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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
Child critical after being hit by vehicle in Waikanae

Child critical after being hit by vehicle in Waikanae

By Matthew Tao A child has been hit by a vehicle in on the Kāpiti…

February 9, 2021
Lower Carbon Emissions call for Greater Wellington Region

Lower Carbon Emissions call for Greater Wellington Region

Consultation calls for lower carbon emissions, safer roads and a more connected transport network across…

February 9, 2021

Arts News

Paekākāariki Station Precinct Poetry Readings

May 7, 2017

Paekākāariki Station Precinct Trust would like to invite all to the fourth Station Sessions – poetry readings at Petticoat Junction, the tea rooms at the station, featuring poets in the current display of Paekākāariki Writers at the Station Museum.Next, on Sunday 14 May, Helen Heath is the featured reader. Bring a poem for the open floor! See you there between 3 and 4pm, koha entry, limited seating,…

Happy Birthday Frances

April 21, 2017

Floor Talk – Victoria Robson on Frances Hodgkins’ birthdayApril 28, 2017 at 11am-2pmMahara Gallery, WaikanaeExhibition Curator Victoria Robson floortalk on Frances Hodgkins’ birthday, 28 April at 11am, all welcome, entry free.This exhibition and its illustrated catalogue have been kindly supported by the Deane Endowment Trust. We are also very grateful for the support of the Field Collection Trust, Avenal McKinnon and private lenders.LocationMahara GalleryDate/Time 28/04/201711:00 am -…

Art workshops with Lynda Mapplebeck

April 21, 2017

Mahara Gallery in Waikanae will be running a second art workshop with Lynda Mapplebeck on Thursday 27 April at 10am.’Resist and Reveal’Please be sure to book to confirm your place . Thursday April 27 ‘Resist and Reveal’. If mixed with gel mediums, paint can become shiny and resistant to the layers put on top. Scratching, dotting with alcohol and pressing into the liquid paint can ‘reveal’ exciting…

Business News

Kāpiti 50+ Entrepreneur Network Meeting

July 27, 2019

A friendly reminder that the next ‘Enterprising at 50 Plus Network’ meeting is on: Monday 29th July 6.30-8pm Venue – Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room Theme Ideas to Promote Your BusinessCome along to meet and network with others, ask questions, tease out ideas and share experience on what works, and what hasn’t worked so well for your own business. All 50 Plus entrepreneurs, or budding entrepreneurs are most…

Free Kāpiti PopUp Business School

June 1, 2019

Following on from the success of the inaugural Kāpiti PopUp Business School in 2018, the free ten-day business course is coming to Paraparaumu again in 2019. Budding business people living or working in Kāpiti will get the chance to learn practical ways to get a business idea off the ground, thanks to the support of the Kāpiti Coast District Council, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA), and…

Free Kāpiti PopUp Business School

June 1, 2019

Following on from the success of the inaugural Kāpiti PopUp Business School in 2018, the free ten-day business course is coming to Paraparaumu again in 2019. Budding business people living or working in Kāpiti will get the chance to learn practical ways to get a business idea off the ground, thanks to the support of the Kāpiti Coast District Council, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA), and…


Rotary combines for Kāpiti Foodbank Appeal

May 6, 2021

The Annual  Kāpiti Combined Rotary clubs’ Foodbank Appeal is being held on Saturday May 22nd advises Appeal coordinator Dave Edwards of Kāpiti Rotary club. On the day Rotarians will be stationed at the entrances of all major supermarkets. Shoppers will be given a leaflet detailing the food items the Foodbanks require to replenish stocks depleted during the Covid lockdowns. Food items purchased for donation to the local…

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…

Independent process review of Kāpiti Gateway

April 13, 2021

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has engaged consultants Martin Jenkins to undertake an independent process review of Te Uruhi – the Kāpiti Gateway Project. The review follows concerns raised by the community and elected members about how some project decisions were made and how they were communicated. Chief Executive Wayne Maxwell says engaging independent consultants to take a look at the Council’s project management processes is a…


Avoid swimming in Kāpiti waterways for the next 48 hours

January 19, 2018

With the unsettled weather over the past week, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to avoid swimming in our beaches, rivers and streams for the next 48 hours. Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says tests show that levels of bacteria are higher across the district due to the recent rain, and flushing of waterways after the long dry spell we’ve had, so it’s important that…

