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Jan 2018
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...

 
Dec 2017
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Kapiti Schools Bring Christmas Joy To Coastlands
December 9, 2017
Kapiti 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...
Paekakariki Hill Crash - three injured
December 12, 2017
A two-car crash on the southern side of the Paekakariki 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...
Maoriland Digital Workshop in Otaki
December 12, 2017
This Thursday an Otaki 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...
Kapiti Foodbank collection ‘best in years'
December 11, 2017
The Christmas spirit arrived early this year for Foodbank, with the Combined Lions of Kapiti and Otaki 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...
Kapiti Life-Saving Equipment Installed
December 10, 2017
Saving lives in the community just got a whole lot easier with the installation of three more AEDs in Kapiti this week.One of Kapiti Rotary's projects this year has been to install Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) around the Kapiti District. This week there have been...
North Pole Express Sleighs Kapiti
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 Kapiti.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...
Kapiti Council sets priorities for social funding
December 11, 2017
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast community. From next year, not-for-profit organisations offering social services in the Kapiti di...
Car crashes into Paraparaumu House
December 10, 2017
At approximately 11:30pm on Saturday 9th December Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Mayor being a non-Profit Prophet
December 9, 2017
A week is a long time in politics. Last week Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti
Saturday evening will see about 1500 Kapiti people singing out loud in the Carols by the Sea concert in the grounds of Kapiti School.Carols by the Sea has been a tradition in Kapiti 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
Kapiti Council says no water restrictions here
December 7, 2017
While the rest of New Zealand imposes water restrictions or prepares to, the Kapiti Council is adamant no such restrictions will be required locally.The Council says Kapiti 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 10.00am The 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 Kapiti 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 Paekakariki Hill
December 3, 2017
A person has received critical injuries and a helicopter is responding after a crash on Paekakariki Hill Rd in Pauatahanui.A man has been flown to hospital with critical injuries after a crash on Paekakariki Hill Rd in Pauatahanui.Police were called to the crash, between a car an...
Kapiti Food Fair Hits the Spot
December 3, 2017
Over 15,000 visitors turned out for yesterday's Kapiti Food Fair for what is now the largest event on the Coast and further enhanced Kapiti's rapidly growing reputation as a great place for outdoor events. Helene Judge runs the event as part of her Kapiti Business Projects alo...
Kapiti Festival Attracts Thousands
December 1, 2017
The recent Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Jazz Festival in Full Swing
December 1, 2017
Kapiti'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...
November’s big dry - Otaki 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...

 
Nov 2017
Christmas Gift for Free Ambulance in Kapiti
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 Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti gets new Regs Manager
November 28, 2017
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Rotary Trailer Raffle Winners
November 27, 2017
The Jacques Family of Paraparaumu are the winners of the annual Trailer Raffle conducted by the Rotary Club of Kapiti. 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
November 27, 2017
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...
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti features in Kiwi Business Heroes Awards for 2017
November 28, 2017
Local businesses NZ Proud Property Maintenance and Signcraft Kapiti have finished runners-up in the Web Genius Kiwi Business Heroes Awards for 2017. The Kiwi Business Heroes Awards are run each year by Kapiti-based web marketing firm Web Genius, with entry open to all the comp...
Kapiti valuations jump 37% - not reflected in Rates
November 26, 2017
Steve Wilson of Kapiti 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 Kapiti the local rates are based primarily on L...
Kapiti valuations jump 37% - not reflected in Rates
November 26, 2017
Steve Wilson of Kapiti 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 Kapiti the local rates are based primarily on ...
Otaki Writers to hold chat session
November 27, 2017
Otaki 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 Kapiti calls for Option 1
November 24, 2017
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast District Council's Strategy and Policy Committee yesterday voted to recommend that the Council allow Easter Sunday trading in the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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
November 21, 2017
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 ...
Kapiti Jazz Festival
November 21, 2017
Geoff Culverwell, Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Women's Expo Draws Crowds
19 November, 2017
The recent Kapiti Women's Expo held at the Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Beach Patrols to Start
November 17, 2018
The Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Vaulters Christmas Show
November 16, 2017
The Kapiti 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 Otaki Beach
16 November, 2017
Tony Fluerty reportsPanic has broken out in Otaki, 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 Otaki, which enjoys friendly...
Trumpets and Voices with Kapiti Chorale
November 17, 2017
UPDATE: The Kapiti Chorale/Kapiti 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 Kapiti Rd Paraparaumu.Christmas is Coming and Kapiti Chorale and Kapiti Brass Band are combining for...
Launch of Kapiti 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 Otaki
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 Kapiti Commuter Trains on Thursday and no Bus Replacements
November 14, 2017
Rail and Maritime Transport Union general secretary Wayne Butson. Photo by MICHAEL BEAUMONT Kapiti roads are likely to be clogged on Thursday. Kapiti 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 Otaki stretch starts
November 14, 2017
Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 Kapiti food sellers about implementing changes required under the n...
Kapiti's Marcus Ebbett takes Art to Town
November 13, 2017
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Youthquest closure avoidable
November 12, 2017
The Nikau Foundation shares the Kapiti Coast community's shock at the announcement of the liquidation of Youthquest Kapiti. However according to Liz Koh, Deputy Chair of Nikau Foundation, this closure could have been avoided with more charitable funding from within the Kapiti ...
Driving and Riding the Rightway in Kapiti
November 12, 2017
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. Kapiti based Rightway Driving Academy has been in operation since May this year and offers drivi...
Driving and Riding the Rightway in Kapiti
November 12, 2017
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Farewells Dave Chapman
November 12, 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast District Council is letting Maclean Park users know that six large pohutukawa trees have recently died and will need to be remov...
Kapiti Coast Festival set for Great Day
November 13, 2017
The weather forecast for Saturday says the sun will be shining on the Kapiti Coast Festival being held at Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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.Kapiti'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 Kapiti
November 9, 2017
A group of friends are forming a biodiesel co-op in Kapiti, 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 Kapiti in Liquidation
November 7, 2017
Youthquest Kapiti has closed its doors after announcing voluntary liquidation this week. John Granville, Chair of Youthquest Kapiti 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...
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 Kapiti
November 1, 2017
Police have found a missing Wellington man in on the Kapiti 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 Kapiti.Police say that are grateful to the media and members...

 
Oct 2017
Contouring made easy...
November 1, 2017
Award Winner Glen Mattingley Values BNI
November 1, 2017
The concept of BNI (Business Network International) is very popular in Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti beaches
October 24, 2017
Kapiti 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 MMP There's one mince and cheese pie left in the shop it costs $5 Bill has $4.50 Jacinda has $3.70 Winston has 70c James has 60c and David has 5c No one has enough money to buy the pie by themselves but Jacinda, Winston and J...
Council to Remove Collapsed Bridge Debris
October 23, 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Rotary
October 23, 2017
A recent guest speaker at the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti House Values Increase Average of 37 Percent
October 21, 2017
The average house value in the Kapiti 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 Kapiti district. The new rating valuations h...
Police chase through Kapiti ends with tyres spiked in Levin
October 21, 2017
A Dukes of Hazard style police chase from Wainuiomata, through Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Otaki 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...
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
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Brewers
October 18, 2017
Kapiti'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...
Otaki Pedestrian Has Died from Injuries
October 16, 2017
Update on pedestrian hit in Otaki last weekMonday, 16 October 2017 - 2:16pm Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan, Palmerston North C.I.B says Police attended a crash on SH1 Otaki, north of Wellington on Saturday 14th of October, where a pedestrian was struck and injured. ...
UPDATE 6pm Serious Crash in Otaki - Saturday
October 14, 2017
"UPDATE 6pm- Serious crash at Otaki"Diversions in place for the serious crash at Otaki 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 ...
UPDATE 6pm Serious Crash in Otaki - Saturday
October 14, 2017
"UPDATE - Serious crash at Otaki"Diversions in place for the serious crash at Otaki 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 Kapiti Business Breakfast
November 1, 2017
Not one single country, anywhere in the world, is corruption-free – true or false? Electra Kapiti Business Breakfast address by Dr Michael Macaulay, Victoria University.Wednesday 8 November 2017 7.15am to 8.45am Southward Car Museum $25 (incl GST) per person The Elect...
Historic Bridge Collapses in Reikorangi
October 12, 2017
The Kapiti 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...
Kapiti hosts Age and Work Seminars
October 11, 2017
Kapiti Business Projects was kept on its toes last week as it ran the Age & Work seminars from 3-5 Oct in association with Kapiti Coast District Council and the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce. Geoff Pearman of Partners in Change was our speaker - an experienced manager, facilitato...
Kapiti Tui enjoys a bit of local Bottle Brush
October 11, 2017
Kapiti Tui enjoys a bit of local Bottle Brush. Another stunning photo of the Tui that are seen in their hundreds in Kapiti. It seems every street has a healthy population of tui. Many thanks for the Photo by Karl Webber...
UPDATE: Missing Kapiti Man Found
October 7, 2017
UPDATE: Missing Kapiti Man Found....... UPDATE: 10.30PM Saturday 7 October "Missing Kapiti man found" The 51-year-old Kapiti 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 Kapiti's Shared Paths
November, 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Man Found.......
October 6, 2017
UPDATE: 10.30PM Saturday 7 October"Missing Kapiti man found " The 51-year-old Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Expressway Springs a Leak
October 6, 2017
After further testing it is now revealed that 14 kilometres of the 18km Kapiti 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 Kapiti Lions Monster Bookfair
October 6, 2017
This year's Kapiti Lions Monster Bookfair is on Saturday and Sunday the 14th and 15th of October.This is one of Kapiti'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
October 6, 2017
Local Waikanae resident, Professor David Mellor provided a stimulating address on Horse Welfare to the Kapiti 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 ...
Paekakariki Death leads to Manslaughter Charge
October 6, 2017
On Sunday, March 19, during a beautiful morning in Paekakariki, 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 Paekakariki street she was struck by a wayward car coming from her opposite direction....
Paraparaumu School Fair
November 14, 2017

 
Sep 2017
Wild weather - Caution for Kapiti
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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Playcentre Garage Sale 2 Hira Street 7:30am-12pm Saturday...
No Change for local MPs
September 25, 2017
The current three MPs from the Otaki 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 Kapiti Peforming Arts Centre
September 25, 2017
Raumati retailers and hospitality are stepping up to support a massive fundraising drive to build the $10million Kapiti 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 WHERE Select 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 Otaki 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 ...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti CEO
Editor Firstly -I wish current, and departing Kapiti 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 Kapiti. 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...
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Expressway - Lane Closures
September 18, 2017
ROADWORKS - SH1 KAPITI EXPRESSWAY – TUE 19-THU 21 SEPTEMBER This week there will be lane closures on the Kapiti Expressway. From 8am on Tuesday 19 September there will be a 48 hour southbound lane closure between Otaihanga Bridge and Kapiti 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
Kapiti Chief Executive in Sudden Resignation
October 1, 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Business Awards
14 September, 2017
Nikau Foundation says it is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the Sustainability Achievement Award at the 2017 Kapiti Electra Business Awards. The awards, to be held on the 27th October, recognise achievement and excellence in the business sector from Kapiti 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 Kapiti, 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 Kapiti 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 2017 7.15am to 8.45am Southward Car Museum $25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti is delighted to be hosting in Association with Kapiti 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 Editor In the last local Kapiti 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 Otaki MP
September 12, 2017
Labour candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when current Otaki MP Nathan Guy told a packed public meeting, hosted by the Otaki 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 Kapiti - Celebrates Father's Day
September 7, 2017
On Father's Day Hoop Club Kapiti held their annual "Kids vs Dads" games at Hoop Club in Paraparaumu and in Otaki. 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...
Kapiti set for a New Breed of Entrepreneurs
September 7, 2017
A New Breed of Entrepreneurs – Make way for the Senior Entrepreneur Thursday 5 October, 10.30am to 12pm Light refreshments on arrival Venue: Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf & Pavilion, Paraparaumu Cost: All welcome, freeThe Kapiti Chamber of Commerce, in association wit...
Hey Kapiti - 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti
September 7, 2017
Otaki MP Nathan Guy is welcoming a major extension of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) into new areas across Kapiti 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
September 7, 2017
Tinkerbell flutters over Kapiti
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...
Kapiti Easter Sunday Trading up for discussion
September 3, 2017
From Monday 4 September, Kapiti residents now have the opportunity to be heard about whether Easter Sunday shop trading should be allowed on the Kapiti Coast.Last week the Auckland City Council rejected the possibility of lifting the ban that prohibits certain retailers from trad...
Kapiti economy heads Wellington region
September 3, 2017
The Kapiti 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%...
Kapiti LED way on lighting
September 3, 2017
The future looks bright for Kapiti 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 Otaki added to Kapiti Recycling Area
September 3, 2017
Collection zones for kerbside recycling in Te Horo and Otaki have been extended. Licensed operators will now collect materials for recycling from the roads between Otaki 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...
Kapiti Fashion, Food and Fun for Arts Centre
September 1, 2017
The invitation is out to take part in a great Kapiti 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
Kapiti is the Creative Coast
29 August, 2017
Kapiti has long been known as a haven for creative people, whether that be in the arts, industry or education. Peter Jackson went to Kapiti College and later returned to make movies here (scenes from Lord of the Rings) - why is this important - well Kapiti has never leveraged ...
Infometrics shows Kapiti economy booming
August 29, 2017
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed a new report showing Kapiti's economy is booming with strong growth, increased tourism numbers and a big jump in building consents. Mr Guy says the building of the Kapiti Expressway is still having a significant impact on the local economy. ...
Kapiti Coast Business Network - All Welcome
August 29, 2017
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Kapiti Coast Business Network:Date: Monday 11 September 2017 Time: 5.15pm to 7pm Venue: Club Vista 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach No need to register Just arrive No entry charge Bar charges apply Informa...
New Book marks 25 years of Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust
August 28, 2017
This year marks 25 years since the Paekakariki 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 services business structures income tax expenses you can claim good bookkeeping tips GST, and more.Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Str...
Kapiti Youth put politicians in the hot seat
August 28, 2017
A youthful audience of 70 turned out to the recent Kapiti Youth Service (KYS) election candidates' debate in Paraparaumu. KYS, in conjunction with Youth Quest and the Kapiti Coast Youth Council, hosting the informal afternoon billed as "Pizza, Pals & Politics." In the rela...
Kapiti sees decrease in Official Info Requests
Editor Is 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 2017 7.15am to 8.45am Southward Car Museum $25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti 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 - Kapiti Edition
August 26, 2017
Big crowds braved the cool weather to take part in the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti - 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 Kapiti 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 Otaki Candidate
August 25, 2017
Party leader Winston Peters has announced Romuald Rudzki will be the New Zealand First candidate in Otaki 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...
Kapiti Coast Festival set to shine
August 23, 2017
Philip Harris of Mary Potter Hospice is enthusiastic about the prospects for this year's Kapiti Coast Festival which incorporates the Mary Potter Hospice Kapiti Strawberry Festival. The Kapiti Coast Festival will be held at the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Otaki electorate
August 24, 2017
At last night's Kapiti 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...
Kapiti gets youth Work Ready
August 23, 2017
Work Ready Kapiti 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 Kapiti.Work Ready Kapiti is a not-for-profit, committed to helping 16-25 year olds transition i...
Mobility Scooter death in Otaki
August 23, 2017
Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a car and a mobility scooter in Otaki 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.
August 25, 2017
"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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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!Kapiti'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! Kapiti'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 Kapiti
August 17, 2017
Kapiti Youth Support, in conjunction with Youth Quest and the Kapiti 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 Kapiti Primary School
August 16, 2017
Quiz Night - for Sweden bound students
August 16, 2017
Meet the Election Candidates in Kapiti
August 15, 2017
Kapiti Greypower have announced a schedule of meetings for the public to attend to meet candidates standing for the upcoming general election for both the Otaki and Mana electorates.Meetings will be held at Otaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu Beach and Raumati Beach.All political partie...
Meet the Election Candidates in Kapiti
August 15, 2017
Kapiti Greypower have announced a schedule of meetings for the public to attend to meet candidates standing for the upcoming general election for both the Otaki and Mana electorates.Meetings will be held at Otaki, 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 Kapiti 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
August 14, 2017
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. Afterno...
Parparaumu Country Music Club - Visitors Welcome
August 14, 2017
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...
Harpers Little Art Auction
August 13, 2017
Harpers Little Art Auction Southward Car Museum, Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast Saturday 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 Auction Southward Car Museum, Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast Saturday 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 Kapiti 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
August 13, 2017
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 eyes–Brown eyes" exercise. She first conducted her famous exercise for her class the day after Martin Luther Ki...
Young Masterminds in Kapiti
August 12, 2017
Students from Raumati South School have been crowned Junior team champions in the annual School Mastermind Competition, while a group from Paekakariki 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 Gallery’s first Artist in Residence
August 11, 2017
Wellington artist Paul Forrest has become Mahara Gallery's first Artist in Residence contributing his Halo Effect – Nga Manu art works to the current exhibition of paintings on the environmental theme of "seed" by pupils of Raumati South Primary School. Paul is spending two we...
Wheel Stops on Brett Ambler Way
August 11, 2017
The Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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 Kapiti-Mana and Tasman areas. Police ...
Save the Date Kapiti - Coastella 2018
August 12, 2017
Kapiti Trams are Back in Business
August 10, 2017
Following a shut down in early June, the Wellington Tramway Museum, operators of the popular Kapiti 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 Kapiti - August 2017 - Get MESSY at Church
August, 2017
Kapiti Chamber Outlines Priorities For 2017 Election
August 9, 2017
Economic growth, infrastructure and youth employment are high on the Kapiti 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 Kapiti Councillor - UPDATE
August 8, 2017
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti'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...
Kapiti Mayor says message on Health is Clear
August 6, 2017
People are sending a clear message on health services needed in Kapiti says Mayor K Gurunathan. "The Kapiti Health Coalition launched their petition for a Kapiti Community Hospital on 12 July and already more than 14,000 people (27% of the Kapiti population) have signed and si...
Australian High Commissioner visits Kapiti Rotary
August 7, 2017
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand His Excellency Peter Woolcott, visited with the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Teens Tip Ardern
August 4, 2017
On Sunday, July 30th there was a discussion held by the Kapiti Labour Committee at the Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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, Kapiti. Police are still at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Realm Drive, Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Attracting International Brands
August 1, 2017
Several international businesses have announced their arrival into Kapiti, 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...
Otaki candidate endorses Labour leadership
August 1, 2017
Otaki 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 Paekakariki
August 1, 2017
Local singer/songwriter Charlotte Kerrigan is set to release her EP Metaphor in a gig at St Peters Hall in Paekakariki 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
Kapiti Hospital - where is the money coming from
Editor, Can we really afford a Hospital in Kapiti when the Government Health system is in debt to the tune of $2.1 Billion dollars. Our Kapiti 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, Kapiti.Police are still at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Realm Drive, Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti - 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) 3.30-8.30pm The night will feature the Paraparaumu Barbershop chorus (they are superb) and quartets, food trucks and local musicians. Entry is Free....
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Expressway needs a snooze button
30 July, 2017
Earlier this week a group of sleep deprived Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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.......
Kapiti has say on Easter Trading
29 July, 2017
Kapiti Council is asking the community to express their views on an Easter Sunday Trading policy for Kapiti.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 Kapiti 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 Paekakariki.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 Kapiti 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: Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast, on 24 July. Police now have reason t...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast.Work Ready Kapiti, a joint initiative between The Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, The Kapiti Coast District Council and The Youth Employ...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti politicians are seeking reassurance the same anti-democratic activity is not happening here.Guy Burns (Deputy Chair) and Berni...
Kapiti Dog Registrations due by end of July
24 July, 2017
The Kapiti Coast District Council's animal management team is reminding Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Food Fair Growing Weekly
24 July, 2017
The Kapiti 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...
Kapiti'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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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...
Kapiti Signs controversies prompt policy
24 July, 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Businesses
22 July, 2017
Kapiti businesses will have the opportunity to hear first-hand about Air New Zealand's plans for Kapiti at a special business briefing being hosted next week by the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti WEA Spring Programme
August 10, 2017
The Kapiti WEA has announced its spring programme. July 29th Bryan Wells talks on the Battle of Waterloo at the Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, from 1.30 pm - 4 pm. Cost $30 ($20 for members)History - Battle of Waterloo With Bryan Wells on Saturday 29 Jul...
Kapiti Chamber business events coming up
20 July, 2017
We have compiled a summary of business events coming up with the Kapiti 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 Kapiti
19 July, 2017
AEDs are lifesavers and for many Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Umps awarded Life Memberships
August, 2017
At the recent Wellington Petanque Association's annual general meeting, two Kapiti residents were granted life membership.This is an honour for both long standing Kapiti Petanque members, Gwen Hill, a past President, and Jack Gazzard, who is a much sought after qualified umpire. ...
Meet the Otaki and Mana General Election Candidates
20 July, 2017
As we lead-up to the General Election on Saturday 23 September 2017, the Kapiti Chamber invites all local people to attend an event to hear views and thoughts from our local National and Labour Otaki 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 Kapiti
19 July, 2017
Startup Weekend is back for a second year in Kapiti. 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 Kapiti
19 July, 2017
What do Kapiti 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 Kapiti, 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Council this Saturday
19 July, 2017
Kapiti 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 6 John Adams: Excerpts from John's Book of Alleged Dances Gareth 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 Kapiti Rotary
18 July, 2017
Eddie Winkel passed over the chains of office to incoming President Vince Indo at the recent Changeover evening of the Kapiti 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 Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching Programme – Term 3, 2017
August, 2017
Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching Programme Restarts for Term 3 2017 Sunday 6 August and runs through to Sunday 24 September KCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu 9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 7 year olds 10.30 to 11.30am 8 to 10 year olds...
Kapiti Flood Risks Mapped by GWRC
17 July, 2017
With all of the recent rain, and the prospect of plenty more to fall, residents of Kapiti 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 Kapiti
16 July, 2017
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast where a group, with the support of the council, has been mee...
Historic wave of people for Kapiti
With 26% of its residents aged 65+, Kapiti 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 Kapiti - July 2017
July 2017
The Kapiti WEA has announced its spring programme. July 29th Bryan Wells talks on the Battle of Waterloo at the Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Regional Rate Rise – It could have been worse
16 July, 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 - Paekakariki.When: Sunday, 23rd July 2017, starting at 9:30am Duration: 2.5 hours Where: Queen Eliza...
Claims that Kapiti 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. Otaki Labour candidate Rob McCann says the Kapiti Council has caused a great deal of unnecessary angst following revelations that ...
Kapiti Award winners announced
14 July, 2017
Congratulations to the Wellington Airport Regional Community Award Winners for Kapiti that were announced this week. The Supreme Award went to Guardians of the Kapiti Marine Reserve. Their passionate volunteers promote the conservation and protection of the Kapiti Marine Reser...
Grey Power Kapiti - SuperPeople available here
8 July, 2017
Kapiti Grey Power produce a super magazine appropriately titled SuperPeople which is published quarterly and has plenty of news and views which impact Kapiti residents. The latest issue is available here by clicking on the PDF below.KCnews appreciates Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Horticulture to benefit from new agreement
14 July, 2017
Kapiti'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...
Kapiti serves up Bagrie for Breakfast
14 July, 2017
Guest speaker at the August 8 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti
10 July, 2017
Kapiti 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 'Kapiti Coast Highway'
8 July, 2017
After reading all 700plus renaming SH1 submissions, there is one standout name I will support - Kapiti Coast Highway -, says Kapiti'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...
Kapiti ready for Smart Travel Solution
9 July, 2017
Many Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Weather in the Month that Was
8 July, 2017
Murray 'The WeatherGuy' Eggers takes a look at how Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Chorale brings Schubert and Liszt en masse
7 July, 2017
Following an accomplished and moving Bruckner concert in May, Kapiti 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 première, 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Ball Player wins scholarship to Dartmouth
5 July, 2017
Isaac Letoa from Kapiti 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 Kapiti while he and brother Jordan were at Raumati Beach School, before they moved int...
Kapiti - 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 Kapiti residents
3 July, 2017
Otaki 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...
Kapiti Zeal hits funding jackpot
3 July, 2017
Zeal has secured almost $1,000,000 of funding to open their newest facility in Kapiti - 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 Kapiti College
1 July, 2017
Mike King, comedian and mental health educator, is coming to Kapiti College to do a Community Korero. Don't miss an opportunity to hear him talk here in Kapiti.Tickets $10 from Kapiti College Finance Office, KYS, and Paraparaumu College Office. All funds are donated to The Key to...
Kapiti Marine Reserve - 25 Years On
1 July, 2017
Looking back over the past 25 years since the opening of the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti sets sights on Long Term Plan
2 July, 2017
New environmental advocacy group Low Carbon Kapiti 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...
Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust Poetry Reading
3 July, 2017
Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust invites all to the final of the Station Sessions - poetry readings by local poets, as part of the current display of Poets and Writers of Paekakariki in the Station Museum.Sunday July 9 from 3-4pm, koha admission. Petticoat Junction has limited ...

 
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 Kapiti?
29 June, 2017
Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti Economic Development: Feast or Famine in Kapiti?Wednesday 5 July 2017 7.15am to 8.45am Southward Car Museum $25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti 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 Kapiti and it promises to be a sell out. Kapiti's hunters, bakers, fishers and farmers present the best of the region's cuisine. PartyPerfect Catering and Kapiti Business Projects bring you this interactive lunch focusin...
Coastella 2018 Artists Call
23 June, 2017
Coastella is a boutique music festival on the sunny Kapiti 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, ...
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Mayor Gurunathan urged to think again
Editor Kapiti 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 Kapiti - June 2017
June 2017
What's happening in Kapiti this June ...
Kapiti Volunteers celebrate a week to remember
21 June, 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti, 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 Kapiti guitarist and singer Peter Ware who will be performing live at Paraparaumu Restaurant Thai Kai. Peter is performing as a fundraiser for the Kapiti Youth Service KYS and is back after performing to a full house in May."Many thanks to all those w...
Have trouble with names?
16 June, 2017
Live Music at the Olive Grove Waikanae
16 June, 2017
Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast and ...
Education in Finland - leaves world behind
August, 2017
Kapiti 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.Kapiti 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 Kapiti music lovers are eagerly looking forward to their return. Led by internationally acclaimed sopran...
Kapiti has ‘rock star’ supermarket checker
June, 2017
Last night, Kapiti'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...
Kapiti Trainer takes on Men’s Health Week
14 June, 2017
Reality TV Personality and Kapiti Functional HIIT owner, Elise Niu is giving away free group training sessions in Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast," says Kapiti businessma...
New restaurant offers modern New Zealand cuisine in Kapiti
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...
Kapiti CE wins Civil Defence Award
12 June, 2017
Otaki MP and Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy has congratulated Kapiti 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 Paekakariki 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 Paekakariki.At 5am...
Kapiti's Ellie Chew is Riding High
12 June, 2017
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 Kapiti Coast. E...
End of Life Choice Bill an Election Issue
Editor Once 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
Editor Reg 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 Kapiti Playhouse
Editor Bravo Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Playhouse hits the mark with Homeland
11 June, 2017
What a superb play Homeland, performed at Kapiti Playhouse, was. From the moment Ken (Peter Carr), that frail and pathetic shadow of a man, stumbled onto the stage we were emotionally involved with him.Cold practicality demanded that he 'went into a home' even though his true 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
9 June, 2017
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 Kapiti
9 June, 2017
Kapiti'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
Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust would like to invite all to the fifth Station Sessions - poetry readings at Petticoat Junction, the tea rooms at the station, featuring poets in the current display of Paekakariki Writers at the Station Museum. Next, on Sunday 11 June, 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 ...
Kapiti Boomerang Bags are underway
6 June, 2017
The Kapiti 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: Kapiti '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 ...
Kapiti Coast Business Network
June 4, 2017
Connect & Network Kapiti Coast Business NetworkKapiti Coast Business Network: Mon 12 Jun 2017 Time: 5.15pm to 7pm Venue: Club Vista, Paraparaumu BeachThe Kapiti Coast Business Network operates under the umbrella of the Kapiti Chamber. It offers informal networking on the se...
Sidney on the Run for Kena Kena School
June 4, 2017
The youngest member of the Kapiti 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 Kapiti Chamber Chair Slams new Economic Development Leadership
June, 2017
Former Chair of the Kapiti 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 Kapiti is essential bu...
Kapiti invited to drop-in Session
5 June, 2017
Over the past few weekends, the Kapiti Coast District Council has teamed up with Red Cross, local Civil Defence volunteers, Volunteer Kapiti and other community groups to help Kapiti get tsunami ready. Door-knocking in the Waikanae and Peka Peka tsunami zones is complete and now ...
Paekakariki Connection Track Made Safer
June, 2017
Work will begin next week on the first stage of the Paekakariki Connection Track, a gravel walkway that aims to provide a safer walkway between Paekakariki 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 - Paekakariki Express Great Tries
June 4, 2017
Christian Mathias Cullen aka The Paekakariki 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 Kapiti
June 4, 2017
We are called the Kapiti Coast for good reason...our towns are largely coastal. Climate change is already having a major impact on the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Family Express lets off steam
2 June, 2017
Bring the family to ride on our Kapiti 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 Paekakariki. The round trip will take just under one hour. D...
Housing Crisis Happening right here in Kapiti
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 Otaki, 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 Kapiti Celebrates with Big Birthday Bash in Paraparaumu
1 June, 2017
Big Birthday Bash: This June marks one year of Baby Sensory classes in Kapiti & Palmerston North and Baby Sensory Kapiti – Manawatu is hosting a party to celebrate. The Kapiti event will be on Sunday 11th June at Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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: Kapiti Road between Arawhata Road and Rimu Road Kapiti Road between Arco Place and Friendship Plac...
Waitohu Valley Road to be Widened
June, 2017
Work to widen Waitohu Valley Road in Otaki 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...
Kapiti Council comes knocking
26 May, 2016
A reminder for Waikanae and Peka Peka residents who live in the tsunami evacuation zones. This Sunday the Kapiti Coast District Council will be door-knocking with help from Red Cross, Volunteer Kapiti, WREMO and MCDEM to help Kapiti get tsunami ready. Once we've finished door-kno...
Speaking out on Proposed Road Names
Editor The group including myself that recommended new names for SH1 through Kapiti 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 Kapiti placenames offered
Editor Can I offer a solution to the debate on whether to give the old Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti 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...
Otaki sees red over Health
May 2017
Otaki was seeing red on the weekend with dozens of Labour supporters delivering flyers for an Otaki health services meeting being held in Otaki next week.Labour candidate Rob McCann says the voluntary effort was enormous and all of Otaki was covered."Interest is very high in the ...
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Business Awards Welcomes New Board Members
May 2017
Business Kapiti Horowhenua ('BKH'), the organisation responsible for organising and running the Electra Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards, welcomed two new members to the Board at its recent AGM.Chairman of Business Kapiti Horowhenua Mark Ternent says Brendan Duffy and Chris Barb...
Kapiti US Marines Trust set for Memorial Day
May 2017
Monday 29th May is (American) Memorial Day and Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Hightide Building Community with Creativity
May 2017
Walking into Hightide Café on Paraparaumu Beach felt like one of those serendipitous moments that life gives away every now and then. The café 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Pink Ribbon Breakfast.Organiser Debbie Martin says this breakfast is the one previously hosted by HMC Kapiti."I feel it is a fantastic event and sadly Kelly and Amber were not in a p...
Film-making Workshop for Otaki 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 Otaki 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 Panel Bernard 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 ...
Kapiti Councillor arrested on Indecent Assault charge
May 18, 2017
Kapiti Councillor David Scott has been arrested for indecent assault on a Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti's AJ Crawshaw EP Release
May 2017
Kapiti 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 Otaki
May 2017
Labour's Otaki electorate candidate Rob McCann is hosting a public meeting to discuss Health Services in Otaki.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, Otaki....
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
Otaki MP tops list of property owners
May 2017
Otaki 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,...
Kapiti writer Mandy Hager to Launch New Novel
May 2017
The launch of Mandy Hager`s new historical novel for adults, Heloise, will take place on Wednesday 31 May, 7pm in Paraparaumu Library meeting room.Mandy is a multi award winning author and ...
Rotary hand up for Kapiti Arts Centre
May 2017
At a recent Paraparaumu Rotary Club meeting president Marion Patchett presented Kapiti College principal Tony Kane with a cheque for $10,000 towards the building of the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre.This is in addition to $30,000 presented last year being funds generated from the...
Kapiti cabbages and kings
Dear Editor, How very worthy of Mayor Gurunathan to "think it's a good opportunity to stand out" for Otaki township gaining bilingual status. I encourage the Otaki residents and all New Zealanders to insist our Mayor and Councillors ensure that Bilingual Signs are correctly p...
Kapiti Cabbages and Kings
May 2017
The following is an Opinion piece from Martin Warriner How very worthy of Mayor Gurunathan to "think it's a good opportunity to stand out" for Otaki township gaining bilingual status. I encourage the Otaki residents and all New Zealanders to insist our Mayor and Councillors en...
Putting Kapiti to Sleep
May 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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 Kapiti Address Update
May 2017
The Anglican Parish of Kapiti 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 Kapiti, PO Box 32, Paraparaumu 5254 Tel 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 Kapiti 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 room Murder in the Library ...
Waikanae Club EGM
May 2017
NOTICE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING (EGM)Details of MeetingDate: Sunday 11th June 2017 Time: 2.00pm Location: Waikanae Chartered ClubThe Executive Committee In accordance with Clause 20.1 of the Waikanae Chartered Clu...
Kapiti 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 silence I'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 Otaki
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 Kapiti
May 2017
With the general election not that far away candidates and parties are out vying for the public vote and visiting Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Council
May 2017
Dale Evans, famous for inventing ways to rile the Kapiti 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 Kapiti Council ...
Accelerated Performance Fast Track Programme
May 2017
Accelerated Performance Fast Track Programme 9:30 – 2:30pm Tuesday 9 May 2017 Kapiti Collective The Pier 7A/32A Howell Road Paraparaumu BeachBuckle up and prepare yourself for a jam packed, action filled day.This fast paced, result focused one day workshop will pro...
Invite to Kapiti Chamber Network Meeting
May 2017
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Kapiti Coast Business Network Date: Monday 8 May 2017 Time: 5.15pm to 7pm Venue: Club Vista 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachNo need to register, Just arrive. No entry charge Bar charges apply Informal A...
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...
Paekakariki Station Precinct Poetry Readings
Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust would like to invite all to the fourth Station Sessions - poetry readings at Petticoat Junction, the tea rooms at the station, featuring poets in the current display of Paekakariki Writers at the Station Museum. Next, on Sunday 14 May, Helen ...
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...
Kapiti Basketballers Shoot for Las Vegas
May 2017
Two Kapiti Basketball Players, Victor Allen – Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Run for Youth raises $12,257.50 for youth of Kapiti
May 2017
The Web Genius Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Run for Youth raises $12,257.50 for youth of Kapiti
May 2017
The Web Genius Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Bulb Flowering can be timed for Special Occasions
May 2017
For Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Annual Plan draws 131 Submissions at close
May 2017
The submission period for the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti.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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Launch
May 2017
You are invited to attend … BIZ BUDDY NETWORX KAPITI LAUNCH EVENING TUESDAY 9th MAY 2017 Venue: High Tide Café, Paraparaumu Beach Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Cost: $15 for nibbles and your first drink. (wine, beer, orange juice, tea, coffee) You w...
Take part in Kapiti 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...
Kapiti focus for Road Safety Week
May 2017
Get the child restraints in your car checked out next Thursday (11 May).The Kapiti Council, with The Warehouse and Kapiti 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 Kapiti’s economic future
May 2017
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti Economic Development Leadership Group has been set up to assist the Council to deliver ...
New look for Kapiti Lights coming soon
May 2017
Kapiti Lights is about to get a makeover with work to upgrade the area commencing next week. The Kapiti 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 Kapiti Expressway. ...
Kapiti ready for World Naked Gardening Day on May 7th
March 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti but the forecast for Sunday the 7th is for a sunny day.World...

 
Apr 2017
Kapiti businesses to be impacted by tax changes
May 2017
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Food Fair Celebrity Chef Announced
May 2017
The Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Island Helicopter Mystery Solved
April 2017
For those who have been wondering about the large number of helicopter trips to and from Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Rotary Firewood Sale
May 28, 2017
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 7pm A 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...
Kapiti ANZAC Day Services 2017
April 2017
Dawn servicesOtaki Fall in at 5.45am at Ōtaki Memorial Hall. March to Memorial Park for service and wreath laying at 6am. Paraparaumu Fall 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 ...
Kapiti Emergency Contacts
April 2017
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...
Claims Kapiti Councillor victimised
The Editor Smears 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...
Kapiti 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 ...
Paekakariki Arts Show on Anzac Weekend
April 2017
Waikanae Club host Gary and Tim
April 2017
Kapiti not immune from Housing Crisis
April 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast.Recent research date shows the depth of the issue and...
Otaki ideal as bilingual town
April 2017
The Maori Party is backing a move to declare Otaki 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 Otaki is a shining example because of the way the creation of Te Wananga o Raukawa created a larg...
Zeal Kapiti 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 Kapiti invention! There will also be a signup sheet to work with some epic Kapiti Musicians over the week, with a gig happening on Saturday night 22 A...
ANZAC Day at Waikanae Club
April 2017
Curtain Bank returns to Otaki
April 2017
Wellington Curtain Bank is returning to Otaki 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' birthday April 28, 2017 at 11am-2pm Mahara Gallery, WaikanaeExhibition Curator Victoria Robson floortalk on Frances Hodgkins' birthday, 28 April at 11am, all welcome, entry free.This exhibition and its illustrated catalogue ...
Will Airport Extension Take Off
April 2017
The Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti 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 2017 7.15am to...
New Finance Minister to meet Kapiti businesses
April 2017
Hon Steven Joyce will make his first visit to Kapiti as Finance Minister next week to speak to Kapiti based businesses, ahead of his first Budget in May.The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Minister at Southwards Car Museum on Wednesday the 26th of April, with ticke...
Chills hit Paekakariki
April 2017
On the Lighter side
April 2017
Kapiti's Book Island Celebrates Five Years
April 2017
"Can you believe it's been five years since we started up Book Island on the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Free Ambulance Service gets new Chief
April 2017
Wellington Free Ambulance service which covers the Kapiti 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
Editor Where 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 ...
Kapiti Expressway Noise - Residents want a fair go
April 2017
A new community group in Kapiti was formed at the weekend by residents who are hurting from the noise of the new Kapiti expressway.Spokesman for the group, Nick Fisher said, "Residents who are in close proximity of the new Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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 ...
Kapiti Coast Applications welcome for Scholarship
April 2017
Kapiti 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 Ensemble’s 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, ...
Kapiti BA5 with Steven Joyce
April 2017
BA5 with Hon Steven Joyce The Kapiti 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 2017 Time: 5.15pm to 6.45pm Venue: So...
New classrooms for Waikanae School great news
Otaki 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 Kapiti 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 recently This gives Tom Henderson his 2nd title, John Evans his 6th and Kiro Rokotakaka and Grahame Harris their 1st Centre Title. ...
Otaki 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 Otaki."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 Kapiti
April 2017
Wednesday 3 May we have USA Coach Rewi Thompson coming out to Kapiti to run a Basketball Coaching Clinic for Coaches.Date – Wednesday 3 May Where - Kapiti College Gym, Margaret Road, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu Time - 5.00 pm to 7.00pm Coach Rewi will be focusing on the ...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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 Paekakariki
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 Paekakariki at St Peter's Hall, Saturday May 13th , 8pm.They will be bringing their genre defying eccentric multi-instrumental experimental cabare...
Kapiti Coast Grey Power AGM
April 2017
Kapiti Coast Grey Power Association Annual General Meeting This is a reminder that the Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Council Plan gets a Refresh
April 2017
Over the last couple of weekends dozens of Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Council wins SOLGM Award
April 2017
The Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Hunters warned of risks during roar
April 2017
Many keen Kapiti 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.Kapiti 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
April 2017
The Civilian reports Tonight, 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
April 2017
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 w...
Kapiti Feedback wanted on Community Facilities
April 2017
Feedback is being sought on a draft Community Facilities Strategy that was developed with community input. The Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Cardiac Club provide rest stop
April 2017
The Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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
Editor It 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 Kapiti’s Netball Community
April 2017
Coastlands has extended its sponsorship of Coastlands Netball Kapiti 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
Kapiti hosts Regional Basketball Tournament
March 2017
KBA Jnr College Regional Basketball Tournament – Saturday 1 April This Saturday the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards Provide Real Commercial Value
April 2017
Entries for the 2017 Electra Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Business Network for April
March 2017
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Kapiti Coast Business Network.No need to register Just arrive No entry charge Bar charges apply Informal All welcome Second Monday each month (except January) Short business profiles presentedNo requi...
Kapiti to have continued health care access
March 2017
People in Kapiti 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...
Kapiti generous for Red Puppy Appeal
March 2017
Kapiti collectors reported a generous response to the Blind Foundation's Red Puppy Appeal.Marilyn Wilkinson of Paraparaumu was one of the collectors in Kapiti."People were very generous and we are so pleased with the support. It is a great cause and the Appeal has been very succe...
Otaki Kite Festival Takes Off
March 2017
Come fly with us at the Otaki Kite Festival held annually at our stunning Otaki Beach on the Kapiti Coast, just one hour's drive north of Wellington. 2017 will be the 5th kite festival presented by the Otaki Promotions Group Inc.Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March 2017 – kites flyi...
Kapiti Boomers Aging Well
March 2017
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Council subsidy for menacing dogs
March 2017
Subsidised desexing and microchipping of dogs with a menacing classification is being offered by the Kapiti 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 Kapiti, a locally owned dealership for the national telecommunications and digital company Spark, will move from its ...
Kapiti Run for Youth has a cracker day
March 2017
The Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) took place on Sunday 19 March. "The weather was a truly amazing Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Petanque Club celebrate St Patrick’s 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 Kapiti Meeting
March 2017
Meeting notice: Low Carbon Kapiti kick off Sunday 19 March 2017, 2:00 - 4:00pm, Kapiti Community Centre. This meeting is to discuss the proposal to form a new group ('Low Carbon Kapiti'). The people gathered at this meeting will decide if and how to take the proposal ...
Kapiti Celebrates FUSION
March 2017
Te Newhanga Kapiti Community Centre shared their event. Sponsored · FUSION showcases Kapiti's diverse cultures via performance, music, food, activities, traditional displays and much, much more! Come along and experience the different cultures that make Kapiti such a great...
St Patrick's Day in Kapiti
March 2017
St Patrick's Day The Social, 8 Kapiti Lights, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast Friday 17 March 2017 4:00pm – 12:00am Restrictions:R18 Ticket Information: Admission: FreeCome celebrate St Patrick's Day at The Social with traditional Irish music from Nigel Parry, live from ...
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 Kapiti
March 17, 2017
Photography Doctorate Pioneer to Exhibit at Mahara Gallery
March 2017
Kapiti Coast photographer Mizuho Nishioka, who last year became the first person in New Zealand to complete a PhD in photography, will exhibit her work at Mahara Gallery in Waikanae from Tuesday 14 March.Her exhibition, MachineTime_NatureTime, which will be on display in Mahara's...
Keeping your Mind on the Job
March 2017
Wednesday 5 April 2017 7.15am to 8.45am Southward 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 Kapiti is delighted to be hosting Ke...
Paekakariki-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 Paekakariki-Pukerua Bay Escarpment Track on the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Playhouse Auditions for Home Land
March 2017
Unfortunately our first play, It's Never Too Late, has had to be postponed until next year due to casting issues. However, not wanting to stand still, we have moved around a few dates and are now happy to announce auditions for our first/second play of the year – Home Land by 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, Paraparaumu Pre-auditions meeting on Wednesday 15 March...
Healthcare meeting on the Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast community is being asked to put forward suggestions for naming seven sections of State Highway 1 (SH1) between Paekakariki and Peka Peka that will be renamed as part of the Kapiti Coast District Council's work to make the existing SH1 a local road.The decision to...
Dogs in togs coming to Kapiti
March 2017
Kapiti 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. Kapiti 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 Kapiti
March 2017
Kapiti 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.Kapiti 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...
Kapiti's Otaraua Park Experience open to Residents
March 2017
Kapiti residents have a chance to check out the newest park in the district next week. Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti deputy mayor appointed to LGNZ group
March 2017
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Council looks to take advantage of Expressway
March 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti playground upgrades
March 2017
Kapiti 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 Kapiti and will be upgrading Tennis Court Road in Raumati South, ...
Kapiti gets soaked
March 2017
The weather bomb that hit New Zealand on the weekend left Kapiti 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
Kapiti to lead growth for Wellington Region
March 2017
The Prime Minister has praised the new Kapiti 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 Otaki, Hon Nathan Guy spoke at Southwards Car Museum in an event organised by the Kapit...
Calls to extend shared path from Peka Peka to Otaki
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 Kapiti Coast locals.The pathway takes you from Raumati South up to Peka Peka, passing new wetlands and over local roads, linking up the communities ...
Kapiti Chamber Inspires Bold Change
March 2017
Inspirational speakers encouraged bold change in Kapiti, 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 Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, saw a full house, 220 people, turn out to su...
Securing your Retirement seminar series a hit in Kapiti
March 2017
Over a 100 people attended a recent retirement seminar in Kapiti 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...
Kapiti students perform for Arts Centre
March 2017
Kapiti College students Zephyr Wills, Jamie Beardslee and Vanessa O'Neill recently performed at the International Women's Day event held at Coastlands. Run by women from the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce and Kapiti Rotary, KPAC was presented with a cheque for $1000. It's exciting to...
Apathy and Ignorance
April 2017
The story behind Otaki’s “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 Otaki River on Saturday 25 March.The once derelict Chrystalls Bend became the site of Greater Wellington Regional ...
Kapiti Chamber Chair Chats
March 2017
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Tech Businesses urged to focus on risk management
March 2017
The Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti impacted by rural health crisis
March 2017
With Kapiti 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 Kapiti Sunset
March 2017
Photo is titled Paekakariki Rocks by Kapiti Photographer Bob Kattenberg...
Kapiti Celebrates International Women's Day
March 2017
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce and Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Business Network Invitation
March 2017
Kapiti Chamber invites you to their Kapiti Coast Business Network Date: Monday 13 March 2017Time: 5.15pm to 7pm Speaker: It's a surprise! Venue: Club Vista 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach No need to register Just arrive No entry charge Bar charges appl...
Kapiti Council urged to reconsider bylaw
March 2017
Guy Burns, Deputy Chair Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board is disturbed that Kapiti Coast District Council is threatening to fine people driving or parking on Kapiti 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 NZAC Handing 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti CEO
Dear EditorBelow is an open letter to KCDC Town Clerk Pat Dougherty CEO Kapiti Coast District CouncilDear PatWhilst reading the Dominion Post (25th Feb 17) I read the advertisement placed by Palmerston North District Council seeking an 'ambitious, innovotive & visionary' CE...
Prime Minister is Kapiti lunch guest
March 2017
The Kapiti 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 2017 Time: 12.30pm to 2pm Venue: Southward Car Museum Cost: Individual $39 – Table of 10 $350...
Get Kapiti Kids Movin in March
March 2017
Students from Kapiti 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
Otaki 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 Zealand’s 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 Kapiti Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency Chris Whelan, Inaugural Chief Executive Wednesday 1 March 2017 7.15am to 8.45am Southward Car Museum $25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti is delighte...
Coastella Returns - sunshine awaits
February 2017
When:Sat 25 Feb 2017, 1:00pm–11:00pm Where:Southward Car Museum, Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast Restrictions:All Ages Ticket Information: Family Ticket Presale: $160.00 Christmas Offer: $99.00 Adult: $65.00 Family - 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 Kapiti man has been hospitalised with serious stab wounds after a brawl at a Rosetta Road party on the weekend.Kapiti 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...
Otaki Pool closed for two months
February 2017
The Otaki 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 Kapiti Coast District Council and the community for development as part of FutureKapiti – Long term plan 2015–35. The pool will be ...
Temporary block wall fails on Kapiti beach
February 2017
Kapiti 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...
Paekakariki Seawall takes hammering
February 2017
With the recent heavy storm damage to the Paekakariki Seawall many locals will be welcomimg the planned construction of a new wall.Paekakariki 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...
Otaki Memorial Hall on Shaky Ground
February 2017
A detailed assessment of Otaki 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
Kapiti 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 Editor I 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
Paekakariki set to shake for the quake
January 2017
At Wellington Anniversary weekend - don't head away from Kapiti. 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 Paekakariki.Many of Kapiti and Horowhenua's top musicians ...
Electra Business Breakfast hosts Winners
January 2017
Wednesday 1 February 2017 7.15am to 8.45am Southward Car Museum $25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti is delighted to be hosting 'winners' from the 2016 Electra Business Awards winners: 1. Small Business Winner & Electra Business of the ...
Paekakariki Welcomes Ukes of Wellington
January 2017
The Mulled Wine Concert Series in Paekakariki 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
Kapiti Welcomes in the New Year
January 1st 2017
Kapiti Welcomes in the New Year
January 1st 2017
December 25
Science storytelling visits Kapiti
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...
Kapiti Travellers head for Bay Dreams
December 2016
Kapiti Library Holiday Hours
December 2016
Kapiti 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
Kapiti motorcyclists: it’s 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 Kapiti, Wellington, Hutt Valley, and Wairarapa are being offered free training and a free 10-point...
Retaining wall upgraded for shared path improvements on Kapiti Rd
December 2016
Work continues to improve safety and accessibility on Kapiti Road, our districts busiest road.This week the Kapiti 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 principal’s 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 6.30-7.30 WHERE: Raumati South School ...
Kapiti's Securely Independence Monitor offers more choice to elderly
December 2016
Kapiti'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...
Kapiti Writer releases latest - It’s That Kind of Planet
December 2016
This is the kind of planet that's been waiting for a new collection of Kiwi science fiction comics... and now it's here! Written and illustrated by Kapiti's Emma Weakley, That Kind of Planet brings together an assortment of stories drawing on myths and fairy tales with a dash of ...
Operatunity Waltz's into Heart of Kapiti
December 2016
Operatunity brings its celebration of the waltz to Southward Theatre, Otaihangi Road, Paraparaumu in Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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.Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Quake Building Risks Ongoing
December 2016
While Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Expressway is scheduled for completion mid 2017. This encompasses a $630 million, 18-kilometre, four-lane lane highway from MacKay's Crossing north of Paekakariki to Peka ...
Kapiti Equestrians make World Games bid
December 2016
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Community Centre also serves as Emergency Hub
December 2016
Many people in Kapiti may not be aware that the Kapiti Community Centre is also a 'Community Emergency Hub'. My family are only too familiar with natural disasters including Canterbury Earthquakes 2010/2011. Kapiti have yet to experience the real force of a severe earthquake at ...
Kapiti Residents asked for Views
December 2016
Over the next few months Kapiti 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 Kapiti
December2016
Guy Burns, Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Board member is annoyed and disappointed at how the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Council helps food service businesses
December 2016
Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Community board chairs confirmed
December 2016
The chairs for Kapiti Coast District Council's four community boards have all been confirmed.Community boards have four representatives each and have been elected for Otaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu-Raumati and Paekakariki.Mayor K Gurunathan says community boards play an important r...
Kapiti School Patrols march for road safety
December 2016
Pupils from Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Council welcomes progress on Peka Peka to Otaki section of the Kapiti Expressway
December 2016
The Kapiti Council welcomes the New Zealand Transport Agency's decision to award the contract for the 13 kilometre Peka Peka to Otaki section of the Kapiti Expressway to Fletcher Construction.Mayor Gurunathan says the Council enjoys a positive partnership with Fletcher Constructi...
Kapiti Coast District poised for growth
December 2016
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast District Council's sights following the signing of an agreement between the Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust and the Field Collection Trust. The Mahara Gallery Trust Board welcomed the formal signi...
Rating agency affirms regional council’s 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Community Centre on December 10 at 4pm.The talk will be given by Professor Guy McPherson, an internationally renowned conservation biologist. During his ...
Kapiti Food Fair Exceeds Expectations
December 2016
The owners of the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Run for Youth launches sixth year
October 2016
Over the last six years the Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) has raised more than $63,000 to support youth charities in Kapiti.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 Kapiti Council spending
October 2016
Guy Burns, former Raumati/Paekakariki ward candidate thanks all those who supported him in the 2016 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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.Kapiti 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 Kapiti stu...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Youth Passport to Employment initiative. A group of 40 employers, education providers and community networks met to launch the project which aims primarily ...
Kapiti - The times, they are a Changin'
October 2016
Electra Business Breakfast - Kapiti Demographic Change: What does it Mean for our Population, Economy and Business Wednesday 2 November 2016 7.15am to 8.45am Southward Car Museum $25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti is delighted to be host...
Kapiti Performing Arts Centre gets new Title
October 2016
The newly anticipated Kapiti 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 Otaki Race Day
October 2016
The Otaki 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 Otaki was canned before a race could be run due to...
Brilliant Comedian headlines Kapiti December Breakfast Meeting
October 2016
HEADS UP: Speaker Wed 7 Dec 2016Come along and hear from Cohen Holloway from Kapiti, 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 Kapiti - 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
Kapiti 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
Kapiti Chamber invites you to TA5: Tackling Tough Conversations with Staff presented by Melanie Davis, OurHR.Date: Wednesday 19 October Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm Venue: Kapiti Sports Pavilion & Turf Cost: Members $20 – Non members $30 'Tackling Tough Conversations with S...

