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What lurks beneath Kāpiti?

What lurks beneath Kāpiti?

On the hunt for slow water leaks Kāpiti Coast District Council is about to shine…

April 5, 2021
Kāpiti winner in Design a Bus contest

Kāpiti winner in Design a Bus contest

Ellie, 11, from Kāpiti and Bill, 8, from Wellington were today announced as the winners…

April 5, 2021
Awards open for business

Awards open for business

Entries for the 2021 Electra Business and Innovation Awards are officially open.As of Monday, April…

April 5, 2021
Meccano Show draws big crowds

Meccano Show draws big crowds

Hundreds of visitors turned out to see the many displays on show at the National…

March 20, 2021
Kāpiti Recycling to get Makeover

Kāpiti Recycling to get Makeover

Kāpiti Rotary Club president Shirley Stratton led a large team of volunteers in assembling and…

March 17, 2021
Kāpiti hosts National Meccano Exhibition

Kāpiti hosts National Meccano Exhibition

Kāpiti is to host the National Exhibition of Meccano this weekend with displays on view…

March 15, 2021

Kāpiti Council green lights controversial Gateway

Kāpiti Council green lights controversial Gateway

After a meeting which lasted nine hours, Kāpiti councillors voted 7-4 on Thursday in favour…

March 2, 2021
Kāpiti raves for Gold Dust Woman

Kāpiti raves for Gold Dust Woman

The Gold Dust Woman Show had a good deal of hype leading up to the…

February 26, 2021

New focus on Kāpiti Housing Crisis

Kāpiti Cr Rob McCann “New Zealand and the Kāpiti Coast are in the grip of…

February 22, 2021
Volatile times ahead for Kāpiti Business

Volatile times ahead for Kāpiti Business

Kāpiti Business with Stuart Ayres “Only 10 months until Christmas! We all want to forget…

February 19, 2021
Sarah Meikle brings Wellington on a Plate to Kāpiti Breakfast

Sarah Meikle brings Wellington on a Plate to Kāpiti Breakfast

Electra Business Breakfast will host Sarah Meikle, Chief Executive of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust…

February 17, 2021
Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty Tribute in Kāpiti

Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty Tribute in Kāpiti

Seven Wonders Fleetwood Mac Showcase was formed in 2018. Through growth and determination has now…

February 16, 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

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…

Sarah Meikle brings Wellington on a Plate to Kāpiti Breakfast

February 17, 2021

Electra Business Breakfast will host Sarah Meikle, Chief Executive of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET) March 3. Sarah is incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the New Zealand food scene. She will focus her talk on the story of Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP), the proud past, COVID interruption and the future of the festival.VWOAP is New Zealand’s biggest annual culinary festival, attracting more than an…

Maxi Carpet Services named Kiwi Business Heroes for 2020

February 1, 2021

Kāpiti-based Maxi Carpet Services has been named the Web Genius Kiwi Business Heroes for 2020. The Kiwi Business Hero Awards are run by national web marketing firm, Web Genius, with entry open to all the company’s clients around the country. This year’s finalists included businesses from Kāpiti Coast, Nelson, Christchurch and Wellington, operating in industries such as beauty therapy, home heating, photography and scaffolding. The judges were…

COMMUNITY News

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 Recycling to get Makeover

March 17, 2021

Kāpiti Rotary Club president Shirley Stratton led a large team of volunteers in assembling and delivering new recycling bins throughout Kāpiti. Kāpiti residents will now have received the new Waste Management recycling bins (Please note – these apply to Waste Management customers only) – links below explain collection times and usage. “At a recent community event, where Kāpiti Rotary members were highly visible, a club member was…

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.…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Rodger Fox Jazz Ensemble with Erna Ferry kicks of Mulled Wine Concerts

January 28, 2021

Rodger Fox Jazz Ensemble with Erna Ferry rodgerfoxbigband.com The Kāpiti Coast is home to many people who love the sound of jazz, and most of them will be fans of New Zealand’s premier jazzman, Rodger Fox. Mulled Wine Concerts in Paekākāriki are kicking off their 2021 season with a hot summer’s Saturday night of jazz- featuring Rodger with his Jazz Ensemble and special guest singer, Erna Ferry.…

Album release show for Seaside Sloths

November 11, 2020

Sloth-themed band Seaside Sloths showcase their recent ‘Fear And Slothing In Sloth Vegas’ album live at the new Te Raukura performing arts centre on Friday December 4. Seaside Sloths are a cartoon hip-hop/dance band emerging from a self-described abstract hip-hop collective with a loyal following. A recent article on music.net.nz summed it up nicely…”With a second album in the works and a bunch of shows lined up…

The songs of Bob Dylan heading for the Kāpiti Coast

October 22, 2020

After two sell-out shows at Wellington’s Meow, the Capital’s Zimmermans are bringing their show celebrating the songs of Bob Dylan to the Kāpiti Coast. On November 21 the Zimmermans, who’ve had rave reviews for their Wellington gigs, will play their two-hour set at St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki. The Zimmermans are made up of musicians who’ve played with a number of well-known outfits including Sneaky Feelings, Let’s Planet,…

