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Two vacancies to be filled on Waikanae Community Board

Two vacancies to be filled on Waikanae Community Board

The formal resignation of Waikanae Community Board member Jill Griggs has been received by Kāpiti…

September 19, 2020
Kāpiti Wellbeing Centre could close

Kāpiti Wellbeing Centre could close

Te Ara Korowai Wellbeing Centre has seen a dramatic increase in people throughout Kāpiti accessing…

September 18, 2020
Horowhenua/Kāpiti Cricket is Back

Horowhenua/Kāpiti Cricket is Back

The first of a month-long series of free, fun events to celebrate the return of…

September 18, 2020
Katherine Kelly stands for Waikanae Board

Katherine Kelly stands for Waikanae Board

Like many Kāpiti residents, Kath Kelly and her family got to know Waikanae through many…

September 18, 2020
Youth Fundraiser for Outward Bound

Youth Fundraiser for Outward Bound

It is a bargain hunter’s dream and its in a great cause. A fundraising garage…

September 14, 2020
Celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with interactive online events

Celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with interactive online events

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori celebrates and promotes te Reo Maori as one of…

September 10, 2020

Call for feedback on new by-laws to ramp up harbour safety

Call for feedback on new by-laws to ramp up harbour safety

Greater Wellington Regional Council is seeking to make our regional harbours safer for communities following…

September 10, 2020
Kāpiti businesses feature in regional awards!

Kāpiti businesses feature in regional awards!

Judges have announced ten Kāpiti businesses are finalists in the Electra Business and Innovation Awards,…

September 3, 2020
Kāpiti Chamber Hosts Election Debate

Kāpiti Chamber Hosts Election Debate

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce has announced the hosting of their triennial business debate prior…

September 3, 2020

Arts News

Kāpiti Writer releases latest – Its That Kind of Planet

December 13, 2016

This is the kind of planet that’s been waiting for a new collection of Kiwi science fiction comics… and now it’s here! Written and illustrated by Kāpiti’s Emma Weakley, That Kind of Planet brings together an assortment of stories drawing on myths and fairy tales with a dash of SF in a volume published by Random Static.All in vibrant colour, the beautifully rendered stories range from the…

Mahara Gallery remains firmly in the Council’s sights

December 7, 2016

Plans to upgrade the Mahara Gallery are still firmly in the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s sights following the signing of an agreement between the Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust and the Field Collection Trust. The Mahara Gallery Trust Board welcomed the formal signing of the Agreement for the Upgrade of Mahara Gallery. Trust Chairman, Professor Les Holborow says Kāpiti Coast District Council’s plans for the revitalisation of…

New Shows Open at Mahara Gallery

August 26, 2016

Te whenua, the land; Paraparaumu Beach children’s creations Te Whenua, the land, is the 5th Mahara Gallery-Nga Manu Children’s art and environment project, working with a Kāpiti school and Nga Manu Nature Reserve. This year’s school is Paraparaumu Beach Primary, with 160+ children.The generous support of the Philipp Family Foundation enables the children to have a day trip to Nga Manu and Mahara, followed by classroom art…

Business News

Kāpiti Enterprising at 50+

February 4, 2019

People are not only living longer, they want to be active for longer, looking after themselves for longer, engaged with their communities for longer and many of us are doing that quite creatively. It’s what has been called “The End of Retirement as We Know It.” New Zealand is part of this world-wide “longevity” revolution. Kāpiti and Horowhenua is a thriving part of our country’s economy and…

Award Winners on Show at Kāpiti Business Breakfast

January 26, 2019

Friday 8 February 20197.15am to 8.45am – Southward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is hosting Category Winners from the 2018 Electra Business Awards: Large, Medium, Small and Owner Operator. The breakfast session will be an opportunity to explore and share winning business characteristics, thoughts and ideas with the aim to inspire, motivate and celebrate. Winners will share information about what makes their…

Kāpiti Chamber claims major impact from Interchange decision

January 25, 2019

Decisions to scrap the Peka Peka Interchange and reduce the Expressway between North Ōtaki and Levin to a two-lane road will have a decades-long impact on businesses across the Kāpiti and Horowhenua Districts, says Kāpiti the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce.The New Zealand Transport Agency announced yesterday it would not proceed with the previously promised Peka Peka Interchange, following its announcement late in 2018 the proposed four-lane Expressway…


