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Kāpiti rentals likely to remain high

Kāpiti rentals likely to remain high

Cindy Foote, owner of Jade Property Management in Kāpiti says the rental market appears to…

July 9, 2021
Kāpiti Kids Planting for the Future

Kāpiti Kids Planting for the Future

Tamariki from three schools across Kāpiti took the future of our environment into their own…

July 8, 2021
Tāngata whenua and Kāpiti Council celebrate maramataka

Tāngata whenua and Kāpiti Council celebrate maramataka

Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti and Kāpiti Coast District Council launched the annual Maramataka today with…

July 5, 2021
Clean Up Week launches for 2021

Clean Up Week launches for 2021

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is once again asking Kiwis to ‘Do the Right Thing’ and…

July 5, 2021
Club Vista and RSA AGM

Club Vista and RSA AGM

Level 1 is back and so is Club Vista!!This Sunday is the AGMS for Paraparaumu Memorial…

June 29, 2021
Metlink at alert level 1

Metlink at alert level 1

Following the Government’s Alert Level 1 announcement, Metlink has confirmed that face coverings are still…

June 29, 2021

June BA5 – Forsyth Barr

June BA5 – Forsyth Barr

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses to attended their BA5 (Business After 5pm)…

June 27, 2021
Precautionary boil water notice issued for Hautere/Te Horo residents

Precautionary boil water notice issued for Hautere/Te Horo residents

Nearly 300 residents in the Hautere/Te Horo community on the Kāpiti Coast are being advised…

June 27, 2021
Kāpiti celebrates Matariki

Kāpiti celebrates Matariki

Unite with whanau, friends and community and brighten up winter this Matariki. Matariki rises on…

June 21, 2021
Kāpiti Cr bids to keep recycling Centre Open

Kāpiti Cr bids to keep recycling Centre Open

Councillor Jackie Elliott is waging a campaign to keep the well used Waikanae Recycling Centre…

June 20, 2021
Kāpiti Volunteer stories wanted

Kāpiti Volunteer stories wanted

As part of National Volunteer Week 2021 Volunteer Kāpiti want to celebrate and recognise your…

June 17, 2021
KCDC grants support waste reduction

KCDC grants support waste reduction

Kāpiti community groups, iwi, schools, neighbourhood groups and businesses can apply for funding to support…

June 14, 2021

Arts News

Creative Communities grants awarded with COVID-19 in mind

November 13, 2020

Seventeen Kāpiti arts projects have been awarded funding through the latest round of the Creative Communities Scheme.The Kāpiti Coast District Council has awarded $23,000 to a diverse range of arts initiatives, including children’s theatre projects, music performances, art and writing workshops, photography exhibitions and a mural project.Chair of Creative Communities Grants Allocation Subcommittee Jackie Elliott says the funding recipients will play an important part in the Kāpiti…

Kāpiti Arts Trail celebrates twenty-year journey of creativity

October 15, 2020

Kāpiti is gearing up for the District’s iconic annual art event in November, with over 100 artists signed up to show their artworks.Held over the weekends of the 7/8 and 14/15 of November, this year will be particularly special as it marks the popular event’s twentieth anniversary.The Kāpiti Arts Trail began in 2001, and with the support of local artists and the Kāpiti Coast District Council has…

Kāpiti Hip Hop Crew looking sharp!

September 1, 2020

Seven Kāpiti teenagers who love to dance form the Omega Hip Hop Crew at Judith Fuge Dance School (JFDS). The Crew were placed together as a team in February this year, to perform in competitions throughout the year. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and the subsequent Alert Level 4 lockdown, dance practice and competitions were shut down. At this time the Crew didn’t have a dance or a…

Business News

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…

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce hosts David Seymour for lively post-Budget event

June 7, 2021

A lively and humorous analysis of the 2021 Budget by Act leader David Seymour drew an engaged crowd at a Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce event on Monday evening. Around 60 people, including former Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, came to hear Seymour’s perspective at the event, where attendees had the opportunity to quiz him on a range of different topics. Seymour said he believed the Budget,…

Get—Go Futures Day connects students with employers

May 31, 2021

The second Get—Go Futures Day was held on Friday the 21st of May, providing the opportunity for all Year 10 students in Horowhenua to visit two different employers to explore future employment options. Futures Day also provided students the ability to connect their learning at school to a workplace environment. The Get—Go Futures Day event was delivered by the new employment initiative, Get—Go, in partnership with Horowhenua…

COMMUNITY News

Kāpiti rentals likely to remain high

July 9, 2021

Cindy Foote, owner of Jade Property Management in Kāpiti says the rental market appears to be slowing and prices may have met the market level, at least in the short term. “In recent times we have seen the number of people wanting to view listings drop to about seven or eight and a couple of months ago we would regularly have 20 to 30 booking in to…

Tāngata whenua and Kāpiti Council celebrate maramataka

July 5, 2021

Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti and Kāpiti Coast District Council launched the annual Maramataka today with an official ceremony at Katihiku Marae in Ōtaki. Maramataka is the traditional Māori calendar, and is launched generally around the time of Matariki.  Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti invited Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki to produce this year’s calendar, who invited Ngāti Huia ki Katihiku to plan and design it. Council Group Manager People…