 
Sep 2016
Friends of the Otaki River wins regional heritage and environment award
September 2016
The Friends of the Otaki River has been recognised at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards, winning the Heritage & Environment section.Kapiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty says he's delighted to see our Kapiti Coast Civic and Community Award win...
Locals share the spoils at Electra Business Awards
September 2016
The Kapiti/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 Kapiti/Wellington was awarded the supreme Business of the Year Award at the Electra Business A...
Cross Town Derby for Angelo Robinson Cup goes to Kapiti College
September 2016
The annual Angelo Robinson Basketball Cup (known as the LO ROB Cup) was played Friday 9th September at Kapiti College.This end of season College Basketball game between Paraparaumu College Senior Boys Basketball Team & Kapiti College Senior Boys Basketball Team was started 6 yea...
Chief Economist Cameron Bagrie - Business Breafast Speaker
September 2016
Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti Testing for Irregularities: Economic Update on New Zealand and the World By ANZ Chief EconomistABOUT Cameron Bagrie, ANZ Chief Economist Cameron 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 Paekakariki Airwaves
September 2016
Kapiti community radio station Paekakariki 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 Kapiti Coast
September 2016
Kapiti Coast District Council is urging motorists to take care on Kapiti's rain-drenched roads as darkness falls on Saturday night.Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says Kapiti 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, Kapiti's busiest rural road, is set to benefit from an upgrade of the existing shared path facility between Ratanui Road and the Kapiti Expressway Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway (CWB).The upgrade is being delivered through Stride 'n' Ride Kapiti Coast. It will in...
Kapiti College Snr Boys B Basketball Team – Championship Winners
September 2016
Kapiti College Senior Boys B Basketball Team – Championship Winners Congratulations to the KC Snr Boys B Team – well done and a fantastic effort Report from Boyang Zhoa – Coach Kapiti College Snr Boys B Team Kapiti College Snr Boys B Team played Tawa in the final of College...
Haere rā from Kae at Kapiti Community Centre
October 2016
Gosh, time flies when you are having fun and it seems like only yesterday I started at Te Newhanga Kapiti 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 Kapiti, it’s 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 Kapiti town is the most beautiful in New Zealand
August 2016
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti election fever sees candidates in the hot seat
August 2016
Meet the Candidates: Kapiti Coast Local Body Elections 2016 - Who will you Vote for? When: Wednesday 14 September 2016 Where: Community Coast Church, Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu Time: 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.Kapiti'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 Kapiti school and Nga Manu Nature Reserve. This year's school is Paraparaumu Beach Primary, with 160+ childre...
Night Road Closures ahead for Kapiti 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'...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti writer Mandy Hager.For the past forty-six years, the Fellowship has enabled a selected New Zealand writer to live for u...
Kapiti ashes bylaw cops some heat
August 2016
Kapiti Council Candidate Guy Burns is appalled Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Chamber's TA5: Health & Safety Gets Practical
August 2016
TA5: Health & Safety Gets Practical Presented by: Martin Laurs of Business Central Date: Wednesday 31 August Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm Venue: Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St Cost: Members $20 – Non members $30 About your Presenter Martin LaursMartin began his h...
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Council
August 2016
Paekakariki-Raumati Ward candidate Guy Burns is disappointed that the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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. Kapiti has two bands competing in the Wellingto ...
Can't beat Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Paekakariki Ward or the Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board."I'm sick of seeing our rates rise steadily each year at an amount massively greater than...
Kapiti Rubbish Bags - what next
July 2016
Editor Is it possible to have clarification as to the situation regarding the current use (by many Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Otaki Gorge re-opens
July 2016
Otaki 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. Kapiti Councillor and Te Horo resident Jackie Elliott and her children ...
Angela Buswell says strong leadership needed for Kapiti Mayoralty
August 2016
Award winning Kapiti business woman Angela Buswell has announced her candidacy for the Kapiti Coast mayoralty. Angela Buswell says, "Kapiti 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 Kapiti
July 2016
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti i-SITE gets Mediterranean flavour
July 2016
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti community grants now open
July 2016
This year's funding round for Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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...
Otaki Museum assessed as an earthquake-prone building
July 2016
Kapiti Council completed an assessment of seven council-owned buildings in Kapiti earlier this year that identified two in Otaki that were potentially earthquake-prone – the Otaki Civic Theatre and Otaki 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 Kapiti Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust and the Field ...
Kapiti call for New Zealander of the Year nominations
July 2016
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Playhouse put on unforgettable show
July 2016
FORGET-ME-KNOT by David Tristram A short blurb Ever 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
March 2017
Businesses to spark political change in Kapiti
July 2016
The Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 Otaki 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 Otaki 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 Kapiti
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 Kapiti Breakfast
June 2016
Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti Be Part of the Kapiti Digital Journey - Technology is changing rapidly, lets go. Wednesday 6 July 2016 from 7.15am to 8.45am Southward Car Museum $25 (incl GST) per personTechnology is changing at a rapid pace. Often it's a struggle ...
Kapiti'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
Kapiti Coast Business Network
June 2016
Kapiti Chamber invites you to their Kapiti Coast Business Network Date: Monday 13 June 2016 Time: 5.15pm to 7pm Speakers: Ben Fardey, Buzzwords & Mike Olsen, Club Vista Venue: Club Vista 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach No need to register, Just arrive No ...
Kapiti performing arts centre gets award winner's support
June 2016
An award winning producer and Kapiti resident is supporting the proposed Kapiti 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 Kapiti College Mr Selkirk ...
Kapiti Commemorates Memorial Day
June 2016
American servicemen based in Kapiti were remembered this week during a Service of Commemoration. The event was held at the Mackay's Crossing Memorial Site in Paekakariki to remember the US armed forces in New Zealand between 1942-1944. Close to one hundred and fifty people...
Kapiti i-SITE brought in-house
June 2016
KCDC has approved bringing the Kapiti 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 Paekakariki
May 2016
The Raskolnikovs with Slim Chants and Al Witham St Peter's Hall, Beach Road, Paekakariki. 8pm Friday, May 27th. Long-running Wellington band The Raskolnikovs bring their highly danceable faux-Russian polka rock to Paekakariki this Friday May 27th. If you partied with sailo...

 
Apr 2016
Waikanae Pony Club - Winter Show Jumping
May 2016
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Business Breakfast - Andrew Little on How to Restore the Kiwi Dream
April 2016
Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti How to Restore the Kiwi Dream - With Leader of the Opposition Andrew LittleWednesday 4 May 2016 from 7.15am to 8.45am Southward Car Museum $25 (incl GST) per personElectra Business Breakfast Kapiti is delighted to be hosting Leader of th...
Kapiti gets alphbetical health warning
April 2016
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Day Memorial 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Mayor Iride McCloy running for Council
April 2016
Iride McCloy, former Mayor of Kapiti, 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
Kapiti welcomes Autumn
April 2016
Basketball Wins for Kapiti Under 15 Boys
April 2016
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti' 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
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Senior Drivers Forum
April 2016
Kapiti 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
Editor This 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti's event in your diary for next year.The "Is it in the Genes?" event, jointly hosted by The Kapiti Rotary Club and The Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce is li...
Car Boot Sale for Waikanae Kindy
April 2016
Kapiti Responds to Traffic Meeting
April 2016
The Kapiti Community responded well to a meeting called at short notice to discuss the huge traffic delays faced by commuters on a daily basis through Kapiti due to construction of the new Expressway.Meeting organiser Rachel Mackay said she was pleased with the great turnout with...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Playgrounds to get Upgrades
April 2016
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Mayoral Bid
April 2016
District wide Councillor Jackie Elliott has announced she is standing for next Mayor of Kapiti 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 Kapiti," 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...
Kapiti Photographers asked to Click Here
March 2016
The Kapiti Coast Chamber of commerce is seeking a contract photographer to cover Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Toy Library Movie Night Fundraiser
March 2016
I Did It All For You – secret recording captures Key’s 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, NY—In 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 Kapiti Coast
March 2016
A 21-year-old man has died after a car struck him on the Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Time’s 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 Kapiti (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 ...
Kapiti Lions Seek Sport Grant Applicants
March 2016
Each year the Lions Club of Kapiti 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...
Kapiti College competes in ‘Kiwi As’ Film Making
March 2016
Kapiti College will join schools from the Wellington region who have put their names forward to compete in the annual Roxy5 Short Film Competition for 2016 and this year heralds a brand new partnership with Capital E. Registrations closed Friday 26 February welcoming over 20 regi...
Revenue Generation by Laurel McLay - Business Breakfast Guest
March 2016
Electra Business Breakfast Kapiti Revenue Generation by Laurel McLay More 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 Kapiti District.The shorter posts at the front refle...
Cracks begin to appear at Kapiti Aquatic Centre
March 2016
Editor, The Aquatic Centre is a terrific asset for the Kapiti 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 Kapiti
March 2016
Recently Kapiti Basketball Association held the BBNZ Kiwi Hoops Coaching Course here in Kapiti.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 ...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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....
Otaki Volunteers praised
March 2016
A huge thank you to Barbara Franks and the Otaki Promotions Group for the volunteer hours organising the Otaki Kite Festival. These are busy people giving up their time to promote Otaki 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 – Kapiti 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 Kapiti community to have their say on fresh water
March 2016
Waikanae Community Board member James Westbury is urging the people of Kapiti 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...
Kapiti kids likely to feature in 2016 Youth Awards
March 2016
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti kids likely to feature in 2016 Youth Awards
March 2016
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti 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...
Otaki Labour candidates get early call
March 2016
Nominations have opened early for selecting the Labour Party candidate in the Otaki electorate for next year's general election."Nominations for the Labour candidacy for the Otaki electorate in the 2017 general election have opened," Bruce Taylor, spokesperson for the Otaki 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 Kapiti Against Flooding
March 2016
It was win-win at the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Community Centre all set for International Cultural Gathering
March 2016
Kia ora from your Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti- Southern Hemisphere Premieres
March 2016
Two very special concerts are occurring in April and May here on the Kapiti Coast, each one featuring a southern hemisphere premiere. The first date is Sunday 17 April, when the Kapiti 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 Kapiti council-owned buildings identified as potentially earthquake-prone
March 2016
An assessment of seven council-owned buildings in Kapiti has identified two in Otaki that are potentially earthquake-prone. They are the Otaki Civic Theatre and Otaki Museum, both in Main Street.Being potentially earthquake-prone doesn't mean a building shouldn't be occupied. It ...
Kapiti Council monitoring toxic algae in Awatea Lagoons
March 2016
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Food Fair Feeds Donation to Kapiti Rotary
March 2016
The owners of the Kapiti Food Fair are super excited to have made a donation of $7,182.17 to the Kapiti Rotary Club Charitable Trust."Rotary will now use that money to feed back in to community recipients including the Kapiti Food Bank, Kapiti 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 -Paekakariki Escarpment Track to Open
March 2016
Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail will open the spectacular Paekakariki 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 ...
Kapiti Publisher Book Island on the World Stage
March 2016
It has been announced that local Kapiti 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 Kapiti to give teachings.
March 2016
Visiting Tibetan Buddhist monk Geshe Jampa Tharchin is coming to Kapiti and Wellington to give teachings.Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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...
Kapiti Region Boys Basketball U15 Representative Trials
March 2016
Boys Basketball U15 Representative Trials Represent Kapiti 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 - 8.30PM To be eligible players...
Kapiti Region Boys Basketball U15 Representative Trials
March 2016
Boys Basketball U15 Representative TrialsRepresent Kapiti 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 - 8.30PM 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 Kapiti Business Projects will take the helm to deliver the Electra Business Breakfast (EBB) in Kapiti on behalf of Electra."Owner of Kapiti Business Projects, Helene Judge is well known to many local business and com...
Otaki 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 Otaki Kite Festival going from strength to strength as it carves out its iconic space in the regional events calendar.Otaki Beach is as far away as you can get i...
Calendar Girls - Kapiti 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 Kapiti Biodiversity Project
March 2016
Kapiti 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
Kapiti Arts Tour for Waitangi Weekend
February 2016
The Arts Tour is big enough to have something for everyone but small enough to get around in a weekend. Biking was very 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 Kapiti Horowhenua and Wellington Sports Awards Club of the Year and also the Wellington Airport Regional Community Kapiti region Club of the Year and Supreme award, we are looking to make it a winning season on the pitch...
Jacqui Ferrel at Kapiti Electra Business Breakfast
January 2016
To kick off the 2016 Electra Business Breakfasts (Wednedsay 3 February), we have invited the winner of the 2015 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Island
Mandy Dixon of New York made the most of a recent visit to Kapiti and rounded out the holiday with a trek to the summit of Kapiti Island."There was so much to do in Kapiti 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 Exhibition Parliamentary 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 Otaki
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 Kapiti'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 Kapiti
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 Paekakariki and Raumati South will be officially opened in a ceremony at the Mackays Crossing entrance to the Park.Following the formalities, there will a...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti SHAG Show
December 2015
Local Event Manager Louise Dench says it is a shame to hear Kapiti 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 progress It'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
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti teens win New Zealand Film Festival Awards
December 2015
Another big congratulations to Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 pm An 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 ...
Kapiti Business Network to meet
December 2015
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Kapiti Coast Business Network Date: Monday 14 December 2015 Time: 5.15pm to 7pm Venue: Club Vista 32 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...
Kapiti's Mojo Go Girls hit Napier Ironman
December 2015
Congratulations to the fabulous Mojo Go Girls of Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 VIGIL Bring candles, glowsticksOutside Council 175 Rimu Road 16 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...
Paekakariki 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 Paekakariki'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 $20 Brace yourselves - prepare for the extravaganza that is........ Balkanistas! Coming to the one and only St. Peter's Village Hall in Paekakariki on Sat the 12th of Decem...
Kapiti Food Fair Ready to Roll with Flavour, Fun & Flare
December 2015
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti
November 2015
More homes, schools and businesses in Kapiti 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 ain’t over. Don’t 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 Otaki Youth MP for 2016
November 2015
Otaki 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 Kapiti College and the wider community. She has a ton of energy and is passionate about representing the views of young people,...
Kapiti Council told they are not a White Ribbon Council
November 2015
A letter has been sent to Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Runners take on Tarawera Trail Marathon
November 2015
Several Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Basketball team takes the honours
November 2015
Kapiti Basketball Association U15 Boys take the honours. On Saturday the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti joins region to say ‘TPPA: Don’t Sign’
November 2015
Kapiti 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 People’s 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
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti film maker wins Pride Award
October 2015
Talented Kapiti College film maker Te Awarangi Puna scooped the major award at the recent Pride Awards which recognise and celebrate the successes, achievements and contributions of young people in the Wellington region.Kapiti has always featured prominently at the awards and did...
Eva Saunders of Otaki tops at Rotary Art Show
October 2015
A steady stream of viewers turned up to the opening day of the Paraparaumu Rotary Annual Art Show at Southward Theatre 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
Editor Council 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
Kapiti Yoga Studios open for Free Day of Yoga
October 2015
This year, on Monday, 26 October, a day of free yoga classes will be provided to Wellingtonians by local yoga teachers. Wellington Free Yoga Day gives people a chance to try yoga for the first time, meet instructors, try a different studio, or experience a new style of y...
Kapiti Women's Centre STREET APPEAL FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER
October 2015
STREET APPEAL FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER Don'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 Otaki College on Tuesday 27 October and a business breakfast at Otaki 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching Programme
October 2015
Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching ProgrammeRestarts for Term 4 2015 Sunday 18 October and runs through to Sunday 13 December KCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road 9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 8 year olds 10.30 to 11.30am 9 to 13 year olds 11.30 to ...
Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching Programme
October 2015
Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching ProgrammeRestarts for Term 4 2015 Sunday 18 October and runs through to Sunday 13 December KCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road 9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 8 year olds 10.30 to 11.30am 9 to 13 year olds 11.30 to ...
Tibetan Meditation at Kapiti 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 tea Cost: $10 - cash at the ...
Tibetan Meditation at Kapiti 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 door Ve...
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 Kapiti 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 Otaki are represented by someone who would consider using her position to address members of the public...
Kapiti Kokako making comeback
October 2015
Kokako, one of New Zealand's endangered birds have been making a strong comeback since there were protected on Kapiti Island.With the numbers growing, despite a slow breeding cycle, the program to save Kokako on Kapiti Island has been a success and now other parts of New Zealand ...
Sampson strong win for Otaki Trainer
October 2015
Otaki 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 Kapiti Horowhenua, who organise and run the hugely successful Electra Kapiti 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
Kapiti Food Fair on track to be bigger than last year
October 2015
"Vendor sites at the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Coast Resident to Publish First Book at the Age of 96
October 2015
A 96 year old Kapiti 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...
Kapiti/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 AWARDS Sponsored by:Owner Operator Mitre 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 ...
Kapiti Council ‘delighted’ with glowing building accreditation audit
October 2015
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti is in the top group of the Building Consent Authorities i...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Mayoress, Vicki Church, nee McCarthy. Vicki died in Wellington Hospital early this morning (Friday 9th) after a two-year battle with cancer. "Kapiti is a close district and...
Women in Business Lunch with Laurel McLay
October 2015
DATE: Wednesday 28 October 2015 VENUE: Southward Car Museum TIME: 12pm to 2pm COST: Members $25 - Non Members $35 Complimentary wine or juice on arrival Laurel 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 O’Sullivan: Visionary Entrepreneur
October 2015
John O'Sullivan grew up in Kapiti and attended St Patrick's School and Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Coast Business Network
October 2015
Kapiti Coast Business Network Date: Monday 12 October 2015 Time: 5.15 to 7pm Venue: Club Vista 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachFive Minute Presentation: Richard Eltherington – JRE Business Solutions Business solutions to help guide and grow businesses …… Your...
Kapiti Chamber Events Calendar
October 2015
Mon 12 Oct – Kapiti Coast Business Network Club Vista, no charge, all welcome, 5.15pm to 7pm Five Minute Presentation: Richard Eltherington – JRE Business Solutions Wed 14 Oct – TA5: How IT Adds Business Advantage Guest Speaker: Mark Ternent Kapiti 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 Kapiti
October 2015
A free public seminar takes place at the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti youth gets a chance in HELL
October 2015
Jason Donovan of Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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
Kapiti Chamber invites you to TA5 - How IT Adds Business Advantage Presented by Mark Ternent Date: Wednesday 14 October 2015 Time: 5.30 to 7pm Venue: Kapiti Sports Turf & Pavilion Cost: Members $20 - $30 Non MembersInformation Technology – Up to 90% Off Storewide ...

 
Sep 2015
Rotary Raffle Returns
September 2015
The Kapiti 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: Kapiti Youth Support, Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Club and Paraparaumu RSA - says the respons...
Comedy Debate
October 2015
Comedy Debate - Paraparaumu Branch of the Labour Party Annual Fundraising Comedy Debate, Friday, October 9 at 7:30pm, Senior Citens Hall, Ocean Road Paraparaumu. Waged $20, Unwaged $15. For tickets call Beryl 04 902 295 or email beebaa@paradise.net.nz Join the Hon Annette K...
Otaki Community Expo
September 2015
Community groups will showcase their services and activities at the Otaki Community Expo on Saturday 12 September.Organised by the Otaki 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 Services You 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
Kapiti Council has confirmed that only the most significant indigenous trees will be protected in urban areas of Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 it’s 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...
Kapiti hosts Chinese sports teams
September 2015
The Wellington Chinese Sport and Cultural Centre (WCSCC) recently visited Kapiti to take part in an annual basketball derby against teams representing the Kapiti 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 Kapiti Store
September 2015
Kapiti Run for Youth racing ahead
September 2015
The Web Genius Kapiti 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 Kapiti
September 2015
Another successful community event was held last week with Kapiti Basketball Association's Hoop Club Kapiti Father's Day Games. On Father's Day Hoop Club Kapiti held their annual "Kids vs Dads" games at Hoop Club. It's always a great day and something the kids really look ...
Kapiti College Win LO ROB Cup
The Angelo Robinson Cup – Basketball Cross Town Derby - Kapiti College vs Paraparaumu College was held Friday, 11 Sept. This end of season College Basketball game between Paraparaumu College Senior Boys Basketball Team & Kapiti College Senior Boys Basketball Team was started 5...
Club Vista opens its doors to public
September 2015
Club Vista – the new home of the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Food Fair 2015 on track
September 2015
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti
September 15

 
Aug 2015
Inspiring speaker for WIB Lunch
August 2015
Women in Business Lunch DATE: Wednesday 26 August 2015 VENUE: Southward Car Museum TIME: 12pm to 2pm COST: Members $25 & Non Members $35 Complimentary 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
Kapiti Underground Art Exhibition
July 2015
Sunday, August 9 at 7:00pm123 Kapiti rd, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast 6 Artists, 1 Venue. Free Entry.We invite you to come along to our debut group show this August! Stunning, affordable art by Kapiti's most exciting artists. Opening night is on Sunday 9th August from 7pm, a...
Most Kapiti businesses will have no say on health and safety
July 2015
Most Kapiti 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
Kapiti Chamber invites you to a BA5 hosted by Indelible Date:Wednesday 29 July 2015 @ 5.30pm Venue:Southward Car Museum Cost:Members – Complimentary Non 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...
Kapiti-founded business wins Cyber Gold Award
July 2015
Aura RedShield Security (previously Aura RedEye Security), an Otaki-based cyber-security company, makes Kapiti 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 Kapiti Crs Scott and Elliott
July 2015
KCDC Councillors David Scott and Jackie Elliott would like to reassure the Kapiti 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 Otaki 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 Kapiti Style proving popular
July 2015
If you have not bought your ticket to attend one of two lunches at Surf & Turf Kapiti 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 Challenge The 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...
Kapiti Coast Business Network - all welcome
July 15
Kapiti Chamber invites you to their Kapiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 13 July 2015 Time: 5.15 to 7pm Venue: Kapiti Club Inc 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachGuest speaker: GTB IT Solutions Hear how to save on your business phone and internet bill. No entr...
Fallen Tree cuts Kapiti 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 Paekakariki
July 2015
Kapiti's Burger King up for sale
July 2015
Kapiti'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 Kapiti
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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Otaki
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 Kapiti."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 Kapiti Coast
July 2015
A Waikanae woman says the discovery of oil blobs along 10 kilometers of the Kapiti Coast is a sign the oil industry has outstayed its welcome.Jean Kahui from Frack Free Kapiti 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 Waikanae KEEP 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 Kapiti Coast Airport
June 2015
Regional airline Sounds Air will now be flying customers between Nelson and the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Council gives green light to Legal Highs
June 2015
A motion that would effectively ban the sale of legal highs in Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Otaki 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 Otaki 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 DAY’S NIGHT FOR ARTEL ON THE MOVE!
June 2015
What a brilliant photo! Most of you will immediately recognise this iconic set piece from the Beatles' Abbey Road album 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 Kapiti – Workshop registrations now open – Students Leading the Way
June 2015
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Basketball
June 2015
The Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Chamber Presents
June 2015
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to TA5 Health & Safety Presented by Adrienne Pryde Health & Safety Consultant, Business Central Date: Wednesday 10 June 2015 Time: 5.30 to 7pm Venue: Kapiti Sports Pavilion Cost: 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 Kapiti Coast businesses – especially those involved in food production and processing.3rd June 2015But what does a busine...
First of Wellington’s 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 Kapiti 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 2015 Saturday 18 April 2015, 2:00pm—4:30pmBe Quick – Book now for the variety concert by Kapiti performers especially performed for the Kapiti community. Music and song from 1924 – 1950 to commemorate two World Wars 7 days before the 100th anniversary of ...

 
Mar 2015
Kapiti Public Art Panel Established
March 2015
Members of the Public Art Panel, L to R: Tracey Morgan, Janet Bayly, Deb Donnelly, Tane Moleta and Cr Jackie Elliot.The Kapiti Coast Public Art Panel has been created as a result of the Kapiti 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 & awareness Kapiti 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 possible to exper...
Find Peace in a Busy World
February 2015
Free talk about meditation & awareness Kapiti Coast Community Centre 15 Ngahina Street Saturday March 7 11am-noon Presenter Prasada Ishaya is an experienced meditation teacher - trained in Spain at the Bright Path's 'Mastery of the Self' retreat. "It's p...
Kapiti 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 Otaki 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
Kapiti 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 Paekakariki Community Board
January 2015
Phil Edwards was elected unopposed as new chair of the Paekakariki 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
Kapiti'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...
Kapiti Open Petanque Open Doubles Championship Retained
January 2015
Thirty-six teams played for the Liz Koh Cup over Wellington Anniversary weekend at the Kapiti 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 Paekakariki, better link the communities and promote healthy sustainable transport. The cycleway rout...
Goodman’s Contractors feature at Kapiti Business Breakfast
January 2015
KAPITI FEBRUARY ELECTRA BUSINESS BREAKFAST Goodman's Contractors – Waikanae WEDNESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2015To kick off the 2015 Electra Business Breakfasts, we have invited the supreme winner of the 2014 Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti Heritage Day remembering the past
Otaki Kite Festival 28 February-1 March 2015
January 2015
Come and enjoy free, open-air, eco-friendly fun to be held on Otaki 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...
Otaki Kite Festival 28 February-1 March 2015
Come and enjoy free, open-air, eco-friendly fun to be held on Otaki 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...
ROUGH NOTES AND SILENT COMEDY in Paekakariki
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 Kapiti Coast ...
January 2015
Paekakariki 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 Kapiti Coast beach early this morning, police said.Shortly after 7am, a walker came across th...
Kapiti man in critical condition
January 2015
A Kapiti 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 Kapiti Art Gallery, Nest features paintin...

 
Dec 2014
Short-list finalised for Wellington’s 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 Kapiti
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 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, PARAPARAUMU ALL PLAYERS & NEW PLAYERS MO...
New report gets Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Food Fair rocked & rolled the Mazengarb Reserve
Proudly Sponsored by ANZ ParaparaumuThe organisers of the Kapiti 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...
Surf’s up at New Zealand’s 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...
Kapiti Run for Youth raises $20,702 for Kapiti youth
Kapiti Run for Youth has wrapped up for another year after raising $20,702 for Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti train commuters. "Three properties in Hinemoa Street, directly opposite the station, present a very rare oppo...
Ghost still haunts Kapiti Council
Kapiti 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 Kapiti
December 2014
Nominations open early for Kapiti 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 Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards. While remaining a Lions Club of Kapiti project, the awards now utilises professional event management Scopevents and this is...
Summer Studio Art Tour for Kapiti
December 2014
Kapiti Sports awards secure funding grant
December 2014
Kapiti's will continue to honour its sports achievers after the Sports Awards battled to receive a $10,000 grant from the Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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, Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast District Council a gross injustice. Not just to Beau, but to Kapiti as a community," says spokesperson for a March organised for...
Arrest in Waikanae serious assault investigation
December 2014
Kapiti-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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti top of the regional list for local road improvements
December 2014
Kapiti 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 Kapiti expressway is the top priority for the Wellington region's proposed transport improvement programme ov...
Serious assault in Waikanae
December 2014
Kapiti-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
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Hire a Hubby couple champion franchisees
December 2014
Dave and Shelley Coley helped put Kapiti 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 Kapiti Playhouse production Gennie Barton will be directing Motel by April Phillips – a New Zealand Playwright. Production dates 18th to 28t...
Better Kapiti says amalgamation offers significant benefits for Kapiti residents
December 2014
"Many Kapiti 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 Kapiti, Guy Weaver, said."This week's report of r...
Kapiti Mo's help raise over $1.1M for Men's Health
December 2014
Observers will have seen a greater number of hairy faces in Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Paekakariki Hill
December 2014
Police have released name of the man found dead outside his car in suspicious circumstances on the Kapiti Coast yesterday.Matthew Stevens, of Lower Hutt, was found near his white Toyota Corolla on Paekakariki 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Road has been moved onto a temporary road diversion to keep ...
Thinking DIY, think fish
December 2014
Kapiti 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...
Paekakariki Lament Wins International Video Award
December 2014
A Kapiti-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 Paekakariki's Stefan Wolf's 2014 album "Brandnew Life", took out the "Best International Video – Pac...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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, Kapiti Coast District Councillor G...
Kapiti fire brigade have faster access to burning buildings
December 2014
The generosity of private donors from the Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Rotary trailer raffle has been drawn. The winning ticket 5363 was purchased at Mitre 10 Mega in Paraparaumu. Organiser Tim Mikkelsen said the Kapiti Rotary Club is very thankful to everyone who supported our project by purchasing tickets. Funds raised this ...
Paekakariki 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 Paekakariki 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...
Kapiti Food Fair ready to roll
December 2014
"With a week to go before the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Coast Business Network meeting
November 2014
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their Kapiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 8 December 2014Time: 5.15 to 7pmVenue: Kapiti Club Inc 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach ...
Kapiti Arts Trail - Southwards on Sunday
November 2014
The Kapiti Arts Trail is done and dusted for another year with the two-day event having been largely successful. Over 260 artists displayed their work in over 100 venues from Paekakariki to Otaki. 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
Kapiti Arts Trail opens on soggy Saturday
November 2014
The 2014 Arts Trail has started with a soggy Saturday but that hasn't deterred art lovers from across the region descending on the Creative Kapiti 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...
Paekakariki a generous town
November 2014
Paekakariki 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
Kapiti 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, Paekakariki.Events involved Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping. Kapiti 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 constitution Presentation 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 constitution Presentation of t...
Kapiti Council approves library fee change
November 2014
Kapiti Council has approved a change to Kapiti Coast District Libraries membership policy which means anyone living, working, owning property or studying in Kapiti will be able to join the libraries for free. Horowhenua residents who can show proof of their address will also have...
Kapiti Food Fair fully booked
November 2014
Less than a month out from the Kapiti 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 Kapiti," says Helene Judge, Fair Spokesperson. Ms Judge adds, "we seriousl...
Kapiti Arts Trail bigger than ever
November 2014
This coming weekend sees the biggest ever Kapiti Arts Trail with a vast array of art and artist on display the length of the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Coast duo finalists in Welly Awards
November 2014
Two of Kapiti'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 BA5 Wednesday 26 November at 5.30pm Brought to you by the Kapiti 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 – 2pm RAUMATI 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
Kapiti 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 ponder KCU 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 Kapiti 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...
Paekakariki and Kapiti Island's birdlife now heard all over Kapiti
November 2014
In a dramatic expansion of its reach, burgeoning local community radio station Paekakariki 88.2FM is now broadcasting live Kapiti Island's birds and over 30 locally produced radio shows live across most of the Kapiti district, as well as to households in Paekakariki. "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 Editor Local 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Run for Youth well on-track to raise $20K for Kapiti 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. ...
Kapiti 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 Otaki River
November 2014
The Friends of the Otaki 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
Kapiti Author hits the mark with The Sea and Me
November 2014
The Sea and Me is an instantly engaging children's book written by Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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, Kapiti 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 (Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Hines 1 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'...
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce in Great Shape
October 2014
Chair of the Kapiti 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' ...
Kapiti November Electra Business Breakfast
October 2014
Guest Speaker at the Kapiti 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...
Paekakariki 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...
Paekakariki 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, Kapiti Coasters are invited to visit Paekakariki School's thriving garden and nursery. The school garden is holding its first-ever Labour Weekend Plant Sale this Saturday, benefiting from...
Paekakariki 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, Kapiti Coasters are invited to visit Paekakariki 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, Paraparaumu 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...
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 Kapiti Run for Youth the Youth Quest team will be showcasing what they do in the Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 Otaki 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 Otaki River corridor from the top of the Rahui Valley to the sea w...
Art and Environment mix in well Otaki
October 2014
During the recent annual Otaki River Walkover hosted by The Friends of the Otaki 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
Kapiti Mayor ties the knot
October 2014
The Mayor of Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti folks - RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL GALA is on SATURDAY 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 Kapiti Isalnd
October 2014
What a wonderful combination - Kapiti Island Nature Tours are offering a weekend on Kapiti Island combined with meditation - Treat yourself to a weekend in the beautiful environment of Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast Older Persons' Council are once again holding their Kapiti "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 Baker’s '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 Kapiti - Under New Management
October 2014
The new Board of the Lions Club of Kapiti 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 Kapiti Sportspersons of the Year Awards which has been a major event on the Kapiti 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 Kapiti College in the annual Angelo Robinson Cup match on Friday night. Hosted by Kapiti College, not a spare seat was available as supporters from both sides filled the gym. Kapiti 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 Otaki
October 2014
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the final electoral results giving him a majority of 7,782 which is the largest ever for the Otaki electorate. "It's a huge honour to be re-elected as the local MP and I'm proud to represent the people of Kapiti and Horowhenua in Parliamen...
Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion welcome news for Otaki
October 2014
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed news that Otaki 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 Otaki is now 'strong contender' to be included." Mr ...
Greater Wellington eyes public transport issues for Kapiti
October 2014
Transport portfolio leader Paul Swain of Greater Wellington Regional Council recently conducted a series of public transport meetings throughout Kapiti to hear local concerns and suggestions.Cr Swain, along with Kapiti'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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Coast Business Network - all welcome
October 2014
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their: Kapiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 13 October 2014Time: 5.15 to 7pmVenue: Kapiti Club Inc 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachNo entry charge Bar charges apply Informal No need to register Just arrive ...
Express Lane - update from NZTA
October 2014
Welcome to Express Lane, the best way to find out what's happening on the Kapiti 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 editor John 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 car over. Approaching the car, he notices there are 5 old ...
Dirty Politics author talking to Kapiti's youth
September 2014
CALLING ALL KAPITI YOUTH - HEAR NICKY HAGER SPEAK Thursday 18 September 2014 3:30pm Otaki College School Hall, 233 Mill Road, OtakiThursday 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...
Kapiti Vaulters Ninth at World Championships
September 2014
New Zealand's young vaulting stars from Kapiti 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 breakthrough A 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 ...
Kapiti Vaulters Ninth at World Championships
September 2014
New Zealand's young vaulting stars from Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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 Otaki 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...
Kapiti College - calling all employers
August 2014
Libby Hakaraia - Award finalist
Otaki'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 Kapiti
August 2014
Green Party MPs Julie Anne Genter and Jan Logie will be in Kapiti at a special public meeting to discuss their transport plans.The meeting starts at 7.30pm on Monday September 8 at the Kapiti 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 Otaki Electorate."As we are all going to get older, how we care for o...
Kapiti WEA offers new courses
August 2014
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti
August 2014
Kapiti Kruzers riding for the cause
August 2014
Kapiti 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!...
Otaki River Now a Painting TOO
August 2014
The annual review of progress on the Otaki 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'...
Let’s talk about divestment and ethical investments
August 2014
Divestment workshop next week: Wednesday 20 August, 7pm at Kapiti College mezzanine (above the NEW GYM), Margaret Rd, Raumati Beach. Presenter: Ashlee Gross from 350 Aotearoa Find out how you can join a rapidly growing global movement tackling climate change from a new angl...
Calling all young people in Kapiti!
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 Kapiti was held on Sunday 10 August. This year it was Kapiti'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...
Otaki 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 Guy Labour: Rob McCann Greens: Jack McDonald NZ 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 Otaki seat
August 2014
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has formally launched his campaign for the Otaki electorate at the Waikanae Bowling Club on the weekend. "I'm very proud to be the local MP for Otaki, 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 Kapiti campus, now on Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu, has been very popular and attracts a wide range of students.The Performance of Tertiary Educatio...
Band-Aid funding can’t 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 Kapiti Drivers
August 2014
Here is a newsflash for Kapiti 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 Otaki 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 Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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
Kapiti Basketball to host Regional Tournament
Kapiti 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 Kapiti. 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
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast need to provide if we still want people to visit? In the year to March 2013, visitors to Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Otaki MP says Budget 2014 great news for local families
May 2014
Otaki 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...
Kapiti 's Access Radio On The Move
May 2014
After 18 years as a tenant at Aputa House in Mahara Place, Waikanae, Kapiti'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 Kapiti
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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti recently with six 'mari...
Kapiti Run for Youth Launches
May 2014
Registrations for teams and individuals to take part in the Web Genius Kapiti 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...
Kapiti's Tuatara with Wellington craft beer on tap at Melbourne’s GABS festival
May 2014
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Food Fair 2014 announces new location to handle growth
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...
Mana’s 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
Kapiti 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 ...
Kapiti 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 Otaki, 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
Kapiti Fest promises great day of Entertainment
April 2014
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast Movie Night
Soroptimist International Kapiti Coast Movie Night Proceeds to support Kapiti groups including: Atareira - Mental Health Support and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust. 7:30pm Thursday 22 MayDowntown Cinemas, Coastlands, Paraparaumu For 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 Otaki. Peter is a well known local lawyer who lives in Waikanae Beach. In 2011 he stood for Labour in Otaki 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 Kapiti Vaulting Club and be the first to see:The Grand Budapest HotelComedy written and directed ...
Kapiti 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.Kapiti writer Patricia Grace has won a court battle to keep her ancestral lands from being seized for the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 NZ’S 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 Children’s 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 Otaki Pensioners
March 2014
Two attempts by Kapiti Councillor Jackie Elliott to have the legal proceedings started by KCDC staff in December 2013, against two Otaki 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Club
It's a ball not a bomb...great reactions...
Just because it is such a cute photo...

