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Applications for Kāpiti Council facility hire grant scheme open

Applications for Kāpiti Council facility hire grant scheme open

Applications for a grant to support groups or individuals to hire Council-owned facilities (such as…

July 28, 2021
WHITI ORA Art Exhibition

WHITI ORA Art Exhibition

Opening: July 23 – 6:30pm – Normal Hours: July 24 – August 28, Monday -…

July 20, 2021
Girl Power in Plumbing Challenge

Girl Power in Plumbing Challenge

Starting a plumbing apprenticeship as an adult can be challenging, doing so as a woman…

July 19, 2021
Boris the Barbaric threatens more than UK

Boris the Barbaric threatens more than UK

This is a blog by Kāpiti’s Ian Powell offering second opinions on health systems, labour…

July 18, 2021
Prize-winning Pianist for Waikanae

Prize-winning Pianist for Waikanae

Young Christchurch pianist, Lixin Zhang, due to perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday…

July 18, 2021
Kāpiti CE in firing line after letter bombshell

Kāpiti CE in firing line after letter bombshell

In an unprecedented move, a public meeting in Waikanae on Sunday called for the resignation…

July 12, 2021

Kāpiti rentals likely to remain high

Kāpiti rentals likely to remain high

Cindy Foote, owner of Jade Property Management in Kāpiti says the rental market appears to…

July 9, 2021
Kāpiti Kids Planting for the Future

Kāpiti Kids Planting for the Future

Tamariki from three schools across Kāpiti took the future of our environment into their own…

July 8, 2021
Tāngata whenua and Kāpiti Council celebrate maramataka

Tāngata whenua and Kāpiti Council celebrate maramataka

Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti and Kāpiti Coast District Council launched the annual Maramataka today with…

July 5, 2021
Clean Up Week launches for 2021

Clean Up Week launches for 2021

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is once again asking Kiwis to ‘Do the Right Thing’ and…

July 5, 2021
Club Vista and RSA AGM

Club Vista and RSA AGM

Level 1 is back and so is Club Vista!!This Sunday is the AGMS for Paraparaumu Memorial…

June 29, 2021
Metlink at alert level 1

Metlink at alert level 1

Following the Government’s Alert Level 1 announcement, Metlink has confirmed that face coverings are still…

June 29, 2021

Arts News

WHITI ORA Art Exhibition

July 20, 2021

Opening: July 23 – 6:30pm – Normal Hours: July 24 – August 28, Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm – Toi Matarau Gallery, 68 Main St, Ōtaki The second of two Matariki exhibitions curated by Maakarita Paku and Neke Moa of Toi Matarau Gallery. ‘Whiti Ora’ is a group exhibition at the Māoriland Hub where artists shine their creativity under the auspicious constellation of Matariki. Opening Friday…

Prize-winning Pianist for Waikanae

July 18, 2021

Young Christchurch pianist, Lixin Zhang, due to perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 1 August, has just won the Silver Medal in the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States.  Based in Salt Lake City, the competition is the second most important piano competition in the United States and has launched the careers of many outstanding international performers. Because of…

Kāpiti publisher launching Vietnam ANZACS

June 14, 2021

Kāpiti publisher Bob Anderson loves books and has a special passion for military histories. Bob’s company, John Douglas Publishing, is probably Australasia’s leading publisher of military histories. “My passion is books, specifically, books on Australasian military history,” says Bob. “Through my career I have been involved in the production of the best part of 1000 books. Of those I have done since 2000, the vast majority relate…

Business News

Girl Power in Plumbing Challenge

July 19, 2021

Starting a plumbing apprenticeship as an adult can be challenging, doing so as a woman in a largely male dominated industry is even more so. However Kāpiti’s Soren Ebbett is taking it all in her stride. The Raumati mother of two is an apprentice at Peter Jackson Plumbing based in Paraparaumu. “It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and when I started…

New Zealand facing a digital skills crisis

July 5, 2021

While all sectors are experiencing skills shortages, a survey underway is finding critical digital skills shortages impacting all parts of the economy. NZTech, the organisation tasked with providing the voice for the technology ecosystem has been collecting input via a digital skills survey which is revealing a desperate need to find solutions.  For the last five years between 4,000 to 5,000 tech professionals have immigrated to New…

