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Bus customers encouraged to check before they travel during Tramways Union meeting

Bus customers encouraged to check before they travel during Tramways Union meeting

Some Wellington bus customers will face disruptions to their travel on Thursday 20 May between…

May 13, 2021
Greater Wellington’s environmental award

Greater Wellington’s environmental award

Greater Wellington’s Low Carbon Acceleration (LCA) Fund, established to accelerate the action required for Greater…

May 12, 2021
Kāpiti Chorale and Brass Band join forces

Kāpiti Chorale and Brass Band join forces

The Kāpiti Chorale and the Kāpiti Brass band joined forces recently for a magnificent concert…

May 12, 2021
Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth hits record

Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth hits record

“Kāpiti Run for Youth has raised a record amount in 2021 of $24,619.19,” says Richard…

May 10, 2021
Challenge for Kāpiti Mentors

Challenge for Kāpiti Mentors

Kāpiti businessman Peter Jackson says the Challenge for Change mentoring programme was indeed a challenge…

May 10, 2021
Euan Mason wins Howard & Co Summer Series

Euan Mason wins Howard & Co Summer Series

Kāpiti Cycling Club President Gary Clareburt says this year’s Howard & Co Summer Series was…

May 9, 2021

Power failure stops trains on Kāpiti line

Power failure stops trains on Kāpiti line

Train services in and out of Wellington on the Kāpiti Line were stopped late this…

May 9, 2021
Lions Charity Book Fair

Lions Charity Book Fair

The Lions Charity Book Fair on Saturday from 8am-5pm at the Waikanae Memorial Hall is…

May 7, 2021
Grant Robertson serves up Budget

Grant Robertson serves up Budget

Thursday 3 June 2021 (note, not usual Wed) 7.15am to 9am | Southward Car Museum Post-Mortem 2021…

May 6, 2021
Rotary combines for Kāpiti Foodbank Appeal

Rotary combines for Kāpiti Foodbank Appeal

The Annual  Kāpiti Combined Rotary clubs’ Foodbank Appeal is being held on Saturday May 22nd…

May 6, 2021
Metlink is extending the Early Bird special for passengers

Metlink is extending the Early Bird special for passengers

Metlink is extending its offer of 25% discount for adult passengers who Snapper on buses…

May 6, 2021
Why social enterprise is important in our local economy

Why social enterprise is important in our local economy

Electra Business Breakfast will host Raechel Osborne, CEO and Board Member, Mike Styles of Kāpiti…

May 3, 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

Grant Robertson serves up Budget

May 6, 2021

Thursday 3 June 2021 (note, not usual Wed) 7.15am to 9am | Southward Car Museum Post-Mortem 2021 Budget – Impact on New Zealander’s and BusinessThe Electra Business Breakfast is hosting the Deputy PM, Hon Grant Robertson, who will dissect the 2021 Budget that he will deliver to New Zealanders on Thursday 20 May.On 4 May Minister Robertson spoke to a business crowd in Wellington, and he said his Ministers…

Why social enterprise is important in our local economy

May 3, 2021

Electra Business Breakfast will host Raechel Osborne, CEO and Board Member, Mike Styles of Kāpiti Youth Support (KYS) will speak about the value and importance of social enterprise in our local economy.Organisations like KYS are part of the daily fabric of many local families in Kāpiti. Their response to COVID and the reality of 2021 as an established social enterprise doing the mahi to support mental wellbeing…

Govt has critical role in funding biotechnology research

May 3, 2021

Government has a critical role in funding biotechnology research for the benefit of all Kiwis, BiotechNZ executive director Dr Zahra Champion says. Governments worldwide should invest in gene editing research to ensure there is equitable access for farmers to new technologies and avoid only having the large multinationals innovating in this market, she says. “We would like to see greater government support for genetic research and this…

COMMUNITY News

Kāpiti Chorale and Brass Band join forces

May 12, 2021

The Kāpiti Chorale and the Kāpiti Brass band joined forces recently for a magnificent concert featuring composers from around the world. The centrepiece was John Rutter’s beautiful- and tricky- ‘Gloria’. Other audience favourites were David Waggoner’s ‘Hodie’ and ‘I am not Yours’ by New Zealander Childs.   The  band solo of ‘All in the April Evening’ was echoed by the gentleness of ‘A Seal Lullaby’ and the sadness…