 
Jan 2014
Accomodation wanted for Kapiti Holiday
January 2014
Accommodation wantedOlder couple want house or bach on Kapiti 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....
Kapiti February Electra Business Breakfast - Kelly McKay – HMC Kapiti
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 Kapiti, 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...
Don’t 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, Paekakariki and Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Boards, W...
Otaki electorate set to lose towns
January 2014
Four objections have been lodged against a plan to shift Shannon and Tokomaru from the Otaki 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 Paekakariki 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 Kapiti (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 face as 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 Kapiti

 
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 Kapiti Vaulting Club
December 2013
The Kapiti 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 CAPITAL’S 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 Kapiti 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 Otaki 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
Kapiti'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 Otaki race looks to find Missing Link
November 2013
The Otaki 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti to appeal the High Court judgement regarding the Kapiti 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...
Otaki Gorge produces supreme Business Winner
November 2013
An IT company based in the Otaki Gorge has been selected as the Electra Business of the Year for Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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...
Kapiti election hoarding draws complaints to KCDC and Irish Consul
November 2013
Dozens of distressed parents have complained to the Kapiti 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 Wattie’s 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 Kapiti Rate Payer ie decision making.The past needs to be...
Kapiti councillor reincarnation of ancient king?
November 2013
Kapiti psychic Clare Voyant has informed Pullet Surprise that, due to 'unfinished karmic business', Kapiti 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 here…November 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...
Kapiti District Council Taken to Court over Fluoridation
November 2013
The Kapiti Coast District Council is facing judicial review over its 2010 decision to retain water fluoridation.Kapiti resident Mike woods has lodged a Judicial Review with the High Court in Wellington on this week. The legal challenge is to the Kapiti 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
Otaki 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 Kapiti 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
Paekakariki will be abuzz with Spring fever this coming Saturday 2 November as the village's annual community party, the Paekakariki 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...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti
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 Kapiti - Mon 18 November: Otaki Rotary Lounge, Aotaki St 12.00-1.30pm; Paraparaumu Coast Community C...
Kapiti Community Foodbank fills necessary role
October 2013
The Annual General Meeting of the Kapiti 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 Editor Congratulations 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...
Kapiti residents encouraged to dispose of unwanted TVs at drop off events
October 2013
Residents in Kapiti 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 Labour’s candidate in the Otaki electorate
October 2013
Nominations for the Labour candidacy for the Otaki electorate in the 2014 general election have opened. Bruce Taylor, spokesperson for the Otaki 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 BoardsOtaki - 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 BestPaekakariki - Jack McDonald, Steve Eckett, Sam...
Stepping up to support local charities
October 2013
News that community based youth services in the Kapiti region like Kapiti 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 Kapiti?
October 2013
One of the candidates in the mayoral elections in Wellington, Jack Yan, envisions Kapiti 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 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 4. To promo...
Parenting Encouragement Programme
October 2013
PARENTING ENCOURAGEMENT PROGRAMME in the Wellington Diocese INITIATIVES 1. 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 Kapiti” say local cycling advocacy group Kapiti Cycling Incorporated (KCI)
October 2013
Kapiti 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 Zealand’s 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...
'Kapiti is known as the ‘whinging’ district'
October 2013
Dear Editor Sad to say Kapiti is known as the 'whinging' district in New Zealand. I mentioned to group of people from around the country I lived in Kapiti and they said all they knew about Kapiti 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 Kapiti/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
Kapiti'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 Kapiti College...
September 2013
Wednesday 2 October 10am – 12 noon Kapiti College Hall $5 per television set (cash only) (of which $1 goes to Kapiti Colleges's Eco Action Group for garden supplies) Nominate Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti. "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 Paekakariki 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 Editor After 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...
Kapiti Aquatic Centre Trust - award nominee
September 2013
"The Kapiti Aquatic Center Trust, was established in 2008 to help fund a new Aquatic facility in the Kapiti region. The first plans were drawn and a relationship established with the Kapiti Coast District Council in a partnership to design and build the new facility. Hit by th...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti running after vote'(Kapiti Observer). I cannot believe the arrogance of the KCDC CEO and staff to appoint a committee of 3 incumbent elected members to 'run' Kapiti, 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 don’t 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 Otaki
September 2013
We are so busy at Club HUHA that we are seeking to increase our team at our Otaki 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 Kapiti Drug Deal
A Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Chamber of Commerce is again hosting its candidates meeting with a focus on business issues. The Kapiti 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
Kapiti 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 Otaki Senior Citizens Hall Rangitira St, Otaki10 to 12 Friday 13th Sept Paraparaumu Senior Citizens Hall, Ocean Rd10 to 12 Mond...
Kapiti Business Awards Entrants Challenged
September 2013
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Mayor, Jenny Rowan who says that if businesses have such a s...
Kapiti 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.Kapiti College students Nikita Goile-McEvoy and Eesha Fugaz were joined by Greer Patterson from Paraparaumu College ...
Soccer stars in Kapiti
September 2013
Local poet kicks goals with published work this month
This month has been the biggest of Paekakariki 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/...
Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast. This would enable larger tourist and fishing boats to launch safely as well as yachts with keels. Currentl...
Schools clean up Kapiti beaches
September 2013
Five schools will be cleaning Kapiti beaches on Tuesday 3 September as part of the Kapiti PAK'nSAVE Beach Clean Up Day. Students from Kapiti College, Otaki 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 year’s 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 Otaki local
Otaki Ward candidate Colin Pearce is local to the core. "Otaki 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 Paekakariki
Community board candidate stands for an active, independent and cheaper Paekakariki
Retaining an independent voice for Paekakariki, community engagement in local issues and keeping council services affordable are the priorities for Paekakariki Community Board candidate Sam Buchanan. "Despite its small size, Paekakariki has an abundance of community-led initiativ...
Expressway is on the slow road
Save Kapiti Inc has sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court on the legality of the BOI's decision to grant consent to the Kapiti 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...
Kapiti Business membership committee appointed
The recently appointed membership committee of the Kapiti Coast Business Network met Wednesday over coffee at 180 degrees Café 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 Groups adv...
David Scott - Profile
I have integrity, honesty, intelligence and local knowledge. I have no contracts, affiliations, relatives or other direct interests in KCDC. Kapiti 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 over many years, makes me a suitable candidate for re-election. I have been...
Jonny Best - Profile
A Kapiti 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 Otaki 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 Otaki for another term on the Community Board. Dur...
Colin Pearce - Profile
Born in Otaki. Educated in our local schools, and apprenticed in Levin. A local with four generations living within Otaki. 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 Ötaki Community Board is a vital advocate for Otaki 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 Ötaki and ...
Rob Kofoed - Profile
Understand the importance of strong community advocacy, I'm standing for Otaki's Community Board, and would bring to the role my passion for the people and environment of Otaki. Having lived here for 34 years, I operate my architecture business from Mill Road here in Otaki, ju...
Louise Dench - Profile
My name is Louise DenchI have been living in the Otaki 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 Otaki 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 Otaki Community Board, the last year as Chair. During this time some key thi...
Graeme Tuckett - Profile
I have been a visiting and staying in Paekakariki 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 Paekakariki can and do involve themselves in the way the town gro...
Jack McDonald - Profile
Ka tü au he uri o Taranaki Iwi, Te Whakatoheame Te Äti Awa.By harnessing the creativity, talent and innovation of our local community, Paekäkäriki 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 Paekakariki 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 on research. I believe Paekakar...
Janet Holborow wins unopposed
Popular Paekakariki Community Board Chair Janet Holborow will have plenty of time to ready herself as a newly elected councillor for the Raumati/Paekakariki 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 Kapiti 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 expressway Aggressively reducing planned Rates increases, while achieving great progress Creating process to establish Council's 5 key business priorities Leading the introduction of water meters to defer...
Murray Bell - Profile
Murray Bell: Listen - Decide - Act My 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast Beautif...
Roger Booth - Profile
Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti separated from Hutt County Council in 1974, I was nine. We were proud of our Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Island 1840. Great Nephew Heni Te Rau ...
Ivan Sage - Profile
The Kapiti 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. Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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.Otaki 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 Ratepayers Organisation (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 Otaki 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. Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Observer, Kapiti 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 Paekakariki Community Board as a strong and independent voice for the Paekakariki 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 Paekakariki 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 good knowledge 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast,...
Ivan Sage - Profile
The Kapiti 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 Kapiti Coast,...
Gavin Welsh - Profile
The Kapiti Coast is a great place to live. We've got stunning beaches, great bush walks, our iconic Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti for 18 years. Kapiti is my home. Today, all our homes and businesses are in the midst of change. Amalgamation will mean local decision-making shifting from Kapiti 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 Kapiti for fifteen years, working with people throughout 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 August SPCA 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...
Kapiti 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 KAPITISaveKapiti are disappointed with the decision of the High Court appeal against the Board of Inquiry decision to approve the Kapiti 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 Kapiti expressway lobby group Save Kapiti 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 South Date: Sunday 18th August Time: 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 Kapiti and will help deliver local employment options", says Kapiti 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 Kapiti Observer 15th August 2013 This article states "Kapiti'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 overall physical & emotional health, the better quality you get, the more benefits you will experience as a result.1. Exercise regularly; something as simple as taking a brisk walk 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 Kapiti (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 Kapiti Coast District Election Process - Open Letter
August 2013
Dear Electoral Officer, I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation. Simpson Grierson, Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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 Otaki website launched
August 2013
Otaki Labour's new website was launched this week by Annette King MP at a function attended by Labour Party members and supporters in Otaki. Annette King is Labour's Buddy MP for the Otaki 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 Kapiti. Over the past two years 200 Square has sold over $38 million worth of residential property in Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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...

 
Jul 2013
Students to get on the ground access to region’s 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 Kapiti....
August 1
Not sure about the rest of the planet, but it is Spring in Kapiti.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 Bridges Member of Parliament Tauranga Dear 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 – Kapiti’s Own Ski Club / Has Your Class Been Yet?
July 2013
Four hundred Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua residents are the co–owners 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 Kapiti 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 Kapiti Dam is core business
July 2013
"Water supply and waste water management are the core business of any Council and I will concentrate on 'getting core business right' as Mayor of Kapiti," says leading Mayoral candidate Jackie Elliott. "I look forward to being part of a Council that builds the Maungakotukut...
Recharge scheme looking unlikely to proceed
July 2013
Mayoral candidate Jackie Elliott says Kapiti Council's water meter regime went hand in hand with the Waikanae River Recharge Scheme,which is looking increasingly unlikely to proceed. "As a member of the audience when BECA presented their consultation proposal to council, I kno...
Waikanae Lions holding Super Plant Bonanza
July 2013
The Waikanae Lions Club are holding a "Super Plant Bonanza" on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September to raise funds for the two local Primary Schools in Waikanae.Waikanae Lions "Super Plant Bonanza" will have something for every gardener and the fast approaching Spring is a gre...
Big Bang Adventure back again in 2013
July 2013
Following last year's extremely successful event the Big Bang 6 hour Adventure Race is back. Grab your friends, family and work mates and start training for this year's Big Bang 6 hour Adventure Race to be held on 2nd November. This third annual event is already proving to ...
Term 3 Basketball starts August 4
July 2013
Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching Programme Restarts for Term 3 2013 Sunday 4 August and runs through to Sunday 22 September KCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu 9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 8 year olds 10.30 to 11.30am 9 to 13 year ol...
Succession Planning
July 2013
It can take a lifetime to build a successful business. But figures show that more than three-quarters of founders literally throw away their life's achievement by failing to plan adequately for succession. With the expectation of the Baby Boomers generation to retire in l...
Mana MP Welcomes Youth MP
July 2013
MP for Mana Kris Faafoi has today welcomed Simarjit Singh the Youth MP for Mana to Parliament as he takes up his role. "I'm looking forward to working with Simarjit over the next six months as he works on issues that matter to youth throughout our community", Kris Faafoi...
Michael Endres Piano Recital in Waikanae
The Waikanae Music Society is proud to welcome back the outstanding German pianist Michael Endres who will be performing in the Waikanae Memorial Hall on Sunday 4 August. His previous Waikanae performance in 2011 received a rapturous ovation and his return is eagerly anticipated...
Nearly $600,000 allocated for new buildings at Te Horo School
July 2013
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the news that $595,744 has been allocated to Te Horo School to increase non-classroom facilities as part of the School Property Guide Programme. "I'm delighted that Te Horo School will have access to extra funding for multi-purpose spaces....
On Julia, John, Judith and Joan Crawford
July 2013
A senior National MP, speaking to me on the grounds of anonymity, says that John Key has just two months to cobble together a credible coalition, come up with a single original idea that doesn't involve the wholesale theft of opposition policy. You never really know what goes ...
A large 6.5 earthquake rattles Kapiti
21 July
Kapiti was rattled, along with the rest of the region, by a 6.8 earthquake just after 5pm tonight.Aftershocks were continuing after the shake, with a 5.5 magnitude hitting within minutes.The 6.8 shake struck at 5.09pm at a depth of 11km, 30km east of Seddon. Shakes are continuing...
Unique Well gives to Wellington Free Ambulance
July 2013
Kapiti directly benefits from a unique artesian well in Wellington which is responsible for almost $10,000 in donations to the charity Wellington Free Ambulance.The well was first discovered by a water diviner in 1926 and was used by Thomson Lewis and Co to make soft drinks from ...
Independent Safety Review in to the Glenn Inquiry finds Victim’s Personal Information Safe
July 2013
"We have now completed our safety review and are of the view that the Inquiry has enormous potential for improving outcomes to the lives of those impacted by domestic violence and child abuse," say Heather Henare CEO of Women's Refuge, and Kim Workman, Founder and Strategic Advi...
Three special events coming up at Mahara Gallery
Firstly, Mahara Gallery has teamed up with WEA to offer a course of illustrated talks in the gallery by renowned arts writer, painter and curator Peter F. Ireland. FROM PLATO to NATO: The course deals with broad outlines relating to world art in general and explores example...
Queen Elizabeth Park Planting Days - come and join the fun
July 13
Tax reform welcomed by Regional Council
July 2013
Amendments to the Tax Income Act passed by Parliament today will make a big difference to efforts to improve freshwater quality, according to environmental policy specialists at Greater Wellington Regional Council. The Government's decision to allow farmers to deduct the cost ...
Roundabout is not Fair Play
July 2013
The announcement by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) that the Otaihanga roundabout is for 'safety improvements' is only half the story says Save Kapiti spokesperson Bianca Begovich.NZTA's own figures show that there hasn't been a serious accident at this intersection in th...
A sign of the times...
July 2013
It looks like the Kapiti election season is off to a fast start with car signs, newspaper adverts, trailor signs and flyers on display even before any candidates have officially registered to stand for election.Nominations have just opened for candidates wishing to contend for th...
Employers wanted for Youth Employment Survey
July 2013
The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce is asking that employers take part in a 'business stocktake' project to uncover attitudes and beliefs towards the employment of youth, and to gain a better understanding of what opportunities are available now and in the near future for youth. Th...
Great comedy debate coming up
Great Comedy Debate
July 13
Celebrating Radio in Paekakariki
Paekakariki 88.2FM Afternoon Tea, Discussion and Music, 2-5pm, Sunday 28 July, St Peters Hall, Paekakariki. Bring a plate. Paekakariki's first community radio station 88.2FM is, after only six months, celebrating having 24 different radio shows on air. It is now broadcasting 12...
When Story Island met Book Island
July 2013
Professional storyteller Emily Duizend from Story Island will be reading tales for children published by Book Island at Paraparaumu Library Thursday 1 August from 10.30 – 11am. Emily and Book Island owner Greet Pauwelijn met by chance at the publisher's stall at Petone fair i...
Dale Evans responds to Kapiti CEO
Editor, My response to Patrick Dougherty CEO Kapiti District Council Wednesday 3 July 2013 Kapiti News - Under 'Fresh Dimension' and Kapiti Observer 27 June 2013 'Consultation on Maori Seats.'Firstly it is quite obvious that this issue is a "touchy" subject as Mr Dougherty has...
Seeking Chef de Mission for Rio 2016
July 2013
Attention Kapiti Sports Administrators, this could be just the job for you.Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is now seeking applications for the position of Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games team. The successful candidate will be a committed and exceptional professi...
Lions Clubs International Foundation is pledging $7.8 million to Special Olympics
July 2013
Lions Clubs International Foundation is pledging $7.8 million to Special Olympics, expanding worldwide efforts to support the inclusion and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities.Lions Clubs around the world, including our own Lions Clubs in Kapiti are contributing t...
Kapiti Chamber - from the Chair
July 2013
New this year for the Electra Business Awards is a 'customer choice' category where you can get your customers to vote for you online and perhaps even win an award. It's easy to enter and quite separate from the main excellence awards. If you value your customer service and wan...
Sporting Exchange with the Wgtn Chinese Sport & Cultural Group
July 2013
Hoop Club Kapiti and Kapiti Basketball Association recently held their annual sporting exchange with the Wellington Chinese Sport and Cultural Group. Games started at 9.30am with our Girls & Boys Hoop Club Teams - 8 & Unders 10 & Unders and 13 & Unders, and finished up with o...
Kapiti first in the region for a new community fund
July 2013
Nikau Foundation is establishing individual district funds to cater for those people who do not necessarily see Wellington or the Wellington region as their local community.The Kapiti Coast is the first area in the Wellington region to benefit from a community based endowment fun...
Kapiti Woman Nearly Impaled in Car Accident
July 2013
A Milne Road resident is resting at home and thanking her lucky stars after a freak accident last Monday afternoon. The woman had just turned onto Kapiti Road heading for Coastlands at 3.00pm when a flat deck truck reversing from a sloping driveway on her left ploughed throug...
The First Day of the School Holidays
July 2013
It is first day of the winter holidays. It used to be the August school holidays. We'd all be prepared and parents and grandparents planned out the family holiday visits to cousins places. Nowdays it's more like a rude awakening for working parents on a Thursday afternoon tha...
Open letter launched at 10.30am on Sunday 14 July 2013
July 2013
The Right Honourable John Key Honourable Judith Collins Honourable Anne Tolley Honourable Chester BorrowsParliament Buildings WellingtonDear John, Judith, Anne and ChesterJustSpeak is a network of young people set up to speak out about criminal justice issues. We are ...
JustSpeak launches an open letter calling for the youth justice system to include 17-year-olds
July 2013
Today JustSpeak launched an open letter to Prime Minister John Key and justice sector Ministers Judith Collins, Anne Tolley and Chester Borrows calling for the youth justice system to include 17-year-olds. Currently, 17-year-olds are treated as adults within our criminal justice ...
Te Horo Community Market - first Sunday each month
The Te Horo Community Market is held on the first Sunday of every month in the historic Te Horo Hall, School Road, Te Horo. It runs from 10am - 12.30pm, wet or fine. Stallholders include, plants, herbs, seedlings, produce, preserves, coffee, olive oil, free range pork and eggs,...
IT companies merge to take on the world
July 2013
Two well established Wellington region IT companies have joined forces to export their unique software to the global market.Infogeni and SIL have both worked in the Capital since the early 1990s. Now they have merged to sell their exclusive products world-wide, under the name Inf...
CERTAINTY? DON'T THINK SO, MINISTER!
July 2013
Save Kapiti have confidence in the legal process of the High Court to reach a decision that is not a rubber-stamping exercise as they believe the Board of Inquiry was. Save Kapiti share the concerns of the Wellington City Council around the Board of Inquiry process. The politic...
Kapiti Coast Business Network - connecting locals
July 2013
Around 40 small local businesses got together to get to know more about each others' businesses with the aim to refer each other to our friends, families and business contacts when ever we can.Members mixed and mingled over a drink in a friendly and informal environment.Lance Mar...
Time to Get Real: We’re Getting Older, Living Longer and our Super Costs are Spiralling
Politicians need to act now to agree policies that provide liveable incomes for the imminent boom in retirees who will live longer and cost the economy more and more in pensions and health care, says the Financial Services Council.Treasury Long Term Fiscal Projections just releas...
Amalgamation of Kapiti Business Groups announced
July 2013
Kapiti Coast Business Network chair Des Morgan has announced a merger of the KCBN with the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce. "This merger benefits both parties and we are united in our goal of promoting and supporting local business in our community," says Mr Morgan. "Othe...
PRINCIPALS’ NATIONAL CONFERENCE POOH-POOHS PACT
July 2013
School principals across New Zealand attending their national conference have today resoundingly rejected any further association with the development of the Progress and Consistency Tool (PACT), set to become a de-facto national test. 'The Minister had made it quite clear tha...
Golf Clubs for Sale
July 2013
Golf Clubs - Ladies full set, some brand new. Golf bag and trundler with seat used once. $290.00 ono. Phone 021-260 1706. Golf Clubs – Men's full set including Ping drivers and Callaway drivers. Golf bag and trundler with seat used once. $290.00 ono. Phone 021 260 1706. ...
And soon it will be spring....
Will disabled pay more for water use
July 2013
Editor,As the installation of water meters is nearing completion and we can now expect soon to feel the venom of the KCDC Rates grab for the individual usage of water throughout the Kapiti District. I wonder if any thought or consideration has ever been given to the many disabled...
One of Kapiti’s most succsessful business women to speak at Business Breakfast
July 2013
Katherine Corich, founder of the Sysdoc Group, will be speaking at the next Electra Business Breakfast in Kapiti. The Breakfast, part of the monthly Electra series, will be at the Kapiti Sports Turf on Wednesday 7 August from 7.15am. A former student of Paraparaumu Beach Prim...
Contract signed for more Matangi trains for Wellington region
Thirty five more Matangi trains are on the way for the Wellington following a deal signed recently between the Greater Wellington Regional Council and train manufacturer Hyundai-Rotem. The deal means that by the end of 2016 the region will have a single Matangi fleet for its m...
Public get final say on Local Government Reorganisation
July 2013
Kapiti mayoral candidate Jackie Elliott says after attending this week's Zone 4 meeting she has faith the local government reorganization process will now become open and transparent."Hearing Basil Morrison, Chair of the Local Government Commission, speak on reorganisation for th...
Politically incorrect - Maori Representation on Council
July 2013
I read with dismay - the the Kapiti Coast District Council have appointed three Maori Representatives on three major standing individual committees of Council.That being the: Environmental, Corporate, Regulatory Committees.What's more - which is even more bazaar - they have spea...
Plunket welcomes law change increasing mandatory age limit for child car restraints
July 2013
Plunket welcomes the passing into law of an increase in the age limit for the mandatory use of child car restraints from age 5 to age 7. This will require children to be in an appropriate child restraint until their 7th birthday.Sue Campbell, Plunket's National Child Safety Advi...
Waikanae Music Society celebrates 35 years.
July 2013
The Waikanae Music Society celebrated its 35th Anniversary with a concert in the Waikanae Memorial Hall on Sunday 7 July. The performers were the Amici Ensemble, who are marking something of a milestone themselves, with their 20th appearance in Waikanae. Led by NZSO Associat...
Ask the cops – the problem is budget cuts
July 2013
It is a damning indictment of Anne Tolley that only six per cent of Police believe National's front line cuts and restructuring have resulted in improved service or efficiency, says Labour's Police spokesperson Kris Faafoi. A survey of nearly 4000 police staff (attached) ...
Nineteen Kapiti Businesses invite Customers To Vote
July 2013
From Monday (8th July 2013), nineteen retail and service businesses will give their customers the opportunity to rank them on performance.They are among twenty six in the competition that also covers the Horowhenua District.For the first time, members of the public will vote to d...
Police release name of Raumati man killed on SH1
July 2013
Kapiti-Mana Police have released the name of the pedestrian who died at the scene of a fatal crash on SH1 at Raumati this week as 46-year-old local man Rodney Thompson.Early indications are that Mr Thompson was attempting to hitchhike in dark clothing in the middle of the night b...
Honey Bee Stamp release
July 2013
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand a special set of Honey Bee postage stamps is being released today by New Zealand Post. The commemorative stamps are a tribute to the hardworking honey bee which contributes 5 billion dolla...
Proposed river recharge scheme called into question
July 2013
Is the proposed river recharge scheme the right one for Kapiti? The Kapiti Fly Fishing club doesn't think so. We think the proposal contains too many uncertainties and risks say its spokesperson Ken McWilliams. The regional council, KCDC and many local people have spent years rec...
Music for Celtic Harp and Guitar...On this Sunday...click for details...
July 2013
Mulled Wine Concerts in PAEKAKARIKI– Sunday 14 July, 2013 - 2.30pm. String wizardry extraordinaire. Take the top Celtic harpist in NZ, Helen Webby (who also happens to be Principal harp with the Christchurch Symphony), add one of NZ's most versatile Celtic accompanists on guit...
RAG POETS TO APPEAR LIVE AT THE RAUMATI SOCIAL CLUB, JULY 20TH. 8pm
July 2013
RAG POETS will be performing live on July 20 at 8pm at the Raumati Social Club, 34 Poplar Ave (The cafe formerly known as Lembas). Rag Poets is a band of musicians playing country/blues/pop style music adding rich vocal harmonies for extra flavour and colour. Their music incl...
Massey University awards Honoraray Degree to Waikanae Veterinarian
July 2013
Today (05 July) Waikanae based Dr David Bayvel, Chief Veterinary Adviser for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), will receive a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (honoris causa) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession in New Ze...
Word Of Mouth Is Still The Best Form Of Marketing
July 2013
Introducing the Kapiti Coast Business Network. A group of local Kapiti Coast businesses who meet in an informal setting with the aim to support and promote each other and support our local community.We meet once per month where we learn about each others businesses and take advan...
Closed for Good: BNZ shuts up shop for community projects in Kapiti
July 2013
On 4 September, nearly 5,500 BNZ employees will be getting stuck into some of the thousands of odd jobs that need doing around New Zealand while the bank is "Closed for Good". Closed for Good sees BNZ stores and offices around New Zealand close their doors for a whole day so ...
Govenor General joins planting celebration at Kapiti's QE Park
June 2013
Over 1000 native trees were planted by pupils from Te Ra, Raumati South and Paekakariki schools recently, in celebration of Arbor Day and the 60th Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth Park.Several dignitaries were in attendance to mark the occasion and keynote speakers were the Governor Ge...
Kapiti laments the passing of Rosemary Barrington
July 2013
Many tributes have flowed since the sudden death last week of Paekakariki's Rosemary Barrington.In a moving ceremony conducted by the Very Rev John Murray at Old St Paul's, stories were told of the very many facets of Rosemary's full and colourful life.Friends and family came to ...

 
Jun 2013
Kapiti Playhouse presents THE SHAKESPEARE REVUE
July 2012
The Shakespeare Revue is compiled by Christopher Luscombe and Malcom McKee for the Kapiti Playhouse.This collection of humorous skits, sketches and songs takes a lovable but irreverent poke at the life and works of William Shakespeare. You have all heard of him, but not necessari...
Youth fundraiser celebrates three years and 16 tonnes of cash
July 2013
The weird and wonderful Lions Clubs New Zealand project that takes unwanted currency and turns it into life changing experiences for Kiwi Kids will be celebrating its third birthday and 16 tonnes of cash on July 10th. For the past three years, Lions Clubs across New Zealand wi...
Equal pay for aged care workers case will impact in Kapiti
July 2013
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased to support the case that could change the face of aged care, being taken by the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota this week. Last year caregiver and SFWU member, Kristine Bartlett agreed to be the 'te...
Reform of local government in the Wellington Region
July 2013
An application for reform of local authorities in the wider Wellington Region has been received by the Local Government Commission. The Commission's Chief Executive Officer Donald Riezebos was today handed a reorganisation application by Fran Wilde, Chair of the Greater Wellin...
Plunket: keep kiwi kids safe this winter
July 2013
Like the rest of the country Kapiti Coasters are feeling the winter blast and Plunket are reminding families to be alert to the dangers from heaters, fireplaces and other sources of winter warmth.Sue Campbell, Plunket's National Child Safety Advisor says keeping babies and young ...
Clear direction agreed for public transport fares
July 2013
Weekend family bus and train passes, half price fares for all young people under 19 years, free transfers and cheaper off peak fares, are some of the proposed changes to Wellington public transport fares, endorsed this week by the Regional Council. The proposed changes fo...
Big increase in workload for school counsellors
July 2013
The New Zealand Association of Counsellors says the ability for troubled students to access school counsellors when they need them is being threatened as demand begins to outstrip supply.The NZAC says most counsellors are now seeing up to 50 students a week who need their help, w...
Who is listening to the community
July 2013
Dear Editor,I was under the impression that we elect District Councillors and a Mayor to represent the communities' best interest, by listening to what the communities have to say. However, in Horowhenua this is not the case. We have just had two Shannon Wastewater "Have Your ...
Unscientific lines must be removed
July 2013
Leading mayoral candidate, Jackie Elliott says KCDC face an estimated $250,000 in costs defending the first case against their arbitrary lines on 1800 LIM reports, and there are still 1799 cases to go. Ms Elliott says regardless of the outcome of Mike Weir's case, storms...
Kapiti July Electra Business Breakfast – Gerard Quinn, CEO Grow Wellington
July 2013
Grow Wellington's role is to help businesses in the Wellington region grow, however a recent survey by the Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce suggested that Wellington businesses see a sluggish outlook for the regional economy compared with the rest of New Zealand. Joi...
Resumption of normal train services great news
July 2013
Fran Wilde, Chair of the Regional Council, today applauded KiwiRail staff and contractors for the enormous effort to get the railway line between Petone and Wellington up and running in such a short time. "A huge thank you to KiwiRail staff and the work crews for pulling...
John Goldfischkey nominates Kapiti girl for next prime minister
Prime Minister John Goldfischkey announced today, 'Having had the honour of being able to serve two productive and satisfying terms in office I am, with the greatest confidence, taking the step of naming my preferred successor. I refer to the Honourable Joyce Stevens who will, if...
Waikanae River Taniwha?
By Pullet Surprise News Agency
Several sightings of an unidentified creature have been reported lately to Pullet Surprise. Descriptions of the creature range from 'large serpent' to 'sea yeti' to 'fractal Buddha image'. Unfortunately, in case of public ridicule, none of the witnesses is prepared to be named. A...
Police pursuit policy in need of urgent review
June 2013
In the wake of a spate of police chases which have resulted in a needless loss of life, JustSpeak calls for the police pursuit policy to be revisited. JustSpeak has serious concerns about the number of deaths and injuries that result from police pursuits, and does not believe ...
Shazza and Bazza celebrity guests at National Field Day
June 2013
Huge crowds thronged to see celebrity guests Shazza and Bazza Throgmorton at Mystery Creek, near Hamilton on the weekend. "We were delighted to be invited to the National Field Days," says Shazza, while the normally reticent Bazza added, "yeah it was bloody bonza to get an inv...
Wellington Regional Council supports single two tier council with local boards
June 2013
The Wellington Regional Council has today voted in favour of lodging an application for a single council with local boards for the whole of the Wellington region. The application is expected to be made to the Local Government Commission later this month, and will recommen...
Jackie Elliott to stand as 'Last Mayor of Kapiti'
June 2013
"After a great deal of public support and encouragement I am pleased to announce my candidacy for what could be the last Mayor of Kapiti," says Jackie Elliott."I have already announced I am standing as a district wide Councillor, however I feel I am now in a position to do even m...
Kapiti's Dane Coles humbled by All Black dream
June 2013
With tears rolling down his cheeks, Dane Coles' emotion was there for all to see. In the ring-fenced, cliche-driven world of professional sport, this sort of heart-felt desire is rare, especially in rugby, a historically macho environment. Coles should be applauded - not em...
Kapiti Speakers' Corner in full swing
June 2013
The Immigration Amendment Bill currently before Parliament was described as "hideous" at a recent Kapiti Speakers' Corner morning. This is the view of Wickham Pack, Co-ordinator of Amnesty International NZ's Kapiti/Horowhenua Group, who wants people to contact their Members of...
Celebrity couple Shazza and Bazza recent visitors to Kapiti
June 2013
Australian celebrity couple Shazza and Bazza Throgmorton say they enjoyed their recent visit to Kapiti so much they are considering taking up residency here. "This place is bloody ripper mate," said Shazza. "Bloody Bazza bloody loves the bloody place and he's been knockin bac...
Looming Election welcomed by KCDC critic
June 6, 2013
Editor, This move to steal part of our Electra Rebate by our totally undemocratic local body is pure spineless theft. I'll go further and state this fact. The K.C.D.C. is quite possibly a corrupt institution. On the bright side it is only a few weeks till the public can speak via...
Misplaced Apple Ipad
June 6, 2013
Editor,I lost and Apple Ipad in Paraparaumu on Monday the 3rd June (Queen's Birthday) between Vaucluse/Whyte Street and Campbell Street. It must have fallen from the car on the drive over there as I cannot find it anywhere. It is in a dark purple case with small pictures o...
Practical Branding for Small / Medium sized businesses
June 6, 2013
These days branding plays an influential role in converting potential customers into sales. When first impressions count, and with a competitive online and offline world, it is even more pressing for small to medium businesses to have a compelling brand that sets you apart from t...

 
May 2013
It's a worry!
From June 2012
Editor, The recent secret meeting at which our Mayor tried to persuade Council to vote for the Council's voting entitlement to be used to elect Anne Chapman to the Electra Board fortunately failed. However it has revealed something. This is that she, her deputy and Mrs Ammunds...
Reallocation of Electra Trust Dividend
From June 2012
Editor, Well, well. So the Mayor of Kapiti had decided that the Kapiti Coast District Council should have been able to access the beneficiaries dividend fund managed by Electra Trust to help subsidise Council approved community projects. How outrageous. Thank goodness we ha...
Kapiti to Host BasketBall Tournement - Queens Birthday Weekend
May 2013
Kapiti Basketball Association is very excited to be hosting the Zonal Regional Basketball Tournament this Queen's Birthday Weekend Kapiti Basketball Association is hosting the Greater Wellington Zonal Regional Basketball Tournament here in Kapiti on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 Jun...
Last Chance for Kapiti Writers to enter National Book Award
May 2013
Writers from the Kapiti district have less than two weeks left to enter their printed works into the 2013 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Published Book Award.The award recognises exceptional published writing talent in the mind, body, spirit genre, with one of the largest prizes a...
Government or playground bully?
November 2013
Increasingly, our Government is behaving like a playground bully. If Ministers will not restrain themselves from abuses of power, others need to stand up and speak out.In its editorial today, the New Zealand Herald joins Andrew Geddis in castigating the Government for a constitut...
Is public reserve land about to be lost
2013
There is a developing controversy over Kapiti Council plans to legitimise a structure damaging land around the Wharemaku Stream.The land involved is Reserve Land separating Coastlands two shopping buildings over which exists a link. It was vested in Council when the block was sub...
Aging - Growing Older or Growing Old?
On May 19th 1963, on a little dairy farm in the middle of County Tyrone Northern Ireland, Mrs Sarah Agnes McNally thought the world would be a better place if I were in it, and therefore added me to an 'already overcrowded' brood of 4 girls and 2 boys. So as I hop over to the ...
Kohekohe Sunday
Kohekohe Sunday at Whareroa Farm, June 2nd, 2013.Coming up very soon is an opportunity to see a unique sight on the Kapiti Coast. Kohekohe trees in flower! Kohekohe trees were once common in the coastal and lowland forests of New Zealand from North Cape to Nelson - Marlborough...
Horror of Frozen Babies says Russian nurse now living in Kapiti
May 2013
A Russian-born Kapiti nurse has confirmed disturbing accounts, now emerging, of long-term effects on babies born from implanted frozen embryos in the former Soviet Union.'I know what happened,' she told Pullet Surprise. 'I was there. I saw it all.'The woman does not wish to be na...
Kapiti vs The Wizards....
May 2013
Kapiti Basketball Association Men's Premier 1 Team is playing another pre-season game this time against the Wellington based team The Wizards. This Saturday 25 May. 2.00pm at Kapiti College Gym, Margaret Road, Raumati All spectators and supporters most welcome. This i...
Kapiti basketball premiers host Cavaliers this Saturday
May 17th 2013
Kapiti Basketball Association Men's Premier 1 Team is playing a pre-season game against the Wellington based team The Cavaliers. This Saturday 18 May. 2.00pm at Kapiti College Gym, Margaret Road, Raumati All spectators and supporters most welcome. This is a pre-se...
Kapiti basketball premiers host Cavaliers this Saturday
May 17th 2013
Kapiti Basketball Association Men's Premier 1 Team is playing a pre-season game against the Wellington based team The Cavaliers. This Saturday 18 May. 2.00pm at Kapiti College Gym, Margaret Road, Raumati All spectators and supporters most welcome. This is a pre-season...
Crafts on the Coast is back!
May 2013
Crafts on the Coast is back! With their third eagerly anticipated craft market, boasting a wide range of locally made quality handcrafted items. There will be food, drinks and entertainment for the little ones! Come take a look at Paraparaumu Playcentre's new diggs at 10 Hine...
Crafts on the Coast is back!
May 2013
Crafts on the Coast is back! With their third eagerly anticipated craft market, boasting a wide range of locally made quality handcrafted items. There will be food, drinks and entertainment for the little ones! Come take a look at Paraparaumu Playcentre's new diggs at 10 Hine...
Kapiti June Electra Business Breakfast – Rod James, State Highway Manager, Wellington
May 2013
Rod James will give details of the Expressway project and how businesses here in Kapiti can benefit from it.Rod has been the State Highway Manager(SHM) for the Central region for 2yrs, and for 2yrs previous to that was SHM for Tauranga and wider Bay of Plenty region. He joined N...
Planting time...
May 2013
1943 … a big year for Kapiti!
This year the Kapiti U.S.Marines Trust is focusing on 1943 - the second year of the "friendly invasion" of an estimated 100,000 American Armed Forces into New Zealand during World War II. On Monday 27 May the centre-piece will be Kapiti's traditional Memorial Day ceremony at ...
ANZ pledges $500 million to boost business start-ups
May 2013
New Zealand risks becoming an "employment backwater" unless more is done to help people turn ideas into new businesses that will create jobs, the country's largest business lender has warned. Fred Ohlsson, Managing Director of ANZ Business Banking, says business ideas needed to b...
New Zealanders are committed to Saving Lives
May 2013
New Zealanders have once again dug deep and demonstrated their generosity to the SPCA and their work with less fortunate pets of New Zealand. The continuing results of the Animates Christmas 'Giving Tree' campaign underlines the public's continued support towards the SPCA and the...
Otaki MP Nathan Guy welcomes decision
15 May, 2013
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the decision to appoint a Board of Inquiry to consider the Peka Peka to North Otaki expressway. "The development of new roads in our region is racing ahead now, and this is another big step forward. "This section of expressway will...
Thinning blue line result of Budget cuts
National should take the blame for more than 200 police officers leaving the force over the last eight months, says Labour's Police spokesperson Kris Faafoi. "There are 219 fewer police officers now than there were at the end of June last year. "This government talks a big...
All Black Dane Coles is Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year...
May 2013
Local boy made good is a fitting accolade for Dane Coles who has been presented the supreme award at the Pak'n Save Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards.Coles has risen from the rugby ranks of Paraparaumu College to become the Hurricane's hooker and now an All Black. In his fou...
Counsellors take stand against bullying
May 2013
The New Zealand Association of Counsellors is urging Kiwis to don their pink shirt this Friday (May 17) in a show of solidarity against all forms of bullying.NZAC president, Jonathan Loan, says bullying is not just a schoolyard issue dealt with by school guidance counsellors."Bul...
Roger Fox to Star at Salute 71 Mulled Wine Concert
May 14, 2013
Seventy-one years ago, thousands of American Armed Services were serving in New Zealand as they trained, and prepared for the Pacific War. To honour their service Mulled Wine Concerts presents an afternoon of jazz/swing and big-band music from this era by Roger Fox and his Jazz B...
Criminal checks aren’t a cost to be cut
May 2013
Criminal background checks for people in positions of trust should not be treated as just another cost to be cut, says Labour's Police spokesperson, Mana MP Kris Faafoi. "National has put a tourniquet around the Police budget which has seen resources focused on areas for ...
Luxury rest home rooms for whose mates?
May 2013
A proposal that could see the government subsidising luxury retirement homes is just another example of National looking after its mates, Labour's Aged Care spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. "Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is trying to sell the idea of premium-only age...
Public Meeting on Education: How can standards be raised?
May 14, 2013
"How can our schools raise student achievement? What can be done about the 'long tail' of underachievement?" These questions are often discussed in our community and many answers are put forward. But the conflicting opinions put forward can just confuse people, Bruce Taylor, a sp...
Mother’s Day celebrated at Hoop Club Kapiti
May 14, 2013
Hoop Club Kapiti every year hold their Kids vs Mums games on Mother's Day. It is always a great day with both the Mums and Kids all having a great time but both all trying to win. This year's Mother's Day was the first day back at Hoop Club for Term 2 and Players and Mums...
Board of Inquiry to consider Peka Peka to North Otaki Expressway proposal
May 14, 2013
Environment Minister Amy Adams has today announced that an application for the Peka Peka to North Otaki Expressway will be decided by an independent Board of Inquiry. The application by the New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail relates to the construction, operation and ma...
Happy Mother's Day - Kapiti Mums
May 12, 2013
Nominate an Attitude changer
May 2013
Nominations are open for the sixth Attitude Awards, an annual black tie gala event that celebrates high achievers who have taken on the world and its perception of disability. Entrants range from supreme athletes to less known New Zealanders, whose family, friends and neighb...
Asset Sales flagship seen as Shipwreck
May 9, 2013
As shares in Mighty River Power float on the Stock Exchange the living standards of many ordinary people will continue to sink as investors seek to recoup the money they have invested and demand higher profits. Power prices are highly likely to rise as a consequence. Nat...
Statement on Asset Sales from Russel Norman
May 2013
‘I didn’t have a good past, but it’s up to me to have a good future.’
May 2013
'I didn't have a good past, but it's up to me to have a good future.' -Monique, 17. Seventeen year old Monique celebrates the theme of NZ Youth Week this year at the same time as celebrating her very first Mother's Day on Sunday. Monique comes from a very troubled childho...
Kapiti Plunket celebrates International Nurses Day
May 2013
On 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, it's time to celebrate nurses around the world through International Nurses Day.Plunket CEO Jenny Prince says that nurses make a huge contribution to society and are often unsung heroes."Plunket nurses have been a p...
Woodville set to take centre stage in new comedy web series
May 2013
The first episode of the NZ on Air funded web series Woodville launches to the public next week. The comedy follows a group of fictional characters from Woodville who make a documentary about their fight to keep a petrochemical company out of their backyard. The characters ...
'Colour Outside the Lines' is debut album from local singer/songwriter Gill Allen
May 10, 2013
It's New Zealand Music month and with it comes the release of the debut album from local singer songwriter Gill Allen. 'Colour Outside the Lines' is a mix of slow rock and folk ballads making up a startlingly good 12 track album. Gill Allen has lived in the Kapiti area sin...
KCDC rethink pool ramp
May 2013
An initial design for a removable ramp for the Coastlands Aquatic Centre's main pool is under way. This follows approval in principle this week by the Dutch company supplying the moveable floor, VarioPool, for Council to get a ramp designed locally. However, the ramp's desi...
Kapiti Coast Business Network -Inaugural Meeting Highlights
May 2013
A hardy group of around 30 small local businesses braved the cold and blustery conditions to attend the inaugural meeting of the Kapiti Coast Business Network at the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club on Monday night (May 6). Members mixed and mingled over a drink in a friendly and i...
Green buses not affected by temporary disruptions to Wellington bus services
May 8, 2013
Mana and Newlands Coach Services are not affected by this week's disruptions to bus services in Wellington. Mana Coach Services CE Geoff Norman, says their urban, school and charter services in the North Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti areas are operating as usual.This includes r...
Call to retailers - stop selling drugs to our kids
May 2013
Mana MP Kris Faafoi has called on local retailers to cease stocking and selling K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids. "I have recently written to dairy owners and other retailers throughout the Mana electorate requesting that they cease stocking and selling K2 and other synt...
A Cuddly Read for Dedicated Mums
May 2013
In the week leading up to Mother's Day 522 Mums will be recognised for making an extra effort at their children's schools. Literacy charity Duffy Books in Homes, along with publisher Scholastic New Zealand, give a lucky Mum from each school involved in the programme a book and...
Living like a Legend
May 2013
'I'm no legend, I'm a regular guy working with youth and trying to make a difference.' - Ben Lummis, former NZ Idol and Youth Horizons personal advisor. Youth Week 2013 is this week and its focus is on finding those that are proven to "Live like a legend". Ben Lummis is a legend ...
Peg Griffin - 109th birthday on the 26th May 2013
Peg, now a resident at Kapiti Rest Home, was brought up on the farm, attended Queen Margaret College in Wellington and is the oldest head prefect still living.After leaving school, she trained as a Karitane nurse. One night a man knocked in the Karitane Hospital door. She opened...
Theatreworks on Tour....
May 2013
A group of fourteen talented young Kapiti people spent their school holiday perfecting their performance skills at Theatreworks. On Friday evening the group performed their show based around the Glee Club storyline, with the school mis-fits and perfectly choreographed Cheerio ...
KCDC Phone Survey on Local Government Reform called Misleading
May 7, 2013
KCDC's four question, 1500 household phone survey on Local Government Reform is misleading say's Council Candidate Jackie Elliott, who was one of the first residents phoned. "Alarm bells rang yesterday with the first question asking which of the two options, status quo ...
Wellington Free Ambulance celebrates Kapiti anniversay
May 7, 2013
Wellington Free Ambulance is celebrating its 4th year anniversary of Urgent Community Care in Kapiti today.Four years ago in May, Wellington Free Ambulance began New Zealand's first treat-at-home mobile health service with extended care paramedics specially trained for the servic...
Expressway Opponents use Kapiti Speakers' Corner to boost legal challenge
May 2013
Work on the MacKay's Crossing to Peka Peka Expressway can not proceed until the latest legal challenge is heard, explained SaveKapiti spokesman Mark Harris at the Kapiti Speakers' Corner in on 4 May. Just prior to the weekend, SaveKapiti announced it was appealing to the High ...
Public Health doctors welcome extra government spending on rheumatic fever
May 2013
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine has welcomed this morning's announcement the Government is spending an extra $21.3 M to fight rheumatic fever. College President Dr Julia Peters says the rates of rheumatic fever are especially high amongst children living in pove...
“Something special” for 20th anniversary of the English Teaching College
May 2013
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the English Teaching College in New Zealand and they wanted to celebrate the occasion by doing something special for the community. They chose to spend the day with Wellington Regional Council parks staff, working the land and giving the en...
Lions spotted in Paekakariki
A resident has reported seeing lions at the Paekakariki end of Queen Elizabeth Park."I was just sitting there quietly feeding the flamingos when a large lion emerged from the undergrowth. It was most disconcerting," said the resident who did not wish to be identified (his name is...
Mahara Arts Review 2013 opens selected works May 11
May 2013
Mahara Arts Review is a selected exhibition which showcases the creative talents of the Kapiti to Horowhenua region. Artists living or working in the Kapiti/Horowhenua region (as defined by Council boundaries), are invited to submit one original artwork in any medium, completed s...
Speaking out for disability access....
May 2013
Below is the recent Speakers Corner address from Erica CooneyI'm here because the Council has not been completely honest about the Aquatic Centre - and our community needs to know some truths. I'm a member of a small hub of people concerned about the lack of equal access for the...
Kapiti health workers affected by law changes
May 2013
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says the changes to employment law announced recently will be bad news for workers and the economy. The changes include a change to the Employment Relations Act so that employers are not required to conclude a collective agreement, al...
Te Horo’s Hyde Park Celebrates Revamp
May 2013
Hyde Park Te Horo was abuzz this weekend as they celebrated their new look with an outdoor market, outdoor music and crowds enjoying autumn sunshine on the decks. The property, formerly Hyde Park Museum, with the Caravans on the corner, has undergone a transformation and ...
Relay For Life Kapiti raises nearly $91,000
May 2013
Nearly $91,000 has been raised by the Cancer Society's Relay For Life event in Kapiti, making a significant contribution to supporting those in the Kapiti community affected by cancer. Last night team captains gathered to hear the fundraising total and see photos of the event ...
Have Fun and Learn Something New at Your Community Centre
May 2013
We are now taking registrations for our autumn community social and educational programme at Te Newhanga Kapiti Community Centre. Come along, learn something new, meet new people and have fun. Numbers are limited – bookings essential to avoid disappointment.Cake Decorating– Cathe...
Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching Programme
May 2013
Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching ProgrammeRestarts for Term 2 2013 Sunday 12 May and runs through to Sunday 7 July KCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road 9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 8 year olds 10.30 to 11.30am 9 to 13 year olds 11.30 to 1.30pm 1...
Friends of the Otaki River - Newsletter
May 2013
More Business Support Joining Us It is with pleasure that I use this first FOTOR newsletter to update members on the activities and projects that are being carried out by this active and progressive group. The Otaki River is in a good condition, and we continue our strong pa...
Planting helpers welcome at Queen Elizabeth Park
May 2013
It is the first planting day of the year for Queen Elizabeth Park this Sunday 5th May! Meeting place will be at the Rangers Office at 9:30am on Sunday. It would be great to get as many people as we can as there are 600 plants to get in the ground which are being taken to ...
Expressway decision goes to appeal
May 2013
The game is not over. SaveKapiti has today lodged an appeal against the decision of the Board of Inquiry into the MacKays to Peka Peka expressway."We believe that the Board has misunderstood and therefore misapplied the law around the baseline that the proposal should be conside...
Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching Programme
May 2013
Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching ProgrammeRestarts for Term 2 2013 Sunday 12 May and runs through to Sunday 7 July KCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road 9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 8 year olds 10.30 to 11.30am 9 to 13 year olds 11.30 to 1.30pm 1...
Free courses to grow your business
May 2013
Three Free courses to grow your business in May at the Clean Tech Centre in Otaki In May your business can learn about growing your business through increasing sales, carrying out proper market research and having an Intellectual Property strategy. The courses are...
Kapiti residents surveyed on Airport's future
May 2013
Residents from Porirua, the Kapiti Coast through to Levin have the chance to have their say on the direction of their local airport. The following Kapiti Coast Airport survey is supported by the Kapiti Coast District Council and the Porirua City Council, and is a tool to ask resi...
Final days for submissions on local government reform
May 2013
Kapiti coasters interested in the future of their region are being reminded that they have until 5pm Friday (3 May) to make their views known. The four Wellington councils represented on the Local Government Reform Working Party (Greater Wellington Region, Wellington City, Por...
Ballads and Blues on the Back Porch at the Raumati Social Club
May 2013
Wellington based band Laura Collins and the Back Porch Band will be delivering up 'ballads and blues from the back porch' at the Raumati Social Club on Friday May 10th. They've just recorded so should be in fine back porch form with some new tunes and old. Expect Etta James...
Recognising the work of midwives
May 2013
Midwives in New Zealand are inviting colleagues in the health services, politicians, consumer organisations, mothers and babies to acknowledge their work on International Day of the Midwife, 5 May.The theme of the annual international event this year is that "the world needs midw...
New report shows economic potential for Kapiti and Horowhenua regions
May 2013
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed a new report on the Wellington and Manawatu-Wanganui regional economies which highlights the major investment pouring into local infrastructure."The Regional Economic Activity Report pulls together for the first time in one place the available eco...
Kapiti Chamber Board Appointments
May 2013
The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce has announced its new Board. "We are confident that this Board will be able to build on the excellent work of the previous Management Committees' to continue to take the Chamber forward in its mission to encourage and support integrated business ...
Ballads and Blues on the Back Porch at the Raumati Social Club
May 2013
Wellington based band Laura Collins and the Back Porch Band will be delivering up 'ballads and blues from the back porch' at the Raumati Social Club on Friday May 10th.They've just recorded so should be in fine back porch form with some new tunes and old.Expect Etta James, BB Kin...
Speakers’ Corner: Brickbats fly at KCDC
May 2013
The relaunched Kapiti Speakers' Corner has seen its first protest group — and the target has been the KCDC next door. The protest has been centred on the new Aquatic Centre, which lacks a ramp despite the Kapiti District Council's promises to disability groups. The 'Bring B...

