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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, will play a significant role in assess... More...

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 long list of exemptions that may make enfor... More...

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 the official search. Senior Sergeant... More...

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 volunteer Coastguard units, Surf Life S... More...

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 (Wednesday). The plan is to deploy memb... More...

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 removed. Parks and Recreation Manager Alis... More...

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 species. What you do on your land makes a ... More...

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 stretching up the west coast from Wellington to... More...

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

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 the Kapiti Coast) and heavy rainfall in t... More...

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. By signing the GIA Deed, Summerfruit NZ ... More...

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 meet your skills and interests. Parks are p... More...

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 to Rahui Road via Ringawhati Road in Ot... More...

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 ope... More...

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 ... More...

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 K... More...

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 und... More...

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: Q... More...

Winter sunset in Kapiti
10 July, 2017

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 m... More...

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 th... More...

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... More...

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 complet... More...

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... More...

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, s... More...

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... More...

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 u... More...

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 com... More...

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 Rau... More...

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... More...

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 Fi... More...

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 m... More...

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... More...

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... More...

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 D... More...

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 "... More...

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 "... More...

Paekakariki-Pukerua Bay Escarpment Track Award Nominee
March 2017
The Wellington branch of Te Araroa Trust has been nominated among the ... More...

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 Waikana... More...

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 fr... More...

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 A... More...

GIA biosecurity partnership welcomes the citrus industry
March 2016
This week the GIA partnership welcomed NZ Citrus Growers Inc. (NZCGI) ... More...

Volunteers needed for Kapiti Biodiversity Project
March 2016
Kapiti Biodiversity Project - Volunteers needed for our plant projects... More...

An invitation to Explore Chrystall's Bend in Otaki
January 2016
'Explore Chrystall's Bend' ... More...

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 o... More...

Environment Website wins top Science Communication Award
December 2015
Environmental monitoring website Land, Air Water Aotearoa has scooped ... More...

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 Q... More...

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 ... More...

Regional Council takes action on climate change
October 2015
The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has adopted a climate c... More...

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 Is... More...

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... More...

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 i... More...

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 ... More...

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... More...

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 comm... More...

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 ... More...

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 onl... More...

Feedback helps shape the draft Natural Resource Plan
February 2015
Thousands of points of interest have been raised by the public in resp... More...

Surf’s up at New Zealand’s environmental website
New Zealanders are encouraged to do their surfing online before hittin... More...

Updated Waikanae River Environmental Strategy Released
December 2014
The Waikanae River environment has undergone transformative changes si... More...

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 su... More...

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 Mar... More...

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,... More...

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 ... More...

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 A... More...

Paekakariki School garden celebration and plant sale
October 2014
From a dry kikuyu lawn a few years ago to a lush, abundant school gard... More...

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 su... More...

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 opportun... More...

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, Aot... More...

Whareroa Farm Reserve Picnic for Conservation Week
October 2014
Sunday 2nd November from 11am. Whareroa Farm Reserve Picnic for Con... More...

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... More...

Climate Change Voter Debate in Kapiti
September 2014
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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 the... More...

Waikanae Estuary Care Group to Hold Its Annual Open Day
If you've been walking on a Saturday morning at the Waikanae Estuary, ... More...

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 Regi... More...

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... More...

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 t... More...

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 un... More...

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 mu... More...

Queen Elizabeth Park Planting Days - come and join the fun
July 13
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Proposed river recharge scheme called into question
July 2013
Is the proposed river recharge scheme the right one for Kapiti? The Ka... More...

Govenor General joins planting celebration at Kapiti's QE Park
June 2013
Over 1000 native trees were planted by pupils from Te Ra, Raumati Sout... More...

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... More...

Kohekohe Sunday
Kohekohe Sunday at Whareroa Farm, June 2nd, 2013.Coming up very soon is an opportunity to see a unique sight on the Kapi... More...

Planting time...
May 2013
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“Something special” for 20th anniversary of the English Teaching College
May 2013
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the English Teaching College i... More...

Lions spotted in Paekakariki
A resident has reported seeing lions at the Paekakariki end of Queen Elizabeth Park."I was just sitting there quietly fe... More...

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 ... More...

Planting helpers welcome at Queen Elizabeth Park
May 2013
It is the first planting day of the year for Queen Elizabeth Park this... More...

Possum control coming to Kapiti
May 2013
Kapiti residents can expect fewer possums and more native birdlife as Greater Wellington Regional Council's possum contr... More...

How can New Zealand lifestyles become sustainable?
April 2013
Research has shown that New Zealanders would need at least two Earth p... More...

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 da... More...

Former Kapiti Councillor delivers Fluoriude message
March 2013
Former Kapiti Councillor Peter Daniel delivered a strong message to KC... More...

Electric truck's first public appearance at Kapiti show
March 2013
New Zealand's first electric rubbish truck will have its public debut ... More...

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 sm... More...

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 ... More...

Kapiti gears up for Sustainable Home and Garden Show.
January 2013
Vendor registrations are now open for the 2013 Kapiti Sustainable Home... More...

More say for community in regional council's freshwater plan
December 2012
The community is to have much greater say about water quality and allo... More...

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 s... More...

Water catchments receive only a third of average November rainfall
December 2012
Regional water newsOnly a third of the usual rainfall fell in the Well... More...

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 pe... More...

DOC Changes bring price hikes for Kapiti Island visitors.
December 2012
"This weekend a new era in public access to Kapiti Island begins with ... More...

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... More...

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,... More...

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 ... More...

Applications open for Encore environment awards 2012
July 2012
Are you improving and restoring our region's rivers, lakes, wetlands, ... More...

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 var... More...

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 sup... More...

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 ... More...

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 Pae... More...

Celebrate Earth Day in Kapiti...it is everyday!
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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 Mir... More...

Chairman's Report for the Kapiti Ecological Restoration Maintenance Trust (Kermit)
WAIKANAE RIVER SOUTH BANK: This year has seen steady growth of the ... More...

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, Sat... More...

Waikanae River walkover - popular outing
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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... More...

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 ceremon... More...

Enviroschools at the Kapiti Sustainable Home and Garden Show ‘11
22 March
Kapiti Enviroschools will again be out in force at the Sustainable Hom... More...

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 F... More...

Latest visitor to the coast
10 March
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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 ... More...

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 c... More...

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 & Ga... More...

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: Micha... More...

Rampant Aussies invade Waikanae Estuary
Dangerous Australian imposters are causing problems at Waikanae Estuary. Posing as New Zealand natives, a bunch of Tasma... More...

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