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Major 1080 drop for Kāpiti Forest

Major 1080 drop for Kāpiti Forest

The Akatarawa Forest (see map) on the Kāpiti Coast is undergoing a significant 1080 drop…

June 7, 2021
Metlink celebrates more women working in rail

Metlink celebrates more women working in rail

Metlink’s rail operator Transdev Wellington is seeing a growing diversity within the team, with women…

June 7, 2021
Helping fish migrate and spawn in Kāpiti waterways

Helping fish migrate and spawn in Kāpiti waterways

Greater Wellington is working with landowners to identify fish passage barriers in Kāpiti Coast waterways,…

June 7, 2021
Russian Opera Star visits Kāpiti

Russian Opera Star visits Kāpiti

Russian opera singer Olga Shanina’s first concert at Southward’s Theatre will be a memorable evening…

June 7, 2021
Green Light for Ōtaki to Levin expressway

Green Light for Ōtaki to Levin expressway

At Thursday’s Electra Business Breakfast Deputy PM Grant Roberston announced confirmation of funding for the…

June 3, 2021
Big Hunter Turnout Expected For ‘Second Opening’ Of The Season

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

The long weekend ahead is being heralded by many duck hunters in the lower North…

June 2, 2021

Gold Coin Community Day at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

Gold Coin Community Day at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

Monday 7 June, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Ngā Manu Nature Reserve would like to…

June 2, 2021
Takutai Kāpiti tackles coastline challenges

Takutai Kāpiti tackles coastline challenges

Kāpiti Council is moving ahead with its commitment to prioritise how the district responds to…

June 1, 2021
Have your say on neighbourhood playground renewals

Have your say on neighbourhood playground renewals

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is refreshing three Kāpiti playgrounds over the next financial year,…

June 1, 2021
Get—Go Futures Day connects students with employers

Get—Go Futures Day connects students with employers

The second Get—Go Futures Day was held on Friday the 21st of May, providing the…

May 31, 2021
Kāpiti gets The Jac Jazz

Kāpiti gets The Jac Jazz

Music Critic Simon Sweetman says of The Jac concert “The Jac continues to go from…

May 30, 2021
CD Practice Tsunami Scenario

CD Practice Tsunami Scenario

Kāpiti Council staff and agency representatives joined others from across the Wellington region, donning their…

May 29, 2021

Arts News

Creative Communities grants awarded with COVID-19 in mind

November 13, 2020

Seventeen Kāpiti arts projects have been awarded funding through the latest round of the Creative Communities Scheme.The Kāpiti Coast District Council has awarded $23,000 to a diverse range of arts initiatives, including children’s theatre projects, music performances, art and writing workshops, photography exhibitions and a mural project.Chair of Creative Communities Grants Allocation Subcommittee Jackie Elliott says the funding recipients will play an important part in the Kāpiti…

Kāpiti Arts Trail celebrates twenty-year journey of creativity

October 15, 2020

Kāpiti is gearing up for the District’s iconic annual art event in November, with over 100 artists signed up to show their artworks.Held over the weekends of the 7/8 and 14/15 of November, this year will be particularly special as it marks the popular event’s twentieth anniversary.The Kāpiti Arts Trail began in 2001, and with the support of local artists and the Kāpiti Coast District Council has…

Kāpiti Hip Hop Crew looking sharp!

September 1, 2020

Seven Kāpiti teenagers who love to dance form the Omega Hip Hop Crew at Judith Fuge Dance School (JFDS). The Crew were placed together as a team in February this year, to perform in competitions throughout the year. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and the subsequent Alert Level 4 lockdown, dance practice and competitions were shut down. At this time the Crew didn’t have a dance or a…

Business News

Balancing the Budget with Chris Money

June 10, 2021

“Please come and join us for drinks and nibbles on June 24, to hear how Budget 2021 delivers (or not) for you and its implications on the Horowhenua and New Zealand’s economy. “Whether it be Ōtaki to North of Levin or the recent health reform announcement, Budget 2021 will impact Horowhenua – like all communities in New Zealand.  “Having led the New Zealand Treasury’s budget support to the Minister of Finance across…

