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Kāpiti Honorees in New Year list

Kāpiti Honorees in New Year list

Several Kāpiti coasters are among those in the latest New Year’s Honours list. COMPANIONS (CNZM)…

January 8, 2022
Counterfeit banknotes doing the rounds

Counterfeit banknotes doing the rounds

Police are asking businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money, after fake banknotes…

January 8, 2022
Hoop Club Kāpiti opens social league

Hoop Club Kāpiti opens social league

Hoop Club Kāpiti’s next Social Basketball League starts on 26 January 2022 and will run…

January 8, 2022
What a year it’s been!

What a year it’s been!

Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi reflects on 2021As I come to the end of my first…

January 4, 2022
January Gardening with Henri Ham

January Gardening with Henri Ham

As we start the new year, we resolve to make it the best year yet.…

January 4, 2022
Art Club flushed with donation

Art Club flushed with donation

The Wellington Art Club is greatly relieved to have received a grant of $20,000 for…

January 4, 2022

Southern hemisphere’s first electric ferry launched in Wellington

Southern hemisphere’s first electric ferry launched in Wellington

The first fully electric, high speed passenger ferry in the southern hemisphere was officially launched…

December 21, 2021
Whitireia Park community activity welcome with proper permissions

Whitireia Park community activity welcome with proper permissions

Some well-meaning yet counterproductive planting and spraying activity in Whitireia Park has prompted Greater Wellington,…

December 21, 2021
Valuable life lessons at Raumati South School

Valuable life lessons at Raumati South School

“The Tawa Syndicate (Years 3-5) has been learning about how we can help others” says…

December 15, 2021
Joe Pryor search ends in sadness

Joe Pryor search ends in sadness

The weekend brought to a conclusion a two week search for Kāpiti resident Joe Pryor…

December 13, 2021
LOOK UP! Air Chathams returns to the skies

LOOK UP! Air Chathams returns to the skies

On Wednesday December 15th the Air Chathams fleet will be providing passenger service once again.…

December 13, 2021
Severe flooding throughout Kāpiti

Severe flooding throughout Kāpiti

Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising the community take care as heavy rain continues to…

December 6, 2021

Arts News

Pearl and Florrie’s Musical Mural

November 21, 2021

Meet for a cuppa and a few inspirational words and a viewing of the classic animation Pearl, Florrie and the Bull at St Peters Hall. Then wander down to the official unveiling of the ‘musical mural’ along Pearl and Florrie’s Way, Paekākāriki, Centre of the Universe. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021 AT 10:30 AM Pearl and Florrie’s Musical Mural Launch St Peters Village Hall, Paekākāriki

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…

Kāpiti Art on a Roll

October 14, 2021

Loo paper is still flying off the shelves and just in time to help out is a local Kāpiti business which has come up with a novel idea to raise funds for charity while contributing to the collection of local art. Sonya Jackson of Peter Jackson Plumbing says it started out as a competition for their team to use bits of scrap copper, brass, mixers, isolating valves…

Business 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…

COMMUNITY News

Call to action on housing rental crisis in Kāpiti

January 9, 2022

A petition about the state of rental housing in Kāpiti will be forwarded to the Minister Megan Woods. Organiser Donna Bridgeman says they are calling on Kāinga Ora to immediately purchase land and construct new permanent rental accommodation in Kāpiti for all groups affected by homelessness including youth, families, disabled people, and older people. “This includes easier access to Emergency Housing and providing support services for people…

Kāpiti Honorees in New Year list

January 8, 2022

Several Kāpiti coasters are among those in the latest New Year’s Honours list. COMPANIONS (CNZM) David Ronald Brunsdon, services to engineering and emergency management, Paraparaumu. OFFICERS (ONZM) Roger Holmes Miller, services to governance and the community, Waikanae. Dr Angela Jean Jury, services to victims of family and sexual violence, Foxton. MEMBERS (MNZM) Rebekah Helen Corlett, services to education, Paraparaumu Dr Kathleen Gaye Irwin, services to Maori education,…

Counterfeit banknotes doing the rounds

January 8, 2022

Police are asking businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money, after fake banknotes were presented at businesses recently. Police are making enquiries to establish the source of these banknotes which were presented in south Taranaki. It’s important for people to understand it is both an offence to make, use or be in possession of counterfeit banknotes. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has clear guides outlining…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Kāpiti Food Fair Good to Go

November 5, 2021

In the lead up to Kāpiti’s premiere foodie event, the team behind the Kāpiti Food Fair say they are thrilled and hugely relieved to share some good news with the community, the vendors and those who plan on attending. “We are good to go under NZ Government Alert Level 2 with unrestricted attendance on Saturday 4th December 2021 at the Mazengarb Reserve in Paraparaumu on the Kāpiti…

