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Bill Manhire – just Wow

Bill Manhire – just Wow

Bill Manhire lives in Kāpiti and his voice belongs to the world. To hear him…

August 24, 2021
Kāpiti Mayor slams Covidiots

Kāpiti Mayor slams Covidiots

Kāpiti Mayor Gurunathan says community idiots are at it again “Residents living around the Waikanae…

August 21, 2021
Ōtaki Players let the sunshine in

Ōtaki Players let the sunshine in


August 19, 2021
Kāpiti supermarkets ready for mandatory masks

Kāpiti supermarkets ready for mandatory masks

Masks are now mandatory when visiting supermarkets, services stations and all public transport during Covid…

August 19, 2021
Kāpiti Council operating limited services during Alert Level 4

Kāpiti Council operating limited services during Alert Level 4

Kāpiti Coast District Council is now operating under its Alert Level 4 service levels reports…

August 18, 2021
Government’s response to New Zealand’s Delta threat is the right response

Government’s response to New Zealand’s Delta threat is the right response

By Ian Powell The Government is right in its response to New Zealand’s (Aotearoa) community…

August 18, 2021

Ōtaki woman embracing change for RNZAF medical career

Ōtaki woman embracing change for RNZAF medical career

Ōtaki woman Julia Carpenter has overcome a serious head injury suffered in a car accident…

August 18, 2021
Grey Power angered by power outages

Grey Power angered by power outages

The Grey Power NZ Federation, representing senior citizens, has reacted with anger to the power…

August 15, 2021
Grazing Land put out to pasture at Queen Elizabeth Park

Grazing Land put out to pasture at Queen Elizabeth Park

Major restoration work has begun at Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) and Kaitoke Regional Park to provide…

August 15, 2021
Free workshop – Employment Agreements and Contracts – Levin

Free workshop – Employment Agreements and Contracts – Levin

This workshop will explain the different types of employment agreements and contracts for services and…

August 12, 2021
Kāpiti Chorale Lifts the Spirits

Kāpiti Chorale Lifts the Spirits

By Norma McCallum ‘Music in the Time of COVID ‘  … title of a new…

August 11, 2021
Kāpiti residents want council closer to community

Kāpiti residents want council closer to community

Kāpiti Coast residents want their diverse communities represented on council, and more direct access to…

August 9, 2021

Arts News

Marcus Ebbett in Kāpiti Arts Trail

October 31, 2019

Raumati artist Marcus Ebbett is opening his Rosetta Road studio for the Kāpiti Arts Trail from 10am to 5pm each of the four days over the next two weekends.In huge demand, Marcus says he is kept busy with commission work.”These days it’s mostly commission work these days. It gives people something unique and specific to what they want.”He has also been involved in developing graphic design work.The…

Light and colour of Vietnam comes to Kāpiti

October 30, 2019

Kāpiti artist Tania Dally has recently returned home with a series of 20 paintings created while living in Hoi An, Vietnam for three months.The collection: Hoi An: Light and Colour will be featured at Tania’s Boatshed Studio, across the footbridge from the carpark at Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach, as part of the upcoming Kāpiti Arts Trail.”The idea was to escape the New Zealand winter, experience a different…

Business News

Awards open for business

April 5, 2021

Entries for the 2021 Electra Business and Innovation Awards are officially open.As of Monday, April 5th 2021, the 27th consecutive awards programme has officially started, with entriesopening for local businesses until Sunday, May 30th 2021.Chair of Business Kāpiti Horowhenua Inc Brendan Duffy (who convenes the annual Electra Business &Innovation Awards) will be attending the Electra Business Breakfast on the 7th of April and theHorowhenua Business After 5…

Regulation Changes for Financial Advisors and Insurance Brokers

February 22, 2021

Kāpiti Broker Richard Andrewes says anyone giving financial advice services to clients will need to comply with the new regulations coming in to force on March 15, including insurance brokers. Mr Andrewes of Andrewes Risk Management says standards for financial advice conduct will be strictly enforced whereby an industry code of conduct for financial advices services requires disclosure to clients. “This is currently a major focus for…

