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COVID – All of New Zealand will move to Red from 11:59pm, 23 January 2022

COVID – All of New Zealand will move to Red from 11:59pm, 23 January 2022

From 11:59pm tonight, 23 January 2022, all parts of New Zealand will move to the…

January 23, 2022
PJ Shaw’s Dark Love from Rotheram to Raumati

PJ Shaw’s Dark Love from Rotheram to Raumati

PJ Shaw’s debut poetry collection Dark Love is a poignant reflection on change, time, love…

January 21, 2022
Kāpiti Council – No Pass, No Entry

Kāpiti Council – No Pass, No Entry

Council extends need for vaccine pass to enter Civic building Kāpiti Coast District Council is…

January 21, 2022
Rainbow Voices for Kāpiti Housing

Rainbow Voices for Kāpiti Housing

Are you part of the Rainbow/Queer/Takatapui communities? Do you live in Kāpiti or want to?…

January 14, 2022
Wilde about Medsafe

Wilde about Medsafe

By Ian Powell Ian Powell is a former executive director of the Association of Salaried…

January 13, 2022
Call to action on housing rental crisis in Kāpiti

Call to action on housing rental crisis in Kāpiti

A petition about the state of rental housing in Kāpiti will be forwarded to the…

January 9, 2022

Kāpiti Honorees in New Year list

Kāpiti Honorees in New Year list

Several Kāpiti coasters are among those in the latest New Year’s Honours list. COMPANIONS (CNZM)…

January 8, 2022
Counterfeit banknotes doing the rounds

Counterfeit banknotes doing the rounds

Police are asking businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money, after fake banknotes…

January 8, 2022
Hoop Club Kāpiti opens social league

Hoop Club Kāpiti opens social league

Hoop Club Kāpiti’s next Social Basketball League starts on 26 January 2022 and will run…

January 8, 2022
What a year it’s been!

What a year it’s been!

Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi reflects on 2021As I come to the end of my first…

January 4, 2022
January Gardening with Henri Ham

January Gardening with Henri Ham

As we start the new year, we resolve to make it the best year yet.…

January 4, 2022
Art Club flushed with donation

Art Club flushed with donation

The Wellington Art Club is greatly relieved to have received a grant of $20,000 for…

January 4, 2022

Arts News

PJ Shaw’s Dark Love from Rotheram to Raumati

January 21, 2022

PJ Shaw’s debut poetry collection Dark Love is a poignant reflection on change, time, love and death. Shaw’s work takes the reader on a journey across shores and time, linguistically painting with deft description the traversed environments the poet has experienced. Shaw places the pint right into the readers’ hand as he takes you through his journey. From youthful mischievousness with the ladies from Langhold Lake Dark…

Art Club flushed with donation

January 4, 2022

The Wellington Art Club is greatly relieved to have received a grant of $20,000 for vital bathroom renovations. President Charlotte Hird says,” The Wellington Art Club was formed in 1892, so next year we’ll celebrate 130 years of continuous art making. In the 1980’s the club built the current premises in Chelsea Street, Miramar, leasing land from the Wellington City Council.” “After fifty years of continuous operation,…

Kāpiti to host 6th Annual Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium

November 28, 2021

Kaupapa: The Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium encourages and promotes the arts in the community. It allows artists of various skills, from internationally-known to novices, opportunities to collaborate, learn and share with their peers. It gives them the opportunity to engage with the community and visa-versa. It allows students from local kura and schools to experience art and the making of artworks by artists. What: A digital sculptural…

Business News

Eagle Protect a global award winner

January 13, 2022

Eagle Protect, with offices in New Zealand and the US, has been named a winner of  the annual global Real Leaders Impact Awards.  The annual awards recognise the world’s top impact companies who are leading the way in business as a force for good. The judges selected 200 companies globally based on issues such as impact and business growth. Eagle Protect came in at 100, in their…

Counterfeit banknotes doing the rounds

January 8, 2022

Police are asking businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money, after fake banknotes were presented at businesses recently. Police are making enquiries to establish the source of these banknotes which were presented in south Taranaki. It’s important for people to understand it is both an offence to make, use or be in possession of counterfeit banknotes. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has clear guides outlining…

