorate the contribution local New Zealanders made to the First World W...
Kāpiti Hearing expands to cope with demand
October 1, 2018
A report commissioned by the National Foundation for the Deaf estimated 880,350 people in New Zealand (18.9 per cent) suffered from some form of hearing loss last year with the total cost of hearing loss reaching $4.9 billion. Within that, the cost to the economy was estimated at...
Kāpiti Kiwi Taking Off
October 2, 2018
KiwiRiders will be installed to its new home on the grass berm at Kāpiti Road and Marine Parade in Paraparaumu Beach this Thursday (4 October.) The large sculpture, crafted by artist Will Clijsen, shows two children riding a stylised, flying Kiwi. It is made of stainless...

 
Sep 2018
Raumati South all set for Ant Baiting session
Jenny Scott from the Raumati South Residents' Association says a huge thankyou to all those who have registered to take part in Ant Baiting Weekend, 6/7 October. She says good luck to everyone. If it is wet, it will take place on the first fine weekend after that."More peop...
Arahi to Star at Maoriland Hub
October 1, 2018
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER - ARAHI & HIS BANDMĀORILAND HUB, 7PM DOORS OPEN, $20 Embarking on a nationwide folk tour ARAHI Music is described as 'a young Dylan' with support from his band: Brooklyn McDonald & Zazu Geor.Arahi is a young emerging folk artist from Hawke's Bay. Bac...
Kāpiti gets hot about the weather
September 23, 2018
Back by popular demand is The Kāpiti Comedy Debate being hosted by the Paraparaumu Labour Party Branch.In recent years the Debates have been sellout nights with plenty of laughs and this year looks like being the same with the topic for debate being You always take the weather wi...
Kāpiti Kiwi House Lit Up by Local Generosity
September 23, 2018
Ngā Manu's Nocturnal House has recently had an upgrade thanks to a generous donation of $1,500 via the Nikau Kāpiti Fund. A donor used Nikau Foundation to make a pass-through grant to the nature reserve to help with the $7,500 cost of installing LED "grow lights" in th...
Kāpiti Coast hosts gut health workshops
September 20, 2018
The journey to improved wellbeing starts with good gut health and Kāpiti Coast residents can find out how to get started naturally at a workshop being held locally next month.Naturopath health expert Gina Wilson, Anita Kyle from The Kefir Company, Derek Moffat from Best Bones Bro...
Kāpiti Chamber hosts BA5
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is staging a BA5 hosted by Rutherford & Bond Toyota.Wednesday 26 September, 5.30 to 7.00pm11 Ihakara Street, ParaparaumuMembers Free - Non members $20Note to Members: Use a guest card and bring a colleague or friend for free.You are invited ...
New Kāpiti film tells of reluctant Frances Hodgkins painting sitter
Paraparaumu's Red Capewell may now be in her '80s but age hasn't dimmed her recollection of the time her mother-in-law Alice, the daughter of an Italian fisherman, was asked by New Zealand's most acclaimed expatriate painter, Frances Hodgkins to sit for two paintings.Red tell...
A Greek/Australian Adventure For Coasters Musical Theatre
September 6, 2018
Coasters Musical Theatre is continuing their 2018 season with tongue-in-cheek musical comedy, Xanadu.Based on the classic film of the same title, the story follows artist Sonny Malone in 1980's Los Angeles, who paints a picture of the nine muses of Greek mythology, but is dis...
Te Horo Country Market
October 5, 2018

 
Aug 2018
Special Day for Kāpiti Football
August 29, 2018
Sports clubs frequently have a family structure and feel to them and the Kāpiti Coast United Football Club is a great example of this.On Saturday at 2pm the Wellington Phoenix will continue their pre-season preparations with the annual fixture against a Central League select ...
Kāpiti Babies - Have your Say
Integrity Professionals is facilitating an information gathering exercise for Capital and Coast DHB's Primary Birthing Unit Project.It is now at a stage where the DHB is seeking your views on the sorts of services required to best meet the needs of families before, during, an...

 
Jul 2018
Waikanae Club gets the Blues
August 1, 2018
The Phonic Posse and The Jazz Shed presentsHistory of The Blues - A Journey Through The DeltaSaturday August 11thWaikanae Charter Club6 pm Doors open - 7.30 Show startsCost:$25Let us take you on a journey in time, exploring the many amazing stories of blues mu...
Power Bills creating Energy Poverty
Kāpiti Heating and ventilation expert Paul Spittal says inefficient heating has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of a large number of New Zealanders."Poor heating and ventilation and a lack of quality insulation are causes of many illnesses and usually mean a ...
Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry panel visiting Kāpiti
Kāpiti Coast locals will have an opportunity to talk about mental health and addiction issues to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry when it visits the region next week.The Meet the Inquiry Panel forum is taking place on Monday 30 July, 4.00-5.30pm at Paraparaumu Beach Bo...
Kāpiti Schools in Lock Down over Gun Incident
At about 2pm this afternoon a person called Police advising they had seen a male with a sawn off shot gun in Te Kupe Rd, Paraparaumu. He believed an altercation had taken place in the area. Armed Police attended and the area was cordoned off. Schools in the immediate vic...
Kāpiti Coast real estate stats remain very strong
July 24, 2018
Kāpiti Coast real estate continues to well outperform both the Wellington and Auckland regions as well as New Zealand overall, according to the latest Quotable Value figures.The average value of residential property in the Kāpiti Coast District rose by 9.6% from $508,221 to $...
All Aboard for Kāpiti Airport Open Day
July 24, 2018
There will be plenty to look at on the Kāpiti Coast Airport Open Day. Over 20 aircraft will be lining up on the tarmac for static display at the event being held on Sunday 5 August, 10am-3pm.Air Chathams and Kāpiti Heliworx are taking pre-bookings for scenic flights over...
Young Kāpiti storytellers sought for film challenge
July 21, 2018
Kāpiti has a strong reputation for producing talented young filmmakers and another opportunity is available.Entries are now open for the Someday Challenge, the annual call out to young filmmakers. Entrants are invited to submit a sustainability-related film, of any genre, up to f...
Maoriland Hub Fair Trade Breakfast
July 21, 2018
Friday, August 38 - 10 amCelebrate the launch of fair trade fortnight at the Maoriland Hub, start your day with some sweet justice and fill your puku with fair trade kai that supports the farmers , the environment and our wonderful fair trade community.Tickets - $15 adults...
Small firms confidence sinks in June quarter
July 21, 2018
Business confidence among small firms fell to a nine-year low in the June quarter, according to ANZ's quarterly Business Micro Scope survey.A net 30% of small businesses are pessimistic about general business conditions, the most since March 2009. Confidence slipped in both m...
Gus Evans in the Kāpiti Garden
July 21, 2018
It certainly has been a wet time out in the garden but at the same time the weather has been quite mild so far, and we have had the odd few calm days and a little bit of watery sun. It is a good time to get some spraying and pruning done. Some of our bare root trees have been...
Young Kāpiti storytellers sought for film challenge
Kāpiti has a strong reputation for producing talented young filmmakers and another opportunity is available.Entries are now open for the Someday Challenge, the annual call out to young filmmakers. Entrants are invited to submit a sustainability-related film, of any genre, up to f...
Service Review for Kāpiti Council
Over the coming weeks, the Kāpiti Coast District Council will carry out a review of the services delivered through the Council Operations Depot.The review includes delivery of services like stormwater maintenance, water reticulation, turf maintenance and property mainten...
Public Art for Kāpiti
Kāpiti Councillor, and former Kāpiti Arts Panel Chair, Jackie Elliott reflects on the impact and value of Public ArtI have just attended the annual Local Government NZ (LGNZ) conference in the heart of Christchurch city. This is not the first LGNZ conference I have attended. Like...
Who Owns the Water - Kāpiti councillor reflects
Kāpiti Councillor Jackie Elliott reflects on the threat to Public ownership of Water from the recent Local Government NZ (LGNZ) annual conference held in Christchurch.The conference had two main themes. As a result, in my opinion, the message was muddled and ambiguous. The first ...
Paekākāariki celebrates Midwinter Hullabaloo
More than 70 people came through the door of St Peter's Hall, Paekākāriki on Sunday to sample the family-focused fun on offer.Organised by Low Carbon Kāpiti as part of No8 Wire Week, the Midwinter Hullabaloo had activities for all ages and abilities.Centrep...
Kāpiti Councillor Appeals Conviction
Kāpiti Councillor David Scott's barristers have lodged an appeal against a conviction recorded against him in the Wellington District Court last month on a charge of indecently assaulting a senior staff member after she alleged he rubbed his genitals against her at a morning tea ...
Kāpiti Run for Youth wins Wellington Airport Community Award
Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y), along with other volunteer groups and individuals were recognised for community dedication at the recent Kāpiti Coast Civic and Community Awards. Six groups received a Wellington Airport Regional Community Award and six more groups were acknow...
Local Councils say Show me the Money
Kāpiti Coast District Council faces major challenges funding vital infrastructure to cope with expected growth. Kāpiti is not alone in this, with many councils throughout the country facing similar issues.Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) says it is pleased with the terms o...
Crash SH 1, Paekākāariki
Police are advising motorists on State Highway 1 on the Kāpiti Coast to delay their travel following a crash.A truck and two cars collided in the northbound lane between Pukerua Bay and Paekākāariki. There are reports of injuries. The northbound lane of the road is closed....
Climate Change on the menu for Kāpiti
July 10, 2018
The Electra Business Breakfast is hosting Professor James Renwick of Victoria University of Wellington and Member of Low Carbon Kāpiti Inc. He will discuss how climate change works, what is happening now, future changes in New Zealand, and implications for Kāpiti and t...
Crash on State Highway 1 at Raumati South
July 9, 2018
Police have issued a notice advising motorists heading north on State Highway 1 out of Wellington that there will delays due to a serious crash this evening.Police were advised of the two-car crash at Raumati South - on SH 1 between the Whareora Road on-ramp and the Kāpiti Ex...
Critical Injuries in Ōtaki Crash
July 4, 2018
A driver and passengers are in a critical condition following a crash in Ōtaki late this afternoon.Emergency services were called to the crash near the Ōtaki River Bridge at 2.50pm. Four people were injured.The driver of the northbound car has been flown to Wellington Hospita...
Air Chathams will fly Kāpiti to Auckland
July 2, 2018
Air Chathams has today announced it will launch a new regional flight service between Kāpiti and Auckland, offering more flights than ever before to and from Kāpiti Coast Airport.From 20 August, Air Chathams will operate 36 flights a week between Auckland and Kā...

 
Jun 2018
Kāpiti mortgage broker Craig Pope makes top 10
July 1, 2018
Kāpiti mortgage broker Craig Pope has been named as one of the country's top ten mortgage advisors for the second year in a row.Ranked 8th out of the best 15 advisors by NZ Adviser, Craig Pope is the highest placed Wellington broker, just one of two local advisors that made i...
Historic Tram back in Kāpiti
July 1, 2018
After nearly four and a half years of restoration Tram 17, one of Wellington's original 1904 electric trams and the only survivor of that group, has returned to the Wellington Tramway Museum at Queen Elizabeth Park on the Kāpiti Coast.The tram entered service when electric tr...
Speed Alert for Kāpiti Schools
July 1, 2018
Wellington Road Policing are reminding drivers to watch their speed around schools.Recently a speed camera van was stationed outside a Primary school for the morning drop off period for three hours. During that time 1064 vehicles passed the camera with 238 vehicles being issu...
Historic Tram makes return journey to Kāpiti Tramway Museum
After nearly four and a half years of restoration Tram 17 at "The Wheelwright Shop" at Gladstone in the Wairarapa, one of Wellington's original 1904 electric trams (and the only survivor of that group), is scheduled to return to the Wellington Tramway Museum at Queen Elizabeth Pa...
Kāpiti Councillor Convicted
June 19, 2017
Kāpiti Coast councillor David Scott has had a conviction entered by a judge at the Wellington District Court this afternoon.A direct consequence of the conviction is the forced resignation of the elected position of Kāpiti Coast District-wide councillor.The judge fined Cr...
Kāpiti hosts Medieval Banquet
A Medieval Banquet will be held in Kāpiti as a fabulous fundraiser for the Mary Potter Hospice Kāpiti Community Base.Hosted by the Kāpiti Coast Funeral Home, the Banquet will see guests enjoy a feast catered by Party Perfect, Relish Cafe and Kāpiti Katering.The evening wi...
Kāpiti drunk drivers in major fail
June 10, 2018
Wellington Police are disappointed with the results of an alcohol checkpoint in Paraparaumu on Friday night. A check point was put in place on Mazengarb Road between 7.30pm and 9pm.A large number of drivers were tested with six being charged and summonsed to appear in court a...
Kāpiti Foodbank Appeal stocks shelves
June 6, 2018
The recent Kāpiti Foodbank appeal was a huge success says organiser Dave Edwards."The response from the public was excellent. We collected 250 boxes of food which was about double the amount from last year."Mr Edwards says the collection day also raised $1671 in cash dona...
Kāpiti Chamber workshop on Campaigning with Social Media
June 6, 2018
Kāpiti Chamber invites you to a learning & development workshopCampaigning with Social Media Presented by: Anne & Glen Buttar - Wonderland FirmDate: Wednesday 13 JuneTime: 9.30am to 11.30amVenue: Coastlands Kāpiti Sports Turf & PavilionCost: Members $25 Non memb...
Kāpiti to Shake Rattle and Roll
June 6, 2018
Operatunity's Resident Artists Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua and Karl Perigo perform the greatest hits of the 50's and 60's in Operatunity's upcoming Shake, Rattle & Roll concert in Kāpiti."Ebony and Ivory? Salt and Pepper? The Black 'n' White Minstrels? Brother from another mother?"...
Coastlands welcomes boutique fashion store
June 6, 2018
Coastlands' first independent boutique women's fashion store, Wallflower, officially opened this week, promising an uplifting experience of both New Zealand and exotic labels.Wallflower owner, Trina Laracy, also owner of Paperdoll and Holy Smoke based in Raumati Village, says...

 
May 2018
Revealing the Hidden Jewel in the Kāpiti Island Crown
May 30, 2018
Electra Business BreakfastRevealing the Hidden Jewel in the Kāpiti Island CrownBen Knight Chair, Guardians of Kāpiti Marine Reserve TrustWednesday 6 June 20187.15am to 8.45am at Southward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakf...
Kiwi Legends in Kāpiti Concert
June 3, 2018
Ladies & Gentlemen............ Please take your seats!The Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre presents Kiwi Legends: Tina Cross, Ray Woolf, Paul Ubana Jones, Dennis Marsh, Andrew London and Sam Manzanza, all performing a one night only benefit concert in Kāpiti on Saturday night, June ...
Kāpiti Chess Tournament Great Success
The first ever New Zealand Chess Tournament for those with a rating under 2000 was a great success says Kāpiti Chess Club spokesperson Guy Burns."The six round Tournament played on Sunday 27 May at the Paraparaumu Library attracted 19 players - 4 Juniors and 15 Seniors - with...
Simon Bridges is Kāpiti Chamber Speaker
May 24, 2018
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunch with the Leader of the Opposition, Spokesperson for National Security & Intelligence and National MP for Tauranga: Simon Bridges. Date: Thursday 31 May 2018Time: 12pm to 1pmVenue: Southward Car MuseumCost: Mem...
Free Curtains for Ōtaki Homes
Kāpiti District Council, Energywise Ōtaki, Citizens Advice Bureau, Ōtaki and the Wellington Sustainable Trust have arranged for free thermal curtains for Ōtaki residents holding a Community Services card.Good curtains can go a long way to keeping your home warm during winter....
Kāpiti Projects get Creative NZ funding
Fourteen creative Kāpiti groups and individuals will benefit from the first of this year's Creative Communities Scheme funding grants through Creative NZ.Just over $20,500 has been awarded by Kāpiti Coast District Council's Grants Allocation Committee on the recommendati...
Waikanae Grant Applications available
Waikanae community organisations can apply for a funding boost through the Waikanae Community Board's annual Capital Improvement Fund grant. Applications are now open for this year's grants totalling $24,000.Grants are made for capital projects that will benefit a significant...
Man's body located in water in Paremata
Police have announced a man's body has been recovered from the water near Mana Cruising Club in Paremata this afternoon.Police were notified by a member of the public around 11am this morning.The Police Maritime Unit and Dive Squad attended and recovered the body.Police say there...
KEDA underlines importance of Economic Development in Kāpiti
May 11, 2018
The Kāpiti Coast has the potential to be one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand in the coming decades and it's vital that we don't let the opportunities before us slip by.To that end, a group of leading Kāpiti business and professional people have volunteered their...
Kāpiti Musos ready for Smokefreerockquest
Kāpiti has several entrants in the nationwide high school music competitions, Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats, with the Wellington & Hutt Heats of Smokefreerockquest on Saturday (May 19).This year an expected 3000 young people will go through regional heats a...
Kāpiti Civic Awards - time to nominate
The 31 May deadline to nominate an outstanding volunteer forth for the Kāpiti Coast District's annual Civic Awards and the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards is quickly approaching. The Civic Awards are our area's highest honour for individual residents who've made ...
Travel Time - with Adrienne Wilton
Our claims team have been very busy processing claims from the recent holidays and cyclone travel disruptions. Travelling with children reminds us of the importance of travel insurance. This week, Cover-More Travel insurance shares some travel insurance claims received these ...
Kāpiti Gardening with Gus
Well the weather has been in our favour. A week between rainfalls is quite unusual for this time of the year but the trees are all starting to show their colour especially the liquidambers.Many of them are now dropping their their leaves so these need to be raked up and they ...
Kāpiti Genealogy group to meet
May 5, 2018
The next meeting of Kāpiti Genealogy will be held from 7pm on Tuesday May 22 at Kāpiti Community Centre, Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.Topic: Collaborative Online Family Trees (following short AGM)All welcome. Visitors $3.00ALSOMay meeting of KapGen Day Group will be ...
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power AGM
This is a reminder that the Kāpiti Coast Grey Power Association'sAnnual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 10.00am at the Senior Citizen's Hall, Ocean Road, Paraparaumu. All Welcome AGENDAPresentApologiesApproval of Previous ...
Kāpiti to Wellington Car Sharing on the rise
Kāpiti coasters are joining the increasing numbers of commuters turning to car sharing to reduce their reliance on vehicle ownership, according to new figures.An industry expert says local uptake of peer-to-peer vehicle renting is part of an international trend where people h...
Kāpiti Genealogy group to meet
The next meeting of Kāpiti Genealogy will be held from 7pm on Tuesday May 22 at Kāpiti Community Centre, Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.Topic: Collaborative Online Family Trees (following short AGM) All welcome. Visitors $3.00 ALSO May meeting of KapGen Day Group will be...
Kāpiti Ducks Under Fire
May 4, 2018
Duck shooting season begins this weekend and safety with firearms should be in the forefront of the minds of all duck shooters. According to Joe Green, Chairman of the Firearms Safety Council Aotearoa New Zealand, duck shooters should always remember these important safety me...
Kāpiti wide Appeal for KYS
KYS will hold its Annual Street Appeal in Kāpiti from 8am 4pm Saturday 12th May 2018.First held in 2015, the KYS Street Appeal has become an annual event that helps raise much needed funds for this long standing local charity. "The Annual Appeal is a great day for our s...
Waterfall Road Re-opens after Slip Fix
The Kāpiti Coast District Council will re-open Waterfall Road to traffic and pedestrians this weekend, after six weeks of work to fix the major slip that closed the road in September last year.Group Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon said this is great news for resid...
ANZAC emotion a slap
EditorOn ANZAC day I listen to our Mayor's speech, he spoke of his home and his grandfather, paused to compose himself as he spoke, with a long dramatic silence while he fought to control his emotions while talking about his grandfather who he never got to meet. It came a...
Kāpiti Run for Youth Raised $19,786.80 for Local Youth
May 4, 2018
Kāpiti youth will benefit by just on $20,000 following the success of this year's Kāpiti Run for Youth.The event took place on Sunday 25 March with just under 300 participants."We are really delighted with this result," says Richard Calkin, Founder of Web Genius, "as much...
Concerns for safety of missing Waikanae woman - UPDATE
May 2, 2018 10.28pm
UPDATE: "Missing Waikanae woman found"The 67-year-old woman reported missing in Waikanae yesterday afternoon was located last night in a section near her home at 1.30am.She was cold but otherwise safe and well.Police would like to thank Waikanae Community Patrols,...

 
Apr 2018
Peka Peka to Ōtaki shared pathway announcement welcome
Kāpiti Coast District Council has welcomed the NZ Transport Agency's announcement that they'll build a shared path to run alongside the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway. Ōtaki Ward Councillor James Cootes is pleased with the outcome, saying it will benefit Ōtaki and the wid...
NZTA Confirms Kāpiti funding
May 1, 2018
The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed funding will be made available for the construction of a purpose-built shared path alongside the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway (PP2O).Senior Manager Project Delivery Chris Hunt says the approximately 10 kilometre long shared path will pro...
Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrates 25 years at the movies
The Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade is holding a special movie night at Shoreline Cinema as part of their 25 year celebrations.Not only is there a French movie about a French woman in a fire brigade in the south of France, but also there will be a ten minute movie made and direct...
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power in Healthy Condition
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power has been found to be in good heart after undergoing a comprehensive review. Grey Power commissioned the review because it wants to remain relevant and progressive in its outlook.Kāpiti Coast Grey Power President Kevin Burrows says the review report was...
Small firms confidence lifts slightly
April, 2018
Business confidence among small firms picked up slightly in the March quarter, but remained low after nose-diving in December, according to ANZ's quarterly Business Micro Scope survey. A net 20% of small businesses were pessimistic about general business conditions for th...
Mahara Gallery Hodgkins birthday exhibition features family and friends
10 April, 2018
To celebrate the birthday of New Zealand's most celebrated expatriate artist, Mahara Gallery is opening an exhibition of early Frances Hodgkins' works accompanied by paintings by her father William Mathew, sister Isabel and two friends who also influenced her artistic development...
Paekākāariki Hill Road closed
5pm 10 April, 2018
Police have advised that the Paekākāariki Hill Road is closed after a vehicle left the road.Police were notified around 4:35pm of the crash at the northern end of the road, and emergency services are attending.Injury status of the vehicle's sole occupant is unclear at this stage....
Paekākāariki holds World's smallest beer festival
The Southern Hemisphere's, if not the world's, smallest beer festival is being held at Paekākāariki's St Peters Village Hall as part of the centennial celebrations for the legendary hall."Anything smaller would just be having your mates over to sample a few brews," says Tim Ward, ...

 
Mar 2018
Ōtaki Health Camp - Talk by Di Buchan
SUNDAY 25 MARCH: DI BUCHAN'I don't think the average New Zealander has any idea what some of the families in this country struggle with and how hard life can be,' writes Fiona Inkpen, CEO of Stand New Zealand. 'And we are all just a shock away from it like losing your job or yo...
Strategic Plan for Kāpiti College Rugby
March 18, 2017
Coach Johnnie Saunders has serious ambitions for Kāpiti College Rugby and is setting up a plan to make them happen.A recent Boot Camp was held for the senior players to test skills but it was also part of the overall strategic plan to co-ordinate a consistent system.Coach...
Gear Jammers - All Fired Up - Car Show
March15, 2018
Gear Jammers - All Fired Up - Car ShowKāpiti Primary School, Cnr Rimu Rd & Kāpiti Rd, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti Coast When: Sun 18 Mar 2018, 10:00am3:00pm Where: Kāpiti Primary School, Cnr Rimu Rd & Kāpiti Rd, Paraparaumu. Ticket Information:Gold coin donation: ...
Ōtaki MP Launches Kāpiti Flights Petition
March 12, 2018
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy launched a petition over the weekend to fight Air New Zealand's decision to withdraw its Kāpiti Coast to Auckland service."We have got less than three weeks to show Air New Zealand how much we want this service retained and prove that it has widespread reg...
Keys left at Relish
March 10, 2018
If this bunch of keys belongs to you or someone you might know please contact us.They were left at the Relish Cafe in Waikanae over a week ago. There is a house key, gym pass, car key and a variety of other keys.To claim these please contact 021 2843339 or email [email protected]
New World Ōtaki snags a winner
Steven Cole (Owner) and Craig Taylor (Butchery Manager) at New World Ōtaki, fended off dozens of challengers last week to take home the coveted Best Pork Sausage in the annual New World North Island Sausage competition."To be frank, I'm pretty stoked that little New World Ota...
Kāpiti Gardening with Gus Evans
Autumn is a really busy time for gardeners. We have all of the bulb selection to plant, daffodils, Hyacinth, tulips, freesias, anenomes, ranunculus - all arriving in the garden centres now plus there are a lot of Autumn perennials that we can be planting now for winter colour....
Kāpiti's Jacinta Beckley flying high in USA College Basketball
March 11, 2018
Kāpiti's Jacinta Beckley, a former member of the Basketball New Zealand Under 20 Women's Team is making a name for herself on the highly competitive American college basketball scene.Jacinta came up through the Kāpiti Hoop Club System with head coach Angelo Robinson.Playi...
Kāpiti boaties given thumbs up
March 8, 2018
The 'No Excuses' team was impressed with the high number of Kāpiti boaties wearing lifejackets and following the speed rules on Saturday.Maritime NZ Maritime Officer Andy Cox says the team pulled up approximately 25 boats for the campaign that aims to educate the public on bo...
Kāpiti BNI function raises over $3000 for Mary Potter Hospice
March 7, 2018
There may have been the tail end of a cyclone passing over but that didn't deter the hardy souls who turned out to the recent BNI fundraiser night for Mary Potter Hospice.BNI Better Business president Marc Hamilton says they were thrilled at the response to their fundrai...
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy - Local Column Leadership changeover
"Last week marked a big occasion for both the National Party and New Zealand with Bill English stepping down after an outstanding 27 years as a Member of Parliament. Bill covered a number of vitally important portfolios over this time, serving as Minister of health, housing, ...
Kāpiti marks International Women's Day as tech numbers grow
March 6, 2018
The worm has turned in the tech world as a wave of females are joining the tech community, according to national and global reports.This Thursday is International Women's Day and executive director of Tech Women New Zealand, Edwina Mistry, says tech has never been more attrac...
Rimu Road Works Underway
March 6, 2018
Kāpiti Council's Rimu Road works have kicked off in Paraparaumu. As part of these works, Council has made some temporary changes to car parking on Iver Trask Place, directly outside the Council Buildings. Council are also carrying out some night works this weekend, which will...
Raumati Artist Cops Praise
March 7, 2018
Raumati artist Marcus Ebbett has made a huge impression with his landscapes and cityscapes and is now being recognised for his portrait work as part of the 2018 Adam Portraiture Awards.Marcus, a relatively young artist at 26 to have achieved so much, says it's awesome to be s...
Kāpiti Mayor says Airport Open Day 'Brilliant'
March 3, 2018
Kāpiti Mayor K.Gurunathan says today's Kāpiti Airport open day drew a large crowd and was a great opportunity to showcase what is a huge strategic asset, not only for Kāpiti but also for the region.Mayor Gurunathan was joined by fellow mayors Mike Tana of Porirua and Horowhen...
Plain Speaking with Nathan Guy
Ōtaki Broadband rollout"Work on supplying Ultra Fast Broadband to Ōtaki is well underway and the build is on track to be completed in the next few months.Chorus recently updated me on the progress of the Ōtaki build and it seems that everything is tracking along nicely. I...
Council says Kāpiti water safe to drink
March 1, 2018
The Kāpiti Council has clarified that recent reports of cloudy tap water in the Paraparaumu and Raumati areas are not related to the boil water notice in Pukerua Bay, and that the Council's public drinking water supply is still safe to drink.Infrastructure Services Group Mana...
Kāpiti Rubbish Bags Trashed
March 2, 2018
Kāpiti's representative on the Regional Waste Forum, Cr Jackie Elliott, says she is deeply disappointed by this week's decision by private contracted waste collectors to discontinue the weekly kerbside collection of 60litre plastic rubbish bags across Kāpiti.She says those ho...

 
Feb 2018
Trump Clones to Protect American Schools
Pullet Surprise News Agency, March 2018Working in conjunction with Scottish experts, Kāpiti scientist Dr Sullivan Bosley is proposing a creative solution to America's school shooter woes.Donald Trump a man not famed for his modesty or lack of bravado has claimed he woul...
$9million in Electra discounts announced
Close to $9million in discounts is in the process of being distributed to customers of Electra in the Kāpiti and Horowhenua Districts.Electra CEO Neil Simmonds says the amount to be paid out is about $8.8million but may go over the $9million mark.He says the formula for d...
Te Horo Country Market - this Sunday!!
February 26, 2018
Te Horo Country Market - is on this SundaySee you at the Te Horo Hall, 10am - 12.30pm - cheese, meat, honey, olive oil, crafts, home baking, awesome pork pies, sewing, produce and preserves and in the cafe - coffee, Southland cheese rolls, scones and lots of home made goodies...
Ōtaki North Expressway answers needed
February 27, 2018
MP for Ōtaki Nathan Guy says the community deserves to have certainty on the Ōtaki to North of Levin Expressway so that people can get on with their lives."I know it's a very emotional time for many landowners and they want to know the final decision by mid-year and to be com...
Community Garden Parties for Kāpiti
The pilot for Kāpiti Community Garden Parties, events designed to get to know neighbourhood gardens and how to support them, is happening across the district from now until mid-April.Eight of the Kāpiti Coast's twelve community gardens are hosting parties that offer workshops...
All Aboard the Kāpiti Family Express
February 22, 2018
Everyone loves the old Steam Trains and Kāpiti has several which have been stunningly restored to their former glory by Steam Incorporated.Another opportunity is presented to get up close and bring the family to ride on the Kāpiti Family Express to experience the nostalgia of...
Local councils slammed for failing to supply information
The chief ombudsman says local democracy is being undermined as councils fail to meet obligations to release public information.Peter Boshier says councils are not meeting their responsibilities under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act and that some co...
Otaihanga Now Equipped With Life Saving Defibrillator
Recently, the installation of another Kāpiti defibrillator has been completed at the Otaihanga Boating Club.The coordination of this further milestone has been overseen by Shirley Stratton of the Kāpiti Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Otaihanga Boating Club Officials, Co...
Kāpiti College cricket pitch vandalised
In what appears to be a deliberate act of vandalism, has Kāpiti College students and staff frustrated and perplexed.Sand has been dumped on a cricket pitch at the College several times and each time the sand, as well as shells, has been dumped on the wicket area.Kāpiti Co...
Nominations call for Kāpiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards
February 18, 2018
Nominations are open for the 2018 PAK'n SAVE Kāpiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards organised by the Lions Club of Kāpiti Charitable Trust.Andrew Laing from the Lions Club of Kāpiti says if you know someone who has excelled in sport over the past year and deserves to be recog...
Kāpiti prepares for Cyclone visit
"There are a few simple steps to prepare to be safe over the next few days," says Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott, as Kāpiti Coasters, like many others around New Zealand, watch the approach of Cyclone Gita.After wreaking havoc in the Pacific Islands, it is currently t...
Coastella Time for Kāpiti
February 17, 2018
The long awaited Coastella Music Festival has arrived with Kāpiti set to rock to a host of international and local acts when the Festival gets underway in the grounds of Southwards at 1pm this afternoon.Building on the growing success of the first two festivals, the 2018 line...
Meditation Session - Chillin with Pip
February 16, 2018
A Transformation Meditation Doubt Free workshop with Pip Mukta Jarden will be held this Saturday (17 Feb) 2 pm 5 pm at the Lotus Yoga Centre, ParaparaumuInternational meditation teacher Pip Jarden is back for a brief stay from India where she has developed her highly successful...
Illness outbreak closes Kāpiti Splashpad
February 16, 2018
Regional Public Health and Kāpiti Coast District Council are reminding people that following an illness with diarrhoea and tummy upset not to swim in public pools or attend splash pads for at least two weeks. This follows an increased number of cryptosporidium illnesses being re...
ICPA find fatal shooting lawful
February 15, 2018
Christopher Brown assaulted his ex-partner and damaged her house in Waikanae, before leaving the address in his vehicle, armed with a machete and slug gun. Those fateful decisions lead to his death shortly after in Mana.Police have acknowledged the findings released today by ...
Kāpiti beauty on show in mixed media exhibition
February 15, 2018
The 'Kāpiti Views' mixed media Art Exhibition has its official opening this Saturday night before opening for a two-week public show at the Paraparaumu Library Art Gallery.The exhibition features local artists Abby Wendy, Becky Ellen-Johnson, Molly Marshall, and Nathan Ellen-John...
Waikanae Support Hub gets Official Opening
February 12, 2018
The official opening of the new Waikanae Support Hub will provide a sought after service at 13A Mahara Place, Waikanae.Spokesperson, former Kāpiti Mayor Iride McCloy, says the Waikanae Support Hub will offer a front door to anyone in the community seeking information or assis...
Messy Church Time in Raumati
February 12, 2018
Messy church is on this Friday from 5-7pm, in the Raumati hall.Our topic for this month is based on this years world day of prayer 'All God's creation is very good'. We will be exploring environmental themes.Come along and enjoy a free family friendly night, Dinner will be ho...
Cats shot in Waikanae - Public assistance please
February 11, 2018
From Hannah Candy"I am not usually one to share this type of thing... But our poor little Birman was shot in the neck a few weeks ago and we just had the slug removed which confirmed our suspicions.Luckily she is OK! After talking to our neighbour (who also had his 2 cats shot - ...
Kāpiti Shapes Up for World Naked Gardening Day
Kāpiti gyms are reporting a brisk trade as gardeners shape up in preparation to celebrate World Naked Gardening Day on Saturday May 6.Last year hundreds of Kāpiti gardeners braved the elements as they pulled weeds, planted flowers, and harvested vegetables while getting some ...
Listen out for hearing Aid Subsidy
A leading Kāpiti Audiologist Jeanie Morrison-Low says hearing loss is very common, particularly as we age, but many people may not be aware how easily experts can fit hearing aids and the subsidy they attract.Ms Morrison-Low says the Ministry of Health will subsidise hearing ...
Car Crashes into power pole near Tatum Park
February 11, 2018
Police are advising of delays on SH 1 at Manakau following a crash this evening.A car has collided with a power pole near Tatum Park.Emergency services are responding. Police say injuries are unclear at this stage.This stretch of road has seen several accidents already th...
Rock Pile Building for Native Lizard Habitat
Local conservation group Ngā Uruora is inviting the community to come and help build rock piles beside the Paekākāriki Escarpment Track to help create habitat for skinks and geckos. Project lead Paul Callister says volunteers will have a good chance of seeing t...
Waikanae Plan recipe for bike disaster
February 9, 2018
Local advocacy groups are calling on Kāpiti Council to support introduction of safe cycle lanes on the former SH1 at Waikanae.The Council's original design for the revamped town centre, which would significantly increase the amount of parallel car parking available in this lo...
Kāpiti Faces $240million Stormwater Bill
February 9, 2018
Mayor K Gurunathan says it's sobering to think that more than a quarter of Kāpiti properties are a risk of being flooded.The Bill to fix Kāpiti's stormwater issues is estimated by council to be a staggering $240million.Plans to protect Kāpiti properties from flooding were...
Kāpiti Economic Development Leadership Group scrapped
February 9, 2018
After nearly a year of leading discussion the Kāpiti Economic Development Leadership Group is wrapping up and a new economic advisory group will be formed.Strategy and Planning Group Manager, Sarah Stevenson, says the Group's work has been effective and timely for the communi...
Thinking Smart in Waikanae
February 8, 2018
Norma McCallum of Destination Waikanae says in these days of Grand Designs, Thinking Big and our growing immunity to costs ending in several noughts (e.g. $5,000,000.) might we have a cup of tea and think small and beautiful for our unique town squareShe says Waikanae, long d...
Kāpiti Chamber invite to Timeless Principles of Exceptional Businesses
Feb 8, 2018
Timeless Principles of Exceptional BusinessesPresented by: Daryl Narain, The Alternative BoardThis workshop is exclusively for business owners and will include stories and anecdotes that make this topic both interesting and informative. Attendees will be taken through...
Power lines down near Te Horo on SH1
February 7, 2018 - 2pm
Police have advised that a wide load vehicle has caught some over head wires near Te Horo and they have come down across the road. SH1 south of Ōtaki on the passing lanes may be blocked with lines across the road, a large wide load vehicle and some pilot vehicles. Police ...
Rescue Helicopter winches man from Paekākāariki Track
February 7, 2018
The Westpac Rescue helicopter again showed its huge value to the community on Tuesday evening when Life Flight was tasked to rescue a man in medical distress from the Paekākāariki Escarpment track. Life Flight responded in the Westpac Rescue helicopter with a Wellington Free A...
Kāpiti and Horowhenua join in Hunger for Colour
Kāpiti and Horowhenua stores have joined the foodbank initiative where cans of food are swapped for cans of paints.Over the last three years, Kiwis swapped over 110,000 cans of food for paint, with community groups such as Palmy Rocks driving a huge rise in donations last yea...
Kāpiti gets World-Class Chamber Jazz show
February 4, 2018
World-class chamber jazz with a little James Joyce is on offer at the Paekākāariki House Concert, Friday 16 February, 7.30pm. New Zealand born saxophonist Hayden Chisholm is one of finest jazz musicians to have emerged in this country. Composer Chisholm, lives in Germany,...
Review guides Kāpiti Coastal Hazards Policy
Kāpiti Council, currently facing major coastal hazard issues, has received guidance on Coastal Policy following a new analysis released by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.Major surf breaks and the impacts of vehicles on beaches are receiving more attention from local autho...
BNI Night for Kāpiti Mary Potter Hospice
The BNI Better Business group on the Kāpiti Coast is hosting a fundraiser in aid of the Mary Potter Hospice on February 21 from 7:00pm at the Jolly Pub on Mazengarb Road, hosted by the very excellent Ian Mate Klinac.BNI President Marc Hamilton says come along early and enjoy the ...
Kāpiti Emergency Contacts
July, 2020
FIRE, POLICE, AMBULANCE 111 AMBULANCE (Wellington Free Ambulance) For other than emergency calls 0-800-426 285 AUTOFINDER (Chassis/VIN & Reg No required) 0-900-55 007 AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION 296 1063 Nationwide 24 Hour Breakdown Service 0-800-500 222 State High...
Kāpiti call for emergency transparency
February 3, 2018
Community campaigner Dale Evans has recently raised the issue about confusing public warnings of natural disaster events."If the siren goes off how are the public to know if it is for fire, flood, tsunami or earthquake," says Mr Evans.Mr Evans is calling for complete tran...
Clueless Kāpiti Car Thieves
February 2, 2018
Car thieves caused serious damage to two cars in Waikanae in the early hours of Tuesday morning but were unsuccessful in getting either to start.Helge Ritthammer of Signcraft Kāpiti and Richard Foote of Shaft Automotive both had company vehicles broken into on Omahi St.Mr Rit...
Kāpiti Chamber and Rotary to host International Women's Day Event
February 2, 2018
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce Women in Business and Kāpiti Rotary are inviting Members and Non Members to their International Women's Day celebration on March 8 at Southward Car Museum Theatre.Chamber chair Heather Hutchings says $5 from each ticket sale will be donated to the K...
Brew Crew minus one at Tuatara
February 2, 2018
Adam Vasta, an OG Brew Crew member at Kāpiti's Tuatara Brewery is leaving to pursue an electrician's apprenticeship, with a focus on applying his trade in breweries.Adam says he's gutted to be leaving, but the line of work will afford him more time with his littlies than brewing ...

 
Jan 2018
Latest paintings from Tania Dally at Atelier
January 31, 2018
Kāpiti artist Tania Dally has new works show at Atelier.The latest showing from gifted Kāpiti artist Tania Dally will be launched tomorrow night (Thursday Feb 1) at quality contemporary furnishings store Atelier at Kāpiti Landing.Nadene Hunt of Atelier says she took an instan...
Ski like this - Insane
January 30, 2018
This must be one of the best and crazy ski clips ever...snow, grass, water, jungle...no limits.... See video below......
Easter Trading hits Kāpiti
January 31, 2018
Employment expert Julia Palmer of Star People HR & Recruitment in Kāpiti says the Kāpiti Coast District Council's decision to become one of the territorial authorities that allows trading on Easter Sunday needs some analysis by businesses.Ms Palmer says if you have a business tha...
Concern over Councils Destruction of Native Trees
January 28, 2018
Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board member's Guy Burns and Bernie Randall are concerned precious Kāpiti Coast District Council resources, money and staff time have been wasted cutting down two mature karaka trees in Wesley Knight Park, Paraparaumu Beach because KCDC claim the ber...
Paekākāariki Passing Lane Closure
January 27, 2018
Due to the Transmission Gully project the 80kph speed limit has been extended in both directions from Paekākāariki to MacKays Crossing.NZTA says there will also be a left lane closure from the start of the northbound passing lane to the MacKays Crossing off-ramp. These changes wil...
Kāpiti joins International Day Without Togs
January 26, 2018
Kāpiti nudists will be on the march tomorrow, fighting for greater acceptance of free-and-easy beach frolicking, as the International Day Without Togs event descends on New Zealand beaches.The Day Without Togs initiative was first held in Spain 11 years ago and tries to encourage...
Digital media for Coastlands
January 25, 2018
oOh!media has rolled out 16 new retail panels at Coastlands shopping centre, as part of a long-term agreement with New Zealand commercial real estate company Colliers International for advertising rights to its centres.oOh!'s General Manager, Adam McGregor, says by adding Coa...
Kāpiti Business Breakfast Graham Norton Style
January 25, 2018
The next Kāpiti Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti promises something different as it will be hosting winners from the 2017 Electra Business Awards. Mark Ternent, Chair of Business Kāpiti Horowhenua Incorporated will conduct a 'Graham Norton Style' Panel where there will be plenty...
From India to Kāpiti with Pip Jarden
January 22, 2018
Who knew that relatively simple breathing exercises, properly taught, could unveil so many inner mysteries.The notion of meditation is frequent tinged by expectations of seriousness and brooding intensity but a quick visit with international meditation teacher Mukta (Pip) Jarden ...
Some Kāpiti waterways still pose Hazard Warning
January 21, 2018 - 12.30pm
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to remain vigilant when swimming in Kāpiti waterways. Bacteria levels are higher than usual in some of the district's waterways due to the long dry spell and streams and rivers flushing debris during rain events. While ...
Avoid swimming in Kāpiti waterways for the next 48 hours
January 19, 2018
With the unsettled weather over the past week, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to avoid swimming in our beaches, rivers and streams for the next 48 hours. Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says tests show that levels of bacteria are higher acro...
Update: 8.10pm - Fatality at Serious crash, Manakau, Horowhenua
January 18, 2018 - 8.10pm
"Update: Serious crash, Manakau, Horowhenua"Police have confirmed one person has died at the scene of a crash on State Highway 1 north of Manakau, Horowhenua.Two vehicles collided around 5:30pm near Kuku East Road.Police say one other person has been taken to hospital - their...
Serious crash near Manakau, Horowhenua District
January 18, 2018 - 6.20pm
Police have advised that emergency services are attending a collision between two vehicles on State Highway 1 north of Manakau, Horowhenua District.It happened about 5:30pm tonight on the state highway near Kuku East Road.Initial indications are that there are serious inj...
Hot Spots for Kāpiti Water Users
January 18, 2018
From Ōtaki south the Greater Wellington Regional Council monitors the quality of the rivers, lakes and coasts to protect the environment and make sure it's safe for all to enjoy.In the process Greater Wellington says they're constantly keeping a finger on the pulse of where our c...
Ōtaki electorate congratulates PM on Baby Announcement
January 19, 2018
Labour's former Ōtaki electorate candidate Rob McCann has offered his congratulations to the PM Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford after the PM announced today she is pregnant.Mr McCann says he enjoyed the PMs statement that she will be Prime Minister and a mum, and Cl...
Coastella Launch Kāpiti Curtain-raiser
January 17, 2018
It is the biggest annual music event in Kāpiti and Coastella 2018 is now just one month away.The event continues to grow each year and is now an established music festival on the regional calendar.Festival Director Gerry Paul there will be buses to and from Coastella on loop from...
Coastella Music Festival Shines a Light on Mens Mental Health
January 18, 2018
Coastella Music Festival is looking to shine a light on men's mental health awareness this year by supporting local Kāpiti charity Whirlwind.The charity, co-founded and managed by Kāpiti locals Ryan Edwards and counselor Martin Sloman, aims to enable men to positively em...
NCEA Bad News can be Reviewed
January 16, 2018
NCEA results are out this week and with them a great deal of nervousness about the scores.Shannon Redstall was head girl at Kāpiti College in 2012 and says she was getting good marks and was determined to go to the New Zealand Broadcasting School.In a recent Newshub opinion p...
Kāpiti gets new Genealogy Daytime Group
January 16, 2018
A new Genealogy group is starting this week and anyone interested in finding out about their ancestry is welcome to join.Spokesperson for the Kāpiti Genealogy Daytime Group Sonia Cooms says they have had the green light to start the new daytime discussion group under the umbrella...
Kāpiti Crooner and Radio Personality Passes
January 16, 2018
Beach FM notes the passing of Dan Teka, popular broadcaster, crooner, and latterly Resident & Staff Support Officer at McKenzie Aged Care Group in Clear Island Waters, Queensland.Mr Teka was a favourite on radio for seven years as an announcer at was then known as Gold Coast 94.1...
Driver confirmed dead in evening crash
January 14, 2018
One person has been confirmed dead following a crash near Sanson at 4.45pm this afternoon.Police say the crash involved two cars and a logging truck."The deceased person was the sole occupant of one of the cars.The truck driver has been transported to hospital with serious in...
Beach Report Accident at 5PM
January 14, 2018
BeachFM have reported a recent accident."We are heading north and have unfortunately hit upon a car crash on SH1 in Horowhenua. All traffic is being diverted - both south and northbound onto Taikorea Road and Millner Road and Kellow Road."Police and emergency services are in plac...
Two Car Crash on Kāpiti Rd
January 9, 2018
Police attended a two car crash just past the Expressway intersection on Kāpiti Rd at lunchtime today.One car was extensively damaged and the other also suffered front end damage. Neither of the drivers appeared to be injured. First on the scene was Les Taylor in his Glassfit va...
Raumati South Highway Priority Call
January 11, 2018
Work will start shortly converting the old State Highway into a local road. "It is important that the NZTA should first start on the Raumati South end," says Bernie Randall.Bernie Randall, a member of the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board, is urging the Associate Minister of T...
Kāpiti Mayor Guru heads to India
January 8, 2018
Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan has been invited to join Parliamentarians of Indian Origin when they meet in Delhi, India this week.Three Parliamentarians of Indian origin and a Mayor will be among the New Zealand delegates attending the first 'Person of Indian Origin Parliamentary...
Carless on the Kāpiti Coast
January 6, 2018
Fed up with traffic jams and tailbacks as far as you can see? Here's an idea. You can do without your car if you want a day or a few days away. Hop on the train at Wellington's grand station and head north to the historic little station at Waikanae.Ahha, you say. What then? N...
RhythmPlant - Running in Circles
January 4, 2018
This song is an oldie but a goodie and features bass player and excellent person Leon Kiel who passed five years ago. Leon was a regional award-winning environmentalist and played a big role in the protection and enhancement of Kāpiti's natural environment.See Video below......
Garage Sale
January 5, 2018
Garage Sale: 25 Titoki Road, Raumati Beach. Washing machine, beds, chests of drawers, CDs, tables, leather couch, DVDs, doors, heaters, printer, books, kids toys (some Thomas the tank engine).8-10 am Saturday 6 January...
Avoid Swimming in Kāpiti Waterways for Next 48 Hours
January 5, 2018
The Kāpiti Coast District Council have issued a notice to remind people who are enjoying our wonderful beaches, rivers and streams this weekend to avoid swimming in them for 48 hours following heavy rain. Environmental Standards Team Leader Richard Hopkins says levels of...
Well-known Kiwis to lead at Ōtaki Camp
January 3, 2018
Mike Joy, Dean Baigent-Mercer, and Marnie Prickett are just some of the well-known environmentalists who will be leading outdoor adventures in forests, mountains, and rivers near Ōtaki this January.The trips have been organised as part of Ōtaki Summer Camp, a three day political ...
Tutere Gallery opens new Exhibition
January 3, 2018
A new exhibition by Waikanae textile artist Sara Boland entitled "Red List, Red Thread" opened on the weekend in Tutere Gallery's exhibition space.In this body of work Sara Boland explores the colour, texture and pattern of five critically endangered birds that are currently ...
2018 Work Ready Kāpiti Awards Announced
January 4, 2018
A new awards evening will recognise youth and employers who are making the most of employment opportunities in Kāpiti.The newly formed Work Ready Kāpiti Foundation will host the awards, alongside a range of other initiatives aimed at supporting and encouraging young people into m...
Kāpiti woman five times the legal limit
January 3, 2018
A Kāpiti woman had an unwelcome to the new year when stopped and breath tested at Raumati Beach.Police posted the reading of the driver when showed she was more than five-times the drink-drive limit.Police say the woman in her 50s, was stopped at Raumati Beach at 7.20am on Monday...
Raskolnikovs and Travesties set to Rock Paekākāariki
January 16, 2018
Quit your Job! Change your flights! Plan a prison break! Re-organise your life! Just do whatever you have to do to be on the summer's hottest dance floor when Wellington's favourite "drunken polka rock" band, The Raskolnikovs, join indie rock newcomers The Travesties at St Peter'...
Premier Jazzman in Kāpiti Concert
January 16, 2018
The Kāpiti Coast is home to many people who love the sound of jazz, and most of them will be fans of New Zealand's premier jazzman, Rodger Fox.Mulled Wine Concerts in Paekākāariki are kicking off their 2018 season on 27 January with a hot summer's Saturday night of jazz, swing, La...