Club Vista and RSA AGM

June 29, 2021

Level 1 is back and so is Club Vista!!This Sunday is the AGMS for Paraparaumu Memorial RSA commencing at 9-30am, and Club Vista at 10-30am. 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach  Please make sure you attend your AGM and help ensure there is a quorum for each meeting.  If you are attending the RSA meeting at9-30am please stay on for the Club Vista AGM at 10-30am.The remit regarding the proposal to sell the tenancies on Maclean Street…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Russian Opera Star visits Kāpiti

June 7, 2021

Russian opera singer Olga Shanina’s first concert at Southward’s Theatre will be a memorable evening for lovers of fine singing.   The international star is brought to Kāpiti by Tricia and Stewart Macpherson of the Stetson Group. They heard her in a recital in Palmerston North recently and decided that Kāpiti deserved to hear this fabulous voice. “We were blown away by her performance and when we offered…

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…

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…

ENVIRONMENT News

Kāpiti Cr bids to keep recycling Centre Open

June 20, 2021

Councillor Jackie Elliott is waging a campaign to keep the well used Waikanae Recycling Centre open after a move by Council to close it down. “As Portfolio Leader for Sustainable Waste Management I have noticed how much better small communities like Ōtaki and Paekākāriki do minimising waste and finding creative ways to re-use and re-purpose resources,” says Cr Elliott. Cr Elliott says at a recent Council workshop,…

KCDC grants support waste reduction

June 14, 2021

Kāpiti community groups, iwi, schools, neighbourhood groups and businesses can apply for funding to support innovative solutions for reducing waste until 25 July. Waste Levy grants support projects which reduce waste in Kāpiti across three categories: community projects, seed funding for waste innovation projects, and business waste reduction. The community projects grant sets aside $20,000 to support a range of practical, on-the-ground waste minimisation efforts. The fund encourages…

Major 1080 drop for Kāpiti Forest

June 7, 2021

The Akatarawa Forest (see map) on the Kāpiti Coast is undergoing a significant 1080 drop through the month of June and residents are advised to stay away from the drop area. Greater Wellington’s biodiversity team say they are undertaking an aerial possum control operation in the Akatarawa Forest, using the biodegradable pesticide, sodium fluoroacetate (1080). Non-toxic pre-feed application has occurred, and aerial baiting of 1080 is expected during…

LIFESTYLE News

Game developers’ growth just part of rampant Kiwi tech sector

December 13, 2020

New Zealand game developers’ $323.9 million earnings in the last financial year is a perfect example of just what is happening across the rampant tech sector, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.It is fantastic to see the continued growth of New Zealand’s interactive media and game developers, making $121 million more in one year, Muller says.’However, this is a great example of the continued growth and success…

Stay safe at Kāpiti Beaches this summer

October 30, 2020

With warmer weather fast approaching thousands of Kāpiti Coasters will be taking to the water and safety and vigilance will vital. New Zealand Water Safety Month is approaching halfway and tragically since the campaign started six people have fatally drowned in preventable incidents. “This is a tragic reminder of how many New Zealanders are needlessly losing their lives while in, on and around the water. Every fatality…

Kāpiti Embraces #ownitoctober, Balm to Covid-19 Stresses

October 22, 2020

Kāpiti is embracing local social media campaign, #ownitoctober, aimed at empowering women, celebrating local businesses and building kindness amongst the community after a difficult 2020. Created by Kirsten Kennish, Owner of Absolute Hair, #ownitoctober is about body positivity, empowerment and recognising businesses who are working hard to respond to the challenging environment Covid-19 creates. “I’m seeing people in the salon who are tired – this year has…

POLITICS News

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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:…

WHAT’S ON

Club Vista and RSA AGM

June 29, 2021

Level 1 is back and so is Club Vista!!This Sunday is the AGMS for Paraparaumu Memorial RSA commencing at 9-30am, and Club Vista at 10-30am. 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach  Please make sure you attend your AGM and help ensure there is a quorum for each meeting.  If you are attending the RSA meeting at9-30am please stay on for the Club Vista AGM at 10-30am.The remit regarding the proposal to sell the tenancies on Maclean Street…

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…

Kāpiti celebrates Matariki

June 21, 2021

Unite with whanau, friends and community and brighten up winter this Matariki. Matariki rises on 2 July this year and heralds a month of live events, light shows, exhibitions, workshops and activities across the district. Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says the Māori new year is a significant time for all New Zealanders and is a time to come together to reflect on the past and…

YOUTH NEWS

Get—Go Futures Day connects students with employers

May 31, 2021

The second Get—Go Futures Day was held on Friday the 21st of May, providing the opportunity for all Year 10 students in Horowhenua to visit two different employers to explore future employment options. Futures Day also provided students the ability to connect their learning at school to a workplace environment. The Get—Go Futures Day event was delivered by the new employment initiative, Get—Go, in partnership with Horowhenua…

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…

Challenge for Kāpiti Mentors

May 10, 2021

Kāpiti businessman Peter Jackson says the Challenge for Change mentoring programme was indeed a challenge and at the same time hugely rewarding. Challenge for Change is an early intervention mentoring programme that works on a strengths based approach. Young people aged between 9 and 13 are matched with a mentor who acts as a positive role model.  “This is a chance to have a very positive impact…

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