LOOK UP! Air Chathams returns to the skies

December 13, 2021

On Wednesday December 15th the Air Chathams fleet will be providing passenger service once again. Due to the recent COVID-19 lockdown in August of this year, Air Chathams passenger flights have been grounded and unable to provide an integral transport link to several communities. Fortunately, Air Chathams have been able to continue to operate services to and from the Chatham Islands via Wellington and Christchurch, along with…

COMMUNITY News

COVID – All of New Zealand will move to Red from 11:59pm, 23 January 2022

January 23, 2022

From 11:59pm tonight, 23 January 2022, all parts of New Zealand will move to the Red setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) in response to cases of the Omicron variant identified in the Nelson/Marlborough region with no clear link to the border. As announced by the Government on 20 January 2022, in the event of an Omicron outbreak, New Zealand would move to Red.  Red is…

Kāpiti Council – No Pass, No Entry

January 21, 2022

Council extends need for vaccine pass to enter Civic building Kāpiti Coast District Council is extending the requirement for a vaccine pass to be carried by anyone entering all its public buildings from next Tuesday (25 January), including the Civic Building in Paraparaumu, Acting Chief Executive James Jefferson says. “We’ve taken this step following consultation with our staff on how to keep them, their families, friends, customers,…

Rainbow Voices for Kāpiti Housing

January 14, 2022

Are you part of the Rainbow/Queer/Takatapui communities? Do you live in Kāpiti or want to? We want to hear from you! Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) is running a series of hui to find out what the housing issues are for a range of communities in Kāpiti. They approached Paekākāriki Pride to get the word out to our Rainbow communities and they would love to meet with…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Police remind revellers of the impacts of alcohol on decision-making and consent

December 3, 2021

As the country makes the transition into the COVID-19 Protection Framework, punters will be heading out in droves. But, remember when you’re out enjoying yourself to look out for your mates and make sure they’re making good decisions around alcohol, sex and consent. New Zealand moves to a traffic light system on December 3, coinciding with the fifth annual Don’t Guess the Yes campaign. The initiative aims…

Pearl and Florrie’s Musical Mural

November 21, 2021

Meet for a cuppa and a few inspirational words and a viewing of the classic animation Pearl, Florrie and the Bull at St Peters Hall. Then wander down to the official unveiling of the ‘musical mural’ along Pearl and Florrie’s Way, Paekākāriki, Centre of the Universe. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021 AT 10:30 AM Pearl and Florrie’s Musical Mural Launch St Peters Village Hall, Paekākāriki

Kāpiti Food Fair falls to Covid

November 21, 2021

Organisers say it is with great sadness and disappointment that the Kāpiti Food Fair is announcing to its foodie community, near and far, that they have come to the decision to postpone this year’s event until December 3rd, 2022. “This is not a decision we came to lightly,” says Helene Judge, Co-owner.  “Both Jeanine and I feel this is clearly the right decision because of so much…

ENVIRONMENT News

Eagle Protect a global award winner

January 13, 2022

Eagle Protect, with offices in New Zealand and the US, has been named a winner of  the annual global Real Leaders Impact Awards.  The annual awards recognise the world’s top impact companies who are leading the way in business as a force for good. The judges selected 200 companies globally based on issues such as impact and business growth. Eagle Protect came in at 100, in their…

January Gardening with Henri Ham

January 4, 2022

As we start the new year, we resolve to make it the best year yet. Many of our goals include eating healthier, exercising a bit more and making an effort to spend more quality time with family.  Fortunately, gardening offers the opportunity to hit all these three goals!  A lot more Kiwi families are encouraged to grow an edible garden in their yard.  I hope these gardening…

Southern hemisphere’s first electric ferry launched in Wellington

December 21, 2021

The first fully electric, high speed passenger ferry in the southern hemisphere was officially launched today in Wellington, where the locally built vessel will sail commuters across Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Constructed by the Wellington Electric Boat Building Company, the 19-metre Ika Rere is powered by Meridian Energy for Metlink public transport services and owned and operated by East by West Ferries. East by West managing director Jeremy Ward said…

LIFESTYLE News

PJ Shaw’s Dark Love from Rotheram to Raumati

January 21, 2022

PJ Shaw’s debut poetry collection Dark Love is a poignant reflection on change, time, love and death. Shaw’s work takes the reader on a journey across shores and time, linguistically painting with deft description the traversed environments the poet has experienced. Shaw places the pint right into the readers’ hand as he takes you through his journey. From youthful mischievousness with the ladies from Langhold Lake Dark…