 
Dec 2017
Kāpiti in line for Dangerous swells on New Year's Day
December 31, 2017
The MetService reports a deep storm in the Southern Ocean has generated long period waves that will begin to arrive in New Zealand waters during Monday, causing a very rapid increase in wave height at all the west coast beaches. Marine users are urged to be cautious about decisio...
Happy New Year
January 1, 2018
Kāpiti Rubbish Day
December, 28, 2017
Kāpiti Coast Council says with this coming Monday being New Year's Day and a public holiday, your service provider who usually picks up your rubbish and recycling on a Monday will be doing it this Saturday (30 December) instead. UPDATE: Please note that Lucy's Bins will be pickin...
Man's body pulled from River
December 27, 2017
A statement issued by Police has confirmed the body of a 24-year-old man was pulled from a river late this afternoon.A 24-year-old man was pulled from the water, but despite CPR being administered he was unable to be revived.Emergency services had been called to the river at ...
Raising Funds and Awareness for Ōtaki's DB Environment Trust
27 December, 2017
The DB Environment Trust, based in Ōtaki, supports students and landowners undertaking projects that increase the understanding of environmental problems and promote solutions.Spokesperson Di Buchan says she is organsing a sale of second hand books at the Ōtaki War Memorial Hall ...
Drone crash lands in Waikanae
December 27, 2017
Maybe it was one of Santa's drones or maybe it was one of the many delivered by Santa for Christmas in Kāpiti this year.Margaret from Waikanae says a large white drone has crash landed into a flax bush in her back yard at Waikanae Beach."I've had two people look at it so far and ...
Plenty of time to enjoy Kāpiti Scenery
December 27, 2017
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is advising holidaymakers to expect continued long delays as traffic backs up through the Kāpiti Coast.Delays of up to two hours are common for motorists northbound on State Highway 1, with NZTA now advising them to alter travel times.T...
Merry Christmas Kāpiti
December 25, 2017
Thunderbirds meets The Pogues for Christmas
Could be the best Christmas song of the year...The Thunderbirds meet The Pogues for a wee Christmas song....some language may offend...https://www.facebook.com/JamesEdwardPrice/videos/10156136500077042/...
Positive feedback to Kāpiti Coast road changes
December 22, 2017
The New Zealand Transport Agency has welcomed the positive and constructive feedback on proposed changes to State Highway 1 on the Kāpiti Coast following community consultation.Senior Manager, Project Delivery Chris Hunt says that staged construction work to turn SH1, from Poplar...
Raumati South Residents Association holds AGM
December 22, 2017
Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan, Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow and Community Board member Bernie Randall attended as guests at the recent Raumati South Residents Association AGM.Spokesperson Trevor Daniell says the new committee is Guy Burns, Rebecca Houghton, Dorothy Thomson, new member...
Car hits Paraparaumu Four Square
December 21, 2017
The Four Square at Kena Kena got an unexpected visitor this afternoon when a car crashed into the wall at the side of the shop.Emergency services and Police were quickly on the scene and the male driver was shaken up but uninjured.The shop and the gold sedan car did not do so wel...
Congratulations to new Kāpiti Chief Executive
EditorOpen Letter to Wayne MaxwellHi Wayne, First and foremost congratulations for being appointed the Chief Executive of KCDC, (Oh by the way I was rooting for you out in the Community to get the job and told everybody you were the most consistent of the applicants who a...
Feeling the Impacts of Sea Level Rise in Kāpiti
December 22, 2017
Below is a brilliant article about the consequences of delaying guidance on Coastal Hazards and Climate Change by Eloise Gibson.Eloise Gibson is Newsroom's environment and science editor.About this time last year, staff at the Ministry for the Environment were ready to publis...
Kāpiti Council obtains CEMARS recertification
December 20, 2017
The Kāpiti Council has been Carbon Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) certified since 2012 and it was confirmed yesterday that this certification has been successfully renewed through to December 2020.CEMARS tracks how organisations measure, manage, and reduc...
Wayne's World for the Kāpiti Coast
December 20, 2017
Wayne Maxwell has been appointed to the position of Kāpiti Coast Council Chief Executive.Resident in Raumati South, with wife Amarjit and two mini Maxwells seven-year-old twins, Mr Maxwell says he's delighted to be appointed and looks forward to building new relationships w...
Santa Time in Kāpiti
December 20, 2017
With just five days left the mad scramble for Christmas shopping is about to hit top gear. Amid all the mayhem is the quiet time out for the kids to visit Santa with their wish list. Pictured here with Santa at Coastlands is Sarah and her little ones Hugh and Sol....
Ōtaki becomes North Pole for Christmas Express
December 19, 2017
Sarah Ferguson, of Te Horo says she is amazed and delighted at the popularity and success of the North Pole Express which carried nearly 2500 passengers to the home of Santa Claus over the past couple of weekends. The North Pole Express took passengers by steam train from Parapa...
Peka Peka to Ōtaki Option Announced
December 19, 2017
The NZ Transport Agency today announced a preferred option for a proposed shared path to be constructed as part of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki (PP2O) Expressway."The easterly option from Marycrest to the Ōtaki River has been selected and was preferred by the community because it ...
Kāpiti Zeal Signs Construction Deal
December 20, 2017
The refurbishment of Zeal Kāpiti's new youth development centre is one step closer to becoming a reality following the signing of a contract with Levin-based Crowe Construction yesterday.Zeal Kāpiti's premier centre will be in the former fruit and vegetable barn located beside th...
Kāpiti in queue for Tourism Dollars
Kāpiti and Horowhenua districts have both shown increasing numbers of tourists in the last year and both Councils are now in line for significant Tourism Dollars.Friday's announcement of a $14.9 million Government investment in tourism infrastructure will help regions benefit fro...
New Leader for WREDA
December 18, 2017
The Greater Wellington Region's economic agency WREDA has appointed a new leader to begin in April of the new year.Lance Walker, current chief executive of Cigna Insurance, will take up the reins at the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency.He will take over from in...
Kāpiti Run for Youth Launches 7th Year
December 17, 2017
Over the last seven years the Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) has raised more than $75,000 to support youth charities in Kāpiti. Planning has started, and we are now ready to launch the 2018 event on Sunday 25 March to raise as much as money as we can for Kāpiti youth....
Kāpiti steams ahead on the Deco Train
December 18, 2017
Kāpiti's love affair with trains of old continues. The recent North Pole Express was very popular and now Steam Incorporated are planning an excursion to the Art Deco Capital of Napier for the 30th Art Deco Festival.A great way to experience Art Deco. Ride the rails in heritage c...
Diesel Shortage hits Kāpiti
December 16, 2017
A Diesel fuel shortage has hit Kāpiti with many petrol stations reporting they are either very low or run out completely.The Z Kāpiti Road station says they have run out of deisel but had no comment to make as to why or when stocks would be refreshed.The GAS Waikanae stat...
Rates Rebates for Retirement Villages
December 17, 2017
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power has welcomed the Rates Rebates legislation for retirement villages passed by the new Labour-led government. Grey Power President Kevin Burrows says it will go a long way to assist those residents living in retirement villages, a great many of whom are on ...
Release for Paekākāariki Body-on-the-hill murder accessory
December 2017
Kelly Crook, sentenced for her role in what was known as the Paekākāariki Body-on-the-hill murder of Matthew Stevens will be released from prison in January.Mr Stevens 32, was murdered in November 2014 after Kelly Crook lured him to a flat in the Hutt Valley.Crook was jailed last ...
Ōtaki's $5.4m Pool opens with a splash
December 14, 2017
Over 100 locals turned out in perfect summer weather tonight for the official opening of the new water-play splash pad at the Ōtaki Pool.Kāpiti Mayor Gurunathan cut the ribbon along with Napier McFedrie, who was instrumental in getting the original Ōtaki pool up and running. ...
Paekākāariki Surf Lifeguards save lives on land as well
December 15, 2017
Last Sunday while conducting IRB training, a member from a group of cyclists approached Paekākāariki surf lifeguards asking for their assistance with first aid as one of the riders had fallen off their bike.On arriving at the incident scene behind the Surf Club, lifeguards dis...
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Kāpiti Schools Bring Christmas Joy To Coastlands
December 9, 2017
Kāpiti students are filling Coastlands with the sounds of Christmas carols to mark the beginning of the festive season.Local schools have been singing carols for more than 20 years, and Coastlands invites all local schools to participate each year. Schools will sing between M...
Paekākāariki Hill Crash - three injured
December 12, 2017
A two-car crash on the southern side of the Paekākāariki Hill Road at 6pm tonight has left three people injured - one seriously. A police spokesperson says one person has serious injuries, one has moderate injuries and one has minor injuries. A helicopter was deployed and transpor...
Kāpiti Foodbank collection best in years'
December 11, 2017
The Christmas spirit arrived early this year for Foodbank, with the Combined Lions of Kāpiti and Ōtaki collection being a huge success. According to Foodbank's, appeal coordinator Margaret Griffith this year has been even more successful than the previous 3 years and 420 banana b...
Kāpiti Life-Saving Equipment Installed
Saving lives in the community just got a whole lot easier with the installation of three more AEDs in Kāpiti this week.One of Kāpiti Rotary's projects this year has been to install Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) around the Kāpiti District. This week there have been...
North Pole Express Sleighs Kāpiti
December 10, 2017
It was a Christmas sleigh ride with a difference for hundreds today as the North Pole Express Train puffed its way through Kāpiti.Families got to enjoy the sold out magical train ride to Santa's Railway Station at the North Pole in one of the specially decorated carriages.Set...
Waikanae Community Support Centre
December 10, 2017
The new Waikanae Community Support Centre are having their preliminary opening this Tuesday (Dec 12) between 10.00am and 2pm.Chairperson Iride McCloy says this community group is very proactive and passionate about assisting people who have a concern in Waikanae. "The...
Kāpiti Council sets priorities for social funding
December 11, 2017
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is adopting a new approach to the way it supports not-for-profit organisations to deliver social services that meet the needs of the Kāpiti Coast community.From next year, not-for-profit organisations offering social services in the Kāpiti di...
Car crashes into Paraparaumu House
December 10, 2017
At approximately 11:30pm on Saturday 9th December Kāpiti Police attended a vehicle crash on the corner on Ruapehu Street and Riwai Street, Paraparaumu.During the crash, a person driving this vehicle lost control and crashed through the side of a house causing extensive damage to ...
Kāpiti Mayor being a non-Profit Prophet
December 9, 2017
A week is a long time in politics. Last week Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan was sounding like some Old Testament prophet of doom and a week later the message seems to have softened considerably.The issue came into sharp focus when Kāpiti Mayor Gurunathan announced on Thursday that...
Christmas Celebration at Waikanae School
December 10, 2017
Waikanae School was alive with the sounds of Christmas as families gathered for a summer evening picnic on the top field.An appreciative audience of several hundred enjoyed BBQ sausages and drinks, sitting on deck chairs or blankets as the different class groups entertained t...
Carols by the Sea Tonight (Saturday) in Kāpiti
Saturday evening will see about 1500 Kāpiti people singing out loud in the Carols by the Sea concert in the grounds of Kāpiti School.Carols by the Sea has been a tradition in Kāpiti for the last 12 years and it set to continue this year but with a change of venue.Pastor Lawrence ...
Missing Marley
December 8, 2017
Kāpiti Council says no water restrictions here
December 7, 2017
While the rest of New Zealand imposes water restrictions or prepares to, the Kāpiti Council is adamant no such restrictions will be required locally.The Council says Kāpiti is doing a great job of weathering the current dry spell. While other parts of the Wellington region are ha...
Early Christmas in Waikanae
December 6, 2017
Waikanae Library, Menzshed, Wellington Free Ambulance and Destination Waikanae are teaming up to have some lovely activities in Mahara Place on Saturday 16 December from 10.00amThe library has Christmas craft making, Victorian dress-up and a photo booth, and lovely Pam is pla...
Coastlands to Civic Precinct Connection
December 6, 2017
The Kāpiti Council says it will be making it safer and easier to move between Coastlands and Iver Trask Place early next year.A new signalised pedestrian crossing will be established outside Takiri House, at the Iver Trask Place and Rimu Road t-intersection, as part of the Counci...
Judge rules on Death of Raumati Beach Pedestrian
December 6, 2017
Peter John Porch appeared for sentencing in the Porirua District Court yesterday after earlier pleading guilty to careless driving causing the death of 91 year old Eric Pickering at Raumati Beach.Back in March Mr Pickering was on his way to the local bakery in the morning when he...
Record Lamb Numbers in our region
December 3, 2017
If you thought you had been seeing a lot of lambs leaping about our region this spring you have.Beef and Lamb NZ says a record lambing percentage this season has helped farmers to offset the effects of a declining sheep population.Research by Beef and Lamb's economic service es...
Critical Crash On Paekākāariki Hill
December 3, 2017
A person has received critical injuries and a helicopter is responding after a crash on Paekākāariki Hill Rd in Pauatahanui.A man has been flown to hospital with critical injuries after a crash on Paekākāariki Hill Rd in Pauatahanui.Police were called to the crash, between a car an...
Kāpiti Food Fair Hits the Spot
December 3, 2017
Over 15,000 visitors turned out for yesterday's Kāpiti Food Fair for what is now the largest event on the Coast and further enhanced Kāpiti's rapidly growing reputation as a great place for outdoor events.Helene Judge runs the event as part of her Kāpiti Business Projects alo...
Kāpiti Festival Attracts Thousands
December 1, 2017
The recent Kāpiti Festival has been judged a huge success by the public, organisers and participants.Based on promotion and volunteer work by local BNI chapters, this year's Festival incorporated the Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival.Craig Bardell, chair of the organisi...
Kāpiti Jazz Festival in Full Swing
December 1, 2017
Kāpiti's inaugural International Jazz Festival got underway last night with top class international Nanny Assis, a Brazilian, New York based vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter and fellow vocalist Maggie Gould, also based in New York.Nanny was recently awarded lifetime a...
ALERTS TO THREATS IN 2015 EUROPE
From JOHN CLEESE
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" si...
Novembers big dry - Ōtaki River lowest since 1893
December 1, 2017
What astonishing November weather. Rainfall records for the month throughout the region fell faster than the rain as the region's big dry really started to bite and summer made a grand entrance.In most parts of the region you'd have to go back decades to match the low rainfal...
Maoriland Digital Workshop in Ōtaki
December 1, 2017
This Thursday an Ōtaki Digital Workshop is being offered for young Maori with an interest in filmmaking.Maoriland Film Festival organisers are looking for young Maori who are interested in making films for Virtual Reality, 360 or Gaming.This December, Māoriland Charitable Tr...

 
Nov 2017
Christmas Gift for Free Ambulance in Kāpiti
December 1, 2017
Cindy Foote of Jade Property Management says a recent decision about giving clients Christmas gifts was made easier following her experience with Outward Bound.Ms Foote says the challenges of Outward Bound changed the paradigm for her in terms of consumption.She says, we ...
Friday Rail Strike Cancelled - Breaking News
December 1, 2017
It will be business as usual on Friday for commuters from Kāpiti and the rest of the region with planned strike action being averted. Greater Wellington Regional Council is welcoming the cancellation of Friday's rail strike, following the withdrawal of industrial action by the Ra...
UPDATE - Lindale Village Market Restarts
December 1, 2017
UPDATE: The Market will be open Sunday 3 December from 1pm - 4pmIt was once one of the biggest farmers markets in the region and now the Lindale Village Market is getting a rebirth.Many visitors to the Lindale Village in Paraparaumu remember the popularity of the old market and o...
Rail Strike Friday
November 29, 2017
Kāpiti rail commuters are being advised to make other travel arrangements on Friday 1 December due to a strike by members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The union informed their employer Transdev on Wednesday afternoon that its members will strike between 2am and 1...
Helping Staff with Drinking Limits
November 30, 2017
With plenty of celebrations ahead it is important for employers to help staff know their limits this festive season.Employment specialist Julia Palmer of StarPeople says good employers work hard to provide safe, healthy workplaces for their employees. She says staff can somet...
Kāpiti gets new Regs Manager
November 28, 2017
Kāpiti Council has announced the appointment of Natasha Tod to the role of Group Manager Regulatory Services.Ms Tod brings more than ten years local government, leadership and management experience to the role, with an emphasis on managing regulatory systems and processes.Out...
Kāpiti Rotary Trailer Raffle Winners
The Jacques Family of Paraparaumu are the winners of the annual Trailer Raffle conducted by the Rotary Club of Kāpiti.The prize consists of the trailer, plus two junior bicycles, a TV set, and a large quantity of grocery items. Total value is around $5000, and the surplus pro...
Police Video goes viral
SEE VIDEO BELOWThe 'World's Most Entertaining Police Recruitment Video' is living up to its name with a massive national and international online response following its launch yesterday evening.In just 12 hours the video posted to the New Zealand Police Recruitment Facebook p...
Kāpiti joins SeatSmart Programme
November 28, 2017
A recycling initiative that aims to keep children safe while improving the environment has struck a chord with those in the Greater Wellington region.The SeatSmart programme, which encourages members of the public to bring in old or damaged child car seats for recycling, has ...
Kāpiti features in Kiwi Business Heroes Awards for 2017
November 28, 2017
Local businesses NZ Proud Property Maintenance and Signcraft Kāpiti have finished runners-up in the Web Genius Kiwi Business Heroes Awards for 2017.The Kiwi Business Heroes Awards are run each year by Kāpiti-based web marketing firm Web Genius, with entry open to all the comp...
Kāpiti valuations jump 37% - not reflected in Rates
November 26, 2017
Steve Wilson of Kāpiti Valuations says the 37% average residential valuation increase does not mean a corresponding increase in rates.Mr Wilson says councils set budgets then its rates are proportioned across the district and in Kāpiti the local rates are based primarily on L...
Kāpiti valuations jump 37% - not reflected in Rates
November 26, 2017
Steve Wilson of Kāpiti Valuations says the 37% average residential valuation increase does not mean a corresponding increase in rates. Mr Wilson says councils set budgets then its rates are proportioned across the district and in Kāpiti the local rates are based primarily on ...
Ōtaki Writers to hold chat session
November 27, 2017
Ōtaki writers Renee, and Di Buchan have decided to hold an afternoon tea and chat session this coming Friday (1 December) to talk about their books, answer questions and hear public feedback. Ms Buchan says the two writers first met many years ago in Whangarei and now here we ar...
Funding Secured for Waterfall Rd Slip
November 26, 2017
Funding has finally been secured from the New Zealand Transport Agency to remove material from the Waterfall Road slip site.Waterfall Road has been closed at Mackays Crossing and the bottom of Maungakotukutuku Road, cutting off access between Emerald Glen Road and Valley Road...
Low Carbon Kāpiti calls for Option 1
November 24, 2017
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is currently deciding on designs for how the old State Highway One at Waikanae Town Centre will be revamped when it is handed over from NZTA to the Council.Jake Roos of Low Carbon Kāpiti says there are two options in the running: Option 1 that ha...
White Ribbon Day - story of a survivor
November 25, 2017
A message on White Ribbon Day 25 November 2017 from a survivor of domestic violence, Kristin Dunne."I was reflecting on my journey over the last 10-11 years and if progress in social justice issues is measured in decades - then I think very real progress has been made. The case I...
Council favours Easter Sunday Trading
November 23, 2017
The Kāpiti Coast District Council's Strategy and Policy Committee yesterday voted to recommend that the Council allow Easter Sunday trading in the Kāpiti Coast District.The recommendation comes after a month of formal consultation where 239 submissions were received, one subm...
The Eagle Ray has Landed at Raumati Beach
November 23, 2017
Joanne Dacombe was enjoying another beautiful day on the Kāpiti Coast.Joanne says there was no wind and the beach and water is warm. "It's attracting some wild life that people need to be mindful of - particularly if you have inquisitive children or dogs."This Eagle Ray (...
Chaos reigns at Council meeting
November 22, 2017
Tonight's Horowhenua council meeting has ended with a mass walkout of councillors which continues the run of disastrous headlines besetting the Council.The already toxic relationship between HDC Mayor Michael Feyen and chief executive David Clapperton spilled over yet again a...
Paraparaumu College Principal to follow Moses
Paraparaumu College principal Gregor Fountain has resigned to become principal of Wellington College from term two next year.Mr Fountain says he is proud of the achievements as Paraparaumu College in his five years as principal.In appointing him to the role Wellington Col...
Raumati South Village Christmas Market
November 22, 2017
We're having our amazing Raumati South Village Christmas Market THIS Friday 24 November so come along to check out the handmade and ethical wares, music, kai and community vibes. It is next to a playground and a skatepark for the kids also. Come and make an afternoon/evening off ...
Kāpiti Jazz Festival
November 21, 2017
Geoff Culverwell, Kāpiti Jazz & Entertainment Limited is presenting a line-up of brilliant international jazz performers at the first International Concert Series to be held in Paraparaumu at the end of November.Well-known performers from overseas include Nanny Assis from Brazil,...
Volunteers wanted for shellfish health survey
November 20, 2017
A call has gone out for volunteers to join, this Saturday and Sunday, in an assessment of shellfish in the Onepoto arm of Te Awarua-o-Porirua, Porirua Harbour.The survey, to be conducted on behalf of Ngāti Toa Rangatira with the support of Greater Wellington Regional Council...
Kāpiti Women's Expo Draws Crowds
19 November, 2017
The recent Kāpiti Women's Expo held at the Kāpiti Community Centre in Paraparaumu was a huge success with the venue busy for the entire day. Event organiser Julie Maltby says it was great to see so many members of the public coming through the Expo. She says the event is now ...
Kāpiti Beach Patrols to Start
November 17, 2018
The Kāpiti Council starts its annual summer beach patrols this weekend with assistance from the Police, warning people about where they can and cannot drive.The difficulty may be in determining who has and who doesn't have rights at the beach and it appears there may be a lon...
Diver named - Zac Power
November 17, 2017
The young Taranaki diver found dead after a three-day search off Wellington's west coast has been formally identified as Zac Power.The body of Zac, 24, from New Plymouth, was found off Makara Beach, on Wednesday night.Family, friends and volunteers mobilised to help with...
Kāpiti Vaulters Christmas Show
November 16, 2017
The Kāpiti Equestrian & Vaulting Centre in Waikanae are staging a special event highlighting the skills of local vaulters.The centre, one of the best in the country, produced the New Zealand vaulting team which competed with distinction at the world championships in France.No...
Nuclear Missile at Ōtaki Beach
Tony Fluerty reportsPanic has broken out in Ōtaki, my home town, where an unexploded Nuclear Korean missile was found on the beach.The bomb squad has been called to defuse it.Military personnel say the missile was probably not intended as an attack on Ōtaki, which enjoys friendly...
Trumpets and Voices with Kāpiti Chorale
November 17, 2017
UPDATE: The Kāpiti Chorale/Kāpiti Brass Band concert on Sunday 26th November is sold out. However there are tickets available for Friday night (24th) 7.30pm at St Paul's Church in Kāpiti Rd Paraparaumu.Christmas is Coming and Kāpiti Chorale and Kāpiti Brass Band are combining for...
Launch of Kāpiti Parents Together
November 17, 2017
Parents TOGETHER is a new community group intent on offering arts, crafts, cooking, gardening, first aid and parenting help.Organiser Angelique Monaghan says the group Parents TOGETHER will start with the first sessions on the 28/29 November and one the following week on the 5/6 ...
Missing diver located off the coast of Makara, Wellington
November 15, 2017 7.15pm
The Police National Dive Squad has this evening recovered the body of the diver who was reported missing off the coast of Makara, in Wellington.The man's family have been notified and are requesting privacy at this time."Police would like to thank all involved, especially...
New Board ready to Elevate Ōtaki
November 15, 2017
If you live in Kāpiti or you are just passing through you'd be hard pressed not to notice the hive of activity on the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway.Back in 2009/10 when the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) first met with the Ōtaki Community Board (OCB) to di...
No Kāpiti Commuter Trains on Thursday and no Bus Replacements
November 14, 2017
Rail and Maritime Transport Union general secretary Wayne Butson. Photo by MICHAEL BEAUMONTKāpiti roads are likely to be clogged on Thursday. Kāpiti commuters will be impacted as Wellington's commuter trains won't be running with more than 400 workers going on strike.Work...
Synthetic Drugs Arrest in Levin
November 14, 2017
Levin Police have today arrested a man in relation to supplying synthetic drugs.During a search of the man's Manakau address, in Horowhenua, a pump action shotgun and 56 rounds of ammunition were located, as well as nearly four kilograms of material used in the manufacture of...
Locals endorse expressway as Peka Peka to Ōtaki stretch starts
November 14, 2017
Kāpiti residents see the benefits of an expressway, but the New Zealand Transport Agency says it is aware of their concerns about the project.Te Horo locals turned out in force to hear how the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway will be rolled out.General details, likely e...
Dances for Schools rocks Waikanae
November 14, 2017
Smiles of all shapes and sizes were on show at the Dances for Schools Waikanae performance on Friday. After two weeks of daily in-school dance lessons by the experts at DFS the children of Waikanae were eager to show off their skills to their family and friends. The Waikanae ...
Search for Missing Diver Suspended for the Night
November 14, 2017
The search for a diver missing off the west coast of Wellington has been suspended for the night.An operation off Makara to find the 24-year-old New Plymouth man started last night and continued until just after 6pm today.The search is due to recommence at 8am tomorrow (W...
New Regulations for Markets
November 7, 2017
Kāpiti Council is talking to local market managers and regular stall holders about changes to the way food sellers need to operate in New Zealand by March 2018. This is the latest phase in a process to inform all Kāpiti food sellers about implementing changes required under the n...
Kāpiti's Marcus Ebbett takes Art to Town
Kāpiti artist Marcus Ebbett has been the toast of the town with the successful Wellington launch of his latest exhibition MARCUS EBBETT PAINTS WELLINGTON.His SOLO43 exhibition at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf Wellington runs until December 14.Mr Ebbett ...
Kāpiti Markets under Threat
November 12, 2017
Stallholders at local markets say it is likely many will be driven away by exorbitant council charges stemming from central government legislation changes.Changes to the 2014 Food Act for food stall operators begin in March and recent visits to markets by Kāpiti Council staff...
Looking for Rock from Paraparaumu
Novemeber 13, 2017
LOOKING FOR ROCK - Border CollieFamily Pet, Rock, a Border Collie, has gone missing from Paraparaumu and any help you can give in finding him would be very much appreciated.He's friendly and if someone spot him they can grab the collar!We'll find you Rock N Roll and you're comin...
Kāpiti Youthquest closure avoidable
November 12, 2017
The Nikau Foundation shares the Kāpiti Coast community's shock at the announcement of the liquidation of Youthquest Kāpiti.However according to Liz Koh, Deputy Chair of Nikau Foundation, this closure could have been avoided with more charitable funding from within the Kāpiti ...
Driving and Riding the Rightway in Kāpiti
November 12, 2017
Kāpiti based Rightway Driving Academy has been in operation since May this year and offers driving lessons and motorcycle training and testing at all levels.Peter Hookham established Rightway Driving Academy after leaving the New Zealand Transport Agency and following nearly ...
Kāpiti Farewells Dave Chapman
November 12, 2017
Kāpiti farewelled one of its genuine characters on Friday, with the funeral service of Dave Chapman which packed out the Southwards Auditorium in Paraparaumu.Mr Chapman known by most as Chappie, was a well known and liked personality on the Coast and for many years operated hot...
Iconic Trees Killed at Paraparaumu Beach
November 12, 2017
No motive has been established yet for what appears to be the planned poisoning of iconic trees at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach.The Kāpiti Coast District Council is letting Maclean Park users know that six large pohutukawa trees have recently died and will need to be remov...
Kāpiti Coast Festival set for Great Day
November 13, 2017
The weather forecast for Saturday says the sun will be shining on the Kāpiti Coast Festival being held at Kāpiti School.Last year's event was cancelled because of very bad weather but Chairman of the organising committee Craig Bardell says they will be expecting similar numbers t...
Firefighters hike through Kāpiti for MND
November 11, 2017
On the hero scale firefighters are off the charts, risking life and limb to save lives. and this weekend an intrepid team is walking from Palmerston North to Wellington to raise funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease.The team of firefighters and support crew form the E...
Court appearances in relation to incident in Kāpiti
November 9, 2017
Two men have appeared in court today in relation to a violent incident in Paraparaumu, last night.A 22 year old man appeared in Porirua District Court on a charge of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was remanded in custody is due to reappear in Porirua o...
Richard Calkin goes MoBro
November 10, 2017
If many of your friends and neighbours have seemed a bit more hirsute recently they may well be taking part in the successful Movember Campaign.Kāpiti's Webgenius empresario Richard Calkin has joined the campaign alongside others like former All Black captain Richie McCaw and Bla...
Biodiesel co-op launches in Kāpiti
November 9, 2017
A group of friends are forming a biodiesel co-op in Kāpiti, New Zealand, to reduce waste and lower their greenhouse gas emissions by 86%.The co-op will collect cooking oil from local businesses and restaurants so they can filter and process it into a fuel that can be used in ...
Youthquest Kāpiti in Liquidation
November 7, 2017
Youthquest Kāpiti has closed its doors after announcing voluntary liquidation this week.John Granville, Chair of Youthquest Kāpiti for the last three years says they kept operating for as long as they could but there was no way to continue without substantial government fundi...
UPDATE 6pm Serious Crash in Ōtaki - Saturday
October 14, 2017
"UPDATE 6pm- Serious crash at Ōtaki"Diversions in place for the serious crash at Ōtaki this afternoon have been extended.Traffic is being diverted off State Highway 1 at Mill Road, Waerenga Road, and Rahui Road.The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating what happened. To ...
Serious crash in Peka Peka
November 3, 2017
Reports are coming in of a serious car crash in Peka Peka where is appears a speeding car has rolled and caught fire. Witnesses say the accident threw the two people out of the car. High speed is thought to have caused the crash and emergency vehicles are in attendance at the sce...
Te Horo CRASH UPDATE 11.15pm
November 3, 2017
"SH1 blocked following serious crash in Te Horo"Police and emergency services are currently in attendance at a single vehicle crash on State Highway One in Te Horo.The crash happened around 10:10pm.State Highway One is blocked in both directions and diversions are in plac...
Lost then Found in Kāpiti
November 1, 2017
Police have found a missing Wellington man in on the Kāpiti CoastThe man who was reported missing since last Thursday in the Wellington CBD, has been found.Police say Dylan Riley-Strong has been located safe and well in Kāpiti.Police say that are grateful to the media and members...

 
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Award Winner Glen Mattingley Values BNI
November 1, 2017
The concept of BNI (Business Network International) is very popular in Kāpiti with two well established chapters and another recent addition.Glen Mattingley, business owner of New Zealand Home Loans (NZHL) Paraparaumu has just picked up another significant award, this being the 5...
Call for Healthy Waterways
October 26, 2017
Greater Wellington Regional Council has a plan for working together for healthy waterways and wetlands - it's our future.Waterways and wetlands are an important on-farm asset and are places for recreation, harvesting food, and providing crucial habitat for birds and freshwater sp...
Chase through Kāpiti could have seen innocent deaths
October 24, 2017
A police chase of a stolen car that ended with a crash on Saturday night had innocent survivors fearing for their lives. A car stolen in Wainuiomata by three teens was chased by police for nearly 100kms before the car ran a red light at Oxford St in Levin and crashed into the Hon...
Perishing Velella cause putrid pong at Kāpiti beaches
October 24, 2017
Kāpiti Coast residents have had plenty of rain already this spring but it seems a bit more would be welcome at the beach communities.Over the past ten days millions of translucent blue creatures called Velella which are like jellyfish with sails, have washed-up on beaches stretch...
Understanding MMP is a piece of Pie
October 22, 2017
Eva Allan Allow me to explain MMPThere's one mince and cheese pie left in the shop it costs $5Bill has $4.50Jacinda has $3.70Winston has 70cJames has 60cand David has 5cNo one has enough money to buy the pie by themselves but Jacinda, Winston and J...
Council to Remove Collapsed Bridge Debris
October 23, 2017
Kāpiti Coast Council has announced work will begin this week in Reikorangi to remove the Ngatiawa Bridge debris which has collapsed into the river below.KCDC says the work will involve building a platform on the river's edge that is strong enough to support a 100 tonne crane. Inf...
John McBeth addresses Kāpiti Rotary
A recent guest speaker at the Kāpiti Rotary Club, was Raumati Beach resident John McBeth, a well-known New Zealand sports broadcaster over the last four decades.Mr McBeth continues to travel the world for a variety of contracted sports assignments, and has no intention of sur...
Eddie Winkel Elected to Hall of Fame
October 20, 2017
Leading Kāpiti Real Estate manager Eddie Winkel has been inducted into the Professionals Hall of Fame at a ceremony last week in Brisbane.Mr Winkel, who joined the industry in 1976 says the honour came as a surprise.He says Professionals have 300 offices in Australia and 50 i...
Police chase through Kāpiti ends with tyres spiked in Levin
October 21, 2017
A Dukes of Hazard style police chase from Wainuiomata, through Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Ōtaki has just ended with the ramming of a Police car in Levin.The 100km pursuit of two teenagers driving a stolen silver Holden 4X4 began when the driver did not stop for flashing lights.A p...
Kāpiti House Values Increase Average of 37 Percent
October 21, 2017
The average house value in the Kāpiti district is now $541,500, an increase of 37% on capital values three years ago. Mayor K Gurunathan says the rise in property values over the past three years reflects the very real appeal of the Kāpiti district.The new rating valuations h...
Raumati South School Halloween Gala
October 21, 2017
Raumati South School Halloween Gala next weekend featuring:Retro Divas, DAPA - Dreams Academy of Performing Arts, The Ukulele Institute, Zumba with Zelda "Z Squad" and loads of talented kids. Come spend your money!...
New Prime Minister Announced
October 18, 2019
The waiting is finally over and Winston Peters has announced the party he is prepared to go in to coalition with Labour.Jacinda Ardern is New Zealand's newest Prime Minister.The combined MPs of Labour, Green Party and New Zealand First is 63 with National on 56.Changes locally ...
Mandy Hager features at New Zealand Festival
October 18, 2017
Kāpiti writer Mandy Hager has been announced as one of the feature speakers at the New Zealand Festival (formerly the International Arts Festival).Ms Hager is an award-winning writer for young readers and adults. Her 2017 novel Heloise, about the doomed 12th-century lovers He...
More Success for Kāpiti Brewers
October 18, 2017
Kāpiti's three craft beer brewing companies achieved great success at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards held in Christchurch.Duncan's Brewing Company from Paraparaumu made an impressive debut in their first year, achieving four medals, while Waikanae's North End Brewing...
Ōtaki Pedestrian Has Died from Injuries
October 16, 2017
Update on pedestrian hit in Ōtaki last weekMonday, 16 October 2017 - 2:16pmDetective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan, Palmerston North C.I.B says Police attended a crash on SH1 Ōtaki, north of Wellington on Saturday 14th of October, where a pedestrian was struck and injured. ...
UPDATE 6pm Serious Crash in Ōtaki - Saturday
October 14, 2017
"UPDATE - Serious crash at Ōtaki"Diversions in place for the serious crash at Ōtaki this afternoon have been extended.Traffic is being diverted off State Highway 1 at Mill Road, Waerenga Road, and Rahui Road. The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating what happened.To hel...
Reikorangi Residents Assn AGM
October 13, 2017
The 2017 Reikorangi Residents Assn AGM will be held at 7pm on October 30 at the Reikorangi Hall.AGM - wine, cheese and voting on of committee and office holders.all welcome - we will be looking for a new secretary for the coming year - if you can help out please let Julia...
Fresh Spring Abstracts at Raumati Waterfront
October 13, 2017
Fresh from the spring exhibition at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts on Wellington's waterfront, local abstract artist Tania Dally now has her latest work on display at her studio gallery on the waterfront at Raumati Beach.Tania's work has featured at the Academy on a reg...
Is New Zealand Corruption Free - Find out at Electra Kāpiti Business Breakfast
November 1, 2017
Not one single country, anywhere in the world, is corruption-free true or false? Electra Kāpiti Business Breakfast address by Dr Michael Macaulay, Victoria University.Wednesday 8 November 20177.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Elect...
Historic Bridge Collapses in Reikorangi
October 12, 2017
The Kāpiti Coast District Council said the Ngatiawa Bridge across the Ngatiawa River in Reikorangi may have collapsed as long ago as last Thursday evening, but the council learned about it this week.Acting Infrastructure Services group manager Glen O'Connor says heavy wooden beam...
Kāpiti hosts Age and Work Seminars
October 11, 2017
Kāpiti Business Projects was kept on its toes last week as it ran the Age & Work seminars from 3-5 Oct in association with Kāpiti Coast District Council and the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce.Geoff Pearman of Partners in Change was our speaker - an experienced manager, facilitato...
Kāpiti Tui enjoys a bit of local Bottle Brush
October 11, 2017
Kāpiti Tui enjoys a bit of local Bottle Brush.Another stunning photo of the Tui that are seen in their hundreds in Kāpiti. It seems every street has a healthy population of tui.Many thanks for the Photo by Karl Webber...
UPDATE: Missing Kāpiti Man Found
October 7, 2017
UPDATE: Missing Kāpiti Man Found.......UPDATE: 10.30PM Saturday 7 October"Missing Kāpiti man found" The 51-year-old Kāpiti man reported missing on Friday has been found safe and well.Jason Penny had been missing since Thurday. Police say he was found in Paraparaum...
Star of BBC Proms returns to play in Waikanae
From rave reviews at the recent BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall to the Waikanae Memorial Hall could be said to be quite a step back, but not one that bothers multi award-winning international pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk.Gary enjoys coming to Waikanae he will be making h...
Burglaries on rise in Paraparaumu
October 6, 2017
Police are urging Paraparaumu residents to be vigilant following a recent escalation in the number of burglaries.Porirua police Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Ferguson says the last few months had seen an increasing amount of burglaries from cars and homes in those Paraparau...
Etiquette Reminder for Kāpiti's Shared Paths
November, 2017
Kāpiti Coast Council has recently completed several new sections of shared pathway between the Expressway and Raumati Beach Village as part of its Stride 'n' Ride Kāpiti Coast initiative, so now is a great time to remind people of the etiquette associated with these paths.Cou...
Coastlands gets Max
October 6, 2017
Coastlands has announced Max Fashions will be opening in March 2018, with refurbishment of the site beginning in February. With 39 stores and available online, Max Fashions is an iconic and leading women's retailer in New Zealand that has been dressing kiwi women for over...
UPDATE: Missing Kāpiti Man Found.......
October 6, 2017
UPDATE: 10.30PM Saturday 7 October"Missing Kāpiti man found "The 51-year-old Kāpiti man reported missing on Friday has been found safe and well.Jason Penny had been missing since Thurday. Police say he was found in Paraparaumu this evening. (Saturday)Police would like to than...
Kāpiti Expressway Springs a Leak
October 6, 2017
After further testing it is now revealed that 14 kilometres of the 18km Kāpiti Expressway will need resealing.New Zealand Transport Agency senior manager Chris Hunt says the work will require resealing long stretches of the 18km expressway in both directions, and the agency would...
2017 Combined Kāpiti Lions Monster Bookfair
October 6, 2017
This year's Kāpiti Lions Monster Bookfair is on Saturday and Sunday the 14th and 15th of October.This is one of Kāpiti's major annual events with sixty-five-thousand books on sale at the Waikanae Memorial Hall. The doors will be open from 8am to 6pm on Saturday and on Sunday from...
Waikanae Professor talks Horse Welfare
Local Waikanae resident, Professor David Mellor provided a stimulating address on Horse Welfare to the Kāpiti Rotary Club recently.Dr Mellor is currently the Director of Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre of the Veterinary Science Department at Massey University. He ...
Paekākāariki Death leads to Manslaughter Charge
October 6, 2017
On Sunday, March 19, during a beautiful morning in Paekākāariki, Caroline Boyd was on a run doing her regular route but on this day, just minutes from home, running along the footpath on a quiet Paekākāariki street she was struck by a wayward car coming from her opposite direction....
Paraparaumu School Fair
November 14, 2017

 
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Wild weather - Caution for Kāpiti
September 26, 2017
With plenty of wild weather hitting the region the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office WREMO are urging drivers to be very careful driving over the next few days.Metservice is expecting some strong gusts (up to 130 km/h in exposed places), big swells (particularly for t...
Holiday Happenings at Kāpiti Uniting Church
September 26, 2017
On Thursday October 5 from 10-11.30am children are welcome to attend an Arts and Crafts Session at the Kāpiti Uniting Church. The session is free and pre-schoolers are welcome with supervision.And for those who want to spend a bit of energy in a fun atmosphere there is a Zumba se...
Waikanae Playcentre Garage Sale - all welcome
September 25, 2017
This Saturday (September 30) the Waikanae Playcentre are holding a Garage Sale and this is a great chnace to grab a bargain and support this fabulous Playcentre.The Garage Sale will be on Rain or Shine.Waikanae PlaycentreGarage Sale2 Hira Street7:30am-12pmSaturday...
No Change for local MPs
September 25, 2017
The current three MPs from the Ōtaki and Mana electorates have all been returned to Parliament, although in what capacity is still uncertain.Labour Party Senior Whip Kris Faafoi has recorded a huge win in holding his position as the MP for the Mana electorate in a contest that co...
Cat Walk for Kāpiti Peforming Arts Centre
September 25, 2017
Raumati retailers and hospitality are stepping up to support a massive fundraising drive to build the $10million Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre.Community groups are running a fashion show on 30 September featuring designs from Paper Doll, The Frock Shop, Holy Smoke and Kā...
You can still Enrol to Vote - closes Midnight Friday 22 September
22 September, 2017
The Electoral Commission says it is processing huge numbers of late enrolments to vote in tomorrow's general election.If you have not yet enrolled to vote you still can with enrolments closing at midnight tonight."Election day is almost here and this is your last chance to enrol,...
Have your Say on Election Day
September 23, 2017
INFORMATION FOR VOTERS - THE WHO, WHEN AND WHERESelect your electorate to find out who is standing as a candidate in your local electorate, who is on the nationwide party lists, and when and where you can vote in the 2017 General Election.To get started, choose your electorat...
Labour and local community support getting students work ready
September 20, 2017
Labour's Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and local candidate Rob McCann have visited Ōtaki College to hear how the local Work Ready Passport initiative was working.The Work Ready Passport aims to equip youth with the attitude and skills to make a successful transition from s...
Local MP no show stifles debate
September 20, 2017
Labour candidate Rob McCann says another opportunity to debate key issues was lost when his main opponent, MP Nathan Guy, again failed to turn up to the latest candidates meeting, this time in his former home town of Levin."It's disappointing for locals when their MP doesn't ...
Kāpiti Summerfruit benefits from Biosecurity Boost
September 19, 2017
Summerfruit NZ and the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand (MIA) have this week signed the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) Deed, joining the fight against pests and diseases that could significantly impact New Zealand's economy....
Advice for choosing new Kāpiti CEO
EditorFirstly -I wish current, and departing Kāpiti CEO Pat Dougherty all the best in his new role. 1.One has to look at the process of appointment of a new CEO of Kāpiti. The KPI (Key Performance Indicators) - Do we all know what are the requirements for KPI in ...
Nature RX - are you addicted?
September 19, 2017
The Kāpiti Coast's parks and reserves offer many opportunities for recreation in different landscapes and settings.From quiet relaxation to energetic activity there's something for everyone. You can choose from the hills, coast, forests, waterways or local urban parks to me...
Kāpiti Art Auction gets huge support
October 10, 2017
Organiser Emma Ahern, says the response has been amazing to the upcoming event Harper's Little Art Auction. So far over 50 pieces of art have been donated for the auction including works from artists in the UK, USA, Australia and Bali.Harpers Little Art Auction will help ...
Kāpiti Expressway - Lane Closures
September 18, 2017
ROADWORKS - SH1 KAPITI EXPRESSWAY TUE 19-THU 21 SEPTEMBERThis week there will be lane closures on the Kāpiti Expressway.From 8am on Tuesday 19 September there will be a 48 hour southbound lane closure between Otaihanga Bridge and Kāpiti Interchange for resurfacing work....
Reikorangi Spring Fling
September 16, 2017
The Reikorangi Residents Association present the inaugural Spring Fling! Country Fair. Looks like the Spring Fling is going to be loads of fun folks - hope to see you Sunday 24th 11am-3pm If your children have a pet they want to enter in the pet parade or if they'd like to put in...
Some Sound Business Advice
September 15, 2017
Kāpiti Chief Executive in Sudden Resignation
October 1, 2017
Kāpiti Coast District Council Mayor K Gurunathan says Chief Executive Pat Dougherty's announcement of his resignation has come as a surprise to many in the organisation.Mr Dougherty has taken up the position as Chief Executive of Nelson City Council. "When Pat announced this ...
Nikau Foundation on Board with Kāpiti Business Awards
14 September, 2017
Nikau Foundation says it is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the Sustainability Achievement Award at the 2017 Kāpiti Electra Business Awards. The awards, to be held on the 27th October, recognise achievement and excellence in the business sector from Kāpiti and Horowh...
Rock n Roll with Riki at Waikanae Club
September 14, 2017
Crash in Te Horo, one seriously injured
September 13, 2017
At about 8pm this evening Police and emergency services were called to Te Horo, north of Kāpiti, to a crash involving one vehicle.The single vehicle crash occurred between Te Hapua Road and School Road where one of the five occupants was ejected from the vehicle.The person ejec...
My way is the Byway says Kāpiti Cr Elliott
September 12, 2017
The State Highway 1 renaming process is nearly complete with the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board making their selection tonight says Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott."75% of submitters on the renaming expressed a preference for one name and I totally agreed," says C...
The Challenge That Will Not Go Away
September 12, 2017
Electra Business Breakfast - Geoff Pearman, Partners in ChangeWednesday 4 October 20177.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting in Association with Kāpiti Coast District Council, an ex...
He Kakano book launched at Raumati South School
12 September, 2017
He Kākano (Seed), the book produced as a result of two terms work between Mahara Gallery, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School was launched last week at the school.The book highlights over 100 students' artworks and poetry, as a reflection of their exper...
Voting System Change Called For
Dear EditorIn the last local Kāpiti Coast District Council meeting on Electoral Systems for Local Body Elections (7 September 2017) the present Council voted 6 to 3 in favour of keeping the status quo voting system STV (Single Transferable Vote).Over the number of years this...
There is no housing crisis, just a housing boom says Ōtaki MP
September 12, 2017
Labour candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when current Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy told a packed public meeting, hosted by the Ōtaki Rotary Club on Thursday, that there wasn't a housing crisis, it was a housing boom."I was astounded, so were the audience and th...
Daylight Savings - Spring ahead
September 23, 2017
New Zealand daylight saving begins today Sunday, 24 September 2017, when clocks go forward an hour at 2.00 am to become 3.00 am.The extra hour of daylight in the evenings will run till Sunday 3 April 2018, when clocks go back an hour at 3 am to 2 am.New Zealand moved to a...
Hoop Club Kāpiti - Celebrates Father's Day
On Father's Day Hoop Club Kāpiti held their annual "Kids vs Dads" games at Hoop Club in Paraparaumu and in Ōtaki.It is always a great day and something the kids really look forward to.The players love the idea of playing against the Dads and showing them what they have le...
Kāpiti set for a New Breed of Entrepreneurs
September 7, 2017
A New Breed of Entrepreneurs Make way for the Senior EntrepreneurThursday 5 October, 10.30am to 12pmLight refreshments on arrivalVenue: Coastlands Kāpiti Sports Turf & Pavilion, ParaparaumuCost: All welcome, freeThe Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce, in association wit...
Hey Kāpiti - Emerging New Zealand Leader Scholarships available
October 6, 2017
Harkness Fellowship Do you know an Emerging New Zealand leader. The Harkness Fellowship is for emerging New Zealand leaders in any field of study or vocation (excluding health care policy and practice) to study or research in the US for between eight and twelve weeks. One N...
Kāpiti Baker gets cooking for Onesie Day
September 7, 2017
'Just your ordinary mum', Susan Kaye, will be wearing her onesie to work on Friday 8 September.Onesie Day is making a comeback this year as Wellington Free Ambulance's biggest fundraising campaign and Susan will be wearing her onesie with pride."This year I have a plain b...
Major boost in Ultra-Fast Broadband for Kāpiti
September 7, 2017
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy is welcoming a major extension of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) into new areas across Kāpiti and Horowhenua announced by the Government."This is great news for our region and people living in smaller areas. The rollout of UFB into areas like Paraparaumu and Levin...
Waikanae Bowling Club welcomes Spring
Tinkerbell flutters over Kāpiti
September 4, 2017
Charlotte Kerrigan's senior production group school show for this year is Tinkered which will have three shows at the Coasters Musical Theatre.When talent scout Peter Pan is ordered to replace the tantrum prone diva Tinkerbell or face mutiny from the pirates who work as chorus li...
Kāpiti Easter Sunday Trading up for discussion
September 3, 2017
From Monday 4 September, Kāpiti residents now have the opportunity to be heard about whether Easter Sunday shop trading should be allowed on the Kāpiti Coast.Last week the Auckland City Council rejected the possibility of lifting the ban that prohibits certain retailers from trad...
Kāpiti economy heads Wellington region
September 3, 2017
The Kāpiti Coast economy continues to shine with GDP growth up 4.9% during the June year, 2.3% higher than the Wellington region and 2.1% higher than the national average over the same period.Figures from the June 2017 Infometrics Quarterly Economic Monitor Report shows a 39%...
Kāpiti LED way on lighting
September 3, 2017
The future looks bright for Kāpiti as the district prepares to switch to the more energy-efficient street lighting.Approximately 2,000 of the district's 4,786 street lamps will be replaced with new white light-emitting diode (LED) lights over the next nine months.Infrastr...
Te Horo and Ōtaki added to Kāpiti Recycling Area
September 3, 2017
Collection zones for kerbside recycling in Te Horo and Ōtaki have been extended.Licensed operators will now collect materials for recycling from the roads between Ōtaki Gorge Road and Settlement Road east of SH1 in Te Horo, and the loop and side roads from Waitohu Valley Road...
New exhibitions for Mahara Gallery
September 3, 2017
You are warmly invited to our next three exhibitions:Creative Embroidery, featuring 40 members of NZ Embroiderer's Guild Extension Group; Art at Home, Frances Hodgkins & the Field Family; Searching for Ground, Kate Elder, in newSPACE.Opening Saturday 16 September from 5pm...
Kāpiti Fashion, Food and Fun for Arts Centre
September 1, 2017
The invitation is out to take part in a great Kāpiti event at the end of the month.Join us on the 30th of September for a night of fashion, food and fun in support of the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre. We'll have designs from The Frock Shop, Paper Doll, Holy Smoke, and K...

 
Aug 2017
Kāpiti is the Creative Coast
29 August, 2017
Kāpiti has long been known as a haven for creative people, whether that be in the arts, industry or education.Peter Jackson went to Kāpiti College and later returned to make movies here (scenes from Lord of the Rings) - why is this important - well Kāpiti has never leveraged ...
Infometrics shows Kāpiti economy booming
August 29, 2017
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed a new report showing Kāpiti's economy is booming with strong growth, increased tourism numbers and a big jump in building consents.Mr Guy says the building of the Kāpiti Expressway is still having a significant impact on the local economy....
Kāpiti Coast Business Network - All Welcome
August 29, 2017
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Kāpiti Coast Business Network:Date: Monday 11 September 2017Time: 5.15pm to 7pmVenue: Club Vista32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachNo need to registerJust arriveNo entry chargeBar charges applyInforma...
New Book marks 25 years of Paekākāariki Station Precinct Trust
August 28, 2017
This year marks 25 years since the Paekākāariki Station Precinct Trust was formed by the local community to save the Railway Station, and 2020 will be 25 years that the Station Museum has been officially operating. We were one of the first museums to operate on the coast. To mark ...
Tax seminars and workshops in Paraparaumu - Next session 18 September
August 15, 2017
Introduction to business seminarsStarting a business? Come to our free seminars to learn about:working smarter with our online servicesbusiness structuresincome taxexpenses you can claimgood bookkeeping tipsGST, and more.Kāpiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Str...
Kāpiti Youth put politicians in the hot seat
August 28, 2017
A youthful audience of 70 turned out to the recent Kāpiti Youth Service (KYS) election candidates' debate in Paraparaumu. KYS, in conjunction with Youth Quest and the Kāpiti Coast Youth Council, hosting the informal afternoon billed as "Pizza, Pals & Politics."In the rela...
Kāpiti sees decrease in Official Info Requests
EditorIs the Community occupying Council time by making unnecessary Official Information requests? Let's look at the statistics. There has actually been a decrease in Official Information requests (246 this year versus 260 last year) since we had a new Mayor who was elected o...
Looking Forward at the Electra Business Breakfast
August 29, 2017
Wednesday 6 September 20177.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting Prof Ian Yeoman who describes himself as a professional crystal ball gazer or futurologist specialising in travel & ...
Crowds welcome Wellington on a Plate - Kāpiti Edition
August 26, 2017
Big crowds braved the cool weather to take part in the Kāpiti edition of the Wellington on a Plate promotion with a host of Food Trucks on site by Pak n Save at Coastlands. On offer was an exciting food truck line-up for the mid-winter food truck carnival. It was a great oppo...
Wayne Grattan says it is time to ACT
August 26, 2017
At this week's Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce candidates meeting the speakers invited were just from National and Labour. Other candidates attended and KCNews has invited their comments.This from ACT Party candidate Wayne Grattan:Having thought about the debate organised by the Chamb...
Hey Kāpiti - Say Hello to Happiness
August 26, 2017
The 50 things I have learnt about happiness as a counsellor, father, brother, widower, friend, activist, tennis player, gardener and sometimes larrikin. There is no definitive list. But here are my 50 nonetheless. 1. Remember this is your "one wild and precious life" - ma...
Shares for Young Investors
August 25, 2017
Conventional wisdom says the first significant step towards creating wealth is to get on the property ladder. However, it's hard for young people to start creating wealth when property prices are out of reach and lending restrictions are tight. Not only that, but young people...
Ryan Edwards and the Cinema Sessions
August 25, 2017
The Cinema Sessions gig is selling out pretty quickly, already a good number of the 40 seats have gone, says Kāpiti singer-songwriter Ryan Edwards."What's more - I'm very pleased to announce that Jo Jenkins and I will be dusting off some Under The Halflight tracks. It has bee...
NZ First announces Ōtaki Candidate
August 25, 2017
Party leader Winston Peters has announced Romuald Rudzki will be the New Zealand First candidate in Ōtaki for the 2017 general election."Romuald Rudzki is a fluent and articulate communicator of our policies," said NZ First leader Winston Peters today."His interests in bu...
Kāpiti Coast Festival set to shine
August 23, 2017
Philip Harris of Mary Potter Hospice is enthusiastic about the prospects for this year's Kāpiti Coast Festival which incorporates the Mary Potter Hospice Kāpiti Strawberry Festival.The Kāpiti Coast Festival will be held at the Kāpiti Primary School on Saturday November 18 and...
Chamber election debate draws fire on Housing
August 24, 2017
An audience of 170 turned out to the Coast Church in Paraparaumu last night to hear the election candidates' debate hosted by the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce.Referee for the night was Beach FM's Nigel Hopkins who did a great job keeping the combatants in check.For the most...
Green Party candidate Sam Ferguson has his say
August 24, 2017
At last night's Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce candidates meeting the speakers invited were just from National and Labour. Other candidates attended and KCNews has invited their comments.This from Green Party candidate Sam Ferguson:"If I was speaking I would have covered Poverty, Cli...
Sam Jennings - An Independent voice for the Ōtaki electorate
August 24, 2017
At last night's Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce candidates meeting the speakers invited were just from National and Labour. Other candidates attended and KCNews has invited their comments.This from independent candidate Sam Jennings:My reaction to the Hon Nathan Guy and Rob McCann...
Kāpiti gets youth Work Ready
August 23, 2017
Work Ready Kāpiti held a very successful Youth and Employer Mixer last night at the Whitireia Campus with many business leaders present to discuss job opportunities for young people in Kāpiti.Work Ready Kāpiti is a not-for-profit, committed to helping 16-25 year olds transition i...
Mobility Scooter death in Ōtaki
August 23, 2017
Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a car and a mobility scooter in Ōtaki yesterday.Emergency services were called to Waerenga Rd, between Aotaki St and Kowhai Court yesterday afternoon, just after 4.30pm.A 91-year-old man who was on the scooter died later in...
Call to remove the age limit for receiving Student Allowance.
"I was advised by StudyLink that from my 40th birthday in January of next year that my Student Allowance entitlement will cease as the full entitlement of 200 weeks reduces to 120 weeks once a person turns 40.""This is age discrimination."Because of this I am unable to co...
Kāpiti Ratepayers fill Auckland begging bowl
Isn't it strange. Auckland historically has low rates increases and currently they are to be set at 2.5%. Almost everywhere else, and particularly here in Kāpiti rates are pretty high and average increases are also pretty large. Here we are used to anything between 5 and 7% in...
Emergency Vehicle exit for Waikanae
A gated emergency vehicle only access crossing will be established across the railway line in Waikanae to ensure access to Waikanae East is retained in the event of the Elizabeth Street level crossing being obstructed.The construction of the emergency vehicle only access crossing...
Kapanui School gets Cooking with Ruth Pretty
August 19, 2017
Please join us for a fabulous evening, fundraising for Kapanui School, Waikanae.$45 per ticket - includes welcome drink, light supper, 1.5 hour cooking demonstration and recipes to take home. Raffles and cash bar available on the night. Spot prizes to be won!Kāpiti's catering gur...
Kapanui School gets Cooking with Ruth Pretty
August 19, 2017
Please join us for a fabulous evening, fundraising for Kapanui School, Waikanae.$45 per ticket - includes welcome drink, light supper, 1.5 hour cooking demonstration and recipes to take home. Raffles and cash bar available on the night. Spot prizes to be won!Kāpiti's cate...
One foot on either side
Editor,The extent of the "left" or "rightness" in the commentary about various political parties is all very well and good.However, what never seems to be analysed from most commentariat is that modern politics has had another dimension since 1984. It has been fancily nam...
A LIFETIME OF COLLECTING UP FOR GRABS
August 18, 2017
Artel's dad Eric Heath (artist and cartoonist) is downsizing and letting go of more than 2,000 books (art, technical, marine, transport, flora/fauna, woodwork etc). Also cookbooks, Time-Life sets, fiction and paperbacks.Art and drawing equipment, models, paintings, tools,...
Rewriting The Retirement Rules
Most people who are 65 years or older feel much younger than their 'real' age, up to 10-20 years younger in fact. Baby boomers are re-rewriting the rules on retirement.Leaving the workforce doesn't mean life grinds to halt - it means pursuing hobbies, getting more hands-on wi...
Securely Finalist in 2017 Security Industry Annual Awards
August 17, 2017
Securely's commitment to outstanding customer service has seen one its staff members nominated for a top award at the NZ Security Industry Awards, to be held at Te Papa on the 25th of August. Bronnie Taylor, Territory Sales Manager, is one of two finalists in the Security...
Pizza, Pals and Politics in Kāpiti
August 17, 2017
Kāpiti Youth Support, in conjunction with Youth Quest and the Kāpiti Coast Youth Council, are hosting an informal afternoon of "Pizza, Pals & Politics" on Thursday, 24th August.KYS hosted a similar forum prior to the last election, which was well supported with a large turnou...
Call to halt toxic sprays
Dear Ed,Not sure if it is widely known that a Masterton company, Beetham Pastural, have been employed to spray pesticides and herbicides in QE2 Park and Whareroa Farm?This should be halted immediately!Everyone knows the devastating effects of these chemicals on wild life,...
Well said Kāpiti Primary School
Quiz Night - for Sweden bound students
August 16, 2017
Meet the Election Candidates in Kāpiti
August 15, 2017
Kāpiti Greypower have announced a schedule of meetings for the public to attend to meet candidates standing for the upcoming general election for both the Ōtaki and Mana electorates.Meetings will be held at Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu Beach and Raumati Beach.All political partie...
Meet the Election Candidates in Kāpiti
August 15, 2017
Kāpiti Greypower have announced a schedule of meetings for the public to attend to meet candidates standing for the upcoming general election for both the Ōtaki and Mana electorates.Meetings will be held at Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu Beach and Raumati Beach. All political parti...
Customer Choice Awards Smash Previous Record
August 15, 2017
Entries in the Customer Choice category of the 2017 Electra Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Awards have now closed and organisers are thrilled by the number of companies seeking to be named among the region's most customer friendly businesses.Launched in 2013, the Customer Choice ...
Parparaumu Country Music Club
PARAPARUMU COUNTRY MUSIC CLUBMEETINGS: The 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.VENUE:Waikanae Chartered Club8 Elizabeth Street, Waikanae.TIME: From 1-00pm to 4-15pm.COST:$4-00 for Paraparaumu Country Music Club members$5-00 for Visitors.Afterno...
Harpers Little Art Auction
August 13, 2017
Harpers Little Art AuctionSouthward Car Museum, Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti CoastSaturday 28 October 2017 6:30pm 10:00pmHarpers Little Art Auction will help to raise funds for 5 year old Harper Ahern's journey with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), raise awarenes...
Harpers Little Art Auction
August 13, 2017
Harpers Little Art AuctionSouthward Car Museum, Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti CoastSaturday 28 October 2017 6:30pm 10:00pmHarpers Little Art Auction will help to raise funds for 5 year old Harper Ahern's journey with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), raise awarenes...
That Brekky Bloke on Beach FM - Marty Wilson
August 13, 2017
KC News catches up with Martin Wilson on the 'Morning Marty' at Beach FM 106.3It's 4.30am in the middle of winter. A biting southerly grips the Coast. Remarkably, inside the Beach FM studios at Lindale in Paraparaumu it's always about 20 degrees and not a heater in sight. How com...
We Matter New Zealand
August 13, 2017
Every day at least one child gets admitted to hospital from an injury, from assault or neglect or maltreatment. Almost half of these children are under the age of five years old.For many people, New Zealand is a wonderful place to live and grow up. But in spite of this New Ze...
Overcoming hurdles and on to Success
August 13, 2017
Christchurch-born Blake Ison, provided the Kāpiti Rotary Club with an intriguing address on Thursday night on his growing up with permanent sight-impairment, and how he has overcome the hurdles that have given him rise to success.It was a very humbling talk. At age 13 years, ...
Jane Elliott: Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes
Jane Elliott is an American former third-grade schoolteacher, anti-racism activist, and educator, as well as a feminist and an LGBT activist. She is known for her "Blue eyesBrown eyes" exercise. She first conducted her famous exercise for her class the day after Martin Luther Ki...
Young Masterminds in Kāpiti
August 12, 2017
Students from Raumati South School have been crowned Junior team champions in the annual School Mastermind Competition, while a group from Paekākāariki School has taken the honours in the Senior team category.The final of the School Mastermind Competition, which is run by Kapi...
Halo Effect creator is Mahara Gallerys 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 we...
Wheel Stops on Brett Ambler Way
August 11, 2017
The Kāpiti Council has installed wheel stops on car parks outside the Paraparaumu Bridge Club on Brett Ambler Way.The wheel stops, a rubber strip that stops vehicles from encroaching on the footpath, were put in place today following a request by the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community...
Kāpiti Councillor sees homelessness in Auckland
August 11, 2017
This week I attended my second annual Local Government NZ Conference in the five years that I have been an elected representative.This one was a Skycity Auckland, and a chance to observe the logistics of the Skycity operation really appealed to me. It was a brilliant opportun...
Drug Bust helps stem flow of Meth in Kāpiti
August 11, 2017
The National Organised Crime Group, using Operation Flag, have disrupted yet another methamphetamine supply chain this week following the execution of seven search warrants targeting Head Hunters Motorcycle gang and their associates in the Kāpiti-Mana and Tasman areas.Police ...
Save the Date Kāpiti - Coastella 2018
August 12, 2017
Kāpiti Trams are Back in Business
August 10, 2017
Following a shut down in early June, the Wellington Tramway Museum, operators of the popular Kāpiti Coast Electric Tramway at Queen Elizabeth Park, are pleased to advise that they are "Back in Business".The electric overhead wires that the trams use have been upgraded to the late...
Comedy Debate gets Political
August 8, 2017
Fresh from a sell-out season in Circa, comedian Pinky Agnew will be leading the annual comedy debate in Paraparaumu for the very last time.Each year the Paraparaumu Branch of the Labour Party hold a comedy debate bringing together talent from all over New Zealand, to debate a...
Shan Ng the ACT choice for Mana
August 9, 2017
ACT has announced Shan Ng as their candidate for the Mana Electorate at the upcoming general election. The seat is currently held by Labour's Kris Faafoi.Shan Ng, grew up in Malaysia and now lives in Thorndon, Wellington with her daughter Olivia and partner. She has worked in...
What's On Kāpiti - August 2017 - Get MESSY at Church
August, 2017
Kāpiti Chamber Outlines Priorities For 2017 Election
August 9, 2017
Economic growth, infrastructure and youth employment are high on the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce's agenda for 2017, according to its election manifesto released this week.The Election Manifesto for the 2017 General Election comes ahead of the Chamber's 'Meet the Candidat...
Judge Rules in Favour of Kāpiti Councillor - UPDATE
August 8, 2017
Kāpiti Councillor David Scott resumes his role at the Council table this week after a judge has ruled in his favour.Cr Scott, facing a charge of indecent assault bought by a senior council staff member, had previously been barred from attending council meetings as part of the...
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, env...
Kāpiti's former PM talks about Refugees
August 6, 2017
Former Prime Minister, and current Waikanae resident, Jim Bolger has joined fellow PMs Helen Clark, Mike Moore, and Geoffrey Palmer in making the case to increase the number of refugees allowed to settle in New Zealand."There are no rational arguments against us being more genero...
Kāpiti Mayor says message on Health is Clear
August 6, 2017
People are sending a clear message on health services needed in Kāpiti says Mayor K Gurunathan."The Kāpiti Health Coalition launched their petition for a Kāpiti Community Hospital on 12 July and already more than 14,000 people (27% of the Kāpiti population) have signed and si...
Australian High Commissioner visits Kāpiti Rotary
August 7, 2017
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand His Excellency Peter Woolcott, visited with the Kāpiti Rotary Club last week, announcing that he will be returning to Canberra shortly as Chief of Staff for the Turnbull Government.The Commissioner talked regarding the special arrangeme...
Kāpiti Teens Tip Ardern
August 4, 2017
On Sunday, July 30th there was a discussion held by the Kāpiti Labour Committee at the Kāpiti Uniting Church.The topic was Labour values.Two local college girls in the group sang the praises of Jacinda Ardern, saying she embodied what was important for young people in New Zea...
Crows Feet Dance Collective dance for Kāpiti
2 August, 2017
This month Crows Feet Dance Collective presents a new work C is for Climate Change. Through dance, song and visual imagery the Collective explores the impact that climate change is having, and going to have, upon our lives while asking the question "what sort of world are we ...
Silent Challenge to Business Leaders
1 August, 2017
The National Foundation for the Deaf is calling for registrations for its annual online fundraising event on the 4 August called The Silent Leadership Challenge.This is to raise awareness about Noise Induced Hearing Loss in the workplace and the consequences of losing hearing...
Two young men in Serious Crash in Paraparaumu - UPDATE 12.42
August 1, 2017
UPDATE 12.45pm Update on crash Realm Drive, Kāpiti. Police are still at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Realm Drive, Kāpiti which occurred at 7.52 this morning between Meadow Court and Joan Wallace Drive Paraparaumu. No other vehicles were involved in the crash....
IRD Survey for Business Owners
August 1, 2017
Inland Revenue NZ for Business SurveyCalling all business owners! We want to hear from you about what it's like to run a business in New Zealand. Participate in our short survey here https://www.facebook.com/IRDNZbusiness/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf...
Kāpiti Attracting International Brands
August 1, 2017
Several international businesses have announced their arrival into Kāpiti, and there is the prospect of more to follow.Coastlands have announced the arrival of both Freedom Furniture and Jeanswest in August and say that there are further tenancy announcements to come. "We're exci...
Ōtaki candidate endorses Labour leadership
August 1, 2017
Ōtaki Labour candidate Rob McCann has endorsed the new party leadership of Jacinda Ardern and Kelvin Davis."Andrew Little did a great job of unifying the party at a crucial time. I believe the course he has taken took courage and shows he is a team player and he puts the part...
Charlotte Kerrigan to Launch EP in Paekākāariki
August 1, 2017
Local singer/songwriter Charlotte Kerrigan is set to release her EP Metaphor in a gig at St Peters Hall in Paekākāariki on Saturday 19th August.Charlotte will be playing songs from the album in addition to new material with a full band, and the show will include support from other...