 
Apr 2013
Possum control coming to Kapiti
May 2013
Kapiti residents can expect fewer possums and more native birdlife as Greater Wellington Regional Council's possum control programme begins on the Kapiti Coast this year. Regional Council chair Fran Wilde says wider possum control on the Kapiti Coast will improve the health of...
Elliott to stand for Electra Trust
May 2013
Otaki Community Board member Jackie Elliott has announced her candidacy for the Electra Trust.Ms Elliott said there had been a long-standing family connection going back to the HEPB days."I stand for the Electra Trust, following my Grandfather and Father, both past H.E.P.B. membe...
Kapiti May Electra Business Breakfast – Richard Mansell
April 2013
Richard Mansell will speak on the opportunities and challenges that face Coastlands now and into the futureRichard has recently been appointed Chief Executive of the group of companies that own Coastlands Shoppingtown. Coastlands is a mixed use retail and commercial centre in the...
New Star for Kapiti Business world
A new star is born in the Kapiti business world with the announcement of a merger between Kapiti HR Services and Office Angels Recruitment. The new business is now Star Solutions HR & Recruitment.A full house greeted the news with enthusiasm at the official launch on Friday.Direc...
Nathan Guy delivers stirring ANZAC Day address....
April 25th, 2013
Otaki MP Nathan Guy delivered a stirring and emotion charged speech at today's ANZAC service at Paraparaumu.ANZAC Day continues to draw huge crowds with thousands attending ceremonies throughout Kapiti, despite wet weather again this year.Mr Guy's speech, hailed by many for it's ...
Ross Church to stand for Mayor....
April 22, 2013
Cr Ross Church says: "Recent events at Council have shown that some, within KCDC, are trying to break out of the Pike Syndrome.The Pike syndrome is where the one bigger fish is at one end of a water tank, and the many smaller fish are at the other. Between them, is a glass petiti...
Gavin Bradley addresses KCDC on their Coastal Hazard strategy
April 2013
I understand the motion put by Mike Cardiff today is going to be rejected on a legal technicality. It is the most glaring example yet of the fact that the bureaucrats have taken over and the citizens of Kapiti no longer have a voice. Our elected representatives have been silenced...
Three cheers for Expressway mitigation
May 2013
EditorAs co-owner of a small Kapiti earthmoving company I am very pleased to hear that many supporters of the Expressway, such as the Kapiti Coast District Council, are determined to make sure all appropriate mitigation measures are carried out to the full.I support this attitude...
$10,000 in funding for Kapiti’s Youth Quest
April 2013
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed $10,000 in new Government funding for Paraparaumu-based charity Youth Quest. "Youth Quest are great local charity who do a great job providing workshops and mentoring programmes for young people and their families. "They are one of six org...
Speakers Corner - Saturday 20 April 2013 ... Noon ...
April 2013
Saturday 20 April 2013 ... Noon ... "Poppies Red and Poppies White - which poppy will you buy?" - led by John Murray... at Kapiti Speakers' Corner, Iver Trask Place, ParaparaumuAnyone interested in using the corner should take a look at www.kapitispeakerscorner.org.nz ...
Kapiti road decision rides roughshod over community wishes
April 12, 2013
Labour is disappointed but not surprised that the Western Link Route option for Kapiti, supported by most submitters, has been cast aside in favour of the Government's four-lane monster motorway, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. "The EPA board of inqui...
Kapiti Island to be mined for gold
By Pullet Surprise News Agency
A controversial new Bill enabling unrestricted mining is soon to be introduced into Parliament by Joyce Stevens, Minister of Shafting the Environment and Shoving Things Through.'It's really just about letting Mayka Minto mine a vast, high-grade gold seam only recently discovered ...
Density Church moving headquarters to Kapiti
By Pullet Surprise News Agency
Bishop Bantam Ariki has told Pullet Surprise that his Density Church is moving its headquarters to Paraparaumu.'We're moving to Kapiti because the people there elected MP Nuthin Bloak despite the fact he reneged on his 2008 promise to promote the Western Link Road,' he said. 'The...
Candidate questions quality of information given
April 2013
Kapiti Council candidate Jackie Elliott said she was disappointed at the low public turnout at last night's initial public consultation on Local government Reform options meeting held in Otaki. "Only seven members of the public attended this first meeting, which was held with on...
Kapiti Chamber welcomes final decision
April 12, 2013
The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce welcomes the final decision of the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway Board of Inquiry issued today (April 12.) Taken together with the Transmission Gulley route decision, this is an end to decades of uncertainty and will bring a boost to the whole ...
CRU set sail with painting donation...
April 12, 2013
The Shona Moller Gallery at Paraparaumu Beach was packed on Friday night as guests came to bid and enjoy the auction of a superb original piece by internationally renowned artist Shona Moller.The studio quickly filled with guests surrounded by brilliant art in an energy filled at...
Poverty costs hit hard
April 2013
The social and economic consequences of not taking action to reduce child poverty in New Zealand are too costly to everyone, according to the NZ College of Public Health Medicine.President Dr Julia Peters says the level of persistent child poverty since the economic reforms of th...
Kris Faafoi says Minister must act on alarming increase in database misuse
April 2013
Anne Tolley has joined the long list of Ministers who must act to ensure the privacy of sensitive information is properly protected, Labour's Police spokesman, Mana MP Kris Faafoi said today. "The alarming increase in the misuse of the Police National Intelligence Database sin...
Shona Moller painting up for Auction
April 2013
This Friday (12th) at 6pm they place to be for Kapiti art lovers is the Shona Moller Gallery, 22 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach.A stunning painting is being auctioned withh all proceeds being donated to Coastal Ratepayers United to help thousands of Kapiti residents make scient...
The Black Soap Boys - Friday night show
April 2013
Three Kiwi blues legends will perform at St Peter's Hall, Paekakariki this Friday 12 April, kicking off at 8 p.m. The newly-formed trio will play their own new country blues originals plus classics from the blues, rock, gospel and country repertoire. Admission to the BYO event i...
Burn prevention, Keeping Kapiti kids Safe in the home this Winter
April 2013
Every day in New Zealand about a classroom full of children (22) is admitted to hospital because of unintentional injuries or accidents. For young children (birth to 4 years old) most of these injuries happen in the home environment. Media stories have reported injuries with s...
Small Business Support Group Launched In Kapiti
April 2013
The purpose of Kapiti Coast Business Network is to help local small business support and promote each other. Word Of Mouth is still and always will be the best form of Marketing.Informality is the key with this network where members meet once a month between 5.15 pm and 7.00 pm a...
Kapiti Speakers' Corner Launched....
April 7, 2013
The right to free speech was celebrated at the re-launch of Kapiti Speakers' Corner at the weekend. After being summoned by the sound of a shofar blown by the originator of Speakers' Corner, K. Gurunathan, all speakers referred to the considerable freedom enjoyed in New Zealan...
Waikanae equestrians in excellent form
April 7, 2013
Waikanae equestrians produced a strong performance at the Battle Hill One Day Event.Set in the idyllic surrounds of Battle Hill this prestigious equestrian event attracted 116 competitors.Despite having a relatively small team the Waikanae riders took out four placed ribbons.Petr...
Kapiti Speakers Corner
April 2013
Saturday 13 April at Noon - "Public Consultation in Kapiti & Free Speech" led by Jackie Elliott ... at Kapiti Speakers Corner in Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu.For update on Speakers Corner launch see News section. ...
Plunket pleased more kiwi kids having B4 School health checks
April 2013
Plunket is pleased to hear that more New Zealand families are making use of free B4 School health checks.The government announced today that nearly 80 percent of four year old children received a B4 School Check last year – an increase of around 30 percent on previous years.Plunk...
Good? Friday
EditorSo I went out to have a quiet pint with my girlfriend only to find that nearly all the pubs, or places to drink, in Wellington were prohibiting anyone drinking on their premises unless accompanied with a meal under the 'Sale of Liquor Act 1989'. The law according to the gov...
Crime down for a third year in a row
April 2013
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed new crime statistics that show a continuing fall in the crime rate. "The 2012 Central Police District figures, which include the Horowhenua region, reveal a 7 per cent decrease in crime from the previous calendar year, and a 19 per cent decrea...
Councillors serve up abject failure
April 2013
EditorCouncillor Cardiff is right to feel "extremely uncomfortable" about litigation over the coastal hazard lines but wrong to blame central government. The process of commissioning a report and using it to draw lines on maps and dictate the content of LIM reports was apparently...
Steep track fazes some
April 2013
EditorA friend and I eagerly started walking the new Te Araroa track above centennial Highway on Sunday. We will not do it again. The track starts of easy, but is not for those fazed by heights. Once it ascends its narrowness makes it difficult for people to pass. Much of i...
Love of Sewing a common thread
Close to 130 women from Porirua and northern Wellington are celebrating reaching a great age and being silver, but it's not anything personal or physical – it's the Coastal Quilters 'silver' 25th Anniversary Exhibition in 2013. A snippet of 25 traditional and modern art quilts...
Shortlisted books announced for 2013 Science Book Prize
April 2013
The three books shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize have been announced today (2 April) and the topics include New Zealand's extinct moa, the science of Antarctica and a collection of poetry. The three shortlisted titles for the 2013 Science B...
Kapiti Motorbike recovered
April 2013
As a result of information received from a person who was arrested on Saturday 23rd March in relation to the stolen motorbike, on the 25th March Kapiti Police, with the help from Levin Detectives, executed a Search at an address in Foxton and recovered the stolen BMW racing motor...
Trains at Twilight
By Graeme Brown
The trains at Kapiti Miniature Railway in Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach, will be running from 5 pm until 9 pm on Saturday 13th April, 2013 to celebrate the end of NZ Summer time.This is always a very popular event with crowds coming to enjoy the unusual experience of riding the t...
Eat Locally - Better for you - Better for the environment
EAT LOCALLY - better for you - better for the environment;When people think about eating locally, often times it is with reference to being a patron of their local takeaway fast food outlet, or their local restaurant/cafe, but what it is really all about is the distance our food ...
Ali Harper in ‘Naughty and Nice’
Ali Harper is to perform a concert on the Kapiti Coast, showcasing her new double album 'Naughty and Nice' being released in May.Friday 10th May Southwards Theatre, Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu 7.30pm Bar facilities availableSaturday 11th May Old St Paul's 34 M...
Kapiti Friends Of Animal Charities group....
April 2013
Approximately one year ago a group of friends got together and decided to form a non profit charitable organisation to assist other animal welfare organisations on the Kapiti Coast.Named Friends Of Animal Charities the group members are currently fundraising in the form of raffle...
Amalgamation talks must include future of Community Boards
April 2013
Kapiti's Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson says with all the talk of amalgamation and the various options, one glaring omission in the public discussions has been the future of our Community Boards."Under the single tier option proposed by Wellington City the Co...
How can New Zealand lifestyles become sustainable?
April 2013
Research has shown that New Zealanders would need at least two Earth planets to sustain our current lifestyles compared with a 'fair Earth share' of one. Some estimates put this number as high as five Earths.Two papers released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand explore ho...
Plunket - Immunisation the best protection against influenza
April 2013
New Zealand's largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five is encouraging New Zealanders to take up the government's offer of free influenza vaccinations."New Zealanders tend to underestimate what serious disease influenza is", says Plunket clinic...
LAST CHANCE FOR WELLINGTON WRITERS TO ENTER MIND, BODY, SPIRIT AWARD
March 2013
Wellington writers have until Sunday 31 March to enter their unpublished work into the 2013 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award - one of the largest prizes awarded for literature in New Zealand.The Award recognises writing talent in the mind, body, spirit g...
Ministries of Do Nothing
April 2013
EditorThis must be the National party's new election policy that they are rolling out early. "We are not going to do anything about taxing phones". "We are not going to do anything about taxing car parks". Perhaps they should add to that "We are not going to do an...

 
Mar 2013
Climate debate heats up
April 2013
Dear Editor, On par to see the media and Anthropogenic Global Warming believers gang up to slander a questioner of their beliefs. If the science is so strong, then discuss the facts instead of resorting to the ad-hominen put-downs.Contrary, to recent articles, Lord Monckton o...
Kapiti Chamber chair highlights events
April 2013
There's a number of interesting courses and events promoted in this edition and we hope to continue bringing you this sort of thing. We are a not-for-profit volunteer-based body dedicated to helping to create wealth and employment in Kapiti via business. The new Chamber B...
Rotary crew turn out for Kapiti Relay for Life
April 2013
The Rotary Club of Kapiti were among dozens of community groups who turned out for the recent Kapiti Relay for Life event held at the Paraparaumu Domain.Hundreds turned up to the Domain to participate in the Relay for Life which was a very successful fundraiser for the Cancer Soc...
"No Plastic Bag" campaign urged for Kapiti Coast
April 2013
EditorI have lived in Waikanae most of my life. Over the years a major problem has arisen, not only in Waikanae but all over New Zealand. The problem is plastic bags. people go shopping, buy something, it is put in a plastic bag. Then what do they do with it? A few are put in ...
Gardenworld will be missed
April 2013
EditorIt is so sad to see another one of my favourite shops leave Coastlands. First Hallensteins, the The Pet Shop (who left because their lease was being changed too, not because of any other reason) and now Palmers Gardenworld. I will miss the fantastic personalised service of ...
Action plan tackles post-quake reopening of transport links
April 2013
A 37-point action plan to ensure the Wellington's region's transport operations can resume as soon as possible after a major earthquake has been released. The plan, prepared by the Wellington Lifelines Group and Wellington Region Emergency Management Office, is a response to a...
Basketball Trials - all welcome
April 2013
Trials for the Kapiti Basketball Association Men's Team are being held on Wednesday 3 & Wednesday 10 April 8.00 to 9.30pm, KCDC Sportshall at Paraparaumu College on Mazengarb Road. ALL PLAYERS MOST WELCOME All enquiries please contact Angelo Robinson on 9040142. ...
The Retirement Income Policy Review - Kapiti, why it matters for young and old
April 2013
We have the chance right now to make a real difference to the quality of life our newest employees will enjoy when they retire. Kapiti has become a haven for region's retired population but future generations may be set for a struggle.The Retirement Commissioner's review of retir...
Walkway delight
April 2013
Editor It was a delight to read about the new walkway along the Paekakariki escarpment. When completed, this will give access between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay with outstanding 180 degree views. We understand there has been some confusion over access to the track. The entran...
D.H. Lawrence uncovered...
April 2013
A previously unknown piece by celebrated literary giant D. H. Lawrence has been discovered in papers recently made available by the Alexander Turnbull Library.The discovery, by noted Lawrence scholar Dr Andrew Harrison of the University of Nottingham, comes after significant new ...
Transit of Venus exhibition at Mahara Gallery
April 2013
TRANSIT OF VENUS Sally Griffin Transit: the action or fact of passing across or through; passage or journey from one place or point to another; the passage of a planet across some special point or region of the zodiac (1671). Venus: a goddess of Love – from the ancient R...
Kapiti artists - Public art on public transport competition
A great opportunity is available to Kapiti artists with an interest in how the region's public transport looks with a new competition being launched.Enter Metlink's public art competition and if you win, your creation could soon adorn one of the region's buses, trains or harbour ...
Transit of Venus seen at Mahara Gallery....
April 2013
A superb exhibition, titled Transit of Venus, has just opened at Kapiti's Mahara Galley in Waikanae featuring the works of Sally Griffin. The exhibition opened to a substantial and appreciative crowd with a formal welcome from Gallery director Janet Bayly followed by addresses...
Shofar so good at Speakers’ Corner Re-Launch
April 2013
The Kapiti Coast's well-known councillor, K Gurunathan, – 'Guru' to his friends and enemies – says he'll be blowing his own Jewish shofar (trumpet) to re-open Speakers' Corner in the Kapiti Civic Centre this coming Saturday (6th April 2013). Guru says he's been practising for ...
Food Fanatic Goes Mad
Police have arrested an unnamed man for injury to a dairy cow. Police say the man will appear in the Palmerston North District Court on Monday, and it is expected the judge will order psychiatric examination. 'This is normal in such puzzling cases' said a Police spokesperson.Acco...
Brilliant Lies opening night approaches
April 2013
Kapiti Playhouse's first production of 2013, Brilliant Lies by David Williamson comes to the stage in April. The play will be directed by Gennie Barton.When and where Brilliant Lies is on at Kapiti Playhouse from the 3rd-6th & 10th-13th April at 8pm.The theatre is located at 7...
Sea rescue saves three lives off Kapiti Island....
April 2013
Three divers were rescued off Kapiti Island today in conditions that could have been fatal if not for a collective rescue from local boaties and professionals.Inspector Chris Tate from Wellington police said the two men and a woman, were reported missing this morning off Kapiti I...
Rising rock stars fund raise at Waikanae Easter Market
Rioghnach Dempsey and Olivia Whiting, both aged 12, were fundraising today at the Waikanae Easter Market in Mahara Place.The two Te Ra students are in a rock band called Sonic Eclipse and had some home baking to sell with funds being used for more band equipment. Rioghnach plays ...
Guy welcomes Capital Connection decision
April 2013
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the decision by KiwiRail to continue the Capital Connection train service from Palmerston North to Wellington for at least the next two years."As the local MP for Otaki I've been working hard with the different parties involved to save this servic...
K Logo 'unpleasing to they eye'
March 2013
EditorKapiti Coast has never had a strong focused,coordinated, managed visual identity. We have now created another new marketing brand and logo. Until the council identifies who and what they are and are community driven they will continue to waste ratepayers' money paying...
K Logo 'unpleasing to they eye'
March 2013
EditorKapiti Coast has never had a strong focused,coordinated, managed visual identity. We have now created another new marketing brand and logo. Until the council identifies who and what they are and are community driven they will continue to waste ratepayers' money paying...
Intersection fiasco
April 2013
EditorEveryone using Milne Drive will agree with Alaire Dunlop's comments about the intersection with Kapiti Rd fiasco. It sure needs rectifying. I made a submission at the Bunnings resource consent hearing on traffic issues and the impact of the Whitireia campus - to no effec...
Competition urged for local logo
April 2013
EditorToo right, Trevor Wright. Such unnecessary expenditure on a logo that means what exactly? Whatever happened to the local competition to find a name or logo? Seems to em it has worked very well in the past and for minimal financial outlay. We still need a logo and name, so h...
Cycle Helmets save lives
April 2013
Dear EditorI have a solution for Solveig Mikkelsen and her problem with cycle helmets. Take one 10-yesr-old daughter - before cycle helmets were compulsory, allow her to make a human mistake and encounter a logging truck. go then to the hospital and watch the doctors put yo...
Capital Connection decision a great result – now people need to get on board
April 2013
The continuation of the Capital Connection train service, announced today, is a great result but it's imperative that more people literally get on board, says Fran Wilde, Chair of Wellington Regional Council. "The Capital Connection daily service between Palmerston North and W...
Osama Bin Laden Seen at Coastlands?
A number of independent sightings have been reported of a tall, gaunt, middle eastern looking man, closely resembling Osama Bin Laden, wandering Paraparaumu's Coastlands shopping mall.'I'm sure it's him' said a rather agitated older woman, who prefers to remain anonymous in case ...
Kapiti April Electra Business Breakfast – Evan Davies
April 2013
Economic development on the Kapiti Coast – take off time!Todd Property Group Managing Director Evan Davies will talk about the prospects for growth on the Kapiti Coast and his vision for development of the airport and surrounding area. As majority owners of Kapiti Landing, Tod...
Elliott hails Capital Connection decision
April 2013
Otaki Community Board member Jackie Elliott says she is delighted with the Kiwirail decision to retain the Capital Connection service that provides such an importand transport link for Otaki. "I agree it is very good news that the Capital Connection has won a reprieve, but as ...
Successful Kapiti Coast Museum Visit
April 2013
The recent visit to the Kapiti Coast Museum on the 24th March, by a contingent of Amateur Radio enthusiasts from the Hastings and Napier New Zealand Amateur Radio Transmitters (NZART) clubs, included the opportunity for licenced operators to transmit from the Museum's "Ham Shack"...
Youth Charity Contributes to NZ Economy
March 2013
Leading child and youth charity, the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) has broken new ground with the launch of the Growing Great Futures - Whakatipu Tamariki Ora report this evening.Launched at an event hosted at parliament by Minister for Social Development, Paula Bennett,...
Super - research shows it is not enough to live on
March 2013
New research shows only 9 per cent of New Zealanders believe NZ superannuation sufficient to live onOnly 9 per cent of New Zealanders believe that NZ Superannuation alone will give them an adequate income in retirement according to Horizon Research survey results released today b...
Haggis Sandwich on the menu at Kapiti Playhouse
March 2013
Plunket: Keep Kiwi kids safe this Easter
March 2013
Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their kids' safety while they're on the roads this holiday weekend."Have a great break this Easter, enjoy time with family and friends and remember everyone has to be properly buckled up", says Sue Campbell, Plunket's National...
Amalgamation process misunderstood
March 2013
Dear EditorIt is clear from Joel Maxwells' report (Kapiti Observer) ' Referendum threat heard' in Mondays Observer that the reporter simply does not understand the processes surrounding amalgamation. Yes the Mayor's of Wairarapa could hold a poll of the people of Carterton to tr...
AN `EGGSTRAORDINARY’ GIFT THIS EASTER
March 2013
Kiwis keen to give a gift sweeter than chocolate this Easter can purchase an 'eggstraordinary' gift by buying 2 dozen Cheep as Chicks for a family in need through TEAR Fund's - Gift for Life.While most Kiwis are set to enjoy a bounty of delicious chocolate eggs this Easter, many ...
Elliott announces candidacy for District Wide Council seat
March 2013
Kapiti businesswoman Jackie Elliott says she will be a candidate for a district-wide seat in the Council elections in October. "I have had huge public support and encouragement to stand and after some serious deliberation I am putting my name forward. If Council was running s...
Cancer Society collecting in Kapiti
March 2013
Cancer Society volunteer Anna Upton is pictured collecting for child cancer care recently in Waikanae. Anna has been a Cancer Society volunteer for 17 years....
Plenty of fun to be had at the Sustainable Home and Garden Show
March 2013
Large crowds turned out in superb summer weather to enjoy the first day of the Sustainable Home and Garden Show being held in the grounds of Kapiti Primary School in Paraparaumu.The Show has attracted a huge array of stalls loaded with great ideas for making your home and garden ...
Former Kapiti Councillor delivers Fluoriude message
March 2013
Former Kapiti Councillor Peter Daniel delivered a strong message to KCDC this morning (20 March) on the inclusion of fluoride in the Kapiti water supply. Mr Daniel's speech is below:Hello to you Madame Mayor and CouncillorsMy priority has always been in the living and it is the l...
Electric truck's first public appearance at Kapiti show
March 2013
New Zealand's first electric rubbish truck will have its public debut at the Council-sponsored Sustainable Home and Garden Show this weekend (23-24 March).The compactor truck is being built by Zero Emission Vehicles and Kapiti will be the first council in the country to add an el...
Vote clears way for public to have say on local government reform
March 2013
Reform of the region's local government has moved a step closer with today's decision by Greater Wellington Regional Council to endorse public consultation on two models for change against the status quo. The regional council was the last of four councils involved in jointly ...
Kapiti Council switches to bore water as river supply drops
15 March 2013
Kapiti Council is now using a small amount of treated bore water to supplement the main supply to properties in Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati as the big dry continues to bite.It is the first time bore water has been used since December 2010.Council staff at the Water Treatmen...
Could a Kitchen Health Makeover be your answer for a healthy future
March 2013 - By Colette Maat
Could a Kitchen Health makeover change the direction of your health and that of your family? Recent statistics have shown that one in 5 people in New Zealand are pre- diabetic. Thatʼs a pretty hard core fact to face up to, given that this is one of the most beautiful, nat...
El Rancho Open Day for Easter Sunday
March 2013
El Rancho Open Day for Easter Sunday
March 2013
Jacinta Beckley takes her basketball to a higher level
March 2013 - Angelo Robinson reports
From the 17th – 24th February Kapiti's Jacinta Beckley competed in the Australian Junior Championships in Tasmania as a member of the Basketball New Zealand Under 20 Women's Team. This is a competition for Under 20 teams from the Australian states and New Zealand. The BBN...
'Cherry-picked' evidence to support expressway
March 2013
Action to Protect and Sustain Our Communities (APSOC)Kapiti community sustainability group APSOC has expressed deep disappointment with the decision of the board of inquiry into the Kapiti Expressway. "This is evidence-based evaluation at its worst. The board appears to have c...
Otaki board members to attend Wanaka conference
March 2013
The sensitive issue of whether Community Board members should attend a national conference in Wanaka at a cost per person of $1592 was raised at this week's Otaki Community Board meeting.During public speaking time social issues campaigner Dale Evans posed the question to the boa...
Kapiti Playhouse presents Brilliant Lies
March 2013
Wed 3rd to 6th April at 8 pm and Wed 6th to 13th April at 8 pm Kapiti Playhouse presents David Williamson's provocative black comedy "BRILLIANT LIES" at their theatre in Ruahine Street, Paraparaumu. Adults $20 Senior Citizens/Students $17 Members $15. Tickets from T...
PUBLIC MEETING ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMALGAMATION
March 2013
"What does a supercity mean for Kapiti?" This issue will be addressed next week by a panel of four prominent local body politicians at a public meeting in Waikanae.The meeting has been organised by the Waikanae Branch of the Labour Party to give the people of Kapiti the opportuni...
Are Stormwater upgrades being sacrificed for Aquatic Center
March 2013
Social issues campaigner Dale Evans says he is disturbed by persistent rumours that funds set aside for essential stormwater upgrades on Manly Street, Paraparaumu Beach, are being diverted to meet extra costs associated with the Aquatic Centre. Mr Evans says KCDC needs to be comp...
Logo questions remain unanswered
March 2013
Community Board Member Jackie Elliott has raised a number of questions relating to a proposed new tourism logo for Kapiti.Ms Elliott raised her concerns at a recent Kapiti Council meeting. "My reason for public speaking on this agenda item is, that I was the only elected membe...
Invitation to all boys 13-17 for Kapiti Basketball
March 2013
Kapiti Basketball Association is inviting ALL BOYS aged 13 to 17 Years interested in playing Age Group Representative Basketball to come along to KBA's Development Training Programme on Thursdays 6.00pm to 8.00pm at KCDC Sportshall at Paraparumu College on Mazengarb Road. All ...
Invitation to all boys 13-17 for Kapiti Basketball
March 2013
Kapiti Basketball Association is inviting ALL BOYS aged 13 to 17 Years interested in playing Age Group Representative Basketball to come along to KBA's Development Training Programme on Thursdays 6.00pm to 8.00pm at KCDC Sportshall at Paraparumu College on Mazengarb Road.Al...
Erosion consultation shows 'contemptuous attitude'
March 2013
Dear Editor,KCDC CEO Pat Dougherty states in the article 'Kapiti Erosion: Head to head' "The council has worked very hard to engage the community in what is an unsettling debate for everyone." The ratepayers of the Kapiti Coast have become all too familiar with Mr Dougherty's co...
Gloves are off for rider safety
March 2013
Motorcycle riders – especially those on motor scooters – are ignoring safety warnings and not wearing the minimum of safety gear before travelling on busy city roads. An MTA survey carried out over the last two weeks found 51 percent of riders failed to meet basic, ACC-suggest...
Kapiti Live Music Club kicks off march with Gravel Road
March 2013
Kapiti Live Music Club is up again for another year and we have Andrew London and Kirsten next month, but this month is "Gravel Road."Wednesday 20th March evening starts with Black Board session at 7:30pm and Gravel Road at 8:30pm at Lindale Café, Lindale Complex, Paraparaumu.Det...
An invitation to sue Council?
March 2013
Dear Editor,It was with great interest that I read KCDC's official statement by Mr Pat Dougherty on the issue of coastal erosion and the role that they have had in attempting to take homes by stealth. Mr Dougherty says, that they were "legally bound to include it on the LIMs… if ...
Invitation to all girls 13-18 for Basketball
March 2013
Kapiti Basketball Association is inviting ALL GIRLS aged 13 to 18 Years interested in playing Age Group Representative Basketball to come along to KBA's Development Training Programme on Saturday 23 March and Saturday 30 March 10am to 12pm, KCDC Sportshall at Paraparaumu College ...
Invitation to all girls 13-18 for Kapiti Basketball
Kapiti Basketball Association is inviting ALL GIRLS aged 13 to 18 Years interested in playing Age Group Representative Basketball to come along to KBA's Development Training Programme on Saturday 23 March and Saturday 30 March 10am to 12pm, KCDC Sportshall at Paraparaumu College ...
Theatre Impresarios Take Role at Kapiti Playhouse
March 2013
Successful theatre impresarios, Stewart and Tricia Macpherson are the new joint patrons for the Kapiti Playhouse.Based in Waikanae, the Macphersons' Stetson group is among the most successful developers and managers of a variety of touring theatre productions, not just in New Zea...
Warrior Dash hits Queen Elizabeth Park
March 2013
Organisers of the Warrior Dash, staged at QE Park, Paekakariki on the weekend say they were well pleased with the turnout and expect even bigger competitor numbers and cheering crowds for next year's event.The Kapiti version of the Warrior Dash featured over 750 competitors which...
Phoenix visit Waikanae School Mighty March Market Festival
March 2013
Players from the Wellington Phoenix soccer team were among the celebrity guests at the Waikanae School's Mighty March Market Festival.On yet another stunning summer's day, large crowds turned out to enjoy the festival which is growing in popularity each year. ...
Expressway case is still flawed
March 2013
The Environmental Protect Agency decision today does not change the fact that National's Kapiti Expressway is flawed and a financial basket case, Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi said today. "A leaked report by engineering consultants Beca showed the $515 million investment would y...
Minister Joyce Stevens Interviewed on the Kapiti Expressway
March 2013
By Pullet Surprise News Agency STEVENS: You'll have to ask the Minister of Transport that.PULLET SURPRISE: But Minister we haven't asked any questions yet.STEVENS: I presume you're wanting to talk about the McKays to Peka Peka Expressway.PULLET SURPRISE: Well yes Minister, bu...
Rare art exhibition in the Capital
March 2013
An exhibition of rare and fine art works, many of which have never been seen before other than in books and museum exhibitions, is being held in Wellington this week.The exhibition is a preview for Wellington art lovers of works to be included in a forthcoming major auction to be...
High Rotary Awards for Sir Noel Robinson
March 2013
A Valedictory address presented at the Rotary Club of Kapiti, described the background for the presentation of two high honours awarded to Sir Noel Robinson. Approximately 100 years ago, Sir Noel's grandparents owned the general store in the area over the railway line in Parap...
Raumati's Josh McHugh off to repaint Christchurch
March 2013
Frank Flohr, Manager of First Choice Decorators Limited is employing two WelTec painting and decorating graduates and sending them off to Christchurch next week to assist with the rebuild effort.They are Josh McHugh from Raumati South and Aukilani Koeplani from Naenae."We have a ...
Rubak Wins Island Swim
March 2013
Ben Rubak, age 17, was an impressive winner of Raumati Swimming Clubs annual Mainland to Kapiti Swim.The event was the 50th for the club ans was held in perfect weather conditions but less than perfect sea conditions. The 16 competitors braved a strong southerly swell earning th...
Friday lunchtime forums at Mahara Gallery
March 2013
Mahara Gallery are offering six Friday lunchtime forums with a great range of panelists on topics of broad socialand political interest to Kapiti communities and beyond. All forums run from 12 noon - 1pm, all welcome, entry free. For more information contact the gallery on 04 ...
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN ‘TOO BUSY’ FOR TIME OUT
March 2013
An independent survey commissioned by Baileys Original Irish Cream has found that New Zealand women are increasingly finding it difficult to take time out for themselves – a symptom of modern day society's 'rushing women syndrome'. Half of all New Zealand women surveyed have l...
Confidence for Kids workshops in Raumati South
March 2013
"Workshops that Increase Confidence, Overcome Anxiety and Improve Communication Skills in Children, Teens & Adults"Raumati South Memorial Hall - Saturday 11th, 18th, 25th May & 1st June Time: from 1pm - 5pm on all days A different topic will be covered each week, and during t...
Confidence for Kids workshops in Raumati South
March 2013
"Workshops that Increase Confidence, Overcome Anxiety and Improve Communication Skills in Children, Teens & Adults"Raumati South Memorial Hall - Saturday 11th, 18th, 25th May & 1st June Time: from 1pm - 5pm on all days A different topic will be covered each week, and during t...
Kapiti Publisher Book Island goes international
March 2013
Kapiti Publisher Book Island is about to release first titles on the Dutch-speaking market. In two weeks' time Greet Pauwelijn, creator of Book Island and publisher of the popular children's books Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich, Bernie and Flora and Sir Mouse to the Rescue, is...
Paekakariki Express Rides for Life
March 2013
The Paekakariki Express, Christian Cullen, and six others are riding their bikes from Cape Reinga to Bluff to raise money for the Neonatal Trust. They plan to raise $1millon dollars for the trust.The All Black legend and his group left Cape Reinga on February 25 and will arrive i...

 
Feb 2013
Public Speakers' Corner for Kapiti
February 2013
The Kapiti Coast will again have its own version of Speakers' Corner at Hyde Park in London. Speakers' Corner sited between the KCDC Civic Building and the Paraparaumu Library had fallen into disuse for a variety of reasons. Once again, it will be open to all comers at a...
Council debt levels 'unaffordable and unsustainable'
February 2013
Kapiti Social issues campaigner and former Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board member Dale Evans says KCDC's debt is out of control with levels now reaching unaffordable and unsustainable levels."In today's economic climate and with the ever increasing debt, the Council is puttin...
Kapiti Aquatic Centre under threat from Mainzeal collapse
February 2013
The Kapiti Coast District Council says it is stunned by the news of Aquatic Centre construction company Mainzeal being placed in receivership.The Council met with receivers PricewaterhouseCoopers today to discuss the impact of Mainzeal's receivership on the Coastlands Aquatic Cen...
Walk, run, cycle, scoot or skate your socks off – and be in to win!
February 2013
A sparkling new scooter, Shoe Clinic vouchers and a year's membership to Zealandia wildlife sanctuary, are just some of the prizes to be won in Greater Wellington Regional Council's Streets Alive summer active commuting challenge, which kicks off next Wednesday 13 February. ...
Kapiti celebrates Waitangi Day
February 2012
Large crowds turned out to celebrate Waitangi Day at the Whakarongotai Marae in Waikanae.After the powhiri and formal speeches the day was turned over to the musicians who kept the visitors royally entertained for the entire day. There was also plenty for the kids to do with ...
Otaki colt Weissmuller a ‘shoe-in’ for TV3 New Zealand Derby
February 2012
John Kiernan estimates he has nailed the shoes on over 50 Derby winners – but now it is time to train one himself.The Otaki horseman is behind the new rising star of New Zealand's three-year-old ranks, Weissmuller, who destroyed his opponents in the $70,000 Wellington Stakes at T...

 
Jan 2013
Have Fun and Learn Something New at Your Community Centre
January 2013 - NewYear – New Hobbies? Come along, meet new people and learn something new at your Community Centre
Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre is now running a community social and educational programme. Come along, learn something new, meet new people and have fun. Numbers are limited – register early to avoid disappointment. Floral Art – Helen Potter, Florence Carmichael & E...
Have Fun and Learn Something New at Your Community Centre
January 2013 - NewYear – New Hobbies? Come along, meet new people and learn something new at your Community Centre
Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre is now running a community social and educational programme. Come along, learn something new, meet new people and have fun. Numbers are limited – register early to avoid disappointment.Floral Art – Helen Potter, Florence Carmichael & Elva ...
Plunket: Keep an eye out for kids on the roads
January 2013
Plunket is urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head back to school this 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...
Buskers keep streets alive in Kapiti....
March 2014
A quick citizens poll in Kapiti showed overwhelming support for our street entertainers. Comments included: "Our Buskers add to the vibrancy of the place and in some cases they are the only bright sport in otherwise dull shopping areas." One person responded that the quali...
January 2013
This is funny...unless you are from Levin
Kapiti Council river recharge scheme challenged
January 2013
Below is the submission from Kapiti resident Jean Kahui in reference to the KCDC resource consent application for a river recharge scheme on the Waikanae River. These objections to the Kapiti Water Supply Project - River Recharge with Groundwater application are in relation to: ...
Kapiti singers have the X Factor
January 2013
Hundreds of hopeful singers turned up to Kapiti College today to audition for the New Zealand version of the hit show X Factor to be screened on TV3 later this year.More to follow......
Sad end for Whale at Paraparaumu Beach
January 2013
The massive sperm whale which washed up on the Kapiti Coast last night will be cut up into pieces today and buried at a secluded part of the beach in Queen Elizabeth Park.The 15-metre long marine mammal was discovered at around 6:30am in front of the Kapiti Boating Club on Parapa...
Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board launches campaign against unauthorised tradespeople
March 2013
Kapiti homeowners are being warned today not to use unlicensed tradespeople for plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work over the summer break.The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB), which regulates the industry, is calling on Kapiti homeowners to ask plumbers, ga...
Teddy Bears Picnic
January 2013
Wheel Blacks take on Aspiring Beauty Queens
January 2013
It will be an interesting wheelchair rugby match for our national team, the New Zealand 'Wheel Blacks' when they take on Miss World New Zealand 2013 contestants on Saturday, 12th January at 5.00pm, held at the Otara Spinal Unit.This event aims to showcase just how fun wheelchair ...
Bellydance in Waikanae
January 2013
Bellydance in WaikanaeLearn to Bellydance! Bellydance is for everyone, no matter what size, shape of level of fitness.Get fit, get toned and have fun!When: 11 February 2013 to 9 December 2013 Venue: Waikanae Beach Hall, 22a Rauparaha Street Location: Wellington Region, New ...
Park visitors need to heed fire bans
January 2013
The Greater Wellington Regional Council is calling for people to heed the fire bans in the region's Parks following a small fire at Porirua's Whitireia Park's western beach on Sunday 6 January.The driftwood fire flared up in the late afternoon, covering an area of about 20x30 met...
Support needed for new Kiwi cartoon
January 2013
A new Kiwi Maori cartoon for a short film animation. THE RANGIMOEKAUS is about a hard-case Kiwi whanau living on a marae in NZ. It showcases fun female lead characters and crazy kiwi humour and popular Maori humour in cartoon animation.We need your pledge for the audio production...
Regional council registers for carbon credits
January 2013
Wellington is one of four regional council forest areas that has been registered for carbon credits.Wellington Regional Council has applied to the Ministry for Primary Industries to register a total of 442 hectares in Battle Hill Forest Park, Cannons Creek and Stratton Street in ...
Otaki-Maori Summer Festival Raceday
January 2013
Nga Manu Nature Reserve - a must see this summer
January 2013
Nga Manu Nature Reserve offers you a unique opportunity to have a hands on experience related to the natural history of New Zealand and it is right here in Kapiti. By visiting the Reserve you will gain an understanding of the ecosystems by using examples of plants and animals...
The El Rancho Summer Carnival
January 2013
School Holiday Kids Camps – Summer CampTheme – The El Rancho Summer CarnivalCome one come all to the greatest show on Earth. There's a genuine excitement as the Ringmaster takes the stage to deliver his opening statement. The acrobats, clowns, elephants, lion tamers all wait in t...
Otaki Festival Of The Wind
March 2013
Come and enjoy three days of free, open-air, eco-friendly fun to be held on Otaki beach. Another event by Otaki Village Promotions Group.Be wowed by every kind of kite imaginable from the giant to the tiny, acrobatic and single line. Kite buggies, kite surfing, weird and wonderfu...
Celebrate the 60th jubilee of Queen Elizabeth Park
January 2013
Celebrate the 60th Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth Park. Join us for a guided walk around the lesser-known areas of the park. Learn about the recently upgraded US Marines memorial. Suitable for an easy fitness level. There will be spot prizes from Dwight Outdoors. Meet at...
Takahe Chick Naming Competition
January 2013
Mitre 10 has a special new addition – a precious Takahe chick from Mingi and Bellamy. Until 1948 Takahe were thought to be extinct. Now there are just 250 left in the world. You could name this chick and go to Kapiti Island with your family to see where the Takahe live, maybe ...
The Mermaid's Song - Puppet Shows with Anna Bailey
January 2013
Puppet Shows with Anna Bailey - The Mermaid's Song. The story of a fisherman whose fishing trip takes a magical turn when he ensnares a mermaid. It is a whimsical adventure taking place in a suitcase.When: Friday, January 11, 2013 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: Mahara Galle...
Big crowds expected for Otaki race day January 4
January 2013
The Otaki-Maori Racing Club will be hosting their Interislander Summer Festival Family Day on Friday January 4th.When: Friday, January 4, 2013 10:00 am - 5:45 pm Where: Otaki-Maori Racing Club Te Roto Road Otaki Cost: $5 Adults, Children under 18 accompanied by an...
Kapiti Live Music Club - Gig Guide
January 2013
1st Sunday of each month Valhalla Blues Club Come strut your stuff at the Valhalla Blues Club with the host band. Valhalla Restaurant and Cafe no charge 3pm - 7pm email: tepukewarateao@gmail.com phone: 04 9739909 / 0210445922Every Wednesday, early evening The Waterfront...
Puppet fun for all at Mahara
January 2013
Pasta Arrabiata: A cooking show with strings attachedWhen: Saturday, January 5, 2013 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: Mahara Gallery 20 Mahara Place Waikanae Cost: Free entry Contact: Jasmine Bailey - Exhibitions Manager (04) 902-6242 Puppet Shows with Anna...
Birthright Otaki Big Dig 2013 on Saturday
January 2013
When: Saturday, January 5, 2013 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Where: Otaki Beach Marine Parade Otaki Beach Cost: $5 Individual entry, $20 Family entry Contact: The Birthright Otaki Big Dig is on for 2013. There will be 2 digging areas:  Under 5's area ...
RNZAF Big Band Concert for Southwards
January 2013
If you would like to enjoy an afternoon being entertained by this very popular group of talented musicians, put Sunday 24th March 2013 in your diary now as the 65 members of the Central Band of the RNZAF are coming to Kapiti and will be presenting a concert at Southwards. T...
Peanut Butter on the menu for Kapiti
January 2013
On Thursday the 10th of January Pic Crundlestein will be making toast for the people of Kapiti. Where, he's not sure, but he will be appearing somewhere. "People will notice us like anything, and those who dont get the chance to sample our wares will, I know, appreciate findin...
Ephemeral Art Workshops with Lisa Terreni
January 2013
Lisa Terrini will be holding two workshops in the Mahara gallery space for children to explore their creativity using natural and man-made materials to make assemblages or collages. Lisa is a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Education. Her current res...
X Factor Auditions in Kapiti
January 2013
The world's biggest music show, The X Factor, is coming to Kapiti for pre-auditions.Do you have The X Factor? You need to be 14 years or older as of 1st January 2013. Start thinking of a song you can sing – it can be anything you want.The Audition form plus full terms and conditi...

