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Kāpiti re-cycling a winner with Bike Library

Kāpiti re-cycling a winner with Bike Library

From Peka Peka to Pukerua Bay cyclists are being helped out by the superb community…

October 3, 2021
Kāpiti Food Fair gearing up for big day

Kāpiti Food Fair gearing up for big day

With just over two months to go, the team behind the Kāpiti Food Fair have…

October 1, 2021
Urgent motion to review Kāpiti Gateway

Urgent motion to review Kāpiti Gateway

For this week’s upcoming Council meeting, Cr Gwynn Compton and fellow Councillors Jocelyn Prvanov, Bernie…

September 29, 2021
Vaccination key to avoiding future lockdowns

Vaccination key to avoiding future lockdowns

In the wake of the most recent Alert Level 4 lockdown Kāpiti Coast District Mayor…

September 22, 2021
Council grant keeps Foodbank’s relocation on track

Council grant keeps Foodbank’s relocation on track

Kāpiti Coast District Council has agreed to provide a one-off grant of $25,000 to assist…

September 21, 2021
Metlink offers free travel to vaccination events and centres

Metlink offers free travel to vaccination events and centres

Metlink will be offering free travel on buses and trains to anyone getting their COVID-19…

September 19, 2021

New Aotearoa podcast delves into local govt

New Aotearoa podcast delves into local govt

Kāpiti Coast resident and district councillor Gwynn Compton has launched a new podcast dedicated to…

September 19, 2021
Is Kāpiti Gateway becoming unhinged

Is Kāpiti Gateway becoming unhinged

“Councillors should be asking questions about the delays to the Gateway project consent process for…

September 15, 2021
Kāpiti Broadcaster Goes Nationwide

Kāpiti Broadcaster Goes Nationwide

Kāpiti radio supremo Todd Zaner has been a well heard voice on the airwaves, having…

September 15, 2021
Local MPs visit Kāpiti Vaccination Centre

Local MPs visit Kāpiti Vaccination Centre

Mana MP Barbara Edmonds and Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi were visitors this week at the…

September 15, 2021
Weather warning for Kāpiti

Weather warning for Kāpiti

Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMOnz) WEATHER WARNINGS: Wellington, Wairarapa and Kāpiti There are strong…

September 9, 2021
Kāpiti Businesses Adjust to Level 3 – Supporting Local Vital

Kāpiti Businesses Adjust to Level 3 – Supporting Local Vital

As much of the country moved to COVID-19 Level 3, many Kāpiti businesses opened their…

September 5, 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…


Kidnapping and Firearms charges after Waikanae incident

October 24, 2021

“UPDATE: Waikanae firearms incident” A 32-year-old man will face significant charges after today’s serious firearms incident in Waikanae. The man is due to appear in the Porirua District Court tomorrow charged with: • Unlawful possession of a firearm • Two charges of using a firearm against a law enforcement officer • Two charges of aggravated robbery • Two charges of discharging a firearm • Two charges of…

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…

Covid and your personal records

October 17, 2021

Q&A: My COVID Record What if I had my vaccinations overseas? My COVID Record draws upon information in the national COVID-19 Immunisation Register (CIR). If you have received a suitable COVID-19 vaccination(s) overseas and this is registered in the New Zealand Covid Immunisation Register, then it will be displayed in My COVID Record. We are just working through how this is operationalised at the moment. How can…


Kāpiti waste reduction grants support green community projects

October 1, 2020

Kāpiti community groups, Iwi/Māori organisations, schools, neighbourhood groups and businesses have until 20 October to apply for funding to support solutions that reduce waste. Council’s contestable Waste Reduction Grants fund community projects, seed funding for waste minimisation projects, and business waste reduction. $30,000 is set aside to fund a range of practical, on-the-ground waste minimisation projects that encourage community participation, education and/or are of benefit to the…