 
Jul 2017
Kāpiti Hospital - where is the money coming from
Editor,Can we really afford a Hospital in Kāpiti when the Government Health system is in debt to the tune of $2.1 Billion dollars. Our Kāpiti Mayor all credit to him for highlighting this issue, but in reality where is the funding coming from? Considering th...
Two young men in Serious Crash in Paraparaumu - UPDATE 12.42
August 1, 2017
UPDATE 12.45pmUpdate on crash Realm Drive, Kāpiti.Police are still at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Realm Drive, Kāpiti which occurred at 7.52 this morning between Meadow Court and Joan Wallace Drive Paraparaumu. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.The v...
More than a slim chance for Waste reduction grants
August 16, 2017
Applications for Kāpiti Coast District Council's annual waste reduction grants are now open.There are two different types of grants: waste levy funds for community projects and waste levy funds for new technologies and seed funding.The community projects category is open to commu...
PC Singathon for a Great Night out
30 July, 2017
Paraparaumu College and Zeal Music Box present a great night of entertainment this Friday with PC Singathon - (August 4) 3.30-8.30pmThe night will feature the Paraparaumu Barbershop chorus (they are superb) and quartets, food trucks and local musicians.Entry is Free. ...
What's On Kāpiti - August 2017 - Zeal Music Box
August 2017
Paraparaumu College and Zeal Music Box present a great night of entertainment this Friday with PC Singathon - (August 4) 3.30-8.30pmThe night will feature the Paraparaumu Barbershop chorus (they are superb) and quartets, food trucks and local musicians.Entry is Free....
Kāpiti needs empathy
August 1, 2017
Many might think the world is a harsh dog-eat-dog place where there are low expectations of democratic processes where the will of the people is subverted by the machinery of government, both national and local.In New Zealand we like to think we are different, that we are ...
Kāpiti Expressway needs a snooze button
30 July, 2017
Earlier this week a group of sleep deprived Kāpiti residents erected some signs on the expressway to encourage heavy vehicle drivers to drive more quietly through the residential area. The 'please no engine braking' sign was a copy of the standard NZTA sign. "We are becom...
Climate Change missing from Kāpiti Plan
Editor, Reading the summary booklet of the council's Long Term Plan, one would be forgiven for thinking everything in the atmosphere is much the same as it was 50 years ago and that out climate was stable.Yes, tragically, there isn't a single mention of climate change in ...
Rugby Semi-Finals
August, 2017
Bit ruthless but funny.......
Kāpiti has say on Easter Trading
29 July, 2017
Kāpiti Council is asking the community to express their views on an Easter Sunday Trading policy for Kāpiti.Earlier this week the Hamilton City Council ruled out shopping on Easter Sunday. The city council had proposed to let retailers choose whether or not they opened. However, ...
Missing Kāpiti Woman Found
27 July. 201,
The 41-year-old woman who was reported missing from Waikanae, Wellingon has been located. Police had concerns for the safety of Tamzyn Whitehead, who had not been in touch with her family since Monday. The last confirmed sighting of her was at the Waikanae shopping centre...
Charlotte Yates & Gil Craig with Show Pony - Words & Music
27 July, 2017
Top singer-songwriter and recording artist Charlotte Yates teams up with multi-instrumentalists Gil Eva Craig (bass/tenor horn) and Show Pony (trumpet/violin/vocals) in a gig sure to sell quickly in Paekākāariki.The Show will showcase songs hot off the press from Charlotte's upcom...
Open for Business Council
Editor,The Council open day on Saturday attracted a number of people. Not necessarily to give feedback on the Long Term Plan but to pay their council bills and dog registration fees.It's time the council listened to the bouncing cannonball of frustration from the resident...
Helmets save lives
Editor,I suffered a pushbike accident by Kāpiti Rd, Paraparaumu last Saturday , July 15, which dislocated my left elbow, broke a bone and tore ligaments and I suffered multiple lacerations to my leg. I was wearing a cycle helmet.Both Wellington Free Ambulance and others a...
UPDATE: Kāpiti Police looking for missing woman
26 July, 2017 4pm
Police are continuing to appeal for sightings of 41-year-old Tamzyn Whitehead, who has not been in touch with her family since Monday.The last confirmed sighting of her was at the Waikanae shopping centre, on Wellington's Kāpiti Coast, on 24 July.Police now have reason t...
Kāpiti to Get Youth Work Ready
25 July, 2017
A not-for-profit initiative to help 16-25 year olds gain the skills required to secure local employment has been launched on the Kāpiti Coast.Work Ready Kāpiti, a joint initiative between The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, The Kāpiti Coast District Council and The Youth Employ...
Kāpiti threat to democracy questioned
25 July, 2017
Following revelations of the Horowhenua Council chief executive filtering and blocking emails, including those of the Mayor and councillors, local Kāpiti politicians are seeking reassurance the same anti-democratic activity is not happening here.Guy Burns (Deputy Chair) and Berni...
Kāpiti Dog Registrations due by end of July
24 July, 2017
The Kāpiti Coast District Council's animal management team is reminding Kāpiti dog owners that the deadline to register their furry friends is close. Registration payments are due by 31 July that's next Monday.People can pay online, or drop into one of the Council service c...
Kāpiti Food Fair Growing Weekly
24 July, 2017
The Kāpiti Food Fair has 126 vendor sites booked so far and is growing weekly."We are super delighted with this result and are encouraging vendors to book sooner rather than later so we can carefully manage the site map and broader marketing campaign," says Helene Judge, co-owner...
Kāpiti's Mike Olsen awarded Life Member of Club Vista
24 July, 2017
At the recent AGM of Club Vista at Paraparaumu Beach Mike Olsen was awarded the first Life Membership of the club in recognition of his extraordinary service and commitment over more than two years to the creation of Club Vista.Former RSA president Chris Turver read the motion wh...
Neill Inkster - a gentleman passes
23 July, 2017
Neill Inkster, one of New Zealand's most well known Rotarians and a prominent member of the Kāpiti Rotary Club for 14 years, passed away last week aged 91 years. Neill joined Masterton Rotary club in March 1955. After being Club President he became the District Governor (DG) ...
Paraparaumu Disaster Plan
24 July, 2017
Get Fit Kāpiti
August, 2017
New Zealand has a major problem committing to active participation, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says.Too many of the government messages in the early 2000s focused on slogans such as walk to the bus stop when that was never the answer to the looming inactivity, diab...
Kāpiti Signs controversies prompt policy
24 July, 2017
Kāpiti Council has issued a policy statement regarding elections signage and says it will be strictly enforced.Labour candidate Rob McCann had signs removed by Council last week which were damaged and subsequently returned which caused a storm of protest and apologies to Mr M...
Air New Zealand To Brief Kāpiti Businesses
22 July, 2017
Kāpiti businesses will have the opportunity to hear first-hand about Air New Zealand's plans for Kāpiti at a special business briefing being hosted next week by the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce.Ian Collier, Air New Zealand Regional Manager, will update the local business ...
Deceased man named after fatal crash in Waikanae
21 July. 2017
Police are now in a position to name the man who died following a fatal crash on Te Moana Road, Waikanae on Wednesday.He was 68-year-old Eric Neil Harniss, from Ohau, Levin. A police spokesperson said the Police's thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Harniss during this...
Climate Change missing from Kāpiti LTP key challenges
22 July, 2017
A new group formed to spur climate local action, Low Carbon Kāpiti, questions why any mention of climate change is missing from Kāpiti Coast District Council's list of key challenges for the upcoming Long Term Plan.Kāpiti residents have been asked by Council to...
Kāpiti WEA Spring Programme
August 10, 2017
The Kāpiti WEA has announced its spring programme. July 29th Bryan Wells talks on the Battle of Waterloo at the Kāpiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, from 1.30 pm - 4 pm. Cost $30 ($20 for members)History - Battle of WaterlooWith Bryan Wells on Saturday 29 Jul...
Kāpiti Chamber business events coming up
20 July, 2017
We have compiled a summary of business events coming up with the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce in the next couple of months. Only takes a couple of seconds to check it out - in summary we've got a fantastic line up for you in the coming weeks and months. See all the details belo...
AEDs saving lives in Kāpiti
19 July, 2017
AEDs are lifesavers and for many Kāpiti people they maybe closer than you think. For those of you who don't know what an AED is (and I certainly didn't) it is an automated external defibrillator and you want to hope you never need one but also hope if you do there is one hand...
Kāpiti Umps awarded Life Memberships
August, 2017
At the recent Wellington Petanque Association's annual general meeting, two Kāpiti residents were granted life membership.This is an honour for both long standing Kāpiti Petanque members, Gwen Hill, a past President, and Jack Gazzard, who is a much sought after qualified umpire. ...
Meet the Ōtaki and Mana General Election Candidates
20 July, 2017
As we lead-up to the General Election on Saturday 23 September 2017, the Kāpiti Chamber invites all local people to attend an event to hear views and thoughts from our local National and Labour Ōtaki and Mana Candidates.Each Candidate will be given a short time to pitch their vie...
TOP offer youth unconditional basic income
18 July, 2017
"We acknowledge the fact that it's not only people with families that matter but also people starting out in adult life who need support to help them reach their potential," says The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan."The Opportunities Party is proud to release an unco...
Starting up new ideas in Kāpiti
19 July, 2017
Startup Weekend is back for a second year in Kāpiti. Ready to help guide new startup ideas to success is MJ Brodie, who led the winning team last year.When asked to describe her experience in three words, she quickly replies "nervous, excited, awesome." MJ is a local from Par...
International talent coming to Kāpiti
19 July, 2017
What do Kāpiti and Seattle have in common? On first glance, not much, but at the end of July, both would have held events facilitated by Global Startup Weekend Coach Shane Reiser.In what is a bit of a coup for Kāpiti, the local group of organisers have managed to convince him...
Raumati community demands action on Expressway noise
19 July, 2017
A packed public meeting has demanded action from NZTA in dealing with noise from the Kāpiti Expressway, says MP for Mana Kris Faafoi."Over 90 local residents attended the public meeting on Monday night and the message from all of those in attendance was the same we want action ...
Open house at Kāpiti Council this Saturday
19 July, 2017
Kāpiti Council has an open invitation for residents to drop in to the Council Civic Building between 10am and 3pm this Saturday (July 22) for a range of displays, activities, talks and a lunchtime sausage sizzle."We've got games to keep the kids entertained while you look around,...
Raumati Road Improvements work continues
19 July, 2017
Raumati Road is one of the busiest roads in the district and connects traffic from Paraparaumu Town Centre and State Highway 1 to the Raumati Beach area.Council is carrying out a range of improvements in this area to respond to growing traffic volumes, to make it easier and safer...
Kiwa String Quartet in Waikanae
17 July, 2017
The highly regarded Kiwa String Quartet will be performing in Waikanae on July 30 at 2.30pm at the Waikanae Memorial Hall, Pehi Kupa Street.Programme: Beethoven: String Quartet Opus 18, No 6John Adams: Excerpts from John's Book of Alleged DancesGareth Farr: Mondo...
Two Flat Whites at Salt and Wood Collective
17 July, 2017
Two Flat Whites are back at Salt and Wood CollectiveOur style of acoustic guitar, vocal harmonies and harp make for a cruisey afternoon of music that will have you tapping your feet and humming along.Come down and enjoy great music, a great menu and an awesome location.What a way...
Chief Change at Kāpiti Rotary
18 July, 2017
Eddie Winkel passed over the chains of office to incoming President Vince Indo at the recent Changeover evening of the Kāpiti Rotary Club.Mr Winkle joined the club in 2008 and says one of the most amazing and surprising things he learned about the club was the warmth and sense of...
Road naming process not helpful
Dear Editor,On the SH1 renaming issue, I believe the current process adopted by KCDC councillors over a year ago, where the four Community Boards make their individual recommendations on a name to council is inappropriate. Because it is not conductive to cohesive decision ma...
Hoop Club Kāpiti Junior Basketball Coaching Programme Term 3, 2017
August, 2017
Hoop Club Kāpiti Junior Basketball Coaching Programme Restarts for Term 3 2017 Sunday 6 August and runs through to Sunday 24 SeptemberKCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 7 year olds10.30 to 11.30am 8 to 10 year olds...
Kāpiti Flood Risks Mapped by GWRC
17 July, 2017
With all of the recent rain, and the prospect of plenty more to fall, residents of Kāpiti and the rest of the region's property owners can keep up-to-date with flooding risks.People buying, building or developing property need to know beforehand whether it is prone to flooding, a...
Mock Trial invite for Rural Women of Kāpiti
16 July, 2017
Kāpiti has it's fair share of women located in rural areas and they are invited to join Rural Women NZ in taking the Government to task on rural health services in Mock Court Trial. The mock trial is part of a seminar series hosted by the Department of Health at the Universit...
Kāpiti Civic Award for Peter Kentish
16 July, 2017
Congratulations to Peter Kentish, fondly known as PK, for being one of last night's four recipients of a Civic Award from KCDC. Peter received his award for all the conservation work he does with Ngā Uruora, Whareroa Guardians Community Trust and Forest & Bird at Kaitawa Res...
Whareroa Guardians putting in the hard yards
16 July, 2017
Next planting bee Sunday July 16th, 9am to noon.Plants arrive 8am.We are continuing Stage 2 of the Ramaroa Wetland: planting carex's along the upper edges of the big swamp and trees along the Reservoir Stream. Follow the flags up the Cairn Track. It is soggy underfoot so ...
Kāpiti Coast tackles age-friendly issues
Within the next 20 years, more than 1.2 million New Zealanders will be aged 65+ with all the looming challenges and opportunities that presents. The rapidly ageing population is already a reality on the Kāpiti Coast where a group, with the support of the council, has been mee...
Historic wave of people for Kāpiti
With 26% of its residents aged 65+, Kāpiti is dealing with issues other communities around the country will soon face."I think it's very important the entire community gets its head around this historic wave of people. We've never seen anything like it before," says John Haye...
Coast Access chief gets 17 years for good behaviour
15 July, 2017
What's On Kāpiti - July 2017
July 2017
The Kāpiti WEA has announced its spring programme. July 29th Bryan Wells talks on the Battle of Waterloo at the Kāpiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, from 1.30 pm - 4 pm. Coast $30 ($20 for members)August Programme5 August Eastern Philosophy: Freedom presented by ...
Kāpiti Regional Rate Rise It could have been worse
16 July, 2017
Kāpiti ratepayers will face a less than expected bill after the average rate rise figure from the Greater Wellington Regional Council was reduced from the proposed figure of 9.3% to 5.6%.In real terms that amount equals for Kāpiti an average rates increase in 2017-18 of $22. ...
QE Park Community Planting and Spade Aid
16 July, 2017
2017 QE Park Community planting day 23 July Come along and help us out on one our planting days. Sunday 23 July. Starts at 9.30am 12pm. Meet at Tilley Road entrance - Paekākāariki.When:Sunday, 23rd July 2017, starting at 9:30am Duration:2.5 hoursWhere:Queen Eliza...
Claims that Kāpiti Council vandalised Housing Meeting Signs
16 July, 2017
In a bizarre twist to the case of the missing Housing Meeting signs it turns out that the local council nicked them and then damaged them to boot. Ōtaki Labour candidate Rob McCann says the Kāpiti Council has caused a great deal of unnecessary angst following revelations that ...
Kāpiti Award winners announced
14 July, 2017
Congratulations to the Wellington Airport Regional Community Award Winners for Kāpiti that were announced this week.The Supreme Award went to Guardians of the Kāpiti Marine Reserve. Their passionate volunteers promote the conservation and protection of the Kāpiti Marine Reser...
Grey Power Kāpiti - SuperPeople available here
8 July, 2017
Kāpiti Grey Power produce a super magazine appropriately titled SuperPeople which is published quarterly and has plenty of news and views which impact Kāpiti residents. The latest issue is available here by clicking on the PDF below.KCnews appreciates Kāpiti Grey Power making the...
Jack McDonald makes a stand for Te Tai Hauāuru
13 July, 2017
Jack McDonald is from Taranaki iwi Te Whakatōhea, Te Ātiawa. He grew up on the Kāpiti Coast and is a former chair of the Paekākāriki Community Board.Jack joined the Green Party at 16, motivated by the foreshore and seabed issue and the effects of clim...
Kāpiti sales earns Rookie of the year Title
13 July, 2017
Tim Kunz was announced Rookie of the Year for highest sales for a new-starter in 2016 at Jennian Homes' annual awards evening in Fiji overnight, marking the conclusion of the organisation's national conference.Having worked on the Kāpiti Coast within the new home market for many ...
Liz Koh receives prestigious Rotary award
12 July, 2017
Former Rotary Club President Liz Koh was awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow medal at the Kāpiti Rotary Club's changeover event in Paraparaumu.The Paul Harris Fellow award is rarely awarded and is presented for outstanding contributions to the community.Outgoing Ro...
Kāpiti Horticulture to benefit from new agreement
14 July, 2017
Kāpiti's thriving horticulture business will be better protected following the signing of an agreement to deal with the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) which is one of the biggest threats facing New Zealand's horticultural sector.The bug threatens the livelihoods of primary...
Kāpiti serves up Bagrie for Breakfast
14 July, 2017
Guest speaker at the August 8 Kāpiti Electra Business Breakfast Cameron Bagrie has worked as an economist in New Zealand for 21 years, including 10 as Chief Economist of ANZ New Zealand.As Chief Economist, Cameron leads a team of economists and strategists working in ANZ's fi...
Kāpiti Petanque Club enjoys Bastille Day
14 July, 2017
Given the dire weather predictions, the decision to hold the melee on Tuesday 11th July was fortuitous. The sun was shining most of the time and the colourful, French inspired clothing, added to the scene at the Kāpiti Petanque Club. The imagination some members showed was o...
Club Vista - Rockin with Tina Turner Karaoke
11 July, 2017
Coastlands Aquatic Centre gets Positive Feedback
August, 2017
The team at Coastlands Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu has good reason to crow at the moment, with some fantastic feedback coming through in its 2017 customer satisfaction survey and a national accessibility outfit naming it New Zealand's number one aquatic centre for accessible fa...
Winter sunset in Kāpiti
10 July, 2017
Kāpiti sees Sign of the Times
10 July, 2017
Labour candidate Rob McCann says the sudden disappearance of three large signs is as much a concern about political issues as it is about sign theft."Obviously we are not pleased to have three large signs stolen from three different areas on the same night, but the bigger concern...
Councillor chooses 'Kāpiti Coast Highway'
8 July, 2017
After reading all 700plus renaming SH1 submissions, there is one standout name I will support - Kāpiti Coast Highway -, says Kāpiti's Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott."Two years ago when council was first told to consult with the public and select a new name, I realised the...
Kāpiti ready for Smart Travel Solution
9 July, 2017
Many Kāpiti commuters are still stuck with daily (and nightly) traffic congestion and now it seems help may be at hand by joining what is called the Smart Travel solution.Smart Travel is a new website and App that simplifies sharing rides and makes your travel cheaper, sustainabl...
Kāpiti Weather in the Month that Was
8 July, 2017
Murray 'The WeatherGuy' Eggers takes a look at how Kāpiti fared weatherwise for the month of June. As predicted, June's weather was more like autumn than winter, and indeed the average temperatures were about the same as May's for most of the month, but it was much sunnie...
New Stats on Kāpiti Business Growth
6 July, 2017
Around 80 business people attended the Electra Business Breakfast yesterday morning at southwards expecting to hear what the EDLG has planned.David Webber, Chair of the Economic Development Leadership Group for KCDC presented their initiative, strategy and planned action to suppo...
Kāpiti Chorale brings Schubert and Liszt en masse
7 July, 2017
Following an accomplished and moving Bruckner concert in May, Kāpiti Chorale is enjoying working on two Masses for their next concert on 19th August in St Paul's Church.Once again, we are pleased to be performing another New Zealand premire, this time, by virtuoso pianist an...
Kris Faafoi to host public meeting on Expressway noise
5 July, 2017
The disruption to the lives of Raumati residents caused by noise from the Kāpiti Expressway requires an urgent fronting up from NZTA, says MP for Mana Kris Faafoi."Following a street corner meeting over the weekend where a dozen local residents raised their concerns I'm organisin...
Kāpiti Ball Player wins scholarship to Dartmouth
5 July, 2017
Isaac Letoa from Kāpiti has gained an Academic scholarship to Dartmouth University USA where is expected to join the college's NCAA Division 1 basketball programme.Isaac's family lived in Kāpiti while he and brother Jordan were at Raumati Beach School, before they moved int...
Kāpiti - Whirlwind needs your help
3 July, 2017
Whirlwind is a growing community of men helping each other to get better at the mental side of life. Through the sharing of stories and connection with other like minded men, we foster a mutually supportive environment that encourages authenticity and emotional literacy.Whirlwind...
More health services for Kāpiti residents
3 July, 2017
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy says he has learned more about healthcare services now being provided by local health organisations such as Hora te Pai. "Local GPs at Hora te Pai are being funded by the Capital & Coast District Health Board and PHOs so that their patients can now get additio...
Kāpiti Zeal hits funding jackpot
3 July, 2017
Zeal has secured almost $1,000,000 of funding to open their newest facility in Kāpiti - continuing their mission of inspiring every young New Zealander through creativity."Zeal will be the only all ages venue on the coast, dedicated to giving young people a space to perform and s...
Waikanae kids shine at Matariki celebration
3 July, 2017
The Whakarongotai Marae was abuzz as Waikanae School children gathered to celebrate Matariki.Matariki, also known as the Maori New Year, occurs when the cluster of stars also known as Pleiades - the seven sisters, becomes visible in the night sky. From the Maori perspective the ...
Mike King speaking at Kāpiti College
1 July, 2017
Mike King, comedian and mental health educator, is coming to Kāpiti College to do a Community Korero. Don't miss an opportunity to hear him talk here in Kāpiti.Tickets $10 from Kāpiti College Finance Office, KYS, and Paraparaumu College Office. All funds are donated to The Key to...
Kāpiti Marine Reserve - 25 Years On
1 July, 2017
Looking back over the past 25 years since the opening of the Kāpiti Marine Reserve on the 7th May 1992, its clear that there has been a sea change in community attitudes towards the protection of our unique marine environment.Protecting more than 2200 hectares across three differ...
Kāpiti tunes in to Elder Abuse Help Line
Sir Pita Sharples is featured in a new video on the Elder Abuse Help Line.This year as many as one in ten older people in New Zealand will experience some kind of elder abuse. The majority of cases will go unreported.Elder abuse is not specific to any one gender, religion, ethnic...
Low Carbon Kāpiti sets sights on Long Term Plan
2 July, 2017
New environmental advocacy group Low Carbon Kāpiti congratulates the Council on its latest environmental award, but says they need to do more to meet their carbon emissions target. The group, whose purpose is to spur more determined action to address the climate crisis, s...
Paekākāariki Station Precinct Trust Poetry Reading
3 July, 2017
Paekākāariki 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 Paekākāariki in the Station Museum.Sunday July 9 from 3-4pm, koha admission. Petticoat Junction has limited ...

 
Jun 2017
SEX AND GOLF AFTER DEATH......
A couple made a deal that whoever died first would come back and inform the other if there is sex after death. Their biggest fear was that there was no "after life" at all.After a long life together, the husband was the first to die. True to his word, he made the first contac...
Economic Development: Feast or Famine in Kāpiti?
29 June, 2017
Electra Business Breakfast KāpitiEconomic Development: Feast or Famine in Kāpiti?Wednesday 5 July 20177.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting David Webber, Chair of the Economic ...
Caught, Cut & Cooked being served at Otaihanga
23 June, 2017
This year's Wellington On a Plate will have one event in Kāpiti and it promises to be a sell out.Kāpiti's hunters, bakers, fishers and farmers present the best of the region's cuisine. PartyPerfect Catering and Kāpiti Business Projects bring you this interactive lunch focusin...
Coastella 2018 Artists Call
23 June, 2017
Coastella is a boutique music festival on the sunny Kāpiti Coast, 45 min from Wellington. We have four stages and have previously booked genres including indie rock, world, Balkan, second line swing, hip hop, funk, folk, Americana, singer-songwriter, rock, synth pop, kids music, ...
Kāpiti Coasters open Little Shop of Horror
June 23, 2017
It is Opening Night for the Coasters Musical Theatre production of a Little Shop of Horrors.​The classic cult sci-fi horror/comedy musical is directed by Charlotte Kerrigan, this amazing cast brings the music of Alan Menkin and the book of Howard Ashman to life on our i...
Kāpiti Mayor Gurunathan urged to think again
EditorKāpiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan needs to think of the big picture and provide community centre trainees free parking spaces while they are training - not sting them for trying to better themselves reported as - Not all solo mums are poor, June 19.People who are lear...
What's On Kāpiti - June 2017
June 2017
What's happening in Kāpiti this June...
Kāpiti Volunteers celebrate a week to remember
21 June, 2017
Kāpiti has a great volunteer base and this week is about recognising that work (unpaid).Each year New Zealand celebrates National Volunteer Week to recognise and celebrate the vital contribution of New Zealand's approximately 1.2 million volunteers in areas as diverse as social d...
The art of the deal Reikorangi style
21 June, 2017
They are not hillbillies, nor are they diamond encrusted, landed gentry types commonly portrayed they are the folks who live in Reikorangi and, like everyone else in Kāpiti, they want to improve their community assets and community spirit.At present there is a problem in thi...
Film in Waikanae addresses male violence
20 June, 2017
The question Does society normalise behaviour that encourages male violence? will be put in a film The Mask you Live In to be shown at the Waikanae Baptist Church, 286 Te Moana Road this Wednesday (21 June) at 7.30pm.The film, by Jennifer Newsom, sees boys and young m...
Film in Waikanae addresses male violence
20 June, 2017
The question Does society normalise behaviour that encourages male violence? will be put in a film The Mask you Live In to be shown at the Waikanae Baptist Church, 286 Te Moana Road this Wednesday (21 June) at 7.30pm.The film, by Jennifer Newsom, sees boys and young m...
Peter Ware live at Paraparaumu's Thai Kai
17 June, 2017
Back by popular demand is Kāpiti guitarist and singer Peter Ware who will be performing live at Paraparaumu Restaurant Thai Kai.Peter is performing as a fundraiser for the Kāpiti Youth Service KYS and is back after performing to a full house in May."Many thanks to all those w...
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Live Music at the Olive Grove Waikanae
16 June, 2017
Kāpiti is fortunate to have several venues for live music and the Olive Grove Cafe in Mahara Place Waikanae is also giving talented local musicians an audience.Next Friday (23rd June) performing live at the Olive Grove Cafe will be Chris Elise, Lilly Binns, Gaelle Ibarguen, and T...
Electric buses confirmed for Regional fleet
17 June, 2017
Kāpiti commuters in Wellington will be able to travel on electric buses from next year after Greater Wellington Regional Council signed contracts today with preferred tenderers Tranzit and Uzabus.The two companies were chosen for nine bus routes across the region after the counci...
Better Funding, Better Learning tour comes to Kāpiti Coast
17 June, 2017
The Heartland tour continues driving the country with principals, teachers, teacher aides and school administration staff urging local parents and families to come and support the call for better funding for education.The colourful campervan will be visiting Kāpiti Coast and ...
Education in Finland - leaves world behind
July 2018
Kāpiti Schools perform extremely well by most standards but, like many schools around the country, they are under stress with the need for more resources and teaching space.Kāpiti is known as a retirement mecca but our primary schools are booming and the pressure is on.How school...
Anna Leese to Lead Vocal Ensemble in Waikanae
16 June, 2017
The popular Takiri Vocal Ensemble will perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 2 July. Their concert in 2015 proved to be one of the highlights of that year and Kāpiti music lovers are eagerly looking forward to their return. Led by internationally acclaimed sopran...
Kāpiti has rock star supermarket checker
June, 2017
Last night, Kāpiti's Vanessa Cone headed more than 100 checkout operators from New World and PAK'nSAVE stores across the greater Wellington region who took to the tills onstage at the St James Theatre to compete for the chance to be named Checker of Year in Foodstuffs North Islan...
Boom budget offers little for retirees
An upbeat Steven Joyce delivered his maiden budget as Finance Minister last month against a backdrop of a humming New Zealand economy projected to grow at 3.1 per cent annually over the next five years."Our economy is performing well and that's a tribute to the hard work of New...
Kāpiti Trainer takes on Mens Health Week
14 June, 2017
Reality TV Personality and Kāpiti Functional HIIT owner, Elise Niu is giving away free group training sessions in Kāpiti as part of Men's Health Week 2017.Back from the popular reality TV show, School of Training (Maori Television) which sees participants compete in extreme fitne...
Waikanae Family History Group AGM
June 2017
Waikanae Family History Group AGM
12 June, 2017
The Waikanae Family History Group will be holding their AGM on 22 June at the Waikanae Chartered Club, Elizabeth Street. The Regular Monthly meeting commences at 9.30am with AGM at 11am.If you are interested in finding out about your family history then help is available in the W...
Kāpiti to get new BNI chapter
June 12, 2017
Can You Say No to a Chance to Grow Your Business Referrals and Turnover? "I am excited to announce that I am putting together a new BNI networking group, which will fill a much needed gap for a fresh and invigorated new chapter on the Kāpiti Coast," says Kāpiti businessma...
New restaurant offers modern New Zealand cuisine in Kāpiti
12 June, 2017
The talents of Helen Turnbull and Eddy Kennedy look set to shake up the local dining scene with the opening their new restaurant on Paraparaumu Beach.The dynamic duo's new venture 50-50 offers modern New Zealand cuisine with a global twist."This means the best local produce blend...
Kāpiti CE wins Civil Defence Award
12 June, 2017
Ōtaki MP and Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy has congratulated Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty for his recently presented silver Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) award. "Pat has held leadership roles in Civil Defence work since 2005 and has ...
From Paekākāariki to Parihaka - Jack McDonald
12 June, 2017
I grew up knowing I was a descendant of one of the world's most inspiring examples of peace and non-violence, but was ashamed to find it meant so little in my own country. Today's reconciliation event is a powerful sign that is changing, writes Jack McDonald of Paekākāariki.At 5am...
Kāpiti's Ellie Chew is Riding High
Ellie Chew is blazing the trail in a sport dominated primarily by men.At just 23, Chew is New Zealand's leading female BMX rider."You're free when you're on your bike, the whole world doesn't matter and your just having fun," said Chew, who lives on the Kāpiti Coast.E...
End of Life Choice Bill an Election Issue
EditorOnce again this matter is before Parliament. I hope in this period before the election people will demand of candidates that they express their intentions in this matter and that voters will cast their ballots according to their wishes.Brian Baggott Paraparaumu...
New Dreams for Kiwi Kids
EditorReg Fowles objects to the teaching or encouragement of the Maori language, telling us we should not ask young people to "live the dreams of their parents." He's dead right. The grim colonial dream that New Zealand could become a Britain of the south seas - culturally an...
Bravo Kāpiti Playhouse
EditorBravo Kāpiti Playhouse. Last evening a cast of six delivered a strongly intelligent last night of Homeland written by Gary Henderson.From the outset they captured and reflected the differing 'intergenerational' views of the passage of time, that which anyone of us a...
Kāpiti Playhouse hits the mark with Homeland
11 June, 2017
What a superb play Homeland, performed at Kāpiti 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 hom...
When you can't afford a bus but have to get to Bingo
Bill English asks New Zealanders to please look busy for US Secretary of state visit
Prime Minister Bill English is making a sincere appeal to all New Zealanders this week, ahead of a visit from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.Tillerson will arrive in Wellington on Tuesday, and English says he wants all New Zealanders to "tidy up" and "look busy.""This is a v...
Short Mild Winter for Kāpiti
9 June, 2017
Kāpiti's weatherman Murray Eggers looks at local weather patterns. "May's weather was fairly middling, with no major events. The generally cloudy conditions of 2017 continued, and it was slightly cooler than average. Rainfall amounting to around 120mm, spread over the m...
Michael O'Leary features At Petticoat Junction
8 June. 2017
Paekākāariki 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 Paekākāariki Writers at the Station Museum.Next, on Sunday 11 June, Michae...
Event Planning Workshop in Raumati
6 June, 2017
Come along to the Te Ara Korowai Event Planning Workshop on 13th June at 12pm to 2pm in Raumati.This workshop is designed to assist in the organisation of events. Included in this workshop are practical guides and resourses to help plan, promote and stage a successful event. As w...
Reikorangi Residents Make Most of Community Gathering
7 June. 2017
Reikorangi resident's enjoyed an afternoon of games and fun at the weekend's inaugural BBQ organised by the Reikorangi Residents Association, despite being locked out of their own community reserve.Julia Palmer, Residents Association chairperson, said the purpose of the BBQ was t...
Whareroa Guardians Complete Track
5 June, 2017
The Whareroa Guardians have been working to complete the Catchment View Track which will be opening: Sunday June 18th 10.30am (after 9am planting).The volunteers will meet to plant trees near the Water Intake at 9am. Morning tea and cake at the Water Intake picnic table at 10.30a...
Wind and Piano Treat for Waikanae
June, 2017
The Zephyr Wind Ensemble with pianist Diedre Irons will perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 11 June.Consisting of prominent NZSO players on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn, Zephyr has been thrilling audiences around the country for some years with ...
Hobnail - Blue Sky Songs Ready to Roll
5 June, 2017
Hobnail are just putting the finishing touches on their newest album..."Blue Sky Songs" which is a little more toward the folk end of the folk/rock spectrum, but with all the usual Hobnail ingredients.There are five originals from Rob, three great covers sung by Jo, and this ...
Kāpiti Boomerang Bags are underway
6 June, 2017
The Kāpiti Community Centre has been overwhelmed and are hugely excited by the interest in their Boomerang Bags initiative."There have been some amazing donations already including fabric, thread and even a sewing machine. We are still looking for more donated items such as fabri...
Paraparaumu College Barbershop and chorus success
6 June, 2017
Paraparaumu College has plenty to sing about after their Barbershop Quartets and Chorus groups performed with distinction at the recent competitions held at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua.Paraparaumu College entered three female quartets, and a female chorus for the first time, as w...
Profile: Kāpiti 'Mover and Shaker' Rick Goodman
June 4, 2017
Rick Goodman: Iconic Company Owner and Community SupporterBorn in Lower Hutt, Rick Goodman grew up on the family farm first in Hawkes Bay and then Peka Peka before attending St Patrick's College, Silverstream.On completing his studies, Rick and his brother Tony started their ...
Kāpiti Coast Business Network
June 4, 2017
Connect & Network Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkKāpiti Coast Business Network: Mon 12 Jun 2017Time: 5.15pm to 7pmVenue: Club Vista, Paraparaumu BeachThe Kāpiti Coast Business Network operates under the umbrella of the Kāpiti Chamber. It offers informal networking on the se...
Sidney on the Run for Kena Kena School
June 4, 2017
The youngest member of the Kāpiti Business Projects team, Helene Judge's son Sidney is all set to complete the cross country on 12 June.It's way more sophisticated than I remember. Adidas is the key sponsor and there are awesome prize incentives for kids to do their best, ach...
Former Kāpiti Chamber Chair Slams new Economic Development Leadership
June, 2017
Former Chair of the Kāpiti Coast Chamber, Liz Koh, has resigned from the KCDC Economic Development Leadership Group (EDLG) citing major differences of opinion between herself and EDLG Chair, David Webber. Ms Koh says investing in economic development in Kāpiti is essential bu...
Kāpiti invited to drop-in Session
5 June, 2017
Over the past few weekends, the Kāpiti Coast District Council has teamed up with Red Cross, local Civil Defence volunteers, Volunteer Kāpiti and other community groups to help Kāpiti get tsunami ready. Door-knocking in the Waikanae and Peka Peka tsunami zones is complete and now ...
Paekākāariki Connection Track Made Safer
June, 2017
Work will begin next week on the first stage of the Paekākāariki Connection Track, a gravel walkway that aims to provide a safer walkway between Paekākāariki and the Escarpment Track. Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says the new walkway will take pedestrians away f...
Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth
5 June, 2017 Queens Birthday
Congratulations on a birthday that gives everyone a holiday......
Christian Cullen - Paekākāariki Express Great Tries
June 4, 2017
Christian Mathias Cullen aka The Paekākāariki Express was born 12 February 1976 in Paraparaumu and is acknowledged as one of the greatest players every to step on to the field.Christian played most of his rugby at fullback for New Zealand (the All Blacks), for the Hurricanes in th...
Climate Change will Impact Kāpiti
June 4, 2017
We are called the Kāpiti Coast for good reason...our towns are largely coastal. Climate change is already having a major impact on the Kāpiti Coast with the council committing many $millions to constructing seawalls and increasingly there is talk of managed retreat.The Ministry f...
Humans being awesome
June 3, 2017
Here is a short video showing humans doing all sorts of clever (and risky) stuff. Kids don't do most of these at home...Not sure how many of these people are from the Kāpiti Coast but we are an adventurous lot so look out for friends and family members.And here are a couple of ap...
Waikanae's Liz Thevenard receives EONZ Award
June, 2017
Liz Thevenard was awarded the Education Outdoors New Zealand Life Membership for services to education outdoors.This award recognises the significant and sustained contribution Liz has made to Education Outside the Classroom and to Education Outdoors New Zealand. Liz Has been...
Kāpiti Family Express lets off steam
2 June, 2017
Bring the family to ride on our Kāpiti Family Express to experience the nostalgia of travelling on a real heritage steam train.On Sunday 11th June Steam Incorporated will be offering rides between Paraparaumu and Paekākāariki. The round trip will take just under one hour.D...
Housing Crisis Happening right here in Kāpiti
12 June, 2017
New Zealand is locked into a housing crisis and the current government has no plan to end it, says the Labour Candidate for Ōtaki, Rob McCann. "This is no longer something that is happening to other people, in other parts of the country. The housing crisis is very real an...