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,…

Get—Go Futures Day connects students with employers

May 31, 2021

The second Get—Go Futures Day was held on Friday the 21st of May, providing the opportunity for all Year 10 students in Horowhenua to visit two different employers to explore future employment options. Futures Day also provided students the ability to connect their learning at school to a workplace environment. The Get—Go Futures Day event was delivered by the new employment initiative, Get—Go, in partnership with Horowhenua…

COMMUNITY News

Gold Coin Community Day at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

June 2, 2021

Monday 7 June, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Ngā Manu Nature Reserve would like to say “a massive thank you to all our supporters and on Monday June 7 you will be able to visit Ngā Manu for just $1 or $2 dollars.” At Nga Manu visitors will experience both forest and wetland habitats and the walk-through aviaries and nocturnal house offer close-up encounters with our rare…

Have your say on neighbourhood playground renewals

June 1, 2021

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is refreshing three Kāpiti playgrounds over the next financial year, and is asking residents to have their say on what they would like to see. Monique Engelen, Acting Parks and Recreation Manager, says each year a selection of playgrounds are upgraded for safety reasons, and it’s the perfect opportunity for locals to have a say in the future of their neighbourhood playground.…

CD Practice Tsunami Scenario

May 29, 2021

Kāpiti Council staff and agency representatives joined others from across the Wellington region, donning their emergency management vests this week and delved into Exercise Parawhenua – a scenario which focused on a tsunami that would affect the whole of New Zealand’s Coastline. The exercise scenario focussed on a 9.1 magnitude earthquake occurring off the coast of Chile which generated a tsunami that would take 12-14 hours to…

ENTERTAINMENT News

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…

Russian Opera Star visits Kāpiti

June 7, 2021

Russian opera singer Olga Shanina’s first concert at Southward’s Theatre will be a memorable evening for lovers of fine singing.   The international star is brought to Kāpiti by Tricia and Stewart Macpherson of the Stetson Group. They heard her in a recital in Palmerston North recently and decided that Kāpiti deserved to hear this fabulous voice. “We were blown away by her performance and when we offered…

Kāpiti gets The Jac Jazz

May 30, 2021

Music Critic Simon Sweetman says of The Jac concert “The Jac continues to go from strength to strength…the collision, the collaboration, the combination intoxicating. This was a wonderful show.” And now it is Kāpiti’s turn to experience top quality Jazz from seasoned performers The Jac at their concert on June 5 at Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Sir Jon Trimmer Theatre. The Jac, is embarking on an 11-date tour and…

ENVIRONMENT News

Major 1080 drop for Kāpiti Forest

June 7, 2021

The Akatarawa Forest (see map) on the Kāpiti Coast is undergoing a significant 1080 drop through the month of June and residents are advised to stay away from the drop area. Greater Wellington’s biodiversity team say they are undertaking an aerial possum control operation in the Akatarawa Forest, using the biodegradable pesticide, sodium fluoroacetate (1080). Non-toxic pre-feed application has occurred, and aerial baiting of 1080 is expected during…

Helping fish migrate and spawn in Kāpiti waterways

June 7, 2021

Greater Wellington is working with landowners to identify fish passage barriers in Kāpiti Coast waterways, a programme that connects to larger initiative with local iwi, catchment experts and students to ensure our native freshwater fish can migrate and spawn. In our region, there are around 20 native freshwater fish species living in our streams, rivers and connected pipes. Most of these fish need to migrate to and…

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…

LIFESTYLE News

Game developers’ growth just part of rampant Kiwi tech sector

December 13, 2020

New Zealand game developers’ $323.9 million earnings in the last financial year is a perfect example of just what is happening across the rampant tech sector, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.It is fantastic to see the continued growth of New Zealand’s interactive media and game developers, making $121 million more in one year, Muller says.’However, this is a great example of the continued growth and success…