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…

ENVIRONMENT News

Whitireia Park community activity welcome with proper permissions

December 21, 2021

Some well-meaning yet counterproductive planting and spraying activity in Whitireia Park has prompted Greater Wellington, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and the Whitireia Park Restoration Group (WPRG) to remind park users of ways they can help protect its rich biodiversity. “Recently we’ve found evidence of unauthorised weed spraying leaving behind large patches of dead grass, while a number of unsuitable plants are also being planted on the coastal escarpment…

Severe flooding throughout Kāpiti

December 6, 2021

Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising the community take care as heavy rain continues to fall across the district. The Waikanae River is high and roads and there are properties in Otaihanga affected. River and streams levels remain high and the community is advised to exercise caution and stay away from river walkways. High flows could cause banks to erode. People are advised to stay home if…

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…

LIFESTYLE News

January Gardening with Henri Ham

January 4, 2022

As we start the new year, we resolve to make it the best year yet. Many of our goals include eating healthier, exercising a bit more and making an effort to spend more quality time with family.  Fortunately, gardening offers the opportunity to hit all these three goals!  A lot more Kiwi families are encouraged to grow an edible garden in their yard.  I hope these gardening…

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…

Professor Lester, Bug Man in Kāpiti talk

November 20, 2021

Professor Phil Lester, head of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, has a passion for all six-legged creatures, but especially for bees. He shared this enthusiasm in a recent talk for Friends of Kāpiti district Libraries at Ocean Road Community Centre. Phil Lester’s first book, The Vulgar Wasp, was about one of the world’s most hated insects. His second, Healthy Bee, Sick Bee,  is about just…

POLITICS 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 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…

Urgent motion to review Kāpiti Gateway

September 29, 2021

For this week’s upcoming Council meeting, Cr Gwynn Compton and fellow Councillors Jocelyn Prvanov, Bernie Randall, and Martin Halliday have lodged a notice of motion about the Kāpiti Gateway Te Uruhi project. (see notice below) “We’re asking for two reports – one updating Council on the current situation with Te Uruhi and with options on pausing any further work beyond the stream work currently taking place until…

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

Kāpiti re-cycling a winner with Bike Library

October 3, 2021

From Peka Peka to Pukerua Bay cyclists are being helped out by the superb community asset known as the Paekākāriki Bike Library. The concept is quite simple. You join the Bike Library and you will be fitted out with a bike that suits. Initiated by Paekākāriki resident and keen cyclist Jan Nisbet five years ago, the Bike Library has seen over 800 bikes back out into 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…

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…

TRANSPORT News

Air Chathams mandates COVID-19 travel requirements

November 20, 2021

Travelling with Air Chathams is going to look a little different from mid-December as they advise customers of their new COVID-19 travel requirements. In line with other airlines in New Zealand, Air Chathams will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all travellers using their service. This policy will be introduced as soon as New Zealand moves to the new COVID-19 protection framework. The…

Car hits pole – Power out in Otaihanga

November 13, 2021

There is currently a power outage in Otaihanga after a car collided with a power pole. Power company representatives are at the scene and the car has been removed. There are no current reports of injuries and updates will be provided.

Police confirm four dead in Horowhenua crash

November 9, 2021

Police have confirmed four people died in a serious crash on State Highway 1 between Ōtaki and Levin. Emergency services were called to State Highway 1, near Kuku East Rd, after a truck collided with a van at 3pm on Tuesday. Police earlier reported there were multiple deaths following the crash of a truck and a van. Horowhenua mayor Bernie Wanden says the stretch of State Highway…

WHAT’S ON

Kāpiti Food Fair Good to Go

November 5, 2021

In the lead up to Kāpiti’s premiere foodie event, the team behind the Kāpiti Food Fair say they are thrilled and hugely relieved to share some good news with the community, the vendors and those who plan on attending. “We are good to go under NZ Government Alert Level 2 with unrestricted attendance on Saturday 4th December 2021 at the Mazengarb Reserve in Paraparaumu on the Kāpiti…

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…

YOUTH NEWS

Crystal out for One Dollar Pizza

September 1, 2021

Here we go! Auckland based Wellingtonian CRYSTAL takes us on a tour of the sand dunes in her latest video for “One Dollar Pizza” directed by Ben Dickens, which showcases the beautiful scenery of small coastal town Foxton Beach. Inspired by a family holiday to New York City a few years ago, “One Dollar Pizza” explores CRYSTAL’s first time visiting the city as an adult. “I was…

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…