 
May 2017
Baby Sensory Kāpiti Celebrates with Big Birthday Bash in Paraparaumu
1 June, 2017
Big Birthday Bash: This June marks one year of Baby Sensory classes in Kāpiti & Palmerston North and Baby Sensory Kāpiti Manawatu is hosting a party to celebrate.The Kāpiti event will be on Sunday 11th June at Kāpiti Community Centre in Paraparaumu. The party will run from ...
Raumati Nurse says Shingles Vaccine deemed too expensive
June, 2017
A registered nurse says that people at risk of shingles are not getting vaccinated due to cost.Carmel Rodrigo, a registered nurse at the Raumati Road Surgery, says that she's in the same category of those struggling with the cost."I haven't given myself one because price is a fac...
Kris Faafoi says the community has spoken
June, 2017
The communities of the Mana electorate have sent a clear and strong message on the future of the Kenepuru A&M service, Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi said today."A survey I have carried out has come back with an emphatic message for the long term future of the A&M," Kris Faaf...
Guy family mourns Malcolm Guy's sad passing
June 2017
The Guy family has received an incredible amount of support following the passing of community stalwart, Malcolm Guy, QSM and JP, who was 80 years old."Malcolm touched many people's lives in the Horowhenua District through his decades of Local Government service first as Horowhen...
Night Works on Kāpiti and Raumati Roads
June, 2017
From Tuesday 6 to Friday 16 June the Council will be carrying out road maintenance and resurfacing work at night on Kāpiti Road and Raumati Road in the following locations: Kāpiti Road between Arawhata Road and Rimu Road Kāpiti Road between Arco Place and Friendship Plac...
Waitohu Valley Road to be Widened
June, 2017
Work to widen Waitohu Valley Road in Ōtaki to address safety concerns raised by residents through the 2016/17 Annual Plan process, will get underway next week.The work to widen the road will be carried out in stages and is expected to be complete by late August. There will be som...
Kāpiti Council comes knocking
26 May, 2016
A reminder for Waikanae and Peka Peka residents who live in the tsunami evacuation zones. This Sunday the Kāpiti Coast District Council will be door-knocking with help from Red Cross, Volunteer Kāpiti, WREMO and MCDEM to help Kāpiti get tsunami ready. Once we've finished door-kno...
Speaking out on Proposed Road Names
EditorThe group including myself that recommended new names for SH1 through Kāpiti has stayed silent till now as has the council that invited our input. However, since today's front page trumpets 'anger' (why who has been hurt?) about our list, it's time to speak out.The ...
Solution to Kāpiti placenames offered
EditorCan I offer a solution to the debate on whether to give the old Kāpiti Coast SH1 new Maori placenames or not?Why not put the English translation with the Maori names as is done on government buildings in Wellington.Sometimes I wish I knew what some placenames me...
Waikanae Intersection to be made safer
June, 2017
Kāpiti Council is upgrading Te Moana Road and Park Avenue intersection to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and accessibility. The work involves shifting an existing bus stop eastwards and installing a central refuge on Te Moana Road to improve pedestrian and cyclist ...
Kāpiti Marine Reserve Display at I-Site
28 May, 2017
Visitors to the Kāpiti i-SITE visitor information centre can now view dynamic underwater video footage from the Kāpiti Marine Reserve following the recent installation of a permanent display. The i-SITE display showcases the Reserve's abundant sea life which inc...
Ōtaki sees red over Health
May 2017
Ōtaki was seeing red on the weekend with dozens of Labour supporters delivering flyers for an Ōtaki health services meeting being held in Ōtaki next week.Labour candidate Rob McCann says the voluntary effort was enormous and all of Ōtaki was covered."Interest is very high in the ...
Kāpiti gardeners - time for the Three Pretty Ps
28 May, 2017
Winter has officially arrived. But just because the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder it doesn't mean the colour in your garden has to be the same. There are several flowers that thrive in cool conditions and all of them pack a punch when it comes to co...
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...
Kāpiti Business Awards Welcomes New Board Members
May 2017
Business Kāpiti Horowhenua ('BKH'), the organisation responsible for organising and running the Electra Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Awards, welcomed two new members to the Board at its recent AGM.Chairman of Business Kāpiti Horowhenua Mark Ternent says Brendan Duffy and Chris Barb...
Kāpiti US Marines Trust set for Memorial Day
May 2017
Monday 29th May is (American) Memorial Day and Kāpiti US Marines Trust will be commemorating the 75th Anniversary of US Forces arrival in NZ 1942-44.Also blessing a completely restored US Marines hut brought back onto the park where Marines camps once were. Rehearsals with our fr...
Waikanae Menzshed complete Memorial Day Hut
May 2017
In 1942, small cities of windowless huts sprang up around the Kāpiti Coast to house thousands of American soldiers training for battle in the Pacific.Measuring 2.4m x 4.5m, the basic cabins housed four men for up to two years. There was no power, linings or insulation but, accor...
Kāpiti Hightide Building Community with Creativity
May 2017
Walking into Hightide Caf on Paraparaumu Beach felt like one of those serendipitous moments that life gives away every now and then.The caf is a warm, inviting space that's steeped in creativity and generosity, and full of community spirit. I called in for a takeaway coffe...
Raumati South prepares for a Tsunami
May 2017
Join staff from Kāpiti Coast District Council and volunteers from Red Cross to door-knock properties sitting in tsunami evacuation zones. Sundays 11 June and/or 18 June 9.30am-4pm Lunch, refreshments, satchel, hi...
Paralympics in Partnership Boost
May 2017
Toyota New Zealand has announced a partnership with the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Paralympics New Zealand for the next eight years.The partnership mirrors the global arrangement between Toyota Motor Corporation, and both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and I...
Support kids in Sports
May 2017
One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports"? Well I have a confession to make; I don't pay for my kids to to do sports. Personally, I couldn't care less about what sport they do.So, if I am not paying for sports what am I paying for...
Paraparaumu College SEAR Group in Maui Dolphin Challenge
May 2017
Paraparaumu College's SEAR Animal Rights Action Group are helping raise money and awareness about the New Zealand's endangered Maui Dolphins.The students say "The Maui Dolphins are incredibly special to New Zealand and deserve a chance at life in a thriving environment instead of...
Kāpiti hosts Pink Ribbon Breakfast
May 2017
There is just one week to go and there are still places to fill, if you want to attend the Kāpiti Pink Ribbon Breakfast.Organiser Debbie Martin says this breakfast is the one previously hosted by HMC Kāpiti."I feel it is a fantastic event and sadly Kelly and Amber were not in a p...
Film-making Workshop for Ōtaki closing soon
September 3, 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 Ōtaki with a date soon to be confirmed.The workshops have become a critical first step on the film-making pathway created by...
Retirement Panel Q&A
May 2017
The Retirement PanelBernard Hickey, Liz Koh, and Ralph Stewart answer your questions.Bernard has been an economist and financial journalist for 25 years. He has worked for Reuters, the Financial Times, and Fairfax Media. Liz is an economist, financial adviser, and author who ...
Kāpiti Councillor arrested on Indecent Assault charge
May 18, 2017
Kāpiti Councillor David Scott has been arrested for indecent assault on a Kāpiti Coast District Council staff member, a charge he denies.Cr Scott has been charged pursuant to section 135 of the crimes act 1961 and will make a first appearance at the Porirua District Court on ...
Kāpiti's AJ Crawshaw EP Release
May 2017
Kāpiti musician AJ Crawshaw says he is looking forward to the release of his new EP titled In Light and Shadow."I'm excited to put on my EP Release show. The night will combine a variety of professional musicians from different disciplines together. There will be a conventional b...
Public Meeting to discuss Health Services in Ōtaki
May 2017
Labour's Ōtaki electorate candidate Rob McCann is hosting a public meeting to discuss Health Services in Ōtaki.Joining Mr McCann will be Labour's Former Health spokesperson Annette King.The meeting is on Monday May 29 Mon at 2PM 245 Mill Rd, Ōtaki....
Government worried retirees won't have enough income
May 2017
Numerous surveys have asked soon-to-be retirees how they feel about retiring. Almost always, the number one worry is "have I saved enough to retire?"A recent piece of research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch found that 81% of Americans had no idea how much money they needed to f...
Happy Mother's Day
May 2017
Ōtaki MP tops list of property owners
May 2017
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy is the runaway winner in the Which MP Owns the Most Property Stakes.Between them our MPs own 400 properties as well as shares in Maori land according to the latest register of their interests. While just 10 of the current 118 MPs do not own any properties,...
Kāpiti 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 ...
Rotary hand up for Kāpiti Arts Centre
May 2017
At a recent Paraparaumu Rotary Club meeting president Marion Patchett presented Kāpiti College principal Tony Kane with a cheque for $10,000 towards the building of the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre.This is in addition to $30,000 presented last year being funds generated from the...
Kāpiti cabbages and kings
Dear Editor,How very worthy of Mayor Gurunathan to "think it's a good opportunity to stand out" for Ōtaki township gaining bilingual status. I encourage the Ōtaki residents and all New Zealanders to insist our Mayor and Councillors ensure that Bilingual Signs are correctly p...
Kāpiti Cabbages and Kings
May 2017
The following is an Opinion piece from Martin WarrinerHow very worthy of Mayor Gurunathan to "think it's a good opportunity to stand out" for Ōtaki township gaining bilingual status. I encourage the Ōtaki residents and all New Zealanders to insist our Mayor and Councillors en...
Putting Kāpiti to Sleep
May 2017
Kāpiti Toastmasters clubs are really something to talk about
May 2017
The value of Toastmasters is enormous says Coastmasters President Nu Taramai."Toastmasters is of benefit to anyone who wants to gain confidence and skills in public speaking."Personally the two biggest benefits to me were being able to deliver my father's obituary in the Cook Isl...
Beyond Neoliberalism Professor Jane Kelsey to visit Kāpiti
Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law at the University of Auckland and one of New Zealand's most astute social commentators will present the Quaker Lecture 2017, 7.00pm, Saturday 13 May at El Rancho, 58 Weggery Drive, Waikanae Beach. Entry is free.Professor Kelsey warns New Zealanders a...
Anglican Parish of Kāpiti Address Update
May 2017
The Anglican Parish of Kāpiti has an Address Update.Both our postal and physical addresses are now the same.Please change the 'PO Box 32' to 1 Langdale Avenue and our postcode please change from 5254 to 5032.Anglican Parish of Kāpiti, PO Box 32, Paraparaumu 5254Tel 04 9...
Scrum Secrets of the Front Row
May 2017
Scrum Secrets of the Front Row
May 2017
Murder in the Paraparaumu Library
May 2017
The Friends of the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries are hosting several public events this year and the next is a must for writers.Monday 29 May, 6.30pm in Paraparaumu Library meeting roomMurder in the Library ...
Waikanae Club EGM
May 2017
NOTICE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING (EGM)Details of MeetingDate: Sunday 11th June 2017Time: 2.00pmLocation: Waikanae Chartered ClubThe Executive Committee In accordance with Clause 20.1 of the Waikanae Chartered Clu...
Kāpiti Residents Angry over Road Noise
May 2017
At a meeting last night hosted by the Expressway Alliance, over 50 angry and tired residents expressed their dissatisfaction at the lack of action on mitigating the noise from the expressway.The group was disappointed to realise that NZTA have been so confident in their desig...
Waikanae Soldier Represented New Zealand on Western Front
May 2017
It was a logical decision for Corporal Amanda Mihaere to represent the New Zealand Defence Force at Anzac Day services in France and Belgium. After all, there's a history of service and sacrifice in her family.As part of the ceremonial guard, CPL Mihaere stood firm and stoic thro...
Paraparaumu woman takes on fitness challenge
May 2017
A Paraparaumu woman is taking part in a new series on Maori Television to find the country's best undiscovered personal trainer.One of the contestants in the series, which begins today at 9pm, is Elise Niu, from Paraparaumu, who is the head trainer and director of Functional HIIT...
Quiet Road Not So Quiet
EditorIn Reference to Letter: Robbed of silenceI'm completely surprised that the road noise can now be heard in places I never expected, for example I have friends that are now further away from the State Highway One than they were but they can now hear noise. Previously they...
Water Quality Campaigner Selected for Ōtaki
May 2017
Off the back of local body elections last year, Sam Ferguson is returning to the election trail, this time with the Green Party.His recent selection as Green Party candidate for the Ōtaki electorate reflects the growth of the party and wide voter appeal.Sam's campaign fo...
Gareth Morgan takes Opportunity to visit Kāpiti
May 2017
With the general election not that far away candidates and parties are out vying for the public vote and visiting Kāpiti this month will be The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan.Mr Morgan says he is coming to town to talk to you about how The Opportunities Party's policies...
Kāpiti Volunteer Street Collectors needed
May 2017
Mary Potter Hospice are fast heading towards their Annual Street Collection Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May and they are in need of committed and enthusiastic Volunteer Street Collectors to help make this a huge success.The Hospice says "It's thanks to volunteers like you that we a...
Mary Potter Hospice Shop Sale
May 2017
The May Day Sale has kicked off at our Mary Potter Hospice Shops! Get into your local store today to find hidden treasures, clothes, kitchenware, books and more - all at bargain prices until May 13th.Our wonderful staff and volunteers will be there to help you! Find your nearest ...
Dale Evans brings own crowd to Kāpiti Council
May 2017
Dale Evans, famous for inventing ways to rile the Kāpiti Council has decided bringing his own crowd to protest at Council might do the trick.Mr Evans has taken umbrage at what he says is a Council gone 'PC Mad'.Mr Evans placed his mannequins (pictured) outside the Kāpiti Council ...
Accelerated Performance Fast Track Programme
May 2017
Accelerated Performance Fast Track Programme9:30 2:30pmTuesday 9 May 2017Kāpiti CollectiveThe Pier 7A/32A Howell RoadParaparaumu BeachBuckle up and prepare yourself for a jam packed, action filled day.This fast paced, result focused one day workshop will pro...
Invite to Kāpiti Chamber Network Meeting
May 2017
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to theirKāpiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 8 May 2017Time: 5.15pm to 7pmVenue: Club Vista32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachNo need to register, Just arrive.No entry chargeBar charges applyInformalA...
Poplar Avenue road closure and detour coming up
May 2017
If you use the Poplar Avenue interchange, please look out for road closures and detours from 10am next Wednesday 10 May.NZTA say there will be detours for Poplar Avenue traffic heading both east and west, while the roundabouts are closed so they can get them built safely and more...
Paekākāariki Station Precinct Poetry Readings
Paekākāariki 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 Paekākāariki Writers at the Station Museum.Next, on Sunday 14 May, Helen ...
Research needed to help more women get into tech careers
August 2017
New Zealand needs more research on why younger generations of women are not considering a career in Tech and why we see a high dropout of women dropout of the workforce, a NZTech leader says.Eva Sherwood, an Oracle account executive and NZTech board member, says greater collabora...
Kāpiti Basketballers Shoot for Las Vegas
May 2017
Two Kāpiti Basketball Players, Victor Allen Kāpiti College player and Fraser Beggs Paraparaumu College player, have been selected for the New Zealand Basketball Academy Age Group Teams to tour Las Vegas USA in July this year.Coach Angelo Robinson says both players put in...
Kāpiti Run for Youth raises $12,257.50 for youth of Kāpiti
May 2017
The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) is delighted to announce total fundraising for the 2017 charity event to be $12,257.50."We are truly delighted with this effort by everyone involved," said Richard Calkin of Web Genius.Richard goes on to say, "because of the efforts of o...
Kāpiti Run for Youth raises $12,257.50 for youth of Kāpiti
May 2017
The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) is delighted to announce total fundraising for the 2017 charity event to be $12,257.50."We are truly delighted with this effort by everyone involved," said Richard Calkin of Web Genius.Richard goes on to say, "because of the effo...
Mother's Day at the Waikanae Club
May 2017
From the Chair with Heather Hutchings
May 2017
Welcome to our May Newsletter. By now you will have recovered from the end of year financial year stock take and putting all the records together for your accountant. The Chamber Board have been busy finalising the first quarter and planning the actions for the 2nd quarter of the...
Iride McCloy standing for Electra Trust
May 2017
Former Kāpiti Mayor Iride McCloy has announced she will be standing for a position on the Electra Trust in the upcoming trustees election.Ms McCloy says maintaining efficient energy distribution (whilst maximising exemplary customer service and annual rebates to local consumers) ...
Petition to Save Iconic Waikanae Hedge
May 2017
There is a petition gaining momentum called SAVE THE HEDGE: Stop KCDC from killing Waikanae's iconic hedge.Waikanae Beach is an historic and unique New Zealand coastal community. It is famous for, amongst other things, it's magnificent macrocarpa hedges. One of these hedges which...
Kāpiti Bulb Flowering can be timed for Special Occasions
May 2017
For Kāpiti gardeners keen on getting bulbs to flower for special occasions we have a great article from Paul Hoek of NZ Bulbs.Can bulb flowering be timed for special occasions? More often than not, this question is asked in relation to a wedding. And I can understand why gr...
Waikanae Hedge cause for wonder
EditorAgain I read yet another episode in the ongoing saga of the Waikanae hedge. While I do recognise that our council has not covered itself in glory over the issue I do wonder how the problem of the overgrown hedge would have been handled had such a hedge been in the least aff...
Kāpiti Annual Plan draws 131 Submissions at close
May 2017
The submission period for the Kāpiti Coast District Council 2017/18 annual plan and Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan ended on 1 May with 131 submissions received. Submitters who have asked to speak to the Council about their submissions will address heari...
Kāpiti Age on the Go Expo draws 600
May 2017
More than 600 residents turned up at a recent Waikanae event to find out what there is to do for older people living in Kāpiti.The 'Age on the Go' Expo, opened with a speech from Mayor K Gurunathan, comprised around 40 displays, exhibits and stalls showing what recreational, heal...
Kena Kena School Pupil wins Bike
May 2017
Kena Kena School pupil Willow Bardsley was presented with a bike today for her participation in Movin' March, an annual initiative that encourages kids to cycle, walk, scooter or skateboard to school."We had 886 entries from six schools in Kāpiti which was a fantastic effort,...
DHB Chief to attend Raumati - Paraparaumu Community Board
May 2017
The Chief Executive of Capital Coast DHB, Debbie Chin, will attend the next meeting of the Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Board on Tuesday 9th May at 7pm The Community Board meeting is at: The Community Centre,Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu Tuesday 9th...
Biz Buddy Kāpiti Launch
May 2017
You are invited to attend BIZ BUDDY NETWORX KAPITILAUNCH EVENINGTUESDAY 9th MAY 2017 Venue: High Tide Caf, Paraparaumu BeachTime: 4:30pm - 6:30pmCost: $15 for nibbles and your first drink. (wine, beer, orange juice, tea, coffee) You w...
Take part in Kāpiti library satisfaction survey
May 2017
It's time for our annual libraries' customer satisfaction survey.The short online survey, launching next Monday, will measure how satisfied people are with library services, spaces and staff."We'll compare results with last year's survey to identify trends and patterns in...
Kāpiti focus for Road Safety Week
May 2017
Get the child restraints in your car checked out next Thursday (11 May).The Kāpiti Council, with The Warehouse and Kāpiti Plunket, are offering free checks as part of road safety week. They'll be in The Warehouse carpark between 12-3pm. Council officers will also have a presence...
New group to provide leadership on Kāpitis economic future
May 2017
The Kāpiti Council has established a new group to lead discussion and help bolster the district's economic performance.Strategy and Planning Group Manager, Sarah Stevenson, says the Kāpiti Economic Development Leadership Group has been set up to assist the Council to deliver ...
New look for Kāpiti Lights coming soon
May 2017
Kāpiti Lights is about to get a makeover with work to upgrade the area commencing next week.The Kāpiti Lights upgrade is a key project in the Council's town centres transformation programme which aims to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Kāpiti Expressway....
Kāpiti ready for World Naked Gardening Day on May 7th
March 2017
Kāpiti is invited to join the rest of the world in celebrating World Naked Gardening Day on May 7th.Of course this day was started in the northern hemisphere where May temperatures are a touch warmer than here in Kāpiti but the forecast for Sunday the 7th is for a sunny day.World...

 
Apr 2017
Kāpiti businesses to be impacted by tax changes
May 2017
Kāpiti has hundreds of small businesses with contractor arrangements and new laws will impact on how tax deductions will now apply.A law change means all contractors can now have tax deducted from their pay at a flat rate of their choosing, if their payer agrees.Contractors hired...
Kāpiti Food Fair Celebrity Chef Announced
May 2017
The Kāpiti Food Fair opened for vendor registration earlier in April and already 50 sites have been booked. Vendors who participate in the Fair have a clear objective to raise their profile and attract new customers.The cost to be a vendor for a Single site is $99 and for a Doub...
Kāpiti Island Helicopter Mystery Solved
April 2017
For those who have been wondering about the large number of helicopter trips to and from Kāpiti Island in the last few days - the mystery is solved.Lee Barry, Ranger for Department of Conservation says there is a major upgrade underway on the Wilkinson Track, which leads to the s...
Kāpiti Rotary Firewood Sale
May 28, 2017
The Kāpiti Rotary Club are fundraising with a massive firewood sale. This has proved very popular so far and with a cold winter already here it might be a good time to contact them for your load of wood.All profits from sales will be going to youth projects in Kāpiti so it is a w...
Blues and Soul Star to Shine at Te Takere
April 2017
Paul Ubana Jones Live at Te Takere Saturday 29 April at 7pmA national treasure; Paul Ubana Jones is a conjuror of unique and original songs, rooted in primal Blues and Soul.Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was playing guitar by the ...
Charles Fleming Retirement Village part of largest fitness class
April 2017
Australasia's biggest, and definitely the oldest, synchronised fitness classOn May 4 residents and staff from Charles Fleming Retirement Village in Waikanae will be taking part in Australasia's biggest and oldest fitness class. This class is part of celebrating 10 years of Triple...
Robbed of silence
Dear Editor,The trucks woke me in the early hours of the morning again today and I lay and thought about the lovely few days I had just had in Mahia. What was my favourite time? I replayed the highlights in my mind; the lazy holiday breakfasts eaten outside on the sun-drench...
Kāpiti ANZAC Day Services 2017
April 2017
Dawn services Ōtaki Fall in at 5.45am at Ōtaki Memorial Hall. March to Memorial Park for service and wreath laying at 6am.ParaparaumuFall in at 6.20am at hospital gates, Tutanekai St. March to War Memorial Arch for service at 6.30am. Services will also be held at ...
Claims Kāpiti Councillor victimised
The EditorSmears of the most obnoxious type against Councillor David Scott are indicative not of the councillor's alleged wrongdoing, but of the continuing dysfunction of KCDC, despite His Worship Gurunathan being elected to end the nonsense that pervaded the prior council. T...
Kāpiti Finances on Show
April 2017
Its that time of the year when our Council is preparing yet another Annual Plan which outlines the activities and budget for 2017/2018. So we, as ratepayers, should also have a look at the state of our finances, as published by our Council for 2015/2016.By way of background, KCD...
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 ...
Paekākāariki Arts Show on Anzac Weekend
April 2017
Waikanae Club host Gary and Tim
April 2017
Kāpiti not immune from Housing Crisis
April 2017
Kāpiti has not been immune from the impacts of what many have termed a housing crisis. Rents have soared, accommodation is in short supply and unprecedented pressure has come on social housing stock throughout the Kāpiti Coast.Recent research date shows the depth of the issue and...
Ōtaki ideal as bilingual town
April 2017
The Maori Party is backing a move to declare Ōtaki a bilingual town.Co-leader Marama Fox says it's taking a pointer from some of the efforts to revitalise the Welsh language.She says Ōtaki is a shining example because of the way the creation of Te Wananga o Raukawa created a larg...
Zeal Kāpiti Invention - all welcome
April 2017
Check this out at Maclean Park from tomorrow for the week, tag all your musician mates and head down to check out the latest Zeal Kāpiti invention! There will also be a signup sheet to work with some epic Kāpiti Musicians over the week, with a gig happening on Saturday night 22 A...
ANZAC Day at Waikanae Club
April 2017
Curtain Bank returns to Ōtaki
April 2017
Wellington Curtain Bank is returning to Ōtaki to make it easier for local families to get free, lined curtains ahead of winter.The Curtain Bank, supported by Sustainability Trust, provides free curtains for people with Community Services Cards who need a hand warming up their hom...
Happy Birthday Frances
April 2017
Floor Talk - Victoria Robson on Frances Hodgkins' birthdayApril 28, 2017 at 11am-2pmMahara Gallery, WaikanaeExhibition Curator Victoria Robson floortalk on Frances Hodgkins' birthday, 28 April at 11am, all welcome, entry free.This exhibition and its illustrated catalogue ...
Will Airport Extension Take Off
April 2017
The Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting Steve Sanderson, Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Airport. He will update on the Wellington Airport extension and the broader economic development implications for the Region. Wednesday 3 May 20177.15am to...
New Finance Minister to meet Kāpiti businesses
April 2017
Hon Steven Joyce will make his first visit to Kāpiti as Finance Minister next week to speak to Kāpiti based businesses, ahead of his first Budget in May.The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Minister at Southwards Car Museum on Wednesday the 26th of April, with ticke...
Chills hit Paekākāariki
April 2017
On the Lighter side
Kāpiti's Book Island Celebrates Five Years
April 2017
"Can you believe it's been five years since we started up Book Island on the Kāpiti Coast. We've come a long way and this wouldn't have been possible without your support," says Greet Pauwelijn publisher of Book Island."We'd like to invite you to celebrate our fifth anniversary w...
Kāpiti Free Ambulance Service gets new Chief
April 2017
Wellington Free Ambulance service which covers the Kāpiti Coast has appointed a new Chief Executive.Free Ambulance Board Chair Ross Martin says he is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Grant to the role of CE for Wellington Free Ambulance."Mike has worked in the health...
White Poppies have a place
Editor,Lest we forget, or possibly never knew, red poppies from the RSA are not alone in connecting with, or "challenging" colleges and young people.White Poppies for Peace from Peace Movement Aotearoa (PMA) have been for years promoting peace education and challenging young peop...
KCDC Challenged over Road Names
EditorWhere and when did the ratepayers request come from (and how many signatures) to rename the two Main Road names out to seven.I cannot see or imagine any advantage that such a move could possibly assist or entertain or enlighten the public in any way. Further, there ...
Kāpiti Expressway Noise - Residents want a fair go
April 2017
A new community group in Kāpiti was formed at the weekend by residents who are hurting from the noise of the new Kāpiti expressway.Spokesman for the group, Nick Fisher said, "Residents who are in close proximity of the new Kāpiti expressway are getting increasingly frustrated at ...
Substantial opportunities for women seeking tech jobs
Computer programming jobs have previously struggled to attract women, but new technologies are providing substantial opportunities for a growing number of young girls seeking tech jobs, NZTech government relations director Andrea Hancox says.Research has shown that tech firms wit...
Classic Bowls played in Kāpiti
April 2017
Paraparaumu Beach Bowling Club recently held the 11th Classic Tournament, sponsored by Susanne Mccardle (Travel Agent)The tournament was held over two days with a field of 24 teams and the event was played in excellent weather conditions. 1st was from Johnson Park BC, Feilding...
Kāpiti Coast Applications welcome for Scholarship
April 2017
Kāpiti women who qualify are welcome to apply for the Rural Women New Zealand and Access Community Health Scholarship.There has been $39,000 awarded to rural health professionals in scholarship funds over the past 12 years. Applications are now open for the 2017 scholarship progr...
The Amici Ensembles Annual Pilgrimage to Waikanae
April 2017
Twenty-four concerts over 28 years is an amazing record and that is what will be happening when Wellington's popular chamber music group The Amici Ensemble appears for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 30 April.The Ensemble, led by NZSO Associate Concertmaster Donald Armstrong...
Air Force tech training sees cadet fly high
Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Leading Aircraftman Thorne Davidse had the perfect finish to his Advanced Trade Training course when he was awarded the PPG Aerospace Trade Training Trophy for highest results.The five trainees on the course, held at RNZAF Base Ohakea in 2016, ...
Kāpiti BA5 with Steven Joyce
April 2017
BA5 with Hon Steven JoyceThe Kāpiti Chamber invites you to join the Hon Steven Joyce at a BA5, to hear from the Minister of Finance and Minister for Infrastructure himself as he prepares for his first Budget.Date: Wednesday 26 April 2017Time: 5.15pm to 6.45pmVenue: So...
New classrooms for Waikanae School great news
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the Government's investment of $900,000 into two new classrooms at Waikanae School. "This new funding is great news for the community and recognises the school roll is growing," says Mr Guy."Waikanae and the Kāpiti Coast are increasingly popular a...
Paraparaumu Beach Women's Fours Champions
April 2017
Paraparaumu Beach Bowling Club has won the Champion of Champion Women's 4s held recently at Waikanae Beach. The Winning team from Left to Right are Carol Rolton, Pat Vincent, Audrey Stevenson and Rochelle Stevenson....
Paraparaumu Beach Bowlers Take Titles
April 2017
Paraparaumu Beach Bowling Club wins another title Champion of Champion Men's 4s held at Waitarere Beach BC recentlyThis gives Tom Henderson his 2nd title, John Evans his 6th and Kiro Rokotakaka and Grahame Harris their 1st Centre Title....
Ōtaki Green Party Launch
April 2017
"This year, we're running a political campaign with a difference, and a whole lot of heart," says Green Party Leader James Shaw ahead of the Greens campaign launch in Ōtaki."We have an incredible opportunity this election to form the heart of a progressive government. Together we...
USA Basketball Coach Rewi Thompson to hold clinic in Kāpiti
April 2017
Wednesday 3 May we have USA Coach Rewi Thompson coming out to Kāpiti to run a Basketball Coaching Clinic for Coaches.Date Wednesday 3 MayWhere - Kāpiti College Gym, Margaret Road, Raumati Beach, ParaparaumuTime - 5.00 pm to 7.00pm Coach Rewi will be focusing on the ...
Kāpiti should honour Rev John Murray
At a recent KCDC meeting, local resident Ida Van der Velde spoke with strong conviction to convince council that the Reverend John Murray who died in February this year should be honoured by the community he served so well.Below is an abridged version of the speech Ida made to Co...
Stunning Kāpiti
April 2017
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Paraparaumu Bankers muck in for Shed Project
April 2017
Staff from ANZ Paraparaumu spent their afternoon helping local community organisation The Shed Project spruce up the entrance way to their Tongariro street premises.The ANZ team spent the afternoon weeding, water blasting, painting, hammering and generally just 'mucking in' t...
Musical Magic in Paekākāariki
April 2017
The Crimson Club have invited their friends The Indigo Sessions to cross Queen Elizabeth Park and make an evening of musical magic in Paekākāariki at St Peter's Hall, Saturday May 13th , 8pm.They will be bringing their genre defying eccentric multi-instrumental experimental cabare...
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power AGM
April 2017
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power Association Annual General Meeting This is a reminder that the Kāpiti Coast Grey Power Association's 23rd Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at 10.00am at the Senior Citizen's Hall, Ocean Road, Paraparaumu.All Welcome...
Kāpiti Council Plan gets a Refresh
April 2017
Over the last couple of weekends dozens of Kāpiti folk have taken part in community workshops to share insights, issues and opportunities as work on the 2018-38 long term plan gets underway. Mayor K Gurunathan was delighted with the breadth of views shared at the workshop...
Kāpiti Council wins SOLGM Award
April 2017
The Kāpiti Coast District Council won the BERL Collaborative Government Action Award category at the 2017 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards on Thursday 12 April for its work to get the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway on the road.The BERL Collaborative Govern...
Creating Value - Horowhenua BA5 with Henry van der Heyden
April 2017
Creating Value -How governance and leadership enable transformational change. Sir Henry van der Heyden 5.30pm - 7.30pm Thursday 20 April 2017 Horowhenua District Council Chambers, Levin Sir Henry van der Heyden is one of this country's greatest leaders. ...
What is democracy
Dear Editor,"The Truth about Democracy in Horowhenua" (half Page advertisement) Wednesday April 12th.Question - what is Democracy? According to the original Greek definition it means "people power." The people of the Horowhenua District made it very clear who they wanted as...
Kāpiti Hunters warned of risks during roar
April 2017
Many keen Kāpiti hunters will be taking to the hills soon but there is a note of caution from firearms experts."Hunters need to be very mindful that it is better to have no meat than no mate," says Joe Green, Interim Chair of the Firearms Safety Council.Stags are just starting to...
Poplar Ave Path work to start
April 2017
Work will commence next week to upgrade the footpath on the north side of Poplar Avenue between Matai Road and Glen Road to a 2.5 metre shared path.Kāpiti Council Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says the upgrade aims to provide a safe and consistent shared pathw...
TVNZ measuring strength of storm in different locations by how wet and injured their reporters become
The Civilian reportsTonight, as Cyclone Cook barrels into the East Coast of the upper North Island, TVNZ have stationed more than a dozen reporters in different parts of the country, in an effort to measure the effects of the storm based on how wet and damaged said journalist...
Pentagon Awards Contract To United Airlines To Forcibly Remove Assad
By Paul Sharpe On Apr 11, 2017 WASHINGTON The Pentagon announced Tuesday it had awarded a sole-source contract to United Airlines for work related to the forcible removal of President Bashar al-Assad from Syria.The contract, worth $2.1 billion, tasks the airline company with ...
Kāpiti Feedback wanted on Community Facilities
April 2017
Feedback is being sought on a draft Community Facilities Strategy that was developed with community input.The Kāpiti Coast District Council has developed the draft strategy to plan for the current and future needs of the community.Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law s...
Paralympics Coaches Appointed
April 2017
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) has announced the appointment of five coaches and support staff across the Para Cycling and Para Swimming High Performance programmes.The appointments include Stu MacDonald (PNZ Para Cycling Head Performance Coach), Paralympian Laura Thompson (PN...
Westpac achieves Dementia-Friendly Award
April 2017
Westpac has become New Zealand's first dementia-friendly bank, earning the Alzheimers New Zealand Dementia-Friendly Award.The award recognises organisations that take significant steps to improve access to services for those with dementia.To achieve the award and dementia-friendl...
Kāpiti Cardiac Club provide rest stop
April 2017
The Kāpiti Cardiac Club temporarily had more funds in the coffers than was needed in the close future so a decision was made to donate sufficient money to allow KCDC to place a seat for the use of the pubic in the Waimanu Lagoon area of Waikanae Beach. The sum involved nowadays i...
Immigration not the silver bullet for tech skills growth
While the Wellington region campaign LookSee has garnered over 48,000 applications it doesn't mean that tech skills shortage is solved, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. New Zealand should not depend on immigration as the silver bullet to the tech skills shortag...
Jim Bolger supports Compulsory Voting
April 2017
Kāpiti resident and former Prime Minister Jim Bolger has come out in support of compulsory voting.In a RNZ Report compiled by Craig McCulloch, Mr Bolger and two other former Prime Ministers, Mike Moore and Geoffrey Palmer said they want New Zealand to follow Australia's lead and ...
A war on basic knowledge
April 2017
In what looks like a cautionary tale Amy Davidson of The New Yorker says of Donald Trump - He said that his order puts "an end to the war on coal." In reality, it's a war on basic knowledge of the harm that coal can do.Amy Davidson writes:In late 2006, President George W. Bush's ...
A war on basic knowledge
Amy Davidson - The New Yorker
In what looks like a cautionary tale Amy Davidson of The New Yorker says of Donald Trump - He said that his order puts "an end to the war on coal." In reality, it's a war on basic knowledge of the harm that coal can do.Amy Davidson writes:In late 2006, President George W. Bush's ...
Peka Peka Expressway Access and Poor Signage
EditorIt is sad to read that the Waikanae Community Board and the Peka Peka community are up in arms regarding the lack of access to and from the expressway at Peka Peka.Approximately a year ago at the Waikanae Beach Community Vision and Action public meeting, it was clea...
Coastlands expands Kāpitis Netball Community
April 2017
Coastlands has extended its sponsorship of Coastlands Netball Kāpiti to support their growth within the community. Coastlands has renewed its sponsorship of the Centre until 2023, as well as contributing $9000 towards the new storage shed by the premier court. Coa...
Daylight Savings ends - Clocks back an hour tonight
April 2017
Before heading to bed this Saturday night, remember to put your clocks back an hour.Daylight savings officially ends at 2am on Sunday 2 April.The end of daylight savings is a good time to check your smoke alarms test that they are working and replace the batteries if necessary....

 
Mar 2017
Kāpiti hosts Regional Basketball Tournament
March 2017
KBA Jnr College Regional Basketball Tournament Saturday 1 AprilThis Saturday the Kāpiti Basketball Association is hosting the KBA Junior College Invitational Tournament at Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road. Eleven Junior Boys Teams from across the region will battle it ou...
Waikanae Board calls for Peka Peka full Interchange
March 2017
The Waikanae Community Board reports there is a growing groundswell of support for a full interchange of the Kāpiti Expressway at Peka Peka."Now that the rubber has hit the road you will now notice that you can't get onto the Expressway from Peka Peka Road or get off the Expr...
Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Awards Provide Real Commercial Value
April 2017
Entries for the 2017 Electra Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Awards will open on 7 April, with two information evenings scheduled to be run in Levin and Paraparaumu on the 4th and 6th of April respectively. The Awards, which recognise and celebrate local business excellence, a...
Kāpiti Business Network for April
March 2017
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Kāpiti Coast Business Network.No need to registerJust arriveNo entry chargeBar charges applyInformalAll welcome Second Monday each month (except January) Short business profiles presentedNo requi...
Kāpiti to have continued health care access
March 2017
People in Kāpiti will continue to have access to quality after-hours healthcare close to home following an announcement from Capital & Coast DHB.Last year, Capital & Coast DHB began talking to the community including local health providers, and staff about how to better deliv...
Kāpiti generous for Red Puppy Appeal
March 2017
Kāpiti collectors reported a generous response to the Blind Foundation's Red Puppy Appeal.Marilyn Wilkinson of Paraparaumu was one of the collectors in Kāpiti."People were very generous and we are so pleased with the support. It is a great cause and the Appeal has been very succe...
Ōtaki Kite Festival Takes Off
March 2017
Come fly with us at the Ōtaki Kite Festival held annually at our stunning Ōtaki Beach on the Kāpiti Coast, just one hour's drive north of Wellington. 2017 will be the 5th kite festival presented by the Ōtaki Promotions Group Inc.Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March 2017 kites flyi...
Kāpiti Boomers Aging Well
March 2017
Kāpiti Baby boomers who'd like a break from being blamed for all that is wrong with the world can come along to a free event in Paraparaumu.The Commission for Financial Capability knows that life isn't black and white and people of all ages need a helping hand occasionally, not t...
Kāpiti Council subsidy for menacing dogs
March 2017
Subsidised desexing and microchipping of dogs with a menacing classification is being offered by the Kāpiti Coast District Council.The initiative is part of the Government's national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks.Environmental Standards Manager Jacqu...
Takiri House at Coastlands signs Spark as first Tenant
March 2017
Coastlands Shoppingtown's new development, Takiri House has signed its first major tenant, moving in upon the development's completion at the end of May.Spark Kāpiti, a locally owned dealership for the national telecommunications and digital company Spark, will move from its ...
Kāpiti Run for Youth has a cracker day
March 2017
The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) took place on Sunday 19 March. "The weather was a truly amazing Kāpiti Coast day, clear, warm and little wind making for perfect walking and running conditions on the beach", said Richard Calkin of Web Genius."The participants on the da...
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 a...
Kāpiti Petanque Club celebrate St Patricks day
March 2017
Green shooters, Irish Tea cake and a selection of Irish music, courtesy of Colleen Hooper, set the scene for a fun filled, three game melee in celebration of St Patrick's day at the kapiti Petanque Club.A three game melee, rather than the normal five game melee, enables new and o...
How do you Sleep - New Release from Ryan Edwards
March 2017
This is a song about homelessness. Points for Purpose is a movement about making a direct difference.'How do you sleep?' was written by New Zealand singer-songwriter Ryan Edwards as a tribute to a homeless friend of Points for Purpose who was tragically stabbed to death on the st...
Low Carbon Kāpiti Meeting
March 2017
Meeting notice:Low Carbon Kāpiti kick off Sunday 19 March 2017, 2:00 - 4:00pm, Kāpiti Community Centre. This meeting is to discuss the proposal to form a new group ('Low Carbon Kāpiti'). The people gathered at this meeting will decide if and how to take the proposal ...
Kāpiti Celebrates FUSION
March 2017
Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre shared their event.Sponsored FUSION showcases Kāpiti's diverse cultures via performance, music, food, activities, traditional displays and much, much more! Come along and experience the different cultures that make Kāpiti such a great...
St Patrick's Day in Kāpiti
March 2017
St Patrick's DayThe Social, 8 Kāpiti Lights, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti CoastFriday 17 March 2017 4:00pm 12:00amRestrictions:R18Ticket Information:Admission: FreeCome celebrate St Patrick's Day at The Social with traditional Irish music from Nigel Parry, live from ...
Kāpiti part of Regional futureproofing plan
March 2017
There is no such thing as business as usual in Wellington following the November earthquake, says Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Chris Laidlaw."The earthquake has forced us to re-think our vulnerability and big questions remain for the region about how we can get throu...
Kāpiti welcomes Four Flat Whites In Italy
March 2017
Roger Hall's hugely successful, sell-out hit comedy is hitting the road in 2017, promising big laughs and nights of fun in 28 venues around the country, including Kāpiti on May 26 at Southward Theatre.It's 2007 and guide book in hand, retired librarians Alison and Adrian, are exc...
Raumati South Footbridge a Safety Concern for Locals
March 2017
Guy Burns, Deputy Chair of the Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board, though impressed with the new Expressway's walkways and cycleways, has concerns regarding the Leinster Avenue footbridge that crosses over the Expressway at Raumati South."I recently cycled some of the shared pat...
Environmental risks make your business vulnerable, insurer says
March 2017
Kāpiti has seen an increase in the number of pollution and contamination incidents in recent years, as has the rest of the country, and this means businesses are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the potentially high financial cost of such events, a leading insurance expert say...
Happy St Patrick's Day Kāpiti
March 17, 2017
Photography Doctorate Pioneer to Exhibit at Mahara Gallery
March 2017
Kāpiti 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...
Keeping your Mind on the Job
March 2017
Wednesday 5 April 20177.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe more successful you are, the busier you become. And the longer you remain on the treadmill the more you suffer. The Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting Ke...
Paekākāariki-Pukerua Bay Escarpment Track Award Nominee
March 2017
The Wellington branch of Te Araroa Trust has been nominated among the 2017 Walking Access Champion award winners for its work creating the popular Paekākāariki-Pukerua Bay Escarpment Track on the Kāpiti Coast, which opened in April 2016.Many plaudits have been given for its qualit...
That's Amore at Southwards
March 2017
Operatunity's Daytime Concert Series brings 'That's Amore' to Southward Theatre in Kāpiti on Tuesday 14th March at 11am.Following sold-out national tours, Operatunity's Three Tenors: Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Derek Hill and Kalauni Pouvalu reunite for 'That's Amore'. The trio ha...
Kāpiti 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 Gar...
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 l...
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, ParaparaumuPre-auditions meeting on Wednesday 15 March...
Healthcare meeting on the Kāpiti Coast
March 2017
Over 100 people attended Annette King's final public meeting in Waikanae as deputy Labour Party Leader and spokesperson for Health.Mrs King began her career as the Labour member for Horowhenua in 1984 which included much of Waikanae, so it was fitting that the region was the las...
Painted Rocks to help Hungry Kiwis
March 2017
Painted rocks have helped boost a campaign supporting hungry Kiwis. The Resene Hunger for Colour campaign almost tripled its collection of canned food for Salvation Army foodbanks, as New Zealanders swapped over 64,000 cans for testpots of Resene paint during February. The month-...
A road by any other name
March 2017
The Kāpiti Coast community is being asked to put forward suggestions for naming seven sections of State Highway 1 (SH1) between Paekākāariki and Peka Peka that will be renamed as part of the Kāpiti Coast District Council's work to make the existing SH1 a local road.The decision to...
Dogs in togs coming to Kāpiti
March 2017
Kāpiti canines will be able to cool off at Waikanae Pool next week for the first ever Dogs in Togs summer swim event on the coast.Kāpiti Coast Aquatics is hosting the inaugural Dogs in Togs at the Waikanae Pool on Sunday 26 March from 2pm to 5.30pm.The first hour and half...
Dogs in togs coming to Kāpiti
March 2017
Kāpiti canines will be able to cool off at Waikanae Pool next week for the first ever Dogs in Togs summer swim event on the coast.Kāpiti Coast Aquatics is hosting the inaugural Dogs in Togs at the Waikanae Pool on Sunday 26 March from 2pm to 5.30pm.The first hour and half, from 2...
Kāpiti's Otaraua Park Experience open to Residents
March 2017
Kāpiti residents have a chance to check out the newest park in the district next week.Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting the community to the Otaraua Park Experience between 1 and 5pm on Sunday 19 March.Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says the Council is en...
Waikanae Lagoon monitored for toxic algae
March 2017
Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to keep their dogs on leashes if heading near Waimanu Lagoon in Waikanae this weekend due to the potential presence of a toxic algae.The Council has tested an algae growth, thought to be a blue-green algae, at the lagoon and will b...
Kāpiti deputy mayor appointed to LGNZ group
March 2017
Kāpiti Coast Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow has been appointed to the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Policy Advisory Group.The advisory group will provide advice to National Council on policy matters relating to the economic, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of Ne...
Kāpiti Council looks to take advantage of Expressway
March 2017
Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting the community to visit their stand in Coastlands next week to find out more about its work to make the most of the opportunities the Expressway brings to the district. Group Manager Strategy and Planning Sarah Stevenson says the Counc...
Community views wanted on Kāpiti playground upgrades
March 2017
Kāpiti kids and those young at heart are been called on to give feedback about what they would like to see at their neighbourhood playgrounds.KCDC is undertaking its regular renewal programme for playgrounds in Kāpiti and will be upgrading Tennis Court Road in Raumati South, ...
Kāpiti gets soaked
March 2017
The weather bomb that hit New Zealand on the weekend left Kāpiti residents and council with plenty of clean up work to do. Paraparaumu resident Debbie Martin is pictured wading through the water in the ironically named Sunshine Avenue....
Otaraua Park Experience open to public
March 2017
Kāpiti to lead growth for Wellington Region
March 2017
The Prime Minister has praised the new Kāpiti Expressway, calling it a platform for growth across the Wellington region over the next 30 years. Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Bill English, and MP for Ōtaki, Hon Nathan Guy spoke at Southwards Car Museum in an event organised by the Kapit...
Calls to extend shared path from Peka Peka to Ōtaki
March 2017
The 18 kilometre shared pathway beside the new Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway only opened in February, but it's already a hit with Kāpiti Coast locals.The pathway takes you from Raumati South up to Peka Peka, passing new wetlands and over local roads, linking up the communities ...
Kāpiti Chamber Inspires Bold Change
March 2017
Inspirational speakers encouraged bold change in Kāpiti, as part of the Be Bold For Change Campaign for International Women's Day held on the 8th of March. An event at Southwards Car Museum, run by the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, saw a full house, 220 people, turn out to su...
Securing your Retirement seminar series a hit in Kāpiti
March 2017
Over a 100 people attended a recent retirement seminar in Kāpiti led by local financial planner Liz Koh along with well-known economist, Bernard Hickey; and Lifetime CEO, Ralph Stewart.Lifetime is touring New Zealand this March and there have been large audiences at the South Isl...
Kāpiti students perform for Arts Centre
March 2017
Kāpiti 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 Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce and Kāpiti Rotary, KPAC was presented with a cheque for $1000. It's exciting to...
Apathy and Ignorance
The story behind Ōtakis hidden gem
March 2017
See how a major flood protection project has resulted in stunning environmental enhancement by joining the Explore Chrystalls Bend guided walk along the banks of the Ōtaki River on Saturday 25 March.The once derelict Chrystalls Bend became the site of Greater Wellington Regional ...
Kāpiti Chamber Chair Chats
March 2017
Kāpiti is set to reap the business benefits from the new Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway and like many in our community, I took the opportunity to walk along the expressway a couple of weekends ago, taking in the sights and enjoying the view of the wetlands and landscaping.Since ...
Kāpiti Tech Businesses urged to focus on risk management
March 2017
The Kāpiti Coast has produced many innovative tech businesses over the past few years and many others are in the early stages of development.Kiwi technology businesses need to ensure they are adopting risk management practices to remain at the forefront of the world stage, Delta ...
Kāpiti impacted by rural health crisis
March 2017
With Kāpiti on the edge of health services, many have significant distances to travel and are feeling the impact of a system said to be in crisis.National rural health alliance advocates are this week appealing to government to put a halt to the erosion of rural health and wellbe...
Stunning Kāpiti Sunset
March 2017
Photo is titled Paekākāariki Rocks by Kāpiti Photographer Bob Kattenberg...
Kāpiti Celebrates International Women's Day
March 2017
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce and Kāpiti Rotary is hosting the #BeBoldForChange Luncheon to celebrate International Women's Day. The Luncheon promises an engaging, provocative and lighthearted celebrity panel discussion with three inspirational women, in celebration of International...
Hearing Week highlights issues
March 2017
Being hard of hearing is now accepted as a disability in New Zealand.Hearing Week is off to a great start with The National Foundation for the Deaf joining The Access Alliance steering group with members Auckland Disability Law, Blind Foundation, CCS Disability Action, Deaf Aotea...
Kāpiti Business Network Invitation
March 2017
Kāpiti Chamber invites you to their Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 13 March 2017Time: 5.15pm to 7pmSpeaker: It's a surprise!Venue: Club Vista32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachNo need to registerJust arriveNo entry chargeBar charges appl...
Kāpiti Council urged to reconsider bylaw
March 2017
Guy Burns, Deputy Chair Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board is disturbed that Kāpiti Coast District Council is threatening to fine people driving or parking on Kāpiti Beaches $750."Prosecution would be based on a 2009 bylaw which has its foundation on wet, soft, slippery sand."Fi...
Data collection breaches privacy
March 2017
MSD's client data collection is a breach of privacy, says NZACHanding over personal details of clients who are seeking help from social services is a breach of their confidentiality, says the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC).NZAC President, Bev Weber, says the Ministr...
Kāpiti comments welcome on GWRC Plan
March 2017
Strengthening the Wellington region's ability to cope with natural hazards, while providing a quality natural environment and an improved public transport system, were top of mind when councillors met yesterday to discuss the public consultation around the Annual Plan 2017/2018.G...
Levin to Waikanae commuter service revs up
March 2017
The highly anticipated Levin to Waikanae trial bus service is set to begin its first service on Tuesday 7 March 2017. The two year trial is a joint venture between Horizons Regional Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council, and will be operated by Uzabus. H...
Evans offers to assist Kāpiti CEO
Dear EditorBelow is an open letter to KCDC Town Clerk Pat DoughertyCEO Kāpiti Coast District CouncilDear PatWhilst reading the Dominion Post (25th Feb 17) I read the advertisement placed byPalmerston North District Council seeking an 'ambitious, innovotive & visionary' CE...
Prime Minister is Kāpiti lunch guest
March 2017
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is inviting guests to join the Prime Minister and leader of the National Party, the Rt Hon Bill English for lunch. Date: Thursday 9 March 2017Time: 12.30pm to 2pmVenue: Southward Car MuseumCost: Individual $39 Table of 10 $350...
Get Kāpiti Kids Movin in March
March 2017
Students from Kāpiti schools still have time to sign up for Movin'March, a celebration to encourage students and parents to get active on the way to school without travelling in a car.Movin'March has attracted students from over 65 schools and is a month long (1-31 March) celebra...

 
Feb 2017
McCann calls Public Meetings on Education
February 2017
Ōtaki Labour candidate Rob McCann says the ballooning cost of education needs urgent attention and he has organised a public meeting to highlight the issue.Mr McCann ran a recent opinion piece on the ever increasing financial burden on parents and schools and says the respons...
Government vows that by 2040, 90% of New Zealands rivers will be vaguely liquid in nature
February 2017
Environment Minister Nick Smith says the country's rivers will "almost universally" be swimmable by 2040, but urges New Zealander's not to drink from them.Environment Minister Nick Smith says the country's rivers will "almost universally" be swimmable by 2040, but urges New Z...
Carwash fundraiser Saturday 25 Feb
February 2017
The Kenakena School carwash fundraiser for Kahikatea Syndicate is getting closer - this Sat 25 Feb, 9.30am to 2.30pm at Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Rd. Thanks so much to Room 21 kids who designed the signs ...... was up late last night putting them together, they look fab. ...
Observations from Waikanae
Dear EditorSome observations over the last week. Ladies it's indicate, break turn, not brake turn indicate. Gentleman if you are elderly and cannot stay in your lane driving down Te Moana Road at 35kph, then it is time to put your car in the garage and use your gold card. Love th...
Water use agreements crucial
February 2017
A new national report on water quality reinforces the need for regional councils to work with communities on managing freshwater says Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council chair."Our whole approach to improving water quality in this region has been built around commu...
Professional meeting rooms available
March 2017
Look professional by booking a meeting in one of our modern meeting rooms for your next client meeting, or strategy planning. We're fully equipped with fibre internet, chrome cast, data projector, whiteboard, whiteboard walls, and free tea and coffee on arrival. :) Come check us ...
Age Care Major Concern
March 2017
All Trixie Cottingham (aged 96) wants to do is to be able to live in her home with the dignity that should be available to everyone."Last week Trixie was forced to wait for her home help," said Rob McCann, local Labour Party Candidate. "When she could wait no more, she began the ...
WREDA chief as breakfast speaker
February 2017
Electra Business Breakfast KāpitiWellington Regional Economic Development AgencyChris Whelan, Inaugural Chief Executive Wednesday 1 March 20177.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighte...
Coastella Returns - sunshine awaits
February 2017
When:Sat 25 Feb 2017, 1:00pm11:00pm Where:Southward Car Museum, Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti CoastRestrictions:All AgesTicket Information:Family Ticket Presale: $160.00Christmas Offer: $99.00Adult: $65.00Family - Early Bird: $150.00...
Philanthropy at its Best
February 2017
Perspectives on what makes a good funderFrom the Blog of Kate FrykbergHere are four different perspectives on the characteristics of a good funder:The criteria for "Philanthropy at its best" proposed by the US-based National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy are particularly ...
Man stabbed at Raumati party
March 2017
A 24 year old Kāpiti man has been hospitalised with serious stab wounds after a brawl at a Rosetta Road party on the weekend.Kāpiti Police say the man was assaulted at the party with a crowbar and stabbed approximately 12 times in the back, stomach and chest with a small folding ...
Raumati Road improvements continue
February 2017
Improvements to Raumati Road at the Hillcrest Road/Goldsborough Avenue intersection are in full swing.Starting last month, the works include installing a new roundabout and pedestrian refuges at each arm of the roundabout, re-aligning Goldsborough Avenue, footpath improvements, a...
Ōtaki Pool closed for two months
February 2017
The Ōtaki Pool will be closed next week to undergo a $5.4 million redevelopment.The pool's rebuild is one of four key initiatives selected by the Kāpiti Coast District Council and the community for development as part of FutureKāpiti Long term plan 201535.The pool will be ...
Temporary block wall fails on Kāpiti beach
February 2017
Kāpiti Coast District Council will be monitoring a temporary block wall at the south end of Paraparaumu Beach over the weekend.A 170-metre concrete structure was installed to provide temporary protection for a sewer main serving a number of properties on Wharemauku Road following...
Paekākāariki Seawall takes hammering
February 2017
With the recent heavy storm damage to the Paekākāariki Seawall many locals will be welcomimg the planned construction of a new wall.Paekākāariki residents had an opportunity to see how the design of their new seawall was progressing last week.The current seawall has been in place f...
Ōtaki Memorial Hall on Shaky Ground
February 2017
A detailed assessment of Ōtaki Memorial Hall has confirmed it is earthquake prone.This evaluation followed an initial seismic assessment by independent structural engineers, which identified the building on Main Street as potentially earthquake prone.Signs have been put up on the...
Public views sought on Maclean Park refresh
February 2017
The first stage of community input on refreshing Maclean Park is needed by Monday with KCDC encouraging people who have an interest in the future of Maclean Park at Paraparaumu Beach to provide their ideas by the closing date of 20 February.Maclean Park was once a major public dr...
Public Places Bylaw and trading in Public Places Policy
February 2017
Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting people to provide feedback on its draft 2017 Public Places Bylaw and draft 2017 Trading in Public Places Policy.Council's Community Services Group Manager Max Pedersen says people have until 31 March to provide input on the bylaw and poli...
Hedge Hazard Headline Horrifies
Dear EditorI am appalled to read the Headlines in today's Dominion Post that the Osborne Hedge has become a serious hazard, this hedge is an icon of the Wonderful Waikanae Area, and under no circumstances do we require that it be decimated due to the whims of some neighbours ...
Citizenship is not for sale
Dear Editor It does not seem credible that Nathan Guy cannot recall granting Mr Thiel New Zealand citizenship in 2011. Mr Theil is a high-profile billionaire who had met with our former Prime Minister and was the subject of a series of questions in Parliament. Now...
Construction started at Jim Cooke Park
February 2017
Goodmans Ltd, a local Waikanae company, is making good progress on preparing the ground for the new Jim Cooke Park Stopbank next to the Waikanae River. This stopbank improvement will protect a large part of Waikanae from a 1 in 100 year flood."We have put up site fences to separa...

 
Jan 2017
Paekākāariki set to shake for the quake
January 2017
At Wellington Anniversary weekend - don't head away from Kāpiti. Bring your family and friends to a special night of top musical entertainment, good grooves, fun laughter, jamming and a whole lot more at St Peters Hall in Paekākāariki.Many of Kāpiti and Horowhenua's top musicians ...
Electra Business Breakfast hosts Winners
January 2017
Wednesday 1 February 20177.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting 'winners' from the 2016 Electra Business Awards winners: 1.Small Business Winner & Electra Business of the ...
Paekākāariki Welcomes Ukes of Wellington
January 2017
The Mulled Wine Concert Series in Paekākāariki is normally a stage for highly-trained classical musicians, but as concert organiser Mary Gow says, "Sometimes we like to let our hair down and have a little fun."So, to kick off the 2017 season, the organisers are hosting an evening ...

 
Dec 2016
Kāpiti Welcomes in the New Year
January 1st 2017
Kāpiti Welcomes in the New Year
January 1st 2017
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Science storytelling visits Kāpiti
December 2016
David Klein is a science storyteller and this summer he's cycling the country with his award-winning one-man show about curiosity, learning and the universe. Cycling from town to town on a "Big Dummy" cargo bike, Tour de Science will be performed in over 60 locations from...
Kāpiti Travellers head for Bay Dreams
December 2016
Kāpiti Library Holiday Hours
December 2016
Kāpiti has many of the best libraries you will find anywhere. They are operated by friendly and helpful people who make a visit to the local library a very pleasant experience. Below are the Holiday closed dates and the normal library hours.Public Holidays (libraries closed)...
Paraparaumu Learning Centre Ideal for Quiet Study
December 2016
Located in the upstairs mezzanine at the Paraparaumu Library, the Learning Centre is a quiet place to gather, study and participate in technology learning opportunities. You are welcome to use the space for quiet study if there are no classes running.The Digital Services Team...
Prisons said to be a moral and fiscal failure
December 2016
"The general public need to be properly informed of what Bill English meant when he said that prisons are a moral and fiscal failure," says Dr Kim Workman, Adjunct Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University. Dr Workman was present when Bill English ma...
Voters wanted change
Dear Editor When the voters throughout the Horowhenua voted for change they didn't think the old guard would gang up on the Mayor or his campaign promises. They are using the excuse that they have no faith or trust in his decision to appoint his own deputy. It was obv...
Shopping Local for Christmas Works Best
December 2016
Kāpiti motorcyclists: its time to get Ride Ready!
December 2016
Local councils, along with the NZ Transport Agency, are working together to make sure motorcyclists in the Wellington region are ready to ride as they head into summer.Riders across Kāpiti, Wellington, Hutt Valley, and Wairarapa are being offered free training and a free 10-point...
Retaining wall upgraded for shared path improvements on Kāpiti Rd
December 2016
Work continues to improve safety and accessibility on Kāpiti Road, our districts busiest road.This week the Kāpiti Coast District Council will commence work to build a new retaining wall outside the old airport control tower.Group Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon says ...
The Trams are Back In Business at Queen Elizabeth Park
December 2016
After being out of service for over 9 months, and the expenditure of in excess of $40,000 on new electrical equipment, the Vintage Wellington Trams, a familiar attraction at Queen Elizabeth Park for the past 50 years, are "Back in Business."An electrical storm in January this yea...
New report on how many animals are used for research, testing and teaching in NZ
December 2016
Today the 2015 figures on the animals used for research, testing and teaching (RTT) were released by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society are disappointed by the manner in which the report was presented. It highlights that the statist...
NZAC backs principals call for more investment in at-risk youth
December 2016
More investment is urgently needed in early intervention if young children are to be properly supported, rather than potentially facing "a future of crime".The NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC) is backing calls from Dunedin North Intermediate principal, Heidi Hayward, for more...
Raumati South Residents Assn getting prepared
December 2016
In light of the recent big quake.A community get together to chat about experiences, tsunami evacuation and emergency preparation and procedures.WHEN: 19 December from 6.30-7.30WHERE: Raumati South School ...
Kāpiti's Securely Independence Monitor offers more choice to elderly
December 2016
Kāpiti's New Zealand owned security and specialist monitoring company Securely has released a monitoring solution which will aim to help New Zealanders stay in their homes longer.The new product 'Securely Independence Monitor' not only has the traditional panic functions of a med...
Kāpiti Writer releases latest - Its 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 Kāpiti's Emma Weakley, That Kind of Planet brings together an assortment of stories drawing on myths and fairy tales with a dash of ...
Operatunity Waltz's into Heart of Kāpiti
December 2016
Operatunity brings its celebration of the waltz to Southward Theatre, Otaihangi Road, Paraparaumu in Kāpiti on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 11am.This concert is in the style of Andre Rieu with favourite melodies by composers such as Strauss, Lehar, Romberg and Novello. Engaged c...
Kāpiti to Host 3x3 Basketball Event
December 2016
3x3 (pronounced 3 on 3, 3 by 3 or 3X3), also known as street ball or street basketball, is a form of basketball played three a side on one hoop. It is the largest urban team sport in the world (ESSEC study commissioned by IOC) with over 250 million players worldwide and ranked a...
Otaihanga shared path improvements get the thumbs up
December 2016
Cycleway, walkway and bridleway enthusiasts gave the Kāpiti Coast District Council's Otaihanga Road shared path improvements a big thumbs up last week following a final inspection of the upgraded 2.5 metre wide path.Kāpiti Accessibility Advisory Group member Brad Hayward, says th...
Pandering to NIMBYs Must Stop
The land between 146 and 148 Weggery Drive, Waikanae, classified as a legal road,was gifted to the Kāpiti Council by the developer of the subdivision.Council say they want to sell this land because it has no use but it is still used as a shortcut, saving 130 metres for pedestrian...
Experimental Fora Undemocratic
In my view, democracy is not well served through 'experimental' fora within which well-informed input from ratepayers is proverbially 'screened for relevance' by elected councillors prior to disappearing without record into the ether. Like Daniel Blake, we (the community) are cit...
Give Roundabouts another Turn
What a surprise! We finally have an honest politician in our midst. Good on you Guru for checking on your family and the dog then turning off your phone and going back to sleep. many other Mayors would have done the same thing , but would never have admitted it. I'm sure you knew...
Kāpiti Quake Building Risks Ongoing
December 2016
While Kāpiti fared reasonably well during the resent large earthquake there are still many serious quake related issues facing building owners and tenants.Building owners and tenants dealing with quake-damaged properties need to be aware of changes to the health and safety enviro...
Kāpiti Expressway set to open mid 2017
December 2016
The first of the Northern Corridor projects to get underway, the southern section of the 33-kilometre Kāpiti Expressway is scheduled for completion mid 2017. This encompasses a $630 million, 18-kilometre, four-lane lane highway from MacKay's Crossing north of Paekākāariki to Peka ...
Kāpiti Equestrians make World Games bid
December 2016
The Kāpiti Equestrian & Vaulting Centre is run as a charitable trust and Saturday 17 December they will host an Open Day and Garage Sale as a fundraiser to prepare another vaulting team for the World Equestrian Games 2018.The Kāpiti Equestrian & Vaulting Centre ran a very success...
NZAC urges Government to prioritise youth mental health
Youth mental health should be the Government's priority in light of Youthline Wellington's cries for help, says NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC) president, Bev Weber.The free counsellor helpline announced earlier today it is struggling financially, and called for donations, g...
Kāpiti Community Centre also serves as Emergency Hub
December 2016
Many people in Kāpiti may not be aware that the Kāpiti Community Centre is also a 'Community Emergency Hub'. My family are only too familiar with natural disasters including Canterbury Earthquakes 2010/2011. Kāpiti have yet to experience the real force of a severe earthquake at ...
Kāpiti Residents asked for Views
December 2016
Over the next few months Kāpiti Coast District Council is keen to hear from residents on a range of projects, strategies and bylaws being developed or reviewed.Mayor K Gurunathan says the Council is seeking people's suggestions and priorities on many aspects of its work being pla...
Recycling Rubbish Piling Up In Kāpiti
December2016
Guy Burns, Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Board member is annoyed and disappointed at how the Kāpiti recycling waste provider Envirowaste has taken away resident's recycling bins without leaving any replacements."Locals have been contacting me thinking the Council is responsible f...
Kāpiti Council helps food service businesses
December 2016
Kāpiti Coast Council hosted a successful training session for food service providers to help businesses stay up to speed on industry requirements.Along with Ministry of Primary Industries representatives, Council's Environmental Health team ran the workshop to help owners, manage...
See the Great Outdoors in Regional Parks
December 2016
After the year we've had we all need a bit of relaxation, and Wellington's Regional Parks provide the ideal venue. Greater Wellington Regional Parks portfolio leader Prue Lamason says this year's new look Greater Wellington Great Outdoors programme, brings together 53 events, sp...
Cheaper weekend bus fares for Christmas!
December 2016
Kāpiti Coasters travelling by bus in Wellington over the next few weekends are in for some reduced fares as the Christmas spirit hits public transport.With fares starting as low as $1, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council are again teaming up and offeri...
Kāpiti Community board chairs confirmed
December 2016
The chairs for Kāpiti Coast District Council's four community boards have all been confirmed.Community boards have four representatives each and have been elected for Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu-Raumati and Paekākāariki.Mayor K Gurunathan says community boards play an important r...
Kāpiti School Patrols march for road safety
December 2016
Pupils from Kāpiti primary schools braved heavy rain to parade through Paraparaumu town centre today, celebrating their hard work to keep roads safe around their schools. Year 5 to 8 pupils from ten schools took part in the Orange Day School Patrol Parade, hosted by the council a...
Kāpiti Council welcomes progress on Peka Peka to Ōtaki section of the Kāpiti Expressway
December 2016
The Kāpiti Council welcomes the New Zealand Transport Agency's decision to award the contract for the 13 kilometre Peka Peka to Ōtaki section of the Kāpiti Expressway to Fletcher Construction.Mayor Gurunathan says the Council enjoys a positive partnership with Fletcher Constructi...
Kāpiti Coast District poised for growth
December 2016
The Kāpiti Coast District economy continues to experience healthy economic growth with a reported 3.1 percent increase over the September 2016 year.Sarah Stevenson, Group Manager for Strategy and Planning says much of this can be attributed to the growth and success of our local ...
Taking 17 year olds out of the adult justice system long overdue
December 2016
JustSpeak welcomes the news that most 17 year olds will be taken out of the adult justice system and acknowledges the Government for listening to public opinion, expert advice and common sense."It's about time" says JustSpeak Director Dr Katie Bruce. "Many people I speak to alrea...
Mahara Gallery remains firmly in the Council's sights
Plans to upgrade the Mahara Gallery are still firmly in the Kāpiti 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 formal signi...
Rating agency affirms regional councils AA/A-1+ credit rating
December 2016
Credit rating agency Standard and Poors/Rating Direct has affirmed Greater Wellington Regional Council's AA/A-1+ outlook stable credit rating, saying that any significant damage resulting from natural disaster such as earthquake has a small likelihood of affecting the council's c...
Kāpiti in part of Paua sting
December 2016
Three groups of recreational divers face prosecution after being nabbed with a total of almost 400 illegally caught paua in the Wellington region over the weekend.The divers were caught as the Ministry for Primary Industries marked the start of its summer patrols.Ministry for Pri...
Trump invited to Kāpiti talk on Abrupt Climate Change
December 2016
Newly elected US President Donald Trump has been invited to attend a talk on Abrupt Climate Change to be held at the Kāpiti Community Centre on December 10 at 4pm.The talk will be given by Professor Guy McPherson, an internationally renowned conservation biologist.During his ...
Kāpiti Food Fair Exceeds Expectations
December 2016
The owners of the Kāpiti Food Fair, Helene Judge and Jeanine van Kradenburg are super happy with the number of visitors coming to the Fair this year."Our target was 10,000 and we have come in at 9,228," says Helene. She goes on to say that "Jeanine and I sincerely thank ever...

