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Album release show for Seaside Sloths

Album release show for Seaside Sloths

Sloth-themed band Seaside Sloths showcase their recent ‘Fear And Slothing In Sloth Vegas’ album live…

November 11, 2020
Putting the ‘heart’ in freshwater data is key to conservation

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

Greater Wellington Region Council is innovating ways to transform and humanise freshwater data to drive…

November 11, 2020
Metlink is running free fares for Round the Bays

Metlink is running free fares for Round the Bays

To keep carbon emissions low and morale high, Metlink is providing free transport across its…

November 11, 2020
Better Business helping out Mary Potter Hospice

Better Business helping out Mary Potter Hospice

In this most uncertain year, our local BNI – Better Business Chapter on the Kāpiti…

November 11, 2020
Mystery of Kāpiti Ship Visit solved

Mystery of Kāpiti Ship Visit solved

Many Kāpiti Coasters have been wondering why a large cargo ship has been moored off…

November 11, 2020
Your vote for Bird of the Year

Your vote for Bird of the Year

Greater Wellington councillors are singing the same tune, announcing their top five species for Bird…

November 11, 2020

Stay safe at Kāpiti Beaches this summer

Stay safe at Kāpiti Beaches this summer

With warmer weather fast approaching thousands of Kāpiti Coasters will be taking to the water…

October 30, 2020
Waikanae Community Board by-election

Waikanae Community Board by-election

Following a second resignation from the Waikanae Community Board, the Kāpiti Coast District Council has…

October 22, 2020
How PR Saves Lives… and Businesses

How PR Saves Lives… and Businesses

Kāpiti Electra Business Breakfast – Wednesday 4 November 20207.15am to 8.45am | Southward Car Museum$35 (incl GST) per…

October 22, 2020
Kāpiti Embraces #ownitoctober, Balm to Covid-19 Stresses

Kāpiti Embraces #ownitoctober, Balm to Covid-19 Stresses

Kāpiti is embracing local social media campaign, #ownitoctober, aimed at empowering women, celebrating local businesses…

October 22, 2020
The songs of Bob Dylan heading for the Kāpiti Coast

The songs of Bob Dylan heading for the Kāpiti Coast

After two sell-out shows at Wellington’s Meow, the Capital’s Zimmermans are bringing their show celebrating…

October 22, 2020
Metlink aligns ads with Community

Metlink aligns ads with Community

Metlink is moving forward with amendments to its advertising policy to better reflect the community…

October 22, 2020

Arts News

Little Shop of Horrors – Auditions….more…

March 13, 2017

IT’S COMING!! DON’T FEED THE PLANTS!!! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – THE MUSICAL. Directed and Musically Directed by the Creative team of Jo Sharp and Charlotte KerriganAuditions: Saturday 25 March 2017, 15 Hinemoa St, ParaparaumuPre-auditions meeting on Wednesday 15 March 7.30pm, 15 Hinema StShow dates: 22 June to 8 July 2017Phone / email Charlotte or Jo for more info and to book and audition [email protected] 021 266…

Diva Darlings at Coasters

March 13, 2017

Our first offering in the new year is a new show written especially for Coasters by long-time member Tracy Wills-Wright called Diva Darlings. A group of friends meet at their local theatre for a bit of a clean up.They lament about the difficulties of being women in theatre, the lack of lead roles and songs to really sink your teeth into. Can you guess what happens next?How…

Kāpiti Playhouse Auditions for Home Land

March 13, 2017

Unfortunately our first play, It’s Never Too Late, has had to be postponed until next year due to casting issues. However, not wanting to stand still, we have moved around a few dates and are now happy to announce auditions for our first/second play of the year Home Land by Gary Henderson to be directed by Peter Carr.Auditions will be held on Sunday 12th March, 2pm, at…