Volatile times ahead for Kāpiti Business

February 19, 2021

Kāpiti Business with Stuart Ayres “Only 10 months until Christmas! We all want to forget 2020, starting with a clean slate for 2021. Whilst we seem to have escaped the direct hits so far, touch-wood, this new year is starting to unravel and we are beginning to experience the butterfly effect from a lack of material and stocks from our suppliers, increasing trend to online shopping, a…


Council grant keeps Foodbank’s relocation on track

September 21, 2021

Kāpiti Coast District Council has agreed to provide a one-off grant of $25,000 to assist the Kāpiti Community Foodbank with their relocation project. Districtwide Councillor and Housing and Social Wellbeing portfolio holder, Rob McCann, says the Foodbank is an essential community service and Council is pleased to support them in their fundraising efforts to help re-locate their service to a more fit for purpose location. “Providing a longer…

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…

Is Kāpiti Gateway becoming unhinged

September 15, 2021

“Councillors should be asking questions about the delays to the Gateway project consent process for reassurance that the entire project agreed to by council is consentable,” says Kāpiti Districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott. “The design and consenting process which started in April this year remains incomplete with consent only granted for initial stream works and the Gateway project start timeline already rescheduled twice in the past two years.…


The songs of Bob Dylan heading for the Kāpiti Coast

October 22, 2020

After two sell-out shows at Wellington’s Meow, the Capital’s Zimmermans are bringing their show celebrating the songs of Bob Dylan to the Kāpiti Coast. On November 21 the Zimmermans, who’ve had rave reviews for their Wellington gigs, will play their two-hour set at St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki. The Zimmermans are made up of musicians who’ve played with a number of well-known outfits including Sneaky Feelings, Let’s Planet,…

Review of Kāpiti production Parihaka

March 15, 2020

‘Parihaka’ – A Kāpiti College Multi-Curricular Production Reviewed by Te Aniwaniwa Black. Kāpiti College’s multi-curricular production ‘Parihaka,’ written by Paora Trim and Nicola Easthope, is a fictional account of real life events based on the invasion of Parihaka, November 5th, 1881 and also known as ‘Te Rā o te Pāhua’ or ‘The Day of Plunder.’ In the intimate ambience of the Coastlands Theatre, the first scene opens…


Call for feedback on new by-laws to ramp up harbour safety

September 10, 2020

Greater Wellington Regional Council is seeking to make our regional harbours safer for communities following approval by its Environment Committee’s proposed amendments designed to ensure national consistency, reduce risk and improve safety measures on the water. Public feedback is being sought on the proposals, which would amend the Wellington Regional Navigation and Safety Bylaws 2009, the laws which are designed to improve safety on the water. Greater…


Te Rama Country Estate in rare sale

November 4, 2019

Te Rama Estate in Kāpiti, one of New Zealand’s finest properties, is being offered for sale for the first time in 23 years and only for the fourth time since 1886. This is a rare opportunity to own an estate with a range of exceptional qualities rarely seen in one property.Te Rama offers total privacy and tranquillity and is located on a historic homestead site only a…

Claim – Kāpiti Library users Robbed

August 24, 2019

A group of Kāpiti Coasters say they are outraged the Mayor and councillors have slashed the library budget and they are determined to have it reinstated.Lobby group ‘ROBB’ has been established to fight the council’s decision. The group ROBB (Restore Our Book Budget) held its first meeting on 19 August 2019. The trigger was KCDC cutting the book purchase budget by almost half; down from $402,500 to…


Kāpiti Locals to get mobile with On the Go Expo

September 8, 2019

An All Ages on the Go Expo is coming to the Waikanae War Memorial Hall on Saturday September 21 to encourage positive, active community participation for all people of all ages and abilities. Sue Emirali from the Accessibility Advisory Group, who are organising the event alongside the Kāpiti Older Persons Council and Council Transport Safety, says the expo will be a great opportunity to get out and…