 
Dec 2012
Happy New Year Kapiti
1 January 2013
Tips to keep children safe this holiday season
December 2012
We plan our Christmas presents, our food for Christmas Dinner, and our summer holiday. But what about planning to ensure our children are safe over the holidays? Child Matters, New Zealand's child abuse prevention specialists, want to remind parents and caregivers that at th...
Circus time in Kapiti...........more
January 2013
The Zirka Circus has hit town and is attracting large crowds to the big tent in the field opposite Coastlands Shoppingtown, Rimu Road in Paraparaumu. The Zirka Circus Show Is two hours Long, with a 15 minute Intermission at half time. Zirka Circus is New Zealand's first com...
Year in summary from Hon Hekia Parata
January 2013
2012 was a big year in both my Education and Pacific Island Affairs portfolios. Thanks to all of you who have helped make a difference in these important areas. They matter for our kids and our country. The issues are challenging, and the debate passionate, and so it shou...
Local Business looking for crushing start to 2013
January 2013
SILACA GLASS CRUSHERS is supporting New Zealanders' love of the environment by using their waste glass to make a range of paving and landscaping products.Operating at the Otaki Transfer Station on the Kapiti Coast, Silaca has been turning local residents' waste glass - previously...
Council messages should be considered
December 2012
After reading the article on the KCDC in the Dominion there are some messages that I think all ratepayers should consider.The CEO is a great administrator, fully deserving of a pay rise that exceeds the total income of many Kapiti residents, however poor management under his watc...
Te Horo Beach attracts summer crowds
December 2012
Christmas came early to Te Horo Beach's Dixie St Park, on Sunday the 23rd, when over 70 residents celebrated the inaugural 'Christmas in the Park' party, put on by the Friends of Te Horo residents group. In keeping with the town's unique beach style, Santa arrived on a red qu...
Strong support for NZ Newborn Hearing Screening Programme.
January 2013
The National Foundation for the Deaf and the affiliated group Project HIEDI are both strong supporters and advocates for the NZ Newborn Hearing Screening Programme. The Foundation and Project HIEDI are alarmed and distressed at the reported need for 2000 babies to be recalled ...
10 Things To diffuse Stress for Children This Holiday Period
January 2013
As Presbyterian Support launches its second tier of the Guardian Angel campaign on TV nationwide, Robyn Corrigan, Professional Practice Leader for Family Works Northern, speaks out about what we can do this Christmas to avoid a rise in harm and family related violence. Robyn, ...
The Beatroot Family - Kapiti talent at its best...
December 2012
The Beatroots are one Kapiti Coast band you are not going to be able to catch in a pub. Pity! Their debut CD "Introducing the Beatroots" is one of the most original local CD's I have heard this year. That is saying something as I am a lot over 10 years old. The introduction ...
Harriet Bright - Featured artist
December 2012
Paekakariki artist Harriet Bright was born in the UK in 1973, and studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art, and then Brighton College of art 1990-1993. Her emphasis was on conceptual work while studying, although painting and drawing had been a love since childhood. Then came ...
Waikanae School prize giving
December 2012
Year 8 student successes at Waikanae School were recognised at the end of year prize giving held in the Waikanae Memorial Hall on Monday 19th December. In front of the rest of the school and a sizable number of parents the 57 year eight students received awards and cups for th...
Kapiti introduces Alcohol-free zones
December 2012
Kapiti Council has introduced a number of liquor bans around the Kapiti Coast to "keep our community safe and ensure people drink alcohol responsibly."Council says this will reduce the risk of alcohol-related offending in public places, such as beaches, rivers, streets and parks....
Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail a popular event
December 2012
If you would like to experience some of Waikanae's most stunning gardens, put the 26th and 27th January 2013 in your calendar now as the Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail is on again and will be a fun day out providing great inspiration for garden lovers.When: Sat 26 Jan '13, ...
Kapiti Coast water restrictions have started
March 2013
Gardeners reaching for hoses and sprinklers during recent hot, dry weather have pushed water consumption in the district up and triggered early water restrictions.From Friday (21 Dec) unattended hoses, sprinklers and garden watering systems (using reticulated water) can only be u...
Summer dog exercise areas on the Kapiti Coast
March 2013
Kapiti Council has a map on its website which show the officially sanctioned summer dog exercise areas on the Kapiti Coast for the period 1 December to 7 April 2013.Dog owners are responsible for their dog/s in public places. They are required to have control of their dog/s, ...
Emergency Contacts
December 2012
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...
Raumati Beach dairy liquor licence under threat from underage sales
December 2012
Police will seek the cancellation of a Kapiti Coast dairy's liquor licence after it sold alcohol to underage teens twice in the same night.The Raumati Beach Four Square was one of four outlets on the coast busted during a controlled-purchase operation using two volunteers aged 15...
Glider pilots escape crash landing
December 2012
A pilot and passenger walked away uninjured after a motorised glider crash-landed in a barley field in Te Horo.Constable Mike Howland said the aircraft crash-landed in a barley field east of the railway lines at about 2pm yesterday.The pilot, from Tauranga, and passenger, from Pu...
Controversial Retro Bar closed down
December 2012
The controversial Retro Bar - described by police as one of the worst bars in the Wellington region - is set to shut for good after the company that owns it was placed into liquidation.Iain Shephard and Heath Gair were appointed as joint liquidators of MSP Trading, formerly known...
Kapiti water restrictions announced
December 2012
Otaki to Raumati: Stage 1 - Evening Sprinkler Use...
Kapiti Coast Aquatics
December 2012
Kapiti Coast Aquatics. If you're looking for exercise, recreation or swimming lessons, the Kapiti Coast has a range of pools to cater for you.Kapiti Coast Aquatics provide quality, safe and affordable fun for the whole family. We offer PoolSafe facilities with many recreational p...
Kapiti gears up for Sustainable Home and Garden Show.
January 2013
Vendor registrations are now open for the 2013 Kapiti Sustainable Home and Garden Show.The Sustainable Home and Garden Show for 2013 is shaping up to be a great event as always. To be held over the weekend of 23-24 March, the show will feature even more people who are keen to sh...
$100,000 cannabis operation foiled by police
December 2012
On Tuesday 18th December 2012 the Kapiti Police Crime Control Unit (CCU) executed a planned drugs search warrant on a Waikanae Beach residential address.Located in the execution of the search warrant was a basement area as suspected professionally set up as a sophisticated cannab...
hello is anybody out there the day after the world ends...
December 22 The day after the world ended
More patience, fewer patients: MTA asks motorists to drive smart, drive safe, and relax on the roads
December 2012
At this time of year, everyone is on the road, trying to get to their favourite holiday destination, as fast as they can. Unfortunately with the festive season comes stress, angst and a general sense of urgency – a recipe for disaster when there is an increased volume of traffic....
Grant enables more cyclists to hone skills
December 2012
A 30-year drought of cyclist skills training in the Wellington region is set to end now that Greater Wellington Regional Council has won a grant from the Road Safety Trust. The $211,000 grant will enable easy access to training from well-qualified instructors and help cyclists...
Surviving the Christmas shopping spree
December 2012
Going shopping over the holiday period can be a bit like going into battle with retailers who use every sneaky scheme they can think of to get you to buy their goods. It is getting more difficult to win, because marketers are increasingly using neuroscience to trick your brain...
A resting time on Kapiti Island
December 2012
Otaki Police celebrated Christmas with a well deserved day off on Kapiti Island this week. The 10 member force included Santa,(aka Senior Constable Terry Moore) who didn't even take the beard off during his hot hike to the summit Tuteremoana. Constable Ali Brooks and Sergea...
SPCA Offers Kiwis a High Welfare Option this Christmas
December 2012
The SPCA Blue Tick team has been busy this year adding additional species to their Blue Tick accreditation scheme so that Kiwis can have a high welfare Christmas. Whether you are choosing a Christmas Ham, Turkey, Chicken or just wanting a high welfare Egg Nog this year, the SP...
Regional council to look into emergency reservoir
January 2013
Wellington Regional Council is to look at the feasibility of building an emergency water reservoir on the outskirts of Porirua to help resupply residents more quickly after a big earthquake. Councillors today approved a feasibility study for a possible 500 million-litre reser...
Refeshed Rivendell will Guide Park Visitors
December 2012
Three beautifully carved posts will now guide visitors to the beech glade in Kaitoke Regional Park where scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed. The new posts have been placed along the track leading to the glade used as a set for "Rivendell" in The Fellowship ...
More Kiwis staying at home this summer and spending less on Christmas gifts
December 2012
A snap poll undertaken by 50+ lifestyle website and social club GrownUps.co.nz suggests more Kiwis will be staying close to home these holidays. 62% of poll participants said they'd be staying at home and 28% said they would be staying within a two-hour drive of home this summer....
Longer south / east route options to be evaluated in Wellington public transport study
December 2012
Bus rapid transit and light rail options running from Wellington Station to the south and east beyond Wellington Regional Hospital will now be fully explored and evaluated as part of the Wellington Public Transport Spine Study. The study, being carried out by Greater Wellingto...
Putting the heart in heartland: NZ’s most generous towns - Paekakariki high on the list
December 2012
By looking at the numbers and locations of gifts given through the Oxfam Unwrapped appeal, the 2012 Generosity List names New Zealand's most charitable towns. The Tasman town of Upper Moutere has come up trumps for the second year in a row. The number two and three spots went to...
Paws for thought – planning a road trip with pets
December 2012
Now more than ever we consider our pets as family members, so when heading off on a summer holiday, they come too. But travelling with your furry friends can require a bit of forward planning to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. The Motor Trade Association (MTA) has put...
Roadworks on State Highway 1, Paekakariki (starts early January)
December 2012 - Message from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)
NZTA will be working on a number of improvements to the road surface and the intersections with Paekakariki Hill Road and Beach Road starting the first week of January. This is likely to affect you.What's happening? NZTA will be resurfacing a one kilometre stretch of road fro...
Charity Walk fundraiser for Village Hall
December 2012
Julie Perkins has announced a charity walk as a fundraiser for St Peters Village Hall in Paekakariki. It will be on the Perkins Farm along the Paekakariki end of the Transmission Gully route. "This may be the last chance people have to check out the beautiful farmland vistas w...
More say for community in regional council's freshwater plan
December 2012
The community is to have much greater say about water quality and allocation limits in the region's rivers, lakes and aquifers, under a plan approved by Wellington Regional Council. Councillors yesterday adopted a timetable for implementing the National Policy Statement for Fr...
Don’t forget your car seat!
With the silly season in full swing, Plunket would like to remind families that every time a child travels in a car they need to be in a car seat or booster seat.Plunket's Car Seat Service exists to help families get access to child car restraints. If family or friends are going ...
Entertain the Kids with Free or cheap Events this January
December 2012
Keeping your kids entertained and occupied during January is easy with a bumper month of free or cheap events in the Wellington Regional Council's Great Outdoors Summer Events 2013 programme. There's no need for anyone to go stir-crazy in January says Cr Nigel Wilson, Chair of...
Why are KCDC Paying NZTA's Bills
Monday December 11
Today Waikanae Community Board will receive a report by KCDC's Bernie Goedhart recommending Kapiti Council install no parking lines along SH1 north of Waikanae.An influx of all day parking since the extension to Tranz Metro's park-and-ride facility has caused headaches for reside...
Save our River - Save our Aquifer - Build a Dam
11 December 2012
There is a local call to help save the Waikanae River from what many see as a serious threat from proposals to construct a river recharge scheme designed to supplement the introduction of water meters. KCDC currently has an application before the Greater Wellington Regional Counc...
Talking About Money
December 2012
Good communication is important in any relationship and one of the most vital subjects to discuss is money. It is surprising how many couples get together without having a frank and open discussion on how money will be managed in the relationship, only to find that fundamental...
Advice for taking the silly out of the season
December 2012
Consumer NZ is on a mission to take the silly out of the season for consumers this year. Next week it is inviting Kiwis to share Christmas shopping tips on a Twitter chat. During the chat - on Tuesday 11 December between 1.00pm and 2.00pm - Consumer will also share key advice...
Local artists show support for Wellington Rape Crisis
December 2012
On Saturday the 8th of December, artworks donated by local artists will be auctioned off to raise awareness and funds for Wellington Rape Crisis.The auction will be the culmination of a week-long exhibition at Matchbox Studios, including works by Devon Smith, Kelly Spencer, Fleur...
Engineering excellence win for Greater Wellington’s Water group
Greater Wellington's Water group has won a New Zealand Engineering Excellence Award for its part in developing a groundbreaking chemical process for water treatment. Com::pass is a software system that predicts the optimum amount of treatment chemical needed for effective wate...
Graduating WelTec Engineer – A Great Role Model to Others
December 2012
Hard work and determination to succeed has meant a young Maori woman has unwittingly become a role model to other young women throughout New Zealand."Most young girls don't think about engineering as an option in terms of a career. I'm here to show them it's not only an option, ...
Don’t be let down by your car this summer
December 2012
Everyone wants to enjoy the summer, so the one thing you don't want is a vehicle that breaks down, or worse still, suffers a mechanical failure that might put you, your passengers or even other road users at risk. While modern cars are usually exceptionally reliable, they won'...
“A cage, is a cage, is a cage.”
December 2012
Today the Minister of Primary Industries, David Carter, released the 2012 Layer Hen Code. Current cages, known as Battery, must be phased out by 2022 only to be replaced by Colony Cages.Battery cages give a layer hen approximately the same space as an A4 piece of paper to live o...
Cyclists give Matangi trains thumbs up
December 2012
Wellington region cyclists have given a big thumbs up to the new Matangi trains, awarding Greater Wellington Regional Council runner-up in the "Best Cycle Infrastructure Improvement" category in the Roll On Wellington gongs. The Roll on Wellington awards, which took place last...
Warning against button battery ingestion injuries
December 2012
Safekids New Zealand and Consumer Affairs (now part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) are giving life-saving information to parents and caregivers about the potential dangers of swallowing coin lithium batteries. Coin lithium batteries, commonly found in sin...
Water catchments receive only a third of average November rainfall
December 2012
Regional water newsOnly a third of the usual rainfall fell in the Wellington region's main water catchments in November, reinforcing the need to prepare for less water this summer while we are down by one water storage lake. The latest NIWA forecast shows an increased probabil...
T G Macarthy Trust celebrates centenary of giving
December 2012
The T G Macarthy Trust is celebrating its 100 year anniversary with a special one-off contribution of $40,000 to 40 toy libraries across the lower North Island, says Public Trust Chief Executive Graeme Hansen. The Kapiti Toy Library are among those receiving grants. "The T ...
New Zealand's newest politician sworn in at Otaki
December 2012
Newly elected Otaki Community Board member Jackie Elliott was officially sworn in at a brief ceremony during the meeting of the Board this week.Ms Elliott was warmly received by many locals and was congratulated by Mayor Jenny Rowan and Board chair James Cootes. During public spe...
Dogs that attacked to be destroyed
December 2012
Two dogs involved in last week's attack on two Otaki women are to be euthanized after their owner signed them over to the Kāpiti Coast District Council. The two Pitbull terrier cross dogs have been held at the Kāpiti pound since being seized last Wednesday after a pr...
Kapiti scoops the pool at Encore Awards
December 2012
A group restoring Queen Elizabeth Park on the Kapiti Coast, children from Raumati South School, volunteers working on pest trapping and monitoring in the Rimutaka Forest Park, and a project to redevelop the Royal Wellington Golf Course are among this year's Encore Awards winners....
Four Best Money Tips for Christmas
December 2012
Every Christmas it's the same story for many families; not enough money to go around, overspending and an aftermath of too much debt, stress and depression. It is ironic that the season of good cheer should leave such disastrous effects in its wake. Here are the four best tips...
Boxing to highlight Not for Sale
December 2012
Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington will present a live Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) boxing match at Midland Park on Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at noon. The match will set Fred Dagg (the people) against Uncle Sam (corporate power) to illustrate the clash of values...
DOC Changes bring price hikes for Kapiti Island visitors.
December 2012
"This weekend a new era in public access to Kapiti Island begins with DOC's increasing of visitor numbers to 150 per day, 363 days of the year," says Guide Jackie Elliott. Previously the limit was 50 day permits for the Nature Reserve and 18 for the North End, raised to 36 las...
Last minute change to governance Bill impacts on Kapiti
December 2012
Otaki Community Board member, Jackie Elliott says changes made to the Local Government Reform bill during its third reading in Parliament require close scrutiny to ensure the best outcomes for local decision making. "The Local Government Amendment Bill passed its third r...
Carols by the Sea in Kapiti

 
Nov 2012
Dancing tree - Thursday December 6
Kapiti Arts Trail a great success
November 2012
People from all over the region enjoyed the Kapiti Arts Trail at the weekend.Council's Arts and Museum Development Officer Catherine Scollay says the event, which included 250 artists and artisans at 80 sites around Kapiti, was very well attended."We had lots of local visitors an...
Community Patience running out on Capital Connection
November 2012
Newly elected Otaki Community Board member Jackie Elliott said the community's patience is running out on the undecided fate of the Capital Connection service."This issue has dragged on for many months. There have been several very well attended public meetings and all sorts of a...
Warm Greater Wellington scheme hits $10 million mark
November 2012
Over ten million dollars of support for home insulation and clean heating has been provided to homes in the Wellington region through the Greater Wellington Regional Council's Warm Greater Wellington scheme. So far 512 Kapiti homes are now warmer, healthier and will cost less to ...
Dealing with Life’s Changes
November 2012
Every so often, we may experience a sudden change in our life, either planned or unplanned. Eva Bennett has just published a handy guide, written very clearly and succinctly, to help you deal with the three biggest changes: relationships, redundancy and retirement (As Time Goe...
Mana Minister encourages students sitting NCEA exams
November 2012
National List MP based in Mana Hekia Parata encourages all local school communities to help NCEA students to aim high. "We have an education system that is among the best in the world. Four out of five kids are successfully getting the qualifications they need from school to ...
Kapiti Arts Trail in full swing
November 2012
U-17 Girls team finalists in Hoop Club Tournament
November 2012
After coming together for the first time only three days before tip-off, the Kapiti Basketball Association U-17 Girls team made the final of the annual Hoop Club Tournament. Held over Labour Weekend at the ASB Stadium in Wellington, the team lost in the final to the highly exp...
Big Love concert
November 12
Sirolli on the menu for Business Breakast
November 2012
We are delighted to bring to you a highly acclaimed and in demand, International speaker. Italian-born, Dr Ernesto Sirolli received a Laurea di Dottore in Political Science from Rome University in 1976 and a Ph.D. from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in 2004. He...
Paekakariki-based Strung Out to perform two concerts
November 2012
Due to popular demand Wellington singing sensations the Doubtful Sounds are teaming up again with the Strung Out string quartet to perform their unique takes on much-loved pop hits by artists ranging from Prince and Donna Summer to Th' Dudes and Dragon. Choir leader and music mae...
Kapiti Coast is set to prosper says Airport owner
November 2012
Chairman of the Kapiti Coast Airport Sir Noel Robinson recently addressed the Rotary Club of Kapiti, and expressed great confidence in the future for Kapiti."Population growth as compared to the rest of New Zealand towns and cities, is the second to highest in the country", said ...
SPCA National Appeal starts this week (Nov 5-11)
November 2012
A family cat deliberately cut up in Timaru, a tethered pet goat stabbed to death in Greymouth, a climbing carabiner threaded through the neck of a dog in Rotorua, and in Wellington, several boys kick and hit a small terrier cross dog with a cricket bat. These are just four of mo...
Wellington Local Government review aims to ‘halt the decline’
November 2012
By NZLG editor, Graham Hawkes No punches were pulled when the Wellington Region Local Government Review Panel delivered its judgement on local government in the Wellington region this week.Chair Sir Geoffrey Palmer said a new structure should help halt the decline of the regio...
Christmas Show at Kapiti Playhouse
November 2012
Sir Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings, directed by Mary-Anne Kindell, will feature at Kapiti Playhouse.Show dates:15th November 16th November 17th November 22nd November 23rd November 24th NovemberAll shows start at 8pm.Tickets are available now at iTICKET.www.it...
Low benefit of Expressway gets calls to scrap it
November 2012
Labour is calling on the Government to pull the plug on the Mackays to Peka Peka section of the Kapiti expressway after a leaked NZTA document reveals the project has a "shockingly low" benefit to cost ratio. Labour's transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says the motorway proje...

 
Oct 2012
Jackie Elliott wins in Otaki
October
Social issues campaigner Jackie Elliott has swept to a substantial win in the Otaki Community Board By-election.Ms Elliott won 1223 votes with nearest challenger Christine Papps on 1052. Annie Bythell received 711 votes in the first round of the STV vote.Ms Elliott said she was v...
Raumati South School Gala - November 17
Sports Gala at Mazengarb Reserve - Saturday 27 October
October 2012
Kapiti Hockey will be part of the Kapiti Sports Gala at Mazengarb Reserve.This Saturday starting at 12 noon going on until 6pm. COME ON DOWN – spread the word.More than 20 sports will be represented. There will an inter-school competition covering a few different sports. ...
How to Recession-Proof Your Finances
October 2012
There is a direct link between how confident people feel about their financial situation and how much they spend. This was evident in the property boom that occurred prior to the Global Financial Crisis. When property prices were rising, home owners felt wealthier and had ...
Kapiti Music to Reclaim the Link
October 2012
For many people the Fat lady hasn't sung on the proposed Kapiti Expressway.Many groups opposing the positioning of the expressway route hope that the coming BOI (board of inquiry) into the matter will prove that a better solution exists. The group "Save Kapiti" has made a submiss...
Fran Wilde hosted by Kapiti Rotary
October 2012
Chair of the Wellington Regional Council Hon. Fran Wilde addressed the Kapiti Rotary Club last week. Ms Wilde presented her views on the likely future of local bodies in the Greater Wellington area. "We need to face some obvious facts regarding the future of local governmen...
Water meters divide Otaki Board candidates
October 2012
In a surprise response during question time two of the three Otaki Community Board by-election candidates told a full Otaki meeting they favoured the introduction of water meters.Annie Bythell said she thought water meters were a good idea but she didn't like the process by which...

 
Sep 2012
Kapiti Police disappointed
October 2012
Kapiti Police are disappointed by the actions of some youths, after three out of control parties over the weekend.Officer in charge of Kapiti Police Senior Sergeant Alasdair Macmillan says around 10:15pm on Friday night, Police were called to a Raumati South address where a group...
Kapiti publisher Book Island set to hit the shelves
Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich, Sir Mouse to the Rescue and Bernie and Flora are three stunning picture books soon to be released by Book Island, an up-and-coming children's book publisher located in the Kapiti Coast.Owner and publisher Greet Pauwelijn's goal is not only to pu...
So long Sel...Kapiti character farewelled
September 2012
Selly Hyde, one of Kapiti's most notable citizens was farewelled yesterday at St Paul's Anglican Church in Paraparaumu.A packed congregation turned out to see off Selwyn Ernest Hyde (known to most as Selly) and pay respects to his wife of 63 years Ngaire and the family. Moving tr...
Greater Wellington on the move
September 2012
Greater Wellington Regional Council will be relocating from its earthquake prone premises in Wakefield Street.The Council formally approved the shift at its meeting today, following more than a year's work by senior management in assessing the seismic strength of the current buil...
Labour leader and local MP to visit Kapiti College
September 2012
On Thursday 27 September the Leader of the Labour Party and MP for Mt Albert David Shearer will be in the Mana electorate with MP for Mana Kris Faafoi, focusing on visits in relation to education. The two Labour MPs will be visiting Kapiti College on their visit to the electorate...
Hair raising driver crashes through window
September 2012
Police presence at the Kapiti Lights has been a common sight recently. Fortunately this time no one was hurt but the shop front window of the Capri Hair Salon was a casualty.Police and emergency services were quickly on the scene late Tuesday afternoon when the car owner hit the ...
Kapiti PAK’nSAVE to take part in ShakeOut
September 2012
Kapiti PAK'nSAVE is taking part in the New Zealand ShakeOut earthquake drill. ShakeOut has been organised by Civil Defence to help individuals and businesses understand what is required should an earthquake strike. On Wednesday 26 September at 9.26am anyone participating in th...
Another youth killing in Kapiti
September 2012
Kapiti Police are investigating the death of another young man in the Kapiti Lights complex overnight.Officer in charge of the Kapiti Mana CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam says around 12:40am Police were called to an altercation in the carpark area of Kapiti Lights. A 20 ...
Man arrested and charged over Kapiti killing
September 2012
Kapiti Police have arrested and charged a 22 year old man in connection with the death of 20 year old Sean Strongman-Lintern of Paraparaumu in the Kapiti Lights complex in the early hours of Saturday morning.Officer in charge of the Kapiti Mana CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Mike ...
A Bumper Spring Party for Everyone
September 2012
Leading local performers are helping the Kapiti Coast celebrate Spring with a free community party in Paekakariki, at a historic Wellington Road villa Saturday 22 September, from 10am to 2pm. Called the Paekakariki Bonanza, the party is a much anticipated annual celebration. ...
Kapiti woman wins NZ$180,000 with secret lottery ticket
September 2012
By Austin Weaver Choosing lottery numbers is a very personal decision. Individuals will generally consider important dates, such as birthdays and anniversaries, when filling out a lottery ticket. A husband and wife from the Kapiti Coast has been entering the New Ze...
Kapiti Dance Centre Trips the Light Fantastic
September 2012
By Graham McCready The Southward theatre was nearly full when the Kapiti Dance Centre recently performed Alice in Wonderland, Grease and La Bayadere. It was a family affair with many dads taking time out from rugby engagements to support their daughters.Alice in Wonderland used ...
Community Solutions - Boom time in Paekakariki
September 2012
Laurence Boomert offers an exciting view for the future and will be giving a public talk in Paekakariki on September 20.Boomert has a long history in contingency planning, green business development and community up solutions. In the 1990s he founded the 500 member Environmental ...

 
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Environment Awards nominations closing soon
September 2012
Applications for the 2012 Encore Awards close on Friday 14 September. The awards recognise those who improve the environment in some way or reduce the impact of their activities on it. There are seven award categories this year covering individuals, community gro...
Whareroa provides a great day for Rugby Legends planting
September 2012
We're back to usual 1st Sunday of the month working bees now. Well, what a great day for the Rugby Legends planting. About 80 volunteers along with lots of little kids carried plants up the hill and ventured onto steep slopes to plant almost 2,500 plants (including those pl...
Sun shines on Daffodil Day in Kapiti
September 2012
Over 300 local volunteers are have taken part in the Cancer Society's street collection in Kapiti this year. With another 50 volunteers behind the scenes, Daffodil Day (31st August 2012) is one of the largest street collections for the Kapiti community. Kapiti Daffodil Day Coordi...
Art Exhibition at Waikanae Library
September 2012
Four Kapiti artists feature in an exhibition currently on display at Waikanae Library.Works from Heloise cover Paris to Kapiti, and Molly Barclay has several works in her preferred medium of acrylics on canvas. Also featuring are the travel inspired works of Shirley Sutton and Da...
Cupcakes For SPCA
August 2012
A recent fundraising day for the SPCA was held at Waikanae School. Concerned for the welfare of animals Jessica Glover, Della Rankin and Dailha Wiari, all year 6 students from Waikanae School, came up with an idea to raise funds by selling cupcakes. Jessica thought the money rai...
Sleepwalker by Lindsay Rabbitt
Sleepwalker My Chinese sneakers leak. They cost 15 bucks At The Warehouse. I didn't seek poverty. It found me grizzling on Renown Road, It found me shivering on the Russian Steppes. As a kid I sleepwalked. My night wandering became legend. I trekked to slums and...
Public meetings regarding Kapiti's user-payers water plans
August 2012
The Kapiti Concerned Citizens group is holding two public meetings this week. KCC is a group established to prevent user-pays water schemes being instituted in Kapiti, to campaign for increased democracy in Kapiti local government and to circulate information on other local issue...
Jackie Elliott to stand for Otaki Board
August 2012
Surprise doors opened for anti water meter campaigner Jackie Elliott when she attended the Otaki Community Board meeting on August 7th. Ms Elliott, concerned with the quality of representation for the people of Otaki by elected members of the Otaki community board spoke up and...
The Road Ahead: How would you spend $30 billion?
August 2012
With Kapiti at the centre of major roading controversies, a debate on roading issues next week is timely. The Road Ahead: How would you spend $30 billion? Thursday 23 August, 6:30-8pm on at Wesley Church, 75 Taranaki St, Wellington. How we move matters, more than ever b...
The Road Ahead: How would you spend $30 billion?
August 2012
With Kapiti at the centre of major roading controversies, a debate on roading issues next week is timely.The Road Ahead: How would you spend $30 billion? Thursday 23 August, 6:30-8pm on at Wesley Church, 75 Taranaki St, Wellington.How we move matters, more than ever before. Wi...
Drivers concerned about fewer WoF inspections
August 2012
Warrant of Fitness changes could impact on Kapiti drivers and road safety according to a recent survey. Any changes to the current warrant of fitness (WoF) regime need to be carefully considered after a survey of drivers found the majority expressing some degree of concern tha...
Kapiti history captured in Letters book
August 2012
Of interest to local historians is the recent publication from boutique publisher Awa Press titled 'An Indescribable Beauty; Letters home to Germany from Wellington, New Zealand, 1859 and 1862', by Friederich August Krull. Friederich arrived in New Zealand from Germany in 1859 as...
Kapiti Community Centre - Activities for all
August 2012
The Kapiti Community Centre has a number of hobby, support and community groups that regularly use the centre.Please have a look at our Whats on when? timetable at www.kapiticommunitycentre.co.nzIf you find something of interest and need more information or would like to find ou...
FSC welcomes new retirement expenditure survey
The Workplace Savings/Westpac/NZ Retirement Expenditure Guidelines Survey on how much people are presently spending in retirement will be helpful information for measuring and monitoring our likely superannuation income gap, says the chief executive of the Financial services Coun...
Rob Hewitt to visit Kapiti Island for the First Time
Within a very busy schedule for Rob Hewitt in Kapiti next week will be a surprising first visit to Kapiti Island.Hewitt spent 72 hours in the sea outside Mana and Kapiti Islands during February 2006 before his rescue from the sea, but has never been ashore on Kapiti Island. 'O...
Secret to a long and happy marriage
EnviroArt gets boost in Kapiti
August 2012
Barry Lucinsky of Otaki is very well known for his commitment to recycling, especially glass, and now he has gone a step further with the creation of art works made from crushed glass.Mr Lucinsky has work on exhibition which is also for sale at a variety of outlets throughout Kap...
Kapiti couples Tie the Knot at Te Papa
August 2012
Four Kapiti couples have tied the knot at a traditional Thai Cultural Wedding ceremony held at Te Papa.In all, nine couples took part in the celebrations organised by the Thai community of Wellington. The occasion also celebrated the Queen of Thailand's 80th birthday as well as T...
Winter Sports Tournament for Kapiti Schools
August 2012
By Peter CorlettTuesday 14th was a big sports day on the Coast for Kapiti schools with their annual Winter Tournament. Over 400 Year 5 and 6 students from all the local primary schools were able to choose from a range of sports that included soccer, hockey, netball and Rippa ru...
Vandalism at local school
August 2012
Waikanae School caretaker, Peter Larkin, says that when he arrives at school each morning he will never know what he will find. There have been on-going incidents of vandalism on a regular basis over the years. This has included graffiti, broken windows in the hall, break ins...
Kapiti Public Meeting on future of local government
August 2012
Have your say on the future of local government in our region When: Thursday 30th August, 5.30pm-7.30pm Where: Paraparaumu Public Library, 9 Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu Panel members attending will be Sir Geoffrey Palmer (Chair), Sir Wira Gardiner and Bryan Jack...
Public meeting on local government reform
August 2012
Kapiti residents and ratepayers are being encouraged to have their say on potential local government reform in the Wellington region at a public meeting set up by the independent Wellington Region Local Government Review Panel on Thursday 30 August, at the Paraparaumu Public Libr...
New signs for Te Horo Crossing
August 2012
KiwiRail are will be installing new signs at a Te Horo level crossing where a Somali community leader's car was hit by a freight train in July. Adam Awad suffered serious head injuries and was left fighting for his life when his car was hit on a private rail crossing at Te Hor...
Can You Be The Loudest
August 2012
Peter Davis at AD Architecture says the company has set up a web page to fundraise for Loud Shirt Day."Please take a moment to make a donation and support our participation in Loud Shirt Day 2012 to raise funds for The Hearing House. Spread the word," says Mr Davis. The websi...
Kapiti boy dies after assault
August 2012
Izak Millanta, from Paraparaumu, has died surrounded by family and friends in Wellington Hospital.He had been on life support after police found him unconscious in a car park at Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu, with just a graze on his head about 3am on Saturday.Izak's mother was on...
Public submissions close today on Expressway
August 2012
MP for Mana Kris Faafoi is urging people to use the day to give their views on the controversial Kapiti Expressway. "People have until 5pm today (August 10)to put in a submission to the EPA on the proposed route. I urge those who are concerned to make their views known, s...
Serious Assault in Coastlands - teenager on life support
August 2012
Report by Peter Corlett Following a serious assault in the early hours of this morning the bridge area of the Coastlands car park is still closed to traffic and pedestrians due to on-going scene examinations, with security guards and police guarding the scene. It has been rep...
Jacinta Beckley hits big time hoops
August 2012
Kapiti Basketball player Jacinta Beckley has been called up by top of the table Women's 1st Division Basketball Team the Hutt Valley Flyers.Jacinta was called up by the Hutt Valley Flyers for the recent Women's 1st Division Tournament held at the Walter Nash Stadium in Taita. ...
Local Roller Derby squad Whenua Fatales on show in Sisters League
August 2012
Kapiti/Horowhenua Roller Derby squad Whenua Fatales have put on a great show against home team River City Rollers (Wanganui)in their head to head clash.The Whenua Fatales Roller Derby team travelled to Wanganui for their first bout against local team River City Rollers. With a so...
Paper Plus Coastlands named Group Bookshop of the Year
August 2012
Local books and stationery store, Paper Plus Coastlands has been awarded as the best in the country, taking out the prestigious title of THORPE-Bowker Group Bookshop of the Year.The announcement was made on Thursday night at the Booksellers NZ Conference Dinner & Industry Awards,...
Admin costs could hike Water Meters charges
August 2012
Comment from former KCDC Councillor, Roy BradburyI was speaking to a friend the other day, who had just come back from Brisbane, visiting his sister and what he said has made me wonder, how much are we all going to be affected by installing water meters in Kapiti. As you ...
Green Light Art Group exhibition
August 2012
The Green Light Art Group, based at Kapiti Crossroads, are holding their annual art exhibition.A variety of works are on show at the Paraparaumu Library in the Roderick and Gillian Deane Art Space until 17 August. Please take the time to view these unique and orginal art works. A...
High school kids lead the way
August 2012
This week high school students will return to their old primary and intermediate schools to dispel some of the myths around what to expect when making the jump to secondary school.The Duffy Books in Homes School Leader assemblies allow schools to invite two senior high school stu...
Local body elections legislation on track
August 2012
New rules governing local body elections could be in place before the end of next year.The Government's confirmed it will reform existing laws following the John Banks donation scandal over his 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign declarations.Local Government Minister David Carter say...
Letters home give rare look at Wellington
August 2012
Letters home by a 22-year-old German settler in 1859 give a rare and exciting look at Wellington of the time. Friedrich Krull, who hailed from northern Germany, arrived with a friend after a four-month voyage on a Swedish ship, the Equator. His letters, which were intended to ...
CapTel – Captioned Phones for the Hearing Impaired
August 2012
To those who can hear with ease, the thought of what life would be like without access to a telephone would probably never cross their mind. Spare then, a thought for those of us who struggle to hear on the phone and how it must now feel to have an option of using a captioned ...
Inaccuracies reported on milky way
August 2012
Dear Editor Joel Maxwell, in his story 'Milky intruder not identified' (published 30 July), has stated several inaccuracies. When this reporter asked a Greater Wellington Regional Council (GW) media adviser if the March spill in Kakariki Stream referred to in the article wa...
Council jumping the gun
August 2012
Dear SirI read in the Kapiti News that Council has gone and spent ratepayers money to buy land for a future water storage dam but nowhere in the article does it state Maori have given their permission to store their water in it. Another fine example of jumping the gun and inco...
First Train The Teachers
August 2012
Financial management skills are best taught at a young age. However, despite the development of a curriculum for financial education, few schools have taken up the opportunity to teach kids about money, claiming lack of resources and a crowded curriculum. There is another v...
Otaki - not so lucky
August 2012
Hello,I would just like to say "Wow, aren't we lucky" and yes I'm being very sarcastic. But yes I do think we are very lucky as a community that TV1 and TV3 news choose not to announce that Don Moselen is still a paid and sitting member of our Community Board. The fact that he...

 
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Popular Waikanae Teacher On The Move
August 2012
Popular Waikanae School teacher Martin Taylor is leaving teaching and a farewell assembly was held at Waikanae School on the 20th July. The special assembly included speeches, items by students and the school band. In his farewell speech to Mr Taylor, Waikanae School princip...
Kapiti Plunket proud to support World Breastfeeding Week
August 2012
Breastfeeding is celebrated around the world every year from 1 - 7 August with World Breastfeeding Week. As part of the New Zealand celebrations, Women's Health Action runs the Big Latch OnTM.On Friday 3 August at 10.30am women and their babies will gather together at venues thro...
Basketball tour a great success
July 2012
Kapiti Basketball Director of Coaching Angelo Robinson reports:The New Zealand Basketball Academy 15 & Under Boys and Girls teams have just arrived back in New Zealand after competing in the prestigious Las Vegas Live tournament in the United States. This tournament is a well kno...
Celebrating National Poetry Day
July 2012
Today (Friday 27 July) is National Poetry Day. Celebrate by reading, writing, speaking poetry. Below is a review of the first collection of Kapiti poet Nicola Easthope.Nicola Easthope's first collection of poems, Leaving my arms free to fly around you, is slightly let down by its...
Plan to keep commuter train on track heard by Minister
July 2012
A high powered delegation of local government chairs and chief executives met with Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee today in an attempt to keep the wheels turning on the commuter train service between Palmerston North and Wellington. Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional ...
Glensor wants fare feedback
July 2012
Public transport users in the Wellington region are being encouraged to give their feedback on possible changes to how Metlink bus, train and harbour ferry fares are calculated and the kinds of discounts that could be available. Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater Wellington'...
Otaki's Amelia Longuet to head Business and Government School
July 2012
The New Zealand School of Business and Government (SBG), which operates from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch has appointed Amelia Longuet of Otaki, the new chief executive and head of school. Mike Fermanis will continue in his role as head of operations and marketing. ...
Kapiti College student chosen as Youth Ambassador
July 2012
World Vision is pleased to announce 17 year old Oliver Missen from Whakatane High School, 18 year old Joanna Gibbs from Kapiti College and 16 year old Young Yu from Auckland International College, have been selected as its Youth Ambassadors for 2012. Each year the aid agency alon...
Capital Connection - morning protest planned
July 2012
Tomorrow morning (Thursday 26th July) passengers from the Capital Connection rail service will be driving to Waikanae Station to further highlight the failure of the NZTA to subsidise this vital commuter service from the Manawatu and Horowhenua. While this drive to Waikanae will ...
Kapiti College Choir return from successful World Choir Games
July 2012
Kapiti College Choir, Nga Manu Tioriori o Kapiti, returned from the competing in the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio, during the holidays thrilled both with their performances and with the experiences they had.They competed in two sections as a full group - the Jazz Choir -...
Dad & Daughter Date Night – First Sunday in August
July 2012
A group of doting dads are encouraging families to join in on the unofficial holiday that celebrates the special bond shared between a father and his daughter/s. And Kapiti Dads are welcome to enjoy the occasion.Following the concept of Mother's Day and Father's Day, a group of W...
Helpers welcome for Whareroa Stream planting days at QE Park
July 2012
This weekend is a great opportunity to do a bit of volunteer planting at Queen Elizabeth Park, alongside the Friends group and Greater Wellington Council.All planting times are 9.30am - 12noon. Morning tea is provided. Please bring gloves and a spade if possible.Friends of Queen ...
Wizard magic to make expressway disappear
July 2012
The Wizard of Christchurch was presented with a $450 million cheque from Save Kapiti which represents the difference between the cost of the community selected Kapiti Western Link Road and the Government's proposed four-lane Expressway.A large group of vocal supporters from Kapit...
Are You on Track
July 2012
One of the questions most frequently asked of financial advisers by clients who are mid-way through life, is "Am I on track?"While it is not exactly a mid-life crisis kind of question, it seems to arise at about the time people realise they are past the half way point to retireme...
New exhibitions open at Mahara Gallery
July 2012
Three new exhibitions have opened at the Mahara Gallery in Waikanae.Strive Towards your Destiny III features works from Arie Hellendoorn, Douglas Stichbury and Irene Ferguson - In association with Suite GalleryAlso in New SPACE at Mahara: Cristina Silaghi, travels and findings ...
Local Timber Design Award finalists showcase interior excellence, innovation, and sustainability
August 2012
Six projects from Wellington, Kapiti, and Carterton have been chosen as finalists in the 2012 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards, representing excellence in commercial, engineering, interior, innovation and sustainability categories. 2012 attracted 93 entries across the nine ...
Applications open for Encore environment awards 2012
July 2012
Are you improving and restoring our region's rivers, lakes, wetlands, dunes and coasts, or developing, maintaining and promoting outdoor recreation facilities? Or maybe you're a business or resource consent holder going the extra mile to reduce the impact of your activities? ...
Telecom encourages mobile switch for Kapiti
Telecom is encouraging customers in the Kapiti region to switch mobile networks before the CDMA network closes at the end of this month. Since 1 July 2011, when Telecom announced the CDMA network would be closing on 31 July 2012, a good response has been seen from customers reali...
Rainwater tanks important for emergency preparedness
August 2012
A rainwater tank installed at home could save you a lot of grief in the event of a full-scale emergency. In the Wellington region, the bulk water mains cross the Wellington Fault six times, so it could take a long time to fix pipe breaks not only in the mains but also in the l...
Pacific Youth Awards open
July 2012
Applications for the 2012 Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards open today giving young Pacific people the opportunity to have their talent and leadership potential recognised. Pacific Island Affairs Minister, Hekia Parata, says the programme, now in its third year, is a great...
Appreciating our volunteers
July 2012
From Nigel Wilson - Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, Kapiti.I would like to send a personal vote of thanks to all the Volunteers who add such enormous value to our communities. At our recent Long Term Plan hearings we had over 150 submissions from Kapiti and many of tho...
Whareroa planters kept busy
July 2012
Whareroa Update 19 July 2012 Hello Everyone Planting is this Sunday, 22nd July 9 to noon. We will be doing various "bits" including giving planters some bigger trees eg kohekohe to go and find good positions in amongst the established initial plantings. This is "seconda...
Independent Panel seeks public feedback on regional issues
The needs of ratepayers and residents in the Wellington region are the focus of an issues paper released today for public feedback by the independent Wellington Region Local Government Review Panel.The Panel, established by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Porirua City Cou...
Nippers to Olympians
July 2012
The Olympics are just around the corner and Surf Life Saving New Zealand is proud to have a few of their own competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Swimming and kayaking are the two events where you can catch a glimpse of the ten talented athletes striving for success on the...
Garden planning and Crop rotation with Kath Irvine
July 2012
A session on Garden planning Crop rotation will be presented by Kath Irvine at the Paraparaumu Community Centre, Ngahina St, July 29, 3pm.All excited about this year's garden? Wondering what to plant where? Confused by the term crop rotation? You're not alone... Kath Irvine...
Get yellow, get creative, Daffodil Day is just around the corner
August 2012
Daffodil Day, the Cancer Society's flagship fundraising day, is on 31 August this year and Kapiti businesses and organisations are invited to get creative and join in the spirit. Kapiti Daffodil Day Coordinator Janie Walker says the local Kapiti community has always been ...
Winter luncheon warms up business community
July 2012
The annual Kapiti Chamber of Commerce Winter Luncheon at Southwards Car Museum was once again a great success.Those who attended were treated to a quality lunch and award winning wines from Ohau Gravels. They were also treated to an entertaining and thought provoking presentation...
Convoy to Kapiti looks to save Capital Connection
Tony Ng reports
A convoy of enraged Capital Connection patrons arrived at the Waikanae train station yesterday in response to KiwiRail's proposed disconnection of the commuter train service between Palmerston North and Wellington. Over 50 cars with 100 people in them arrived en masse, tootin...
Calls for more rethinking on Northern Corridor
July 2012
By Dick Jessup - Coastal Highway GroupThe New Zealand Transport Agency is proposing a cheap option for developing the top end of the Wellington Northern Corridor. Staged upgrades of existing roads between Otaki and Levin will save the Government more than $300 million and offer ...
Kapiti Legend: Gillian Weir to perform on European tour
July 2012
It seems that every superlative that can he used about a musician has been used to describe Kapiti's Gillian Weir: "World beating... brilliant... breathtakingly virtuosic... eloquent warmth, effortless ease... sa virtuosite transcendante y est parfaite." Her stature in the organ ...
Council in the spotlight at citizens public meeting...
July 2012
A public meeting has been called by a citizens group to discuss the performance of the Kapiti Coast District Council.The meeting is on Monday 16 July at 7p at the Coast Church, 57 Hinemoa St, Paraparaumu.For more information contact: askusfirst@hotmail.com...
Plunket welcomes inquiry into preventing child abuse
July 2012
New Zealand's largest provider of services to support the wellbeing of children under five welcomes the Health Select Committee's current inquiry into preventing child abuse and improving children's health outcomes.The purpose of the inquiry is to find what practical health and s...
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
July 2012
SodaStream is launching a social movement to create an annual 'Unbottle the World' day on July 16, aimed at rallying support against the dangers of plastic bottle pollution. 'Unbottle The World' day will be brought to life with the unveiling of 20 new Cage exhibits around the ...
Waikanae School celebrates Matariki
July 2012 {Story and Photo: Peter Corlett}
Matariki, the traditional Maori New Year, was celebrated at Waikanae School with several school-wide events. Matariki is a traditional time to reflect on the past and to continue with positive beginnings. For Waikanae School this has been expressed in the renaming the three s...
Logic for road diminishing
July 2012
NZTA States- "70% of traffic on SHI at Waikanae Bridge is local traffic." NZTA and the Government last week abandoned the Otaki to Levin section of the Wellington RONS (and also quietly postponed the Peka Peka to Otaki section earlier this year), and this highlights the fundam...
Protest aims to donate $450million road money to Christchurch
July 2012
Shrink your Dumb Debt
July 2012
One of the biggest barriers to creating wealth is dumb debt; that is, high interest, short term, avoidable debt. Last week, the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income launched a campaign to educate New Zealanders on the implications of dumb debt and how to get...
RNZFB supports a fair deal on copyright
July 2012
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) supports the launch of the Fair Deal cause to highlight the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its implications on copyright.RNZFB Executive Director Access and Innovation, Neil Jarvis, says the TPP could negatively impact bl...
Unlimited’s annual Investment Challenge is currently under way!
July 2012
Now in its sixth year the Unlimited Investment Challenge is open to established business owners who are seeking investment or education on how to grow their business. This unique programme is designed to help you identify areas of growth within your business and act upon...
Mansfield with Monsters launched in Kapiti
July 2012
Local writers Matt and Debbie Cowens launched their collection of reworked Katherine Mansfield stories, 'Mansfield with Monsters', the second release from Wellington publisher Steam Press, recently at a festive event at Kapiti Coffee House.Fuelled by Mansfield Molotovs (Drip-filt...
Transmission Gully - The End of a Rainbow
July 2012
Transmission Gully Motorway is like the end of a rainbow. It is always just over the horizon, says Coastal Highway Group spokesperson Dick Jessup. Following the decision of the Board of Inquiry there have been reports that the project is scheduled to commence in 2015 and...
Bieber parody wins science prize
July 2012
Justin Bieber parody wins Scifest 'science idol' grand prize New Zealand International Science Festival, Dunedin, 30 June to 8 July 2012.He's 16 years old, was born in Canada but now lives in Dunedin and loves making videos for YouTube. James Mustapic has created a scientific ...
Inspirations: A jazz and Blues Cabaret
July 2012
Coasters Musical Theatre, bringing live monthly entertainment to the Coast, presents 'Inspirations'It has been several years since Charlotte Karrigan put a show together for Coasters- The Roaring Forties in 2006. Charlotte has a deep affection for music of the 20s, 30s, 40s etc, ...
Best chance to stop the Expressway - have your say
July 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for submissions on the Kapiti Expressway. After years of waiting, people who are concerned about the expressway finally have their best chance to stop it says SaveKapiti spokesperson Jonathan Gradwell. He adds "Nothing you ha...
Top Sports Event for Kapiti
July 2012
Top grade hockey debuted at the Kapiti Sports Turf at Mazengarb Reserve with the hosting of Wellington men's Premier 1 Hockey championship games last Saturday. Kapiti Turf trustee Dave Jennings said this notable sports event for Kapiti has come about because we now have one o...

