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Kāpiti Food Fair falls to Covid

Kāpiti Food Fair falls to Covid

Organisers say it is with great sadness and disappointment that the Kāpiti Food Fair is…

November 21, 2021
Professor Lester, Bug Man in Kāpiti talk

Professor Lester, Bug Man in Kāpiti talk

Professor Phil Lester, head of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, has a passion…

November 20, 2021
Air Chathams mandates COVID-19 travel requirements

Air Chathams mandates COVID-19 travel requirements

Travelling with Air Chathams is going to look a little different from mid-December as they…

November 20, 2021
Climate Action Workshop storms into Kāpiti Coast

Climate Action Workshop storms into Kāpiti Coast

While world leaders are grappling with the ‘where to from here’ at the UN Climate…

November 16, 2021
Kāpiti College wins Page Family Shield

Kāpiti College wins Page Family Shield

The annual Page Family Shield tournament run by Kāpiti Petanque was held on 10 November.…

November 15, 2021
Brad Olsen – BA5 speaker

Brad Olsen – BA5 speaker

Join us for drinks, nibbles and the very latest economic date for the Horowhenua at…

November 15, 2021

Car hits pole – Power out in Otaihanga

Car hits pole – Power out in Otaihanga

There is currently a power outage in Otaihanga after a car collided with a power…

November 13, 2021
Police confirm four dead in Horowhenua crash

Police confirm four dead in Horowhenua crash

Police have confirmed four people died in a serious crash on State Highway 1 between…

November 9, 2021
Multiple fatalities confirmed in SH 1 crash

Multiple fatalities confirmed in SH 1 crash

State Highway 1 remains closed after a serious crash at around 3pm at Kuku, Horowhenua.…

November 9, 2021
Kāpiti Food Fair Good to Go

Kāpiti Food Fair Good to Go

In the lead up to Kāpiti’s premiere foodie event, the team behind the Kāpiti Food…

November 5, 2021
Survey shows Sole Traders hard-hit by COVID

Survey shows Sole Traders hard-hit by COVID

Australasia’s fastest-growing digital accountancy service, Hnry, has launched New Zealand’s first comprehensive sole trader sentiment…

November 4, 2021
PR Battle rages over Kāpiti Airport

PR Battle rages over Kāpiti Airport

It seems battle lines are drawn around Kāpiti airport and unusually one person who seems…

November 1, 2021

Arts News

Mary Poppins takes off in Kāpiti

October 7, 2021

The current Kāpiti production of Mary Poppins is a great reminder that you don’t always have to go to Broadway to see a Broadway show. A pre-opening show was held on Tuesday night at the Te Raukura ki Kāpiti Coastlands Theatre and on a night when everything that can go wrong usually does, very little did. The shadow of Covid still looms large with audience members spaced…

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub for tech creatives

August 31, 2021

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub is at the cutting edge of creative technology and have just announced an opportunity for young people to break into this fast growing industry. The tech creative industry is one of the fastest growing and includes animation, gaming, VR/AR/XR, film, marketing, architecture and many more sectors. M.A.T.C.H – the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub is for rangatahi with a strong interest in art, storytelling and…

Jeff Simmonds reads A Rope for Harry Fat

August 30, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywS_C5eLmrc Kāpiti singer songwriter, musician, filmmaker Jeff Simmonds reads a classic Kiwi poem, in this NZ Poetry Month. “Here’s a post for National Poetry Day. This is a James K Baxter poem I learned 40 years ago in the 6th form for Father O’Connell’s English class. “It is about Edward Thomas Te Whiu, who was one of the last people to be hanged in NZ, back in…

Business News

Climate Action Workshop storms into Kāpiti Coast

November 16, 2021

While world leaders are grappling with the ‘where to from here’ at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in the UK, New Zealand’s Sustainable Business Network (SBN) have teamed up with the British High Commission Wellington to help Kiwi businesses play their part in reducing carbon emissions. Phil Jones, programme Manager at the Sustainable Business Network, will be moderating an interactive workshop co-hosted with the Kāpiti Coast…