Hot Spots for Kāpiti Water Users

January 18, 2018

From Ōtaki south the Greater Wellington Regional Council monitors the quality of the rivers, lakes and coasts to protect the environment and make sure it’s safe for all to enjoy.In the process Greater Wellington says they’re constantly keeping a finger on the pulse of where our communities have contact with water, which is why we’re asking this summer: What’s YOUR top spotGW says by letting them know…

RhythmPlant – Running in Circles

January 4, 2018

This song is an oldie but a goodie and features bass player and excellent person Leon Kiel who passed five years ago. Leon was a regional award-winning environmentalist and played a big role in the protection and enhancement of Kāpiti’s natural environment.See Video below…


Avoid Swimming in Kāpiti Waterways for Next 48 Hours

January 4, 2018

The Kāpiti Coast District Council have issued a notice to remind people who are enjoying our wonderful beaches, rivers and streams this weekend to avoid swimming in them for 48 hours following heavy rain. Environmental Standards Team Leader Richard Hopkins says levels of bacteria are likely to be higher in these areas due to the recent heavy rain, and flushing of waterways after the long dry spell…

Kāpiti in line for Dangerous swells on New Year’s Day

December 31, 2017

The MetService reports a deep storm in the Southern Ocean has generated long period waves that will begin to arrive in New Zealand waters during Monday, causing a very rapid increase in wave height at all the west coast beaches. Marine users are urged to be cautious about decisions made during Monday.Swell waves are expected to double in height over the course of the day, and there…

Kāpiti Rubbish Day

December 28, 2017

Kāpiti Coast Council says with this coming Monday being New Year’s Day and a public holiday, your service provider who usually picks up your rubbish and recycling on a Monday will be doing it this Saturday (30 December) instead. UPDATE: Please note that Lucy’s Bins will be picking up on the Tuesday after (2 January).Rubbish and recycling collectors for KāpitiThere are four private rubbish and recycling collectors…


Raumati South Residents Association holds AGM

December 22, 2017

Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan, Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow and Community Board member Bernie Randall attended as guests at the recent Raumati South Residents Association AGM.Spokesperson Trevor Daniell says the new committee is Guy Burns, Rebecca Houghton, Dorothy Thomson, new member Jenny Scott and himself.Items discussed were Argentine ant infestations, Predator Free NZ, rattraps. Following a presentation by Russell Bell, Chair of the Friends of QE Park about…

Wayne’s World for the Kāpiti Coast

December 20, 2017

Wayne Maxwell has been appointed to the position of Kāpiti Coast Council Chief Executive.Resident in Raumati South, with wife Amarjit and two mini Maxwells seven-year-old twins, Mr Maxwell says he’s delighted to be appointed and looks forward to building new relationships within the community he calls home. “I’m honoured that the Mayor and Councillors have put faith in me to build on the direction this Council and…

Kāpiti gets new Regs Manager

November 28, 2017

Kāpiti Council has announced the appointment of Natasha Tod to the role of Group Manager Regulatory Services.Ms Tod brings more than ten years local government, leadership and management experience to the role, with an emphasis on managing regulatory systems and processes.Outgoing CEO Pat Dougherty says Ms Tod is a proven performer having held the role of Acting Group Manager Regulatory Services since October this year and several…


Super – research shows it is not enough to live on

March 26, 2013

New research shows only 9 per cent of New Zealanders believe NZ superannuation sufficient to live onOnly 9 per cent of New Zealanders believe that NZ Superannuation alone will give them an adequate income in retirement according to Horizon Research survey results released today by the Financial Services Council.Another 65 per cent of New Zealanders disagree, 10 per cent are unsure and 15 per cent are neutral…

More Kiwis staying at home this summer and spending less on Christmas gifts

December 13, 2012

A snap poll undertaken by 50+ lifestyle website and social club suggests more Kiwis will be staying close to home these holidays. 62% of poll participants said they’d be staying at home and 28% said they would be staying within a two-hour drive of home this summer. A whopping 79% said they hadn’t finished their Christmas shopping yet and most were planning to shop for presents…

FSC welcomes new retirement expenditure survey

August 17, 2012

The Workplace Savings/Westpac/NZ Retirement Expenditure Guidelines Survey on how much people are presently spending in retirement will be helpful information for measuring and monitoring our likely superannuation income gap, says the chief executive of the Financial services Council Peter Neilson.The research released today shows how modestly many currently retired New Zealanders live.In Australia they have a Retirement Income Savings Gap Report and the Workplace Savings Survey results…