 
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Oscar show a winner...
June 2012
The Coasters Theatre have produced a superb show to sold out audiences with their production of ...And The Oscar Goes To...From the opening number of All That Jazz from Chicago the tone was set for a classy romp through generations of Academy Award winning songs.Compare, singer a...
Support Skylight! - Affordable Art Show
June 2012
Bring yourself, your family and your friends to The Affordable ART SHOW Saturday August 4th, 2012 GET YOUR TICKETS NOW (before they sell out!) The New Zealand Affordable Art Trust invites all those who support Skylight Trust to join our 'The Art of Giving' evening...
Kiwi men tool up to better health
June 2012
In our Kiwi "number 8 wire" culture, men's health has always been a tricky nut to crack for health promoters. Cancer Society New Zealand in conjunction with its Men's Health partners, the Movember Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation, funds projects to improve health aware...
Whareroa Farm Plan - draft for consultation
June 2012
A detailed draft plan for the development of Whareroa is being prepared by Peter Handford, for the Dept of Conservation and Whareroa Guardians. It has some interesting ideas for the future looking at restoration, recreation, agricultural use, heritage and education/information. T...
International Vital Health Tour Stopping In Kapiti!
June 2012
International bestselling authors, natural health experts and acclaimed health educators Dr. Sarah Farrant, D.C. and Cyndi O'Meara are stopping in Paraparaumu for one night only on their Vital Health Tour. Having wowed audiences in Australia with their mixture of cutting edge he...
Cr Lloyd disappointed by water meter decision
June 2012
Waikanae Ward councillor Tony Lloyd says he is very disappointed at Kapiti Council's decision to install water meters."The petitions, LTP submissions and Council's own survey clearly showed a lack of support for the project and they demonstrated the high level of community concer...
A sign of the times - 'debt going through the roof'
June 2012
Kapiti personality Dale Evans says Council's debt is out of control and is going through the roof."I copped some criticism from councillors when I put a sign on my billboard a couple of weeks back stating the gay times are over and showing Kapiti Council's debt at $75million. In ...
Does your bin go Walkies?
June 2012
What is it with people? That they have to swipe ones bin? Yes I 'm talking about recycling bins.I have a mystery ''bin taker'' yes that's right a mystery ''bin taker'' in my road and my gawd do I get peeved off with my bin going walkies. The last time it got taken it had m...
Changes made to improve Otaki bus service
June 2012
From Tuesday 5 June 2012 Otaki residents will have a direct service each weekday to and from Coastlands and new Sunday bus services between Otaki and Waikanae. The changes are the result of a review of public transport services in Otaki, Peka Peka and Te Horo after the extensi...
Irate Kapiti residents set to march to Parliament....more....
June 2012
Ask us First petition organiser Jackie Elliott has sent an invitaion to elected representatives for Mana and Otaki electorates and Greater Wellington Regional Council to join Kapiti residents on a march to Parliament.Hon Jan Logie Hon Hekia Parata Hon Nathan Guy Hon Kris...
Marines Memorial unveiled at Queen Elizabeth Park....
June 2012
A new Sailor's Memorial has been unveiled to about 600 people at a Memorial Day event, marking 70 years since the friendly invasion by US Marines of Paekakariki during World War II. Kapiti US Marines Trust and Greater Wellington Regional Council organised Monday's event, which sa...
Arbor Day celebrated early at QE Park
June 2012
Arbor Day was celebrated earlier than usual this year to coincide with the 70th Annivesary of the US Marines stay in Paekakariki during World War II.Kapiti's Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson welcomed large numbers of pupils, teachers and parents from Te Ra Wald...
No mandate for water meters
June 2012
Kapiti Coast District Council has no Mandate for the installation of district wide water meters, and a rigged phone survey won't help, says anti water meter campaigner Jackie Elliott. The 28 day LTP consultation and submission period is over leaving most ratepayers and re...
Business Awards season fast approaching
June 2012
It is fast approaching the time where our local business folks get to suit up and hit the red carpet for the 2012 Electra Business Awards. But as they say 'first you have to be in to win'. Entries are still open and close on June 8. Last year's overall winner was Tuatara Br...
Whirlwind Goes Down a Storm!
June 2012
What a night! Whirlwind celebrated its one year anniversary recently with a sell out concert at Southwards Theatre in Kapiti. Ryan Edwards and his band produced a sublime performance which underlined his growing status as one of New Zealand's top performers. The story of Whirl...
Programme underway to improve science teaching in primary schools
June 2012
With the quality of science teaching in primary schools in New Zealand under the spotlight, thirteen primary school teachers are part way through a teacher fellowship programme to help develop their science teaching skills.One of those teachers is Wendy Hogg from Kapanui School i...
'And the Oscar goes to......'
June 2012
Coasters Musical Theatre presents their lastest show 'And the Oscar goes to......'starting on June 8 and running through to June 23.Director Graham Stevens' 2012 contribution to the Coasters Calendar is all about the Oscars and features music from films that have won Oscars in th...
Kapiti Playhouse - Auditions
June 2012
Auditions for Kapiti Playhouse's second production of 2012, Educating Rita, will be held from 10.30am onwards on Sunday 10th June.The play, directed by Tim Yarrow, calls for two characters:Frank : Approximately 40s—60s Rita : mid 20s—late 30s Both roles will require English...
Antiques Fair a hit in Kapiti
June 2012
Hundreds of Kapiti Coasters turned out over Queens Birthday weekend to visit the Antiques Fair at Memorial Hall in Paraparaumu.Organiser Diane Akers said she was delighted with the numbers visiting the fair and there would be a substantial donation to Mary Potter Hospice from the...
Rotary Food Bank Appeal exceeds expectations
June 2012
Organiser Dave Edwards said the Rotary Club of Kapiti's Annual Foodbank Appeal was again highly successful."We are very grateful to all those who helped with Saturday's successful collection. "The people of Kapiti have again been very generous. The total number of boxes colle...
Aquatic Centre more than a hole in the ground
June 2012
After many years of planning and debate, Kapiti's Coastlands Aquatic Centre is starting to emerge as a significant building.Last week saw an official visit to the site, off Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu, by Kapiti councillors, sponsors and aquatic centre trustees. The complex, expected ...

 
May 2012
Dale Evans tells Council - 'Focus on the Issue of your Debt'
May 7
Dale Evans responds to Council criticisms regarding his billboard sign at Kapiti lights. I have come in for a fair bit of criticism lately from the local council. Many have seen this as a personal attack on me. I am prepared to set this aside and focus on the most important is...

 
Apr 2012
Celebrate Earth Day in Kapiti...it is everyday!
Government youth mental health initiative a “significant” step
April 8
A $62 million funding package is a positive step towards reducing New Zealand's grim youth mental health statistics, says Youth Horizons, a national organisation working with young people.Details of the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project were announced yesterday April 4...
What do you not understand
April 8
It would appear that Madam Mayor and the majority of the KCDC Councillors plus the CEO and many of his staff, seem to have no idea where their projects are going to take this marvellous district of ours. Have they ever taken into consideration that the whole District...
Folk duo head for Kapiti....more...
April 8
Nice Verdes are Sally Miller and Jesse Hamilton, an original world folk music duo from Canada and South Australia. Having just finished a tour of the West Coast of Canada and the East Coast of Australia they are headed over to New Zealand, including a stopover at the Lembas C...
Kapiti Musos shine at National Youth Jazz competition
April 8
Kapiti College pianist Leo Coghini was awarded the George Rawiri Trophy for Most Outstanding Young Musician and the Bill Hoffmeister Trophy for Most Outstanding Pianist at the National Youth Jazz Competition in Tauranga.Also featuring was Tyaan Singh (Kapiti College) who won the ...
MP calls for Fair pay for Kapiti carers
April 8
MP for Mana Kris Faafoi this week joined care-workers from the Eldon Lodge Rest home in Kapiti as they took strike action over pay negotiations with their employer Oceania."These carers are doing a sterling job looking after the elderly in our community and many are doing it on o...
CRAG report falls short says petition organiser
April 8
The C. R. A. G report to KCDC on a costing regime for water charging is lacking in costings detail and only quotes the initial costings to be set by Council, not the future price hikes, says Ask Us First petition organiser, Jackie Elliott."I am surprised the C.R.A.G committee too...
Happy Easter Kapiti
April

 
Mar 2012
Lembas - full entertainment program ahead....
March 29
Gail Lewis reports from the Lembas CafeGood gorgeous Autumn morning to you all....I will start with an apology for not getting a March newsletter sent.(I was either holidaying, sleeping or having too much fun)... I won't tell you what you missed out on to avoid disappointment...I...
Sustainabilty show draws crowds despite weather.....more
March 29
Over 6000 braved the elements to visit the annual Sustainable Home and Garden Show held at the Kapiti Primary School in Paraparaumu. Special guest Te Radar was a popular attraction among the 80 exhibitors at the two day show.One of the popular stalls was the Save Kapiti display w...
Emily Teono off to Vegas for Basketball tourney....
March 20
Kapiti College student and Kapiti Basketball Association U17 Girls Rep Player Emily Teono has been selected by the New Zealand Basketball Academy for the U15 Girls Team going to a major basketball tournament in Las Vegas USA in July this year.Coaching Director Angelo Robinson off...
Garden Show on the Radar......
March 20
Council committee fails to deliver says petition organiser......
March 19
A high powered committee set up by the KCDC to work out a fair charging regime for proposed water meters has failed to deliver a report due in February and Jackie Elliott, organiser of an almost 8,000 signature petition for a ratepayer referendum on water meters, wants to know wh...
Get ready folks...it's show time.....
Kapiti Cycle Challenge on this weekend
World Cup comes to Kapiti....{more}
March 15
This week the Rugby World Cup stopped into Kapiti as part of the national tour. The Web Ellis Trophy was accompanied by HSBC World Sevens Trophy and the Women's Rugby World Cup which is also held by New Zealand.Hundreds enjoyed the fine weather to visit the Coastlands carpark whe...
World Cup fans living the dream.....
March 15
Eleven year old Kapiti youngster Sean Terment made the most of his visit to Coastlands on Wednesday to see the World Rugby trophies.Sean said it was great to get so close to the World Cup and the World Sevens Cup as well. Sean has won some battles of his own, beating cancer. He i...
Church hits back at corner dairy.....
March 14
Corporate Services Committee Chair Ross Church responds to criticism by fellow Kapiti councillor K Gurunathan. Councillor Gurunathan, in his pathetic missive (March 7, Kapiti News) " Notes from a Corner Dairy" (perhaps that's where his true future lies) is inaccurate, thoughtl...
Taking the fast Lane....
March 7
Emergency services doctor Chris Lane took the fast track for a patient this morning with the Westpac Rescue helicopter landing in Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.Startled onlookers saw the chopper land, pick up a patient and whisk away again....
Expressway shambles continues in 2012
March 5
The shambles that is the Kapiti Expressway has continued to throw more anguish on the communities of the Kapiti Coast, Kris Faafoi MP for Mana said today. "The latest is that we have added another $100 million dollars on to the price tag and now National plans to force mo...
Seven Top Tips for Spending Less
March 2
There are only two ways you can save more: you can increase your income, or cut back on your spending. Here are seven great ways to save by spending less:Buy and sell second hand goods on trading websites. Have a rule that before you buy anything new, you have to get rid of somet...
Local couple found dead in Paekakariki.....more
March 2 - 2.40pm
Kapiti Police are investigating the deaths of an elderly couple whose bodies were located at their Paekakariki property earlier this morning.Officer in charge of the Kapiti Mana CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam says Police were called to the address by Ambulance staff sho...
It's Good to Give
March 2
Organ Donation New Zealand, in conjunction with Kidney Health New Zealand is organising Kidney Awareness Week and the theme this year is Transplantation and Organ Donation – of all organs, not just kidneys.Waikanae Ward councillor Tony Lloyd said the aim of the week is to raise a...

 
Feb 2012
Waikanae School’s Wild Wheels Day
March 1
On Friday 24th February all manner of non-motorised wheeled machines arrived at Waikanae School, ranging from Wheelies (shoes with wheels built into the heels) to scooters, bikes, trollies and skateboards of all kinds.A school-wide survey showed that there were 11 skateboarders, ...
Money Issues for Blended Families
February 29
Getting together with a new partner can have its difficulties, especially when there are children from a previous relationship involved. While there are many practical issues to resolve, often the most complex are to do with money. Decisions need to be made on how best to...
Huge number of homes affected by Expressway
February 29
Dear Editor I feel very sorry for the situation that Mary-Anne and Peter Smith find themselves in (front page story of Kapiti News, Wednesday 22 Feburary) with the off-ramp of the proposed Kapiti motorway being built so close to their home. However it is not just this couple who ...
Business Breakfast - March 7
February 29
This is your reminder for the Electra Business Breakfast in Kapiti on 7th March 2012.Please click on the link below to view your invitation. business.naturecoast.co.nz/business-breakfasts.htmlOur speaker this month is Wendy Huston - CEO of the Kapiti Retirement Trust. Wen...
The cup runneth over....
February 29
Kapiti Council's plans to install water meters took a decided turn for the worse with revelations that Tauranga City is about to double its fixed water charges. Since water meters were introduced the price of water has escalated in Tauranga.Kapiti advocate Dale Evans said the Tau...
Inaugural New Zealand Hearing Hero announced
February 29
The National Foundation for the Deaf is delighted to announce that the inaugural Hearing Hero Award has been awarded to Professor Peter Thorne CNZM, PhD."We have established this annual recognition award to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution to the deaf an...
Plunket: Keep kiwi kids safe in cars
February 29
The horrific car accident this week near the Waikato town on Patetonga has prompted Plunket to restate the importance of child car seats."This incident is a stark reminder for parents and caregivers to buckle children into a car seat every time they are riding in the car, no matt...
From Smoke to Mirrors
February 29
Transition Towns Otaki have invited local writer Kevin Cudby to discuss his book From Smoke to Mirrors.From Smoke to Mirrors describes a master plan for banishing imported liquid fuel from New Zealand's economy by 2040. New Zealand does not need battery or hydrogen-powered veh...
Robyn Kahukiwa exhibition opens at Mahara Gallery
February 29
Robyn Kahukiwa is a senior Maori artist with a national and international reputation, whose career spans 40 years. Having lived on the Kapiti Coast in recent years, she can also be described as a local artist. This is the first survey exhibition of her life's work.Curator Hinemoa...
Council urges schools and sports clubs to attend sports funding forum
February 29
Kapiti schools and sports clubs are being encouraged to attend a sports funding forum, being held on March 2, to find out what money is on offer and how they can access it.The forum is being run by Sport Wellington, which administers the KiwiSport fund, set up in 2009 to increase...
Expressway frustration grows
February 29
By Peter Curling Yes, THRAC and the associated County & Rahui Roads Group are still pursuing a better expressway route option for Te Horo and Otaki. You should have received and will likely have read the latest NZTA pronouncements and propaganda released in January an...
Expressway frustration grows
February 29, 2012
By Peter Curling Yes, THRAC and the associated County & Rahui Roads Group are still pursuing a better expressway route option for Te Horo and Otaki. You should have received and will likely have read the latest NZTA pronouncements and propaganda released in January an...
Unemployment figures reinforce need for Kapiti economic development…
February 28
The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce says that while increased local unemployment is of concern – Kapiti needs to continue to focus and work towards creating the right conditions to encourage local job growth. "There's good things happening in Kapiti" according to the Chamber, "incl...
Harakeke is back
February 28
The annual Harakeke Flax Weaving on the Coast event is back at Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday 3 March, providing people with an opportunity to experience the world of Māori weavers. Harakeke is led by Paekakariki's Te Rau o Te Rangi Weaving collective, who will pro...
Kapiti Basketball Players – Aiming High and Achieving Well
February 28
Three Kapiti players – Jacinta Beckley, Kristian McLeod and Brooke Mason were all once again selected for the Basketball New Zealand Age Group Koru Teams that played in Australia in January.The Koru Teams are selected from players all over New Zealand so these three achievements ...
Second Chance Fashion Sale 2012
22 February
Just 18 days to go now to our big sale day on 10 March. Things are getting very exciting in the store room with lots of ooohs and aaaahs as the team discovers yet more gorgeous garments in bags of donations collected from our drop off points around town. Once again this is not ...
Nathan Guy welcomes one year anniversary for Waikanae train services
21 February
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the one year anniversary of train services from Wellington to Waikanae as a major success for the region. "It's great to hear that nearly 120,000 passengers have caught the train to and from the Waikanae station. I always knew this wo...
KCDC left in ruins!
Chamber chief goes to Church...
20 February
Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce Chair, Mark Ternent, has acknowledged the effort Council is putting into economic development and job creation in the region.Mr Ternent used public speaking time at a meeting of the Corporate Business Committee to apologise for comments in a recen...
Excitement about friendly invasion
23 February
Excitement is mounting ahead of the 70th Anniversary celebrations to commemorate the 'friendly invasion' and 'occupation' of New Zealand by American Armed Forces from 1942 to 1944.Launching Salute 70, a unique 1940's themed festival to commemorate the Anniversary, Kapiti Mayor Je...
New chief for Arts and Libraries...
20 February
Leeann Morgan was recently appointed Libraries and Arts Manager for the Kapiti Coast District Council.Leeann has worked in local government for 27 years, the past 17 years at the Kapiti Coast District Council. She has held a number of positions with Council, including Children's ...
Abandon the silos!
21 February
Chief Executive of the Cancer Society, Dalton Kelly, today challenged stakeholders at a PHARMAC forum whether the time hasn't come to abandon the silo approach to delivery of disease prevention and treatment, as is apparent in the public sector."Our worry has long been the silo a...
Keen interest in proposed bus changes
21 February
People interested in the proposed Wellington City bus changes are being encouraged to check the Greater Wellington website regularly for updated questions and answers. Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater Wellington's Economic Wellbeing Committee, says people have been flooding the...
Invest in Your Relationships
19 February
One of the most interesting aspects of wealth creation is that it is virtually impossible to do on your own. Put a person on a desert island and he or she will not create any additional wealth than is already present on the island. Give that person the best technology availabl...

 
Dec 2011
Happy New Year Kapiti
Enjoy the riches of Kapiti in 2012....
Otaki welcomes 2012
Turn Resolutions into Reality......more
By Liz Koh
A New Year, a new start and resolutions to get fit, lose weight and spend less. Every year it is the same story. The trouble is, most people fail to understand how to turn resolutions into reality, so nothing changes. There are some very simple ways of making sure you achieve you...
Kapiti Arts and Crafts for Christmas.....
Jo-Anne Gibbs of Raumati enjoys some late Christmas shopping at the Kapiti Arts and Crafts Society Shop at Raumati Village....
Book it up for Christmas.....
Despite the mountain of technology in ipads, iphones, iwhatevers, there is still a huge demand for the good old (or new) book.Christmas is nearly here and despite tales of retail doom and gloom it doesn't seem to have affected the bookshops who report a brisk trade.KCNews spoke t...
London for Chistmas....
Singer, songwriter, musician, Andrew London plays has been entertaining visitors to Coastlands over the preChristmas period.Andrew is a highly sought after musician who solos and also performs with two bands; covering blues, jazz, swing, rock 'n roll, country and country-rock.A f...
Getting wrapped for Christmas....
Helping with the Christmas shopping at Coastlands are wrapping experts Arna Long and Aimee Stephens....
Animal welfare collection gets good response....
Animal Welfare collector Russell Pine of Paraparaumu is pictured at Coastlands on the weekend. Russell, a student at Otago University, said the response had been very positive. "People have been very generous. With Christmas shopping money is tight but still we have had gre...
Nature Coast sold short
December 12
Tim Wilson reportsRecent reports on the performance of Nature Coast Enterprise seem to be selling them well short of true value. A recent McDermott Miller report commissioned by KCDC was presented as very unflattering and seems particularly critical of the structure of Nature ...
Water Meters - savings equals price hike
Kapiti Coast Councillors heard that under the Tauranga water meter scheme reductions in water usage means water prices go up.A presentation to the KCDC Corporate Business Committee by John Sternberg and Peter Bahrs showed the Tauranga experience had resulted in delaying the cost ...
Youth 2ULIVE.....
Chairman's Report for the Kapiti Ecological Restoration Maintenance Trust (Kermit)
WAIKANAE RIVER SOUTH BANK: This year has seen steady growth of the planted material. There is only one site, at the eastern end of the KERMIT area, left to plant. It is estimated this will take four years to complete. The pest plants are under control, ninety per cent of the ...
Christmas Memory Tree
December 11
The Waikanae Cancer Auxiliary was formed back in 1981 to provide funding assistance to kapiti cancer patients and their families....
Wild west in Kapiti
December 10
Kapiti police are investigating a drive-by shooting overnight. A man was shot at after two violent incidents in Paraparaumu in the early hours of the morning, police said. Detective Sergeant Ian Martin said two groups of young men had an altercation in Paraparaumu at about 1am. A...
Santa meets Blake at Coastlands....
December 10
Blake Murphy, 18 months young from Paraparaumu, gives Santa the Christmas gift message at Coastlands on Saturday...
Christmas Memory Tree.....
December 11
The Waikanae Cancer Auxiliary will be at the South end of Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu from Saturday 10 to Wednesday 21 December with their annual Memory Tree appeal.The Waikanae Cancer Auxiliary was formed back in 1981 to provide funding assistance to Kapiti cancer patients and ...
Amnesty International 50th Anniversary - Saturday December 10
Fun summer events for children at Kapiti Libraries!
December 9
Kapiti Coast District Libraries have lots of free activities planned for children this summer. Go online, or pick up a brochure from your local library to see how you can be part of this great summer events programme.Kapiti Bookbusters Summer Reading Club starts Monday 5th Decemb...
Christmas in the Skate Park
December 8
The Kapiti Coast Youth Council is launching Youth2U Live at MacLean Skate Park, Paraparaumu Beach Saturday 17 December from 12pm.This is a free youth event which will feature DJ Entertainment from Kapiti's own talented entertainer DJ Antikz (Josh Parata) and there will also be a ...
In from the wilderness.....
December 9
Kapiti artist, illustrator and barber Lance Barnard is the current exhibitor at the Paraparaumu Library gallery.Barnard, from Raumati, captures the wilderness of the New Zealand landscape in a form that is both raw and refined.These stunning pictures are mainly acrylic on canvas ...
“An idle Mind - is a Dangerous Mind”
December 7
It is not a wonder more outrageous vandalism has not occurred in the past with regards to our youth. E.g. Aircraft vandalism, letter box smashed, Infringement fines- speeding, violence.There is so much unemployment within the youth community in the Kapiti Coast District. This i...
The True Cost of Lunch
December 4
People who complain about not having enough money to enjoy life are often guilty of spending their money on things that aren't important to them but which make them feel good for a few brief moments. The classic example of this is money spent on takeaway food and drink, especiall...
KERMIT Annual General Meeting - December 10
KAPITI ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION MAINTENANCE TRUST INC.The Annual General Meeting of the Trust will be held at 1.30 PM, Saturday 10 December 2011, in the Murray Jensen Room, Community Centre, Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.BUSINESS: Elections as per the constitution Presentation ...
Enjoy the Christmas Gala at Nga Manu

 
Nov 2011
Waikanae AFC - Coaching Positions
December 2
If you are interested in Coaching any of the following Waikanae AFC Teams please email your contact details to the Club. Juniors - 12th Grade Promo, 13th Grade JPL, 13th or 14th Grade Promo.Seniors - Mens First Team (Wellington Capital 2), Men's Reserve Team (H/K Division 1), ...
National Jandal Day
December 1
They are called Flip-Flops in the UK and US, Thongs in Australia, Slip-Slops in South Africa and Sandals in Hawaii, but here in New Zealand there's only one name for our favourite footwear – Jandals.Tomorrow (Friday 2 December) over 1500 jandal-clad surf lifeguards will be hittin...
Kapiti billboard provides boost for Winston
December 1
Local identity Dale Evans gave a boost to the New Zealand First campaign with the aid of his billboard at the Paraparaumu Lights.Mr Evans said he was happy to have provided the space to Winston's party. "I even had some people say early on why put up the billboard for a loser ...
Kapiti gets new MP - Jan Logie....more
Jan Logie is young, vibrant, energetic and driven and now she is an MP.Ms Logie was swept into Parliament on the wave of support for the Green Party. She is one of 13 Green MPs (and that could get to 14 with special votes still to be included.)Ms Logie is a resident of Paekakarik...
Pic of the Day - Thursday December 8
Shorty St Star supports Mary Potter Hospice
November 22
Lee Donoghue who stars on Kiwi soap Shortland St as Hunter McKay was the guest star at the Mary Potter Hospice fundraiser at Paraparaumu Beach on Saturday.Donoghue signed autographs and was photographed with visitors to help boost the funds for Mary Potter Hospice as part of thei...
Pic of the day
Te Horo School - Community Christmas carols
November 16
The Te Horo Community Christmas Carols event will be on Friday 2nd December 5-8pm.Pack your picnic hamper, grab a blanket and head to school to be entertained in a delightful family atmosphere. It's going to be a great night with live entertainment from Retro Divas, Dreams Drama ...
Plunket: Keep kids safe in cars these holidays
November 16
Plunket is urging people to have their child car restraints checked before the busy Christmas holiday season.Sue Campbell, Plunket's National Child Safety Advisor says the tragic accident in South Auckland last week, in which a two-week old baby boy was critically injured when hi...
Paying your Adviser
November 16
It seems it is only a matter of time before the payment of commission to financial advisers will be banned, and advisers will instead charge fees.Commission will be banned in the UK from 1 January, 2013 and in Australia there is a proposal to ban most commission from 1 July 2012....
Incorrect car seat installation putting Kiwi kids in danger
November 16
Many New Zealand parents are incorrectly using child car restraints—and are unknowingly putting their children at risk in the event of a road crash. To help address this issue, the Minister of Transport and Safekids New Zealand today in Parliament launched a new tool— the Kids th...
Poll shows huge backing for public transport
A Colmar Brunton poll showing huge backing for public transport proves how out of touch the National Government is in its fixation on roads, say Labour's Transport spokesperson Shane Jones and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford."Transport Minister Steven Joyce has spent mo...
Major new award goes to author of The Torchlight List
November 16
Jim Flynn, author of the best-selling book The Torchlight List and a recognised international expert on intelligence and IQ, has won a top new award.The Royal Society of New Zealand presented Professor Flynn with its inaugural Humanities Aronui Medal at the society's Research Hon...
Satire: Kapiti Promised Free Power
November 16
Opinion: Aristophanes The following piece of well-timed satire appeared this week in the news site www.scoop.co.nz In a surprise announcement, condemned by Phil Goff, leader of the Opposition as an electioneering bribe, the Prime Minister today released part of National's ene...
Pic of the Day - Sunday November 20
November 20
Light heights a new low point for Expressway
November 16
The SaveKapiti group erected nine metre high cherry pickers on Te Moana road at the weekend to give the public some idea of the height that the Kapiti expressway will be above the local road."We want everyone to visualize what a fully-lit 4-lane 100kph autobahn at this height wil...
'Honest' election signs!
November 16
Election signs in Kapiti were among those targeted by political satirists who have added slogans to National Party billboards in a move to make them "more honest". A press statement from the sign alterers was sent out under the false name of Jo Henky, an anagram of John Key's nam...
Album launch for Paekakariki band Moumou Timers
November 16
Stefan Wolf of local band Moumou Timers has announced the launch date of their long awaited first album."Yes, we have been around the block but reckon it's never too late for a first. So, at a combined age of close to 200 years, the "Moumou Timers" from Paekakariki are releasing...
Hospice Strawberry Festival at MacLean Park
November 17
Mary Potter Hospice will be holding their annual Hospice Strawberry Festival on Saturday November 19 from 10am to 4pm at MacLean Park, Paraparaumu.Ruby Kalasih and Shirley Hurtnon (pictured) were out recently on a fundraiser for the Mary Potter Hospice. Shirley has been a fundrai...

 
Oct 2011
Waikanae River walkover - popular outing
Nicola Easthope - new poetry book launched

 
Jul 2011
Pic of the Day - Tuesday October 4

 
Jun 2011
Pic of the Day - Monday June 4
Happy Birthday
Autism Appeal in Kapiti
3 June
This week has seen collections for Autism New Zealand held throughout the country, including key collection points in Kapiti. Pictured is Volunteer collector Ana Stojanovic from Otaki who was at Coastlands on Thursday. Making a generous donation is Kapiti personality Roger Car...

 
May 2011
Pic of the Day - 1 June
Big is good at business networking event
June 1
A big turnout of over 100 people for the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce May BA5 function, held at Mitre 10 Mega Kapiti, were treated to an entertaining evening including brain teasers and enthusiastic hosts in Tricia and Vince Indo. In fact, Chamber members and guests came away wi...
Next stage for Paraparaumu pathway
News that work on the second and final stage of the pathway from Maclean Park along the Paraparaumu beachfront has started, has been welcomed by the Chair of the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board, Louella Jensen. "The first stage gets a lot of use and is very popular with lo...
Pic of the Day - Monday 30 May
Pic of the Day - Friday 27 May
KCDC Submission to GW Plan
Cr Penny Gaylor and Sue Johnson were among the recent Kapiti submitters to the Greater Wellington Regional Council's annual plan hearings. Kapiti's regional councillor Nigel Wilson said it was very encouraging to see such a strong contingent from Kapiti at the hearings. "Th...
Budget response - 'Imaginary jobs, real problems'
The budget offers nothing of substance to the people of the Otaki electorate, says Otaki Labour candidate Peter Foster. "This government has no plan for jobs and no plan to grow the economy. While the estimates of 170,000 extra jobs are nice, they are purely speculative, wishf...
Local badminton team looking to improve
The Horowhenua Kapiti badminton team remain without a win after the second round of the North Island Division 4 badminton competition. Travelling to Hamilton, the HK team took on Auckland first up. Mike Robertson, Mark Branagh and Johnny Snow all won their mens singles matches...
Pic of the Day - Friday June 3
Intersection lights misguided says campaigner
16 May
Roading campaigner Chris Glover says plans for lights at the intersection at Kapiti and Rimu Roads in Paraparaumu is misguided. Work has started on the second stage of the upgrade of the intersection upgrade with the initial undergrounding of existing overhead services. Th...
Pic of the Day - Painting by Merlene Beard - Monday May 16
Councillor Gaylor and Otaki Board honoured
The Otaki Community Board and the Board's Councillor Penny Gaylor held the flag high for Kapiti by winning two community board awards at the biannual conference of Community Boards in Rotorua last week. Councillor Gaylor was presented with the Yvonne Palmer Leadership Trophy w...
Platform opened at Otaki Estuary
May 16
A substantial crowd braved the elements on saturday morning to attend the offical opening of the new viewing platform at the Otaki River Estuary. Otaki MP Nathan Guy, Mayor Jenny Rowan, and Kapiti regional councillor Nigel Wilson all paid tribute to the many volunteers and the...
Peter Foster in the market place
Peter Foster, Labour's newly elected candidate for the Otaki electorate, will be meeting shoppers and promoting Labour's campaign against the Sale of State Owned Assets tomorrow at the Paraparaumu Beach market.Date: Saturday 14 May 2011 Venue: Paraparaumu Beach market, access ...
Pic of the Day - Friday the 13th
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Happy Birthday - May 11
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Nathan Guy - Business Breakfast Speaker
August 2014
PLEASE NOTE THE BREAKFAST WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER Nathan Guy is the MP for Otaki and the Minister for Primary Industries and Racing. Nathan entered Parliament as a List MP in 2005 and was elected National's Junior Whip in 2006. He was promoted to Senior Whip in ear...
Happy Mother's Day
Pic of the Day - Saturday May 7
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Water cut to Otaki
May 4
A major water pipe near construction work being undertaken in Otaki Main Street broke this morning resulting in a loss of water supply to a wide area of Otaki township.The break has now been isolated for repair and water supplies should be restored as pressure builds up within th...
Pic of the Day - Thursday May 5
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Apr 2011
Pic of the Day - Saturday April 30
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Whareoa Farm open for visitors
April 30
The Count down is on to the grand opening on Saturday 30th April (rain or shine)at 9.15am for a full welcome and ceremony. Parking is available in Queen Elizabeth Park. At 11.30am there will be a procession into the Farm. Then picnics and music in the Dell (or picnic anywhere)...
Pic of the Day - Thursday April 28
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Keith's long road
April 27
Through Halfaya Pass in North Africa to 'La Strada' in Italy, Lance Corporal Keith Watson drove for the length of the New Zealand campaign during WWII… and then some. Following the African campaign he participated in the parade for Winston Churchill, witnessed the bombing of Mo...
The Big Bundy jump
27 April
MORE FM Kapiti breakfast host, Craig 'Bundy' Hanford, will be leaving Kapiti at the end of the week, after 4 years of local broadcasting. The popular host has been promoted to general manager at Media Works and will be based in Wanganui. It's a significant departure for B...
Another example of Expressway arrogance
27 April
The recent experience of renowned writer Patricia Grace is just the latest example of arrogance by the Government and its plan to carve up communities with its Kapiti Expressway, Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi says. "It is laughable that officials did not contact a landow...
Another example of Expressway arrogance
27 April
The recent experience of renowned writer Patricia Grace is just the latest example of arrogance by the Government and its plan to carve up communities with its Kapiti Expressway, Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi says. "It is laughable that officials did not contact a landowner a...
Wardens exemplify manaakitanga
27 April
Recent events have reminded me of the ongoing and valuable contribution our elders are making in communities and within our whanau throughout the country.In the most trying of times their wisdom, courage and tenacity is the backbone of our communities and families.The lifelong co...
Better access to health services in the Greater Wellington Region.
April 27 - From Hekia Parata, National MP
If you or someone in your family is ill and needs surgery the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether or not you'll get the operation you so desperately need. The National-led Government is working hard to improve our public health system. We want New Zealande...
Raumati Pool re-opening delayed
The re-opening of Raumati Swimming Pool has been delayed for approximately two weeks, Leisure & Open Space Asset Manager, Lex Bartlett said today. "In order to provide alternative facilities the Waikanae Pool will remain open until Raumati can be re-opened," he said. With t...
Visitor Numbers continue to grow in Kapiti and Horowhenua
Guest Nights on the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua were up in January by 22.9% according to the latest Commercial Accommodation Monitor – released yesterday. There were 6,758 more Guest Nights in the region compared to this time last year. Kapiti was up 14.5% and Horowhenua up 38...
Broadband roll-out plans under fire
April 27
Kapiti has one of the highest internet user rates in the country so the Government's proposed roll-out of services is under close scrutiny and many groups are far from satisfied. In a recent poll nearly three-quarters of the New Zealanders polled about the Government's propose...
Global financial crisis - all options need to be considered
April 27
The aftershocks from the global financial crisis continued to ripple around the world throughout 2010. Here in New Zealand we have also had to contend with the collapse of finance companies, blizzards in Southland, drought in Northland, PSA in the Kiwifruit industry, the costs...
Fluoride debate alive and well
A workshop at Hamilton City Council showed the Waikato DHB is completely ignorant of the science on fluoridation. Medical Officer of Health, Felicity Dumble, claimed there had been no new evidence of harm from fluoridation despite the fact that she admitted to having not read th...
Use of local businesses for local work
The Kapiti Chamber encourages anyone requiring work done in Kapiti to look to local businesses to do that work, wherever local businesses can do that work. In the case of a business setting up in Kapiti, using locals can give you highly skilled people, local knowledge, and als...
How to Set Goals and Achieve Them
27 April - By Liz Koh
There's one significant difference between people who succeed in life and those who struggle; their ability to set goals and achieve them. To have what you want in life, you can't just sit back and expect it to happen. Success means different things to different people and whe...
Funding cut to Girls’ Self Defence Project
The Mental Health Foundation has expressed its concern over the axing of funding to The Girls' Self Defence Project and is calling for funding to be reinstated. The Girls' Self Defence Project, which has been running in schools across New Zealand for 15 years, has had a positi...
Weak evidence offered for metering
April 27
Ratepayers will foot the bill if water metering doesn't go according to plan and the Kapiti Coast District Council's estimate for reductions in water use from metering is based on weak evidence, says the Kapiti Water Action Group (KWAG). "If estimated reductions aren't met, ra...
Pic of the Day - Monday April 25
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Behive Chat from Tariana Turia
25 April
If you enter the word, Mana, into Google, within 0.06 seconds a staggering 176,000,000 entries result. There's the Mana coach service, Mana magazine, a suburb in Porirua; Mana recruitment agency, Mana Island, Mana community grants, and even Mana art shop in the heart of Parnel...
A Brief History of the Kapiti Coast
Māori chief Te Rauparaha established a base on Kapiti Island, and from this position, he was able to launch attacks on other tribes during the Musket Wars of the early 19th century. Around this time, Europeans began whaling in the area, and on 16 October 1839, William Wakefi...
Success for local writers
23 April
Two local children's writers are celebrating success after the Storylines writers' awards were announced recently. Hugh Brown won the Tessa Duder Award for writers of teenage fiction, and Ragne Maxwell was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for writing for 7-13 year olds...
Water meters costly and unnecessary says KWAG
23 April
The Kapiti Coast District Council should drop its single-minded obsession with water meters and look at other ways to reduce water demand, says the Kapiti Water Action Group (KWAG). "There appears to have been little effort to consider other options to metering. The council ha...
Is Property Still a Good Investment?
By Liz Koh
Tax changes for investment property came into force on 1 April this year, forcing many existing investors to review the ownership structures for their investments and the viability of retaining their properties. In a nutshell, the effect of the changes is that investors will n...
Remembering our Veterans
A Column by Hekia Parata
Anzac Day is a day to reflect on and be grateful to our Anzac veterans. More than 2700 New Zealanders lost their lives serving as part of the Australia New Zealand Army Corps that landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Remembrance and gratitude were a big part of my chil...
Tim Armstrong - Business Breakfast speaker (May 4)
23 April
Paraparaumu - Wednesday 4 May 2011 Speaker: Tim Armstrong East Harbour Energy Consulting Group Date: Wednesday 4th May 2011 Venue: Southwards Car Museum, Otaihanga Time: 7.15am Cost: Nature Coast Enterprise Members $15, Non-Members $20Tim Armstrong has ...
National MP Hekia Parata says Green Paper will put priority on children
23 April
National MP, Hekia Parata, is urging people in Mana to have their say on the way we value, nurture, and protect our children. National is planning a new Green Paper to initiate a nationwide discussion on child welfare. It will cover a broad range of issues from health and educ...
ANZAC Services in Kapiti
22 April
Each year thousands of Kapiti citizens turn out to commemoration services throughout the district.ANZAC Commemoration Services to be held in Kapiti on Monday April 25.In Otaki the commemorations will commence with the parade falling in at the Otaki Memorial Hall at 5.45am prior t...
Pic of the Day - Wednesday May 15 - Courage
April 27
Lions Launch Plant Bonanza
22 April
Pic of the Day - Thursday April 21
Govt cuts funding for key programme to prevent bullying
18 April
The Prime Minister's request to schools to review their anti bullying policies contrasts with his Government's 2009 decision when the Ministry of Education cut all its funding to the Cool Schools Mediation Programme. This programme ,which teaches conflict resolution skill...
Pic of the Day - Monday April 18
Kapiti Kids hit the beach for Fun Run
18 April
The popularity of beach races was underlined on Sunday when hundreds of Kapiti Coasters took to Paraparaumu Beach for the Kapiti Rotary Club's annual Fun Run Day. The day had even more significance as it coincided with New Zealand Children's Day. Kapiti Rotary President Jim...
Pic of the Day - Saturday April 16
Fatal House Fire in Paraparaumu
13 April
One woman has died and two young children are in serious condition from a house fire in Kapiti.Shortly after midnight this morning Emergency services were called to the house fire in Callender Terrace, Paraparaumu Beach.Upon arrival the Fire Service found the three bed room house...
Pic of the Day - Monday April 18
Pic of the Day - Tuesday April 12
Pic of the Day - Monday April 11
Petition calls for immediate changes to bus service
11 April
A petition from more than 650 Otaki and Paraparaumu people calling for the bus service between Otaki and Paraparaumu to be immediately reinstated was presented to Greater Wellington Regional Council chair Fran Wilde and Kapiti Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson on Friday. Former...
Health funding cuts will silence respected Kapiti advocacy group
12 April
A well respected and longstanding voice in the health sector for the Kapiti Coast's communities has become the latest victim of National's slash and burn agenda, Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi said today. "Last week the Kapiti Community Health Group was told that its funding w...
Pic of the Day - Sunday April 10
Strong start for Waikanae Football Club
11 April - Steven Pinguet Reports
The Waikanae Football Club has made a strong start to the season with most teams being successful on the weekend. The Club's senior team play in the Capital 2 division and followed up good pre-season form with a 2-1 victory over Tawa. The win was the second on end for Waikanae...
Rugby World Cup – “Be welcoming, be on the web” says Chamber
10 April
The Kapiti Chamber encourages Kapiti businesses and people to "be open, be welcoming, and be a part of the Rugby World Cup 2011" says Chamber Chairman Mark Ternent. The Chamber encourages businesses to go online to the rugby world cup websites which have just gone live – there...
Pic of the Day - Saturday April 9
Immunisation vital for protection of New Zealand communities
10 April
News of six cases of English measles being confirmed in Hastings has prompted Plunket to restate the importance of immunisation. "Immunisation is a vitally important a tool to protect New Zealand families and communities. Vaccination is the most effective way to protect childr...
Naturists call to address concerns
10 April
Dear Editor, Free Beaches New Zealand Inc. (FBNZ) is an incorporated society which exists in order to protect the interests of bona fide naturists. On 23 March 2011 a group of concerned Te Hapu (Kapiti) residents held a meeting to discuss perceived problems concerning nu...
Suddenly Rich
10 April - By Liz Koh
Dreams sometimes do come true! Occasionally some of us suddenly receive a large sum of money. For the luckiest, it might be a lottery win, for some it might be an inheritance and for others the sale of a business or property. Suddenly being rich is exciting, but for most people i...
CAFCA campaigner coming to Kapiti
10 April
One of New Zealand's most informed and entertaining campaigners will be speaking in Paekakariki next week. Murray Horton, spokesperson for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) will discuss a range of issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ...
Pic of the Day - Friday April 8
Pic of the Day - Wednesday April 6
Pic of the Day - Tuesday April 5
Pic of the Day - Monday April 4
Pedigree Persians on Parade
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Pic of the Day - Sunday April 3
SPCA - finding homes for pets
2 April
The Waikanae branch of the SPCA have been at Coastlands promoting their Adopt a Pet programme. The SPCA cares for around 5,000 animals each year at their animal centres located in Newtown and Waikanae. "We never turn away an animal in need of help. We rescue, rehabilitate...