Brad Olsen – BA5 speaker

November 15, 2021

Join us for drinks, nibbles and the very latest economic date for the Horowhenua at the last November Electra Business After Five. This month’s event will look a little different with it being hosted at Thermosash Commercial Limited on Enterprise drive (at the end of Roe Street). Thermosash is a recent business to the district that relocated to Levin from Wellington in 2020 in order to have more connectivity…

Survey shows Sole Traders hard-hit by COVID

November 4, 2021

Australasia’s fastest-growing digital accountancy service, Hnry, has launched New Zealand’s first comprehensive sole trader sentiment index. Thursday, 4 November 2021 –New Zealand’s first independent sentiment index for sole traders has revealed mental health challenges, economic hardship, and difficulty accessing credit during the last quarter, but this has not diminished overall job satisfaction for the growing sector.  The inaugural Hnry Sole Trader Pulse, aims to provide a regular…

COMMUNITY News

Beware the scams of the Christmas Grinch

November 24, 2021

“You better watch out; you’d better beware, because cybercriminals are everywhere! They are making their lists and checking them twice, to see who’s next to be victimised.”   Kāpiti based cyber resilience specialist Jan Thornborough says Cybercriminals are the epitome of the Christmas Grinch. “They love this time of year because it is so easy to trick unsuspecting people into clicking on their fake emails and texts.”…

Solar power shines in Kāpiti

November 22, 2021

Duncan’s Brewing Company of Kāpiti has just installed 70 solar panels producing 30 kilowatts of power which will supply enough grunt to run the entire operation in their Sheffield St plant. Iain McIsaac from Green Van Solar was on site last week installing the system and says it will drastically reduce the brewery’s power bill. “Increasing numbers of businesses and residential properties are turning to solar as…

Kāpiti Food Fair falls to Covid

November 21, 2021

Organisers say it is with great sadness and disappointment that the Kāpiti Food Fair is announcing to its foodie community, near and far, that they have come to the decision to postpone this year’s event until December 3rd, 2022. “This is not a decision we came to lightly,” says Helene Judge, Co-owner.  “Both Jeanine and I feel this is clearly the right decision because of so much…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Kāpiti ‘Strawsome’ Hospice fundraiser cancelled

October 30, 2021

For only the second time in 15 years, Mary Potter Hospice has cancelled its Kāpiti Strawberry Festival. The fundraising event that attracts thousands of people each year to enjoy a taste of summer has been cancelled because of Covid. It was due to be held on 20 November. “This is such a disappointment, but we know it’s the right decision,” says Mary Potter Hospice chief executive Brent…

Reikorangi set for Spring Fling

October 27, 2021

Following last year’s successful event the Reikorangi Residents Association are again presenting their Spring Fling! Country Fair. Organisers say there will be plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. “It really is a fun day in the countryside and right on your doorstep. Reikorangi is a lovely rural village and the Spring Fling is the perfect time to visit.” The Spring Fling is real country…

Graeme Joyes chats with Jason Bei

October 10, 2021

Graeme Joyes chats with Kāpiti acupuncturist Jason Bei https://www.coastaccessradio.org.nz/Programmes/Details.aspx?PID=1c867513-5233-4c0a-9214-02c296f4e2df Conversations is a popular programme on Kāpiti’s Coast Access Radio where hosts Graeme Joyes or Todd Zaner talk to local people about their interests, their lives, the things that motivate and excite them. In the latest episode Graeme Joyes talks with renowned acupuncturist Jason Bei about, health, wellness, and the impacts on Covid and how to deal with…

ENVIRONMENT News

Weather warning for Kāpiti

September 9, 2021

Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMOnz) WEATHER WARNINGS: Wellington, Wairarapa and Kāpiti There are strong wind warnings in place for WELLINGTON and the WAIRARAPA including the TARARUA District from 8pm tonight until 9pm Friday. Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles, so take care on the roads. Heavy SWELLS are forecast along the KAPITI…