 
Nov 2016
Young Kiwi Entrepreneurs on the Move
December 2016
A new website that helps Kiwis with one of the "hassles" of modern life has passed a major milestone. The website MovingPros, set up by two brothers, Cam and Nate Whitaker, aims to make the tedious task of moving house or office "far less stressful" at a point that really cou...
Free workshop to understand new Food Safety Law
November 2016
A free workshop is being held to help businesses understand the new Food Act.The workshop will take place on Tuesday 29 November in Paraparaumu. It is being run by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in partnership with Kāpiti Coast District Council. Sally Johnston...

 
Oct 2016
Free train Sunday on 30 October to thank regional ratepayers
October 2016
Trips on all Metlink trains across the region will be free for everyone all day from 5am on Sunday 30 October."We'd like to thank everyone for their ongoing support for the rail network, particularly ratepayers, whose ongoing funding makes our region's commuter train service a gr...
Waikanae Park and Ride work to begin
October 2016
Work is set to get underway again next week (25 to 28 October) on the new Metlink Park and Ride facility at Waikanae."There is a lot of demand for parking from commuters who are using Waikanae Station and we are pleased work is set to resume," says Wayne Hastie GWRC General Manag...
Good weather ahead small firms show confidence
October 2016
Spring is in the air for New Zealand's small businesses, many of who are seeing fine economic weather ahead. However, a lack of skilled staff is putting a strain on growth, according to ANZ's quarterly Business Micro Scope survey of small firms.A net 17% of respondents - up f...
Peka Peka Interchange works
October 2016
New works beginning this week will see some rerouting of traffic near Peka Peka.At the northern end of the new Expressway near Peka Peka, the route will transition from two lanes in each direction, to one lane in each direction as it connects to the existing state highway towards...
Juli Hunter Opens New Store in Waikanae
October 2016
Local clothing designer Juli Hunter and her team are celebrating the opening of her new retail shop in Mahara Place, Waikanae. Juli says the public are welcome to stop by on Friday, October 21st, anytime between 4-7pm for a glass of bubbles and an opportunity to check out her arr...
Kāpiti Run for Youth launches sixth year
October 2016
Over the last six years the Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) has raised more than $63,000 to support youth charities in Kāpiti.At the conclusion of KR4Yon Sunday 8 November 2015 the planning committee made a decision to move the event to Sunday 19 March 2017. Richard Calki...
Guy Burns urges caution on Kāpiti Council spending
October 2016
Guy Burns, former Raumati/Paekākāariki ward candidate thanks all those who supported him in the 2016 Kāpiti Coast District Council elections."I missed out on the ward seat and wish re-elected Councillor Janet Holborow well, and urge her to tread carefully regarding all future Cou...
Kāpiti Residents may feel impact of Junior Doctors' Strike
October 2016
Junior doctors who are members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) will go on strike from 7am on 18 October until 7am on 20 October."During that 48-hour period, the junior doctors will completely withdraw their services from all DHBs around the country," sa...
Kāpiti can make the most of cyber security skills shortages
October 2016
New Zealand is facing a security skills shortage, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.Kāpiti has produced a number of successful start up companies in this industry and it appears there are plenty of opportunities to expand and at the same time upskill many young Kāpiti stu...
Kāpiti Passport to Employment Launched
October 2016
A New Zealand first project of getting young people into work just took a big leap forward with the launch of the Kāpiti Youth Passport to Employment initiative.A group of 40 employers, education providers and community networks met to launch the project which aims primarily ...
Kāpiti - The times, they are a Changin'
October 2016
Electra Business Breakfast - KāpitiDemographic Change: What does it Mean for our Population, Economy and BusinessWednesday 2 November 20167.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be host...
Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre gets new Title
October 2016
The newly anticipated Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre Principal Theatre has been named Coastlands Theatre in an official ceremony held at Coastlands Shoppingtown. Coastlands purchased the naming rights to the Theatre for $500,000 which helps fund the $10 million dollar project to p...
Big Wet Sinks Ōtaki Race Day
October 2016
The Ōtaki Maori Racing Club meeting scheduled for Saturday (15 October) was abandoned due to heavy rains and ongoing poor weather.The big wet hitting the North Island has claimed another race meeting.Saturday's eight-race card at Ōtaki was canned before a race could be run due to...
Brilliant Comedian headlines Kāpiti December Breakfast Meeting
October 2016
HEADS UP: Speaker Wed 7 Dec 2016Come along and hear from Cohen Holloway from Kāpiti, a successful New Zealand actor. Cohen will provide his perspective of 'business life as an actor' and 'putting food on the table and clothes on the backs of his wife and kids!' He will look at ...
Driverless Cars heading your way soon
October 2016
Watch out Kāpiti - next time you think you see a car driving along towards you without a driver it isn't because you got your medication wrong. The age of the driverless car is upon us.NZTech head Graeme Muller predicts hundreds of driverless cars will be seen on New Zealand's ro...
Century 21 Goes Pink for New Zealand Breast Cancer Charities
October 2016
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women, affecting one in nine New Zealand women over their lifetime. There are many ways your money can help and even the smallest amount will have an impact.With no proven method of prevention or cure for this disease, charitable donati...
Child Poverty a National Issue
October 2016
Kāpiti is as affected by child poverty as the rest of New Zealand. Local politicians have recently been debating social housing issues, not just for the elderly but also for those with young children in dire need of affordable housing.The Salvation Army strongly supports the call...
Tackling Tough Conversations with Staff - TA5
October 2016
Kāpiti Chamber invites you to TA5: Tackling Tough Conversationswith Staff presented by Melanie Davis, OurHR.Date: Wednesday 19 OctoberTime: 5.30pm to 7.00pmVenue: Kāpiti Sports Pavilion & TurfCost: Members $20 Non members $30 'Tackling Tough Conversations with S...

 
Sep 2016
Friends of the Ōtaki River wins regional heritage and environment award
September 2016
The Friends of the Ōtaki River has been recognised at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards, winning the Heritage & Environment section.Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty says he's delighted to see our Kāpiti Coast Civic and Community Award win...
Locals share the spoils at Electra Business Awards
September 2016
The Kāpiti/Wellington franchise of the hugely successful G.J. Gardner Homes residential construction business has been named the 2016 Electra Business of the Year.G.J. Gardner Homes Kāpiti/Wellington was awarded the supreme Business of the Year Award at the Electra Business A...
Cross Town Derby for Angelo Robinson Cup goes to Kāpiti College
September 2016
The annual Angelo Robinson Basketball Cup (known as the LO ROB Cup) was played Friday 9th September at Kāpiti College.This end of season College Basketball game between Paraparaumu College Senior Boys Basketball Team & Kāpiti College Senior Boys Basketball Team was started 6 yea...
Chief Economist Cameron Bagrie - Business Breafast Speaker
September 2016
Electra Business Breakfast KāpitiTesting for Irregularities: Economic Updateon New Zealand and the WorldBy ANZ Chief EconomistABOUT Cameron Bagrie, ANZ Chief EconomistCameron has worked as an economist in New Zealand for 20 years, including 10 as Chief Economist o...
Checking smoke alarms this daylight savings? Make sure you can hear them as well
September 2016
Smoke alarms are essential for home safety but, for the one in six New Zealanders who live with a hearing loss, there's a risk that ordinary smoke alarms don't provide the peace of mind they need. That's why it's not only important to check that smoke alarms are working this dayl...
Mayoral Debate on the Paekākāariki Airwaves
September 2016
Kāpiti community radio station Paekākāariki 88.2FM are hosting a mayoral debate this Sunday 25 September streaming live from 6pm and repeated twice daily (12 noon and 6pm) on the internet www.paekakariki.org.nz and across the district at 88.2FM.Incumbent mayor Ross Church will be ...
The Waikanae Residents Meet the Candidates meeting of 17 September
September 2016
Comment from Margaret Stevenson-Wright: candidate for the Waikanae Community Board.A huge thank to Aldous MacIvor, MC Mike Smith - their assisting team and sponsor New World Waikanae for facilitating yesterday's meeting.The high number of residents present signalled to me a...
Guest Defence Coach Attends KBA Basketball Skills & Development Trainings
September 2016
Guest Coach Kevin Reece recently did two specialist Defence Training Sessions at the KBA Skills and Development Trainings which are held on Thursday nights at KCDC Sportshall with Coach Angelo Robinson. Coach Reece is based in Brunei Coaching Basketball ex Brunei Nation...
Elections start today with the sending out of voting papers
September 2016
Voting papers will start arriving in the region's letter boxes today, providing people with the opportunity to have their say on who'll represent them on the Wellington Regional Council for the next three years.Regional Council electoral officer Margaret Meek is encouraging p...
Working on their Night Moves in Peka Peka
September 2016
Starting this Sunday night (18 Sept), and for the next three weeks, The M2PP team will be carrying out night works around Peka Peka. These are part of getting things ready for a temporary State Highway 1 traffic re-route onto the new local link road that's planned for October."...
Rain, rain, and more rain for Kāpiti Coast
September 2016
Kāpiti Coast District Council is urging motorists to take care on Kāpiti's rain-drenched roads as darkness falls on Saturday night.Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says Kāpiti had managed fairly well so far, although there had been large areas of surface flooding...
Stride 'n' Ride delivers to Otaihanga Road shared path upgrade
September 2016
Otaihanga Road, Kāpiti's busiest rural road, is set to benefit from an upgrade of the existing shared path facility between Ratanui Road and the Kāpiti Expressway Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway (CWB).The upgrade is being delivered through Stride 'n' Ride Kāpiti Coast. It will in...
Kāpiti College Snr Boys B Basketball Team Championship Winners
September 2016
Kāpiti College Senior Boys B Basketball Team Championship WinnersCongratulations to the KC Snr Boys B Team well done and a fantastic effort Report from Boyang Zhoa Coach Kāpiti College Snr Boys B TeamKāpiti College Snr Boys B Team played Tawa in the final of College...
Haere rā from Kae at Kāpiti Community Centre
October 2016
Gosh, time flies when you are having fun and it seems like only yesterday I started at Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre in my role as Development Manager, however, my two year contract has come to an end and it is time to move on.It has been exciting to see the Centre grow int...

 
Aug 2016
Dig deep Kāpiti, its Daffodil Day
August 2016
Hundreds of ANZ staff throughout the country will be rattling buckets today as they collect money for Daffodil Day, the Cancer Society's main fundraising appeal. This year marks ANZ's twenty-sixth year as principal sponsor of Daffodil Day and it's something ANZ is very pr...
Which Kāpiti town is the most beautiful in New Zealand
August 2016
Kāpiti get ready to answer the challenge - Is your town, city or suburb the most beautiful in New Zealand? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle your way to a Beautiful Award.Last year Waikanae was named New Zealand's most beautiful large town. This was for the 5000-20,000 people large t...
Kāpiti election fever sees candidates in the hot seat
August 2016
Meet the Candidates: Kāpiti Coast Local Body Elections 2016 - Who will you Vote for? When: Wednesday 14 September 2016Where: Community Coast Church, Hinemoa Street, ParaparaumuTime: 7-9.30pm (starts sharp at 7pm)Cost: FREE (no need to register, just arrive)...
Health and Safety lessons from Pike River for all businesses
August 2016
The types of failures that led to the Pike River mine tragedy can be found in many businesses and in many industries, says Rebecca Macfie, the Listener journalist who spent a year investigating the disaster and wrote the book Tragedy at Pike River: How and Why 29 Men Died.Pike Ri...
Waikanae will get 240 new parks for Christmas
August 2016
Weather permitting, Waikanae train commuters will be getting 240 new parks for Christmas with the construction of the new Metlink Park and Ride facility on the site of the old Waikanae Hotel late next week.Kāpiti's Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson said, "We have had to jump throu...
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 Kāpiti school and Nga Manu Nature Reserve. This year's school is Paraparaumu Beach Primary, with 160+ childre...
Night Road Closures ahead for Kāpiti Rd
August 2016
Starting on Sunday 21 August, we'll be carrying out three weeks of night works in this area to lay the new road surface and tie it in to the existing road. We need to do this work at night to avoid major disruption to heavy daytime traffic on this road.Throughout this time there'...
Kāpiti Writers - Menton calls
August 2016
The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship has been secured in perpetuity following a campaign that raised just over $800,000.The award winner in 2014 was Kāpiti writer Mandy Hager.For the past forty-six years, the Fellowship has enabled a selected New Zealand writer to live for u...
Kāpiti ashes bylaw cops some heat
August 2016
Kāpiti Council Candidate Guy Burns is appalled Kāpiti Coast District Council is considering a draft bylaw to ban people from scattering ashes on beaches, rivers and parks.If the bylaw is approved, people would need written permission, and would be restricted to emptying urns in s...
Kāpiti Chamber's TA5: Health & Safety Gets Practical
August 2016
TA5: Health & Safety Gets PracticalPresented by: Martin Laurs of Business CentralDate: Wednesday 31 AugustTime: 5.30pm to 7.00pmVenue: Kāpiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina StCost: Members $20 Non members $30 About your Presenter Martin LaursMartin began his h...
Kāpiti would be impacted by Kenepuru cuts
August 2016
District Health Board member Sue Kedgley says she is totally opposed to any closure of the after-hours service at Kenepuru hospital. "I have opposed this proposal and I will continue to do so, because everyone in Wellington is entitled to a 24 hour emergency service, wherever the...
Kāpiti Airport better bet than extension
August 2016
Major flaws have been found in Wellington's runway extension numbers.The case for spending $300 million to extend Wellington Airport's runway is based on "fundamentally flawed" reports that provide an "overly optimistic" view of the Capital's potential for long haul air travel. J...
Guy Burns demands answers from Kāpiti Council
August 2016
Paekākāariki-Raumati Ward candidate Guy Burns is disappointed that the Kāpiti Coast District Council has not signed up to participate in a new independent system to measure the performance of local authorities, and says he wants to know why the KCDC doesn't want to have its perfor...
Kāpiti kids among lineup for Rockshop Bandquest
August 2016
They're talented, tuned up and ready to perform in towns from Auckland to Dunedin just on 160 young school bands are lined up for this year's Rockshop Bandquest, the nationwide music contest for intermediate and primary students. Kāpiti has two bands competing in the Wellingto ...
Can't beat Kāpiti on a good day either
August 2016
Bernie Randall to stand for Paraparaumu Ward
August 2016
Paraparaumu resident Bernie Randall is standing as a Councillor at the forthcoming elections for the Paraparaumu Ward."With my background in business and expertise in Commercial Law I see a need for an independent review of the operations of the Council to determine its efficienc...

 
Jul 2016
Kāpiti hosts Interclub Vaulting Competition
July 2016
Free entry and everyone is welcome to this unique event: the 2016 Inaugural New Zealand Interclub Vaulting Competition. For the first time ever we have enough NZ vaulting clubs to have an interclub competition. Come and watch vaulters & horses from three New Zealand vaulting club...
Guy Burns joins Kāpiti election race
July 2016
Long-time local resident Guy Burns has announced he is standing in the local government elections for a seat on either the Raumati Paekākāariki Ward or the Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board."I'm sick of seeing our rates rise steadily each year at an amount massively greater than...
Kāpiti Rubbish Bags - what next
July 2016
EditorIs it possible to have clarification as to the situation regarding the current use (by many Kāpiti Coast residents) of the yellow/orange rubbish bags?Having read the advertisements setting out regulations for the collection of Low Cost and Envirowaste bins, we are i...
Record entries received for Customer Choice Awards
July 2016
Entries in the 2016 Electra Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Awards have closed and organisers are thrilled to confirm a record number of entries for this year's Customer Choice Awards.Launched in 2013, the Customer Choice category has become a popular addition to the annual Electra Ka...
Ōtaki Gorge re-opens
July 2016
Ōtaki Gorge road is open again and it was a busy road on Saturday as sightseers made their way into the Gorge for the first time after a seven month road closure due to a large slip on the Blue Bluff. Kāpiti Councillor and Te Horo resident Jackie Elliott and her children ...
Angela Buswell says strong leadership needed for Kāpiti Mayoralty
August 2016
Award winning Kāpiti business woman Angela Buswell has announced her candidacy for the Kāpiti Coast mayoralty.Angela Buswell says, "Kāpiti is in desperate need of a strong leader who can take our community forward to a positive thriving future. The current council has given ...
Pride Awards
The 2016 Pride Awards are open for nominations and are closing soon (31 July)The Pride Awards Trust publicly recognises and celebrates young people's achievements so they can be an inspiration to their peers and communities. In particular, we focus on young people who are often u...
No.8 Wire Week for Kāpiti
July 2016
Kāpiti residents of all ages can learn practical skills, get out and enjoy our environment, and have fun together during Council's upcoming No.8 Wire Week.Events are being run throughout the district in partnership with community groups and local DIY experts between 16 July to 24...
Kāpiti i-SITE gets Mediterranean flavour
July 2016
Kāpiti Council has announced that the Mediterranean Food Warehouse will be the new home for the Kāpiti i-SITE and visitor information centre.The i-SITE will transition from its current location in Rimu Road to the Mediterranean Food Warehouse in Coastlands from late August.C...
Kāpiti community grants now open
July 2016
This year's funding round for Kāpiti community grants is now open.More than $40,000 of grants is available to support community-based projects, programmes and events that help strengthen community capacity in the district.Council's Programme Design and Delivery Manager Ta...
Kāpiti Art Panel invite comment on public art for Paraparaumu
July 2016
The Public Art Panel and Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board is calling for input on a proposed art installation for Paraparaumu Beach. Board chair Fiona Vining says there's a range of ways for the community to provide feedback on what themes they think the installation shoul...
Paraparaumu wins Neighbours award
July 2016
Paraparaumu has topped more than 100 towns from throughout the country to win the inaugural Neighbours' Day Aotearoa Town of the Year title.The award recognises the efforts of the town that had the highest per capita number of activities registered online for this year's Neig...
Community Board member heads for Greener pastures
July 2016
The Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board has resolved not to fill the vacancy left by the recent resignation of Deborah Morris-Travers.Ms Morris-Travers resigned from the Board following her appointment as Chief of Staff of the Parliamentary Office of the Green Party. She had bee...
Ōtaki Museum assessed as an earthquake-prone building
July 2016
Kāpiti Council completed an assessment of seven council-owned buildings in Kāpiti earlier this year that identified two in Ōtaki that were potentially earthquake-prone the Ōtaki Civic Theatre and Ōtaki Museum. More detailed engineering investigations on both buildings was commi...
Mahara Gallery Upgrade committment given
July 2016
Plans to build a new purpose-built integrated Public Gallery and Library in Waikanae are still firmly in the Council's sights following the renewal of an agreement for the Mahara Gallery Upgrade.The new agreement between the Kāpiti Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust and the Field ...
Kāpiti call for New Zealander of the Year nominations
July 2016
Kāpiti produces a large number of high achievers and nominations are now open for the 2017 New Zealander of the Year Awards. These awards Honour the Best of Us; those individuals and organisations who use their passion to make our communities and our country a better place. Kapit...
Raumati runner bound for Rio
July 2016
Raumati South runner Hamish Carson is bound for the Rio Olympics after posting a succession of impressive times in his specialist 1500m.Hamish has served a long apprenticeship for this pinnacle event, finishing just outside the qualifying marks for Commonwealth Games and World Ch...
Coast Access Radio adds new broadcasters
July 2016
Coast Access Radio, based in Waikanae, has added three new star broadcasters to the lineup.Station manager Graeme Joyes says listeners will have noticed some changes to the schedule over the last couple of weeks and there are more on the way."We are proud to announce that joining...
Public Meeting Privatisation of Social Services
4 July 2016
Are you worried about social services being privatised? Are you concerned that a 'for profit' organisation could be contracted to look after our most vulnerable children? If you value our social services, please join us at this public meeting. All welcome.What: Pub...
Kāpiti Playhouse put on unforgettable show
July 2016
FORGET-ME-KNOT by David TristramA short blurbEver suffered from memory loss? Imagine the predicament of poor Robert Zeinfeld. Found wandering the streets at 4am, without a clue how he got there. Total amnesia! The policeman has to establish who Robert is. Perhap...
Stubborn - yeah, nah
Businesses to spark political change in Kāpiti
July 2016
The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce is seeking increased business representation in local council, by encouraging local entrepreneurs, business managers, and proven business owners to stand in this year's election with a free 'bring about change' event. The event will cover off ...

 
Jun 2016
Kāpiti Coaches Coached By One of the Best
June 2016
Fifteen local basketball coaches were put through their paces by Deslea Wrathall on the BBNZ Community Coaching Course held recently at the Paraparaumu Community gym.Deslea is a multiple National Championships basketball coach. As a former Tall Fern, Deslea has a wealth of ex...
Council loses in court - again
June 2016
I have just obtained the CCTV footage of my supposedly "approaching staff" when I accompanied my wife Kathy a few weeks ago for her to get a form from council on rates.I accompanied her because of the bellicose nature of a couple of staff members and most councillors and as i...
Implicit puffery portrayed
June 2016
Editor,D'Oyley Carte would have applauded a highly articulate ratepayer's rendition (KCDC Environment and Community Development Committee meeting of 14 April) of Councillor Michael Scott's now public domain 'Hi Sue' letter.Dismissed by Councillor Scott (Michael) as a 'Mikadoe...
Dramatic horse rescue in rising Ōtaki flood water
June 2016
Today (June 10)saw the dramatic rescue of Poppy, a two year old horse who found herself stranded down a steep bank alongside rapidly rising flood water in the Ōtaki Gorge.This incredible multi-agency operation, including the SPCA's National Rescue Unit, Massey University's Veteri...
Next stage of Raumati Straights kicks off next week
June 2016
The next stage of the Raumati Straights Upgrade is due to begin this Sunday (June 12), and two lanes will continue to be open during peak hours on State Highway 1 between Mackays Crossing and Raumati for the remainder for the upgrade works.Work will kick off Sunday night, when ou...
Food for thought and feed the mind in Kāpiti
June 2016
New Zealand's largest and tastiest culinary festival will once again be at your service over 17 days from 12-28 August 2016.The eighth year of Visa Wellington on a Plate (VWOAP) has launched with the biggest and most exciting food festival that will offer flavours, experience...
Last Ganz Mavag EMU Journey
The last Ganz Mavag train ran from Wellington to Melling and return on 27 May. It was the end of 34 years of service for the Hungarian built EMUs on the electrified part of the Wellington Metro network.The Ganz Mavag trains were the mainstay of passenger services on the Kapit...
Digital Journey brings Stuart Dillon-Roberts to Kāpiti Breakfast
June 2016
Electra Business Breakfast KāpitiBe Part of the Kāpiti Digital Journey - Technology is changing rapidly, lets go.Wednesday 6 July 2016 from 7.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personTechnology is changing at a rapid pace. Often it's a struggle ...
Kāpiti's Tramway Museum wins restoration award
June 2016
At the Annual Conference of the Federation of Railway Organisations of New Zealand (FRONZ), the Wellington Tramway Museum, operators of the tramway at Queen Elizabeth Park, was awarded the Tramway Restoration Award for the restoration of Fiducia Tram 260, the last street tram to ...
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 Mahara Gallery from June through August.Dr Pamela Gerrish Nunn, born in England but resident in New Zealand since 1989, was educated at Leicester Universit...

 
May 2016
Kāpiti Coast Business Network
June 2016
Kāpiti Chamber invites you to their Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 13 June 2016Time: 5.15pm to 7pmSpeakers: Ben Fardey, Buzzwords & Mike Olsen, Club VistaVenue: Club Vista32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachNo need to register, Just arriveNo ...
Kāpiti performing arts centre gets award winner's support
June 2016
An award winning producer and Kāpiti resident is supporting the proposed Kāpiti performing arts centre. Jaime Selkirk co-produced the Lord of the Rings trilogy with Sir Peter Jackson, winning an academy award for film editing.After recently visiting Kāpiti College Mr Selkirk ...
Kāpiti Commemorates Memorial Day
June 2016
American servicemen based in Kāpiti were remembered this week during a Service of Commemoration. The event was held at the Mackay's Crossing Memorial Site in Paekākāariki to remember the US armed forces in New Zealand between 1942-1944.Close to one hundred and fifty people...
Kāpiti i-SITE brought in-house
June 2016
KCDC has approved bringing the Kāpiti i-SITE service in-house, making it now a Council-managed service.Council's Group Manager Strategy and Planning Stephen McArthur says the move ensures an effective and high-quality service for visitors to the Kāpiti i-SITE."We wan...
Wellington's favourite fake Russian rock band plays Paekākāariki
May 2016
The Raskolnikovs with Slim Chants and Al WithamSt Peter's Hall, Beach Road, Paekākāariki. 8pm Friday, May 27th. Long-running Wellington band The Raskolnikovs bring their highly danceable faux-Russian polka rock to Paekākāariki this Friday May 27th. If you partied with sailo...

 
Apr 2016
Waikanae Pony Club - Winter Show Jumping
May 2016
Kāpiti Community Center - Workshops and Classes
May 2016
Dont miss out, book now!Mandarin language classes: 8 week class with Fen Penman, covering beginner mandarin for adults. Tuesday 3 May 5 June, 7-8pm, $65Windows 10 Seminar: Olaf from Local IT will discuss the pros and cons of upgrading to Windows 10. Including ease of use, s...
Kāpiti Business Breakfast - Andrew Little on How to Restore the Kiwi Dream
April 2016
Electra Business Breakfast KāpitiHow to Restore the Kiwi Dream - With Leader of the Opposition Andrew LittleWednesday 4 May 2016 from 7.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personElectra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting Leader of th...
Kāpiti gets alphbetical health warning
April 2016
Kāpiti Coast District Council have recently decided to continue with the practice of listing candidates alphabetically on voting papers rather than following most other councils who have decided it was fairer to have candidates listed in random order. The Ministry of Justice figu...
Jim Bolger makes Kāpiti ANZAC Address
April 2016
Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger gave an exceptional ANZAC Day speech in front of a packed Waikanae Memorial Hall. With Mr Bolger's kind permission we present his speech in full below. Waikanae Anzac DayMemorial Hall 25 April 2016 "The Lessons ...
Lower interest rates make KiwiSaver more attractive for over 65s
April 2016
More New Zealanders are intending to leave money in their KiwiSaver after they reach 65, according to the latest ANZ Retirement Savings Barometer. The survey of 700 people found that just 27% of them intended to withdraw all their money from KiwiSaver once they turned 65...
Kāpiti can reduce the hazards of unwanted agrichemicals
Greater Wellington Regional Council is urging farmers and others in regional rural communities to sign up to a collection and disposal scheme for a wide range of agrichemical products that could be hazardous to health and the environment."With the May deadline fast coming up to ...
Former Kāpiti Mayor Iride McCloy running for Council
April 2016
Iride McCloy, former Mayor of Kāpiti, is standing for the position of an elected member for council in this year's local body election."I have decided to make myself available for election because of the debt which is skyrocketing, a lack of transparency and the many legal costs ...
Mahara Gallery - School Holiday Arts Events
April 2016
Kāpiti welcomes Autumn
April 2016
Basketball Wins for Kāpiti Under 15 Boys
April 2016
Kāpiti Basketball Association"s Under 15 Boys Representative Basketball Team played in a Regional Representative Tournament in Porirua on Saturday 9 April, 2016. With two wins and one loss they placed a credible third place out of six teams. A great effort for the team who also ...
Kāpiti Mayoral Candidate urges views on Water Meter Debt
April 2016
Mayoral Candidate, Cr Jackie Elliott, who took part in every Annual Plan workshop thus far, says "the Annual Plan public consultation document 'Future Kāpiti' appears devoid of the implications of the most pressing issues at the table and their effects on our fiscal performance."...
Raumati Road Closure Notice
April 2016
Kāpiti Bird Show
April 2016
The Real Pirates of Panama
April 2016
Nicked from the New Zealand Listener - another superb cartoon from Chris Slane.For more from Chris see www.slane.co.nz...
Kāpiti Senior Drivers Forum
April 2016
Kāpiti Senior Drivers Forum
April 2016
Ghost Writers and Museum Stories
April 2016
Is this the beginning of the Thin Edge of Local Councils Selling Off the Metered Water?
April 2016
EditorThis from Radio New Zealand: Council to sell rights to bottled water co.Ashburton District Council is the process of selling the right to extract billions of litres of water to a bottled water company.The council is selling Lot 9 in Ashburton's business estate whic...
Where's Wally - here in Kāpiti of Course
April 2016
International Women's Day, 8th of March 2016 was widely celebrated in New Zealand, but in case you missed it, pencil Kāpiti's event in your diary for next year.The "Is it in the Genes?" event, jointly hosted by The Kāpiti Rotary Club and The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce is li...
Car Boot Sale for Waikanae Kindy
April 2016
Kāpiti Responds to Traffic Meeting
April 2016
The Kāpiti Community responded well to a meeting called at short notice to discuss the huge traffic delays faced by commuters on a daily basis through Kāpiti due to construction of the new Expressway.Meeting organiser Rachel Mackay said she was pleased with the great turnout with...
Kāpiti cyclists get get delay on good news for bikes on trains
April 2016
The good news is the Greater Wellington Regional Council has decided to increase the amount of room for bikes on trains - the downside for Kāpiti is this will be delayed until later this year.Cyclists wanting to explore Wairarapa on two wheels have good news more room will ...
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 exploration of Alan's life and works will be exhibited at Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, from 10 April until 22 May.Alan, born in 1941, began making puppets as a boy gr...
Kāpiti Playgrounds to get Upgrades
April 2016
Kāpiti Coast District Council undertakes a regular renewal programme for playgrounds. The link below gives you some information on upcoming playground renewals and how you can have your say.Council says they are giving some of their playgrounds a new lease of life and we want to ...

 
Mar 2016
Cr Elliott announces Kāpiti Mayoral Bid
April 2016
District wide Councillor Jackie Elliott has announced she is standing for next Mayor of Kāpiti in the elections later this year. "My family and I all look forward to a very energetic election and my third term as a representative of the people of Kāpiti," says Cr Elliott. ...
Waikanae Easter Market draws good crowd
March 2016
The Waikanae Easter Market in Mahara Place was again the place to be with big crowds turning up to enjoy the lovely weather and the offerings from a large range of stalls.Another great job by organiser Gordon Cameron for making it happen so well yet again. Another Market is plann...
Kāpiti Photographers asked to Click Here
March 2016
The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of commerce is seeking a contract photographer to cover Kāpiti Coast Chamber events and portrait photography. If you know a really good local photographer make sure they know about this by tagging them (on Facebook). Members will be considered first - so ...
Kāpiti Toy Library Movie Night Fundraiser
March 2016
I Did It All For You secret recording captures Keys flag referendum heartbreak
March 2016
Breaking News: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's real feelings about losing that country's recent flag referendum have been inadvertently captured on tape by a local freelance cameraman.Moments before Thursday night's press conference, the cameraman accidentally dropped a cam...
Man Down in Aisle 5
March 2016
A husband and wife are shopping in their local supermarket.The husband picks up a case of beer and puts it in their cart."What do you think you're doing?" asks the wife."They're on sale, only $20 for 24 cans" he replies."Put them back, we can't afford them" demand...
Scientists Slowly Reintroducing Small Group Of Normal, Well-Adjusted Humans Into Society
March 2016
ITHACA, NYIn an ambitious attempt to revive a population long considered to be on the brink of extinction, scientists announced Friday they have slowly begun to reintroduce normal, well-adjusted human beings back into society.According to officials at Cornell University, where f...
Music definitions
September 3, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: 21-year-old dead after being hit by a car on Kāpiti Coast
March 2016
A 21-year-old man has died after a car struck him on the Kāpiti Coast.The young man from Raumati was riding a longboard on nearby Maungakotukutuku Rd at about 5.45pm when the accident happened, Wellington Free Ambulance spokesperson Diane Livingstone said.Police said the man died...
Flag debate winners and losers
March 2016
EditorSometimes even when you win you lose. The flag referendum is a classic case of this. Those who voted to keep the New Zealand flag won a battle they should not have had to fight and at the same time they, as taxpayers, had to fork out $26 million on the Prime Minister's foll...
Trolleys cost effective compared to battery buses - Gunter Mackinger
March 2016
"European cities are steadily converting back to trolleybus public transport" was the message from Gunter Mackinger, at a public meeting Thursday 10th March. "Complete public transport systems cannot easily convert to fully battery operated systems, and there is a significant pro...
Beam placement kicks off after Easter
March 2016
The first beams are being lifted and placed on the Waikanae River Bridge after Easter as part of the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway.To make sure the public are safe, the shared path on the southern side of Waikanae River will be closed at the project site from 7.30am on Tuesday ...
Kāpiti Council should pay Living Wage
March 2016
EditorIt is said that council can't afford to pay all staff a living wage. This is easily fixed. Were they to institute a policy of fixed rate pay rises for all staff instead of percentage ones, the obscene differential between top earners and low ones would slowly shrink, and it...
Kāpiti boy's life in Minister's hands
March 2016
An outcome is still awaited after Melanoma sufferers presented the Health Minister and Andrew Little with two petitions with close to 54,000 signatures asking the Pharmac to fund Keytruda. Representing local Kāpiti resident Codi Morgan was his grandmother Jalna Wilkins and Labour...
Easter and the Raumati Straights
March 2016
With only one day to go until the Easter break kicks off the MacKays to Peka Peka road building team is sending out the safety message."We hope everyone has an enjoyable long Easter weekend and if you're travelling, please take care and allow plenty of time to get to your destina...
Times up for zero-hour contracts
March 2016
Changes to employment law will ban so-called zero-hour contracts. effective from 1 April 2016.If you're an employer in Kāpiti (or anywhere else in New Zealand), you must set out any agreed hours of work in the employment agreement for each employee.If you and your employee agree ...
Kāpiti Lions Seek Sport Grant Applicants
March 2016
Each year the Lions Club of Kāpiti gives a grant of $1,000 to a young athlete who is actively and successfully participating in sport, aged between 14-20 years, for the purpose of helping them develop their skills and attain their aspirations. Last year the recipient was Kapi...
Kāpiti College competes in Kiwi As Film Making
March 2016
Kāpiti 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 over 20 regi...
Revenue Generation by Laurel McLay - Business Breakfast Guest
March 2016
Electra Business Breakfast KāpitiRevenue Generation by Laurel McLayMore walk less talk (getting out there) with more heart less hype (great connections face to face) and more care, less crap (keeping in touch nicely!). Wednesday 6 April 2016 from 7.15am to 8.45am...
Train Operator deal signed with Transdev
March 2016
Greater Wellington Regional Council, Transdev and Hyundai Rotem have signed a nine-year contract for the operation of the Wellington Metro Rail contract.The signing of the agreement marks the 14th current major public transport contract in the region for Transdev Australasia....
New design for Welcome to Waikanae state highway signs
March 2016
The winning design for new 'Welcome to Waikanae' signs, to be placed on SH1, has been announced.Wes Nielsen from Paraparaumu Beach won the competition with his wooden design which incorporates features of Waikanae and the wider Kāpiti District.The shorter posts at the front refle...
Cracks begin to appear at Kāpiti Aquatic Centre
March 2016
Editor,The Aquatic Centre is a terrific asset for the Kāpiti community. At the entrance enshrined in a blue background are the names of donors who gave generously towards the construction of the pool. Alas there are cracks starting to appear with the pool and its operation. T...
BBNZ Kiwi Hoops Coaching Course held in Kāpiti
March 2016
Recently Kāpiti Basketball Association held the BBNZ Kiwi Hoops Coaching Course here in Kāpiti.15 people attended the course from beginner first time new coaches through to experienced coaches.The presenter of the course was Monica Mercury who is a BBNZ accredited Kiwi Hoops Trai...
Graffiti Free Week Starts
March 2016
Graffiti Free Week (Starting March 14) is a nation-wide behavioural change campaign, which was developed in 2013 to help eliminate and prevent graffiti vandalism in local communities. Since it began, Graffiti Free Week has grown substantially each year, and 2016 is proving to be ...
Kāpiti Youth Festival all set for 2016
March 2016
Get ready for an exciting event filled with activities, live performances, market stalls and good vibes!This year the Kāpiti Youth Festival will be held on Saturday 9 April at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach kicking off at 11am. If raining, the event will take place the next day....
Ōtaki Volunteers praised
March 2016
A huge thank you to Barbara Franks and the Ōtaki Promotions Group for the volunteer hours organising the Ōtaki Kite Festival. These are busy people giving up their time to promote Ōtaki and bring in people from all over, generating a great feeling about our town and a lot of extr...
Waikanae history not told
March 2016
I was disappointed with the tone of the article (Cultural assessment delays carpark Kāpiti Observer March 10). Perhaps next time you might consider balancing your reporting by educating yourselves, and locals, as to why local iwi might consider the site worthy of a cultural ass...
Westbury calls for Kāpiti community to have their say on fresh water
March 2016
Waikanae Community Board member James Westbury is urging the people of Kāpiti to have their say on the Government's recently released consultation document on freshwater - Next steps for Fresh Water.The consultation document sets out how Government proposes to improve the manage...
Kāpiti kids likely to feature in 2016 Youth Awards
March 2016
Kāpiti youth achievement has been significant again in the last year and now is a chance to celebrate some of those achievements on the national stage.Nominations are now open for the 2016 Youth Awards, which celebrate young people who've achieved outstanding results, and those w...
Kāpiti kids likely to feature in 2016 Youth Awards
March 2016
Kāpiti youth achievement has been significant again in the last year and now is a chance to celebrate some of those achievements on the national stage.Nominations are now open for the 2016 Youth Awards, which celebrate young people who've achieved outstanding results, and tho...
Rat Trap workshop a great success
March 2016
The Rat-trap workshop held recently in Raumati South was a great success. This project, to help enhance the local environment by eliminating rats, attracted over 70 people on a stunning Sunday morning.Families, friends and individuals came to the small park opposite Raumati South...
Kāpiti Congestion set to worsen
March 2016
Editor,You are correct that Wellington needs to get used to traffic chaos, but it's not just in the short term.As its consultants have told Greater Wellington Regional Council, traffic generated by the completion of the current and proposed road-building projects along State ...
Kāpiti Chamber in Exclusive Business Boost Package Prize Draw
March 2016
Through our special partnership with Air New Zealand we have an exclusive offer for Chamber members. Sign up to the AirpointsTM for Business programme by 25 March 2016 and be in the draw to win a Business Boost Package. We're here to help take your business to where you want it...
Ōtaki Labour candidates get early call
March 2016
Nominations have opened early for selecting the Labour Party candidate in the Ōtaki electorate for next year's general election."Nominations for the Labour candidacy for the Ōtaki electorate in the 2017 general election have opened," Bruce Taylor, spokesperson for the Ōtaki Labou...
Ditch water meters, go with the flow
March 2016
Peter Graham's letter (March 10) was a forward-thinking view on transferring water throughout New Zealand, like we do with power and other amenities. Considering we now know that global warming is not a myth, we should consider spending some money on investigating Graham's sugges...
Candidate's possible selection questioned
March 2016
Can I suggest that Labour stalwarts might like to ponder that should Cr Penny Gaylor be considered for selection, the possibly embarrassing matter of her having made lying, defamatory statements about me attempting to assault Cr Holborow is something that could well be raised in ...
Protecting Kāpiti Against Flooding
March 2016
It was win-win at the Kāpiti Gravel Grab this year. Over 200 vehicles took trailer loads of gravel and riverstone for residents' home and garden projects and helped protect their community from flooding at the same time. That's around 50 cubic meters of gravel that will help redu...
Kāpiti Community Centre all set for International Cultural Gathering
March 2016
Kia ora from your Kāpiti Community Centre.....It seems like Kae and I have really weird sleep patterns, I wrote this newsletter and sent it to her at 2.00am and she proofed it and replied at 5.00am and we didn't even plan it that way. We really do love our jobs haha!Well it's a ...
Kāpiti Community Center International Cultural Gathering
March 2016
Work starts on shared cycleway/walkway on Mazengarb Road
March 2016
Work has begun on the first stage of a new shared path on Mazengarb Road that will connect to the new shared cycleway beside the Kāpiti Expressway.It is the first of a network of off-road links being developed by the council under the Stride N' Ride programme.The $5million Strid...
Music in Kāpiti- Southern Hemisphere Premieres
March 2016
Two very special concerts are occurring in April and May here on the Kāpiti Coast, each one featuring a southern hemisphere premiere. The first date is Sunday 17 April, when the Kāpiti Chamber Choir will do an all-American programme featuring Randall Thompson's stunningly...
Major reforms aimed at better services for ratepayers
March 2016
Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today announced reforms to the local government sector to enable councils to deliver better services for ratepayers.Current local government structures limit the ability of 78 councils and 66 water authorities to work together to pro...
Two Kāpiti council-owned buildings identified as potentially earthquake-prone
March 2016
An assessment of seven council-owned buildings in Kāpiti has identified two in Ōtaki that are potentially earthquake-prone. They are the Ōtaki Civic Theatre and Ōtaki Museum, both in Main Street.Being potentially earthquake-prone doesn't mean a building shouldn't be occupied. It ...
Kāpiti Council monitoring toxic algae in Awatea Lagoons
March 2016
Kāpiti Council is advising people to keep clear of a Paraparaumu lagoon due to the presence of toxic algae.Council has tested an algae growth at Awatea Lagoons near Mazengarb Road and confirmed it is Cyanobacteria Anabaena a type of blue-green algae that is particularly toxic t...
Kāpiti Food Fair Feeds Donation to Kāpiti Rotary
March 2016
The owners of the Kāpiti Food Fair are super excited to have made a donation of $7,182.17 to the Kāpiti Rotary Club Charitable Trust."Rotary will now use that money to feed back in to community recipients including the Kāpiti Food Bank, Kāpiti Youth Support and Youth Quest," says...
Threatened environment to benefit from game bird hunting licence sales
March 2016
Game bird hunting licences are going on sale (March 17) with some of the money raised from the sales going towards preserving New Zealand's shrinking wetlands.The licences, which cost $92 for the whole season, allow game bird hunting throughout the country in all 12 Fish & Game ...
Te Araroa -Paekākāariki Escarpment Track to Open
March 2016
Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail will open the spectacular Paekākāariki Escarpment Track on Saturday 9 April.Register for one of five walk departure times (every 30 mins from 11am to 1pm) and be one of the first to experience this newest addition to Te Araroa. Even better - dodge t...
GIA biosecurity partnership welcomes the citrus industry
March 2016
This week the GIA partnership welcomed NZ Citrus Growers Inc. (NZCGI) as its newest member. By signing the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Deed for Biosecurity Readiness and Response, NZCGI becomes the ninth member of the growing GIA partnership. The ceremony was attended by ...
Kāpiti Publisher Book Island on the World Stage
March 2016
It has been announced that local Kāpiti publishing house Book Island has been nominated for and international publishing prize.The fantastic news came in this month from Bologna, Italy - home to the largest children's book fair in the world. "We've been nominated for the Bologna ...
Geshe Jampa Tharchin is coming to Kāpiti to give teachings.
March 2016
Visiting Tibetan Buddhist monk Geshe Jampa Tharchin is coming to Kāpiti and Wellington to give teachings.Kāpiti Mindfulness Meditation Course (Raumati South Hall, Tennis Court Rd) Saturday April 2, 10am - 3pm. Learn how to benefit from paying attention to your world, being engage...
Coastella gurus bring it to Kāpiti
March 2016
With a Dali-esque moustache and bushy beard, a frizz of hair permanently blown sideways from Wellington's wind and thick glasses that magnify his eyes, Gerry Paul is a man on a mission. Bulging diary in hand, he apologises for his for his tardiness."Skype call to the U.S. - I'm o...
Kāpiti Region Boys Basketball U15 Representative Trials
March 2016
Boys Basketball U15 Representative TrialsRepresent Kāpiti Region on the national stage The first session is on: MONDAY 14 MARCH 2016 At KCDC SPORTSHALL & PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE GYM MAZENGARB ROAD, PARAPARAUMU BETWEEN 7PM - 8.30PMTo be eligible players...
Kāpiti Region Boys Basketball U15 Representative Trials
March 2016
Boys Basketball U15 Representative TrialsRepresent Kāpiti Region on the national stage The first session is on:MONDAY 14 MARCH 2016 AtKCDC SPORTSHALL & PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE GYMMAZENGARB ROAD, PARAPARAUMUBETWEEN 7PM - 8.30PM To be eligible players MUST B...
Graffiti Free Week Starts Today
March 2016
Graffiti Free Week (Starting March 14) is a nation-wide behavioural change campaign, which was developed in 2013 to help eliminate and prevent graffiti vandalism in local communities. Since it began, Graffiti Free Week has grown substantially each year, and 2016 is provin...
MTA CEO Warwick Quinn Announces Resignation
March 2016
The Chief Executive of the Motor Trade Association (MTA), Mr Warwick Quinn has resigned from the organisation."It is with regret that the Board has accepted the resignation of MTA's Chief Executive, Mr Warwick Quinn. He has accepted a role back in the construction sector wher...
Expansion of para-sport programme marks 2016 Commonwealth Day
March 2016
March 14 is Commonwealth day and to mark the occasion for 2016 the Commonwealth Games Federation along with the Gold Coast 2018 Organising Committee have announced an expanded para-sport programme for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The changes herald a new and expanded rang...
New Face on the Electra Business Breakfast Menu
March 2016
Electra says it is delighted to announce that from 1 April 2016 Kāpiti Business Projects will take the helm to deliver the Electra Business Breakfast (EBB) in Kāpiti on behalf of Electra."Owner of Kāpiti Business Projects, Helene Judge is well known to many local business and com...
Ōtaki Kite Festival draws big crowds
March 2016
It is often the case that events get hyped up and then fail to deliver but not this was not one of them. I can see the Ōtaki Kite Festival going from strength to strength as it carves out its iconic space in the regional events calendar. Ōtaki Beach is as far away as you can get i...
Calendar Girls - Kāpiti Style
March 2016
When Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital...
Nikki Carroll joins Coast Access Radio team
March 2016
Coast Access Radio says it is delighted to have Nikki Carroll join them as the person responsible for Funding and Sales.Nikki sources advertising and programme sponsorship with existing and potential clients to fund the station's operation costs. Nikki will also apply for local a...
Volunteers needed for Kāpiti Biodiversity Project
March 2016
Kāpiti Biodiversity Project - Volunteers needed for our plant projects- replanting rare dune plants- planting to provide shade for the streamsWhen:9.30 11.30am Tuesdays from 8 MarchWhere: Queen Elizabeth Park NurseryCould you join our new group on Tuesday mornings to wa...

 
Feb 2016
Strong Dutch influence in Mahara Gallery Festival offering
March 2016
Mahara Gallery's contribution to the 2016 NZ Festival has a strong Dutch connection which includes two significant Dutch New Zealand artists now living in Waikanae as well as an important Dutch artist who settled in New Zealand in the 1890s, Petrus van der Velden, and two waterco...