Business News

2019 Minimum Wage Increase

March 29, 2019

On April 1, 2019 the adult minimum wage increases $1.20 to $17.70 an hour – this equates to a wage increase of 7% or an additional $48 per week before tax for an employee working a 40 hour week.Kāpiti employment expert Julia Palmer of StarPeople says it is important for all businesses to make the appropriate adjustments to their payroll.”Starting out and trainee rates continue to be…

Kāpiti Business Help Needed for Local Scene Live Aid

March 20, 2019

Kāpiti businessman and Musician Marc Hamilton and fellow muso AJ Crawshaw are doing their bit to support those affected by the attacks in Christchurch by staging a charity concert here in Kāpiti.Mr Hamilton says, “to put this terrorist attack on Friday into perspective, a greater proportion of the New Zealand population were killed than the US lost on the attacks of September 11th 2001. That is a…

Kāpiti gets Smart-Start Workshop

March 14, 2019

Going into business for yourself is an exciting prospect, although it is also a time to carefully consider what lies ahead and to plan accordingly. Business Coach Laurie Wilson says it often takes a lot of patience and endeavour to establish a business for the long haul. “Your competition heats up, the market environment changes and family and friends have already bought your product or service. “You’ll…

COMMUNITY News

Renewed animal shelter for Kāpiti

August 2, 2020

The recent upgrade to Kāpiti Coast District Council’s animal shelter is enabling the Public Spaces and Animal Management team to provide a greater standard of care to animals who come into their care. The renewal project included improvements to the shelter’s drainage, heating and insulation, housing and workspace in the existing enclosures. It also included the creation of a new space for veterinarian treatment, improved access and…

ENVIRONMENT News

The Eagle Ray has Landed at Raumati Beach

November 23, 2017

Joanne Dacombe was enjoying another beautiful day on the Kāpiti Coast.Joanne says there was no wind and the beach and water is warm. “It’s attracting some wild life that people need to be mindful of – particularly if you have inquisitive children or dogs.”This Eagle Ray (Pictured) was at Raumati Beach (not far from the Tainui Street access). Had gone again by the time my walk finished,”…

Volunteers wanted for shellfish health survey

November 20, 2017

A call has gone out for volunteers to join, this Saturday and Sunday, in an assessment of shellfish in the Onepoto arm of Te Awarua-o-Porirua, Porirua Harbour.The survey, to be conducted on behalf of Ngāti Toa Rangatira with the support of Greater Wellington Regional Council, will play a significant role in assessing the cultural health of the resource for mana whenua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira. Data will be…

Kāpiti Beach Patrols to Start

November 18, 2017

The Kāpiti Council starts its annual summer beach patrols this weekend with assistance from the Police, warning people about where they can and cannot drive.The difficulty may be in determining who has and who doesn’t have rights at the beach and it appears there may be a long list of exemptions that may make enforcement problematic.Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says Council staff will be working closely…

LIFESTYLE News

Kāpiti joins SeatSmart Programme

November 27, 2017

A recycling initiative that aims to keep children safe while improving the environment has struck a chord with those in the Greater Wellington region.The SeatSmart programme, which encourages members of the public to bring in old or damaged child car seats for recycling, has been active in the region since April with more than 300 seats collected and sent for recycling so far.The programme is supported by…

Kāpiti valuations jump 37% – not reflected in Rates

November 26, 2017

Steve Wilson of Kāpiti Valuations says the 37% average residential valuation increase does not mean a corresponding increase in rates. Mr Wilson says councils set budgets then its rates are proportioned across the district and in Kāpiti the local rates are based primarily on Land Value. Last month Kāpiti ratepayers heard from Quotable Value (QV) with the updated valuation for their properties. Mr Wilson says anyone can…

Kāpiti valuations jump 37% – not reflected in Rates

November 26, 2017

Steve Wilson of Kāpiti Valuations says the 37% average residential valuation increase does not mean a corresponding increase in rates.Mr Wilson says councils set budgets then its rates are proportioned across the district and in Kāpiti the local rates are based primarily on Land Value.Last month Kāpiti ratepayers heard from Quotable Value (QV) with the updated valuation for their properties. Mr Wilson says anyone can dispute the…