Call to action on housing rental crisis in Kāpiti

January 9, 2022

A petition about the state of rental housing in Kāpiti will be forwarded to the Minister Megan Woods. Organiser Donna Bridgeman says they are calling on Kāinga Ora to immediately purchase land and construct new permanent rental accommodation in Kāpiti for all groups affected by homelessness including youth, families, disabled people, and older people. “This includes easier access to Emergency Housing and providing support services for people…

Counterfeit banknotes doing the rounds

January 8, 2022

Police are asking businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money, after fake banknotes were presented at businesses recently. Police are making enquiries to establish the source of these banknotes which were presented in south Taranaki. It’s important for people to understand it is both an offence to make, use or be in possession of counterfeit banknotes. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has clear guides outlining…

POLITICS News

Kāpiti Council – No Pass, No Entry

January 21, 2022

Council extends need for vaccine pass to enter Civic building Kāpiti Coast District Council is extending the requirement for a vaccine pass to be carried by anyone entering all its public buildings from next Tuesday (25 January), including the Civic Building in Paraparaumu, Acting Chief Executive James Jefferson says. “We’ve taken this step following consultation with our staff on how to keep them, their families, friends, customers,…

Call to action on housing rental crisis in Kāpiti

January 9, 2022

A petition about the state of rental housing in Kāpiti will be forwarded to the Minister Megan Woods. Organiser Donna Bridgeman says they are calling on Kāinga Ora to immediately purchase land and construct new permanent rental accommodation in Kāpiti for all groups affected by homelessness including youth, families, disabled people, and older people. “This includes easier access to Emergency Housing and providing support services for people…

What a year it’s been!

January 4, 2022

Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi reflects on 2021As I come to the end of my first full year as the Member of Parliament for Ōtaki, I have been reflecting on our achievements in the electorate. We’ve established Electorate and Community Offices in both Paraparaumu and Levin (employing seven local people), confirmed the O2NL Expressway project, ensured Lake Horowhenua will get the clean-up it needs, welcomed Māori wards to…

SENIORS News

Beware the scams of the Christmas Grinch

November 24, 2021

“You better watch out; you’d better beware, because cybercriminals are everywhere! They are making their lists and checking them twice, to see who’s next to be victimised.”   Kāpiti based cyber resilience specialist Jan Thornborough says Cybercriminals are the epitome of the Christmas Grinch. “They love this time of year because it is so easy to trick unsuspecting people into clicking on their fake emails and texts.”…

Kāpiti ‘Strawsome’ Hospice fundraiser cancelled

October 30, 2021

For only the second time in 15 years, Mary Potter Hospice has cancelled its Kāpiti Strawberry Festival. The fundraising event that attracts thousands of people each year to enjoy a taste of summer has been cancelled because of Covid. It was due to be held on 20 November. “This is such a disappointment, but we know it’s the right decision,” says Mary Potter Hospice chief executive Brent…

Inspiring stories captured

October 18, 2021

Kāpiti writer Angela Robertson told a full house at the Ocean Road Community Centre that for many the idea of retirement being a sedentary time is a myth. “There are so many people who reach retirement age and then really start getting busy on projects they love,” says Angela, whose two latest books Embracing Life on our Own Terms and Celebrating Life on our Own Terms were launched at…

SENIORS News

Hoop Club Kāpiti opens social league

January 8, 2022

Hoop Club Kāpiti’s next Social Basketball League starts on 26 January 2022 and will run for 10 weeks on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at Paraparaumu College Community Gym, Mazengarb Road. Men and Women of all skill levels welcome. Enter a Team or enter as an Individual and be placed in a Team. Trained Referees and Scorebench will be provided. Hoop Club Kāpiti – Adult Summer Social League…

Kāpiti College wins Page Family Shield

November 15, 2021

The annual Page Family Shield tournament run by Kāpiti Petanque was held on 10 November. Each year teams from Kāpiti and Paraparaumu College vie for the Shield, which was presented by the Page family to encourage students to learn Petanque.  As usual, competition was fierce.  Three games were played before rain put a halt to the final round.  What a wonderful group of students. The enthusiasm and…

Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club Twilight sailing

October 5, 2021

The Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club is holding a twilight sailing event to enable those who have commitments during the day to see these fun racing yachts in action. The club plans to have 3 classes of yachts all sailing: The East Coast 12 (EC12) a design off an early Americas Cup Design.The DragonForce 65 (DF65) andThe DragonFlite 95 (DF95) both inexpensive racing yachts taking the world by…

TRANSPORT News

Southern hemisphere’s first electric ferry launched in Wellington

December 21, 2021

The first fully electric, high speed passenger ferry in the southern hemisphere was officially launched today in Wellington, where the locally built vessel will sail commuters across Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Constructed by the Wellington Electric Boat Building Company, the 19-metre Ika Rere is powered by Meridian Energy for Metlink public transport services and owned and operated by East by West Ferries. East by West managing director Jeremy Ward said…

LOOK UP! Air Chathams returns to the skies

December 13, 2021

On Wednesday December 15th the Air Chathams fleet will be providing passenger service once again. Due to the recent COVID-19 lockdown in August of this year, Air Chathams passenger flights have been grounded and unable to provide an integral transport link to several communities. Fortunately, Air Chathams have been able to continue to operate services to and from the Chatham Islands via Wellington and Christchurch, along with…

Train customers encouraged to plan ahead for upcoming rail union meeting

December 3, 2021

Metlink train customers will face longer travel times on Wednesday 8 December as buses will replace trains on all lines between approximately 9:00am and 3.00pm while unionised Transdev staff and drivers attend a union meeting. Scheduled bus replacements will continue as advertised. Metlink’s Manager of Operations & Partnerships, Melissa Anderson said the rail Union meeting will only affect customers using off-peak services and they should allow some extra time…

WHAT’S ON

Kāpiti to host 6th Annual Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium

November 28, 2021

Kaupapa: The Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium encourages and promotes the arts in the community. It allows artists of various skills, from internationally-known to novices, opportunities to collaborate, learn and share with their peers. It gives them the opportunity to engage with the community and visa-versa. It allows students from local kura and schools to experience art and the making of artworks by artists. What: A digital sculptural…

Pearl and Florrie’s Musical Mural

November 21, 2021

Meet for a cuppa and a few inspirational words and a viewing of the classic animation Pearl, Florrie and the Bull at St Peters Hall. Then wander down to the official unveiling of the ‘musical mural’ along Pearl and Florrie’s Way, Paekākāriki, Centre of the Universe. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021 AT 10:30 AM Pearl and Florrie’s Musical Mural Launch St Peters Village Hall, Paekākāriki

Brad Olsen – BA5 speaker

November 15, 2021

Join us for drinks, nibbles and the very latest economic date for the Horowhenua at the last November Electra Business After Five. This month’s event will look a little different with it being hosted at Thermosash Commercial Limited on Enterprise drive (at the end of Roe Street). Thermosash is a recent business to the district that relocated to Levin from Wellington in 2020 in order to have more connectivity…

YOUTH NEWS

Valuable life lessons at Raumati South School

December 15, 2021

“The Tawa Syndicate (Years 3-5) has been learning about how we can help others” says Kristin Cudby, a teacher at Raumati South School. “The children started with helping around our school and then looked at ways to help the community. The children brought in donations for the Foodbank and enjoyed being able to load up the van with all of their donations” continues Kristin. “The children are…

Kāpiti College wins Page Family Shield

November 15, 2021

The annual Page Family Shield tournament run by Kāpiti Petanque was held on 10 November. Each year teams from Kāpiti and Paraparaumu College vie for the Shield, which was presented by the Page family to encourage students to learn Petanque.  As usual, competition was fierce.  Three games were played before rain put a halt to the final round.  What a wonderful group of students. The enthusiasm and…

Unwanted laptops needed during lockdown

September 19, 2021

As the covid pandemic continues, leading national tech non-government organisation NZTech, has put a call out to New Zealanders and remind them that not everyone has access to devices to keep working or learning during lockdowns. Kiwis should donate their unwanted computers, laptops, tablets or chargers during lockdown to help those students who don’t have electronic devices. It is so difficult for many students in Aotearoa to…