Kāpiti Mayor slams Covidiots

August 21, 2021

Kāpiti Mayor Gurunathan says community idiots are at it again “Residents living around the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve have reported two incidents where motorcyclists have breached Alert Level 4 protocols. Both have occurred within a 15 hour period.” The Mayor says in the latest incident the dirt bike rider had come tearing through the ecologically sensitive reserve, parked his bike which had no registration, did some fishing…

Grazing Land put out to pasture at Queen Elizabeth Park

August 15, 2021

Major restoration work has begun at Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) and Kaitoke Regional Park to provide a permanent carbon sink for the region that will cut Greater Wellington’s carbon footprint by 2.5 percent in the first decade of its creation. The work is part of Greater Wellington’s planting programme which will see 400,000 trees planted across the region this winter, but these two restoration projects are unique because they…

LIFESTYLE News

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…

Charity Book Fair – read all about it

October 16, 2021

The Lions Charity Book Fair on  at Waikanae Memorial Hall saw big crowds turn up to get some great reading bargains. Organiser Peter Cresswell of the Waikanae Lions Club says there were hundreds who came through on the first day. “When we opened this morning there was already a cue of 250 keen book enthusiasts. Mr Cresswell has been running the Book Fair for 23 years and…

Graeme Joyes chats with Jason Bei

October 10, 2021

Graeme Joyes chats with Kāpiti acupuncturist Jason Bei https://www.coastaccessradio.org.nz/Programmes/Details.aspx?PID=1c867513-5233-4c0a-9214-02c296f4e2df Conversations is a popular programme on Kāpiti’s Coast Access Radio where hosts Graeme Joyes or Todd Zaner talk to local people about their interests, their lives, the things that motivate and excite them. In the latest episode Graeme Joyes talks with renowned acupuncturist Jason Bei about, health, wellness, and the impacts on Covid and how to deal with…

POLITICS News

Vaccination key to avoiding future lockdowns

September 22, 2021

In the wake of the most recent Alert Level 4 lockdown Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan is urging residents to get vaccinated. “Vaccination will give our community an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 and will help prevent future lockdowns. “The Delta variant moves fast, and the Auckland and Australian situation has shown us that this virus is not choosy. “I accept that there is a…

New Aotearoa podcast delves into local govt

September 19, 2021

Kāpiti Coast resident and district councillor Gwynn Compton has launched a new podcast dedicated to the world of local government in New Zealand – Local Aotearoa. The podcast, which will be published on a semi-weekly basis, will take a high-level look across the local government sector in New Zealand, exploring its history, structure, role, funding, and future, as well as taking on topical issues and current events.…

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.…

SENIORS News

Being Older and Bolder in Kāpiti

October 9, 2021

Kāpiti writer Angela Robertson is all about maximising potential as she prepares to launch her latest books with a focus on positive aging. The two latest books have captured the real life experiences from dozens of retirees for her Older & Bolder series.  Angela says she was inspired to write from her own experience. “I was in the age group myself heading towards retirement but wasn’t ready…

Kāpiti book launch honours Anzacs

September 4, 2021

Former platoon commander Lieutenant Colonel Tony Howell told a full Club Vista at Paraparaumu that his new book Vietnam ANZACS was written as a tribute to those who died or came back scarred by their experience from 1965 to 1971. “This is a book by veterans about veterans. It is a tribute to those who lost their lives or quality of life as a result of serving…

Bill Manhire – just Wow

August 24, 2021

Bill Manhire lives in Kāpiti and his voice belongs to the world. To hear him speak you might think Manhire something of a toff or as my mother would say he is very well spoken. Yet very few poets capture what is quintessentially Kiwi better than Manhire. He is both public bar and private bar, beach and town. Here is a poet who dives into his inner…

SENIORS News

TVNZ brings extensive coverage of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