POLITICS News

No Change for local MPs

September 24, 2017

The current three MPs from the Ōtaki and Mana electorates have all been returned to Parliament, although in what capacity is still uncertain.Labour Party Senior Whip Kris Faafoi has recorded a huge win in holding his position as the MP for the Mana electorate in a contest that could see all three of the top candidates heading to parliament.Mr Faafoi recorded 18,679 votes on election night which…

Have your Say on Election Day

September 22, 2017

INFORMATION FOR VOTERS – THE WHO, WHEN AND WHERESelect your electorate to find out who is standing as a candidate in your local electorate, who is on the nationwide party lists, and when and where you can vote in the 2017 General Election.To get started, choose your electorate from the menu below – see link to elections.org.nz – This will bring up the list of candidates, advance…

You can still Enrol to Vote – closes Midnight Friday 22 September

September 22, 2017

The Electoral Commission says it is processing huge numbers of late enrolments to vote in tomorrow’s general election.If you have not yet enrolled to vote you still can with enrolments closing at midnight tonight.”Election day is almost here and this is your last chance to enrol,” says Alicia Wright, Chief Electoral Officer. “It’s not too late, but you need to do it right now. You can’t enrol…

SENIORS News

The Biggest Risk for Retired Investors

March 13, 2011

Retired investors typically look for security in their investments ahead of return. Superannuation payments barely cover the cost of living from day to day and saving in retirement is not possible without a frugal lifestyle. This means that any loss of capital from failed investments cannot be recouped from income. Some retired investors fail to realise however, that loss of capital doesn’t only arise from failed investments.…

Grey Power VP Appointed to National Team

September 23, 2010

Kāpiti Coast Grey Power Vice-President Roger Booth, who is a District-wide candidate in the Kāpiti Council election, has been appointed to a national review team, set up by Health Workforce New Zealand, to review workforce needs in the aged-care sector.Health Workforce New Zealand was set up by the Ministry of Health to lead and co-ordinate the planning and development of the health and disability workforce. The Ministry…

Grey Power VP Appointed to National Team

September 23, 2010

Kāpiti Coast Grey Power Vice-President Roger Booth, who is a District-wide candidate in the Kāpiti Council election, has been appointed to a national review team, set up by Health Workforce New Zealand, to review workforce needs in the aged-care sector.Health Workforce New Zealand was set up by the Ministry of Health to lead and co-ordinate the planning and development of the health and disability workforce. The Ministry…

SENIORS News

Kāpiti Equestrians make World Games bid

December 9, 2016

The Kāpiti Equestrian & Vaulting Centre is run as a charitable trust and Saturday 17 December they will host an Open Day and Garage Sale as a fundraiser to prepare another vaulting team for the World Equestrian Games 2018.The Kāpiti Equestrian & Vaulting Centre ran a very successful campaign at the World Equestrian Games in 2014 with the young Kāpiti team footing it with the best vaulting…

Kāpiti Run for Youth launches sixth year

October 17, 2016

Over the last six years the Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) has raised more than $63,000 to support youth charities in Kāpiti.At the conclusion of KR4Yon Sunday 8 November 2015 the planning committee made a decision to move the event to Sunday 19 March 2017. Richard Calkin of Web Genius explains, “the rationale behind this decision was to position the event so it sits within…

Guest Defence Coach Attends KBA Basketball Skills & Development Trainings

September 19, 2016

Guest Coach Kevin Reece recently did two specialist Defence Training Sessions at the KBA Skills and Development Trainings which are held on Thursday nights at KCDC Sportshall with Coach Angelo Robinson. Coach Reece is based in Brunei Coaching Basketball ex Brunei National Basketball Coach and currently Head University Coach at Brunei University.Coach Reece’s specialty is Defence and over the two sessions at the Skills & Development Trainings…