 
Jan 2016
Kāpiti 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 popular last year and a great way to get around.There are great cafes in Waikanae to stop. The Front Room, Waimea, Relish and Longbeach being some of them.G...
KCU make get new season off to a great start
January 2016
2016 is shaping up as a big year for KCU. After winning the Kāpiti Horowhenua and Wellington Sports Awards Club of the Year and also the Wellington Airport Regional Community Kāpiti region Club of the Year and Supreme award, we are looking to make it a winning season on the pitch...
Jacqui Ferrel at Kāpiti Electra Business Breakfast
January 2016
To kick off the 2016 Electra Business Breakfasts (Wednedsay 3 February), we have invited the winner of the 2015 Kāpiti Horowhenua Electra Business of the Year, HLC to give us an insight into what makes their company so special.Horowhenua Learning Centre (HLC) is a Private Trainin...
From New York to the top of Kāpiti Island
Mandy Dixon of New York made the most of a recent visit to Kāpiti and rounded out the holiday with a trek to the summit of Kāpiti Island."There was so much to do in Kāpiti and the trip to the Island was certainly a highlight," said Ms Dixon."During the stay we visited Southwards ...
The Mahara / Nga Manu children's art project Exhibition
January 2016
The Mahara / Nga Manu children's art project ExhibitionParliamentary Gallery, Bowen House, Wellington On 10 February Mahara Gallery is launching the culmination of an ambitious children's art and environment project partnership between the gallery and Nga Manu Nature Reserve ...
Te Ara o Whareroa trail officially opens on 23 January
January 2016
Queen Elizabeth Park's Te Ara o Whareroa trail will be officially opened on Saturday 23 January, ending a year of planning and construction that's resulted in a superb cycling and walking trail that is likely to attract visitors from throughout the greater Wellington region.Funde...
An invitation to Explore Chrystall's Bend in Ōtaki
January 2016
'Explore Chrystall's Bend' Saturday 30th January 2016 9.30 - 11.30am A gentle walk from the Greater Wellington Regional Council Depot, Riverbank Road, to ...
Teddy Bears Picnic Time
January 2016
Show Time - Coasters Musical Theatre Auditions
January 2016
2016's first offering in the Coasters Musical Theatre Season of Cabaret will be TIES OF LOVE, devised and directed by Kāpiti's answer to Frank Sinatra - Ryan Coughlan.Ryan will be assisted by our supportive board to ensure his vision of love songs from across the decades presente...
Waikanae Cubs and Keas clean up Beach
January 2016
This is a brilliant photo of the Waikanae Cubs and Keas who spent an afternoon picking up rubbish on the beach as part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean-up initiative at the end of 2015.Kiwis produce 30 per cent more waste over the summer holidays, and seaside spots get the...
Happy New Year Kāpiti
January 2016

 
Dec 2015
Queen Elizabeth Park Cycle Trail to Open
December 2015
On Saturday, January 23, 2016at 10 AM - 2 PM the new Queen Elizabeth Park Cycle and Walking Trail (Te Ara o Whareroa) between Paekākāariki and Raumati South will be officially opened in a ceremony at the Mackays Crossing entrance to the Park.Following the formalities, there will a...
Kāpiti PDP Update
December 2015
Since the release of the Submitter Engagement Version of the kapiti Coast District Council's Proposed District Plan (PDP in June, there have been six months of discussions and meetings with submitters.A number of meetings and pre-hearings have been held, to reach agreements a...
Event Manager Optimistic for Kāpiti SHAG Show
December 2015
Local Event Manager Louise Dench says it is a shame to hear Kāpiti Coast District Council have decided to no longer run the Sustainable Home and Garden show."It has been a unique and really popular event drawing people of all ages even from outside the district. "I share Cr J...
Fran Wilde ends long political career
December 2015
Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Fran Wilde is standing down from Council to take up the role as head of the Remuneration Authority.After three decades of local and national politics Ms Wilde will now be in charge of determining the pay of MPs, judges and local government p...
Greater Wellington Transport end-of-year Report Card
December 2015
End of year report for Wellington's transport: making great progressIt's been a great year for transport improvements in the Wellington region, according to the latest update on the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP).A report that will be presented to the Regional Transport ...
Christmas Sale to support Shed
December 2015
Kāpiti not for profit organisation, The Shed Project will be spreading Christmas cheer with a Garage sale and light display this weekend, with all money raised going to support its 2016 programme. Winner of the 2015 Kāpiti Wellington Airport Authority Award and the 2015 Wellingt...
Volunteer for IHC
December 2015
IHC is looking for volunteers to join their One-to-One Friendship and Skills-based volunteering programmes. By taking a moment to connect with someone with an intellectual disability, volunteers make a positive change in another person's life, and make a new friend in the process...
Volunteer for IHC
December 2015
IHC is looking for volunteers to join their One-to-One Friendship and Skills-based volunteering programmes. By taking a moment to connect with someone with an intellectual disability, volunteers make a positive change in another person's life, and make a new friend in the process...
Kāpiti Food Truck rolls into Paraparaumu
December 2015
Paraparaumu it's finally happening! The food trucks are BACK! We want to make this a regular thing at the beach so come down and check it out.Great food and live entertainment, chilled summer vibes - we're going to bring this summer into action.We'll have The Hot Wafel with t...
Open Letter to Minister Collins
December 2015
Tēnā koe Minister Collins,Congratulations from all of us here at JustSpeak on your appointment as Minister for Corrections and Police, two of the most important government agencies which help keep communities safe. We are especially excited because of your commitment to...
Kāpiti teens win New Zealand Film Festival Awards
December 2015
Another big congratulations to Kāpiti film students CJ Puna and Mason Packer, who received awards at the New Zealand Student Film Festival. CJ won the year 11 category with her film 'Accompanied' and also received the award for the overall most promising talent. Mason won the yea...
Kāpiti sings at Carols by the Sea
December 2015
Nation learns of Judith Collins reappointment via dead ravens on their lawn, darkening skies
08/12/2015 at 4:22 pmAn unexplained thick tar has begun washing up on the beaches of New Zealand after Judith Collins was reappointed to the Ministry of Corrections.An unexplained thick tar has begun washing up on the beaches of New Zealand after Judith Collins was reappo...
Repetitive Reshuffle
December 2015
Editor,Didn't bother to read all of Mr Key's cabinet reshuffle press release, because it was repetitive. It is ground-hog day with Judith Collins' reappointment as newish Minister for Police and Corrections. And a welcome, (may I have a small breakdown in your office) to ...
Kāpiti Business Network to meet
December 2015
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 14 December 2015Time: 5.15pm to 7pmVenue: Club Vista32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachLast networking for 2015 - then recharge yourself ready for Mon 8 Feb 2016 @ Club Vista...
Environment Website wins top Science Communication Award
December 2015
Environmental monitoring website Land, Air Water Aotearoa has scooped the top award at the annual Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) awards presented in Wellington on Monday evening.A collaboration between regional/unitary councils, the Ministry for the Envi...
Kāpiti's Mojo Go Girls hit Napier Ironman
December 2015
Congratulations to the fabulous Mojo Go Girls of Kāpiti team comprising Nikki Carroll, Megan O'Mara, and Lea Thoms who finished 17th out of 108 female teams at the IronMaori Half Ironman race in Napier on Saturday.Megan O'Mara did the 2km swim under her expected time, Lea Thoms ...
SHAG Show faces Council axe
December 2015
Kāpiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott says she is very disappointed that the Sustainable Home and Garden Show held in Paraparaumu each spring for the last ten years has had its funding axed by Kāpiti Council."The show was undoubtedly the district's premier event. It had c...
LGNZ welcomes call for more innovative local government funding options
December 2015
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes The New Zealand Initiative's latest report The Local Formula: Myths, Facts and Challenges released today which encourages councils to actively consider innovative approaches to service delivery, funding and financing and challenges Gov...
RIP Beau - Vigil to be held
December 2015
A silent vigil for little Beau will be held on 16 December, the anniversary of his killing by council. Cr. David Scott is among the supporters of this event.Candlelight SILENT VIGILBring candles, glowsticksOutside Council 175 Rimu Road16 DEC. 7:30 pm...
Summer Check for safety in the water during summer
December 2015
With summer just around the corner, it's important to be prepared before you head for the water. And it's easier than ever to do so through the Summer Check information site that's now up and running on the home page of Greater Wellington Regional Council at www.gw.govt.nz.Summer...
Paekākāariki to host Silly season Kiwi films
December 2015
The Kiwi experience of Christmas will be celebrated with humour, nostalgia, drama, surprises and delightful kitsch in historic film screening in Paekākāariki's St Peter's Hall on Sunday 13 December, from 5.00 to 7.00 pm.The compilation, entitled 'All about Christmas 1907-1970,...
Second meeting on spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park to go ahead
December 2015
A second public meeting on the issue of spraying for weed control in Queen Elizabeth Park will be held in Raumati South on Wednesday 9 December. It will follow an initial public meeting on 14 November at which councillors and officials of Greater Wellington Regional Counc...
Brace yourself for the Balkanistas
December 2015
BALKANISTAS - ST. PETER'S VILLAGE HALL - SATURDAY THE 12TH OF DECEMBER - 8PM - PRESALES $15 / DOOR SALES $20Brace yourselves - prepare for the extravaganza that is........ Balkanistas! Coming to the one and only St. Peter's Village Hall in Paekākāariki on Sat the 12th of Decem...
Kāpiti Food Fair Ready to Roll with Flavour, Fun & Flare
December 2015
The Kāpiti Food Fair has released the site map to all vendors. "It's a hugely exciting yet busy time focusing on all the last minute logistics to make the Fair a huge success", says Fair spokesperson, Helene Judge."This is the biggest Fair in our six year history with 139 si...

 
Nov 2015
Modern Day Mercantilists
November 2015
Editor,Amanda Vickers and Michael Woods (Letters, 18 Nov.) are archetypes of latter day mercantilists seeking to exclude foreign products with the specious aim of protecting the local economy. In fact they are arguing for unnecessarily high unemployment and a poorer economy. Even...
Broadband build progressing well in Kāpiti
November 2015
More homes, schools and businesses in Kāpiti now have access to world-leading fibre-to-the-premises under the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme, Communications Minister Amy Adams says.The latest results for phase one of UFB as at 30 September 2015 were released to...
TPPA: Kiwis say it aint over. Dont sign!
November 2015
This weekend thousands of New Zealanders will join rallies, marches, picnics and protests at fourteen actions nationwide to call on the government to reject the TPPA. "After six years of secrecy and government spin, we can now see what's in the TPPA. Buried in over 6000 pages of ...
Cycling gets regional boost
November 2015
The seaward side option for a new walking and cycling path between Ngauranga and Petone is a major step forward for cycling and walking and resilience in the Wellington region, says Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Chris Laidlaw. "A safe, scenic walking and cycli...
Raumati South Residents welcome to Community Meeting
November 2015
Raumati South Residents Association (RSRA) 2015 AGM will be helf on 21st November, 3pm at Tennis Court Road Hall.All Raumati South Residents welcome, both members and non members.This is a pivotal time for the Association and you are urged to attend.Please read the Chairman's r...
Krystal Wright chosen as Ōtaki Youth MP for 2016
November 2015
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has chosen 17 year old Krystal Wright to take his seat in the 2016 Youth Parliament. "Krystal is a prominent young leader at Kāpiti College and the wider community. She has a ton of energy and is passionate about representing the views of young people,...
Kāpiti Council told they are not a White Ribbon Council
November 2015
A letter has been sent to Kāpiti Coast Mayor and Councillors from the White Ribbon organisation asking KCDC to stop referring to themselves as a White Ribbon council.The move comes as increasing numbers of public and elected members have made repeated claims of bullying and intim...
Kāpiti Runners take on Tarawera Trail Marathon
November 2015
Several Kāpiti athletes will be among the large international field competing in the 2nd annual Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50k run and walk this weekend (14 November).In what must be one of the most beautiful tracks in world sport the Tarawera run and walk will start at Pohutu G...
Public meeting on weed spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park
November 2015
Members of the Kāpiti community are invited to a public meeting about chemical spraying techniques used for weed control in Queen Elizabeth Park. Greater Wellington Regional Council wants to listen to the community's concerns and will use this open session to record and answer qu...
Public Invited to Motorway Open Day
November 2015
Project Manager Alan Orange invites you to come along to our public open day; your chance to come up onto a paved section of the M2PP Expressway and take a look behind the scenes.It'll be a fun, informative day of construction displays, machinery, children's entertainment and foo...
New Foundation cleaning up waterways
November 2015
Fish & Game is applauding the Cawthron Institute's launch of a new charitable foundation to improve New Zealand's water quality but questions why such vital work is being left to charities.The Cawthorn Foundation aims to provide philanthropic funding and support for what it s...
Kāpiti Basketball team takes the honours
November 2015
Kāpiti Basketball Association U15 Boys take the honours.On Saturday the Kāpiti U15 Boys Rep Team took on Levin and emerged victorious in the inaugural "Dominos Challenge Trophy". The trophy challenge was the culmination of a successful year for the U15's and in the words of t...
Kāpiti Playhouse Theatre presents Roger Hall's Book Ends
November 2015
Every Tuesday morning the Cabin Fever Club meet for coffee at the Sour Dough Cafe. All gold card holders, they are literary types: one former editor, one free lance writer, a novelist, a playwright, an actor and a formerly famous poet. They are cantankerous, opinionated, enviou...
Kāpiti joins region to say TPPA: Dont Sign
November 2015
Kāpiti has already seen several protests against the proposed TPPA deal and many local will be joining a wider action in the Wellington Region next week.On Saturday 14 November Wellingtonians will again be hitting the streets along with concerned citizens in at least 13 other tow...
Cr Jackie Elliott - Community Column
November 2015
November is 'White Ribbon Month' where the message is 'It is not ok' to inflict any form of violence, physical, psychological or verbal against women, children, team mates, work colleges or anyone at all. White Ribbon campaign supporters are asked to lead this message by example ...
Raumati Artist shows golden touch to win Mahara Arts Review Peoples Choice Award
November 2015
Raumati artist Tracey-Lea Morgan has struck gold in the "People's Choice" category of the Mahara Arts Review 2015.Her acrylic, oil and glitter painting, Te Kihi, was inspired by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt whose work featured in the successful 2015 film, Woman in Gold. It is...

 
Oct 2015
Kāpiti Basketball Skills and Development Training Sessions
November 2015
BASKETBALL SKILLS & DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS with Coach Angelo 13 to 17 year old's are held on Thursdays from 6:00 pm till 7:30 pm KCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road. These sessions are for players wanting to improve and develop their skills, techniques ...
Kāpiti film maker wins Pride Award
October 2015
Talented Kāpiti College film maker Te Awarangi Puna scooped the major award at the recent Pride Awards which recognise and celebrate the successes, achievements and contributions of young people in the Wellington region.Kāpiti has always featured prominently at the awards and did...
Eva Saunders of Ōtaki 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 in Otaihanga.Over 300 works from throughout New Zealand are on display over Labour Weekend and many of them are also for sale.In a special judging session on Thu...
Council should act on refugee crisis
October 2015
EditorCouncil needs to urge government to utilize community support.What if you were living in a country where you were afraid of being in your own neighborhood. Imagine if the town you grew up in, worked in, and lived in had become completely unrecognizable and bombings ...
Latest news and events from Mahara Gallery
October 2015
Paraparaumu Rotary Art Show
October 2015
Kāpiti Yoga Studios open for Free Day of Yoga
October 2015
This year, on Monday, 26 October, a day of free yoga classes will beprovided to Wellingtonians by local yoga teachers. Wellington FreeYoga Day gives people a chance to try yoga for the first time, meetinstructors, try a different studio, or experience a new style of y...
Kāpiti Women's Centre STREET APPEAL FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER
October 2015
STREET APPEAL FRIDAY 16 OCTOBERDon't forget our annual Street Appeal this Friday, please give generously when you see our collectors out and about, if anyone would like to get involved in our Street Appeal just contact the centre. Thanks for your support!...
Regional Council takes action on climate change
October 2015
The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has adopted a climate change strategy focused on strengthening the long-term resilience and sustainability of the Wellington region through action and awareness. "We have realised that, in the absence of meaningful commitment from t...
Referendum will allow New Zealanders to vote on new flag quadrant-by-quadrant
October 2015
The upcoming referendum on whether or not to change New Zealand's flag will soon be offering even more options to voters when they select an alternative to go up against the current flag this November.The vote, which would previously have allowed New Zealanders to select betw...
Rod Oram firing up the energy revolution
October 2015
Rod Oram, top business journalist and advocate for a grass-roots "energy revolution" in New Zealand will address two local meetings this month, a public meeting at Ōtaki College on Tuesday 27 October and a business breakfast at Ōtaki RSA on Wednesday 28 October. Energise ...
The Name's Bond, James Bond
October 2015
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 finalist again this year for the Attitude Awards which are held in Auckland in December. I had a fantastic time there last year and meet some amazing people.It is ...
New Metlink website launched
October 2015
Public transport journeys around greater Wellington have just become even easier with the launch of Metlink's new website on Saturday 10 October. The new website - metlink.org.nz - will put real time transport information at passengers' fingertips so people can easily plan and ad...
Mitre10 Mega Charity House to be Auctioned
October 2015
The Mitre10 MEGA Kāpiti Charity House is fast approaching its' "closed in" status.Recent superb efforts from our crew of local builders have resulted in the house being wrapped in building paper and the cavity battens installed. The window openings have been "flashed" with th...
HLC named Business of the Year
A well-known and highly regarded private training establishment from Kāpiti with offices in Levin and Hutt City has been named the 2015 Electra Business of the Year.HLC (Horowhenua Learning Centre), a private training establishment that has been delivering vocational training cou...
Hoop Club Kāpiti Junior Basketball Coaching Programme
October 2015
Hoop Club Kāpiti Junior Basketball Coaching ProgrammeRestarts for Term 4 2015 Sunday 18 October and runs through to Sunday 13 DecemberKCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 8 year olds10.30 to 11.30am 9 to 13 year olds11.30 to ...
Hoop Club Kāpiti Junior Basketball Coaching Programme
October 2015
Hoop Club Kāpiti Junior Basketball Coaching ProgrammeRestarts for Term 4 2015 Sunday 18 October and runs through to Sunday 13 DecemberKCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 8 year olds10.30 to 11.30am 9 to 13 year olds11.30 to ...
Tibetan Meditation at Kāpiti Community Centre
October 2015
Public Talk: Geshe Jampa Tharchin Geshe la will discuss how to cultivate a peaceful mind through traditional Tibetan meditation and teach you step-by-step how to meditate.Friday 16th Oct 7pm to 8.30pm Come along at 6.45pm for a cup of teaCost: $10 - cash at the ...
Tibetan Meditation at Kāpiti Community Centre
October 2015
Public Talk: Geshe Jampa TharchinGeshe la will discuss how to cultivate a peaceful mind through traditional Tibetan meditation and teach you step-by-step how to meditate.Friday 16th Oct 7pm to 8.30pmCome along at 6.45pm for a cup of teaCost: $10 - cash at the doorVe...
Guildford Drive Vandalism
October 2015
EditorA number of drunken youths travelled along Guildford Drive at around 04:00 today (04/10/2015) and broke letter boxes and street signs. A number of brick letter boxes were demolished, one even had the top taken off then it was pulled to the grass verge and crushed. Council s...
Positive example needed
October 2015
Editor,In recent editions of the Kāpiti News I have been disconcerted by the slanging match developing between Mr Bolton and CR Gaylor. It is alarming indeed to find that we in Ōtaki are represented by someone who would consider using her position to address members of the public...
Kāpiti Kokako making comeback
October 2015
Kokako, one of New Zealand's endangered birds have been making a strong comeback since there were protected on Kāpiti Island.With the numbers growing, despite a slow breeding cycle, the program to save Kokako on Kāpiti Island has been a success and now other parts of New Zealand ...
Sampson strong win for Ōtaki Trainer
October 2015
Ōtaki Trainer Howie Mathews continued on his winning way when his stable star Sampson produced a courageous win in the $35,000 Egmont Cup at Hawera on Saturday.The six-year-old gelding, who hadn't raced for eight months, proved too strong over the final stages to claim victory in...
Unique e-book Showcases Outstanding Local Businesses
October 2015
Business Kāpiti Horowhenua, who organise and run the hugely successful Electra Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Awards, have launched an e-book showcasing some of the outstanding local businesses to have featured in the Awards over the last six years.The e-book, thought to be the f...
The Dale Evans Column
October 2015
Kāpiti Food Fair on track to be bigger than last year
October 2015
"Vendor sites at the Kāpiti Food Fair to be held on Saturday 5 December, 10am to 3pm at Mazengarb Reserve are currently sitting at 117", says Fair spokesperson, Helene Judge.Helene goes on to say that "last year we had 124 sites so we are picking to reach that and maybe a few...
Captioning called for
October 2015
The New Zealand Captioning Working Group is asking for your help to make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Deaf & Hard of Hearing New Zealanders. Video is everywhere these days and accessible on many devices or is it? For many of us, who are Deaf and Ha...
Kāpiti Coast Resident to Publish First Book at the Age of 96
October 2015
A 96 year old Kāpiti Coast resident, Ronald C. Fama, will have his debut novel Sicilian Papa published at the end of this month. The book is based on the life of the author's Grandfather, whose character takes the form of Vincenzo, an abandoned Sicilian eight year old.Thi...
Kāpiti/Horowhenua Business Award Winners and Finalists
October 2015
Some people dream of success. Others get up everyday and work hard for it! The Electra Business Awards are very pleased to be able to recognise you for all of your hard work and what you're achieving.2015 winnersEXCELLENCE AWARDSSponsored by:Owner OperatorMitre 10 MEGA...
Social Summer Hockey is all about Fun
October 2015
Senior and Junior social summer hockey is starting soon. This is all about fun and new players giving it a go. We welcome businesses to join in too.More information is available about the junior year 5-8 summer hockey starting on the 2nd November. We are also running a social ...
Kāpiti Council delighted with glowing building accreditation audit
October 2015
The Kāpiti Council has passed a review of its accreditation as a Building Consent Authority with flying colours.Auditors from International Accreditation New Zealand's (IANZ) who undertook the two-yearly review said Kāpiti is in the top group of the Building Consent Authorities i...
Kāpiti Mayoress Vicki Church succumbs to battle with cancer
October 2015
Acting Mayor Mike Cardiff has thanked the community for their messages of condolence on the death of Kāpiti Mayoress, Vicki Church, nee McCarthy. Vicki died in Wellington Hospital early this morning (Friday 9th) after a two-year battle with cancer. "Kāpiti is a close district and...
Women in Business Lunch with Laurel McLay
October 2015
DATE: Wednesday 28 October 2015VENUE: Southward Car MuseumTIME: 12pm to 2pmCOST: Members $25 - Non Members $35Complimentary wine or juice on arrivalLaurel McLay will present on lead generation which will be based on her book, Lead Generation - 21st century str...
Waikanae Church Fair
October 2015
Hall of Fame Laureate announced
October 2015
Johnston Mac Tatana: Hard Working Businessman and Community LeaderOn his fifteenth birthday Mac Tatana left secondary school with no formal qualifications and began his working life. Even today his only formal qualification is a drainlayer's licence, but he believes his most imp...
John OSullivan: Visionary Entrepreneur
October 2015
John O'Sullivan grew up in Kāpiti and attended St Patrick's School and Kāpiti College before completing his secondary studies St Patrick's College, Silverstream.Then, armed with a commerce degree from Victoria University, he embarked on a 14 year career with Lion Breweries in...
Kāpiti Coast Business Network
October 2015
Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 12 October 2015Time: 5.15 to 7pmVenue: Club Vista32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachFive Minute Presentation:Richard Eltherington JRE Business SolutionsBusiness solutions to help guide and grow businesses Your...
Kāpiti Chamber Events Calendar
October 2015
Mon 12 Oct Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkClub Vista, no charge, all welcome, 5.15pm to 7pmFive Minute Presentation:Richard Eltherington JRE Business Solutions Wed 14 Oct TA5: How IT Adds Business AdvantageGuest Speaker: Mark TernentKāpiti Sports ...
Support for Mahara Arts Review forces awards ceremony outdoors
October 2015
Mahara Gallery's 2015 Arts Review's opening night and awards presentation attracted so many artists, friends and supporters, the presentation ceremony had to be held outside the gallery in Waikanae's Mahara Place. Approximately 300 people visited the gallery on Saturday eveni...
Counsellors give during Mental Health Awareness Week
October 2015
Counsellors around New Zealand are giving free counselling sessions to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, 5 - 11 October.Selected New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) members have volunteered to give free counselling to a member, or members, of their community t...
Anglers urged to vote in best interests of our fishing and hunting resources
October 2015
The country's anglers and game bird hunters are being reminded to make sure they vote in the Fish and Game Council elections.Fish & Game Communications Manager Don Rood says that because voting closes at 5pm on Friday (9 October), those who are eligible and haven't voted are...
Retirement Village Seminar for Kāpiti
October 2015
A free public seminar takes place at the Kāpiti Community Centre next Thursday 15 October. There will be light refreshments from 12.30pm and the guest speakers, including Troy Churton, start the presentation at 1pm. This seminar has been highly evaluated by attendees arou...
Kāpiti youth gets a chance in HELL
October 2015
Jason Donovan of Kāpiti has just graduated from HELL Pizza's 'Active in Hell' initiative.Jason undertook six weeks of paid training in the kitchen of the brand's Paraparaumu store, learning about food safety standards and various commercial kitchen skills, while gaining valua...
New Event to Celebrate Business Awards Finalists from 1994-2015
October 2015
Organisers of the Electra Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Awards have teamed up with Whitireia NZ to launch a new Business Awards 'winners and finalists' function. And every business that was a winner or finalist over the 21 year history of the Awards is invited. It is planne...
Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Charity Ride to Tuatara
October 2015
The 2015 Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Charity Ride is heading out to Tuatara Brewery on Sunday, 11th October to raise money for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.So join us from 12pm - we'll be donating 50% of all ITI sales on the day to the NZ Breast Foundation!Come along and en...
Mark Ternent on the IT Business Advantage
October 2015
Kāpiti Chamber invites you to TA5 - How IT Adds Business AdvantagePresented by Mark TernentDate: Wednesday 14 October 2015Time: 5.30 to 7pmVenue: Kāpiti Sports Turf & PavilionCost: Members $20 - $30 Non MembersInformation Technology Up to 90% Off Storewide...

 
Sep 2015
Rotary Raffle Returns
September 2015
The Kāpiti Rotary Club are back again with their famous trailer raffle. Win this trailer (pictured) plus all the contents for just $2 a ticket or a book of 6 for $10. This year the Rotary Club are supporting: Kāpiti Youth Support, Kāpiti Youth Quest and Life Education Trust. Look...
New APP to stop driver distraction
September 2015
With the New Zealand Police this week cracking down on mobile phone driver distraction, a locally created app could help drivers concentrate on the road, while checking their emails safely. Speaking Email reads emails aloud, so that users can keep in touch with work. ...
Kevin Currie on the menu for Electra Business Breakfast
September 2015
The October 7 Electra Business Breakfast will feature KCDC Regulatory Services GM Kevin Currie as guest speaker.Kevin has been Group Manager Regulatory Services with the Kāpiti Coast District Council since April 2015. His group is responsible for animal control, building and res...
Queen Elizabeth Park Champions Celebrated
September 2015
At the AGM of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park on 24th August, we honoured with Life Membership, the dedication of two long-serving remarkable men in our community.John Porter and John Lancashire are both extremely well-known and respected stalwarts for the environment and...
Strong Public Support for New Club Vista
September 2015
Kāpiti residents showed their support for the new Club Vista on the Paraparaumu Beach waterfront with more than 250 signing up as new members during an open day special offer on Sunday.The Club formed by an amalgamation between Kāpiti Club and Paraparaumu RSA - says the respons...
Comedy Debate
October 2015
Comedy Debate - Paraparaumu Branch of the Labour PartyAnnual Fundraising Comedy Debate, Friday, October 9at 7:30pm, Senior Citens Hall, Ocean Road Paraparaumu. Waged $20, Unwaged $15. For tickets call Beryl 04 902 295 or email [email protected] Join the Hon Annette K...
Ōtaki Community Expo
September 2015
Community groups will showcase their services and activities at the Ōtaki Community Expo on Saturday 12 September.Organised by the Ōtaki Promotions Group the Expo helps local people find out about support, groups and activities within the community. The Expo coordinator C...
TV3 story not so charitable
September 2015
Open Letter from Charities ServicesYou may have seen a news story that was broadcast on Wednesday evening on TV3's Story programme about charities and their registration status. While it's great to see coverage about charities and the good work that the sector does, there...
Public pressure sees change in tree policy
September 2015
Kāpiti Council has confirmed that only the most significant indigenous trees will be protected in urban areas of Kāpiti from 4 September, and that property owners will have much more freedom to trim protected trees without the need for a resource consent.Even when a resource ...
Red Cross needs your support to help refugees
September 2015
New Zealand Red Cross is offering concerned Kiwis some practical ideas for how they can help make a difference in the refugee crisis. "It's difficult to know what we can do so far away from the terrible scenes we are seeing in the Mediterranean. Red Cross is there on the ground a...
Women more successful at chasing their dreams
September 2015
Leading life insurer and retirement savings provider, AMP, has revealed that women are more successful at chasing their dreams (95% vs 80%) and more likely to pursue a dream or significant goal (76% vs 71%) than males. These findings come as AMP reminds people they have only 10 d...
NZ humanitarian agencies say temporary increase in refugee quota a good start
September 2015
New Zealand humanitarian aid workers have welcomed the government's commitment to taking 750 Syrian refugees over three years and upping the amount of humanitarian aid - but they say this country should still double the permanent refugee quota. The NGO Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF...
Fair forum needed at Council
September 2015
Dear editor, For two years I lobbied Council on the water meter issue and was subjected first-hand to a high level of bullying and collusion by those at the table to disrupt and antagonise me with constant interruptions and derogatory comments. It is due to a continuation...
Leadership Change for Kāpiti Council's PDP
September 2015
Darryl Lew, who has led the work to get the Proposed District Plan back on track over the last 18 months, is leaving Council in mid-September.Stephen McArthur, Group Manager Strategy & Planning, said that Darryl has been offered exciting domestic and offshore opportunities an...
Yellow sludge - just nature doing its thing
September 2015
The yellow sludge you see on top of the water or lining the shores could well be a sign that plants are feeling spring in the air.Wind pollination or is the choice of many plants in New Zealand including pines and most grasses. These plants produce enormous quantities of light, d...
Join the Waimeaa Weedbusters
September 2015
Weedbusting at the Waimeha LagoonTuesday 15 September 2pmChildren's Playground, Queen's Drive.Bring: Gardening gloves, warm clothes, strong shoes, trowel (labelled)Contact: Sally Mathieson (904 1260)...
Wellington Region's travellers highly satisfied with public transport
September 2015
Customer satisfaction with the Wellington public transport network remains high, according to the Regional Council's latest annual Metlink customer satisfaction survey.The survey, carried out in April and May this year and completed by almost 4,500 public transport customers, fou...
Kāpiti hosts Chinese sports teams
September 2015
The Wellington Chinese Sport and Cultural Centre (WCSCC) recently visited Kāpiti to take part in an annual basketball derby against teams representing the Kāpiti region.The event involved games for both boys and girls from as young as 5 through to 18. Hosted by the Hoop Club Kapi...
Trade Aid opens Kāpiti Store
September 2015
Kāpiti Run for Youth racing ahead
September 2015
The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) is ticking away with a little over 200 registrations. "The target is to achieve 500 people participating," says Richard Calkin of Web Genius.Various groups and individuals have already started their fundraising efforts and there is mone...
Father's Day a hit at Hoop Club Kāpiti
September 2015
Another successful community event was held last week with Kāpiti Basketball Association's Hoop Club Kāpiti Father's Day Games. On Father's Day Hoop Club Kāpiti held their annual "Kids vs Dads" games at Hoop Club.It's always a great day and something the kids really look ...
Kāpiti College Win LO ROB Cup
The Angelo Robinson Cup Basketball Cross Town Derby - Kāpiti College vs Paraparaumu College was held Friday, 11 Sept.This end of season College Basketball game between Paraparaumu College Senior Boys Basketball Team & Kāpiti College Senior Boys Basketball Team was started 5...
Club Vista opens its doors to public
September 2015
Club Vista the new home of the Kāpiti Club and Paraparaumu RSA on the Paraparaumu waterfront - is opening its doors on Sunday (13 Sept) for the public to see what the amalgamated club offers and grab a one-off membership offer of $20 per person.The new club wants to make itself...
Early bird registrations open for the Santa Run
September 2015
The Great KidsCan Santa Run is open for early bird registrations! Last year's event raised over $40,000 to help KidsCan continue its work supporting disadvantaged Kiwi kids, and this year is set to bigger than ever with 21 events happening right around the country.On Wednesday, 2...
Kāpiti Food Fair 2015 on track
September 2015
The Kāpiti Food Fair 2015 looks set to be another huge success and already has over 100 vendor site bookings.Vendors include those that have been in the past and new entrants so visitors will not be disappointed with the variety of ready to eat foods and products available.Pr...
Showtime in Kāpiti
September 15

 
Aug 2015
Inspiring speaker for WIB Lunch
August 2015
Women in Business LunchDATE: Wednesday 26 August 2015VENUE: Southward Car MuseumTIME: 12pm to 2pmCOST: Members $25 & Non Members $35Complimentary wine or juice on arrival (no bar facilities)Sam Hannah markets herself as a Personal Branding Creator and a Mindfu...
Tree Trouble from Dale Evans
August 2015

 
Jul 2015
Kāpiti Underground Art Exhibition
July 2015
Sunday, August 9 at 7:00pm123 Kāpiti rd, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti Coast6 Artists, 1 Venue. Free Entry.We invite you to come along to our debut group show this August! Stunning, affordable art by Kāpiti's most exciting artists. Opening night is on Sunday 9th August from 7pm, a...
Most Kāpiti businesses will have no say on health and safety
July 2015
Most Kāpiti Coast business will not be able to have a say in looking after their work place health and safety according to Labour Party Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway."After the Pike River disaster, National said they'd strengthen health and safety laws to make ...
Health and safety law changes impact businesses
July 2015
Changes to health and safety (H&S) laws are a step closer, with a select committee reporting its recommendations back to Parliament.The Bill is expected to be passed later this year and there will be some months before it comes into effect. During this time government will pr...
Brownies and Guides welcome new members
July 2015
Bronwyn Glavin, who is Guide Leader of the First Waikanae Guides, sent us this photograph to make you smile this morning!The Waikanae Brownies and Guides enjoyed a night of Ten Pin Bowling on Tuesday evening, celebrating their success at having sold all of this year's allocat...
BA5 hosted by Indelible
July 2015
Kāpiti Chamber invites you to a BA5 hosted by IndelibleDate:Wednesday 29 July 2015 @ 5.30pmVenue:Southward Car MuseumCost:Members ComplimentaryNon members $20 (payment online when booking please)Come and meet the Indelible team - Mark Radley, Dan Browne, Kerry...
Don't miss this train
July 2015
DON'T MISS A DAY TO REMEMBER ON SATURDAY 22 AUGUST - THE PASSCHENDAELE STEAM TRAIN WILL BE POWERING THROUGH FROM PAEKAKARIKI TO OTAKIIsn't this a glorious photo?! It's the Ab608 steaming past our Hemi Matenga hillside (Thank you so much, Waikanae photographer Roger Brent Smith!)Y...
Kāpiti-founded business wins Cyber Gold Award
July 2015
Aura RedShield Security (previously Aura RedEye Security), an Ōtaki-based cyber-security company, makes Kāpiti proud at Thursday night's prestigious Wellington Gold Awards. Winner of The Wellington Gold Award's Cyber Gold category, Aura RedShield provides world-leading Cyber Secu...
Open Letter from Kāpiti Crs Scott and Elliott
July 2015
KCDC Councillors David Scott and Jackie Elliott would like to reassure the Kāpiti public that we played no part whatsoever in the re employment of KCDC Chief Executive Pat Dougherty for a further five years.We dispute the Mayor's media statement which starts with the words, ...
Town Centre costs queried
September 2015
Historic Red House Cafe destroyed by fire
July 2015
Firefighters were unable to save the Red House Cafe on State Highway 1 at Te Horo.Fire crews from Ōtaki and Te Horo were initially called to the fire about 5.10pm Thursday (9th) evening, but backup was soon needed from Levin, Waikanae and Paraparaumu.Between 40 and 50 firefighter...
Dance for Kids
July 2015
Waikanae Dance have another fun holiday programme if you're thinking of things to do with your youngsters next week, especially if it's as cold as this week.They don't have to be dancers at the dance school - the holiday programme is open to everyone, especially if you like to ac...
Seats at Surf & Turf Kāpiti Style proving popular
July 2015
If you have not bought your ticket to attend one of two lunches at Surf & Turf Kāpiti Style yet, the organiser is suggesting that you get on to it as tickets are selling at a good pace.The lunch will run on Saturday 22 August and Saturday 29 August from 12pm to 3.30pm at the icon...
Plastic Free July - simple rules
July 2015
The ChallengeThe challenge is quite simple. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. "Single-use" includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging...basically anything that's intended only to be used once and then discarded. If refusing ALL sin...
Kāpiti Coast Business Network - all welcome
July 15
Kāpiti Chamber invites you to their Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 13 July 2015Time: 5.15 to 7pmVenue: Kāpiti Club Inc32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachGuest speaker: GTB IT SolutionsHear how to save on your business phone and internet bill.No entr...
Fallen Tree cuts Kāpiti power
July 6, 2015
A power surge blew out meter boxes and appliances this morning when a tree fell on to 33,000 volt electricity lines just north of Peka Peka.Lines company Electra has been restoring power to many homes in Waikanae after the incident.Among those affected was the Charles Fleming ret...
Public meeting to discuss crime in Paekākāariki
July 2015
Kāpiti's Burger King up for sale
July 2015
Kāpiti's Burger King's takeaways outlet on the Paraparaumu main street is up for sale.The building went up in the 1990s and has a rating valuation of $2 million from August last year.The building, located close to The Warehouse, the railway station and bus terminal, and between t...
Secret Bridesmaids on Show in Kāpiti
July 2015
Good news - tickets for Secret Bridesmaids' Business go on sale tomorrow from Coastlands TicketDirect Information Desk.Tickets are just $22 for Adults, and $20 for Seniors, Students, and CSC Holders. If you are a Kāpiti Playhouse member, you can get a ticket for just $15!Hurry in...
Paraparaumu College students off the Vietnam and Cambodia
July 2015
Five students from Paraparaumu College, have got together with their families to organise and host a fundraising dinner at Southwards, Saturday 10 October 2015. These students are part of a larger group from the college travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia in December 2015 until J...
Waikanae planting taking shape
July 2015
Have you been noticing the planting taking shape at the southern entrance to Waikanae? These are some of the masterminds behind it! The Waikanae Community Board is investing about $5000 in enhancing the town's southern entrance by planting more than 250 flowers and shrubs. Th...
5000 Trees in 4 Hours Planting Day
July 2015
Help plant 5000 Trees in 4 Hours at Queen Elizabeth Park in the biggest planting day of the season. Join the Kāpiti community to plant 5000 native seedlings at Queen Elizabeth Park. Join us anytime between 10am and 2pm for a fun day of planting with live music, food and many plan...
The Edhouse Story on the big screen in Ōtaki
July 2015
Legal Highs controversy continues
July 2015
Community issues campaigner Dale Evans says KCDC has got it all wrong for allowing the sale of 'legal high' drugs in Kāpiti."What they have done is show a lack of leadership and have left our young people even more vulnerable while at the same time making the drug dealers very ha...
Oil spills on Kāpiti Coast
July 2015
A Waikanae woman says the discovery of oil blobs along 10 kilometers of the Kāpiti Coast is a sign the oil industry has outstayed its welcome.Jean Kahui from Frack Free Kāpiti says the area includes ecosystems of national and international significance.She says it's the fourth sp...
Kids can weave at Mahara Gallery
July 2015

 
Jun 2015
Transpower under fire for overhead wires
June 2015
Destination WaikanaeKEEP WAIKANAE BEAUTIFUL!Four years ago Councillor Michael Scott had the vision to see that Transpower could take advantage of the enormous Expressway earthworks and run its upgraded transmission lines underground instead of dramatically increasing the heig...
New air service a boost for Kāpiti Coast Airport
June 2015
Regional airline Sounds Air will now be flying customers between Nelson and the Kāpiti Coast's Paraparaumu.The service commences on June 15 and will provide two outgoing and incoming flights per day, adding up to 13,000 seats in and out of Nelson and Paraparaumu each year.Sounds ...
Coast and rivers users lap up information
June 2015
Wellington's coast and rivers users are lapping up information on water quality and want more, according to a recent online survey.The very popular electronic survey ran for just five weeks during which time more than a thousand people visited the site and 42 percent responde...
Kāpiti Council gives green light to Legal Highs
June 2015
A motion that would effectively ban the sale of legal highs in Kāpiti was lost at the Council meeting last week.Councillor Jackie Elliott moved that KCDC take no action that would facilitate the sale of any substances under the jurisdiction of the Psychoactive Substances Act. Thi...
July Business Breakfast speaker - Cameron Bagrie, Chief Economist, ANZ
July 2015
Cameron travels extensively providing economic and financial advice to ANZ's customers in New Zealand as well as overseas and appears regularly in the media. THURSDAY 9th July 2015(Please note change of day)Cameron has worked as an economist in New Zealand for 19 years, incl...
Rocky Horror in Te Horo
June 2015
KCU Junior Team of the Week
June 2015
This week's Junior Team of the Week is the all-girls KCU HKGA team. There is a core of players who have been together since they were in the 9th grade, and the team was strengthened this year with new players joining both from other local teams and some who are new to the are...
Give a Little to help Nepal
June 2015
The Rotary Club of Kāpiti has set up a Facebook Page at Give a Little for folks to make a contribution through the club to the Rotoract Club of Yala, Kathmandu, where one of our ex Rotary Youth Exchange Students, Nirjan Shakya is a member.Nirjan has led his fellow club member...
Meeting looks to save Capital Connection
June 2015
A public meeting was held at the Ōtaki railway station last week in a bid to save the Capital Connection which is under threat of closure at the end of June. Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Fran Wilde told a meeting over 100 at the Ōtaki Railway station that her council...
Norma McCallum honoured for community work
June 2015
We are so delighted, Norma, that all your tireless work over 40 years for Waikanae has been recognised! Norma McCallum has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal for Services to the Community - working relentlessly to promote and keep Waikanae beautiful; working with business own...

 
May 2015
HARD DAYS 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 cover (for the rest of you, make sure you google it!) Artists George Thompson, left, Hans Itjeshorst, Lee Russell and John Cornish (clutching Sue Lund's splend...
TECH EXPO Kāpiti Workshop registrations now open Students Leading the Way
June 2015
Kāpiti Digital Leadership Forum Incorporated (KDLF) is delighted to announce the opening of online registrations to attend any of the 22 workshops and all for FREE and the response is already overwhelming. Attendance on any workshop is being handled through online registrations ...
Jill Lloyd elected to Community Board
June 2015
This week Jill Lloyd, wife of the late Kāpiti Coast District councillor Tony Lloyd, won the by-election to fill a seat on the Waikanae Community Board.One of four candidates, Jill Lloyd won the seat with 1924 votes to second place Jeremy Seamark's 1163.Jill Lloyd's husband Tony L...
Tupe Lualua to showcase new work at Measina Festival
June 2015
Whitireia lecturer Tupe Lualua will showcase a new work this week during the Measina Festival, which opened on Tuesday at Whitireia Theatre.The festival is a celebration of Samoan culture, language and stories through dance, music and theatre. It is presented by Jandals Inc. ...
Gardening with Tod
June 2015
Onions in all shapes and sizesHow many savoury recipes can you think of that don't call for onions? Stir fries, casseroles, quiches, pasta sauces let's face it; they all taste better with this very natural flavour enhancer.And while the round, brown-skinned variety may be the f...
Coach the coaches clinic success for Kāpiti Basketball
June 2015
The Kāpiti Basketball Association recently ran a two hour 'coach the coaches clinic' at the KCDC Sports hall at Paraparaumu College. Fifteen local basketball coaches attended to be inspired by famed Kiwi basketball coach Rewi Thompson.Rewi is on vacation from his professional coa...
Queen Elizabeth Park Cycleway on track
June 2015
Blessing gets cycleway underwayThe beginning of construction on the new Queen Elizabeth Park cycleway has been marked by a ceremony at the Poplar Road entrance to the cycleway in Raumati South. Kaumatua Rakauoteora Te Maipi (Koro Don) led the karakia and blessing accompanied by M...
Kāpiti Chamber Presents
June 2015
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to TA5 Health & SafetyPresented by Adrienne PrydeHealth & Safety Consultant, Business Central Date: Wednesday 10 June 2015Time: 5.30 to 7pmVenue: Kāpiti Sports PavilionCost: Members FREE - $25 Non MembersIf yo...
Whitireia Faculty of Health dean appointed to expert advisory group
Whitireia Faculty of Health Dean Dr Kathryn Holloway has been appointed to the Expert Advisory Group assisting the Ministry of Health in the development of a draft refresh of the New Zealand Health Strategy.The New Zealand Health Strategy provides the Ministry of Health with ...
Tupe Lualua to showcase new work at Measina Festival
June 2015
Whitireia lecturer Tupe Lualua will showcase a new work this week during the Measina Festival, which opened on Tuesday at Whitireia Theatre.The festival is a celebration of Samoan culture, language and stories through dance, music and theatre. It is presented by Jandals Inc. ...
Lesley Kennedy - Maven International at Business Breakfast
June 2015
KAPITI JUNE ELECTRA BUSINESS BREAKFASTLesley Kennedy - Maven International Doing business in the Middle EastThe Middle East provides a great opportunity for Kāpiti Coast businesses especially those involved in food production and processing.3rd June 2015But what does a busine...
First of Wellingtons newest trains arrive
June 2015
The first pair of two-car units from Wellington's new batch of Matangi trains arrived recently by boat from Korea (Sunday 24 May).The two-car units are the first of 35 pairs made by Hyundai that will arrive in stages by the middle of next year.Greater Wellington Regional ...

 
Apr 2015
Developing a Winning Culture
April 2015
Ant Carter, Director of the New Zealand Breakers will be the guest speaker at this year's PAKńSAVE Kāpiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards on the 13th of May.Having won four NBL championships in five years, (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015), Ant is in a good position to speak on "Deve...
WREDA all about it at Business Breakfast
April 2015
With Wellington struggling for attention from central government as a result of Auckland being a 'super city', will a new economic development agency really help.For the answer to this and a bunch of other interesting questions come and hear Peter Biggs NZCM at the Electra ...
ANZAC Variety Show for Southwards
April 2015
ANZAC Variety Concert 2015Saturday 18 April 2015, 2:00pm4:30pmBe Quick Book now for the variety concert by Kāpiti performers especially performed for the Kāpiti community. Music and song from 1924 1950 to commemorate two World Wars 7 days before the 100th anniversary of ...

 
Mar 2015
Kāpiti 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 Kāpiti Coast Public Art Panel has been created as a result of the Kāpiti Council's adoption of the Public Art Policy.The Panel, chaired by Cr Jackie Elliott, is...

 
Feb 2015
Find Peace in a Busy World
February 2015
Free talk about meditation & awarenessKāpiti Coast Community Centre15 Ngahina StreetSaturday March 711am-noonPresenter Prasada Ishaya is an experienced meditation teacher - trained in Spain at the Bright Path's 'Mastery of the Self' retreat."It's possible to exper...
Find Peace in a Busy World
February 2015
Free talk about meditation & awareness Kāpiti Coast Community Centre 15 Ngahina Street Saturday March 7 11am-noonPresenter Prasada Ishaya is an experienced meditation teacher - trained in Spain at the Bright Path's 'Mastery of the Self' retreat."It's p...
Kāpiti businesses support local government amalgamation proposals
February 2015
Sixty-five percent of respondents to a Chamber of Commerce online survey gave full or qualified support to the local government amalgamation proposals as proposed prior to Christmas by the Local Government Commission. A further 10%, while not supporting the existing proposal, su...
Feedback helps shape the draft Natural Resource Plan
February 2015
Thousands of points of interest have been raised by the public in response to the release of a draft Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region.Views both supporting and opposing a wide range of provisions in the draft plan were put forward in 145 individual submissions. G...
Group Convenes to Save Capital Connection
Palmerston North MP, Iain Lees-Galloway, lead a successful workshop in Ōtaki on Sunday in a further bid to save the Capital Connection.Mr Lees-Galloway said 35 dedicated people spent hours brainstorming new ideas that will help a newly formed committee run a successful campai...
Young Ocean Defenders March for Maui Dolphins
Kāpiti Colleges 'Young Ocean Defenders' Group Walked 55km to raise awareness for the plight of the remaining 55 Maui Dolphins on Sunday.This enthusiastic group of 14-16 year-olds organised the event by themselves and achieved a great amount of awareness by walking the entire ...
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
February 2015
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators: WORLD ON FIRE TOUR - NEXT WEEK!!! 18 February at TSB Arena, WellingtonLegendary British-American musician / songwriter and former lead guitarist of Guns N Roses, SLASH arrives in New Zealand next week for his WORLD ON FIRE tou...

 
Jan 2015
Journey with Horses
January 2015
Phil Edwards new chair of Paekākāariki Community Board
January 2015
Phil Edwards was elected unopposed as new chair of the Paekākāariki Community Board at tonight's (Jan 27) meeting.Former chair Jack McDonald has recently started a new job at Parliament and felt he was no longer able to commit the amount of time required to chair the board. Mr McD...
QE Park Cycleway Takes Shape
Kāpiti's Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson said he was pleased to see the QEP Cycleway taking shape following a very well attended walkover with the Greater Wellington design team on Saturday."Over 100 residents turned out to see where the cycleway is proposed t...
Teddy Bears Picnic - a popular outing for the whole family
January 2015
Grumpy Old Men on Show
January 2015
Waikanae thriving over summer
January 2015
EditorI would like to reply to James Westbury's Spoonful of sugar Dated January 14 2015.He tells us that he has been away on holiday in two lovely spots Napier and Taupo both great destinations, I hope he had a relaxing time.But while he was away he might not have noticed...
Kāpiti Open Petanque Open Doubles Championship Retained
January 2015
Thirty-six teams played for the Liz Koh Cup over Wellington Anniversary weekend at the Kāpiti Petanque Club in Paraparaumu.The competition is open to all petanque players in New Zealand and attracted many of the top players in the country.On Day 1, each team played 5, random ...
Queen Elizabeth Park Cycleway route walkover
In 2014 Greater Wellington Regional Council announced its intention to develop a cycleway through Queen Elizabeth Park to enable people to avoid heavy traffic between Raumati and Paekākāariki, better link the communities and promote healthy sustainable transport. The cycleway rout...
Goodmans Contractors feature at Kāpiti Business Breakfast
January 2015
KAPITI FEBRUARY ELECTRA BUSINESS BREAKFASTGoodman's Contractors WaikanaeWEDNESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2015To kick off the 2015 Electra Business Breakfasts, we have invited the supreme winner of the 2014 Kāpiti Horowhenua Electra Business of the Year, Goodmans to give us an i...
A plan to move the Wellington region forward
January 2015
People in the Wellington region are encouraged to have their say on a plan to help make the region more dynamic, productive and resilient through high quality public transport, new cycleways and some major roading improvements.Public consultation opens tomorrow (Monday 19 January...
Ambitious plan to increase international student numbers
January 2015
Launched today is an ambitious plan to significantly lift the numbers of international students in the Wellington region.The Wellington International Strategy will see Universities, Polytechnics, Private English Language and Training providers and Schools doubling the number ...
Kāpiti Heritage Day remembering the past
Ōtaki Kite Festival 28 February-1 March 2015
January 2015
Come and enjoy free, open-air, eco-friendly fun to be held on Ōtaki beach.Schools day - Fri 27th Feb, Public days Sat 28 Feb, Sun 1 March Fuse Acrobatic Circus Performance 4-5pm both days (weather dependant)Spot prizes for child-made and family-made kites - Saturday after...
Ōtaki Kite Festival 28 February-1 March 2015
Come and enjoy free, open-air, eco-friendly fun to be held on Ōtaki beach. Schools day - Fri 27th Feb, Public days Sat 28 Feb, Sun 1 MarchFuse Acrobatic Circus Performance 4-5pm both days (weather dependant)Spot prizes for child-made and family-made kites - Saturday after...
ROUGH NOTES AND SILENT COMEDY in Paekākāariki
January 2015
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In Memoriam-Alan Austrin 1989-2015
January 2015
In Memoriam Alan Austrin 1989-2015From: Kevin ClementsThere is nothing like a bout of pneumonia in the middle of summer to arouse feelings of mortality; and give some sense of life's precarity and the arbitrariness and unpredictability of the taken for granted.While I was feelin...
Summer Arrives at last on the Kāpiti Coast ...
January 2015
Paekākāariki man found dead at beach
January 2015
The identity of a motorcyclist found dead on a beach this morning is as yet unknown.The body - believed to be that of a young father - was found with a motorbike at the water's edge on a Kāpiti Coast beach early this morning, police said.Shortly after 7am, a walker came across th...
Kāpiti man in critical condition
January 2015
A Kāpiti man is in a critical condition after a ute rolled in southern Wairarapa.Life Flight crew member Dave Greenberg said the Westpac rescue helicopter went to the crash scene west of the settlement of Ngawi in Cape Palliser Rd about 6.30pm yesterday. "On our arriv...
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. First day today and the community are right there with the "birds" Debbie Pointon and Gabrielle Ridgway Evans.A superb Kāpiti Art Gallery, Nest features paintin...

 
Dec 2014
Short-list finalised for Wellingtons rail contract
January 2015
Greater Wellington Regional Council has finalised a short-list for the tendering of its new rail contract.Greg Campbell, the Regional Council's Chief Executive, says that after careful evaluation of Expressions of Interest the following companies have been short-listed. They...
Happy New Year Kāpiti
AGE GROUP BASKETBALL OPEN DAY
January 2015
AGE GROUP BASKETBALL OPEN DAYIn preparation for 2015, KBA are holding Age Group Open Day Basketball Trainings in the following Age Groups onSATURDAY 31 JANUARY 2015 AT KCDC SPORTSHALL & PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE GYM, MAZENGARB ROAD, PARAPARAUMUALL PLAYERS & NEW PLAYERS MOST WEL...
AGE GROUP BASKETBALL OPEN DAY
January 2015
AGE GROUP BASKETBALL OPEN DAY In preparation for 2015, KBA are holding Age Group Open Day Basketball Trainings in the following Age Groups on SATURDAY 31 JANUARY 2015 AT KCDC SPORTSHALL & PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE GYM, MAZENGARB ROAD, PARAPARAUMUALL PLAYERS & NEW PLAYERS MO...
New report gets Kāpiti Coast a step closer to cycle friendly communities
January 2015
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the final report and recommendations of the Cycling Safety Panel. The Panel has been tasked with developing innovative, comprehensive and practical recommendations for how central and local government can ensure road cycling is pro...
Kāpiti Food Fair rocked & rolled the Mazengarb Reserve
Proudly Sponsored by ANZ ParaparaumuThe organisers of the Kāpiti Food Fair are rapped after an awesome day and 5,515 visitors on throughout the day on Saturday 6 December. "We had a huge variety of ready to eat vendors who cooked up a delicious storm, and a wonderful selecti...
Women less confident about their retirement
Women are feeling less confident about reaching their retirement savings goals and with good reason, according to ANZ's latest retirement savings survey. Overall, 44 per cent of kiwis feel confident that they are saving enough to pay for their retirement, but women are much...
QUITLINE poised for surge in Quit calls
While most New Zealanders will be taking a well-deserved break on New Year's Day, Quitline's Wellington office expects to be a hive of activity as staff support smokers to beat their addiction. A 10% increase in tobacco tax takes effect on January 1 and is expected to push th...
Surfs up at New Zealands environmental website
New Zealanders are encouraged to do their surfing online before hitting the beach this summer. Beach goers can check the quality of the water at their nearest beach thanks to environmental monitoring website Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA). Information on beach water qualit...
Kāpiti Run for Youth raises $20,702 for Kāpiti youth
Kāpiti Run for Youth has wrapped up for another year after raising $20,702 for Kāpiti youth.Richard Calkin of Web Genius says, "I am really delighted with the efforts of many people that get in behind this event as raising this amount of money requires perseverance and commit...
Paws in the Park
There are many dog friendly areas in our parks that you can bring your best friend. Check them out during our Paws in the Park summer series. With agility courses, doggy treats and fun canine games, your dog will have a grrrrrrreat time.Sunday 22 February Queen Elizabeth Park...
Kāpiti commuters to get more park and ride at Paraparaumu
Greater Wellington Regional Council has approved the purchase of a substantial amount of land opposite Paraparaumu Station for more park and ride facilities for Kāpiti train commuters."Three properties in Hinemoa Street, directly opposite the station, present a very rare oppo...
Ghost still haunts Kāpiti Council
Kāpiti Council adversary Dale Evans is at it again. No sooner had the infamous 'Toilet Car' stopped haunting the Council building than Mr Evans was back with another reminder of his discontent with Council's escalating debt.Mr Evans says it is his own way of making council si...
Maybe summer really has arrived in Kāpiti
December 2014
Nominations open early for Kāpiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards
December 2014
An earlier call for nominations and a number of new innovations mark the 10th anniversary of the 2015 PAK'n SAVE Kāpiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards.While remaining a Lions Club of Kāpiti project, the awards now utilises professional event management Scopevents and this is...
Summer Studio Art Tour for Kāpiti
December 2014
Kāpiti Sports awards secure funding grant
December 2014
Kāpiti's will continue to honour its sports achievers after the Sports Awards battled to receive a $10,000 grant from the Kāpiti Council.In what was a contentious debate Councillors voted to approve the grant which will provide an event manager for the awards for 2015.Traditional...
Summer Studio Art Tour for Kāpiti
December 2014
Scott Bayler wins Poker Championship
December 2014
Raumati's Scott Bayler defeated a high quality field to win the recent Raumati South Poker Championship.The Texas Hold'em Poker tournament was played under the rebuy format and provided plenty of action.Bayler played aggressively throughout the tournament, dispatching a serie...
Updated Waikanae River Environmental Strategy Released
December 2014
The Waikanae River environment has undergone transformative changes since the first Waikanae River Environmental Strategy was released in 1999.In the River Corridor downstream of the Rail Bridge, community volunteers, including the Friends of the Waikanae River, Kāpiti Ecolog...
March to Save condemned Beau
December 2014
"Beau has been ordered to die on or about Thursday 18th December 2014 ....and we are calling the decision and the process's applied by the Kāpiti Coast District Council a gross injustice. Not just to Beau, but to Kāpiti as a community," says spokesperson for a March organised for...
Arrest in Waikanae serious assault investigation
December 2014
Kāpiti-Mana Police have charged a 17 year old male with two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for the serious assault of an elderly couple in Waikanae.He will also face two charges of burglary for this incident as well as burglary that occurred ear...
OUR LADY OF KAPITI PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
December 2014
Our lady of Kāpiti Parish Christmas luncheon takes place at Southward Car Museum on Sunday December 14.This luncheon started three years ago to raise money for those in need in our local community and this year includes the luncheon, entertainment by Pinky Agnew, music by flu...
Kāpiti top of the regional list for local road improvements
December 2014
Kāpiti local road changes are the top priority for the region's transport plan. An extension of Ihakara Street in Paraparaumu to accommodate increased traffic from the Kāpiti expressway is the top priority for the Wellington region's proposed transport improvement programme ov...
Serious assault in Waikanae
December 2014
Kāpiti-Mana Police are investigating the serious assault of an elderly couple in Waikanae. The couple have been assaulted in their home in He Awa Street by an offender or offenders, sometime overnight.The offenders have stolen their car and Police are appealing to the public for ...
Carols in Mahara
December 2014
Carols in Mahara
December 2014
Easy to use fares and ticketing system will transform public transport
December 2014
Kāpiti commuters are a step closer to getting a modern fares and ticketing system for Wellington's public transport, where customers use one electronic payment system for all their travel now that a full investigation of the system has begun.A report to the Greater Wellington...
Rail network going from strength to strength
December 2014
Wellington region's rail network is going from strength to strength with punctuality figures approaching record highs and growing numbers of people taking the train, as shown in the Wellington Metropolitan Rail Annual Report.The report, to be tabled at next Wednesday's Region...
Kāpiti Hire a Hubby couple champion franchisees
December 2014
Dave and Shelley Coley helped put Kāpiti in the spotlight at the recent Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards 2014/2015. Their Hire a Hubby business took out two awards: the sub-category award for best home services franchisee and the category award for franchisee of the year in h...
Auditions for Motel Coming Soon
December 2014
Eight people, four stories, one seedy motel room. Their stories and choices underscore the transience of life, love and death.For the next Kāpiti Playhouse production Gennie Barton will be directing Motel by April Phillips a New Zealand Playwright. Production dates 18th to 28t...
Better Kāpiti says amalgamation offers significant benefits for Kāpiti residents
December 2014
"Many Kāpiti residents and businesses will welcome an informed and rational debate on restructuring the Wellington Region as was recommended in the report of the Local Government Commission released yesterday," the chair of Better Kāpiti, Guy Weaver, said."This week's report of r...
Kāpiti Mo's help raise over $1.1M for Men's Health
December 2014
Observers will have seen a greater number of hairy faces in Kāpiti over the last month as the Mo Bros and Sistas did their bit to raise funds for men's health.Nationwide more than 11,600 Kiwi moustaches have raised over $1.1m for men's health this Movember, and donations are ...
Councils conduct codes gag elected members
December 2014
A Massey researcher is concerned that some local councils are gagging their elected members and stifling free speech.Dr Catherine Strong from the School Communication, Journalism and Marketing, says there is a disturbing paragraph creeping into some councils' operating polici...