End-of-Life Suite for Kāpiti

July 21, 2019

Friday 19 July saw the official opening of the Shalom end-of-life suite at the Kāpiti Retirement Trust’s Sevenoaks site by cabinet minister and MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi.The Shalom Suite is the latest development undertaking by Kāpiti Retirement Trust to extend its charitable service to the Kāpiti community. The construction of the Shalom Suite, located within the Matai Wing, the Trust’s dedicated respite facility at Sevenoaks occurred…

Legal Issues and Banking changes impacting Kāpiti Seniors

June 20, 2019

As a Kāpiti lawyer with a special interest in assisting older clients I recently attended an Elder Law Conference in Wellington.The Conference provided an opportunity to hear different viewpoints on some of the issues older people can face, although these matters can also impact on clients of all ages. Some of the more interesting topics included second relationships and blended families, mental capacity and enduring powers of…


Tee Time for Rotary Golf Open

October 25, 2019

The annual Rotary Golf tournament is a great way to enjoy a round of golf and raise funds for an excellent cause at the same time.This year’s Kāpiti Hire Charity Golf Tournament is being staged at the world renowned Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club on Thursday November 7.Registration starts from 11.30am and a Shotgun start at 12.30pm will see the Ambrose Format tournament underway. There is a buffet…


Transport Committees plan for reduced carbon emissions

February 20, 2020

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Transport Committee this week agreed to priorities for transport including contributing to targets that will see reductions in transport-generated emissions.Transport Committee Chair Roger Blakeley says the committee agreed to strategic priorities for the 2019-22 triennium.”These priorities are reductions in transport-generated regional carbon emissions, increases in regional mode share for public transport and active modes, early delivery of public transport elements of Let’s Get…


Rotary combines for Kāpiti Foodbank Appeal

May 6, 2021

The Annual  Kāpiti Combined Rotary clubs’ Foodbank Appeal is being held on Saturday May 22nd advises Appeal coordinator Dave Edwards of Kāpiti Rotary club. On the day Rotarians will be stationed at the entrances of all major supermarkets. Shoppers will be given a leaflet detailing the food items the Foodbanks require to replenish stocks depleted during the Covid lockdowns. Food items purchased for donation to the local…

Kāpiti ANZAC Day services

April 24, 2021

 “At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.” 2021 ANZAC Day services  All services are open to the public Paraparaumu Dawn Parade 6.20am Fall in at the Hospital Gates, Tutanekai Street, Paraparaumu 6.30am Service at Memorial Arch, Tutanekai Street, Paraparaumu Commemorations at Paraparaumu Service Cemeteries 7.55am Service Cemetery, Paraparaumu Beach Cemetery, Kāpiti Road 7.55am Service Cemetery, Awa Tapu Cemetery, Valley Road Citizens’ Parade Community…

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 Students perform powerful Haka

March 26, 2019

Kāpiti’s three colleges showed their support for those murdered in the Christchurch mosque attacked by collective performing a powerful haka.Students from Ōtaki College, Paraparaumu College and Kāpiti College stood in formation to resemble Te Raukura – a plume of white feathers that represents spiritual, physical and communal harmony and unity. See Video below.A minute’s silence was observed by all those present before the Haka was delivered at…

Kāpiti Students Make Voices Heard on Climate Change

March 15, 2019

Hundreds of Kāpiti Coast students joined their counterparts from around the country in a strike to highlight the imminent dangers of Climate Change.OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council issued a letter to all Students regarding the day of protest.”Dr Alex Macmillan, Co-convenor of OraTaiao says “as health professionals we know that climate change is already affecting the wellbeing of children and young people,” says “For…

Films for Young People at Maoriland Film Festival

March 3, 2019

Young people sit at the heart of everything done at Māoriland – if you’ve attended the festival before, you will have seen them presenting films and if you’re an Ōtaki local, you may have seen them out on the street shooting films. Two years ago a handful of these rangatahi – young people – asked if they could have their own programme within the festival. They wanted…