ENVIRONMENT News

Climate Commission: NZ on track to miss methane targets

January 23, 2021

A principal analyst for the Climate Change Commission told a public webinar that more needs to be done to reduce agricultural emissions or the country will miss its methane targets, Marc Daalder reports from Newsroom New Zealand is on track to miss its targets for reducing methane emissions, according to the Climate Change Commission. Sally Garden, a principal analyst for the Commission, told a public Zoom webinar that…

Money and Sustainability ‘ The Missing Link

November 11, 2020

Kāpiti’s Deirdre Kent says facing the climate change emergency brings so much urgency and has issued an invitation to a webinar addressing money and sustainability. The webinar is hosted by Jack Santa Barbara of Our Climate Declaration. https://www.ourclimatedeclaration.org.nz/ Join us for the 5th webinar in our Economy of Enough series. See below for details. WEBINAR # 5 MONEY AND SUSTAINABILITY ‘” THE MISSING LINK Deirdre Kent, long time…

Putting the ‘heart’ in freshwater data is key to conservation

November 11, 2020

Greater Wellington Region Council is innovating ways to transform and humanise freshwater data to drive positive change, through CreativeHQ’s NZ GovTech Accelerator programme. Greater Wellington experts are coming to the end of the three-month programme that works with eight local and central government agencies to problem solve complex issues in low-risk, innovative ways.At the heart of the Greater Wellington project team’s problem is, how might we better…

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

A Political Point of View

August 16, 2020

Coast Access Radio has a regular political interview programme hosted by local Kāpiti Coast man Graham Priest. Each week Graham has conversations with Central and Local Government, and aspiring candidates. This week the guest is Jan Logie from the New Zealand Green Party. Jan is a candidate in the Mana Electorate and is resident in Paekākāariki.The link to the interview is below:www.coastaccessradio.org.nz A Political Point of View

SENIORS News

SX4 Takes Off

November 17, 2020

Cody Cooper, 9-time NZ MX1 motocross champion, has officially confirmed he will be the first signing for the inaugural SX4 event set to be staged in Taupo on 9 January 2021. SX4, inspired by motocross great Ben Townley, is set to dramatically change the world of motocross and Cooper couldn’t wait to jump on board: ‘What Ben has created will not only have fans on the edge…

Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club back on the water

October 2, 2020

The Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club race their radio controlled yachts regularly at Awatea Pond Paraparaumu (Wednesdays Fridays and some Sundays) and Winstones Lake Ōtaki (Sundays). Visitors are welcome to come along and can often have a go. During 2005 a bunch of people who enjoy sailing and racing radio control yachts established The Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club which became an Incorporated Society in 2009. Since it’s inception,…

Horowhenua/Kāpiti Cricket is Back

September 18, 2020

The first of a month-long series of free, fun events to celebrate the return of cricket gets underway this weekend, and the first Senior men’s representative dates of 2020/21 have been inked in by Central Districts Cricket.#CricketsBack is a series of nine family-themed events in Horowhenua, Kāpiti Coast, Taranaki, Manawatū, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay, with free cricket-based activities, giveaways, prizes plus opportunities to join a local club…

TRANSPORT News

Car Crash Advice

October 4, 2020

Until computers control all our vehicles, we will continue to have crashes because drivers are only human. Unfortunately humans are a bit like hokey pokey ice cream: generally squishy, but with some crunchy bits. So, when accidents happen, there can be a mess. After a crashYou have a legal obligation to stop if you are involved in a crash. Stop immediately and put your hazard warning lights…

WHAT’S ON

Spring Fling in Reikorangi

October 15, 2020

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 fun for everyone…

Be prepared Kāpiti

October 14, 2020

Tomorrow is our National earthquake drill ShakeOut and the Kāpiti community is being reminded about making sure they are prepared.Kāpiti Coast District Council Emergency Controller James Jefferson says after the year we’ve been through people would be forgiven for thinking that nothing else major could happen but New Zealand is always at risk of earthquakes and our coastline at risk of tsunami.’We saw during lockdown how much…

Wetland expert is speaker for Friends of QEP AGM

September 20, 2020

Wayne Mitchell, Chair of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park says the group is pretty excited about the speaker they have for the AGM this year. “Dr Abbie Spiers, a wetland expert, writer and communicator, is a passionate and inspiring young scientist who spends her time lobbying local authorities about better protecting peatlands and waterways in the Wellington region. “She is particularly active in the Upper Hutt…

YOUTH NEWS

Kenakena School are Champions

September 23, 2019

Bruce McDonald, Principal of Kenakena School”All four of Kenakena School’s Tournament of Minds teams competed in the National Final at Victoria University on Saturday after winning the right to do so, after winning their respective categories at the Regional Tournament of Minds.One of our teams became National Primary School Champions in ‘The Arts’ category of Tournament of Minds at Saturday’s National Tournament. They’re off to Hobart at…

Kāpiti Youth Service Van robbed

August 22, 2019

“On Tuesday this week our Stepping Stones girls group went out for what was supposed to be a great day of outdoors adventure, fresh air, good times and learnings at Ōtaki ForksInstead, while they were out walking the KYS van was broken into and all the girls gear was stolen – including their phones, laptops and school uniforms.”We are enormously frustrated by the inconvenience and cost this…

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