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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

Kāpiti Horowhenua early awards winners

Kāpiti Horowhenua early awards winners

The Electra Business & Innovation Awards has drawn three winners to start the 2021 Awards…

May 27, 2021
Holly Robinson to feature in official Paralympic video game

Holly Robinson to feature in official Paralympic video game

NZ Paralympian Holly Robinson will feature in the first official Paralympics video game ‘The Pegasus…

May 27, 2021
Kāpiti family seeks housing help

Kāpiti family seeks housing help

With the price of property going through the roof, and buyers having to stump up…

May 24, 2021
Metlink – Think Before You Type

Metlink – Think Before You Type

An abusive message punched into a keyboard can have just as much impact as a…

May 20, 2021
Kāpiti Chamber makes strong recommendations

Kāpiti Chamber makes strong recommendations

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce has advocated for sustainable growth and investment in infrastructure, recommending…

May 20, 2021
Covid Vaccine info for Employers

Covid Vaccine info for Employers

With Covid19 Vaccination programmes underway there are many questions for employers and employees about the…

May 18, 2021

Arts News

Arts Festival features Van Gogh Alive

August 23, 2020

Bruce Peterson is the Founder and CEO of Grande Exhibitions, which creatives interactive, immersive exhibitions that travel the globe. Arts Festival caught up with him ahead of the first Wellington iteration of DIGITAL NIGHTS – Van Gogh Alive. What can audiences expect from the Van Gogh Alive exhibition? To be entertained, educated, enlightened and amazed. People will view art and culture like never before in a completely…

Kāpiti Public Art Blessed

August 20, 2020

Public art took pride of place this week with the blessing of the recently completed mural in Mahara Place, Waikanae. Kāpiti artist Kate Hartmann and noted muralist Ruth Robertson-Taylor produced the mural based on the fabric design of internationally acclaimed artist Frances Hodgkins. Braving the rain to complete the blessing ceremony was Koro Don Te Maipi, with Deanna Rudd from KCDC’s Iwi Partnerships team. Also marking the…

The Mindful Killer by Nila Taylor

July 19, 2020

The silent killer fills our discussions, Spreading like wildfire affecting mankind.But what of the social repercussions, And the killer that is the human mind. Families in boxes across the nation Disguised by the new household term “bubble”Deprived of the social interaction On which we all normally thrive: trouble. Endless anxiety, depression tooOverwhelmed, desperation ensues. Drugs or alcohol anything will do No relief results, just the boozy blues.…

Business News

Kāpiti Horowhenua early awards winners

May 27, 2021

The Electra Business & Innovation Awards has drawn three winners to start the 2021 Awards programme. Congratulations to Lorraine Upham from Organic Connection, Gary Hutchings from Eco-Smart and Phil Byrne from EcoShifter for winning the Air Chathams vouchers. By committing to explore entering their businesses into the 2021 Awards at the recent events Electra Business & Innovation Awards Chair Brendan Duffy has spoken at, the Electra Business…

Kāpiti Chamber makes strong recommendations

May 20, 2021

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce has advocated for sustainable growth and investment in infrastructure, recommending Kāpiti Coast District Council does not take a bigger role in ownership of the district’s housing, nor sets up a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) in a submission on the Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP). The Chamber also said that a proposed rethink of an existing design to renew Paekākāriki’s seawall was unnecessary…

Generating Impact in Horowhenua

May 20, 2021

Electra Business After Five Generating impact from investmentLouise Aitken – CEO, The Ākina Foundation Impact is a concept that’s risen in popularity recently – but what is it and how is it relevant for your business and Horowhenua as a whole?   Come and learn how and why generating positive impact matters for consumers, investors, employees & government agencies and how all businesses can start thinking about how they…

COMMUNITY News

Kāpiti family seeks housing help

May 24, 2021

With the price of property going through the roof, and buyers having to stump up record prices, often via unconditional offers, what happens when a family wants to unite and live together? Local siblings, Thom and Rose Lawson, both moved to Kāpiti with the intention of settling down here, setting up business and embedding themselves in the community. Thom, a builder lives with his wife Rachel and…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

LIFESTYLE News

National Radio Yacht Club Regatta in Ōtaki

October 15, 2020

Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club is hosting the first National Regatta for DragonForce65 Racing Radio Controlled Yachts over Labour Weekend up at Winstones Lake Ōtaki.The foresight of a small group of local club members to create the DFRacingNZ Association (then called NZ DF65 Association) which has grown to also include the larger DF95 too and affiliates to the NZ Radio Yachting Association was ground breaking for this fabulous…

Nationwide health tech study launched

October 15, 2020

A comprehensive nationwide health technology study into the state and future opportunities for creating a world class health, disability and social system has been launched by NZ Health IT (NZHIT).The study will be contained in a report and will identify opportunities for the future and related challenges to resolve, chief executive Scott Arrol says.’We want to define a clear direction for health tech for at least the…

POLITICS News

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…

Kāpiti Chamber makes strong recommendations

May 20, 2021

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce has advocated for sustainable growth and investment in infrastructure, recommending Kāpiti Coast District Council does not take a bigger role in ownership of the district’s housing, nor sets up a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) in a submission on the Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP). The Chamber also said that a proposed rethink of an existing design to renew Paekākāriki’s seawall was unnecessary…

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…

SENIORS News

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…

Kāpiti Petanque Club Open Doubles draws quality field

January 29, 2021

Kāpiti Petanque Club held their Open Doubles tournament over Wellington Anniversary Weekend, with more than thirty entries coming from the Lower North Island. This annual event attracts players with regional, national and international status, several of whom are members of the Club. This year’s winning team were Enoka and Monica Smiler of the Naenae Club, who were presented with the Liz Koh Trophy. Liz Koh has sponsored…

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

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…

Generating Impact in Horowhenua

May 20, 2021

Electra Business After Five Generating impact from investmentLouise Aitken – CEO, The Ākina Foundation Impact is a concept that’s risen in popularity recently – but what is it and how is it relevant for your business and Horowhenua as a whole?   Come and learn how and why generating positive impact matters for consumers, investors, employees & government agencies and how all businesses can start thinking about how they…

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…

YOUTH 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…

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…

Youth Fundraiser for Outward Bound

September 14, 2020

It is a bargain hunter’s dream and its in a great cause. A fundraising garage sale on Saturday 19th of September at 51 Moana Street, Ōtaki Beach is expected to raise enough money to send Rose Sinclair to Outward Bound on a three week course in January 2021. The course is called Mind, Body and Soul and is specifically for 16-18 year olds, and helps them develop…

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