Stay safe at Kāpiti Beaches this summer

October 30, 2020

With warmer weather fast approaching thousands of Kāpiti Coasters will be taking to the water and safety and vigilance will vital. New Zealand Water Safety Month is approaching halfway and tragically since the campaign started six people have fatally drowned in preventable incidents. “This is a tragic reminder of how many New Zealanders are needlessly losing their lives while in, on and around the water. Every fatality…

Kāpiti Embraces #ownitoctober, Balm to Covid-19 Stresses

October 22, 2020

Kāpiti is embracing local social media campaign, #ownitoctober, aimed at empowering women, celebrating local businesses and building kindness amongst the community after a difficult 2020. Created by Kirsten Kennish, Owner of Absolute Hair, #ownitoctober is about body positivity, empowerment and recognising businesses who are working hard to respond to the challenging environment Covid-19 creates. “I’m seeing people in the salon who are tired – this year has…

POLITICS News

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,…

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…

Takutai Kāpiti tackles coastline challenges

June 1, 2021

Kāpiti Council is moving ahead with its commitment to prioritise how the district responds to coastal challenges in the face of a changing climate, and associated rising sea and groundwater levels. Mayor K Gurunathan says with 38km of coastline, anticipating and planning for significant environmental challenges that lie ahead for Kāpiti coastal communities, and our infrastructure assets, is a priority. “Our climate is changing and severe weather…

SENIORS News

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 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…

Metlink – Think Before You Type

May 20, 2021

An abusive message punched into a keyboard can have just as much impact as a punch to the gut, is the gist of a new video featuring real staff from Metlink and local government organisations encouraging people to think before they type in a bid to end online abuse. (see video link below) Spearheaded by Hamilton City Council, the video features staff from councils and public transport…

WHAT’S ON

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…

Russian Opera Star visits Kāpiti

June 7, 2021

Russian opera singer Olga Shanina’s first concert at Southward’s Theatre will be a memorable evening for lovers of fine singing.   The international star is brought to Kāpiti by Tricia and Stewart Macpherson of the Stetson Group. They heard her in a recital in Palmerston North recently and decided that Kāpiti deserved to hear this fabulous voice. “We were blown away by her performance and when we offered…

Gold Coin Community Day at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

June 2, 2021

Monday 7 June, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Ngā Manu Nature Reserve would like to say “a massive thank you to all our supporters and on Monday June 7 you will be able to visit Ngā Manu for just $1 or $2 dollars.” At Nga Manu visitors will experience both forest and wetland habitats and the walk-through aviaries and nocturnal house offer close-up encounters with our rare…

YOUTH NEWS

Get—Go Futures Day connects students with employers

May 31, 2021

The second Get—Go Futures Day was held on Friday the 21st of May, providing the opportunity for all Year 10 students in Horowhenua to visit two different employers to explore future employment options. Futures Day also provided students the ability to connect their learning at school to a workplace environment. The Get—Go Futures Day event was delivered by the new employment initiative, Get—Go, in partnership with Horowhenua…

Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth hits record

May 10, 2021

“Kāpiti Run for Youth has raised a record amount in 2021 of $24,619.19,” says Richard Calkin, Founder of Web Genius.  “We are very proud of this achievement, and extremely grateful to every sponsor and participant contributing and participating in the way they did.” Campaign Manager, Helene Judge says they held online sponsorship open until after Easter and then moved quickly to reconcile the total amount raised. “Our…

Challenge for Kāpiti Mentors

May 10, 2021

Kāpiti businessman Peter Jackson says the Challenge for Change mentoring programme was indeed a challenge and at the same time hugely rewarding. Challenge for Change is an early intervention mentoring programme that works on a strengths based approach. Young people aged between 9 and 13 are matched with a mentor who acts as a positive role model.  “This is a chance to have a very positive impact…

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