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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
Kāpiti book launch honours Anzacs

Kāpiti book launch honours Anzacs

Former platoon commander Lieutenant Colonel Tony Howell told a full Club Vista at Paraparaumu that…

September 4, 2021
Paekākāriki shoots Covid

Paekākāriki shoots Covid

Exterior World: A community photo-essay of scenes from a lockdown walk PHOTO ESSAY / Village-wide contributions…

September 4, 2021
Crystal out for One Dollar Pizza

Crystal out for One Dollar Pizza

Here we go! Auckland based Wellingtonian CRYSTAL takes us on a tour of the sand…

September 1, 2021
Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub for tech creatives

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub for tech creatives

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub is at the cutting edge of creative technology and have just announced…

August 31, 2021
Jeff Simmonds reads A Rope for Harry Fat

Jeff Simmonds reads A Rope for Harry Fat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywS_C5eLmrc Kāpiti singer songwriter, musician, filmmaker Jeff Simmonds reads a classic Kiwi poem, in this…

August 30, 2021
Arrest made and meth seized in Ōtaki

Arrest made and meth seized in Ōtaki

Central District Police have arrested one person and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine and…

August 26, 2021
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

HAIR – THE ROCK MUSICAL, OTAKI PLAYERS SOCIETY. AUGUST 2021 PRODUCTION Reviewed by PENELOPE HAINES…

August 19, 2021

Arts News

Ōtaki Players let the sunshine in

August 19, 2021

HAIR – THE ROCK MUSICAL, OTAKI PLAYERS SOCIETY. AUGUST 2021 PRODUCTION Reviewed by PENELOPE HAINES For those of us who came of age in the late 1960’s, the impact of the musical Hair was unavoidable. The cheerful, singable numbers broadcast on radio pop-stations, spoke to the aspirations of our age-group. “Let the sunshine in,” “Aquarius,” “Good morning Starshine” ….. In that age of optimism, we sang them…

Kāpiti Chorale Lifts the Spirits

August 11, 2021

By Norma McCallum ‘Music in the Time of COVID ‘  … title of a new novel? Well it could be but during these times of crisis one ‘Lifting the Spirits’ thing is generally agreed upon – listen to your favourite music.  And there is the added bonus in this country, our little Team of 5 million,  to actually go to a concert. The Kāpiti Chorale’s ‘wounded ‘director…

Film-maker to give talk in Kāpiti

August 3, 2021

The Kāpiti Friends of the Library are hosting film-maker John Reid on Sunday 8 August 2:00 pm in the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room. The well-known film-maker John Reid will talk about film making and his superb history Whatever it Takes: Pacific Films and John O’Shea 1948-2000. Please pass this on to everyone you think will be interested. Refreshments will be served from 1:45 pm. A koha is…

Business News

New Zealand facing a digital skills crisis

July 5, 2021

While all sectors are experiencing skills shortages, a survey underway is finding critical digital skills shortages impacting all parts of the economy. NZTech, the organisation tasked with providing the voice for the technology ecosystem has been collecting input via a digital skills survey which is revealing a desperate need to find solutions.  For the last five years between 4,000 to 5,000 tech professionals have immigrated to New…

June BA5 – Forsyth Barr

June 27, 2021

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses to attended their BA5 (Business After 5pm) networking programme.   On June 30 the BA5 will be Hosted by the team at Forsyth Barr. Come and join us for a drink and nibble, while Networking with other local businesses.  This is a great chance to get out and meet new people and get some new business contacts. Thanks to Forsyth…

Balancing the Budget with Chris Money

June 10, 2021

“Please come and join us for drinks and nibbles on June 24, to hear how Budget 2021 delivers (or not) for you and its implications on the Horowhenua and New Zealand’s economy. “Whether it be Ōtaki to North of Levin or the recent health reform announcement, Budget 2021 will impact Horowhenua – like all communities in New Zealand.  “Having led the New Zealand Treasury’s budget support to the Minister of Finance across…