A friendly face at Raumati Beach

September 20, 2020

A recent visitor to Kāpiti is this baby fur seal spotted at Raumati South by superb photographer Karl Webber. There have been several seals seen recently along the Kāpiti Coast. New Zealand fur seals or kekeno often come ashore in winter to rest, Female seals would leave their pups alone for up to 20 days while they foraged at sea. Fur seal numbers were growing and the…

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…


Hearing boost for Kāpiti

June 17, 2019

New Zealand’s health system has a significant quirk when it comes to the treatment of hearing problems. In this country Audiologists are not required to be registered and this can cause serious accountability issues for patients.Just ask Jeanie Morrison-Low at Kāpiti Hearing and she will explain the frustration felt by audiologists who are registered and want that standard applied to everyone.”We set a very high standard and…

Kāpiti transport provider meets growing demand

April 28, 2019

Access to assisted transport has been a significant issue throughout the country and particularly in Kāpiti for many years.One local provider is Freedom Companion Driving owned and operated by Lindsey Gott of Paraparaumu.Lindsey says a primary aim for them is safety and the general well-being of Freedom clients.”We are also another pair of eyes. We bring the service to the client’s door and provide extra help at…

ANZAC Day – A good time to reflect on the inspiration of Vera Lynn

April 18, 2019

With ANZAC Day fast approaching is seems a good time to reflect on legendary singer Vera Lynn who recently celebrated birthday number 102.Below is a piece from Nancy Bilyeau of the Vintage News.102! Singer who Inspired Nations During the Toughest of TimesApr 17, 2019 Nancy BilyeauVera Lynn began her music career at age 15. And on March 20, 2019, the “Forces Sweetheart” celebrated her 102nd birthday. The…


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…

Kāpiti Girls Football Bolt to win in Taupo

October 25, 2019

It was huge congratulations and celebrations all round back at the clubhouse for the Kāpiti Coast United girls football team The Lightning Bolts. The girls competed at the McCartney Tournament in Taupo a couple of weeks ago and won the competition for Grade 10 girls.This was their first time competing in a big tournament and they went into the competition as underdogs, competing against some very tough…

Waikanae Croquet Club – welcomes new members

September 14, 2019

The Waikanae Croquet Club is situated in the Waikanae Park and we hope that more Kāpiti residents will join us on our beautiful grounds in Park Avenue and learn to play this enjoyable and challenging fun sport.Croquet is not an expensive game to play. There is a modest annual subscription and all that is required to start, is a pair of flat soled shoes and a mallet…


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…


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…

Meccano Show draws big crowds

March 20, 2021

Hundreds of visitors turned out to see the many displays on show at the National Meccano Exhibition at the Waikanae Memorial Hall on Saturday. The show continues from 10am-4pm on Sunday. Organiser Reg Barlow says the event has been great for Kāpiti. “We have had great numbers coming through the door, many hundreds and we expect the same on day two. We have people exhibiting from Auckland,…

Kāpiti hosts National Meccano Exhibition

March 15, 2021

Kāpiti is to host the National Exhibition of Meccano this weekend with displays on view both days at the Waikanae Memorial Hall. Organiser Reg Barlow says this is a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to reminisce about favourite toys from the past with over 100 working models on display. “Meccano is more than just a hobby. Come and have a look at toys of yesteryear.…


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…

Police say ‘Dont be fooled by ticket scams’

February 27, 2019

Summer tends to be a high point for music lovers, with festivals, big-ticket stadium gigs and outdoor concerts throughout the warmer months. But Police are reminding Homegrown festival goers to be aware of ticket scams.A police spokesperson says “the types of scams vary the tickets could be fake, you might pay cash but never receive a ticket, or the ticket may differ from what you thought you…

Kāpiti Zeal Musicians Lounge showcasing our talented youth

February 18, 2019

Musician’s Lounge is an event where youth can come together as a community and share their passion and love for music with one another in a warm, safe and encouraging environment.Event founder Hannah Neal says last year they created this from just an idea into a fully functioning breathing entity involving lots of people over the Kāpiti Coast District. “Starting from just acoustic performers, to duo’s, trio’s…