 
Nov 2014
Sea Level Rise Report big news for Kāpiti Coast
December 2014
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has recognised findings of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright's report released today on the impact of rising seas as significant for coastal areas of New Zealand, aligning well with work the sector is undertaking. ...
Dead man identified on Paekākāariki Hill
December 2014
Police have released name of the man found dead outside his car in suspicious circumstances on the Kāpiti Coast yesterday.Matthew Stevens, of Lower Hutt, was found near his white Toyota Corolla on Paekākāariki Hill Rd about 7.30am.The 32-year-old's death was initially thought to b...
Expressway southern end update
December 2014
We've started work on four bored piles at Kāpiti Road these are smaller but similar in construction to the Waikanae River Bridge piles and will form the central piers of the new Expressway bridge.Traffic on Kāpiti Road has been moved onto a temporary road diversion to keep ...
Thinking DIY, think fish
December 2014
Kāpiti Coasters are being made aware that the products and chemicals you use to get things looking spic and span this summer could run right down the roadside gutter and into the rivers or sea where our aquatic creatures live. Every year around the summer months Wellington R...
Paekākāariki Lament Wins International Video Award
December 2014
A Kāpiti-made musical lament about lost friendships has taken one of the top prizes at this weekend's Australian Independent Music Video Awards. "On your side", taken from Paekākāariki's Stefan Wolf's 2014 album "Brandnew Life", took out the "Best International Video Pac...
Kāpiti Business Breakfast to wrap up busy year
December 2014
To wrap up what has been a very busy year, we have invited a couple of the key players in the Kāpiti Coast business world to give us their thoughts about 2014 and into 2015 at the final Electra Business Breakfast for the year.To kick things off, Kāpiti Coast District Councillor G...
Kāpiti fire brigade have faster access to burning buildings
December 2014
The generosity of private donors from the Kāpiti region has enabled the Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade to buy a new tool that will give faster access to burning buildings.A recent $750 grant from Nikau Kāpiti Fund was presented to the Brigade last week. This is the first ev...
MacLean Park Kiosk reopens
December 2014
The MacLean Park Kiosk at Paraparaumu Beach, damaged by fire a year ago, has just reopened after a $72,000 restoration. The building has been fully restored following a community call for it to be saved and the occasion was marked with an open day from 9am to 12 noon on Satur...
Rotary Trailer winner announced
December 2014
This year's Kāpiti Rotary trailer raffle has been drawn. The winning ticket 5363 was purchased at Mitre 10 Mega in Paraparaumu. Organiser Tim Mikkelsen said the Kāpiti Rotary Club is very thankful to everyone who supported our project by purchasing tickets. Funds raised this ...
Paekākāariki Hill Road investigation update
December 2014
Police have worked today to secure and recover the body of a 32 year old male and a white Toyota Corolla vehicle on Paekākāariki Hill Road. Early indications are that the injuries sustained are inconsistent with a vehicle crash so Police are treating the death as suspicious.The bo...
Kāpiti Food Fair ready to roll
December 2014
"With a week to go before the Kāpiti Food Fair, everything is on-track to deliver a taste sensation and a wonderful day out for visitors," says Helene Judge, Fair Spokesperson."Vendors, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and importantly, our celebrity chefs' Karena and Kasey Bird a...
Kāpiti Coast Business Network meeting
November 2014
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 8 December 2014Time: 5.15 to 7pmVenue: Kāpiti Club Inc32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach...
Kāpiti Arts Trail - Southwards on Sunday
November 2014
The Kāpiti Arts Trail is done and dusted for another year with the two-day event having been largely successful. Over 260 artists displayed their work in over 100 venues from Paekākāariki to Ōtaki. The largest venue was the Southwards Car Museum which presented the work of 28 ...
Stellar lineup for new WREDA Board
November 2014
The eight people selected to the inaugural Board of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) are a stellar lineup of New Zealand business, research and academic leaders.That's the summary of the Board's first Chair, Peter Biggs, who says the Board will prov...
Strawberry Festival hits Paraparaumu Beach
November 2014
Strawberry Festival hits Paraparaumu Beach
November 2014
Kapanui Gala
November 2014
Kāpiti 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 descending on the Creative Kāpiti Coast. With over 100 venues exhibiting the works of more than 200 artists this is one of the biggest art events in New Zealand - ...
New Chief Executive begins at Wellington Regional Council
November 2014
New chief executive Greg Campbell has started his tenure at the helm of Greater Wellington Regional Council.Mr Campbell brings with him extensive experience in the private sector, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer and Director at Vodafone New Zealand. Previous position...
Mana MP Faafoi supports Roberston for leadership
November 2014
Mana MP Kris Faafoi has spoken out about his support for Grant Robertson to be leader of the Labour Party."Over the past few weeks, there has been quite a bit of commentary about Grant Robertson's sexuality. In a number of cases, the Pacific Island community has been used as a ve...
Paekākāariki a generous town
November 2014
Paekākāariki placed in the Top 20 of the 2014 Oxfam Unwrapped Generosity List for 2014. Upper Moutere has defended its title for the fourth year in a row as New Zealand's most generous town according to the 2014 Oxfam Unwrapped Generosity List.Waimauku took second place, follo...
Free bike fix-ups
November 2014
With summer on the doorstep, it's time to dust off your bike bring it to a Big Bike Fix-Up near you and get it checked and spruced up for free."If your bike's been a little neglected, bring it along and we'll make sure it's in safe running order so you can jump back on and ...
Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager
November 2014
Kāpiti writer Mandy Hager has just released her latest book - Singing Home the Whale.An extraordinary story of a boy who protects a baby orca that locals believe is threatening their livelihood.Will Jackson is hiding out, a city boy reluctantly staying with his uncle in small tow...
Spring One Day Horse Trial held at QE Park
November 2014
There was another great turnout for the Eventing Wellington Spring One day Horse Trial held at the start of November in QE Park, Paekākāariki.Events involved Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping.Kāpiti riders competing fresh back from the World Equestrian Games in France w...
Rare Shelduck visits Queen Elizabeth Park
November 2014
A rare chestnut-breasted shelduck has landed in Queen Elizabeth Park! The rare Australian species was spotted in the Marine's wetland over the weekend.The lucky duck is the first confirmed record for the Wellington Region for several years. The sighting is creating a bit ...
KERMIT AGM December 6
November 2014
KAPITI ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION MAINTENANCE TRUST INC.The Annual General Meeting of the Trust will be held at 1.30 PM, Saturday 6 December 2014, in the Rotary Hall, Community Centre, Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.BUSINESS:Elections as per the constitutionPresentation of t...
KERMIT AGM December 6
November 2014
KAPITI ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION MAINTENANCE TRUST INC.The Annual General Meeting of the Trust will be held at 1.30 PM, Saturday 6 December 2014, in the Rotary Hall, Community Centre, Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.BUSINESS:Elections as per the constitutionPresentation of t...
Kāpiti Council approves library fee change
November 2014
Kāpiti Council has approved a change to Kāpiti Coast District Libraries membership policy which means anyone living, working, owning property or studying in Kāpiti will be able to join the libraries for free. Horowhenua residents who can show proof of their address will also have...
Kāpiti Food Fair fully booked
November 2014
Less than a month out from the Kāpiti Food Fair and vendor registrations have closed at 119 sites."We are super happy about this as it shows vendor confidence in running a food and beverage event in Kāpiti," says Helene Judge, Fair Spokesperson.Ms Judge adds, "we seriousl...
Kāpiti Arts Trail bigger than ever
November 2014
This coming weekend sees the biggest ever Kāpiti Arts Trail with a vast array of art and artist on display the length of the Kāpiti Coast.Look out for the colourful Kāpiti Arts Trail flag outside each venue.Artworks are for sale at all locations. Everyone accepts cas...
a moral to this story.....
November 2014
Fred was in the fertilized egg business.He had several hundred young 'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.He kept records,and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and atta...
Kāpiti Coast duo finalists in Welly Awards
November 2014
Two of Kāpiti's most dedicated environmentalists have been named as finalists in the Environment section of the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards.Known as the Welly's the Awards are presented in Arts, Business, Community Service, Education, Environment, Government, Science & T...
A warm welcome to the LongBeach BA5
November 2014
Come to the LongBeach BA5Wednesday 26 November at 5.30pmBrought to you by the Kāpiti Chamber of CommerceTodd and Aaron of LongBeach Pub, Cafe & Bakery will be hosting the next BA5 on Wednesday 26 November 2014 @ 5.30pm Venue:LongBeach, 40 Tutere Street, Waika...
RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL GALA
November 2014
RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL GALA 'IT'S A BEACH PARTY'Saturday 22nd of November 2014 10 am 2pmRAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL, MATAI ROAD.Come and join in the fun at our annual school gala, and help raise money for much needed new playground equipment!Entertainment: Live entertainment...
Consent education programmes available for schools, funding is the issue
November 2014
There have been calls for sexual consent education in schools this week after the news that there would be no prosecutions resulting from Operation Clover.One of the key findings from the Police report is that there is a 'prevalence of alcohol in teenagers' lives and the poor...
Waikanae's Cr Tony Lloyd dies after short illness
November 2014
Popular Waikanae councillor Tony Lloyd has died on the weekend after a short illness.He had a business management and governance background including Chairmanship of the Kapanui School Board of Trustees and Coasters Musical Theatre which made him a life member last year.C...
New Waikanae Bridge taking shape
November 2014
Building a 180m bridge across a major flood plain in a seismically sensitive area like Kāpiti is no mean feat. The team designing and building it faces challenges every step of the way, and we sat down with Zone Design Manager Doug Stirrat to learn more about what's involved...
KCU in great heart for new season
November 2014
Kāpiti Coast United Football is in great shape as highlighted in Chairman Paul Leith's recently presented Annual AGM report for 2014.What a season. So many highs and a couple of lows.A couple of key facts that I would like you to ponderKCU is the 4th biggest junior footba...
Ian Porteous welcomed as KCU Coach
November 2014
KCU are proud to announce Ian Porteous into the club as our new First Team Coach for the next two seasons.Having played under arguably the finest manager of all time, Porteous is in an ideal position to succeed in his new role as Head Coach at KCU. The former midfielder carved a ...
MOvember time to lose the shavers
November 2014
ONLY ONE IN FOUR KIWI MEN HAPPY AND HEALTHY25 34 is the charmed decade for men to feel the happiest 18 24 year olds perceive themselves to be the healthiest Middle aged men (45 54 year olds) believe they are the unhappiest and unhealthiest Seven times as many gu...
Fracking practices under fire
November 2014
Frack Free Kāpiti has made a hard hitting statement accusing Nova Energy of making dishonest and misleading claims of "providing great value energy for kiwi families and businesses" including "eco-friendly" natural gas. "What Nova doesn't say is that they are using and sellin...
Paekākāariki and Kāpiti Island's birdlife now heard all over Kāpiti
November 2014
In a dramatic expansion of its reach, burgeoning local community radio station Paekākāariki 88.2FM is now broadcasting live Kāpiti Island's birds and over 30 locally produced radio shows live across most of the Kāpiti district, as well as to households in Paekākāariki. "One of ...
More women in ICT internship roles beats national industry level
November 2014
A new record for female tertiary students being placed in paid internships with hi tech companies in Wellington and Auckland has been set in this year's Summer of Tech student internship programme.Summer of Tech's John Clegg says 33 women are about to take up internships in h...
Ratepayers and residents want to be heard
November 2014
Dear EditorLocal Government Act 2002 states that the council must act in accordance with the following principles: Local authority should conduct its business in an open, transparent and democratically accountable manner, and should have regard to, the views of all of its com...
NZ Transport Agency road funding announcements provide clarity on councils share
November 2014
The New Zealand Transport Agency has released its Funding Assistance Rates (FAR) which determines how central government land transport co-funding will be distributed over the next nine years. The consequences of this are huge for Kāpiti with the current state highway becoming a...
Combined Council of Whitireia and WelTec to appoint one Chief Executive
November 2014
The Council of Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Whitireia) and the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) have been considering the next stage for the strategic partnership of these two highly successful and well-regarded Wellington region institutions. Council Chair Roger S...
ANZ raises $1m for Daffodil Day
November 2014
The bake sales, sausage sizzles, quiz nights, stair climbs and golf tournaments have paid off official figures are in, and ANZ has raised more than $1 million for Daffodil Day.ANZ staff members around the country designed their own fundraising activities, and volunteered on...
Kāpiti Run for Youth well on-track to raise $20K for Kāpiti youth
November 2014
Sunday 2 November dawned cloudy and was forecasting strengthening northerlies. True to word there was no rain yet the wind on the beach was fierce meaning runners and walking flew south, however heading home was much tougher being battered about."This did not dampen spirits ...
Magnificent Cookies Highlight of AGM
November 2014
Crowds were turned away at the FOTOR Annual General Meeting last week when word got out that magnificent chocolate chip cookies would be on offer at the conclusion of the meeting.Extra crowd control staff were brought in to control what many observers said was an unruly mob....
Kāpiti Grey Power President's Report
November 2014
Your committee is working really hard to achieve the expectations of its members. We certainly can achieve some of these with the current committee members and with the help of all our volunteers. We need more committee members to help us achieve more for our members and to e...
Good Friends of the Ōtaki River
November 2014
The Friends of the Ōtaki River (FOTOR) have just completed another highly successful year with the staging of the 15th Annual General Meeting.Chairman Max Lutz told a full crowd at the Rotary Lounge that this had been a particularly busy year for the Friends and great progres...

 
Oct 2014
Kāpiti Author hits the mark with The Sea and Me
November 2014
The Sea and Me is an instantly engaging children's book written by Kāpiti author Bianca Begovich and illustrated by Scott Pearson. This is very clever book that combines beautiful illustrations with facts and information for all ages, about the sea and how even the smal...
Whitireia to host exhibition by Chinese lacquer painter
October 2014
Chinese lacquer painter Su Xing is bringing a selection of his art to exhibit at the Whitireia Porirua campus in November. This exhibition is coming to New Zealand with the backing of the Chinese Government and is an opportunity to showcase and share this unique art form wit...
Business chance to make success of Kāpiti Youth Quest
October 2014
Destination Waikanae stall popular choice at Market Day
October 2014
Report from Destination WaikanaeIt was great to see so many of you at the Destination Waikanae stall at the Waikanae Market on Saturday. We were there to introduce some alternative Town Centre ideas that the urban planners in our group have been working on to generate discussion ...
Greater Wellington tech stars continue to shine
October 2014
Greater Wellington's status as New Zealand's high tech capital has been confirmed with the release of this year's TIN100. The TIN100 measures the performance of New Zealand's largest export-focused technology companies.The 2014 report, just launched, shows that Wellington had 15...
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 the Southward Car Museum, the Art Show has become a major attraction over the years and a significant fundraiser for the Paraparaumu Rotary Club.The Parapar...
Water meter penalty challenged
October 2014
Dear Editor, Kāpiti Coast Council Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says that his council is able to charge a 10% late payment penalty on water meter charges (Kāpiti News 8/10/14). I challenge him to provide the legislative authority under which this decis...
Waitohu School Fireworks Extravaganza
October 2014
Waitohu School Fireworks Extravaganza
October 2014
Rotary announces ongoing support of Relay for life
October 2014
The Rotary Club of Kāpiti has once again made a commitment to support Relay for life early in the New Year. Speaking on this subject at a recent Rotary meeting, Rotarian Ken Milne described the beginnings of this idea to raise money for cancer world-wide. In May 1985, Dr. Gordon ...
Mahara Gallery hosts special events
October 2014
YOUNG COUNTRY - Kerry Hines1 November - 14 DecemberFloortalk: with NZ poet Kerry Hines 'Fresh Views of a Young Country: The Photographs of William Williams' Wednesday 5 November, 11am, all welcome, entry free.Opening: You are warmly welcome to the exhibition opening on Saturd...
Kiwibank dig deep to help with School rebuild
October 2014
Staff from Kiwibank Paraparaumu branch spent their day off gardening at Paraparaumu School.To help with the rebuild after the August fire, the local Kiwibank team have helped with the creation of a 'Teachers Garden', which the Teachers will use as a reward system for their studen...
Sign the Petition! Save your rights to a tea break!
October 2014
The Government is currently trying to rush through a law to stop workers from having the right to a tea break.For thousands of working Kiwis across the country, it will mean the risk of losing the breaks they take to have a deserved rest and a cup of tea or coffee.We don'...
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce in Great Shape
October 2014
Chair of the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, Liz Koh, in her report to members at the recent Chamber AGM, highlighted the 13% growth in membership during the year, and the continuing success of the Chamber's Business After 5 events."Our BA5 events have become 'must attend' ...
Kāpiti November Electra Business Breakfast
October 2014
Guest Speaker at the Kāpiti November (Wed 5th) Electra Business Breakfast is Richard Shirtcliffe, CEO of Tuatara Brewery.How does a brand remain popular as it grows to be more of a national identity? As companies grow, what should they contemplate when considering inviting ou...
MoVember looms
November 2014
With the month of manly moustaches almost upon us, it's time for Kiwi girls to get behind their men and give them one month's freedom to grow a Mo this Movember. While Movember places a spotlight on men's health issues, women, affectionately referred to as Mo Sistas, are just as ...
Croquet Tournament Attracts Top Players
November 2014
Sixteen top-flight players will be taking part at the weekend of 1st and 2nd November in the annual Waikanae Open croquet tournament at the club's lawns in Park Avenue. Of the 12 men and four women playing, many have represented their country in the sport, notably Paul Skinle...
Croquet Tournament Attracts Top Players
October 2014
Sixteen top-flight players will be taking part at the weekend of 1st and 2nd November in the annual Waikanae Open croquet tournament at the club's lawns in Park Avenue.Of the 12 men and four women playing, many have represented their country in the sport, notably Paul Skinley...
Paekākāariki Community offended by slurs
October 2014
Board Chair Jack McDonald says the Paekākāriki Community Board is taken aback and disappointed to see the slurs on the community from the owner of the Kāpiti Cantina, Deborah Lee Marlow."These ungracious and offensive comments disregard the support her business...
Paekākāariki School garden celebration and plant sale
October 2014
From a dry kikuyu lawn a few years ago to a lush, abundant school garden this weekend, Kāpiti Coasters are invited to visit Paekākāariki School's thriving garden and nursery. The school garden is holding its first-ever Labour Weekend Plant Sale this Saturday, benefiting from...
Paekākāariki School garden celebration and plant sale
October 2014
From a dry kikuyu lawn a few years ago to a lush, abundant school garden this weekend, Kāpiti Coasters are invited to visit Paekākāariki School's thriving garden and nursery.The school garden is holding its first-ever Labour Weekend Plant Sale this Saturday, benefiting from ...
KCDC Rules Say All Can Attend Chief Executive's Review says Councillor
October 2014
"All eleven elected members of Council are able to take full part in this week's CEO performance review according to our own rules " says District wide Councillor Jackie Elliott.I am keen to end the widely held misconception that only a handpicked few, the Mayor, Crs Ammundse...
Te Horo celebrates 100 Years of Community Spirit
October 2014
Te Horo celebrates 100 Years of Community Spirit
October 2014
Open Weekend at Smarter Building Centre
October 2014
We have opened the Smarter Building Centre which is a building products showroom. This is a similar concept to the Home Ideas Centre, although on a much smaller scale. This is to be our first major foray into a public Open Weekend. Here are the details:The Smarter Building Centre...
Open Weekend at Smarter Building Centre
October 2014
The Smarter Building Centre, 45B Te Roto Drive, ParaparaumuWe have opened the Smarter Building Centre which is a building products showroom. This is a similar concept to the Home Ideas Centre, although on a much smaller scale. This is to be our first major foray into a public...
Auditions for Motel Coming Soon
Eight people, four stories, one seedy motel room. Their stories and choices underscore the transience of life, love and death.Gennie Barton will be directing Motel by April Phillips a New Zealand Playwright. Production dates 18th to 28th March 2015.Auditions will be held on Su...
WREDA to boost Wellington Region's economic growth
October 2014
Greater Wellington Regional Council has voted to combine its economic development activities with Wellington City Council's economic development activities - establishing the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA)."The new combined entity will have responsibi...
Youth Quest Showcase at Coastlands
October 2014
In preparation for Kāpiti Run for Youth the Youth Quest team will be showcasing what they do in the Kāpiti community at Coastlands on Saturday 25 October between 12 and 2pm.Terry Poko is excited as Youth Quest is motivated to help and build a strong local community. Just recentl...
Local graduates take on the world
October 2014
The Summer Olympics, Edinburgh Festival, Glastonbury Festival, London Film Festival, Cricket and Rugby World Cup these are just a few of the amazing events New Zealand graduates contribute to as a world of opportunities opens up for them after completing a New Zealand Graduate ...
Safer Boating Week - 17-24 October
October 2014
Kāpiti boaties will be taking to the water in big numbers as the weather warms and calms through spring and summer and the message is out - be safe.Greater Wellington Regional Council is working with Maritime NZ, Coastguard and others to promote some key safety messages durin...
Whitireia celebrates ten years of Pacific nursing
October 2014
Tomorrow Whitireia will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Bachelor of Nursing Pacific programme.Launched in 2004, the programme was designed specifically for Pacific students with a focus on the health needs of Pacific and non-Pacific communities in the New Zealand ...
Were Grandma and Grandpa really not green back then
October 2014
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The young...
Record numbers attend Ōtaki River Walkover
October 2014
A record one hundred and fifty attended this year's walkover and were fortunate with the weather, enjoying a calm and sunny Spring day.The annual community consultation day to view and inspect the reach of the Ōtaki River corridor from the top of the Rahui Valley to the sea w...
Art and Environment mix in well Ōtaki
October 2014
During the recent annual Ōtaki River Walkover hosted by The Friends of the Ōtaki River an inivative fundraising opportunity was undertaken. During morning tea at Chrystall's Bend the 150 strong crowd saw a new fundraising initiative for FOTOR in the shape of an art auction, made ...
ABBA time...get the sequins out folks
October 2014
Kāpiti Mayor ties the knot
October 2014
The Mayor of Kāpiti Coast District Council, Ross Church, married long term partner Vicki McCarthy on Saturday in the presence of 45 family members and close friends.Marriage celebrant and Councillor Diane Ammundsen conducted the ceremony at Greenmantle Estate, Otaihanga."It was a...
Open Letter demands Access rethink
October 2014
An open letter to Councillors Kāpiti Coast District Council, from Paul Curry a member of Ramp Equal Access Coalition Team (REACT).I am taking this unusual step of writing to Councillors of the Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) directly as I have become deeply concerned about t...
Contracting Company Named Business of the Year
October 2014
A successful Waikanae civil engineering company has been selected as the 2014 Kāpiti Horowhenua Electra Business of the Year.Goodman Contractors Limited (Goodmans), a family operated Civil Engineering Contracting company started by Rick Goodman and his brother in 1963, was aw...
RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL GALA
October 2014
Heads up Kāpiti folks - RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL GALA is onSATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER this year.If you have any preloved books/clothing or toys we will be ready to receive items from SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER (TOMORROW!!)This year we have three separate locations for specific dro...
Treat yourself to Kāpiti Isalnd
October 2014
What a wonderful combination - Kāpiti Island Nature Tours are offering a weekend on Kāpiti Island combined with meditation - Treat yourself to a weekend in the beautiful environment of Kāpiti Island and learn the Nowspace Meditation techniques (Course starts 2:30pm on the 14th No...
Arts foundation gets funding boost
October 2014
Last night, Westpac announced a significant sponsorship of the Arts Foundation including our specialist arts crowdfunding website, Boosted. Westpac are also now the name partner to our flagship event, the New Zealand Arts Awards. Westpac is supporting us to produce events thr...
Age on the go
October 2014
On Saturday 11 October the Kāpiti Coast Older Persons' Council are once again holding their Kāpiti "Age on the Go" expo at Waikanae Memorial Hall between 9.30 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. It will be a mix of professional and voluntary services, clubs, sports and hobby groups, and include a...
Hinemoana Bakers 'waha mouth': An exquisite collection reviewed
October 2014
Hinemoana Baker, 'waha mouth', Victoria University Press, 2014Hinemoana Baker's 'waha mouth': This exquisite collection is not so much a symphony but a set of partitas for solo violin reviewed by Paula Green.This is the self-penned blurb on the back of Hinemoana Baker's new poetr...
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.This Auckland-based ensemble was formed in 1998 with most of its singers having been members of the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand. Renowned fo...
Kiwi icons partner to protect and nurture New Zealand's future
October 2014
Public Trust has committed to becoming a 'Pick Me Help Plunket' partner for the next three years. This means the two organisations are now allies, intent on growing a sustainable, long term relationship designed to support New Zealand families and children. Public Trust Chief Exe...
Greater Wellington report highlights variety of work
October 2014
The Greater Wellington Regional Council 2013/14 Annual Report, adopted today, highlights the wide variety of the work undertaken by the council.Chair of the Council, Fran Wilde, says the report provides a summary of the diverse projects and activities that GWRC is responsible...
Lions Club of Kāpiti - Under New Management
October 2014
The new Board of the Lions Club of Kāpiti has been elected with Brian Daw taking over as President for the current year assisted by a Board of six Directors.Each year the club organises the Kāpiti Sportspersons of the Year Awards which has been a major event on the Kāpiti Coa...
Little health in snack bars
October 2014
Snack bars promote themselves as a healthy and convenient kick start but a Consumer NZ survey of 35 snack bars found most were high in sugar and many had high levels of saturated fat. At the bottom of the table was Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bar Original, which was more than a...
Paraparaumu College wins thriller
October 2014
The Paraparaumu College senior boys basketball team maintained its unbeaten run against Kāpiti College in the annual Angelo Robinson Cup match on Friday night.Hosted by Kāpiti College, not a spare seat was available as supporters from both sides filled the gym. Kāpiti got of...
Fiona Vining on Zone 4 Board
October 2014
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Community Boards has welcomed the appointment of Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board chair Fiona Vining as an executive member for the Zone 4 region.Ms Vining was elected to the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board for the first time last Octobe...
Record win for Nathan Guy in Ōtaki
October 2014
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the final electoral results giving him a majority of 7,782 which is the largest ever for the Ōtaki electorate. "It's a huge honour to be re-elected as the local MP and I'm proud to represent the people of Kāpiti and Horowhenua in Parliamen...
Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion welcome news for Ōtaki
October 2014
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed news that Ōtaki is likely to be included in the rollout of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB)."I'm delighted that UFB will be extended further across New Zealand, and that Minister Amy Adams says Ōtaki is now 'strong contender' to be included."Mr ...
Greater Wellington eyes public transport issues for Kāpiti
October 2014
Transport portfolio leader Paul Swain of Greater Wellington Regional Council recently conducted a series of public transport meetings throughout Kāpiti to hear local concerns and suggestions.Cr Swain, along with Kāpiti's GW representative Nigel Wilson, and KCDC Councillor Jackie ...
Train taggers beware - you are being watched.
October 2014
Greater Wellington Regional Council is trumpeting its new Rail Monitoring Centre in Johnsonville, where fibre optic cables deliver real-time footage from 660 cameras in Wellington railway stations, park and ride areas, and railyards back to one central hub.So far Kāpiti Stations ...
Victoria University welcomes new Provost
October 2014
A distinguished researcher and leader in higher education, Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, has been appointed Provost at Victoria University.Professor Krause is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Sydney (UWS).Her previous leadership roles have inc...
Good things do happen when things go wrong
October 2014
Dear Editor,Good things do happen when things go wrong, our faith in the locally owned businesses has been restored; on Tuesday evening at 5 pm when we were cooking tea we lost our power. Due to a contractor's vehicle taking out power lines across the Road outside our home. W...
World-first for World Rivers Day
October 2014
To mark World Rivers Day this week, regional councils are releasing their latest river data on the Land, Air, Water, Aotearoa (LAWA) website, a world first in reporting nation-wide water quality results in one place. Fran Wilde, chair of Local Government New Zealand's regional se...
Waikanae Market Day
Whareroa Farm Reserve Picnic for Conservation Week
October 2014
Sunday 2nd November from 11am.Whareroa Farm Reserve Picnic for Conservation Week (Nov 1st to 9th) BBQ's will be set up at the Hub Children's nature activities eg "nature hunt", decorating weta motels, pests & trapping demo Opening of East Ridge Track (funded by Walking Access...
Young Kāpiti dancer WOWing her examiners
October 2014
Performing in the World of WearableArt is normal daily routine for 11 year old Roseanna Lewis. This is her second year performing in the show, which included six weeks of rehearsals in Wellington three nights a week, before the current three week run.This year the children's se...
Nitro Circus returns to Westpac Stadium
October 2014
Plenty of Kāpiti Coasters enjoyed the last showing of the Nitro Circus and organisers are promising a five-stop spectacle to be more audacious than ever before when the Nitro Circus hits town.This summer in New Zealand, the greatest Action Sports star on the planet, Travis Pastra...
Historical Plaques unveiled at Waikanae Station
October 2014
Greater Wellington regional councillor Paul Swain has officially opened the Waikanae Railway Station building which now houses historical plaques marking major events in the station's history.Cr Swain, public transport portfolio leader acknowledged the presence at the event of Na...
Kāpiti Coast Business Network - all welcome
October 2014
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their: Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 13 October 2014Time: 5.15 to 7pmVenue: Kāpiti Club Inc32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachNo entry chargeBar charges applyInformalNo need to registerJust arrive...
Express Lane - update from NZTA
October 2014
Welcome to Express Lane, the best way to find out what's happening on the Kāpiti Expressway.This month we're talking about peat. We've got lots and lots of it, and it's fascinating stuff. We learn about how our Geotech, Design and Construction teams have to manage and work with i...
Pathway to Yoga - rejuvenate the body and free the mind
October 2014
Pathway to Yoga - A class that aims to rejuvenate the body and free the mind from tension and fatigue. It is viewed as an introduction to the more traditional Yoga forms and as the name suggests, will provide you with a pathway into the world of Yoga through the use of the physic...

 
Sep 2014
PM's attack beyond the Pale
September 2014
The editorJohn Key is becoming more Muldoonesque with each erupting scandal. His latest attack on visiting American investigative journalist, Glenn Greenwald, is simply beyond the pale.Key says,"Now, in the fullness of time we'll respond to Dotcom's little henchman, but m...
This is a good one
September 2014
Sitting on the highway waiting to catch speeders, a state police officer saw a car puttering along at 22 M.P.H. He thinks to himself, that car is just as dangerous as a speeder. So, he turns his lights on and pulls the carover. Approaching the car, he notices there are 5 old ...
Dirty Politics author talking to Kāpiti's youth
September 2014
CALLING ALL KAPITI YOUTH - HEAR NICKY HAGER SPEAK Thursday 18 September 2014 3:30pm Ōtaki College School Hall, 233 Mill Road, ŌtakiThursday 18 September 2014 6:30pm The Meeting Room, Paraparaumu LibraryThis is a special invitation for young people to he...
Advance polling popular
September 2014
Linda Todd, returning officer, says there has been a steady stream of early voters at the Waikanae Library and this trend is happening across the country."Voting early is best and it's good for voters to get it out of the way," says Linda.So far three times as many people have vo...
Kāpiti Vaulters Ninth at World Championships
September 2014
New Zealand's young vaulting stars from Kāpiti have finished a very credible ninth in the final of the team's competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France tonight.To many, the Kiwis were a real surprise package, and making the top 12 for the final has attra...
Research student in cancer breakthrough
September 2014
Wellington scientist scores cancer research breakthroughA young Wellington research student has made a breakthrough that could change the way tongue cancers are treated. Ranui Baillie (24) is an Otago University student currently working under the team led by Dr Swee Tan ...
Kāpiti Vaulters Ninth at World Championships
September 2014
New Zealand's young vaulting stars from Kāpiti have finished a very credible ninth in the final of the team's competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France tonight.To many, the Kiwis were a real surprise package, and making the top 12 for the final has attracted...
Spring is in the air and so is pollen
September 2014
Spring is in the air and so is the pollen that delivers hay fever, dusty cars and yellow sludge on the water.Grasses, trees and flowers all contribute to the cocktail of pollen dust that floats in the air and gets up our noses causing seasonal allergic rhino conjunctivitis, o...

 
Aug 2014
Climate Change Voter Debate in Kāpiti
September 2014
Daffodil Day - a chance to say thank you for your help
Today is Daffodil Day - 29 August 2014Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society's annual flagship event and one of the most important fundraising and awareness campaigns in the country. As well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand, Daffodil Day is a ma...
McCann Campaign officially launched
August 2014
Labour candidiate for the Ōtaki electorate Rob McCann says the campaign is heading for the home run and the campaign team and volunteers have been very busy. "This week is no exception with two MP visits and two candidate debates. If you want to see what we're up to, check th...
Kāpiti College - calling all employers
August 2014
Libby Hakaraia - Award finalist
Ōtaki's Libby Hakaraia, Managing Director at Blue Bach Productions, has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious national Women of Influence Awards (winners announced on 8 October 2014) in the arts category.Libby is being celebrated for her impressive 25 years in broadcast...
Transport meeting for Kāpiti
August 2014
Green Party MPs Julie Anne Genter and Jan Logie will be in Kāpiti at a special public meeting to discuss their transport plans.The meeting starts at 7.30pm on Monday September 8 at the Kāpiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu. All Welcome....
Rob McCann speaks on Senior Citizen's Policy
August 2014
"Our electorate has the oldest average age in New Zealand, so the release of Labour's Senior Citizen's Policy is of significant interest to many within the electorate," says Rob McCann, Labour Candidate for the Ōtaki Electorate."As we are all going to get older, how we care for o...
Kāpiti WEA offers new courses
August 2014
The Kāpiti WEA has a number of new courses starting soon with new opportunities to learn and meet like minded members.Intermediate sign language starts on 26 August. This is an opportunity for those with initial training to go to the next level. Our tutor Candice's energetic ...
Candidate meeting in Kāpiti
August 2014
Kāpiti Kruzers riding for the cause
August 2014
Kāpiti Kruzers Fundraiser is on this Saturday 23 August. They're cycling for 3 hours to raise money for Paraparaumu School, please give them your support!...
Ōtaki River Now a Painting TOO
August 2014
The annual review of progress on the Ōtaki River will be held Wednesday September 10, and this year there will be an art auction as part of the day-long activities. Supporters of the river work have an opportunity to bid on a 900x600 mm acrylic painting of the stunning Chrystall'...
Lets talk about divestment and ethical investments
August 2014
Divestment workshop next week: Wednesday 20 August, 7pm at Kāpiti College mezzanine (above the NEW GYM), Margaret Rd, Raumati Beach.Presenter: Ashlee Gross from 350 AotearoaFind out how you can join a rapidly growing global movement tackling climate change from a new angl...
Calling all young people in Kāpiti!
August 2014
KYS and the Youth Council have organised a youth political forum. This is your chance to be able to put any burning questions to local representatives of the National, Labour and Green parties....
Sports exchange mixes basketball and fun
August 2014
The Annual Sporting Exchange with the Wellington Chinese Sport & Cultural Group and Hoop Club Kāpiti was held on Sunday 10 August.This year it was Kāpiti's turn to go into Wellington and play the Chinese Group at their home courts.Players, families, Coaches, Managers, Par...
Whareroa planting sessions continue
August 2014
Our 4th planting session will be Sunday August 17th, 9am to noon.Volunteers can drive in to the Hub and there is then a short walk up towards the Water Intake where we will be based.The forecast is good and the soil is lovely and soft with easy planting. The planting site...
Ōtaki electorate Candidates meeting Friday August 15
The Grey Power Candidates meeting focusing on the upcoming election will be held at the Senior Citizen's Hall 1.30 pm this Friday (August 15) Cambridge Street Levin. List of speakers National: Nathan GuyLabour: Rob McCannGreens: Jack McDonaldNZ First...
Famous Kiwis get artistic for Daffodil Day
August 2014
A group of well-known New Zealanders have created unique artworks for the Cancer Society's Daffodil Day as part of the ANZ Daffodil Day Art Auction, and the results are amazing."A couple of weeks ago we sent blank sheets of paper away to 20 prominent Kiwis, and we've been blo...
Guy launches campaign for Ōtaki seat
August 2014
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has formally launched his campaign for the Ōtaki electorate at the Waikanae Bowling Club on the weekend. "I'm very proud to be the local MP for Ōtaki, and I'm proud of what's been achieved locally," Mr Guy said at the function, which was attended by ar...
Whitireia consistently a top achiever
August 2014
A report released today by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) shows Whitireia is among New Zealand's top performing polytechnics.The Kāpiti campus, now on Kāpiti Rd, Paraparaumu, has been very popular and attracts a wide range of students.The Performance of Tertiary Educatio...
Band-Aid funding cant cover cuts
August 2014
National's new funding commitment to Porirua's Mana Recovery is welcome, but fails to meet the $430,000 funding gap left by the Capital and Coast District Heath Board, says Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi. "While any new funding for worthy non-profit community organisation...
Housing Matters to Animals too
August 2014
Today, 13 August, animal advocacy organisation SAFE, with the help of actor Robyn Malcolm, launches its "Housing matters to animals too" election campaign, urging the public to support those political parties with firm policies banning all factory-farming practices. The elect...
HOUSING MATTERS TO ANIMALS TOO, SAYS ANIMAL ADVOCACY GROUP
August 2014
Today, 13 August, animal advocacy organisation SAFE, with the help of actor Robyn Malcolm, launches its 'Housing matters to animals too' election campaign, urging the public to support those political parties with firm policies banning all factory-farming practices. The elect...
Sexy Zen for Kāpiti Drivers
August 2014
Here is a newsflash for Kāpiti drivers - There's a new way of driving in the Wellington Region the Sexy Zen way. And you can learn how in three short videos. The videos have been produced by Greater Wellington Regional Council as a novel way of encouraging motorists to...
Kiwifruits - a fairy tale for grownups
August 2014
KIWIFRUITS a Show By Carl Nixon and Craig Cooper Directed by Liz AlpineKiwifruits is a New Zealand fairy tale. Not a children's show, though, but a pantomime for adults with music, prince, down-trodden heroine, witch, femme fatale AND drag queens!! Fay Gay tells her fellow drag...
Criticism of KiwiSaver Fund Taxation Proposals - Assumptions questioned
August 2014
We welcome the Chapman Tripp support for the Fair Tax for Savers Campaign proposal to tax only the interest income above the rate of inflation and allow a deduction only for interest costs above the rate of inflation.Unfortunately, the Chapman Tripp Brief also attacks a proposal ...

 
Jul 2014
Party list fails to impress
July 2014
Rob McCann, Labour's candidate for Ōtaki responded to the news that Nathan Guy had moved up the National Party list ranking to a safe position."Despite the botched botulism and factory farming cruelty scandals damaging our exports, despite Snapper-Gate and despite being absent fr...
Reason for KCDC to flush
July 2014
Social issues campaigner Dale Evans says the current council has not done enough to reduce debt and the introduction of water meters has been another disaster.Mr Evans placed a toilet on the top of his vehicle with signage to indicate the KCDC debt. "I think the toilet is an appr...

 
Jun 2014
From Kāpiti to Italy - A trip to the Movies
June 2014
My movie buddy and I have two new rules about our movie watching. a) don't name any movie you want to see - it just results in a list of movies we never get to see, not to mention the unused prepaid ticket incident that almost cost me this partnership, And b) don't read the movie...
KCDC Water Meter Charges For Renters Could Be Illegal
Kāpiti Coast District Council, already under siege from a raft of legal battles, may have another expensive legal fight on its hands against a huge number of disaffected residents and ratepayers."KCDC's proposal of asking all landlords to recover costs from their tenants for ...
Cr Elliott to stand for Electra Trust
District wide Councillor Jackie Elliott has announced she is standing as a candidate for the Electra Trust.Cr Elliott says she has strong family connections in the industry."I'm standing for the Electra Trust, following my Grandfather and many family friends and past coll...

 
May 2014
Kāpiti Basketball to host Regional Tournament
Kāpiti Basketball Association is hosting the Capital Zone Regional Basketball Tournament.If you are around over Queen's Birthday Weekend there is going to be some great Basketball action to watch here in Kāpiti.KBA is hosting the Capital Zone Regional Basketball Tourname...
Waikanae Estuary Care Group to Hold Its Annual Open Day
If you've been walking on a Saturday morning at the Waikanae Estuary, either on the Paraparaumu side in the Scientific Reserve or on the Waikanae side on the lower reaches of the river, you may have noticed a group of people hard at work.If it's winter time they will be plant...
Problem solved
May 2014
Dear Editor A complaint of a broken footpath in Stuart St, Levin has resulted in all berm trees felled, new footpaths and drive run-ups completely redone, and also new street lighting. None of the above work was planned or funds allocated in the last year's annual plan bu...
Zombies invade Te Horo Beach
May 2014
From left, 8 year old Te Horo Beach Zombies, Frankie, Nikita, Ruby and Neve ready to spook at Liam Dench's birthday party at Te Horo School hall. Thunder, lightening and a power cut added to the scare factor this stormy Saturday afternoon, but getting ready for the party was grea...
Jackie Elliott introduces the Levin Waiopehu Tramping Club
May 2014
Perhaps the best thing about the Levin Waiopehu Tramping Club is that chances are the six year old contesting the annual club junior ski or snowboard slalom is a greatgrandchild of a founding member from 1927.Her grandmother, auntie and father probably skied for the same trop...
Rates Remission criteria
May 2014
A message from Councillor Jackie Elliott"At this stage in the KCDC Annual Plan Process, in which we set the rates for the year, I would appreciate your comments on a few issues. Can you please circulate this request; The Annual Plan is expected to be complete by the 5th of June, ...
JustSpeak to Launch on 28 May
May 2014
Kāpiti has experienced more than its share of youth crime issues and there seems no end of people to blame. JustSpeak is an organisation that critically examines the broader issues of crime and punishment from a youth perspective.JustSpeak will officially launch in Christchurch n...
Business Breakfast - Back to the Future
May 2014
What will tourists look like in 3 years' time, and what will the Kāpiti Coast need to provide if we still want people to visit? In the year to March 2013, visitors to Kāpiti and Horowhenua spent $230m will they spend more in 2016?Dr Yeoman is a specialist travel and tourism fut...
Great Outdoors Summer Events prove popular
With nearly 15,000 people getting involved, an increase of 11 per cent on last year, this year's Greater Wellington Regional Council Great Outdoors Summer Events programme was the biggest yet. And with an overall satisfaction rate of 93 per cent among those who attended events, i...
Kāpiti carpool commuters get priority parking at Waikanae Station
May 2014
Train commuters who share a ride to Waikanae Station can now get priority parking but they'll need to be early birds!Five spaces, in the parking area closest to SH1, are now reserved for carpoolers between midnight and 9am Monday to Friday, as part of a three-month trial....
Fox & Woolf hit Kāpiti for a weekend of swing
May 2014
1940's swing, will be the theme when the "Fox and the Woolf" hit town next weekend to play two Salute 70 concerts as part of Memorial Weekend - remembering U.S.Armed Forces in New Zealand from 1942-44. Roger Fox and his Jazz Ensemble will combine with veteran singer an...
Disappointment at No Tax Relief for KiwiSavers in Budget 2014
May 2014
The Financial Services Council is disappointed that after the 2014 Budget, the Government will keep in place the world's most punitive tax regime for superannuation savings, said the FSC CEO, Peter Neilson.Someone saving for retirement over 40 years, on the average wage, in a...
Ōtaki MP says Budget 2014 great news for local families
May 2014
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed Budget 2014, particularly the boost to paid parental leave and free doctors' visits for under-13s. "A growing economy means the Government can invest in a $500 million package for children and families. This will make a real difference for...
Draft Annual Plan Consultation Queried
May 2014
Dear Editor, I have just been reading the agenda for the Horowhenua District Council Public meeting for Deliberations of submissions to the 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan to be held on Wednesday 21st May and under issue 2: Changes to revenue and Finance Policy, including the m...
Kāpiti 's Access Radio On The Move
May 2014
After 18 years as a tenant at Aputa House in Mahara Place, Waikanae, Kāpiti's Coast Access Radio is on the move. Graeme Joyes, station manager, said "it was a joint decision between Coast Access Radio Trust and New Zealand On Air who fund the station that it was best to relocate ...
Silver service at Z Kāpiti
May 2014
Do you know the feeling when you see something totally odd while doing the most mundane thing, and your mind just doesn't register. Well that happened to my daughter and I when pulling into the Z station to fill up on Kāpiti Road this morning. The sight was smiling turbaned owner...
Commemorating the heaven and hell of the Pacific War
May 2014
Heaven and Hell is the theme of this years' Memorial Day (the U.S.equivalent of Anzac Day) to be commemorated at the U.S.Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday May 26 from 10am sharp to 11am. U.S.Marine Veteran Dean Ladd, who visited Kāpiti recently with six 'mari...
Kāpiti Run for Youth Launches
May 2014
Registrations for teams and individuals to take part in the Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth are open."We are hoping to raise more than what we raised last year ($14,000) for Youth Quest as the main benefactor", says Richard Calkin of Web Genius. The date for this event is Su...
Kāpiti's Tuatara with Wellington craft beer on tap at Melbournes GABS festival
May 2014
Kāpiti brewer Tuatara will be among the New Zealand craft beers on tap at the Melbourne beer festival.Top Wellington craft brewers will be dominating the New Zealand stand at Australia's premier beer festival in Melbourne next week.The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (GAB...
Kāpiti Children's Publisher releases 9th Title
May 2014
After the successful Story Bridge project inspired by the stunning picture book Maia and What Matters, local publisher Book Island now launches its ninth title, Mr Miniscule and the Whale by acclaimed Polish writer Julian Tuwim.Last year publisher Greet Pauwelijn acquired the...
Kāpiti Food Fair 2014 announces new location to handle growth
The Kāpiti Food Fair 2014 is on the move to a new location to handle growth. The Mazengarb Reserve will become the new home for the Fair and the Organisers are very excited about the move."We always knew a move was imminent and we are delighted that we have secured the Mazen...

 
Apr 2014
Pic of the Day - Charlee Stokes at the Waikanae Easter Market
April 2014
Big crowds showed up to enjoy the annual Waikanae Easter Market held in Mahara Place.With a large number of stalls and food outlets, as well as the local shops open there was a huge range of options for the many hundreds of visitors who enjoyed the day.Music was provided by our o...
Kiosk saved - victory for campaigner
April 2014
Community campaigner Dale Evans enjoyed a significant victory this week when the Kāpiti Coast District Council formally voted to have the Kiosk at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach, fully restored.After the building sustained damage from a fire last November, KCDC staff had recomme...
Fair tax for KiwiSaver funds a key election issue
April 2014
In this election year the parties need to say how they will reduce the unfair over-taxation of KiwiSaver funds that prevents most New Zealand employees from achieving a comfortable retirement.In comments prepared for the Retirement Policy Research Centre's forum Retirement Income...
Manas home ownership dream fading under National
April 2014
The latest Harcourts' Marketwatch survey released today has shown that house prices have continued to rise across the Wellington region despite LVR (Loan to Ratio) limits, said Mana MP Kris Faafoi today. "Data collected by Harcourts shows that the average house price acro...
Bore water assurances don't go down well
April 2014
Kāpiti Council assurances that bore water is safe does not seem to have found favour with the public. There continue to be a heavy number of complaints about the taste and smell of the bore water and there are large numbers of complaints about damage to kettles and cylinders.In a...
Pluck It families meet Royals
April 2014
Parents of 10 special Pluck It goslings will be hoping their goslings sleep well tonight, ahead of meeting the royal family gaggle tomorrow.The Goose and Gander of Cambridge, and 8-month-old Prince Gosling, will join 10 other first-time parents at a Pluck It parent support ...
Kāpiti Vaulting Club set to take on the World
April 2014
New Zealand's vaulting community are making history as the first-ever Kiwi team to have qualified for the World Equestrian Games.Just twice before has New Zealand had an individual at the games in 2006 Hannah Mills competed at Aachen and in 1994 David McIntyre donned the si...
'Kronic' now stands for the Governments poor handling of Legal Highs says candidate
April 2014
"The Government has dropped the ball when implementing the Psychoactive Substances Act," says Rob McCann, Labour Candidate for Ōtaki, after a recent march was held to protest against legal highs.Mr McCann says when Labour was in Government it initiated a Law Commission review of...
Monster Book Sale
April 2014
Kāpiti Fest promises great day of Entertainment
April 2014
Kāpiti will get a feast of music, food and art at the family day festival this Saturday at QE Park.Over 50 delicious and interesting food, arts, craft and market stalls on offer while some of the regions most superb musicians provide entertainment throughout the day and all f...

 
Mar 2014
Soroptimist International Kāpiti Coast Movie Night
Soroptimist International Kāpiti Coast Movie NightProceeds to support Kāpiti groups including: Atareira - Mental Health Support and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust.7:30pm Thursday 22 MayDowntown Cinemas, Coastlands, ParaparaumuFor nibbles, a complimentary...
Council cops heat over panel appointments
April 2014
Salima Padamsey, representing the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) group, ruffled a few feathers at the recent KCDC meeting when she challenged the impartiality of the science panel set up to review the controversial Shand Report. "This Council, in April 2013, unanimously passed a...
Peter Foster backs Rob McCann for MP
April 2014
Peter Foster has joined Labour's campaign to elect Rob McCann as the next MP for Ōtaki. Peter is a well known local lawyer who lives in Waikanae Beach. In 2011 he stood for Labour in Ōtaki and despite late selection, gained a very creditable 13,920 votes. Rob McCann of O...
Shoreline Premiere Movie Night!
April 2014
Shoreline Premiere Movie Night! Wednesday the 9th of April, 7:15pm for 8pm showing at Shoreline Cinema Waikanae. Tickets $25 including a pocket packet of treats to eat- Support the Kāpiti Vaulting Club and be the first to see:The Grand Budapest HotelComedy written and directed ...
Kāpiti businesses bypassed for expressway work
Waikanae nurseryman Gus Evans says he is disappointed local growers had been left out after tendering to supply some of the 1.5 million plants for the McKays to Peka Peka expressway."We realise we are not big enough for the world, but it would have been good to have been included...
Ancestral land in state of Grace...
The Maori Land Court has ruled in favour of a small block of ancestral Waikanae land seized for the expressway to be set aside as a Maori reservation.Kāpiti writer Patricia Grace has won a court battle to keep her ancestral lands from being seized for the Kāpiti Expressway.Chief ...
Education A political football in election year
April 2014
While I try to be "politically neutral" as much as possible to the parents of the children in my class I am struggling to do so this week. It is great to read the latest news from educationalists that internationally NZ has a top of the line education system. As parents yo...
Kāpiti Women's Centre training begins
April 2014
Our new enrollment of Centre Worker Training for 2014 has begun.Volunteers are the heart and soul of Kāpiti Women's Centre. Centre Workers participate in a thorough training programme that has several parts. Firstly, you attend an orientation session to learn more about the...
MH 370 - a conspiracy theory.
April 2014
Have you heard of this conspiracy theory re the disappearance of MH 370? The story goes like this: The American is withdrawing from the Afghanistan, one of their command and control system (used for controlling the pilotless drones) was hijacked by the Talebans when the A...
Clean up celebrates Sea Week
March 2014
Everything from cigarette butts and fishing line to discarded clothing and plastic bottles. These were the finds of Kāpiti College's Eco Action Group, when on Saturday 1st March they spent the day at the beach collecting rubbish for Sea Week.The group of eleven students were ...
Petition launched to save Kiosk
March 2014
Community campaigner Dale Evans has launched a petition to save the Kiosk at Paraparaumu Beach.A KCDC staff report to the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board last week recommended: That the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board recommends to Council that the fire damaged kiosk ...
EPILEPSY NZS HUGE PURPLE DAY CHALLENGE!
March 2014
March 26 is International Purple Day for Epilepsy, and Epilepsy New Zealand is doing its bit to ensure the day is celebrated proudly for all those with the condition, an estimated 90,000 people in New Zealand.This March, Epilepsy New Zealand challenges you to be a Hero on March 2...
Plunket says beware of bogus charity collectors
March 2014
Plunket's Annual 'Bear Hug' Appeal kicks off next week which means that collectors will soon be taking to the streets around the country to raise funds for local Plunket services.Unfortunately, this also brings a risk of bogus collectors shaking a bucket or knocking on doors and ...