August 4, 2021

New Zealand viewers can look forward to extensive free-to-air coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, live on TVNZ DUKE. From 24 August – 5 September, DUKE’s schedule will be taken over to bring footage of our Paralympians competing in Japan. The New Zealand Paralympic Team’s performances will be the focus of the broadcast, with TVNZ committed to showcasing all our athletes – live where possible or…

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…

TRANSPORT News

PR Battle rages over Kāpiti Airport

November 1, 2021

It seems battle lines are drawn around Kāpiti airport and unusually one person who seems determined for it not to be an airport is the airport CEO. Controversial CEO Chris Simpson has become a divisive figure on an issue that will have a huge impact on Kāpiti’s future. Mr Simpson will be guest speaker at the Electra Business Breakfast on Wednesday Nov 3 (details below) where they…

Kāpiti’s Tramway wins Australasian Award

October 28, 2021

A former Wellington tram has been restored by the Wellington Tramway Museum and has won a prestigious award open to all Tramway Museums across Australia and New Zealand. When electric tram services in Wellington commenced in 1904, one of the original vehicles was Tram 17. It served the city of Wellington for around 40 years before becoming a holiday bach in Raumati South on the Kāpiti Coast.…

Update – Serious Crash, SH 1, Te Horo

October 5, 2021

Police can confirm that one person has died following a serious crash on SH 1 between Peka Peka and Te Horo this evening. The two-car crash occurred at about 7:50pm near the intersection with Te Hapua Road. Sadly, the sole occupant of one vehicle died at the scene. The sole occupant of the second vehicle has been airlifted to Wellington Hospital with serious injuries. Police are appealing…

WHAT’S ON

Reikorangi set for Spring Fling

October 27, 2021

Following last year’s successful event the Reikorangi Residents Association are again presenting their Spring Fling! Country Fair. Organisers say there will be plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. “It really is a fun day in the countryside and right on your doorstep. Reikorangi is a lovely rural village and the Spring Fling is the perfect time to visit.” The Spring Fling is real country…

Kāpiti gets out to Saturday Vax

October 15, 2021

Martin Halliday, KCDC Ward Councillor for Paraparaumu got his second Covid shot this week at the the Kāpiti Community Covid-19 Vaccination Centre 45B Te Roto Drive and is urging those unvaccinated to take advantage of the walkup opportunities this Saturday. “It’s very simple and straight forward with lovely and helpful people down there. Thought I would share the experience for those that may think it’s a bit…

Being Older and Bolder in Kāpiti

October 9, 2021

Kāpiti writer Angela Robertson is all about maximising potential as she prepares to launch her latest books with a focus on positive aging. The two latest books have captured the real life experiences from dozens of retirees for her Older & Bolder series.  Angela says she was inspired to write from her own experience. “I was in the age group myself heading towards retirement but wasn’t ready…

YOUTH NEWS

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub for tech creatives

August 31, 2021

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub is at the cutting edge of creative technology and have just announced an opportunity for young people to break into this fast growing industry. The tech creative industry is one of the fastest growing and includes animation, gaming, VR/AR/XR, film, marketing, architecture and many more sectors. M.A.T.C.H – the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub is for rangatahi with a strong interest in art, storytelling and…

Ōtaki woman embracing change for RNZAF medical career

August 18, 2021

Ōtaki woman Julia Carpenter has overcome a serious head injury suffered in a car accident to embark on a career as a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) medic. She has recently graduated from Defence Health School based at Burnham Military Camp following two-and-a-half years of study. Aircraftman Carpenter, 21, of Ngāti Whakatere/Ngāti Raukawa, said she had always had an interest in health. “Growing up I saw…

Whitireia and WelTec Open Days highlighting potential career paths

August 9, 2021

Whitireia and WelTec are opening up their campuses to future ākonga (learners) considering their next step in life. The first Open Day was held at the Porirua campus on Wednesday 28 July, and future ākonga enjoyed the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the spaces and people. This was the first time in many years future ākonga have been able to enjoy the open day experience at the…