June BA5 – Forsyth Barr

June 27, 2021

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses to attended their BA5 (Business After 5pm) networking programme.   On June 30 the BA5 will be Hosted by the team at Forsyth Barr. Come and join us for a drink and nibble, while Networking with other local businesses.  This is a great chance to get out and meet new people and get some new business contacts. Thanks to Forsyth…

COMMUNITY News

Applications for Kāpiti Council facility hire grant scheme open

July 28, 2021

Applications for a grant to support groups or individuals to hire Council-owned facilities (such as a hall, theatre, museum, library or pool) for community events are open. Sacha Haskell, Group Manager Place & Space, says the scheme aims to support groups who are making a difference across our district. “Successful recipients from the last round of grants included two Lions Clubs for their annual Book Fair and…

Gold watch found in Waikanae

July 14, 2021

A Women’s gold GUESS wristwatch has been found in Waikanae town centre on Wednesday (14 July) (see photo). If this is yours or you know who it might belong to please contact KCNews at: Email: [email protected] or PH: 021 28433339 Please feel free to share this and hopefully the owner can be found.

Kāpiti CE in firing line after letter bombshell

July 12, 2021

In an unprecedented move, a public meeting in Waikanae on Sunday called for the resignation of the Kāpiti Council’s chief executive Wayne Maxwell. The meeting, attended by over sixty locals, was called to discuss the recent Council decision to close the Waikanae Recycling Centre on August 1. Apart from strong opposition to the decision itself (passed on the casting vote of the Mayor) there were strong arguments…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Prize-winning Pianist for Waikanae

July 18, 2021

Young Christchurch pianist, Lixin Zhang, due to perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 1 August, has just won the Silver Medal in the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States.  Based in Salt Lake City, the competition is the second most important piano competition in the United States and has launched the careers of many outstanding international performers. Because of…

Club Vista and RSA AGM

June 29, 2021

Level 1 is back and so is Club Vista!!This Sunday is the AGMS for Paraparaumu Memorial RSA commencing at 9-30am, and Club Vista at 10-30am. 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach  Please make sure you attend your AGM and help ensure there is a quorum for each meeting.  If you are attending the RSA meeting at9-30am please stay on for the Club Vista AGM at 10-30am.The remit regarding the proposal to sell the tenancies on Maclean Street…

Māoriland Presents Anika Moa – New Date

June 7, 2021

E te iwi, this is a reminder that due to ill health, Anika Moa was unable to join us for her show scheduled for this week at the Māoriland Hub. The event date has been postponed to Saturday August 7, 2021 at Māoriland Hub. The team from iTICKET have contacted existing ticket holders, all of whom have been transferred to the new date. If you have not…

ENVIRONMENT News

Kāpiti CE in firing line after letter bombshell

July 12, 2021

In an unprecedented move, a public meeting in Waikanae on Sunday called for the resignation of the Kāpiti Council’s chief executive Wayne Maxwell. The meeting, attended by over sixty locals, was called to discuss the recent Council decision to close the Waikanae Recycling Centre on August 1. Apart from strong opposition to the decision itself (passed on the casting vote of the Mayor) there were strong arguments…

Kāpiti Kids Planting for the Future

July 8, 2021

Tamariki from three schools across Kāpiti took the future of our environment into their own hands by getting them dirty at Greater Wellington’s tree planting event in Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) as part of the regional council’s winter planting programme. Over a hundred students from Te Rā Waldorf School, Raumati South School, and Paekākāriki School planted 1,000 native species on the bank of Whareroa Stream. Their efforts…

Clean Up Week launches for 2021

July 5, 2021

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is once again asking Kiwis to ‘Do the Right Thing’ and come together to make a collective difference by getting involved in this year’s Clean Up Week between September 13-19.The community pride initiative, run annually by Keep New Zealand Beautiful, inspires businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to actively participate in cleaning up their little part of Aotearoa.Clean Up Week is New Zealand’s largest…