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…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Kāpiti Chorale and Brass Band join forces

May 12, 2021

The Kāpiti Chorale and the Kāpiti Brass band joined forces recently for a magnificent concert featuring composers from around the world. The centrepiece was John Rutter’s beautiful- and tricky- ‘Gloria’. Other audience favourites were David Waggoner’s ‘Hodie’ and ‘I am not Yours’ by New Zealander Childs.   The  band solo of ‘All in the April Evening’ was echoed by the gentleness of ‘A Seal Lullaby’ and the sadness…

Music Marathon for Kāpiti

May 10, 2021

MAY 15 AT 2 PM UTC+12 – MAY 16 AT 7 PM UTC+12 Local Scene Music Marathon! The Local Scene Kāpiti, are hosting a Music Marathon on the weekend of May 15-16 starting at 2pm Tickets: www.facebook.com/thelocalscenekapitiPublic  Pre Sales $10. (arriving early next week) Door Sales $15. Some awesome talent on display as listed below: Saturday2-3pm City Square3-3.30pm Dave Lewis3.30-4.30pm Panacea4.30-5.30pm The AJ Crawshaw Band5.30-6.30pm Oh Sweet Nothings6.30-7.00pm The…

Directions in Jazz: West Coast/Cool Jazz

May 10, 2021

FRIDAY AT 7 PM UTC+12; St Peters Village Hall, Paekākāriki Recently returned from 20 years performing abroad, award-winning pianist Duncan Haynes presents Directions in Jazz, a series of concerts celebrating the joy of improvisation, each one showcasing a different flavour of the music we call jazz. May 2021 puts the focus on Hard Bop and West Coast/Cool Jazz. Both feature killing bands with decades of international experience…

ENVIRONMENT News

Greater Wellington’s environmental award

May 12, 2021

Greater Wellington’s Low Carbon Acceleration (LCA) Fund, established to accelerate the action required for Greater Wellington to meet ambitious climate goals, received national recognition at the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards. LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards seek to showcase and celebrate the outstanding people and mahi that contribute to the success of the local government sector. Greater Wellington won a Highly Commended Citation for…

Kāpiti Kiwi Night Encounter

April 13, 2021

This is your chance to share in the night world of kiwi. Watch our birds as they emerge from their daytime slumber and engage in the nocturnal exploration of their outdoor enclosure. Every evening presents a new episode in the lives of our birds! Each Encounter starts with a kiwi presentation at our Visitor Centre. Your guide will then escort you to our outdoor kiwi enclosure where…

Kāpiti Recycling to get Makeover

March 17, 2021

Kāpiti Rotary Club president Shirley Stratton led a large team of volunteers in assembling and delivering new recycling bins throughout Kāpiti. Kāpiti residents will now have received the new Waste Management recycling bins (Please note – these apply to Waste Management customers only) – links below explain collection times and usage. “At a recent community event, where Kāpiti Rotary members were highly visible, a club member was…

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

Waikanae Community Board by-election

October 22, 2020

Following a second resignation from the Waikanae Community Board, the Kāpiti Coast District Council has called for a by-election to fill the vacant seats. Community Boards are an important part of local democracy and we encourage anyone who has an interest in representing the interests of, and advocating on behalf of, the Waikanae community to get in touch with the Council. Nominations for the vacancies opened on 22…

Two vacancies to be filled on Waikanae Community Board

September 19, 2020

The formal resignation of Waikanae Community Board member Jill Griggs has been received by Kāpiti Coast District Council today (Friday, 18 September). This means there are now two vacancies on the Board following the earlier resignation of former Board member Geoffrey Churchman. A fresh notice will be issued to enable the two seats to be filled in one election. Kāpiti Coast District Council Electoral Officer Katrina Shieffelbein…