COMMUNITY News

Kāpiti Broadcaster Goes Nationwide

September 15, 2021

Kāpiti radio supremo Todd Zaner has been a well heard voice on the airwaves, having been listened to in a number of towns and cities, and now he can be heard right across New Zealand. Veteran broadcaster Zaner has been employed by Radio New Zealand as a Stand-By/Casual host of the All Night Programme, on RNZ National. Mr Zaner says he was honoured to be asked to…

Local MPs visit Kāpiti Vaccination Centre

September 15, 2021

Mana MP Barbara Edmonds and Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi were visitors this week at the Kāpiti Vaccination Centre in Paraparaumu. “So good to be up on the Kāpiti Coast to see how our vaccination roll out is going. Terisa Ngobi – MP for Ōtaki and I popped into the Tū Ora Kāpiti Vaccination Centre to see the awesome team who have been busy right through the lock…

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…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Ōtaki Players let the sunshine in

August 19, 2021

HAIR – THE ROCK MUSICAL, OTAKI PLAYERS SOCIETY. AUGUST 2021 PRODUCTION Reviewed by PENELOPE HAINES For those of us who came of age in the late 1960’s, the impact of the musical Hair was unavoidable. The cheerful, singable numbers broadcast on radio pop-stations, spoke to the aspirations of our age-group. “Let the sunshine in,” “Aquarius,” “Good morning Starshine” ….. In that age of optimism, we sang them…

Kāpiti Chorale Lifts the Spirits

August 11, 2021

By Norma McCallum ‘Music in the Time of COVID ‘  … title of a new novel? Well it could be but during these times of crisis one ‘Lifting the Spirits’ thing is generally agreed upon – listen to your favourite music.  And there is the added bonus in this country, our little Team of 5 million,  to actually go to a concert. The Kāpiti Chorale’s ‘wounded ‘director…

Film-maker to give talk in Kāpiti

August 3, 2021

The Kāpiti Friends of the Library are hosting film-maker John Reid on Sunday 8 August 2:00 pm in the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room. The well-known film-maker John Reid will talk about film making and his superb history Whatever it Takes: Pacific Films and John O’Shea 1948-2000. Please pass this on to everyone you think will be interested. Refreshments will be served from 1:45 pm. A koha is…

ENVIRONMENT News

Kāpiti Council culls Canada geese

August 1, 2021

Kāpiti Coast District Council has taken steps to control the population of Canada geese currently in the Kāpiti area. Canada geese have been a growing issue at some Kāpiti locations including Awatea Lakes and Otaraua Park. Their droppings can carry diseases such as avian influenza, campylobacter, Escherichia coli, and salmonella, and large populations can foul waterways. Kāpiti District Mayor K Gurunathan says Council has heard the call…

Kāpiti CE in firing line after letter bombshell

July 12, 2021

In an unprecedented move, a public meeting in Waikanae on Sunday called for the resignation of the Kāpiti Council’s chief executive Wayne Maxwell. The meeting, attended by over sixty locals, was called to discuss the recent Council decision to close the Waikanae Recycling Centre on August 1. Apart from strong opposition to the decision itself (passed on the casting vote of the Mayor) there were strong arguments…

Kāpiti Kids Planting for the Future

July 8, 2021

Tamariki from three schools across Kāpiti took the future of our environment into their own hands by getting them dirty at Greater Wellington’s tree planting event in Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) as part of the regional council’s winter planting programme. Over a hundred students from Te Rā Waldorf School, Raumati South School, and Paekākāriki School planted 1,000 native species on the bank of Whareroa Stream. Their efforts…

LIFESTYLE News

Girl Power in Plumbing Challenge

July 19, 2021

Starting a plumbing apprenticeship as an adult can be challenging, doing so as a woman in a largely male dominated industry is even more so. However Kāpiti’s Soren Ebbett is taking it all in her stride. The Raumati mother of two is an apprentice at Peter Jackson Plumbing based in Paraparaumu. “It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and when I started…

Boris the Barbaric threatens more than UK

July 18, 2021

This is a blog by Kāpiti’s Ian Powell offering second opinions on health systems, labour market and political issues. In the words of William Morris “I’m here not to let you be contented with too little.” Last Tuesday my oldest daughter Lana returned from London where she teaches for six weeks during the northern summer. That same day I was one of two panellists on Radio New…