LIFESTYLE News

Girl Power in Plumbing Challenge

July 19, 2021

Starting a plumbing apprenticeship as an adult can be challenging, doing so as a woman in a largely male dominated industry is even more so. However Kāpiti’s Soren Ebbett is taking it all in her stride. The Raumati mother of two is an apprentice at Peter Jackson Plumbing based in Paraparaumu. “It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and when I started…

Boris the Barbaric threatens more than UK

July 18, 2021

This is a blog by Kāpiti’s Ian Powell offering second opinions on health systems, labour market and political issues. In the words of William Morris “I’m here not to let you be contented with too little.” Last Tuesday my oldest daughter Lana returned from London where she teaches for six weeks during the northern summer. That same day I was one of two panellists on Radio New…

Kāpiti publisher launching Vietnam ANZACS

June 14, 2021

Kāpiti publisher Bob Anderson loves books and has a special passion for military histories. Bob’s company, John Douglas Publishing, is probably Australasia’s leading publisher of military histories. “My passion is books, specifically, books on Australasian military history,” says Bob. “Through my career I have been involved in the production of the best part of 1000 books. Of those I have done since 2000, the vast majority relate…

POLITICS News

Kāpiti CE in firing line after letter bombshell

July 12, 2021

In an unprecedented move, a public meeting in Waikanae on Sunday called for the resignation of the Kāpiti Council’s chief executive Wayne Maxwell. The meeting, attended by over sixty locals, was called to discuss the recent Council decision to close the Waikanae Recycling Centre on August 1. Apart from strong opposition to the decision itself (passed on the casting vote of the Mayor) there were strong arguments…

Kāpiti Cr bids to keep recycling Centre Open

June 20, 2021

Councillor Jackie Elliott is waging a campaign to keep the well used Waikanae Recycling Centre open after a move by Council to close it down. “As Portfolio Leader for Sustainable Waste Management I have noticed how much better small communities like Ōtaki and Paekākāriki do minimising waste and finding creative ways to re-use and re-purpose resources,” says Cr Elliott. Cr Elliott says at a recent Council workshop,…

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce hosts David Seymour for lively post-Budget event

June 7, 2021

A lively and humorous analysis of the 2021 Budget by Act leader David Seymour drew an engaged crowd at a Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce event on Monday evening. Around 60 people, including former Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, came to hear Seymour’s perspective at the event, where attendees had the opportunity to quiz him on a range of different topics. Seymour said he believed the Budget,…

SENIORS News

Kāpiti Volunteer stories wanted

June 17, 2021

As part of National Volunteer Week 2021 Volunteer Kāpiti want to celebrate and recognise your volunteer experiences. “Tell us how your team of volunteers connected and worked together to benefit the Kāpiti Community. This could also involve stories about how your team have had to change or reimagine the way they work during this COVID recovery period. “We welcome all stories (big or small acts!). Each story…

Exercise industry appeals for older Kiwis to get fitter, before the covid vaccine

January 23, 2021

January 21, 2021 New Zealand’s exercise industry is supporting the rollout of the covid-19 vaccine and protecting the people most vulnerable, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. He was commenting on the very latest Trinity College Dublin research which found adults aged 60 and older should exercise, such as a brisk walk, at least two to three times per week before being vaccinated. Exercise is a preventative…

Top five tips for retirees

September 30, 2020

There is no doubt we’re in topsy-turvy times. But it’s not just our everyday lives that have been tipped upside down, the economy and financial markets have been on a rollercoaster too, leaving many of us concerned about our finances. We asked financial adviser Liz Koh for her top tips on riding out the COVID-19 financial storm. The good news is her advice for retirees remains largely unchanged, so…

SENIORS News

Big Hunter Turnout Expected For ‘Second Opening’ Of The Season

June 2, 2021

The long weekend ahead is being heralded by many duck hunters in the lower North Island as the “second opening” of the season, and Fish & Game is expecting a big turnout. Wellington Fish & Game manager Phil Teal says although the start to the season was a bit slow due to fine weather, there are still plenty of birds around and, combined with the bonus day…

Holly Robinson to feature in official Paralympic video game

May 27, 2021

NZ Paralympian Holly Robinson will feature in the first official Paralympics video game ‘The Pegasus Dream Tour’. Today – 100 days out from the Paralympics – the pre-registration system is launching, with those interested being able to apply already through Pegasus official website https://pegasus-dream.com/. ‘The Pegasus Dream Tour’ will be available worldwide on smartphone devices on 24 June 2021 in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic…