Kāpiti Petanque Club celebrate St Patricks day

March 21, 2017

Green shooters, Irish Tea cake and a selection of Irish music, courtesy of Colleen Hooper, set the scene for a fun filled, three game melee in celebration of St Patrick’s day at the kapiti Petanque Club.A three game melee, rather than the normal five game melee, enables new and older members to experience competitive play without being too tiring. The tournament was well organised by Tony Gatford,…

Kāpiti Run for Youth has a cracker day

March 21, 2017

The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) took place on Sunday 19 March. “The weather was a truly amazing Kāpiti Coast day, clear, warm and little wind making for perfect walking and running conditions on the beach”, said Richard Calkin of Web Genius.”The participants on the day were diverse with individuals and groups made-up of local businesses, mums, dads, grandparents, kids, dogs on leads. Everyone was…

Ōtaki Pool closed for two months

February 18, 2017

The Ōtaki Pool will be closed next week to undergo a $5.4 million redevelopment.The pool’s rebuild is one of four key initiatives selected by the Kāpiti Coast District Council and the community for development as part of FutureKāpiti Long term plan 201535.The pool will be closed from Friday 24 February for approximately eight months while work is carried out.As part of the upgrade the pool hall will…


Waikanae Intersection to be made safer

May 28, 2017

Kāpiti Council is upgrading Te Moana Road and Park Avenue intersection to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and accessibility. The work involves shifting an existing bus stop eastwards and installing a central refuge on Te Moana Road to improve pedestrian and cyclist access across Te Moana Road to Greenaway Road. The kerb line at Te Moana Road and Park Avenue intersection will be moved to reduce traffic…

Waitohu Valley Road to be Widened

May 28, 2017

Work to widen Waitohu Valley Road in Ōtaki to address safety concerns raised by residents through the 2016/17 Annual Plan process, will get underway next week.The work to widen the road will be carried out in stages and is expected to be complete by late August. There will be some disruption while contractors work to widen the road but this will be kept to a minimum and…

Poplar Avenue road closure and detour coming up

May 7, 2017

If you use the Poplar Avenue interchange, please look out for road closures and detours from 10am next Wednesday 10 May.NZTA say there will be detours for Poplar Avenue traffic heading both east and west, while the roundabouts are closed so they can get them built safely and more quickly.”It’s quite a change for a while. Thank you for continuing to be patient. You won’t be able…


Maoriland Hub Fair Trade Breakfast

July 21, 2018

Friday, August 38 – 10 amCelebrate the launch of fair trade fortnight at the Maoriland Hub, start your day with some sweet justice and fill your puku with fair trade kai that supports the farmers , the environment and our wonderful fair trade community.Tickets – $15 adults, $7 kids, $10 MSCNo door sales.Tickets available at the Māoriland Hub or online at

Kāpiti Genealogy group to meet

May 5, 2018

The next meeting of Kāpiti Genealogy will be held from 7pm on Tuesday May 22 at Kāpiti Community Centre, Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.Topic: Collaborative Online Family Trees (following short AGM)All welcome. Visitors $3.00ALSOMay meeting of KapGen Day Group will be held from 1.30pm on Wednesday 16 May at Waikanae Baptist Church, Te Moana Road. For this month only please note change of day and time.All welcome. Visitors $3.00


Rob Hewitt to visit Kāpiti Island for the First Time

August 17, 2012

Within a very busy schedule for Rob Hewitt in Kāpiti next week will be a surprising first visit to Kāpiti Island.Hewitt spent 72 hours in the sea outside Mana and Kāpiti Islands during February 2006 before his rescue from the sea, but has never been ashore on Kāpiti Island.’On my second day in the water I was closer to Kāpiti than Mana Island, and I ended up…

Kāpiti College student chosen as Youth Ambassador

July 24, 2012

World Vision is pleased to announce 17 year old Oliver Missen from Whakatane High School, 18 year old Joanna Gibbs from Kāpiti College and 16 year old Young Yu from Auckland International College, have been selected as its Youth Ambassadors for 2012. Each year the aid agency along with food giant Sanitarium, selects three secondary school students to participate in the programme, which sees them travel to…