 
Mar 2011
Pic of the Day - Friday April 1
Happy April Fools Day...
Pic of the Day - Thursday March 31
Sustainable Home and Garden Show - Day 2
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Pic of the Day - Wednesday March 30
Pic of the Day - Tuesday March 29
Day 1 - Sustainable Home and Garden Show
Pic of the Day - Monday March 28
Devlan Watkins-Radcliffe, age 8, and his four year old brother Charlie (I'm nearly 5, he says) enjoy the first day at the Kapiti Sustainable Home and Garden Show at Kapiti Primary School....
Lions roar for child cancer appeal
29 March
Jill Tebbs was one of many Kapiti Pakeke Lions Club members who recently collected at Coastlands for the Child Cancer Appeal. Jill said there had been a very enthusiastic response to the appeal. "People are very generous, especially when it comes to fundraising for children...
Ribbon Cutting
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Mitre 10 Mega opens in Kapiti
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Pic of the Day - Sunday March 27
Mitre 10 Mega star Levi Vaoga is pictured at the opening weekend of the new Kapiti store with Ashleigh Knight....
Local list MP Darren Hughes resigns
26 March
In a surprise announcement popular Otaki and Horowhenua List MP Darren Hughes has resigned from Parliament.Labour Leader Phil Goff has announced the resignation saying Mr Hughes made the decision on his own, believing it was in the best interest of the Labour Party while police i...
Pic of the Day - Thursday March 24
Pic of the Day - Saturday March 26 - Good Luck Vince & Tricia
Good luck Vince and Tricia and the team at Mitre 10 Mega...
fly fishing
23 March
CLUB MEETINGS: Please come along (& bring a guest) to our monthly club meetings usually at:7.30 pm on the third Monday of each month temporarily at the Softball Club Te Atiawa Park Donovan Road Paraparaumu....
Pic of the Day - Tuesday March 22
Citizenship Ceremony - Taking the Oath among Maori hospitality
22 March - By Jim McIntosh
Our friends are of diverse ethnicity, and we have attended citizenship ceremonies before as some elect to become New Zealand citizens, and not just residents. To gain full citizenship status is a long process, and many boxes have to be ticked to qualify. Some years ago, we spo...
More than $41 million in capital projects for Kapiti
22 March
The Draft Annual Plan proposed for the Kapiti Coast District Council for 2011/2012 includes more than $41million in capital projects across 16 activity areas, Mayor Jenny Rowan said today. Approved for consultation at the Council's meeting held in Otaki last week, the plan see...
Kapiti Blogger helps take New Zealand to the world
22 March
A grassroots blogging and social media movement, supporting New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake, is gathering major support worldwide with plans to saturate the internet with Kiwi travel content. Independent travel bloggers are getting together to blog about Ne...
Hon Tariana Turia - Beehive Chat
21 March
I am not an individual; I am an integral part of the cosmos. I share divinity with my ancestors, the land, the sea and the skies. I am not an individual because I share a tofi (my inheritance) with my family, my village and my nation. I belong to my family and my fam...
Where is the long term plan
21 March
Editor, The points made re. traffic lights etc. are fair comment about the present SH1 access to, and exit from the Kapiti Coast. However, I suspect that the snarl ups between Paekakariki and the Mana roundabout are likely to increase so negating any savings made on the the Ex...
Where do we live!
21 March
Dear Editor,In response to the numerous letters recently sent from residents expressing dislike to our district being called "Nature Coast", are they aware that our Mayor and Council believe we reside on the "Cabbage Coast"? This is the NZ English interpretation of Kapiti Coast ...
NZTrio headline music series
21 March
New Zealand's leading piano trio will open the 2011 series of Mulled Wine Concerts in Paekakariki on Sunday 27 March. The NZTrio, which has won critical acclaim throughout New Zealand and overseas is led by multi-award winning Justine Cormack (violin), former Concertmaster of ...
Enviroschools at the Kapiti Sustainable Home and Garden Show ‘11
22 March
Kapiti Enviroschools will again be out in force at the Sustainable Home and Garden Show during the weekend of 26 and 27 March. They will join the village of tents, gazebos and yurts on the Kapiti Primary School field. Inside, a gallery will display local students' learning an...
Water Treatment Plant open day well attended
22 March
More than 50 people took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about water treatment when visiting the Waikanae Water Treatment Plant on Saturday. The Plant held the open day for three hours. Kapiti Council spokesperson Tony Cronin said "Every day we collect an average...
Meet the Greenest Street competitors
Participants in Kapiti Coast's Greenest Street competition will be at the Sustainable Home and Garden Show this weekend to showcase their efforts so far in the nine-month competition. The Greenest Street tent will be shared by the four competing streets who will be talking to...
If I Had My Life to Live Over Again
22 March - By Liz Koh
There's a well-known piece of writing by Nadine Stair, an 85 year old from Kentucky, USA, called 'If I had my Life to Live Over Again'. Nadine talks about how, with the benefit of hindsight, she would have taken more risks, dared to make more mistakes, and taken on more challe...
Savings improve Raumati Beach CBD outcomes
21 March
Significant savings on the tender for the Raumati Beach CBD stormwater upgrade have been partially applied to increasing the amount of undergrounding of electrical power and cabling possible for the project. The tender was approved by the Kapiti Coast District Council at its m...
U-Turn on expressway
21 March
Editor R Wood, in her/his letter of support for the expressway and criticism of Darren Hughes neglects to mention that Darren and the Labour Party, unlike Nathan Guy and the National Party, have not done a U-Turn since the last election. Both parties campaigned for tran...
Muri Station to close from 30 April
21 March
Muri Station, on the Kapiti Line, will be closed indefinitely from the end of April, a decision made by Greater Wellington's Economic Wellbeing Committee. The station is at Pukerua Bay, 800 metres north of the recently refurbished Pukerua Bay Station. Peter Glensor, Chair o...
Pic of the Day - Monday March 21
Whareroa Guardians
21 March
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Time to Get Real About Transmission Gully
20 March
Wellington needs to get real about Transmission Gully.The priority list of for infrastructure projects is to be reviewed as a consequence of the Christchurch earthquake. This process will include reviewing the programme of work on Roads of National Significance. Transmissi...
Reasons why not!
20 March
Dear Editor Here are some of the reasons why I don't support the Kapiti Expressway.This is not a local road but a re-routement of State Highway One onto peat and sand dunes, what we know historically to be unstable ground. SH1's current alignment is no accident. It is on bea...
Kapiti Kite Surfing
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Pic of the Day - Sunday March 20
Waikanae win soccer thriller over Paekakariki
20 March
Waikanae's senior soccer team prevailed in a top quality preseason match against Paekakariki at Jim Cooke Park on Saturday. Paekakariki held and early lead and the game looked like being tied at 3-3 with time running out. A late surge by Waikanae gave the locals plenty to ...
Solution is an eviction notice
20 March
Dear Editor The letter you published proposes a solution which is planned to evict me and my family from our home. We are to be offered NO COMPENSATION for this action by a dictatorial government. NZTA talk about market value - but with one monopoly purchaser that ...
Time to Get Real About Transmission Gully
20 March
Dick Jessup for the Coastal Highway Group has issued the following statement.The priority list of for infrastructure projects is to be reviewed as a consequence of the Christchurch earthquake. This process will include reviewing the programme of work on Roads of National Signif...
Mama-Licious returns with Local Midwife on Board
21 March
Mama-Licious breastfeeding group is now back on the Kapiti Coast! In the first half of 2010 the group stopped providing breastfeeding courses to pregnant Kapiti women, but with local midwife Karen Daniels on board, Mama-Licious can now provide Kapiti families with this valuabl...
Latest news from down on the farm
21 March
Whareroa Guardians' Update from Ann EvansThe wall is growing at a great rate, built by masons Sascha Wassong and Simon Fern with coordination by Rachel Kiel-Taylor (who donated the totara gate posts and about 20 tons of stones). Before work started, kaumatua Tuki Takiwa (Tuwh...
Bit of head-knocking called for
21 March
EditorIn response to R. Wood's comments in support of the expressway, does he/she really think that a billion dollar plus expressway and the sacrifice of a multitude of homes and businesses is needed to solve the handful of problem areas identified? I personally favour Transmi...
James the Busker
21 March
He is a common fixture at Coastlands, bringing much needed colour and music. He is known as James the Busker. With the sounds of Dylan, Neil Young, and a host of other crowd favourites James the Busker is well known and popular among visitors to Coastlands. He is usually st...
Pic of the Day - Saturday March 19
Pic of the Day - Friday March 18
Mana community providing ‘Shoe Boxes of Love’ for Christchurch
21 March
National List MP Hon Hekia Parata is calling on the generosity of the Kapiti and Porirua communities for the Shoe Boxes of Love initiative, designed to get care packages to quake affected people in Christchurch. The boxes are care packages filled with goodies and feel good gif...
Pic of the Day - Thursday March 17
Pic of the Day - Wednesday March 16
Self sufficiency author - key speaker at Home & Garden Show
16 March
Self-sufficiency expert Carolann Murray will be one of the key workshop speakers at the Kāpiti Sustainable Home and Garden Show on March 26 and 27. Her recently published book "Mastering the Art of Self-Sufficiency in New Zealand", is based on the experiences of Carolann ...
Pic of the Day - Tuesday March 15
Lights of the Waikanae Estuary
14 March
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Pak 'n Save in the Swim
15 March
Mayor Jenny Rowan has welcomed Kapiti Pak 'n Save's recent $400,000 contribution to the Aquatic Centre, describing it as "a tremendous boost both for the centre and the District." "This is a major milestone and sends a very positive signal to other donors and potential sponsor...
Otaki MP Nathan Guy set for election
March 14
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has been re-selected as the National Party's candidate for the Otaki electorate in this year's general election. "I was selected unopposed after the nomination was advertised publicly and I'm rapt to have this support," says Mr Guy. "Since firs...
Pic of the Day - Monday March 14
Time to reflect on priorities
14 March
The poignancy of loss has come home to many of us so vividly in the days since the Christchurch earthquake, and more recently in the aftermath of the dreadful tsunami that hit Japan. As we see families bereft of loved ones, we can't help but reflect on our own situations, and r...
The Biggest Risk for Retired Investors
14 March
Retired investors typically look for security in their investments ahead of return. Superannuation payments barely cover the cost of living from day to day and saving in retirement is not possible without a frugal lifestyle. This means that any loss of capital from failed investm...
From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience
14 March
Deirdre Kent reports from Transition Otaki1. Energy Group. As a result of the well attended public meeting on 23 Feb on Powering Otaki, there will be a meeting next Tuesday to plan further. If you would like to be part of this Energy Group, please contact Kimbal McHugo 362 6395 ...
Why I support the Kapiti Expressway
14 March
Dear Editor Here is why I support the Kapiti Expressway. The road starts and ends on roads that currently have the highway speed limit of 100kph. The majority of users will be those travelling long distance, eg, Wellington to Waikanae and beyond. For many ye...
Tobacco industry killing spree closer to ending
The Cancer Society congratulates the Government on its forward thinking when considering the recommendations made following the Maori Affairs Select Committee's Inquiry on the tobacco industry in New Zealand and the consequences of tobacco use for Maori. The Government has con...
Tobacco industry killing spree closer to ending
The Cancer Society congratulates the Government on its forward thinking when considering the recommendations made following the Maori Affairs Select Committee's Inquiry on the tobacco industry in New Zealand and the consequences of tobacco use for Maori. The Government has con...
Tobacco industry killing spree closer to ending
The Cancer Society congratulates the Government on its forward thinking when considering the recommendations made following the Maori Affairs Select Committee's Inquiry on the tobacco industry in New Zealand and the consequences of tobacco use for Maori. The Government has con...
Tobacco industry killing spree closer to ending
The Cancer Society congratulates the Government on its forward thinking when considering the recommendations made following the Maori Affairs Select Committee's Inquiry on the tobacco industry in New Zealand and the consequences of tobacco use for Maori. The Government has con...
Red Puppy Appeal Fundraising Event
14 March
Come along and support the Foundation of the Blind Red Puppy Appeal in association with Sheryl Welby from Kapiti Coast Financial Services to raise $1 million to train new puppies. Sheryl will tell her amazing story accompanied by Dexter her Guide Dog! Sheryl's story is one of ...
Green Party Mana candidate confirmed
14 March
Paekakariki resident Jan Logie has been confirmed as the Green Party candidate for Mana for the general election.Ms Logie was confirmed at a Mana Greens branch meeting last night. Ms Logie was the candidate in the recent Mana by-election where she achieved 6.7%of the general vote...
Pic of the Day - Sunday March 13
Visitors win Petanque championship
14 March
The Kapiti Petanque Club completed its nationally ranked Open Doubles tournament with the title going to Hawkes Bay visitors Sharon Cannon and Morris Betz. The tournament played in perfect conditions on day one featured teams from as far afield as Dunedin and Auckland with pla...
That will make the tea taste better
13 March
Emma Broughton and Grace Brabham made the most of perfect weekend weather to tempt passing motorists with Girl Guide Biscuits. Emma is a Ranger - next level up from Guides, and Grace is a Pippin - pre Brownies for the 5s and 6s. They were selling cookies with Grace's mum Ca...
Pic of the Day - Saturday March 12
Jenny Rowan wins mayoral race
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KCDC - Class of 2010
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Pic of the Day - March 11
Better Access Benefit / Get on with It
10 March
Editor, The Employers Chamber of Commerce indicated in their submission, to the consultation of the proposed expressway, what we all know - there are some limited transport issues in the Kapiti district which occur at certain times on certain days and relevant improvements wi...
Expressway Madness
10 March
Editor, Recent articles and letters to the editor in this publication highlight the lack of reliable information and understanding about this road and process being followed.Everyone on the coast agrees that we have a transport problem that needs to be sorted out. We all agree...
Kapiti claims Ace soccer coach Ricki Herbert
9 March - By Finn Wilson
All Whites soccer coach Ricki Herbert is now a Kapiti resident. Coach Herbert told KCNews he has brought a small place in Kapiti to relax with his family during the off season. When asked about his involvement with soccer on the Kapiti Coast he said "I will be offering ongo...
Supporting the earthquake recovery
10 March - Column from Hekia Parata
More than two weeks on from the devastating earthquake our hearts and thoughts remain with the people of Christchurch.After ten days of searching for survivors, search and rescue operations in have moved into the recovery phase. The priority is finding the bodies of victims and ...
It's Mighty March Time
10 March
Latest visitor to the coast
10 March
Pic of the Day - March 10
Desperation, arrogance, or just plain anti-democratic?
9 March
Hawke's Bay District Health Board chairman Kevin Atkinson believes the DHB, not the community, should advise local councils on the matter of public fluoridation, suggesting DHBs are some kind of experts on this subject. "Who does this arrogant puppet think he is?," asks Mary B...
Pic of the Day - March 9
Classics for Christchurch
10 March
Paekakariki Memorial Hall, The Parade, Paekakariki. 2pm Sunday 13th March Entry by folding donation: Proceeds to the Christchurch Earthquake relief fund. A Classical Concert featuring Kapiti Musicicans and friends. Music by Mozart, Haydn, Albinoni, Barber, ScullionKapiti...
Load limit on Otaihanga footbridge
9 March
An inspection of the Otaihanga footbridge by Council staff has found a change in the level of the deck. Civil engineers have recommended Council place a temporary load limit of 20 persons on the bridge while further investigations and levels are taken to determine its current ...
Sudden death a community loss
9 March
The passing of a well-loved staff and community member, Kenneth (Ken) Thomas Jones, on Monday 7 March, is being mourned by Nature Coast Enterprise staff, stakeholders, and the wider community.Ken Jones, 67, Otaki resident, and i-SITE Otaki Visitor Consultant, died unexpectedly on...
Business training gets boost in Kapiti
9 March
Nature Coast Enterprise Business Development Managers have been working closely with a number of businesses in the community who have highlighted the need for some specific training, especially in the run-up to the Rugby World Cup as well as the large increase in local business a...
Raumati South School students working on a sustainable garden for the Kapiti Coast Home and Garden Show
9 March
Despite the obvious differences in climate, the sandy soil at Raumati South School is not unlike dry African soil when it comes to building a productive and sustainable garden. Pupils at the school from Room 1 and 18 have been working on a sustainable garden concept, as their ...
Mahara Gallery features Adele Younghusband - Selected works
9 March
The next exhibition at the Mahara Gallery will display the works of Adele Younghusband. The Selected Works exhibition starts on 13 March and runs through to 1 May. It will feature 34 works selected from the collection of the Whangarei Art Museum. Opening Saturday 12 March, ...
Info sought on watercolour
9 March
A KCNews reader asks "Does anybody have any information regarding the artist or the history of this lovely watercolor painting?" The picture has a label indicating it was framed by the Paraparaumu Trading Mart in the early 50's and still had a price of 57 pounds attached to it...
Lets Rock and Roll
9 March
What better way to raise funds for the Christchurch Earthquake than to hold a Rock and Roll Revival Night. The Rotary Club of Otaki with Otaki Memorial RSA are holding a fundraiser for "Christchurch Earthquake" appeal. Organiser Marilyn Stevens says this is an invitation for...
Capital Connection under threat
10 March - By Finn Wilson
A drop in the number of commuters using the Capital Connection train service from Palmerston North to Wellington may result in the train being retired from service. Although the Capital Connection is the more luxurious train, it appears the 7.30am arrival in Waikanae is not th...
Coast Yarns - Paekakariki inspires writer
10 March
Writer Neil Coleman has had his first book published. COASTAL YARNS is a collection of nine short stories all loosely connected to the New Zealand coastline. Neil says some are quite sombre (CONNECTED) while others are more tongue in cheek to almost outrageous (GIRLS' WEEKEND...
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Wake up call is a call to arms Kapiti Coasters
8 March
Dear EditorMayor Jenny Rowan's article entitled "Wake up call for Kapiti" 2nd March (Kapiti News) is indeed timely. Should a catastrophic event such as the Christchurch earthquake occur on the Kapiti Coast there is no disaster separation between NZTA's proposed expressway, State ...
Pic of the Day - March 8
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Chamber Summer Luncheon with Jerry Mateparae
8th March
What does it take to run an organization with some 14,570 employees, an operating budget of $2.3 billion and assets worth in excess of $5 billion? Just like winning a rugby match, it only takes three things: position, possession and pace! Those who attended the recent Kapiti C...
Hip hop dance champs for Youthfest 2011
8th March
For Youthfest 2011, national hip hop dance champions DZIAH 2.0 will be taking to the stage. The internationally recognized crew will be performing from 12 noon till 5pm for the young people attending the event on Saturday, March 12 at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach. The da...
Biscuit time jingles from Brownies
8 March
Waikanae Brownies were lucky to visit Coast Access Radio 104.7 fm to record some jingles they had written themselves to be aired around Girl Guide biscuit selling time. Graeme Joyes the station manager showed the girls around for the evening. Graeme also showed them how...
'Marlin' Mike Olsen hooks Catch of the Day
8 March
'Marlin Mike' Olsen did a pretty fair 'Old Man and the Sea' impression recently when he visited the Bay of Islands on a fishing trip. Using only a groper rod, Mike hooked a striped marlin, taking around 40 minutes to reel it in. Mike's wife Marg was the driver, and Bill Mo...
Kapiti Chamber Choir - Gala Farewell
8 March
Kapiti Chamber Choir will be holding a Gala Farewell concert under Director Guy Jansen on Sunday April 10.The concert will be a Serenade to Music with music by Vaughan Williams and othersSoloists: Janey Mackenzie Linden Loader Michael Gray Roger Wilson An Orchestra...
Kapiti Sportspersons of the Year Awards 2011
8th March
Nominations are now open for the 2011 Pak'nSave Kapiti Sportspersons of the Year Awards. The awards are open to Kapiti residents from Paekakariki to Otaki. Full criteria is set out in the nomination forms. The qualifying period is from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011. Nominatio...
Consent application lodged for Aquatic Centre
8th March
The Aquatic Centre reached a milestone today with the lodging of the application for resource consents with Council. Mayor Jenny Rowan welcomed this major step in the programme for the project. "This has been a long time coming. It's clear evidence that Council and the Trust ...
Rotarians enjoy cycle challenge
9 March
Kapiti Rotary President Murray Lobb says "many people would be surprised to see a bunch of Rotarians flash past on bicycles, but that's what we do on a regular basis." Mr Lobb was part of a six man team from the Rotary Club of Kapiti which tackled the Taupo Cycle Challenge. ...
Earth Hour 2011 - March 26, 8.30pm
9 March
Earth Hour 2011 will ask the world to: Switch off your lights for Earth Hour at 8.30pm, Saturday 26 March 2011 and celebrate your commitment to the planet with the people of the world Sign up and Share stories of your actions that benefit the planet on earthhour.org S...
Greg Forsythe for Electra Biz Breakfast
8 March
The next Electra Business Breakfast Forum speaker, Greg Forsythe, is the Marketing Manager of NZ 2011 Office. It is sponsored by Electra and run in conjunction with Nature Coast Enterprise. Greg has worked in marketing agencies for 28 years – in that time producing campaig...
KCDC - 'Water meters under consideration'
March 8
Kapiti Council says it will include water meters in the draft Annual Plan for 2011/12 in a move "designed to give more certainty that water consumption and leak reduction targets will be met." Council has a significant Water Supply Project underway that has two separate but r...
What Kapiti youth want?
8th March
A major survey of youth living on the Kāpiti Coast has provided a snapshot of what youth really want rather than what older people think they want, district councillor Penny Gaylor said today. The survey of around 10% of the youth population of Kāpiti was conducted b...
Guy welcomes major boost to rail services
14 March
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the investment into Wellington commuter rail as a big step forward in improving public transport."This is great news for everyone who commutes by train from Kapiti and Horowhenua. Passengers have had to put up with a lot in recent times, but this ...
Fronting the effrontery
March 8
Editor The effrontery of that ignorant pom immigrant Martin Warriner to have the courage to say what he thinks. He has obviously not assimilated into Nĕw Zēălănd-Āōtēărōă society sufficiently to understand that expres...
Logging Trucks on the Move
7th March
Forest Owner Marketing Services has advised residents of Maungakotukutuku Road that logging will start at Price's block on or close to March 14. The letter from director Chris Maher told the residents, "We will endeavour to truck out the logs every second day to minimise disru...
Survival Guide for Students
8th March
Managing money when you are studying is not easy. Student allowances and loans fall far short of covering student expenses and the short fall can be typically around $5-10,000 per year. The gap can be closed by taking a part time job, getting help from family, a bank overdraft, a...
GOWITS and Tonka Toys
7 March
We know who the "we" is in reference to the demolition of Christchurch buildings. They are a highly organised group of people known as the GOWITS (pronounced gow as in now, as opposed to go, though some of us would like them to).The name originates from their main message, which...
So much time, so little to do
By Max Koh
Well, the time has come for everyone to return. Back to sleeping in instead of going to class, back to completing last minute assignments, back to doodling over your notes whilst your lecturer rambles on monotonously for hours on end, and then giving up and just falling asleep fa...
Pic of the Day - March 7
Love the Beautiful Game?
Get fit & make friends with a club at the heart of the community... Existing & New Members Welcomed KAPITI COAST UNITED JNRS & SNRS CLUB REGISTRATION SUNDAY 6TH MARCH 10AM - 4PM THURSDAY 10TH MARCH 4PM - 7PM WEKA PARK CLUBROOMS, WEKA ROAD, RAUMATI BEACH St...
Kapiti design business in Australasian final
7 March
Local designer Heather Thorley of Colour Options is a finalist for the Australasian Dulux 2011 Colour Awards.Heather is the lead designer at Colour Options. After many years in the business, she is still passionate about the world of colour and design and the challenge and varie...
Local designer in finals
7 March
Local Paraparaumu designer, Heather Thorley, has been named as a finalist in a prestigious Australasian based design competition – the 2011 Dulux Colour Awards – for her colourful and vivacious designs of a house at Raumati Beach. Project Name: The Esplanade House Category...
Kapiti College kicks off the region’s EcoHut Challenge
7 March
Building on their success in 2010 (pardon the pun), Kapiti College Year 12 Technology students are gearing up to design and create an EcoHut over the next few weeks.www.enviroschools.org.nz/in_your_region/wellington/eco-hut-challenge Their mission is to provide an ecological hut ...
Realising the full impacts of Christchurch horror
8th March
Ka rere te roimata, ka heke te hupē, ka pouri te ngākau. Ki ngā rahinga nō Otautahi kua riro ki te iwi o te pō, okioki atu rā. Ki a koe e te tuahine e hāpai ana i ngā taumahatanga o tō rohe, kia kaha rā. Who of us will eve...
Kapiti Playhouse is Steaming ahead
8 March
Kapiti Playhouse's first production for 2011 is Steaming, by Nell Dunn, directed by Kate Spencer. Kapiti Playhouse is currently Steaming ahead and rehearsals are well underway. Look out for the wonderful advertising boards around the region. Production dates: Wednesday 23 ...
Business women keeping up to speed
8 March
Speed networking kicked-off recently for the Women in Business Network with around 50 women taking the opportunity to promote their businesses, learn of other businesses whose services may be useful to them and exchange ideas. "Networking not only opens the door to possible ne...
Waikanae home baking delivered to Christchurch
2 March
Home baking and food donations from Waikanae have been personally delivered to Christchurch rescue workers and a welfare centre by Otaki MP Nathan Guy last Friday. "I'm extremely proud of local residents who are so determined to help Christchurch in their time of need. Jill an...
Money for Students
2 March
The start of the university year sees thousands of eager school leavers leaving the safety and comfort of the family home and beginning their journey towards independent living. For parents and students alike, the dilemma of how to fund academic pursuits is not an easy one to...
Kapiti supporting Christchurch
1 March
A team of seven building inspectors and water and reticulation staff from Kapiti Coast District Council are now assisting the Christchurch recovery effort, Mayor Jenny Rowan said today. "This team of seven will be replaced on a revolving basis each week," she said. They are...
Christchurch recovery – Kapiti business support
1 March
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce chair Mark Ternent says the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce, of which the Kapiti Coast Chamber is a part, have been in touch with our Canterbury colleagues, who are operating from a home office. "Our purpose is to establish a register of business re...
Rare Insight Into Local IT Security Firm
3 March
An Otaki specialist IT security firm is sharing its winning ways through a case study that has just been published on the Internet. Aura Software Security Ltd won the 2010 Electra Kapiti Horowhenua Business of the Year accolade and as a result has allowed its approach and resp...
Lame excuses for the Kapiti expressway
2 March
Dear Ed, Adding to the series of lame excuses for the Kapiti expressway, the minister states that it is needed for safety reasons (KN 23/02). Yet the current SH1 is not regarded as unsafe, being rated 3 out of 5 by NZTA in recent safety ratings. Nor is it overcapacity, with NZ...
New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal
2 March
Louella Jensen, Branch President of NZ Red Cross Kapiti Coast tells us that she has been very moved by the generosity of local folk towards the appeal to help our neighbours in Christchurch. "As just one example, Warwick Halcrow manager of the local Saturday Market at Parapar...
When Disaster Strikes
2 March
The Christchurch earthquake is a forceful reminder that our lives can be turned upside down in an instant and without warning. Being well prepared for disaster greatly increases your chance of survival on all levels; physical, emotional and financial. Those of us lucky enough...
Financial Genius
2 March
Invest in your Home Your home is your castle, so they say, and if it's not as grand as you would like, now is a good time for improvements. Why? Largely because of the state of the economy. On a long term scale, we are at an economic low point. Properties are difficult to sell...
Kapiti Kalendar Girls charm PM
3 March
"Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark"
1 March
Someone said, "hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark." Never have these words resonated so much as in the last week when it seems the entire world has felt the impact of the devastating earthquake that shook Christchurch to the core. The human cost of loved ones lost; ...
Welcome to Kapiti - that's better
KCDC reports their regulatory manager Ken Smith has finally managed to make contact with the owners. They have now done a "deal" with Kapiti Coast Security who will be using the site as a base and they arranged for its clean up....
Missing Waikanae man found safe
1 March
Missing 75 year old Trevor Mann has been located alive in the Hemi Matenga Memorial Park in Waikanae a short time ago.A team of Land Search and Rescue (Land SAR) volunteers located Mr Mann about 200 metres from the ridge track off Hemi Matenga Memorial Park around 2pm.Search Inci...

 
Feb 2011
Paul Fong to address Electra Business Breakfast
1 March
For those who wish to attend the Electra Business Breakfast in Kapiti on Wednesday 2nd March, this is your reminder email to book your seat if you haven't already. Please click on the link below to view your invitation. business.naturecoast.co.nz/business-breakfasts.html ...
Talent sought for Home and Garden Show
1 March
"There's no doubt Kapiti young people have talent," Mayor Jenny Rowan said today, "and this year's Sustainable Home & Garden Show on March 26 and 27 is offering an opportunity to showcase that. "We're looking for expressions of interest from young performing artists to take pa...
Extra meetings for Ōtaki Community Board
1 March
The Ōtaki Community Board will hold an open workshop and an extra formal meeting this month. The open workshop will hear community views on the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway before the Board develops its submission to NZTA. The second meeting will be a formal one to...
Welcome to Kapiti
This is the not so lovely sight that has welcomed thousands to Kapiti every day - message to the owners of the former Mobil site in Paraparaumu - this is a disgraceful mess, clean it up!...
Mixed messages at new Station opening
19 February
Hundreds turned out today to see the opening of the new railway station at Waikanae where regular communter services will begin on Monday. Regional Council chair Fran Wilde told the enthusiastic crowd this was a huge day for public transport for both Kapiti and the region. ...
$600,000 boost for new sports pavillion
18 February
The construction of a pavilion along side the Kapiti Hockey Turf at Mazengarb Park is expected to be completed later this year after the announcement of the contract to Hawkins Construction.At a well attended ceremony at the Council Chamber, the Kapiti Turf Trust chairman Roger S...
Progress focus for new Otaki Community Board member
18 February
"Newly elected Otaki Community Board member Marilyn Stevens says although she is a newcomer to the community board, she is not a newcomer to Otaki." "My husband Wayne and I have lived in Te Horo for a decade and prior to our shift here we used to holiday with our children at B...
Wrong story on economic benefits
18 February
Minister of Transport, Stephen Joyce, is wrong to state (Morning Report 18th February) that extra spending on cycling doesn't make economic sense said a Green Party Regional Councillor. "A safe cycle walking path from Petone to Wellington has been proposed for over 100 years, ...
Te Wānanga o Raukawa shows its support for the local community
18 February
Te Wānanga o Raukawa has recieved praise by Nature Coast Enterprises CEO Chris Barber for awarding the construction tenders for their multi-million Institute of Māori Lifestyle Advancement to local businesses. The institute's construction will provide between $4...
Banking on clean beaches
11 February
Westpac Bank's IT staff got a welcome break from the office on friday and headed to Waikanae for a beach cleaning day. The 20 strong contingent did a fantastic job collecting bags of unwanted material from the beach. Duncan Aubrey from the IT office in Wellington said it was a...
Rail milestone for Kapiti
11 February
The recently refurbished Ganz Mavag train will make its first appearance at Waikanae Station next Saturday (19 February), as part of the celebrations of the completion of the double tracking and electrification of the rail from McKays Crossing to Waikanae.From Sunday 20 February,...
MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway Critical for Wellington
7 February
Construction of the MacKay's Crossing to Peka Peka expressway is critical to the local, regional and national economies according to the Employers' Chamber of Commerce Central. The comments were made in a submission to the New Zealand Transport Agency today."While debates about t...
The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell - a must see movie
7 February
Movies exist primarily to entertain. Some give us insights into ourselves and where we live. The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell delivers on all fronts. The visuals are superb, particularly the go-kart scenes. The acting is top quality. You will laugh out loud and there will ...
Kapiti Police Chief honoured by Governor-General
Kapiti's Police Chief Alasdair Macmillan was among the honourees at the recent 35th anniversary of the 20th Police Cadet Wing.The ceremony, held at the Royal New Zealand Police College, saw Snr Sgt Macmillan and 13 colleagues, who between them have given 490 years of service to t...
Art of the Garden at Mahara
7 February
The Mahara Gallery in Waikanae is currently featuring a stunning exhibition titled The Art of the Garden. Nearly 60 pieces are on display, most are on loan from private collections but some pieces are also for sale. One stunning piece is Pohangina a 2011 work by Karl Maugha...
Splash and Dash hits Waikanathlon
7 February
Over 100 athletes turned out on Sunday morning at the Waikanae to take part in the Annual Waikanathlon event. Organisers thanked the large crowd who turned up to participate, support and watch the event. "We had good fun and we hope you did too. Thanks to Ross for water sa...
Bowlers roll up for superb new Waikanae greens
7 February
Despite the ordinary weather the Waikanae Bowling Club was the place to be on the weekend with bowlers taking advantage of the superb new greens. The club is currently in the process of competing for Championship titles and this weekend saw action in the Women's Junior Singles...
Teo Thoresen wins Bowls title
7 February
In a tense contest Teo Thoresen defeated Francine Mulholland in the final of the Women's Junior Singles bowls championship at the Waikanae Bowling Club. In a slighly complicated two life format the two finalists were actually meeting for the third time in the championship. ...
Hands up for public art
Kapiti artist Bodhi Vincent has created a superb sculpture featuring a new born baby nestled in a giant hand. The sculpture is on the front lawn outside the Kapiti Police Station in Paraparaumu. The work, commissioned by the Kapiti Voices Against Violence, is an outstanding...
Plunket: Keep kids safe on the roads
5 February
Plunket is urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head back to school.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 first time.Sue...
Greenest Streets competition begins
Kapiti Coast's Greenest Street, a competition to find the most sustainable neighbourhood in the District, has started. The four streets which have joined the quest to reduce their environmental footprints, make great things happen as a community and win the $3,000 prize are A...
Helping your child succeed
This year, primary and intermediate schools began implementing National Standards. The Standards are signposts that show what children should be able to achieve in reading, writing, and maths, and by when. Parents are sent plain-language reports on their child's progress at least...

 
Jan 2011
Take an active interest in northern expressway plans says Mayor
7 February
Kapiti residents are being urged to take an active interest in the draft NZTA development plans for the new expressway from Peka Peka to Otaki. "Public consultation on the draft plans will begin February 7 and run for six weeks to March 18. I urge everyone to take a close look at...
Major petanque event for Kapiti
19 January
The Kapiti Petanque Club is gearing up for another big season and will host its major championship this weekend 22-23 January. The club's Open Doubles tournament will feature teams from as far afield as Dunedin and Auckland as players chase national ranking points from this pr...

 
Dec 2010
Money for Christmas - by Liz Koh
19 December
Giving money to kids for Christmas might seem like an easy escape from choosing a gift but in fact it can be a great way to teach kids important lessons about money and life. If your kids receive money from you or from others at Christmas encourage them to make a wish list be...
Expressway solution beggars belief
19 December
Dear Ed, Its been said that politicians have short memories, but Helene Donaldson's attempts to arrive at a solution to the expressway carnage she and her cronies campaigned so hard to introduce simply beggars belief. In a statement devoid of all sensitivity, she advoca...
Don Briggs -public defender remembered
Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson remembers public advocate Don BriggsKapiti lost one of its staunchest public defenders this week with the death of former Councillor Don Briggs.At age 81, Don was still showing the tenacity and energy that had become his hallmark. I joked with him...
The value of sunscreen
14 December
The Cancer Society says ground-breaking Australian research shows that daily sunscreen use can prevent melanoma in adults. Dr Judith Galtry, Skin Cancer Advisor said the study by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) was perhaps the most important study ever cond...
Cancer survivorship – a challenging time
14 December
The issues relating to cancer and survivorship were discussed by health professionals, cancer survivors and NGO representatives at a national forum held at Massey University recently. One of the major topics of the forum, organised by the Cancer Society and the Central Cancer ...
Christmas is only 2 more sleeps
14 December
Kapiti Community Foodbank gets great response
November was a busy month, culminating in the Kapiti wide Lions collection for the Foodbank. This was very successful and resulted in the collection of enough canned and packet food to fill the shelves of the kapiti Community Foodbank for approximately four months. Foodbank Sec...
Otaki candidate calls for 80kph for country roads
13 December
Otaki Community Board candidate Chris Papps says the speed limit on country roads should be dropped to 80kph instead of the current 100kph on most rural roads. "I live up a country road where the limit is supposed to be 80. More often than not the hoons rip down it at 100kph ...
You can help the helpers
11 December
A message from Hekia Parata (Cabinet Minister)Kia ora all, Paekakariki Surf Life Saving Club has the opportunity to win a new IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) which the Club really needs so it can support safe water activity. I urgently request your help and support to do this pl...
Rhythm and Vines Twenty Ten
By Tim Wilson
It is now just under three weeks until Rhythm and Vines 2010 kicks off. Starting on Dec 29th R&V is a music festival, held at Waiohika Estate, just out of Gisborne. The three day event has become the biggest event of the New Zealand music calendar. With Gisborne being the firs...

 
Nov 2010
Kris Faafoi heads off spirited challenge to win Mana seat
Saturday 20 November - 8.15pm
Kris Faafoi is the new MP for Mana after the Labour candidate headed off a spirited challenge from popular National List MP Hekia Parata.In what was considered a safe seat for Labour, Mr Faafoi's winning margin was 1080 from a total vote count of 22,387. There are still 1,352 Spe...
Winners and Losers in Mana by-election
20 November
The Mana by-election won by Kris Faafoi threw up some serious questions for all of the parties involved. KCnews has a look at who the Winners and Losers were on the night.Kris Faafoi - by definition is the winner as he got the most votes and can now proudly claim to represent the...
Waikanae Board chair elected
17 November
Michael Scott was re-elected to chair the Waikanae Community Board last night. Mr Scott, who has chaired the board for the last three years, was nominated by Waikanae councillor Tony Lloyd and seconded by Eric Gregory. Mr Scott was elected unopposed. Mr Gregory was elected ...
Matt McCarten could decide Mana election
17 November
Union leader Matt McCarten could be the deciding factor in Saturday's Mana by-election.In what has long been considered a safe Labour seat, Mr McCarten adds huge intrigue to a race that was initially seen as a battle between Labour's Kris Faafoi and popular National list MP Hekia...
Nathan Guy staying 'Sweet As'
Otaki MP Nathan Guy receives a free diabetes risk check from Nurse Lorna Bingham at Parliament. Mr Guy is a local patron of Diabetes NZ, which supports and educates people living with diabetes. Diabetes Awareness week runs from 16 to 22 November with theme 'Stay Sweet As'."It was...
Running battle heads to Court
Statement by Paraparaumu Ward councillor K Gurunathan"Former councillor Don Briggs must be congratulated for successfully making an application for a declaration from the Environment Court to sort out a two-year running battle of attrition with the Kapiti Coast District Council.H...
Storage - it will be tough keeping up with the Jones's
15 November
Kerry Jones of Surelock Storage says Kapiti is on a positive growth path and he has unveiled major plans for expansion."We opened in January 2008 with 103 units and we are nearly always full. There is a growing market for quality storage in Kapiti and to meet the current demand a...
Kapiti's Michael Banner heading for Special Olympics in Athens
15 November
Kapiti local Michael Banner has been selected for the New Zealand Basketball team for the 13th Special Olympics World Summer Games. The international games will be held in Athens, Greece from 25 June to 4 July 2011."We're so proud of Michael's achievement," says Liz Johnstone, ch...
Kate Spencer to launch new book
15 November
Kapiti writer Kate Spencer will celebrate the launch of her new book "Being Daisy" on Friday 19th November at 6.00pm at Paper Plus Coastlands. The book will be launched Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan.In an advance book review Being Daisy was described as "Exhaustingly funny and so typi...
Planning for Baby
13 November - By Liz Koh
One of life's great experiences is having a baby. The birth or adoption of a first child in particular is a life-changing event and brings with it a mixture of different emotions. Worries about money can offset the happiness a baby brings, so the loss of income and additional exp...
Success of Arts Trail needs to be built on
12 November
Kapiti Coast's Arts Trail grows bigger and better each year and it's right on the brink of becoming that elusive creature "an iconic event," Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan said today. "From small beginnings 10 years ago, the Arts Trail has grown to involve more than 200 artists and ...
Choking smoking makes progress
12 November
The last 12 months have seen unprecedented progress in our efforts to achieve tobacco control, in the interests of the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.Just over a year ago, the Maori Affairs Select Committee announced it would carry out an inquiry into the tobacco indu...
Record numbers dispose of computer waste at Kapiti eDay 2010
Kapiti people cleared their homes of nearly 47 tonnes of old computer equipment on Saturday as part of New Zealand's fourth national eDay."That's a magnificent effort," Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan said. "Last year there were 598 cars and 28 tonnes of eWaste collected."This year we ...
Police seek info on stolen boat
STOLEN: 08/11/2010 at 13:30 Location: 15 ROSETTA RD, RAUMATI SOUTH, KAPITI Boat: McLay Fisherman 560 18ft Year: 2001 Colour: Burgundy with Aluminium Coloured Hull Motor: Yamaha 115cc CETOL, s/n: 6E5L411165 Description: Lined Dash and half deck, Padded Squabs Burgundy ...
Kapiti Council Committee chairs appointed
Kapiti Coast District Council's committee chairs and deputy chairs for the various standing committees were elected at yesterday morning's first full Council meeting. All standing committees are committees of the whole Council and a new committee has been added to the governan...