Kāpiti publisher launching Vietnam ANZACS

June 14, 2021

Kāpiti publisher Bob Anderson loves books and has a special passion for military histories. Bob’s company, John Douglas Publishing, is probably Australasia’s leading publisher of military histories. “My passion is books, specifically, books on Australasian military history,” says Bob. “Through my career I have been involved in the production of the best part of 1000 books. Of those I have done since 2000, the vast majority relate…

POLITICS News

Local MPs visit Kāpiti Vaccination Centre

September 15, 2021

Mana MP Barbara Edmonds and Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi were visitors this week at the Kāpiti Vaccination Centre in Paraparaumu. “So good to be up on the Kāpiti Coast to see how our vaccination roll out is going. Terisa Ngobi – MP for Ōtaki and I popped into the Tū Ora Kāpiti Vaccination Centre to see the awesome team who have been busy right through the lock…

Kāpiti Council operating limited services during Alert Level 4

August 18, 2021

Kāpiti Coast District Council is now operating under its Alert Level 4 service levels reports Mayor K Gurunathan. “Our main priority during this event is to support the national response, and the health and wellbeing of the Kāpiti Coast community and Council staff,” says Mayor K Gurunathan. Our Alert Level 4 service levels are designed to deliver essential services while keeping our community and staff safe.” Service…

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…

SENIORS News

New Zealand Needs To Invest In Elder Abuse Education And Prevention

August 3, 2021

Age Concern New Zealand are calling for funding to be invested its vital elder abuse prevention and education programmes which complement the Governments Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS). “The Elder Abuse Response Service is great for supporting the victims of elder abuse, but we need this same investment in education and prevention of elder abuse, says Stephanie Clare, Chief Executive at Age Concern New Zealand. “We need…

Kāpiti Volunteer stories wanted

June 17, 2021

As part of National Volunteer Week 2021 Volunteer Kāpiti want to celebrate and recognise your volunteer experiences. “Tell us how your team of volunteers connected and worked together to benefit the Kāpiti Community. This could also involve stories about how your team have had to change or reimagine the way they work during this COVID recovery period. “We welcome all stories (big or small acts!). Each story…

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…

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

Metlink celebrates more women working in rail

June 7, 2021

Metlink’s rail operator Transdev Wellington is seeing a growing diversity within the team, with women staff numbers soaring higher than the Australasian average in the rail industry. Only ten years ago, the stats for women working in the rail industry were dire, but things are changing in our region. According to Transdev Wellington’s internal annual survey, the spread of staff shifted from 69% men and 31% women…

Green Light for Ōtaki to Levin expressway

June 3, 2021

At Thursday’s Electra Business Breakfast Deputy PM Grant Roberston announced confirmation of funding for the Ōtaki to north of Levin expressway (O2NL). The new 24-kilometre four lane highway will run from Ōtaki to north of Levin, built to the east of the existing State Highway 1 (SH1). The project includes a separated shared path for walking and cycling running the entire length of the new highway, helping…

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…

WHAT’S ON

WHITI ORA Art Exhibition

July 20, 2021

Opening: July 23 – 6:30pm – Normal Hours: July 24 – August 28, Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm – Toi Matarau Gallery, 68 Main St, Ōtaki The second of two Matariki exhibitions curated by Maakarita Paku and Neke Moa of Toi Matarau Gallery. ‘Whiti Ora’ is a group exhibition at the Māoriland Hub where artists shine their creativity under the auspicious constellation of Matariki. Opening Friday…

Prize-winning Pianist for Waikanae

July 18, 2021

Young Christchurch pianist, Lixin Zhang, due to perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 1 August, has just won the Silver Medal in the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States.  Based in Salt Lake City, the competition is the second most important piano competition in the United States and has launched the careers of many outstanding international performers. Because of…

Clean Up Week launches for 2021

July 5, 2021

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is once again asking Kiwis to ‘Do the Right Thing’ and come together to make a collective difference by getting involved in this year’s Clean Up Week between September 13-19.The community pride initiative, run annually by Keep New Zealand Beautiful, inspires businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to actively participate in cleaning up their little part of Aotearoa.Clean Up Week is New Zealand’s largest…

YOUTH NEWS

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…

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…

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