 
Feb 2014
Biscuit time for Guides
March 2014
This weekend marks the start of GirlGuiding New Zealand's major fundraiser the sale of Guide Biscuits.Thousands of Pippins, Brownies, Guides and Rangers, their families and volunteers will be out in force near shops and supermarkets, in malls and in neighbourhoods selling their...
Protect our Children from Second-hand Smoke this Childrens Day
March 2014
National Children's Day (Sunday 2 March) is an opportunity for parents and whānau to focus on protecting children from second-hand smoke says Quitline. Research shows that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and those who are exposed may suffer fr...
Take time out to be with your children says Save The Children...
March 2014
This Sunday (March 2) is Children's Day and is a chance for our kids to take priority over everything else says Save the Children New Zealand. CEO Heather Hayden says the day is a special one for our children and is a time to stop, to recognise and to treasure them. "The...
Public Chance To Speak on Legal Action against Ōtaki Pensioners
March 2014
Two attempts by Kāpiti Councillor Jackie Elliott to have the legal proceedings started by KCDC staff in December 2013, against two Ōtaki residents and their contracted arbiter, have been thwarted by a lack of support by the Mayor and most of her fellow councillors."The support o...
Jazz and more...
March 2014
Michelle Scullion (flute, vocals) and Gilbert Haisman (piano) play jazz plus folk tunes, fine popular songs, classical themes and touches of gospel. Sunday March 2 and 9, Waikanae Hotel, 5-7 pm. No cover charge. ...
Shameful irony in prosecution
February 2014
Dear Editor What shameful irony - KCDC was instrumental in having the Kāpiti Expressway alignment in Raumati South go through properties where residents had spent 20plus years planting with native plants, rather than use the existing designation that contained blackberry and ...
Plunket supports tobacco plain packaging legislation
February 2014
New Zealand's largest provider of services to support the well being of children under five welcomes proposed legislation requiring plain packaging of tobacco products.The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament last...
Kiwi music legend visits Kāpiti Club
It's a ball not a bomb...great reactions...
Just because it is such a cute photo...

 
Jan 2014
Accomodation wanted for Kāpiti Holiday
January 2014
Accommodation wantedOlder couple want house or bach on Kāpiti Coast from 12 February to 1 March 1 or swap for our large vineyard home in Marlborough. Phone or text Denise on 0272727488 or 035722605....
Kāpiti February Electra Business Breakfast - Kelly McKay HMC Kāpiti
January 2014
Described by the judges in the Electra Business Awards as having "smart management, good systems and a focus on moving forward with a positive culture and well trained staff," HMC Kāpiti, is a company on the move. Join us to hear from Kelly McKay about what it was that made ...
Teddy Bears Picnic - a popular outing for the whole family
January 2014
Plunket: Keep an eye out for kids on the roads
January 2014
Plunket is urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head back to school next week.As New Zealand's largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five, Plunket recognises many children will be venturing off to school for the firs...
Mulled Wine Concert
January 2014
Singer/Songwriter Wayne Mason, renowned for his song "Nature" (voted the best song of the last 75 years by APRA) joins Andrew London and his trio in a knockout OPENER to the 2014 Mulled Wine Concert Series. Save the date for Saturday February 1, 2014 (bar opens at 7pm for 7.30pm ...
Register now for your daily getaway
January 2014
Back at work but feeling like you'd love to get away? You can get away every day by taking part in the Wellington region's Active a2b summer programme.Active a2b encourages people to make the most of their daily commute during summer by walking, cycling or scooting for all or...
Dont let summer fruit go to waste
January 2014
Community Fruit Harvesting is asking people in the Wellington region with unwanted plums and other summer fruit in their back gardens to get in touch so the charity can pick the fruit for the hungry.The group collects fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to wast...
Official Opening of Bird Hide at QE Park
January 2014
The official opening of the newly built Bird Hide in the Marine Wetlands is the result of a joint project between Greater Wellington and the Friends with considerable assistance from sponsors: Boffa Miskell, Forest and Bird, Paekākāariki and Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Boards, W...
Ōtaki electorate set to lose towns
January 2014
Four objections have been lodged against a plan to shift Shannon and Tokomaru from the Ōtaki electorate into Rangitikei.The Representation Commission's proposed changes to electorate boundaries for this year's election include a move for voters in Shannon and Tokomaru.The...
Jubilee year for QE Park
January 2014
In our Jubilee year it is important to briefly look back to realise that we have come a long way in 60 years.In 1953 Queen Elizabeth Park was not a pretty sight a few open paddocks, degraded dunes and wrecked bush remnants. A few hardy souls such as June Rowland and Daphne ...
Broadband roll out hits a snag
The Ultra Fast Broadband rollout aimed to connect 16,000 local customers in Raumati, Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekākāariki to fast internet speeds via, as well as connecting eight local schools, hit a snag yesterday, Wednesday 15th January.Motorists and pedestrians were alert...
Otara leads the Expressway debate
January 2014
The Alliance for a Sustainable Kāpiti (ASK) has sent its congratulations to the Otara community on its stand against the proposed motorway to be built through the middle of its community."We are hopeful that NZTA has learned the lessons of the hard fight they experienced in K...
50 Shades of Reverse...
He was in ecstasy with a huge smile on his faceas his wife moved forward, then backwards, forward, then backwards again....... Back and forth... Back and forth..... In and out....... She could feel the sweat on her forehead, between her breasts and trickling d...
Beauty and the Beast comes to Kāpiti

 
Dec 2013
Creativity for the ages
A group of students from Raumati South School and a group of residents at the care facility of retirement village Coastal Villas have been coming together to create imaginative stories, as part of an innovative new inter-generational storytelling project.The project, called The S...
Nightmare before Christmas at Kāpiti Vaulting Club
December 2013
The Kāpiti Vaulting Club Christmas show was performed in Waikanae on the weekend with large crowds attending to see the themed 'Nightmare before Christmas.The Christmas Show is an annual fundraiser event for the club and is to show family and friends the talents of all the teams ...
LIGHT RAIL THE CAPITALS BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT
December 2013
Members of youth climate change group Generation Zero paraded a painted cardboard train through central Wellington today to promote their proposal for a low cost light rail solution for the capital: "The Constable Connection". Getting into the Christmas spirit before the ...
GRAVITY GIVES JUMP TO SAVE CHILDREN
December 2013
"Gravity Gives invites seasoned and budding skydivers and bungy jumpers to hurl themselves out of planes and off rock faces to help save children. Greg Nelson's inspiring fundraiser is an exciting idea and we are thrilled that Greg is sharing his inspiration and enthusiasm to hel...
NZ flogging off bits of Moon to avert asset sales political poisoned chalice
Prime Minister John Goldfischkey and former Kāpiti schoolgirl and current Minister of Business and Other Stuff and a minister of other stuff from time to time too, Joyce Stevens, have announced the first issue of Moon Bonds and have declared 'this radical and innovative enterpris...
Candidate promises to put Nathan Guy out to pasture
December 2013
A third candidate is vying for the Ōtaki electorate proving competition is alive and well in the Labour Party."I'm proud to put my name in the race to take on the sitting MP", says Rob McCann, a former Press Secretary in the previous Labour Government and currently the Campai...
An expressway ceremony, but not for locals
December 2013
The Transport Agency had a sod-breaking ceremony for the Mackays Crossing to Peka Peka Expressway on Monday. But instead of being a community celebration, it seemed to be quite a secretive occasion.Details of the location and time were available only to those who had been invited...

 
Nov 2013
Shock support for water plans
November 2013
Kāpiti's long term water supply decision was made last night ending a grueling five hour Council meeting.Council staff's recommended option of river recharge funded through volumetric charging with water meters, was voted in 7 to 4 including shock support from Mayor Ross Chur...
Labour Ōtaki race looks to find Missing Link
November 2013
The Ōtaki Electorate Labour nominee Jade Teki says there has been a gaping hole for Labour since the electorate turned Blue. "Our neighbours are enjoying the grassroots style representation that Labour is famous for in Iain Lees-Galloway, MP for Palmerston North and Kris Faa...
Dale Evans reflects on a visit to Council
November 2013
I have been mulling over the weekend what happened at the recent Kāpiti Council meeting.At the meeting, during public speaking time, I attempted to raise issues regarding the performance of the CEO. However I was shut down and prevented from raising these important issues bec...
Jade Teki Standing up for Shared Labour Values in our Community
November 2013
Labour Party candidate nominee Jade Teki says engagement, empowerment, and participation are what grassroots democracy is all about. "It is the belief that democracy works best to the extent that power is vested in citizens and communities, after all, it is our votes, as citi...
New Councillor Blocked by CEO
November 2013
"The previous Council's amendments to KCDC meeting rules have effectively blocked any chance to bring transparency and fairness to the Council table," says new district wide Councillor, Jackie Elliott. "The CEO's interpretation of amendments to clause 3.9.15 of the standing o...
Expressway decision disappoints, but it's not over till it's over
November 2013
The Supreme Court has declined to permit Save Kāpiti to appeal the High Court judgement regarding the Kāpiti Expressway.The Court ruled that "any attempt to assess the impact on the environment of the proposed Expressway on the assumption that the WLR was in place would be entire...
From The Council Table - a Column by Councillor Jackie Elliott
November 2013
As a newly elected Councillor I want to start as I mean to continue, with transparency, prudence and a commitment to changing the culture at KCDC. Firstly I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all those who voted for me. It was humbling to be the secon...
Ōtaki Gorge produces supreme Business Winner
November 2013
An IT company based in the Ōtaki Gorge has been selected as the Electra Business of the Year for Kāpiti and Horowhenua.It is Aura Redeye, a managed vulnerability scanning service, which was also given an excellence award for Medium-Large Business at the Electra Business Awards ga...
What are WE going to do about the violence?
November 2013
Kāpiti has had to deal with a great deal of violent behaviour in recent times, including two incidents that led to the deaths of two of our young people. It seems there is still much work to be done to change the mindset of many.Last week New Zealanders had a wakeup call witnessi...
Kāpiti election hoarding draws complaints to KCDC and Irish Consul
November 2013
Dozens of distressed parents have complained to the Kāpiti Coast District Council's elections officer about a hoarding that caused sleeplessness and terror among their younger children.'I wish he never put it up,' one Mazengarb Road mother told Pullet Surprise. 'The twins were fr...
Tickets now available for The 20th Annual Watties Cans Film Festival
November 2013
Movie lovers around the country can visit their local participating cinema and swap a can for a movie ticket to see a blockbuster film at next week's Wattie's Cans Film Festival. The Festival, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, helps New Zealanders in need over ...
Tried and untrue spray-on/prey-on product... ETHNOCIDE !!
Having trouble with pesky Maori land, designated wahi tapu, sacred springs etc getting in the way of motorway development? Try this proven product!It's worked for decades. It has the blessing of (dis)Hon Steven Joyce and his coterie of toadies at NZTA and is endorsed by the s...
Community have had their say
November 2013
Editor,First of all I would like to congratulate all those candidates that were successful in being elected on Council and Community Boards.One would hope that a new direction will take place for the betterment of the Kāpiti Rate Payer ie decision making.The past needs to be...
Kāpiti councillor reincarnation of ancient king?
November 2013
Kāpiti psychic Clare Voyant has informed Pullet Surprise that, due to 'unfinished karmic business', Kāpiti Councillor Krishnan Gurunathan (Guru) is in fact a reincarnation of an early 11th Century king of England.Cnut the Great, more commonly known as Canute, was a king of En...
A Big Bang in the sunshine
November 2013
The sun shone down on Saturday morning as 200 competitors, dressed in life jackets and wetsuits, waited patiently on the banks of the River Ohau just east of Levin, for the map that would determine their fate for the rest of the day.The first part of the top secret course led...
ARE YOU THRIVING OR SURVIVING?
When someone asks you "How are you?", do you have a standard response,regardless of how you really feel? do you generally 'spill all' in the hope of recruiting alliance for the drudgery that is your mere existence? or do you genuinely have no hesitation is responding with a resou...
Hollywood helps local Epilepsy Awareness Campaign
November 2013
Get ready! It's hereNovember is talk about it month! 'Talk About It!' is Epilepsy New Zealand's national campaign dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy.In November annually, Epilepsy New Zealand is asking everyone to talk and learn about epilepsy in support of raising...
Kāpiti District Council Taken to Court over Fluoridation
November 2013
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is facing judicial review over its 2010 decision to retain water fluoridation.Kāpiti resident Mike woods has lodged a Judicial Review with the High Court in Wellington on this week. The legal challenge is to the Kāpiti Council's decision that it ...
Kids Can Cook Kitchen pays a visit to Waikanae
November 2013
Over 140 children from the Te Aramoana Syndicate at Waikanae School had a chance to see a chef at work and taste some unusual food combinations when chef Chris Fortune visited Waikanae School last Wednesday.The programme called KIDS CAN COOK KITCHEN has visited over 140 prima...
New $100M Charles Fleming Retirement Village opens in Waikanae
November 2013
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has officially opened the Charles Fleming Retirement Village in Waikanae today."This is Ryman Healthcare's 26th retirement village, and is a $100 million dollar investment into the local community," says Mr Guy."On top of the major opportunities the constructi...
Resolving disputes the FairWay
November 2013
Effective from 1 November 2013, Dispute Resolution Services Limited (DRSL) will change its name to FairWay Resolution Limited.This name change is part of the comprehensive change to our business model as we diversify and reach beyond dispute resolution to capture all aspects ...

 
Oct 2013
Pilot to Navigate towards Social Impact Bonds
November 2013
Social problems with alcohol and drugs have been very much in the news recently, with the arrest of a Kāpiti woman for dealing cannabis supported by evidence from Google Earth.Following examination of a high resolution image which apparently snapped her in possession of two b...
A Bumper Spring Party for Everyone
October 2013
Paekākāariki will be abuzz with Spring fever this coming Saturday 2 November as the village's annual community party, the Paekākāariki Bonanza coincides with this year's Art Trail and monthly St Peters Hall Market.Celebrated for its food and music, the Bonanza is at the historic 22...
Quiz night for Student Scholarships
October 2013
We are a group of parents, whanau and care givers who did not hang up our fund raising hats after our children completed their primary school years! The Paraparaumu College Parent's Association understand the ongoing need to support college students. Our members actively fund...
Quiz night for Student Scholarships
November 2013
We are a group of parents, whanau and care givers who did not hang up our fund raising hats after our children completed their primary school years!The Paraparaumu College Parent's Association understand the ongoing need to support college students. Our members actively fundr...
Plunket: Keep kiwi kids safe in cars this Labour weekend
October 2013
Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their kids' safety while they're on the roads this holiday weekend."Over this weekend have a great break, enjoy time with family and friends and remember everyone has to be properly buckled up", says Sue Campbell, Plunket's Na...
HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) 80s Disco
October 2013
Kenakena School shines in Aussie Competition
October 2013
Through sponsorship and fundraising, Kenakena School was able to meet its goal of enabling our two teams that won their sections of the New Zealand final of the Tournament of Minds to travel to Canberra to compete in the Australasian-Pacific Final in Canberra last weekend to repr...
Dietitians NZ call for mandatory fluoridation of water
October 2013
In light of the overwhelming support for water fluoridation at the weekend local elections, Dietitians NZ calls on the Ministry of Health to mandate the fluoridation of drinking water as part of the safe water supply for New Zealanders.Dietitians New Zealand strongly supports flu...
Never leave children unsupervised in vehicles says Plunket
October 2013
Plunket is reminding parents and caregivers not to leave children alone in cars after the latest incident in Porirua.Plunket Clinical Advisor Allison Jamieson said the risks of leaving a baby or young child alone in a car were significant."It's never safe to leave a child alone i...
Kāpiti November Electra Business Breakfast
November 2013
Guest speaker: Ian Collier - Air New Zealand It has been two years since Air New Zealand commenced its daily Kāpiti Coast - Auckland Flights. With the introduction of a Christchurch service in November and changes to other regional routes, join us to hear about the new Air New Z...
KiwiSavers consigned to Conservative Default Funds have to Save Harder and Pay more Tax
November 2013
The Government's decision to retain the conservative default funds approach to KiwiSaver means New Zealanders will have to save a lot more for a lot longer and pay a lot more tax on those savings as they try and build their retirement nest egg."Many people who have enrolled into ...
Public meetings on Amalgamation to be held in Kāpiti
November 2013
Residents and ratepayers are being invited to public meetings in the Wellington region to share their views on the future shape of local government. Two meetings are scheduled for Kāpiti - Mon 18 November: Ōtaki Rotary Lounge, Aotaki St 12.00-1.30pm; Paraparaumu Coast Community C...
Kāpiti Community Foodbank fills necessary role
October 2013
The Annual General Meeting of the Kāpiti Community Foodbank was held on 23 August, 2013 and attended by twenty supporters.The Chairperson had resigned earlier in the year due to ill health and Pam Thornbury was elected as the new Chairperson with Cherie Wood as Treasurer...
Fair deal wanted at public meetings
October 2013
Dear Editor,Re: "Mayor's Right to skip meeting" it is everybody 's democratic right to attend public meetings, and if you do so you expect to get a fair deal or hearing from the meeting organisers or chairperson. Unfortunately this is not always the case when it come...
Pressure put on new Council to deliver
October 2013
Dear EditorCongratulations to Ross Church and the new councillors. I hope they will deliver all they have promised a dam built by volunteers, lower rates, a mayor who is available in the foyer of the town hall all the time for chats with us, removal of coastal hazard lines...
Kāpiti residents encouraged to dispose of unwanted TVs at drop off events
October 2013
Residents in Kāpiti are being encouraged to drop off their unwanted TVs at a series of drop-off events in October.The additional special drop-off sites for residents wanting to recycle their unwanted televisions are all part of the TV TakeBack programme.TV TakeBack is an initiati...
Nominations open for selecting Labours candidate in the Ōtaki electorate
October 2013
Nominations for the Labour candidacy for the Ōtaki electorate in the 2014 general election have opened.Bruce Taylor, spokesperson for the Ōtaki Labour Electorate Committee, said, "Labour is on the rise, and our planning for General Election 2014 is well advanced."Announcing ...
Community Board results
October 12
Community Boards Ōtaki - James Cootes, Colin Pearce, Rob Kofoed, Christine PappsWaikanae - Michael Scott, Jocelyn Prvanov, Eric Gregory, James WestburyParaparaumu-Raumati - Fiona Vining, Kathy Spiers, Deborah Morris-Travers, Jonny BestPaekākāariki - Jack McDonald, Steve Eckett, Sam...
Stepping up to support local charities
October 2013
News that community based youth services in the Kāpiti region like Kāpiti Youth Support and Youth Quest are under huge financial pressure and may even have to close is distressing.Many believe now is the time for communities to step up and support their local charities.Ni...
Will Wellington Boot or Give a Leg Up to Tourism in Kāpiti?
October 2013
One of the candidates in the mayoral elections in Wellington, Jack Yan, envisions Kāpiti becoming the new gateway to Wellington and North Island with the building of a new international airport and high-speed rail route.Whether he will win the mayoral election on 12 October i...
Not too late to vote
October 2013
It's still not too late to have your say in local body elections.Voting for the Wellington Regional Council elections closes at midday Saturday October 12, but it's still not too late to cast a vote and help decide who will sit on the council.Regional council electoral of...
Parenting Encouragement Programme
October 2013
PARENTING ENCOURAGEMENT PROGRAMMEin the Wellington DioceseINITIATIVES1. To build the confidence of Parents & Caregivers of all ages.2. To help create strong families & solid support communities3. To provide a forum for sharing best practice in parenting4. To promo...
Parenting Encouragement Programme
October 2013
PARENTING ENCOURAGEMENT PROGRAMME in the Wellington DioceseINITIATIVES1. To build the confidence of Parents & Caregivers of all ages. 2. To help create strong families & solid support communities 3. To provide a forum for sharing best practice in parenting...
Secret pre-meetings common
October 2013
Dear Editor,With the following new powers that the Mayor is going to have after the elections on Saturday,12th October 2013 we have to wonder if he or she will still support the secret pre-meetings before the monthly open public meetings are held - that Councillor Nathan Murr...
Be careful who you vote for
October 2013
Dear Editor Noting that retiring Horowhenua District Councillor Nathan Murray has bravely admitted at the last HDC open meeting for this triennium what we have always suspected - that pre-meetings are held behind closed doors before the public meetings are held. So there ...
NZTA shafts Kāpiti say local cycling advocacy group Kāpiti Cycling Incorporated (KCI)
October 2013
Kāpiti Cycling Inc claims KCDC has buckled under NZTA pressure to sign a non enforceable agreement for the Revocation of SH1 under which not even a painted cycleway on SH1 is guaranteed this outcome smacks of bully boy tactics by NZTA and we wonder why the KCDC signed up before...
University to offer free online courses
October 2013
The University of Auckland, New Zealand's leading tertiary institution is to offer free online courses open to students around the world.In the initiative announced this week, the University will partner with FutureLearn, a UK-based consortium founded by the Open University to de...
Hundreds have say on future public transport options
October 2013
About 300 submissions have been received on the most feasible options for a high quality public transport spine between Wellington Railway Station, Newtown and Kilbirnie. Feedback was also provided by about 1000 members of the Regional Council's and Wellington City Counci...
New Zealands most vulnerable young people need more help
October 2013
The New Zealand Association of Counsellors says if the government is serious about wanting to improve the country's suicide rates it needs to provide more help for vulnerable young people.The NZAC says there is a shortage of school counsellors and also thousands of calls to h...
'Kāpiti is known as the whinging district'
October 2013
Dear EditorSad to say Kāpiti is known as the 'whinging' district in New Zealand. I mentioned to group of people from around the country I lived in Kāpiti and they said all they knew about Kāpiti is that people here moan about everything. It is not only members of the public ...
New powers for Mayors not as real as they appear
October 2013
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has announced that mayors will have new powers which will come into effect after the local body elections.However high profile Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt has slammed supposed new powers for mayors as "pathetic, contradictory and illusionar...
New Year, New Course, New Adventure....
October 2013
The 2013 Big Bang 6hr Adventure Race is only one month away. To be held on November 2nd, this annual event has a brand new "top secret" course somewhere out there in the Kāpiti/Horowhenua region. The Big Bang Adventure Charitable Trust brings this event together along with in...

 
Sep 2013
Wilson stands for Regional Council and DHB
October 1
Kāpiti's Greater Wellington Regional councillor, Nigel Wilson is seeking re-election to the post he has held for the last six years.Mr Wilson says Greater Wellington Regional Council has been a very financially prudent organisation. "These are tough times, particularly for th...
TV Takeback at Kāpiti College...
September 2013
Wednesday 2 October10am 12 noonKāpiti College Hall$5 per television set (cash only)(of which $1 goes to Kāpiti Colleges's Eco Action Group for garden supplies)Nominate Kāpiti College as your Enviroschool of choice and we could win a Samsung technology packag...
Insight and Courage called for
September 2013
Editor,I wonder if any Kāpiti mayoral candidates have the insight and courage to speak out against the so-called expressway or whether they will all go the way of Jenny Rowan who, in spite of being vocally opposed to it once, now attempts to soothe voters by promulgating the ...
Public meeting on power prices
September 2013
"Household power prices have increased by 207% since 1990 at a rate much faster than inflation. Electricity prices are now at astronomical levels for residential consumers," said Bruce Taylor, spokesperson for the Labour Party branches in Kāpiti. "We know that people would yo...
Can council candidates take positions on issues?
September 2013
Claims that councillors cannot vote in line with the positions they have taken as candidates need to be urgently clarified, says Paekākāariki Comnmunity Board candidate Sam Buchanan.KCDC CEO Pat Dougherty stated that if councillors voted in line with previous public commitment...
Stirring up the public
September 2013
Dear EditorAfter reading Mathew Grocott "Mayor Snubs Candidate events" it now has become apparent that Mr Duffy's opening speech he made at Tokomaru on Sunday was a deliberate attempt to stir up a few people in the audience and a publicity stunt so he could justify his refusa...
Launching Grey Power Electricity
50,000 New Zealanders set to benefit from lower power prices At last a win for the elderly in the highly competitive electricity retail market through the formation of Grey Power Electricity. Grey Power Federation Inc. and Pulse Energy have been working together to build this...
Help often unavailable for depressed young Kiwis
The New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) has backed calls for more support for young people dealing with depression.Spokesperson, Sarah Maindonald, says adolescents are less resilient than adults and need more immediate support when mental health issues arise."Adolescent...
Kāpiti Aquatic Centre Trust - award nominee
September 2013
"The Kāpiti Aquatic Center Trust, was established in 2008 to help fund a new Aquatic facility in the Kāpiti region. The first plans were drawn and a relationship established with the Kāpiti Coast District Council in a partnership to design and build the new facility.Hit by th...
Kāpiti Coast Marina Proposal
September 2013
Brandon Holman, one of the upcoming KCDC Election candidates, is wanting, if elected to undertake a feasibility study as to the provision of a marina on the Kāpiti Coast. Mr Holman says a marina would enable larger tourist and fishing boats to launch safely as well as yachts ...
A close shave at the Waikanae Club
September 2013
These courageous souls gave up their golden (and some grey) locks in a good cause at the Waikanae Club last week.As a fundraiser for Child Cancer several gentlemen members of the Waikanae Club sacrificed their normally suave hairdos in favour of a more polished look.Photo by Sand...
Farcically undemocratic move
September 2013
Editor Re the 5th Sept story 'Cover Committee to keep Kāpiti running after vote'(Kāpiti Observer). I cannot believe the arrogance of the KCDC CEO and staff to appoint a committee of 3 incumbent elected members to 'run' Kāpiti, until the new members are sworn in. It is the...
Democracy at work
September 2013
Dear Editor Democracy at work: The Labour party is in the process of selecting a New Leader, and Ratepayers and Residents are in the process of selecting their new Council Representatives throughout New Zealand. Sadly in Horowhenua, this process is being somewhat cons...
KCDC told dont waste $28.8 million on River Recharge scheme
7 September, 2013
In 10 days KCDC will know if resource consent has been granted for the Waikanae River Recharge scheme."Whatever the outcome, and seems likely to be negative, the $28.8 million borrowed for the project would be far better spent on building the dam," says mayoral candidate Jack...
Club HUHA needs a helping hand in Ōtaki
September 2013
We are so busy at Club HUHA that we are seeking to increase our team at our Ōtaki shelter.If you think you've got what it takes to shovel poo, hose out wees, and sort out dirty washing, you will be rewarded ten-fold with love, cuddles and affection from all our doggy resident...
Stewart Island as Aids Colony?
Disturbing and persistent rumours suggest that there have been ongoing international negotiations at the highest level to turn Stewart Island into a global HIV and Aids isolation colony.The killer disease Aids, stemming from the HIV virus, has spread to millions of the world'...
Google Earth Snaps Kāpiti Drug Deal
A Kāpiti woman was arrested on Tuesday for supplying cannabis thanks to being caught on camera by Google Earth doing a drug deal in her own backyard.'We can't believe our luck,' said Kāpiti Police spokesperson Sergeant Constable. 'We've been trying to catch this blighter for ages...
Worth making a HUHA about
September 2013
Chamber of Commerce Candidates Meeting
September 2013
The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is again hosting its candidates meeting with a focus on business issues.The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates Public Forum is a Public Forum featuring District Wide Councillor candidates, Mayoral candidates, and Wellington Re...
More volunteers needed for Wellington Free Ambulance Street Appeal
September 2013
Kāpiti residents benefit greatly from having the Wellington Free Ambulance available. Now it's our turn to help them.Wellington Free Ambulance would like even more volunteers to help collect donations during its annual street appeal next week, on September 12, 13 and 14.Welli...
Grey Power Election meeting dates
September 2013
Mayoral, Regional, and DHB Candidates9.30 to 11.30am - Monday 9th Sept Waikanae Senior Citizens Hall Utauta St Waikanae10.30 to 12.30 Tuesday 10 Sept Ōtaki Senior Citizens Hall Rangitira St, Ōtaki10 to 12 Friday 13th Sept Paraparaumu Senior Citizens Hall, Ocean Rd10 to 12 Mond...
Kāpiti Business Awards Entrants Challenged
September 2013
Kāpiti entrants in this year's Electra Business Awards were challenged Wednesday night (4 September 2013) to ensure that they have proper governance and management relationships. The challenge comes from Kāpiti Mayor, Jenny Rowan who says that if businesses have such a s...
Kāpiti Teens take action to unmask palm oil
September 2013
Three local Year 10 girls are part of a nationwide movement to highlight the grim realities of tropical deforestation due to the growing global market for palm oil.Kāpiti College students Nikita Goile-McEvoy and Eesha Fugaz were joined by Greer Patterson from Paraparaumu College ...
Soccer stars in Kāpiti
September 2013
Local poet kicks goals with published work this month
This month has been the biggest of Paekākāariki poet Mercedes Webb-Pullman's writing life - All thanks to the gods of poetry and fortune, and the support of friends.Fourteen poems and a short story published, six more poems accepted, and two books, one of poetry, one a travelogue/...
Kāpiti Coast Marina Proposal
Brandon Holman, one of the upcoming KCDC Election candidates, is wanting, if elected to undertake a feasibility study as to the provision of a marina on the Kāpiti Coast.This would enable larger tourist and fishing boats to launch safely as well as yachts with keels. Currentl...
Schools clean up Kāpiti beaches
September 2013
Five schools will be cleaning Kāpiti beaches on Tuesday 3 September as part of the Kāpiti PAK'nSAVE Beach Clean Up Day.Students from Kāpiti College, Ōtaki College, Paraparaumu College, Paraparaumu Beach School and St Peter Channel School will be taking various parts of the be...
Independent publishers and university presses triumph in this years New Zealand Post Book awards
September 2013
All four of the country's top book awards for 2013 have gone to independent publishers and university presses. The result comes just as a number of multinational publishers have recently announced they are closing the local editorial arm of their companies.Steve Braunias'...

 
Aug 2013
David Scott - Mayoral profile
David Scott: A Wise Choice for a Better Future.No More!!costly mistakes; excessive debt; rate hikes frightening the elderly and making life miserable for those on moderate incomes; pages of hype and spin in local papers paid for with our rates; going over the heads of ratepay...
Road revaluation backdown
KCDC have backed down from their controversial road revaluing proposal last Thursday, on the advice of the Auditor General's Office. Last week Council staff only publicly stated they were taking the issue back to their accountants, Ernst and Young, and failed to confirm t...
Revaluation debacle
September 1
The current road revaluation debacle instigated by the so called KCDC Financial Gnomes makes a complete pig's ear of them trying to erase their very significant blushes by endeavouring to use an accounting stunt to get over the risk of breaching its debt limit. Thankfully...
Colin Pearce - true Ōtaki local
Ōtaki Ward candidate Colin Pearce is local to the core." Ōtaki is my home and the home of four generations of my family.I know its cultural diversity. I have tramped its geographical resources from hills to sea, but its strength is in it's people."Time and time again, ...
Made in Paekākāariki
Community board candidate stands for an active, independent and cheaper Paekākāariki
Retaining an independent voice for Paekākāariki, community engagement in local issues and keeping council services affordable are the priorities for Paekākāariki Community Board candidate Sam Buchanan. "Despite its small size, Paekākāariki has an abundance of community-led initiativ...
Expressway is on the slow road
Save Kāpiti Inc has sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court on the legality of the BOI's decision to grant consent to the Kāpiti Expressway.The request was lodged on Friday 30 August, 10 days after the High Court decision was delivered, which declined their initial appeal...
Labour leadership contenders come to town
In a vital part of New Zealand's first mass participation process for electing a political party leader, the three contenders for the Labour leadership David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson and Shane Jones - are speaking at a Husting Meeting on Saturday 31 August at the Horowhenua Ev...
Kāpiti Business membership committee appointed
The recently appointed membership committee of the Kāpiti Coast Business Network met Wednesday over coffee at 180 degrees Caf to explore ways to add value to our network. Whilst the committee have some great ideas which they intend implementing it was agreed that they should...
Deborah Morris-Travers - Profile
I am seeking election to enable me to contribute many years of political and community experience to my local community.For the past nine years I have worked for Plunket, Barnardos and Every Child Counts promoting the place of children and young people in Aotearoa NZ.My previ...
Kathy Spiers - Profile
Paraparaumu and Raumati have been my home for over 45 years and although our community has seen huge developments during this time, the friendliness of the people and our unique character has remained.Over the years I have been involved with many local Community Groupsadv...
David Scott - Profile
I have integrity, honesty, intelligence and local knowledge. I have no contracts, affiliations, relatives or other direct interests in KCDC.Kāpiti should be a happier place to live. The constant litigation; bickering with regional council and recourse to numerous expensive co...
Bernie Randall - Profile
I want to be part of our district's future. We must keep a tight control on the level of rates. This is essential for our older residents and young families who are struggling.Within the limits of finance available we need to do what we can to enhance the quality of life we e...
Trevor Daniell - Profile
I am standing for a second term on the ParaparaumuRaumati Community Board because I believe that my three years experience on the Board, my community contacts through several community organisations overmany years, makes me a suitable candidate for re-election.I have been...
Jonny Best - Profile
A Kāpiti resident for over 20 years, I live in Raumati with my wife and 3 young children.Qualified in the building and construction trade, I currently work as a Training Advisor for the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation.Previously I have worked at P...
Marilyn Stevens - Profile
I have been an elected member of the Ōtaki Community Board since February 2011 by-election. During this time I have had valuable insight into Council policies and procedures. I would love the opportunity to serve the people of Ōtaki for another term on the Community Board.Dur...
Colin Pearce - Profile
Born in Ōtaki. Educated in our local schools, and apprenticed in Levin. A local with four generations living within Ōtaki. My wife and I have three adult children and two grandchildren.After several years of building, I chose a career in education, where I taught at both seco...
Christine Papps - Profile
The taki Community Board is a vital advocate for Ōtaki with Council, organisations like NZTA and Regional Council.I believe in community boards. They must be retained in any new regional local government structure to provide the grass roots contact so important to taki and ...
Rob Kofoed - Profile
Understand the importance of strong community advocacy, I'm standing for Ōtaki's Community Board, and would bring to the role my passion for the people and environment of Ōtaki.Having lived here for 34 years, I operate my architecture business from Mill Road here in Ōtaki, ju...
Louise Dench - Profile
My name is Louise DenchI have been living in the Ōtaki district for 6 years with my family. My husband and I are Te Horo Beach ratepayers.I have been very active in the community running local to district wide events including children's, women's and environmental events over...
James Cootes - Profile
A resident of Ōtaki for the last 25 years I'm passionate about our community. Annette and I have two children and we own Kiss and BakeUp employing many local people. I have served the last 6 years on the Ōtaki Community Board, the last year as Chair. During this time some key thi...
Graeme Tuckett - Profile
I have been a visiting and staying in Paekākāariki for over twenty years, and finally moved here full time in 2012.To me, the magic of the place is the genuine and strong sense of community, and the way in which Paekākāariki can and do involve themselves in the way the town gro...
Jack McDonald - Profile
Ka t au he uri o Taranaki Iwi, Te Whakatoheame Te ti Awa.By harnessing the creativity, talent and innovation of our local community, Paekkriki can continue to punch above its weight in the District. We need diverse representation on our Community Board to ensure that this hap...
Philip Edwards - Profile
I have lived in Paekākāariki since 1984. I am a recently retired primary school teacher having taught for 44 years.I would bring to the Community Board no personal agendas.I would listen to the community and make voting decisions based onresearch.I believe Paekakar...
Janet Holborow wins unopposed
Popular Paekākāariki Community Board Chair Janet Holborow will have plenty of time to ready herself as a newly elected councillor for the Raumati/Paekākāariki Ward.Unopposed, Ms Holborow wins the seat previously held by Hilary Wooding....
Tim Parry - Profile
I live at Paraparaumu Beach with my wife; long term Optometrist, Annette Morgan. Home is where the heart is and sighting Kāpiti Island when returning from travelling has always signalled to me I was home. I worked in the meat industry during the eighties and the last two decades ...
Tony Lester - Profile
As a current Councillor I am proud to have been:Supporting the expresswayAggressively reducing planned Rates increases, while achieving great progressCreating process to establish Council's 5 key business prioritiesLeading the introduction of water meters to defer...
Murray Bell - Profile
Murray Bell: Listen - Decide - ActMy role as your representative on the Paraparaumu Ward will be to listen to the community to ensure I gain a good understanding of the opinions and requirements of the local people.I will work for cost effective, pragmatic solutions to the is...
Ross Church - Profile
Hi. Ross Church. KCDC Councillor. Tutor in business.Autoclassics business owner. 33 year Kāpiti resident.Having spent 3 years as a Councillor I would love to take the next step.In 2010 I was appalled at the projected rates increases of 10, 11 and even 12%. As chair of...
Diane Ammundsen - Profile
Diane is very positive, enthusiastic, energetic and committed to making the lovely Kāpiti Coast a great place to live, work and play. She works with environmental groups who are restoring streams and rivers and planting reserves. Diane is convenor of the Keep Kāpiti Coast Beautif...
Roger Booth - Profile
Kāpiti right now, with regional reorganisation imminent,needs experienced councillors. Completing water improvements, updating infrastructure, and moderating negative effects of expressway development are key aspects this term. As Deputy Mayor I have, as promised, helped bind tog...
Mike Cardiff - Profile
A Kāpiti coast resident and ratepayer since 1975 and the manager of Council's Parks and Recreation Department for 30 years until 2009, has provided experience and institutional knowledge. This has enabled me to fairly represent the wider community view during the last 3 years as ...
Jackie Elliott - Profile
When Kāpiti separated from Hutt County Council in 1974, I was nine.We were proud of our Kāpiti Borough Council.I wrote to our first Mayor, Barry Hadfield and have taken part in Council's processes ever since.We have seen Mayors, Councils come and go, but nothing compa...
Peter Ellis - Profile
Age 72. Physically fit and currently compete in age group sport events.I've been a councillor for 17 years and seek your support for a Districtwide seat.I'm currently deputy chair of the regulatory management committee, member of the CEO employment committee and serve on ...
Maggie Harris - Profile
Lived in Waikanae from 1946.Member of Waikanae Community Board for 15 years.Owner and Manager of the Ferndale Riding School for 30 years.I am a classical music enthusiast.Committee Member of Friends of the Libraries for 10years.Owner of "Lord Morse"-a great Dane who is well known...
Brandon Holman - Profile
Brandon Holman is an IT Consultant, and has lived on the Kāpiti Coast for over seven years. He is also a concerned ratepayer who has seen the KCDC debt double in the last few years, with the corresponding need to increase the rates to pay for it. His main priority will be to redu...
Brian Hooper - Profile
Dr Brian HooperMy background is mostly in education. I first trained as a male nurse at Burnham Military Hospital. Then came Auckland Teachers College, teaching, and two principal positions. One interesting period was being an education officer at the Auckland War Memorial Museum...
Naera Pomare - Profile
Ngati Raukawa, Te Atiawa and Ngati Toa Iwi Descent.Grandson of the Late Hon. Sir Maui Pomare M.P, M.D.Great Great Grandson Kahe Te Rau O Te Rangi -one of three women to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. She signed the Treaty on Kāpiti Island 1840. Great Nephew Heni Te Rau ...
Ivan Sage - Profile
The Kāpiti Coast has the most accessible and safest beaches in the region. As a candidate for District-wide Councillor, I have an LL.B BA, bring experience in operating small businesses, and will emphasise progress and protecting the coastal environment. Our family have been ...
David Scott - Profile
I have integrity, honesty, intelligence and local knowledge. I have no contracts, affiliations, relatives or other direct interests in KCDC.Kāpiti should be a happier place to live. The constant litigation; bickering with regional council and recourse to numerous expensive co...
Harold Thomas - Profile
I offer my experience, energy, and time to work for the people of the Kāpiti Coast District.I am particularly concerned about the ever increasing rate demands and the stress this adds to not only those on fixed incomes,but also on young people with families to provide for.My prev...
Fiona Vining - Profile
I believe that our community is best served when our council is represented by people coming from a range of backgrounds and points of view. These representatives should be involved in our community, and most importantly, ready to listen, and consider different opinions with an o...
Gavin Welsh - Profile
I am fully committed to contributing to the prosperity of the Kāpiti Coast, and the lives and wellbeing of the community that lives here.I am a local businessperson, a family man, and I am involved in a number of community organisations including coastguard, fisheries, and yo...
Jo Wypych - Profile
I am a twenty year Kāpiti Coast resident and ratepayer, have four children and a Grandmother. This has given me a grounding in local Community needs. I grew up in Wellington and moved to Kāpiti for lifestyle.Becoming a single parent, I needed to embark on a career for myself....
Colin Pearce - Profile
Common sense, dedication and a can do attitude, are a powerful combination.This is what I will bring to the Council as your ward member. Ōtaki was generous to me as a child, an energetic youth through to fatherhood. I value the legacy left to my generation, and seek election t...
David Mitchell - Profile
I am the General Secretary of The United RatepayersOrganisation (Founded 2003).I have a wide business background including Office Management, Hardware Indenting, Wholesale Electrical and Retailing. Health Sector includes Psychiatric Nursing and Head Orderly of a Public Ho...
Penny Gaylor - Profile
I'm seeking re-election as Ōtaki Ward Councillor to continue working hard, with integrity, as a champion for our community.Three years ago I stood pledging to focus on economic development, the environment, and youth matters.I'm pleased with my progress to date, examples ...
Quentin Poole - Profile
I am a 59 years old family man resident in Waikanae.With 30 years of business and management experience, I am a director of a "NZ Made" manufacturing business.Kāpiti needs leaders with real business experience who are accountable to voters. I have been a director of compa...
Aylwyn Patterson - Profile
Following a successful sojourn as a navigating officer Aylwyn came ashore to start a varied career, including three years in America, employed by the then New Zealand Diary Board to establish our milk products there.Head hunted by a major European shipping company he led the ...
Tony Lloyd - Profile
A Kāpiti resident for 40 years, the last 25 years in Waikanae, my community involvement has included Jaycees, School and Kindergarten Committees, Chairperson of Kapanui School Board of Trustees, Life Member of Coasters Musical Theatre, member of the Waikanae Community Board, incl...
Eric Gregory - Profile
Standing for the Waikanae Ward and Waikanae Community Board, I have been Deputy Chair of the Waikanae Board for the past 3 year. If elected as Ward Councillor I will be appointed back as Ward Councillor. I grew up in Waikanae, run a business here, raised my family here and I have...
K. Gurunathan - Profile
Popularly known as Guru, I am a journalist with 16 years experience covering local politics for the Kāpiti Observer, Kāpiti News and BeachFm. I thank you for supporting me last elections. I am committed to the democratic process. Whether it's the imposition of water meters, coast...
Sam Buchanan - Profile
I am committed to mantaining the Paekākāariki Community Board as a strong and independent voice for the Paekākāariki community, particularly as we face changes in the local governance structure.We cannot take the community engagement for granted. We need local government to be much...
Steve Eckett - Profile
I have been a member of the Paekākāariki Community Board for five years and I am keen to continue to work for and represent our community. I am pleased to have helped facilitate a number of local projects, particularly the upcoming Waiting Room at the Station, and junior sports fi...
Eric Gregory - Profile
Deputy chair for past 3 years, I grew up in Waikanae, run a business here, raised my family here and I have been totally committed to Waikanae by serving on Community Board for 4 terms. Restructure of regional representation could end community boards; I support the status quo wh...
Tony Lloyd - Profile
A Kāpiti resident for 40 years, the last 25 years in Waikanae, my community involvement has included Jaycees, School and Kindergarten Committees,Chairperson of Kapanui School Board of Trustees, Life Member of Coasters Musical Theatre, member of the Waikanae Community Board, inclu...
Jocelyn Prvanov - Profile
We have lived at Waikanae Beach for the last 15 years.Our children attend a local primary school. Through our interests and our children's activities, I meet a wide cross section of the population.In spending the last three terms on the Waikanae Community Board I have pla...
Michael Scott - Profile
As a long time resident of Waikanae, local business owner and rate payer I am passionate about Waikanae.Waikanae is no longer a little village. In the next three years the expressway will change the shape and feel of our community. A new town centre, an upgraded library and g...
Jeremy Seamark - Profile
Hello/Kia OraMy name is Jeremy Seamark and I am 45 yrs old, I have lived on the Kāpiti Coast since 1974 and in Waikanae since 1975. I am passionate about Waikanae and the coast, and am Raising my Family here along with Friends I have known since primary school, so would like to h...
Harold Thomas - Profile
I have proven experience, energy, and time to continue to be an effective Community Board member for a further term working on behalf of the residents of the Waikanae Community.With possible Local Govt reorganization ahead people with goodknowledge of how Local Govt works in ...
James Westbury - Profile
James is the owner of Waikanae Amcal Pharmacy, and has recently worked as a Director in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, as well as working as a senior advisor in the Ministry of Health. He is ambitious, highly motivated and results driven. He understands govern...
Fiona Vining - Profile
I believe that our community is best served when our council is represented by people coming from a range of backgrounds and points of view. These representatives should be involved in our community, and most importantly, ready to listen, and consider different opinions with an o...
Ivan Sage - District-wide Council Candidate
The Kāpiti Coast has the most accessible and safest beaches in the region. As a candidate for District-wide Councillor, I have an LL.B BA, bring experience in operating small businesses, and will emphasise progress and protecting the coastal environment. Our family have been on t...
Ivan Sage - Mayoral Candidate
The Kāpiti Coast has the most accessible and safest beaches in the region. As a candidate for Mayor, I have an LL.B BA and bring experience in operating small businesses, and will emphasise progress and protecting the coastal environment. Our family have been on the Kāpiti Coast,...
Ivan Sage - Profile
The Kāpiti Coast has the most accessible and safest beaches in the region. As a candidate for Mayor, I have an LL.B BA and bring experience in operating small businesses, and will emphasise progress and protecting the coastal environment. Our family have been on the Kāpiti Coast,...
Gavin Welsh - Profile
The Kāpiti Coast is a great place to live. We've got stunning beaches, great bush walks, our iconic Kāpiti Island, and a fantastic community to go with it.Unfortunately, the last six years have been plagued with conflict as a result of a lack of consultation, poor decision ma...
Jackie Elliott - profile
I am a fifth generation Kāpiti Coaster. In 1974, at age nine, I wrote to our first Mayor, Barry Hadfield, suggesting how he could do his job. I have never stopped.For six years, trust has broken down between Council and residents. I want to be a part of the team working hard ...
K. Gurunathan - Profile
My family has lived in Kāpiti for 18 years. Kāpiti is my home. Today, all our homes and businesses are in the midst of change.Amalgamation will mean local decision-making shifting from Kāpiti to Wellington. I will fix this by radically empowering grassroots organisations incl...
Jenny Rowan - Profile
I've been privileged to be your Mayor for the past six years - and I'm standing again to offer proven leadership of our District through this next phase of development and change.I've lived and worked in Kāpiti for fifteen years, working with peoplethroughout the District...
Dale Evans elects not to stand
August 2013
Social issues campaigner Dale Evans says health issues have prevented him from standing in this year's elections."I'm due to have a hip operation shortly which would effectively sideline me for several weeks during the campaign so the wisest course is to step aside this time. Thi...
A pawfect opportunity to support your local SPCA
August 2013
Cupcake Day for the SPCA is here again Monday 26th AugustSPCA Cupcake Day is a fun way for the New Zealand public to show their support for the more than 60,000 animals that pass through SPCA Centres throughout New Zealand every year. Thousands of people throughout the coun...
Kāpiti September Electra Business Breakfast
August 2013
Guest Speaker - Rosalie Nelson: Manager, Market Strategy and Insight at Chorus.With the very obvious work taking place to install Ultra-Fast Broadband throughout the district, we have asked Chorus to come and talk to us about the roll-out and the opportunities it will bring t...
Pollen season delivers yellow sludge
August 2013
A fine dusting of yellow pollen that coats the region and collects on water should not be confused with pollutants or unwanted discharges.During August and September large amounts of pollen are released from a variety of trees and pines in particular. In wet weather the pollen is...
Expressway decision gets mixed reaction
August 2013
SAD DAY FOR KAPITISaveKāpiti are disappointed with the decision of the High Court appeal against the Board of Inquiry decision to approve the Kāpiti Expressway. They will review the decision carefully to determine whether there are grounds to further appeal to the Supreme Court. ...
Samaritans of Wellington: Lending Their Ears For Nearly Fifty Years
August 2013
Formed in 1965, Samaritans have been offering sympathetic, caring and confidential support to anyone in emotional distress for nearly fifty years.Trained volunteers listen and help people talk through what's troubling them, offering compassion and understanding, discussing th...
Young Māori voice for Paekākāriki Community Board
August 2013
Lifelong Paekākāriki resident, twenty-year old Jack McDonald (Taranaki Iwi, Te Whakatōhea, Te Āti Awa) has put his name forward to be a voice for Paekākāriki residents as a member of their Community Board. "If we harness the huge creativity, tale...
Young Māori voice for Paekākāriki Community Board
19 August, 2013
Lifelong Paekākāriki resident, twenty-year old Jack McDonald (Taranaki Iwi, Te Whakatōhea, Te Āti Awa) has put his name forward to be a voice for Paekākāriki residents as a member of their Community Board. "If we harness the huge creativity, tale...
NZTA Jumping the Gun on High Court Expressway appeal
August 19, 2013
Anti Kāpiti expressway lobby group Save Kāpiti have expressed surprise that the government and NZTA are intent on going ahead with the "sod-turning" ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the expressway on Thursday 22 August. "There are a couple of key facts t...
Local government reorganisation proposals run together
August 2013
The Local Government Commission decided to publicly notify the Wairarapa and Wellington reorganisation applications together.The first application, from Wairarapa's three district councils, and the second application, from the Greater Wellington Regional Council, were received le...
Thorough debates called for at Council
August 2013
Dear Editor, Recently letters to the Editor from Councillors (HDC)and the Mayor's supporters have been defending the activities of our Council, regarding policy or expenditure of ratepayer's money. There have also been letters attacking ratepayers who question these act...
Winter Sports Tournament - sloshing good fun
August 2013
On Tuesday afternoon, the 15th August, several Paraparaumu sporting grounds were alive with activity as hundreds of primary children participated in the annual Winter Sports Tournament with teams from all the local primary schools competing in a variety of 7-aside winter games. ...
Movie and Food Night showing Waste Land
Event Title: Movie and Food Night showing 'Waste Land'Venue: Raumati South Memorial Hall, Tennis Court Road, Raumati SouthDate: Sunday 18th AugustTime: 6pm 9pmDetails:Join us for an evening of good company and a vegetarian meal followed by a movie on Sunday 18...
KEY BUSINESS ISSUES FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS
August 2013
The NZ Chambers of Commerce and Industry has identified four key priorities by the upcoming local body election and all are directly relevant to Kāpiti and will help deliver local employment options", says Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce chairman in, Mark Ternent.The four priori...
Land value boost could be worth $300m to council
August 2013
"Land value boost could be worth $300m to council" - Heading from Kāpiti Observer 15th August 2013 This article states "Kāpiti's council is set for a $300 million asset boost by revaluing the land under its roads." You cannot tell me that this is not a TOTAL situa...
7 Steps to better sleep....
August 2013
Given that sleep plays such a huge role in our overallphysical & emotional health, the better quality you get, themore benefits you will experience as a result.1. Exercise regularly; something as simple as taking a briskwalk regularly can help improve sleep. Avoid doi...
Clear insights and fresh ideas from NZ employers for secondary educators
August 2013
The recent inaugural Teachers' Workchoice Day delivered attending educators clear insights and fresh ideas to help New Zealand's youth become better work-ready.Amongst other 'essentials', holding a full driver's license and displaying good communications skills gives young jo...
Compo increase for public works land grabs
August 2013
The Alliance for a Sustainable Kāpiti (ASK) has responded positively to the news that the government has increased the compensation payable to Landowners where property is acquired for public works. They comment that there is widespread agreement amongst policy makers that the c...
2013 Local Government Elections - Irregularities in Kāpiti Coast District Election Process - Open Letter
August 2013
Dear Electoral Officer,I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation. Simpson Grierson, Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) legal advisers, have informed Council that > where the Council is required to use its legal name (eg: because legislation requires it), Ka...
Rabbits in Russia Find No Haven
Rabbits in Russia Find No Haven, Despite Support From the West. Page A1 New York Times 12 August 2013 If this article were published in a newspaper based in Russia, it could be labeled 18+ like an X-rated movie and start with the following disclaimer: "This article ...
Evans plans new Notice Board site
August 2013
It seems divine intervention may be being KCDC at bay from social issues campaigner Dale Evans and his highly visible Notice Board at the Kāpiti Lights."May I say one would think it is the pressure from Council opposition or could it be from above (God's will) with regard to my N...
A Taste of France in Waikanae
August 2013
Waikanae enjoyed a Taste of France with the recent Wine Auction and Long Lunch organised by the local branch of the Labour Party.Held at the Waikanae Senior Citizens Hall the auction and lunch is becoming a popular annual event and was again very well attended.Local member Bruce ...
New Ōtaki website launched
August 2013
Ōtaki Labour's new website was launched this week by Annette King MP at a function attended by Labour Party members and supporters in Ōtaki. Annette King is Labour's Buddy MP for the Ōtaki electorate.The website can be found at www.otaki-labour.org.nz "We see it as an 'online...
Build the Dam says mayoral candidate
August 2013
Mayoral candidate Jackie Elliott says the only negative reaction she has received in relation to building a Dam has come from the current mayor and a few other candidates. "The fact is we need a long-term solution to our water supply needs. Up to now we have had a success...
200 Turns 100 - 200 Square Hits 100 Sales
August 2013
200 Square, New Zealand's first online real estate agency, is celebrating reaching 100 unconditional sales, several of which were in Kāpiti. Over the past two years 200 Square has sold over $38 million worth of residential property in Kāpiti and throughout New Zealand chargin...
NZ Association of Counsellors welcomes ERO report on Guidance and Counselling in Schools
August 2013
The NZ Association of Counsellors has welcomed the release of a study by the Education Review Office into guidance and counselling in schools.The report represents the findings from phase one of a two phase evaluation of the current provision of guidance and counselling in sc...
Bee Aware Month Love Our Kāpiti Bees
August 2013
August is Bee Aware Month and the National Beekeepers Association is urging the government to take the threat to bees much more seriously.Bees account for over 5 billion dollars of New Zealand's economy through the pollination of crops and honey exports.But bees are under...

 
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Students to get on the ground access to regions top business minds
August 2013
The Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS) Committee has teamed up with Victoria University and Grow Wellington to introduce a new initiative that will see students gain onsite industry experience as part of their studies by interviewing the region's top business minds.The 'stra...
It is Spring in Kāpiti....
August 1
Not sure about the rest of the planet, but it is Spring in Kāpiti.With climate change and seasonal disorder and endless summers and wicked winters, let's just claim Spring to be from August 1. The trees seem to think so and there are daffodils out and the occasional lamb in the p...
Pants on Fire!
Simon Prast
Simon BridgesMember of ParliamentTaurangaDear SimonI felt I just had to write to you to express my disgust at your second placement in this year's Durex Sexiest Politician Poll. I have always suspected political polls were rigged in this country but now I have pro...
Wellington Regional Council offices closed to public
July 2013
Wellington Regional Council offices in Wakefield St remain closed to the public today as engineers continue to assess the building. Structural engineers have indicated that while the building structure as a whole has not sustained significant damage following Sunday eveni...
LWTC Kāpitis Own Ski Club / Has Your Class Been Yet?
July 2013
Four hundred Kāpiti Coast and Horowhenua residents are the coowners of the Levin Waiopehu Tramping Club ski lodge on Mount Ruapehu. The lodge sleeps 32 in warm carpeted bunkrooms and sits with brilliant sweeping views just six minutes walk above the Whakapapa ski field car park....
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 a cat in Kāpiti without hitting a Poet so here is a chance for a local to have a crack at the big one.The award celebrates outstanding contributions to New Zeal...
Elliott says building Kāpiti Dam is core business
July 2013
"Water supply and waste water management are the core business o