 
Oct 2010
New Council inaugurated
28 October
Hundreds packed the Southwards theatre on Wednesday night to see the swearing in ceremony of the new Kapiti Council, headed by returning Mayor Jenny Rowan....
Fluid politics keeps road in focus
19 October
Greetings everyone; Thanks to all of you who supported candidates opposed to the motorway. The good news, of course is the election of Celia in Wellington, who, with supportive Councillors, may be able to cut off the Wellington RON at the knees. NZTA have always said that the ...
Thank you Waikanae
19 October
Dear Editor, I take this opportunity to thank all Waikanae residents who supported me in these last elections. It will be a privilege to represent Waikanae at Council and I intend to work positively and constructively within both Council and Community Board. Like my pr...
Summer Hockey takes new approach
19 October- By Sue Cotter
The summer Hockey competition is an annual affair. Historically Secondary School aged teams have competed on Thursday and Open Grade Senior teams on Sundays, however, this year we have a new approach! We will run a completely Open Grade, 6-A-Side Competition on Sunday afternoo...
Kapiti Playhouse stage Aykbourn's Gameplan
19 October
Kapiti Playhouse's final production for the year is GAMEPLAN by Alan Aykbourn. GAMEPLAN is directed by Tony Tait, better known in Kapiti Playhouse as an actor – but he has directed a number of successful plays for the Mana Little Theatre. GAMEPLAN is a situational comedy a...
Two Kapiti Coast charities receive grants from Harcourts
19 October
Two Kapiti Coast-based charities have received funding in the latest round of quarterly grants from The Harcourts Foundation, a charity set up by Harcourts real estate group to provide financial support that helps, grows and enriches our communities. Stroke Foundation Central ...
Fiji - Palm trees, sunshine, and a whole lot of mouths to empty
19 October
Raumati Dental Surgeon Gary Lawrence recently returned from an epic dentisry mission to Tavenui Island in Fiji. Mr Lawrence was guest speak at the Kapiti Rotary Club and told members of a fascinating journey that began in dentistry about 35 years ago. He said a friend went to...
New Councillor calls for urgent review of Iwi relations
19 October
Newly elected Paraparaumu Ward Councillor K. Guru Gurunathan says the in-coming council must urgently review all formal relationship established with local iwi partner, Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai. This follows the loss of confidence by Child, Youth and Family which has terminate...
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Video by Stefan Wolf
Te Horo School perform finale
15 October
A full house attended the Te Horo School's finale performance of their music programme at Te Horo Community Hall yesterday. The hall was packed with proud family and friends who had come to watch the wonderful talent. Each group played a short piece and then the whole school ...
Great Start for Waikanae Croquet Club
15 October
Waikanae Croquet Club teams have done well in the first two weeks of the annual Wellington Croquet Association interclub competition. Games are played on Mondays and Wednesdays and Waikanae has a total of five teams entered. In the Monday series, Waikanae has so far had wins ...
Council process - on unsound law
14 October
Close scrutiny of the legal requirements surrounding private plan changes, reveals major deficiencies in the public planning process. The "shot-gun" marriage of the Local Government Act with the Resource Management Act, has long been a subject of doubt and questioning, but has...
Airport knight rides supercity mayor
13 October
Dear Editor, Here's an interesting snippet for your readers. Those who have demonized and vilified Paraparaumu Airport's major shareholder Noel Robinson as an Auckland fat cat interested in only feathering his own nest may be surprised to hear this. I was watching Monday's Nat...
Expressways and earthquakes - what if?
13 October
Given recent events in Christchurch, it is impossible not to think what the impact would have been in our community had it happened here. It hasn't of course but it is distinctly possible at some time in the future. What could happen transport wise, if NZTA has completed const...
Choice of deputy mayor crucial for Kapiti
13 October
As Kapiti moves into a new phase in its ongoing development, political stability will become increasingly important. The recently completed elections have thrown together an eclectic mix of councillors, seven of whom are new to the job. Mayor Jenny Rowan was returned with a...
Guy congratulates Rowan, Duffy and new councillors
13 October
Otaki MP Nathan Guy has congratulated local mayors Jenny Rowan and Brendan Duffy on their re-elections, and welcomed the public support shown for the Kapiti expressway."Jenny Rowan and Brendan Duffy are hard working mayors and have done well to be re-elected. I have a good workin...
Wilson holds regional chair
10 October
Incumbent Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson held on for a comfortable 1500 vote majority win over challenger Ann Chapman. "It is a pleasure to be able to serve Kapiti for another term. With over 8400 votes I am pleased with the election result but there is mu...
Bike Fix event a hit
13 October
More than 100 people had their bikes checked out and adjusted at the Kapiti Coast Bike Fix at Paraparaumu Library on Sunday, Council's Climate Change and Energy Advisor, Jake Roos, said today. Common repairs were reinflating tires, tightening brakes, raising seats, lubricating...
Beyond New Zealand Exhibition
19 October
A new exhibition 'BEYOND NEW ZEALAND' has begun at the Kapiti Gallery in Raumati.The exhibition features Overseas Memories by Kapiti Art andCraft Society Members and runs from 6 October to 31 October at the Kapiti Gallery, 192 Matai Road, Raumatifor more information: kapitigaller...
Jenny Rowan wins close Mayoral race
10 October
Jenny Rowan has been returned for a second term as Kapiti's Mayor after a repeat titanic battle with closest challenger Chris Turver.Mr Turver had pushed Ms Rowan close three years ago and many felt he would reverse the result this time round after a hard-hitting campaign.However...
Penny Gaylor in Otaki cliffhanger
10 October
Penny Gaylor won the Otaki Ward seat in a tight finish with current Otaki Community Board chair Andre Baker.This was expected to be a close contest and so it proved as Ms Gaylor collected 1561 voted to Mr Baker's 1465.Ms Gaylor takes over the seat from retiring councillor Ann Cha...
Tony Lloyd back on top in Waikanae
10 October
Tony Lloyd cruised to a comfortable win in what was expected to be the hotly contested ward seat of Waikanae.With two former councillors as well as other strong contenders the Waikanae Ward has been the subject of significant speculation during the election period. However Mr Llo...
Wooding wins it by the book
10 October
Maybe it was the Library Amnesty that did the trick but the former head of Kapiti's libraries Hilary Wooding, is back in council after winning the Paekakariki/Raumati seat ahead of Janet Holborow.Having formerly been elected as a district-wide councillor Ms Wooding intially indic...
Paekakariki Board chair returned
10 October
Popular Paekakariki Community Board chair Adrian Webster was returned to the Board on Saturday as one of four successful candidates.Mr Webster recorded 230 votes. The other board positions were filled by encumbents Janet Holborow (183), Helen Keivom (134) and Steve Eckett with 11...
Church tops Council poll
10 October
Ross Church swept to victory in the District-wide Council race, winning election at the first count.Mr Church, who finished a solid third in the Mayoral contest, topped the poll with 3122 votes. His nearest rival was Mike Cardiff who was elected at the 7th iteration in the STV vo...
Diane Ammundsen returned
10 October
Long serving KCDC councillor Diane Ammundsen took an electoral punt this year which has paid off well.Ms Ammundsen has previously represented the Paraparaumu Ward for 21 years. Earlier this year she voted to do away with wards, arguing Kapiti would be better off with all district...
Guru really was the 'people's choice
10 October
High profile Paraparaumu Ward candidate K Guru Gurunathan was identified in his election material as the 'People's Choice' and so it proved as he swept to victory on Saturday.Mr Gurunathan ran a top class campaign which should be electioneering 101 for any future candidates. With...
Ross Church will establish a Kapiti Leadership Forum
9 October
Mayoral candidate Ross Church is a straight shooter with plans to unite Kapiti in a bid to move forward on a range of issues."People have asked what sort of leadership I would offer," says Mr Church. "I would do three things immediately. First, I would establish a Kapiti Leade...
Family descendents sought for reunion
7 October
Dear Editor A family reunion for descendents of Robert Jillett, a whaler who lived on Kapiti Island in the late 1830s, is being held in Porirua on the 8th and 9th of January, 2011. Robert Jillett married Te Tara the daughter of Enaia Te Morere (Ngati Raukawa). Robert Jille...
Otaki Business wins major award
7 October
An Otaki IT security consulting company has been named Electra Business of the Year for Horowhenua and Kapiti. Aura Software Security is now one of New Zealand's leading IT security companies with customers in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney and London. Its world-...
Kapiti Coast Cycle Fix-Up with The Bike Shop and Kapiti Council
7 October
Stacey Gasson, Council's Sustainable Communities Coordinator says it's time for Kapiti Coasters to get our bikes out of the garage, fixed up and on the road for a summer of cycling. Not ridden your bike since last summer, or even longer? Pedaling your out-of-tune machine is ju...
Bad decision forced on Mayor
6 October
EditorThe Sandhills Expressway has been forced on our district by central government, and this was not the choice of Mayor Jenny Rowan. One of her qualities that I have observed is pragmatism in the face of reality. She has been an environment court commissioner and knows full w...
Mayor Rowan deserves another go
6 October
Editor Anyone who has worked in the public service or in local government knows that it takes more than one term in office to get problems sorted and major projects achieved. Under Mayor Rowan's leadership, infrastructure issues that had been neglected for decades were finally...
November opening for Waikanae Pool season
6 October
This season the Waikanae Pool will open on Monday November 8 and will stay open until Sunday April 17 2011, Council's Leisure & Open Space Asset Manager, Lex Bartlett said today. "This is later than the previous Labour Weekend opening time but in recent years the weather then ...
Bookie Bob sets the election odds
Bookie Bob sets the odds for the Kapiti Elections and there are several close races expected.Mayoral Race:Ross CHURCH 4/1 Mike CLULEE 50/1 Chris GLOVER 90/1 David MITCHELL 18/1 Jenny ROWAN 3/1 Chris TURVER 100/1 PEACHES ...
Local businesses needed for new ‘act local’ marketing campaign
6 October
Nature Coast Enterprise is asking for expressions of interest from Kapiti and Horowhenua businesses to collaborate in a new 'act local' collaborative marketing campaign for this summer and through to the Rugby World Cup in 2011. Chief Executive Chris Barber said, "A strong loc...

 
Sep 2010
Protocol failures highlighted
30 September
K (Guru) Gurunathan, a leading candidate for Paraparaumu Ward says KCDC and New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have failed to uphold one of the key protocols the community had stipulated to legitimise KCDC's participation as a member of the Alliance contractors for the Sandhills...
Council brings forward work on Water Supply Options
30 September
Council has brought forward some of the Water Budget to fund field work that is now being done earlier than expected. On August 19 Council confirmed the River Recharge with Groundwater as the top ranked water supply option for the Waikanae/Paraparaumu/Raumati catchment. The...
Council to sign MOU on water
30 September
Council intends to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Te Ati Awa Ki Whakarongotai covering the management of the District's water resources. A draft MOU went before Council today (September 30). The draft MOU's preamble notes that an MOU already exists between Council...
Improvement works on the Paraparaumu Line
30 September
KiwiRail will carry out improvement works on the Paraparaumu Line this weekend, as part of its wider programme to upgrade Wellington's rail network. The work will include installation of new overhead wires and the poles which carry them and the removal of old poles. KiwiRail ...
Young encouraged to vote for their future
30 September
Mayor Jenny Rowan attended a special house meeting in Raumati Beach for youth last week. Around 20 young people including students from Kapiti and Paraparaumu Colleges met to learn more about local government and the election process and share their opinions with Ms Rowan. "T...
Double take on vision for Kapiti
30 September
Editor, Chris Turver's 'Vision for Kapiti' (Kapiti News, 22 Sept) shows his true, uncaring and underhand colours. The "environmental distasteful stuff" he says is carried along SH1 will, when his Sandhills dream is finalised, be carried within mere metres of many houses. Lu...
Mana candidate Hekia Parata outlines priorities
30 September
Stimulating economic growth, employment, and improving the lives and living standards of Wellingtonians are clear priorities over the next two years. Hekia Parata signalled the focus at today's launch of the Ministry of Social Development's 2010-2012 Wellington Regional Plan. ...
Otaki MP says Tax cuts are great news for region
30 September
Otaki MP Nathan Guy is welcoming the major tax cuts coming into force this Friday 1 October as a real boost to local families and pensioners."From this Friday income tax and tax on savings will be cut, along with a small increase in GST. This will give people more cash in their p...
A dogged response to campaign stunt
30 September
Editor My apologies to Dr MacGibbon for my having misunderstood the nature of the dog walk. I had misconstrued the "fun affair" as a publicity stunt for the Rowan campaign, having been distracted by so many dogs parading with campaign advertising for Ms Rowan. My mistake; sorr...
Emergency preparedness document wins international award
A guide outlining easy step-by-step instructions for how to prepare for an emergency, published by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Group, has won the International Association of Emergency Managers 2010 Global Public Awareness Award. The "It's Easy" booklet was publ...
NZ SHORT FILM ‘WARBRICK’
Residents respond to Council survey
29 September
Residents were generally satisfied with most of the services tested in a "service delivery" survey conducted by UMR Research on behalf of Council. Residents were most satisfied with the general appearance and quality of the district's parks, standard of urban kerbside recycli...
Mental Health Awareness Week - October 4-11
Kapiti community organisations have been spending time organising exciting things to be held next week in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week. Take the time to check out the programme, talk about it with family and friends and organise with them to attend something of ...
Is candidate embarrassed by old hat
29 September
Editor Nothing in Richard Halliday's letter (Kapiti News) is new, it's all old hat, rehashed. He should be embarrassed. Is he saying that he didn't know this when the consultation took place? Or is he saying that he didn't know this when he stood for council? Anyway h...
Liberals blamed for 'culture of corruption'
13 September
Elected Pakeha liberals around the Council table are partly to blame for the culture of corruption that has set in amongst a section of the leadership at Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, says K (Guru) Gurunathan, Candidate for the Paraparaumu Ward."Recent Dompost reports on the corru...
Whareroa Guardians planting progress!
29 September 2010
The Ramaroa planting is complete with an extra 500 or so planted on Sept 12th in moist conditions. Many thanks to: Michael Stace, Julie Lines, Theo & Alex Barsanti, Dawn Bush, Ruby Durrant-Bush, Fred & June Rowland, Peter Kentish, Ann Evans, Ellen Soulliere and Paul Callister. ...
Spring is making a comeback
Photograph by Peter Sundstrom
Not everything you read is right!
Another Man of the Year finalist
Dolphin surfers
Paekakariki Hill Road closed
30 September - 4pm
Police have requested Porirua City Council to close their side of Paekakariki Hill Road, due to a slip/trees down.Tony Cronin from Kapiti Council says KCDC is in the process of closing our end of the hill road."At this stage we have no idea how long it will remain closed." ...
V8 Vocal Ensemble to sing for the Waikanae Music Society
25 September
On Sunday 10 October the Waikanae Music Society will host a concert by the V8 Vocal Ensemble. The term 'V8' refers to music written for eight voices, and these eight Auckland-based singers have all been members of Voices New Zealand Choir and of the NZ National Youth Choir. ...
District Wide Candidate Announces Exciting School Visitor
25 September
Kapiti Kids Motivation Trust organiser Roger Booth, who is a District-Wide candidate in the Kapiti Council election, has lined up a school visitor for next term. "Nathan Gray is a bit different from those we have brought into the district to inspire and motivate children in o...
Grey Power VP Appointed to National Team
Kapiti Coast Grey Power Vice-President Roger Booth, who is a District-wide candidate in the Kapiti Council election, has been appointed to a national review team, set up by Health Workforce New Zealand, to review workforce needs in the aged-care sector.Health Workforce New Zealan...
Grey Power VP Appointed to National Team
Kapiti Coast Grey Power Vice-President Roger Booth, who is a District-wide candidate in the Kapiti Council election, has been appointed to a national review team, set up by Health Workforce New Zealand, to review workforce needs in the aged-care sector.Health Workforce New Zealan...
Waikanae Grey Power candidates meeting success
25 September
Editor I think that this was perhaps the first electoral meeting that really came alive. Congratulations to the people of Waikanae who attended in considerable numbers and to Grey Power for organising this meeting at the Senior Citizens Hall in Waikanae on Wednesday 22nd Sept...
NZTA looming large
24 September
Editor, There were workers drilling opposite our house on Te Moana Road this week. I believe that these were from NZTA testing outside the Sandhills motorway designation. So those folks who like us, live near Melt in Waikanae, are in line for the bulldozer. It would h...
Kapiti's macron use not authorised
22 September
The Kapiti 'macron debate' has taken a fresh turn recently with the disclosure that KCDC has not made an application to have the new name registered with the New Zealand Geographic Board which is the Government organisation authorised to alter place names in New Zealand.Board sec...
Library amnesty to November
23 September
In an effort to get back missing books and other items, Kapiti Coast District Libraries won't be charging fines on long overdue (more than six weeks) items from Monday September 27 until the end of November, District Libraries Manager Leslie Clague said today. "Over the 20 yea...
Who said that.....
Dog walk was fun affair
23 September
Dear Editor As one of the organisers of the dog walk on the beach on 19th September, I suggest that Mr K Bolton 'lighten up' as there are much more serious issues confronting us in Kapiti to be "dismayed about". This was a fun affair attended by 35 dogs plus fifty of their hu...
Local elections about more than the proposed expressway
By Marilyn Stephens
Throughout this local election campaign there has been much talk and discussion about the Government's proposed expressway bypass. Some people will be deciding their voting based on a candidate's position regarding the expressway proposal. It is certainly a major issue for our...
It's all about rights and responsiblities
The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce is calling on people to exercise their democratic right to choose their political leaders in the upcoming local body elections."Kapiti really is at a pivotal point in its history," says Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mark Ternent, "and we...
Candidate responds to questionnaire
21 September
Marilyn Stephens, Council Candidate for Paraparaumu Ward, apologises for not responding earlier to the questions posed by Community Board chairs John Haxton and Adrian Webster. "It must have been at time when my new computer was going through a hiccup and some emails went walkabo...
Youth MP challenges Kāpiti voters
21 September
"We should only support candidates for Council who publicly oppose the central government imposed Kāpiti Expressway that will damage the Coast forever," says Kāpiti's own Youth MP, Jack McDonald.Mr McDonald, who recently spoke out against the Expressway on television po...
How to get along.....
21 September
Daylight Saving starts on Sunday
21 September
New Zealand daylight saving begins next Sunday, 26 September 2010, 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 2011, when clocks go back an hour at 3 am to 2 am. New Zealand moved to an ex...
Damaged or Spoilt Voting Documents
21 September
Kapiti's Electoral Officer, Jude Wadsworth, says she has recieved around 10 calls advising that people's voting documents were damaged in the bad weather on Friday."Should this have happened to you or anyone you know, please call 04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486 and I will organise a ...
Thumbs up from the Aussies
20 September
Dear Editor, I'll confess right at the outset that I am an Australian (though I'm hoping this might be overlooked because I currently live in Switzerland). I'm writing because earlier this year I had the great privilege of visiting your beautiful Kapiti Coast. On the...
Nigel Wilson
Current Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, representing Kapiti
Profile for Greater Wellington Regional Council Three years ago I stood as an advocate for Kapiti. You elected me and I have delivered.That experience puts me in a strong position to continue.We must complete the railway stations at Paraparaumu and Waikanae and finish the double ...
Daylight Savings
26 September
Possibility of only two interchanges on expressway
21 September
The NZTA 'information centre' has recently had a welcome change, with the replacement of the motorway route map, from one showing seven possible interchanges, to one showing only two.Alliance for a Sustainable Kapiti spokesman, Nick Fisher, said "We welcome this new example of ho...
Jocelyn Prvanov – common sense approach for Waikanae
18 September
Having had the pleasure of serving on the Waikanae Community Board for the last six years I would now love to have the opportunity to serve as Waikanae's Ward Councillor. I see Waikanae as a community that both young and old love living in. This means making decisions on your...
Jocelyn Prvanov – in the best interests of Waikanae
18 September
Having had the pleasure to serve the Waikanae community for the last six years I know Waikanae as a dynamic and fast growing community with its own particular needs, which must be safeguarded. I have advocated for the electrification of the rail-line to Waikanae, the option to...
Spring Clean Your Investments
17 September
Spring is in the air and it is a good time to take a fresh look at your retirement savings plans. There have been many changes in retirement savings in recent times that mean you should review any schemes you signed up for prior to the introduction of KiwiSaver in October, 200...
Candidates questions
17 September
Dear Editor As an exercise in democracy I asked the candidates in the upcoming Kapiti local elections questions about things other than the Western Link motorway. Specifically I asked questions about cycleways and air quality. Your readers may be interested in the questions an...
The Law of Diminishing Expectations
By Peter Daniel
Every time any new and large development takes place in Kapiti it changes who we are. Not all are bad though but there are others that have an ongoing impact that diminishes the coast as a beautiful place to live.The new proposed expressway is exactly that. Many years ago when I ...
The Klezmer Rebs to celebrate Oktoberfest in Raumati
17 September
The Village Inn at Raumati Beach will celebrate the beer-drinking festival of Oktoberfest to the tunes of popular Wellington folksters the Klezmer Rebs on October 2. The Klezmer Rebs are an 8 piece ethnic/world music band featuring clarinet/sax, trombone, trumpet, violin, accordi...
Kapiti Brass Band Concert
This Sunday (19th)
The Kapiti Brass Band is holding a concert this Sunday in Paraparaumu. What: Kapiti Brass Band Concert Where: Salvation Army Citadel 41 Bluegum Road Paraparaumu Beach When: 2pm, Sunday 19...
Underpass position clarified
17 September
Editor, Your correspondent's letter of 16th September 2010 in which he endeavours to take me to task over my publicising the conflicting advice in regard to the underpass illustrates the difficulty he is having in understanding the situation. For him I will clarify the si...
Aquatic Centre gets green light
16 September
It has now been officially confirmed that Kapiti is to get a new Aquatic Centre. In a sometimes tense debate in the Council Chamber today Councillor Lyndy McIntyre emerged as an unlikely hero for those wanting the Aquatic Centre. Cr McIntyre and Cr Patton had vigorously tes...
Well-qualified candidates
16 September
Editor We are exceedingly fortunate in having so many well-qualified candidates offering themselves for the forthcoming election, and it's good to see that they are not all self-serving, middle-aged, white males. Many candidates seem to be really concerned for the well-being ...
Questionnaire responses
16 September
Last month two Community Board chairs sent a questionnaire to all Council candidates. John Haxton and Adrian Webster were responding to their communities' concerns to achieve a more certain outcome from this year's election. "Voters want to know what candidates promise to...
Underpass overview
16 September
Editor Tony Lloyd's comments about the Waikanae Underpass follow his early statement that K C D C had backed off its support for the solution to SH1, Elizabeth St, and rail crossing delays, that is simply not the true state of Council support. The Long Term Community plan is s...
Done Deal
16 September
Editor Peter Zander writes in the Readers Write (Kapiti News 15/9) indicating the Expressway is a done deal.It may pay to do some further research into this matter.The motorway through the sandhills on the Kapiti Coast was proposed 50 years ago and does not reflect the changes...
Local firefighters honoured
Otaki MP and Minister of Internal Affairs Nathan Guy has attended the recent presentation of Queen's Service Medals (QSM) to two local firefighters. Wayne Sarjeant, Chief Fire Officer at the Paraparaumu Volunteer Fire Brigade and Lindsay Walker, Chief Fire Officer at the Levin Vo...
Kapiti - a vision
By Glen Hooker
Mayor prioritises economic sustainability
16 September
Editor Perhaps Chris Turver is unaware that the Mayor Jenny Rowan has made economic sustainability an absolute priority for her and the Council. He says his first priority as mayor would be to meet with all the business leaders in Kapiti to identify opportunities, find out wh...
Aquatic Centre hangs in the balance
15 September
All the facts of the Aquatic Centre project must be on the table for a robust and transparent decision at Thursday's council meeting, says Paraparaumu Ward candidate K (Guru) Gurunathan.The Aquatic Centre project, one of two significant topics for Thursday's council meeting, is e...
Waikanae underpass confusion from NZTA
15 September
Waikanae Ward candidate Tony Lloyd says he is absolutely astounded at the run a-round Waikanae is being given by NZTA over the Te Moana Road/SH1 Underpass. At the Waikanae Community Board meeting on Tuesday night NZTA representatives told the Board and public that it was only ...
Mayor wants zero youth unemployment
14 September
Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan says she will make youth and youth issues a key priority if she is re-elected. "Our young people are the future of the District and one of my key priorities is to work for zero youth unemployment," she says. "As a community, we need to focus on bot...
Mayoral Hopefuls in Live Radio Debate
14 September
For the first time, candidates for the Kapiti mayoralty are to debate key topics live on radio.Local radio Beach FM 106.3 has set aside 90 minutes of prime time for the debate to be broadcast on Sunday 19th September 2010 from 1pm.The station's General Manager, Grant Walker, says...
Just get on with it
14 September
Editor I for one, and I'm not alone, can't wait to see this expressway built. At long last traffic that is working its way north can do so and the Coast truly then becomes a destination point. People will want to enjoy the surrounds rather than fight their way to the region in...
Marilyn Stephens responds to Jack McDonald
14 September
Congratulations, Jack. It is heartening to see a Youth MP with more commonsense and understanding of the implications for Kapiti of the proposed expressway bypass than our Mayoral candidates and many of the Council candidates. It certainly was a shoddy 'consultative' process and ...
Peaches makes mayoral bid
It looks like a new contender has emerged for the Kapiti Mayoral race. Signs are going up advertising Peaches for Mayor and there is a positive response from the public. One passer-by said "Peaches is definiely the cutest looking of the mayoral candidates and she has the ri...
Challenge is laid
11 September
Dear Editor,Here's a challenge for Helen Donaldson and Tony Lloyd. The police have agreed not to bother taking action against the respective chairs of the Paekakariki and the Paraparaumu/Raumati community boards over the duo's complaint that the chairmen's appeal to candidates w...
Boss is Found
11 September
Much to the delight of her anxious family, the 9 yrs old white and tan staffy cross female, called Boss has been found safe and sound. Her family extend their gratitude to KCnews readers who assisted with the search and information....
Pedal to save petrels!
10 September
Imagine a sanctuary for birds like Kapiti Island, 5500km away in the Pitcairn Islands. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has plans to eradicate rats from Henderson Island in 2011, but is short of funding. This project is a single effort that will provide lastin...
Expressway critics turn out in force
23 August
Anyone who thought the proposed Expressway through Kapiti battle was over would need to think again after 400 residents packed a hall at El Rancho in Waikanae.Representatives of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) faced a crowd intent on giving them the clear message this Exp...
SaveKapiti group is growing rapidly
3 September
SaveKapiti was set up as a group of citizens "dedicated to preserving our iconic Kapiti landscapes from destruction by an unnecessary and poorly thought out roading option," says spokesperson Colin Baxter."We seek to find solutions to the roading problems of Kapiti that will best...
Candidate says 'Them and Us attitude must stop'
11 September
Ross Church, Mayoral Candidate for Kapiti, says the 'them and us' attitude among a small minority of Kapiti residents must stop."People want to see a united Kapiti so that we can work together to overcome issues of concern. People want the negativity to stop.""The public are bein...
Former Works Committee chair gives view on Expressway
5 September
Long-serving local politician and businessman Harold Thomas has an extensive history with actual and proposed Kapiti roading. Mr Thomas is a candidate for the Waikanae Ward and he gives his views on the Expressway. As the Chairman of the Works Committee of the K.C.D.C. when the W...
Reeling in Mahara Place
10 September
Glen Hooker, candidate for KCDC (District wide) and founding member of SaveKapiti is opening an Information Shop in Waikanae today.Mr Hooker was disappointed to see NZTA's information shop in Coastlands lacked any new information.There will be lots of leaflets and even the SaveKa...
New Matangi trains officially launched
10 September
Otaki MP and Associate Transport Minister Nathan Guy has officially launched the new Matangi trains in Wellington today."This train is the first of 48 new two-car electric units, with the entire new fleet expected to be here towards the end of next year. "The Matangi trains cost ...
Guy to vote for split alcohol age
30 August
Otaki MP Nathan Guy says he will be supporting a split purchasing age for alcohol when a conscience vote is held in Parliament. "I have given the purchase age for alcohol a lot of thought and after reading the Law Commission report and listening to the views of the public I've...
Building Inspectors heading south
9 September
Two of Kāpiti Council's Building Inspectors have left for Christchurch in response to Canterbury's request today for 60 Building Inspectors from throughout New Zealand, Acting Chief Executive Gary Simpson has announced. "The main focus for two inspectors will be houses, ...
Another leading candidate opposes Expressway
9 September
Marilyn Stephens, one of the leading candidates for a Paraparaumu Ward council seat, has added her voice to an ever-expanding list of expressway critics.Ms Stephens warns against allowing the Expressway debate to be about the design details. "Focusing on the details of design – w...
Simple Roading
Gurunathan calls for 'moral responsibility'
30 August
Paraparaumu Ward Council candidate K.(Guru) Gurunathan says he is pleased to see Mayoral candidate Chris Turver admit he cannot perform miracles because that's exactly what will be needed to resolve the threat of devastation from the Sandhills Expressway faced by Takamore Maori,...
Kapiti Karnival this Saturday!
By Jaimie Tofts
On the 18th of September there is going to be the annual Kapiti Karnival at Paraparaumu Beach School. It is as fun as ever with new rides and stalls arriving this year. There is going to be a MONSTER Auction, a MoreFM 'Be there' Prize, and all you have to do for that is visit www...
The answer is 'yes to gridlock'
10 September
EditorMr Thomas makes some outrageous and ill-informed comments in the KCnews (Expressway section) regarding the growing opposition to the proposed motorway.However his final question is ironically pertinent as he asks if we have to wait until Kapiti is gridlocked by traffic like...
Business Awards Finalists Named for Horowhenua and Kapiti
10 September
Sixteen Horowhenua and Kapiti businesses have been named as finalists in this year's Electra Business Awards.The finalists are: Allen Paper Ltd, Audarya, Aura Software Security, Burst Drive Thru Cafe, Chelsea House Early Childhood Centre, Click Happy, Eden Design Ltd, Hardy's Hea...
September Training Courses - Nature Coast Trust
10 September
Demystify the Web: pro-active web site training for your business...
Frank van Kampen Interschool Sports Tournament
10 September
Bitter sweet is how one might describe the occasion of the first Frank van Kampen Interschool Tournament between Waikanae and Kapanui schools.It is just under a year since Frank van Kampen, a much loved teacher was knocked off his bike and killed by a drunk driver while he was cy...
Macron puts Election in jeopardy
8 September
EditorI am drawing your attention to a serious breach by Kapiti Coast District Council in the forthcoming (09/10/2010) Local Government elections, whereby they are pursuing an election process for a fictitious New Zealand District.Over the past 12 months I have written to the May...
Twilight Run for Kapiti Minature Railway
9 September
The Kapiti Miniature Railway located in Marine Gardens Raumati Beach are holding a "Twilight run" to commemorate the start of Daylight saving.The date is Saturday the 25th September 2010 starting at 5pm till 9pm.Enjoy the thrill of riding the miniature trains in the dark with the...
Chris Laidlaw - Business Breakfast speaker
9 September
Electra Business Breakfast in Kapiti on 6th October. Speaker: Chris Laidlaw Chris Laidlaw has had a huge career in a wide variety of fields and continues to flourish as a multi-talented multi-tasker.Mr Laidlaw was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and is regarded as having...
New play equipment for Maclean Park
9 September
A new rope climbing tower will shortly be added to the existing playground equipment at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach, says Council's Leisure and Open Spaces Asset Manager, Lex Bartlett said today."This is part of our on-going programme of upgrading playground assets throughout...
Kapiti Coast Election candidates List
For full profiles of all candidates see our Election Page...
Can democracy survive big money and professional spin
9 September - By Brian Baggott
Experienced and respected social commentator Brian Baggott looks at the vexed question of Campaign Funding and asks if corporate funding is killing democracy. Politics have undergone a massive change over the last two or three decades. This is true of central governments from...
Kapiti College cruises to another rugby Rosebowl victory
8 September - By Steve Burt
Kāpiti College's 1st XV won the annual Rosebowl fixture against Paraparaumu 18-0 on Saturday the 4th to claim the trophy for the fourth year in a row. The boys had trained hard after losing to Paraparaumu 10-15 just 3 weeks ago. Their preparation for the game included an ove...
Let’s Carpool – a winning way to travel!
7 September
Kapiti Coasters have been big users of the Greater Wellington Regional Council's carpooling programme, Let's Carpool, which has just won a national award and has received a very positive independent evaluation.The NZ Traffic Institute, at its annual conference dinner this week, p...
Pleasing results from the Cervical Screening Programme
7 September
More Maori and Pacific women are having cervical smears as part of the National Cervical Screening Programme.It was extremely pleasing to announce last week that more Maori and Pacific women have had cervical smears as part of the National Cervical Screening Programme during the ...
How Important is your Vote
7 October
Ross Church, Mayoral Candidate for Kapiti, says it is important that everyone votes in the local elections. "Your vote does count. Having your say is important," says Mr Church. "Elections have been won by just one vote," says Mr Church. "Thomas Jefferson was elected Presid...
Mayor urges support for victims of Canterbury quake
7 September
Kapiti Coast District Mayor Jenny Rowan is urging Kapiti Coast residents to support the Red Cross Appeal for victims of the Canterbury earthquake. People can make a donation to the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal either at an ANZ branch (account number: 1839-0188939-00)...
Flooding caution advised for Kapiti
6 September
Kapiti's Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson has advised extreme caution is required near rivers and watercourses in the Kapiti region at present."There has already been some flooding at Te Horo beach and the Convent Road area of Otaki Township from the Waitohu St...
Who is our head of state?
1 May
The introduction of Keith Locke's Head of State Referenda Bill to Parliament on April 21 was a farce, with the National Party whipping its members, many of whom are republicans, to vote against it. All the hoary old arguments and false fears were raised, including Maori losing t...
Otaki MP marks Rail Safety Week
6 September
Otaki MP and Associate Minister of Transport Nathan Guy has marked Rail Safety Week by unveiling a billboard at the intersection of SH1 and Kimberley Road, just north of Kapiti. "This is a reminder for drivers to take care and stay safe around level crossings," says Mr Guy. ...
Historic Waikanae River oxbow planted
6 September
Restoration of an historic oxbow on the Waikanae River has passed a milestone with the planting of 3,000 native plants this winter. Most of the plants were grown and planted by Friends of the Waikanae River volunteers, following a $40,000 grant from the Department of Conservat...
No fear of questions
6 September
Editor In response to Jamie Brookes, I can assure everyone that I have no fear of being asked questions by the public. My objection was being told by the Chairs of two Community Boards that they had formulated their own policies, sought my position on their policies and th...
Kapiti should be on to a World Cup winner
6 September
Marilyn Stephens, Council candidate for the Paraparaumu Ward, says she has been approached by concerned Paraparaumu businesses regarding the lack of local planning for the rugby world cup in a year's time. "The businesses have told me they feel the current Council is remiss in...
...and another sign of the times....
6 September
A day later and the vandals have struck. Still, most of the candidates KCnews spoke to took it in their stride. Doris Zuur, Jonny Best, Don Moselen and Marilyn Stephens were back out on Sunday with hammer and nails. K (Guru) Gurunathan said it is tough and sometimes costly for...
Michael Scott - passionate about Waikanae issues
31 August
Campaign StatementAs a long time resident of Waikanae and local business owner I am passionate about Waikanae issues. Local democracy and representation through an active community Board is vital for Waikanae's future. As Chair of the Community Board for the last three years ...
Richard Halliday joins race for Board seat
6 September
Campaign StatementIf elected, I desire to serve the community; to be a positive pro-active influence; I will endeavour to be a catalyst for constructive discussion; to bring new ideas, and good judgement, and bring about good outcomes for Waikanae and Kapiti; ...
Richard Halliday offers 'fresh ideas, good judgement.'
6 September
Campaign StatementMy primary goal is the Waikanae Ward seat. If elected, I desire to serve the community; to be a positive pro-active influence; I will endeavour to be a catalyst for constructive discussion; to bring new ideas, and good judgement, and bring about...
Greetings to our communities of National Significance.
By Glen Hooker
This is one of the most important times in the long history of the Kapiti Coast. We have in this election an opportunity to stand up and protect the very essence of why we identify this region as the Nature Coast.Over the last twenty years I have been privileged to have been invo...
Straight answers expected
6 September
Dear Editor, I join Paraparaumu Ward candidate Guru in congratulating The Kapiti Observer for asking candidates to respond to questions on critical election issues. Voters can get some straight answers to help them decide how to vote. Can you tell us if Helene Donaldson and ...
Candidate right about water meters
4 September
Editor Marilyn Stephens (KCNews letters 2 Sept) is quite right about water meters. Some years ago our Council spent an awful lot of money fitting old houses with new tobys which were meter friendly and of course all new houses are required to be fitted with such tobys. This ...
Cr Diane Ammundsen shifts to District-wide race
5 September
Campaign Statement If re-elected Diane will continue to promote sound environmental management practices including green waste composting, recycling, restoration of rivers and streams, protection of ecological and historical sites, beautification of parks and reserves an...
Who knew Pigs Flu
5 September - By Fay Clayton
Swine flu! News of it pops up everywhere. Why, only last week a friend of ours from Raumati rang to say she would not be coming to Sunday lunch as one in her family was thought to have this flu. We postponed the lunch date; the family member was declared not to have swine flu - a...
Key question posed to mayoral candidates
5 September
K (Guru) Gurunathan, candidate for the Paraparaumu Ward, says it is time for straight answers on the Government's Expressway."The Kapiti Observer has asked candidates tough questions during past local government elections. It has to be congratulated for riveting the most critical...
TOP MUSICAL TALENT TO PLAY AT WHITIREIA UPFRONT 2010
6 September
Whitireia New Zealand has scored a double whammy, with music legends Karl Steven and Warren Maxwell joining the Whitireia School of Music students in a showcase event being held in Wellington in September. Each year Whitireia music students put together a show and perform in fro...
A Sign of the times....
5 September
A fine balancing act...Bob Zuur lends a helping hand for partner Doris who is standing for a District-wide seat on Council. There has been a proliferation of signs go up throughout Kapiti, some better than others. This one gets a thumbs up for the cheerful face and the positive m...
Attention all you Silverfox types
4 September
GrownUps® are calling for nominations for the next Silverfox! Charming, handsome, confident men in the 50 plus age bracket will soon have the opportunity to enter the inaugural Silverfox of the Year competition. If you know any charming, handsome men who are 50-plus and not ca...
How to Rebuild your Wealth after a Recession
4 September - By Liz Koh
Coming out of a recession is like emerging from winter into spring. There are opportunities for new growth if you get rid of the dead wood and prepare for the new season. If you have lost your job or lost income there are four steps you should take to rebuild your wealth. Focu...
Te Paamu make national Smokefree Rockquest final
3 September
Otaki band Te Paamu could be New Zealand's next big musical find after the Smokefree Rockquest announced the top eight bands to play off the national final at Hamilton's Founders Theatre on September 11. Te Paamu have progressed to the final eight in the nationwide contest wh...
THE ELIOS ENSEMBLE will perform for the WAIKANAE MUSIC SOCIETY
3 September
2.30pm on Sunday 12 September Waikanae Memorial Hall The Elios Ensemble are Martin Jaenecke and Konstanze Artmann (violins), Victoria Jaenecke (viola), Paul Mitchell (cello) and guest performer Karen Batten (flute). Their programme is: Boccherini - Quinte...
Ok, maybe not quite so Spring yet
3 September
On the first day of Spring we woke to a stunning day with a bright blue sky and hailed the arrival of spring. One day later we were plunged back to the murky depths of winter. So thank you to the reader who sent in the photo of the slightly more appropriately dressed chickens ...
Church says he is 'ignoring the Spin Doctors'
Ross Church, Mayoral Candidate for Kapiti, is ignoring the spin doctors."Throughout this campaign, I have steadfastly refused to comment on other people, policies or opinions," says Mr Church. "That stance will continue"."All candidates have been asked by groups and alliances to ...
Otaki Fire Brigade win major award
The Otaki Fire Brigade scooped the Award for best design or technology initiative at the recent New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards, presented by Safeguard, at the SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland.The Otaki Fire Brigade designed and built a rapid extraction beam to ...
Message to Waikanae residents
2 September
Editor To Waikanae ResidentsIf I am elected to Council I will not give up promoting the need for an underpass to connect the present highway with Elisabeth Street. Even with traffic one day being diverted along an expressway it will still be necessary to have uninterrupted ...
No water meters - Yeah Right!
2 September
Marilyn Stephens says the Kapiti Council has snuck under the radar regarding the water meter debate."It has been a bit of a charade really," says Ms Stephens who is a candidate for the Paraparaumu Ward. "We even have some councillors pretending water metering has not gone ahead."...
Horsewhispering at Council
2 September
Dear Editor, Ratepayers hurt by the economic recession would not be amused by the fact that 30 Kapiti Council managers went to a horse riding establishment at Te Horo to help improve internal communications. The $600 trip to Sudsbury Fields included a demonstration on using...
Roll-on summer!
1 September
Editor,I am sure we appreciated your Happy Spring message. However, as most readers will have noticed, the early indicators have already been around for four to five weeks. Those daffodils are now looking a little wilted and the chickens no doubt growing feathers. Spring denie...
Mayor Rowan on film
2 September

 
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Paraparaumu Maternity - great results
20 August
BFHI is the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, which is a WHO Programme to improve the way maternity units promote and support breastfeeding. In this country it is administered by the NZ Breastfeeding Authority.Breastfeeding is critical to the good health of mothers and babies. ...
All is not lost
1 September
Dear Editor Like Brian Baggott, I too am sorry to see the departure of Anne Molinueux, Sandra Patton, and Lyndy McIntyre from Council. I would have enjoyed working with them. However, I can assure Mr Baggott, that all is not lost. Despite the predominance of grey men in the fo...
Happy Spring Kapiti
1 September
Eric Gregory standing for Waikanae Ward
18 August
Third term Waikanae Community Board member, Eric Gregory will seek election as an Independent candidate for the Waikanae Ward Council seat and for the Waikanae Community Board in this year's local body election. The seat has been held by Sandra Patton this term but she has ind...
Hilary Wooding contests board seat
25 August
Campaign StatementThe Kapiti Coast is a fantastic place to live! I came to Raumati Beach in 1990 when I became the District Libraries Manager, building the award winning Paraparaumu Library in 2002. While a strong infrastructure – water, roads, sewerage etc is vital, other ame...
One (1) Candidate will be elected
Voters will use the STV system by putting their selections in order from 1, 2. You may list both candidates in your preferred order or just one. In this instance, as there are only two candidates, it is effectively a first past the post vote. DO NOT TICK multiple candidates - thi...
Four (4) Candidates will be elected
Voters will use the STV system by putting their selections in order from 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. You may list all 4 candidates in your preferred order or list as many as you wish. DO NOT TICK multiple candidates - this will probably invalidate your vote....
One (1) Candidate will be elected
Voters will use the STV system by putting their selections in order from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. You may list all 6 candidates in your preferred order or list as many as you wish. DO NOT TICK multiple candidates - this will probably invalidate your vote....
Mike Clulee - Mayoral candidate offers down to earth leadership
22 August
Campaign StatementIf change is what you want then I'm the one to really deliver it. I'm from a political family, have run a business and owned a property here on the coast over the last ten years. I have a multicultural, multiracial and multi socio-economic background, positio...
Mayor encourages public to shape Paraparaumu Town Centre
31 August
Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan is urging the community to get involved with deciding how the town centre of Paraparaumu looks in the future. Last week Council agreed to use the special consultative procedure laid down by the Local Government Act 2002 and now must work out which part...
Harold Thomas - energy and vision
Campaign StatementI still have the energy and the vision required, combined with my previous experience as a councillor and a Community Board member, to be able to make an independent effective contribution as a Councillor. I will work to ensure badly needed upgrading to infra...
Eric Gregory seeks another term on Board
Campaign StatementThird term Waikanae Community Board member, Eric Gregory will seek election for the Waikanae Community Board in this year's local body election. Mr Gregory, a long time Waikanae resident, has been a member of the Waikanae Community Board for 9 years. "St...
Unknown juggernaut is on its way
1 September
Paraparaumu Ward council candidate K.(Guru) Gurunathan says Mayor Jenny Rowan's statement encouraging the community to help shape Paraparaumu Town Centre adds little to the earlier clinical statement made on August 27 by KCDC chief executive, Pat Dougherty. "I would have thoug...
‘NO’ is not up for negotiation
30 August
As the Minister responsible for the Government's response to family violence I have been pondering, how do we encourage courage. The courage to report what is happening to you – and the courage to hear the call, and do something about it. A study released last week by Auckland...
Health risk acknowledged
30 August
Editor Kapiti Coast District Council resolved on Thursday to lower the fluoride levels from 1.0 ppm to 0.7 ppm because of the risk to babies developing dental fluorosis. A Council report showed that at 1.0 ppm babies where exceeding the upper limit 90% of time. The Ministry ...
Michael Scott joins Council race
30 August
Michael Scott says it has been tragic over the last three years to see the division amongst Kapiti's District Councillors. "Casting votes have more often than not decided the district's direction." "We are part of a district and our councillors need to reflect that reality. For ...
Tall tales from short film makers
30 August
Hey Kapiti film makers - listen up. allshorts New Zealand short film and video festival 2010 is calling for submissions.Festival organiser Paddy Brennan says the allshorts NZ short film and music video festival is now in its 5th great year. "allshorts is a celebration of New Z...
FIVE (5) Candidates will be elected
Voters will use the STV system by putting their selections in order from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. You may list all 16 candidates in your preferred order or list as many as you wish. DO NOT TICK multiple candidates - this will probably invalidate your vote....
Fluoride debate full of surprises
30 August
The hotly debated topic of Fluoride dosing in Kapiti was again on the agenda at the recent Council meeting. After the case was put for and against there was sense of anticipation that a motion put by Cr Peter Daniel would pass. Earlier in the meeting the Mayor had said her gra...
Fond farewell to testing trio
30 August
Editor Candidates for Council should consider carefully what their duties should be. I am sure they would come up with a variety of answers which might well not include what I would regard as possibly the most important. This is the ability to ask important and penetrati...
Kapiti seed bank bears fruit
30 August
Kena Kena School children have planted the first native plants grown from seed collected for a Kāpiti Coast District Council seed bank project. Among the 800 plants the children planted at Waikanae Estuary were Hebes given to the Waikanae Estuary Care Group by Council Env...
The Expressway - unity in frustration
30 August
The Te Horo Road Action Committee (THRAC) argues for construction of the Peka Peka to North Otaki section of Steven Joyce's expressway on a route to the west of the Te Horo and Otaki townships. This appears to place them in opposition to the Alliance for Sustainable Kapiti and...
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Waikanae Croquet Club summer season set to start
29 August
The Waikanae Croquet Club summer season starts in early September and the Club invites interested people to come along to one of the "Have-a-go"days. Croquet comes in two versions, association and golf croquet. Association is the longer game with more complicated rules; golf c...
Nuki Takao is Kapiti Island’s 2010 resident writer
29 August
Kapiti Island's Kaitiaki o Kapiti Trust has announced writer Nuki Takao will be Kapiti Island's resident writer this year. The 'Tau mai e Kapiti' Māori Writers' Residency 2010, funded by Te Waka Toi/Creative New Zealand and hosted by Kaitiaki o Kapiti Trust, offers a g...
Creative Writing
KCNews has a new section under Lifestyle for Creative Writing. If you have writing you would like to submit please email editor@kcnews.co.nz...
Whitebaiting in paradise
28 August
With the Waikanae River meandering through Otaihanga the conditions for Whitebaiting were ideal. Not quite as many whitebait as the fishers would like, but enough for a meal and a return journey to the river. Pictured on the stretch of river overlooked by the new Otaihanga Boatin...
Storm in a tea cup
29 August
Police are not taking any further, a complaint about election behaviour in Kapiti. Earlier this week, a OneKapiti candidate made a formal complaint to the Electoral Officer, objecting to the potential use of results of a survey of candidates by the current chairs of the Parap...
Daffodil Day on the Coast
28 August - By Fay Clayton
Daffodils! They're everywhere! For this is Daffodil Day! The idea of using this flower to raise money for the Cancer Society was brought back from Atlanta in 1989. This year is the 20th Anniversary. All moneys raised are used to help the sufferers of cancer and to fund research i...
Kapiti gives for Daffodil Day
28 August
Volunteers were out in force throughout Kapiti on Friday collecting for Daffodil Day.Run by the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Daffodil Day symbolises hope for the one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer. Since 1990, this iconic event has inspired people to come togeth...
Nothing quite like a big screen
28 August
Mark Drabble of Harvey Norman's Paraparaumu Store is pictured at the Coastlands display with every TV fan's dream machine.Mr Drabble, a senior AV Consultant says the Panasonic is a 103inch Plasma that gives perfect quality. But he says it's going to need a fair size lounge to fit...
Kapiti gives for Daffodil Day
28 August
Volunteers were out in force throughout Kapiti on Friday collecting for Daffodil Day.Run by the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Daffodil Day symbolises hope for the one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer. Since 1990, this iconic event has inspired people to come togethe...
Meet the Candidates
Candidates meetings are likely to be held throughout the district. If your organisation is planning to host a candidates meeting please email details to editor@kcnews.co.nzKapiti Chamber of Commerce - Meet the Candidates When: September 16 Where: Meadows Church, Mazengarb R...
Nigel Wilson confirms Regional Council candidacy
Kapiti's Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson has officially confirmed himself as a candidate for the Regional Council at the upcoming elections. "I have very much enjoyed the last three years as Kapiti's Regional Councillor and the experience gained puts me in ...
FOUR (4) Candidates will be elected
Voters will use the STV system by putting their selections in order from 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. You may list all 7 candidates in your preferred order or list as many as you wish. DO NOT TICK multiple candidates - this will probably invalidate your vote. ...
FOUR (4) Candidates will be elected
Voters will use the STV system by putting their selections in order from 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. You may list all 6 candidates in your preferred order or list as many as you wish. DO NOT TICK multiple candidates - this will probably