TRANSPORT News

Kāpiti Council looks to take advantage of Expressway

March 12, 2017

Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting the community to visit their stand in Coastlands next week to find out more about its work to make the most of the opportunities the Expressway brings to the district. Group Manager Strategy and Planning Sarah Stevenson says the Council has a programme of work underway that aims to take advantage of the opportunities created by the Expressway.”Our stand in Coastlands…

Levin to Waikanae commuter service revs up

March 4, 2017

The highly anticipated Levin to Waikanae trial bus service is set to begin its first service on Tuesday 7 March 2017. The two year trial is a joint venture between Horizons Regional Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council, and will be operated by Uzabus. Horizons councillor and passenger transport committee chair Rachel Keedwell is delighted to see both councils come together to get the service off the…

Kāpiti motorcyclists: its time to get Ride Ready!

December 13, 2016

Local councils, along with the NZ Transport Agency, are working together to make sure motorcyclists in the Wellington region are ready to ride as they head into summer.Riders across Kāpiti, Wellington, Hutt Valley, and Wairarapa are being offered free training and a free 10-point check for their bikes until 18 December 2016.Training will be provided through ACC’s Ride Forever programme by NZ Transport Agency accredited providers, while…

WHAT’S ON

Te Horo Country Market – this Sunday!!

February 26, 2018

Te Horo Country Market – is on this SundaySee you at the Te Horo Hall, 10am – 12.30pm – cheese, meat, honey, olive oil, crafts, home baking, awesome pork pies, sewing, produce and preserves and in the cafe – coffee, Southland cheese rolls, scones and lots of home made goodies thanks to the Leaders Marching Team.

Messy Church Time in Raumati

February 11, 2018

Messy church is on this Friday from 5-7pm, in the Raumati hall.Our topic for this month is based on this years world day of prayer ‘All God’s creation is very good’. We will be exploring environmental themes.Come along and enjoy a free family friendly night, Dinner will be homemade pizza, salads with apple crumble and ice cream for dessert.Look forward to seeing you there.

Messy Church Time in Raumati

February 11, 2018

Messy church is on this Friday from 5-7pm, in the Raumati hall.Our topic for this month is based on this years world day of prayer ‘All God’s creation is very good’. We will be exploring environmental themes.Come along and enjoy a free family friendly night, Dinner will be homemade pizza, salads with apple crumble and ice cream for dessert.Look forward to seeing you there.

YOUTH NEWS

Bieber parody wins science prize

July 8, 2012

Justin Bieber parody wins Scifest ‘science idol’ grand prizeNew Zealand International Science Festival, Dunedin, 30 June to 8 July 2012.He’s 16 years old, was born in Canada but now lives in Dunedin and loves making videos for YouTube. James Mustapic has created a scientific musical parody from Justin Bieber’s latest release, scooping the grand prize in the 2012 Scifest ‘science idol’ competition with his clip ‘Covalent Love’.James,…

Government youth mental health initiative a significant step

April 8, 2012

A $62 million funding package is a positive step towards reducing New Zealand’s grim youth mental health statistics, says Youth Horizons, a national organisation working with young people.Details of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project were announced yesterday April 4 by the Prime Minister, John Key.”Coupled with the recent announcements on youth welfare reform, the Prime Minister’s package of initiatives represents a significant step towards meeting…

Kāpiti Musos shine at National Youth Jazz competition

April 7, 2012

Kāpiti College pianist Leo Coghini was awarded the George Rawiri Trophy for Most Outstanding Young Musician and the Bill Hoffmeister Trophy for Most Outstanding Pianist at the National Youth Jazz Competition in Tauranga.Also featuring was Tyaan Singh (Kāpiti College) who won the Yanagisawa Trophy for Best Saxophonist.Auckland and Tauranga schools shared the top awards at the 35th National Youth Jazz Competition held in Tauranga as part of…