Katherine Kelly stands for Waikanae Board

September 18, 2020

Like many Kāpiti residents, Kath Kelly and her family got to know Waikanae through many years of family holidays. She remembers the freedom that the wide-open spaces provided her and her brothers. Kath and her husband have made Waikanae their home since 2013 and are enjoying being very active in the community at Waikanae Beach. Kath’s career has been in Insurance and Finance where she honed both…

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

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…

Bowling Autumn Leaves

May 3, 2021

An opinion piece By Ian Powell I’m what’s known as a cricket nut (or cricket tragic as some cruelly say). I played cricket for well over 40 years at school and in Wellington, Christchurch and Kāpiti Coast. I even reached the heady heights of best bowler for my Kāpiti President’s grade team for three successive years and got my only hattrick in my last game. I bowled…

Waikanae Beach tennis hits 75 and is going strong

April 5, 2021

Perfect weather, an appreciative crowd and superb tennis was the order of the day as the Waikanae Beach Tennis Club recently celebrated its 75th Anniversary. And to top off a memorable day there was the dominating on-court performance of tremendous tennis talent 18 year old Patrick (Paddy) Joss who won the Men’s doubles with father Steve, Mixed doubles with sister Emma, and completed a memorable hat trick…

TRANSPORT News

Bus customers encouraged to check before they travel during Tramways Union meeting

May 13, 2021

Some Wellington bus customers will face disruptions to their travel on Thursday 20 May between 9:00am and 3pm as NZ Bus drivers attend a Tramways Union meeting. Metlink general manager, Scott Gallacher says, “This disruption only affects a part of our network, so customers can rest assured that the vast majority of our bus services will run as usual.” The Union meeting will not affect school services,…

Power failure stops trains on Kāpiti line

May 9, 2021

Train services in and out of Wellington on the Kāpiti Line were stopped late this morning (Saturday) after a breakdown in the electricity supply. Metlink reported that the 10.00am train from Waikanae to Wellington had stopped at Kaiwharawhara with no power “and we are currently trying to retrieve this service.” The 10.30am service from Waikanae to Wellington was being held at Takapu Road. Then there were cancellations:…

Metlink is extending the Early Bird special for passengers

May 6, 2021

Metlink is extending its offer of 25% discount for adult passengers who Snapper on buses before 7am, until 21 August 2021. The Early Bird special only applies to Snapper adult fares on Metlink buses during the trial period. The Early Bird special is not available for rail, ferry or SuperGold card customers or any other discounted fare. The Early Bird special trial, that began in February 2021,…

WHAT’S ON

Music Marathon for Kāpiti

May 10, 2021

MAY 15 AT 2 PM UTC+12 – MAY 16 AT 7 PM UTC+12 Local Scene Music Marathon! The Local Scene Kāpiti, are hosting a Music Marathon on the weekend of May 15-16 starting at 2pm Tickets: www.facebook.com/thelocalscenekapitiPublic  Pre Sales $10. (arriving early next week) Door Sales $15. Some awesome talent on display as listed below: Saturday2-3pm City Square3-3.30pm Dave Lewis3.30-4.30pm Panacea4.30-5.30pm The AJ Crawshaw Band5.30-6.30pm Oh Sweet Nothings6.30-7.00pm The…

Directions in Jazz: West Coast/Cool Jazz

May 10, 2021

FRIDAY AT 7 PM UTC+12; St Peters Village Hall, Paekākāriki Recently returned from 20 years performing abroad, award-winning pianist Duncan Haynes presents Directions in Jazz, a series of concerts celebrating the joy of improvisation, each one showcasing a different flavour of the music we call jazz. May 2021 puts the focus on Hard Bop and West Coast/Cool Jazz. Both feature killing bands with decades of international experience…

Lions Charity Book Fair

May 7, 2021

The Lions Charity Book Fair on Saturday from 8am-5pm at the Waikanae Memorial Hall is expected to see hundreds of book enthusiasts attend. Peter Cresswell has been running the Book Fair for 22 years and says this one day event is in addition to the usual two day event in October. “We have had a big build up of books and there are more than we need…

YOUTH NEWS

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…

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…

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