Euan Mason wins Howard & Co Summer Series

May 9, 2021

Kāpiti Cycling Club President Gary Clareburt says this year’s Howard & Co Summer Series was a great success with all races hotly contested. “The club has had a very good summer and it is clear that cycling is growing in popularity here in Kāpiti. The Summer Series covered riders from all four grades and in the end it was the consistent results of Euan that made the…

TRANSPORT News

Metlink at alert level 1

June 29, 2021

Following the Government’s Alert Level 1 announcement, Metlink has confirmed that face coverings are still mandatory on all bus, train and ferry services from 11:59pm on Tuesday 29 June. “The Government has made it clear that people should wear face coverings on public transport and we encourage our staff and passengers to follow this advice on our buses, trains and ferries. These measures will help keep passengers…

Metlink celebrates more women working in rail

June 7, 2021

Metlink’s rail operator Transdev Wellington is seeing a growing diversity within the team, with women staff numbers soaring higher than the Australasian average in the rail industry. Only ten years ago, the stats for women working in the rail industry were dire, but things are changing in our region. According to Transdev Wellington’s internal annual survey, the spread of staff shifted from 69% men and 31% women…

Green Light for Ōtaki to Levin expressway

June 3, 2021

At Thursday’s Electra Business Breakfast Deputy PM Grant Roberston announced confirmation of funding for the Ōtaki to north of Levin expressway (O2NL). The new 24-kilometre four lane highway will run from Ōtaki to north of Levin, built to the east of the existing State Highway 1 (SH1). The project includes a separated shared path for walking and cycling running the entire length of the new highway, helping…

WHAT’S ON

WHITI ORA Art Exhibition

July 20, 2021

Opening: July 23 – 6:30pm – Normal Hours: July 24 – August 28, Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm – Toi Matarau Gallery, 68 Main St, Ōtaki The second of two Matariki exhibitions curated by Maakarita Paku and Neke Moa of Toi Matarau Gallery. ‘Whiti Ora’ is a group exhibition at the Māoriland Hub where artists shine their creativity under the auspicious constellation of Matariki. Opening Friday…

Prize-winning Pianist for Waikanae

July 18, 2021

Young Christchurch pianist, Lixin Zhang, due to perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 1 August, has just won the Silver Medal in the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States.  Based in Salt Lake City, the competition is the second most important piano competition in the United States and has launched the careers of many outstanding international performers. Because of…

Clean Up Week launches for 2021

July 5, 2021

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is once again asking Kiwis to ‘Do the Right Thing’ and come together to make a collective difference by getting involved in this year’s Clean Up Week between September 13-19.The community pride initiative, run annually by Keep New Zealand Beautiful, inspires businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to actively participate in cleaning up their little part of Aotearoa.Clean Up Week is New Zealand’s largest…

YOUTH NEWS

Girl Power in Plumbing Challenge

July 19, 2021

Starting a plumbing apprenticeship as an adult can be challenging, doing so as a woman in a largely male dominated industry is even more so. However Kāpiti’s Soren Ebbett is taking it all in her stride. The Raumati mother of two is an apprentice at Peter Jackson Plumbing based in Paraparaumu. “It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and when I started…

Kāpiti Kids Planting for the Future

July 8, 2021

Tamariki from three schools across Kāpiti took the future of our environment into their own hands by getting them dirty at Greater Wellington’s tree planting event in Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) as part of the regional council’s winter planting programme. Over a hundred students from Te Rā Waldorf School, Raumati South School, and Paekākāriki School planted 1,000 native species on the bank of Whareroa Stream. Their efforts…

New Zealand facing a digital skills crisis

July 5, 2021

While all sectors are experiencing skills shortages, a survey underway is finding critical digital skills shortages impacting all parts of the economy. NZTech, the organisation tasked with providing the voice for the technology ecosystem has been collecting input via a digital skills survey which is revealing a desperate need to find solutions.  For the last five years between 4,000 to 5,000 tech professionals have immigrated to New…

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