Iconic Trees Killed at Paraparaumu Beach

November 12, 2017

No motive has been established yet for what appears to be the planned poisoning of iconic trees at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach.The Kāpiti Coast District Council is letting Maclean Park users know that six large pohutukawa trees have recently died and will need to be removed.Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says staff investigated after finding a mysterious substance at the base of the dying trees.Ms Laws…

Call for Healthy Waterways

October 25, 2017

Greater Wellington Regional Council has a plan for working together for healthy waterways and wetlands – it’s our future.Waterways and wetlands are an important on-farm asset and are places for recreation, harvesting food, and providing crucial habitat for birds and freshwater species. What you do on your land makes a difference far beyond the farm gate. By adopting good practices including fencing off waterways and planting, you…

Perishing Velella cause putrid pong at Kāpiti beaches

October 24, 2017

Kāpiti Coast residents have had plenty of rain already this spring but it seems a bit more would be welcome at the beach communities.Over the past ten days millions of translucent blue creatures called Velella which are like jellyfish with sails, have washed-up on beaches stretching up the west coast from Wellington to Taranaki.And as they perish the putrid pong is unmistakable at the beach from Paekākāariki…


Major boost in Ultra-Fast Broadband for Kāpiti

September 6, 2017

Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy is welcoming a major extension of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) into new areas across Kāpiti and Horowhenua announced by the Government.”This is great news for our region and people living in smaller areas. The rollout of UFB into areas like Paraparaumu and Levin has been very popular and successful and now the coverage will be extended even further,” says Mr Guy.The new areas in…

Kāpiti Easter Sunday Trading up for discussion

September 3, 2017

From Monday 4 September, Kāpiti residents now have the opportunity to be heard about whether Easter Sunday shop trading should be allowed on the Kāpiti Coast.Last week the Auckland City Council rejected the possibility of lifting the ban that prohibits certain retailers from trading on Easter Sunday. Auckland CC decided that allowing businesses to open on Easter Sunday would undermine worker rights. This follows a similar decision…

Hey Kāpiti – Say Hello to Happiness

August 26, 2017

The 50 things I have learnt about happiness as a counsellor, father, brother, widower, friend, activist, tennis player, gardener and sometimes larrikin. There is no definitive list. But here are my 50 nonetheless. 1. Remember this is your “one wild and precious life” – make the most of it. 2. Wake each morning, sit up, stretch and as loud as you can say “I’m alive, I’m alive.”…


Wayne Grattan says it is time to ACT

August 26, 2017

At this week’s Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce candidates meeting the speakers invited were just from National and Labour. Other candidates attended and KCNews has invited their comments.This from ACT Party candidate Wayne Grattan:Having thought about the debate organised by the Chamber of Commerce I have a few observations to make:1. It was disappointing that other candidates couldn’t participate the debate was the poorer for it. 2. It…

NZ First announces Ōtaki Candidate

August 24, 2017

Party leader Winston Peters has announced Romuald Rudzki will be the New Zealand First candidate in Ōtaki for the 2017 general election.”Romuald Rudzki is a fluent and articulate communicator of our policies,” said NZ First leader Winston Peters today.”His interests in business development and export led economic activity give him an expertise sadly lacking in most spheres of political activity,” he concluded.Dr Rudzki is the founder of…

Chamber election debate draws fire on Housing

August 23, 2017

An audience of 170 turned out to the Coast Church in Paraparaumu last night to hear the election candidates’ debate hosted by the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce.Referee for the night was Beach FM’s Nigel Hopkins who did a great job keeping the combatants in check.For the most part it was a very civilised affair but key points of difference were exposed on the issues of health and…


August 25, 2010

Retirement villages – great option for independence

August 21, 2010

Leading Kāpiti Financial Advisor Liz Koh says retirement villages are a great option for people who want a degree of independence in retirement but with the added benefits that come from communal living. “There can be significant differences between retirement villages in terms of facilities and costs and it pays to do your homework before signing an agreement so as to avoid making costly mistakes,” says Ms…

Guy welcomes new beds for elderly care

July 20, 2010

Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the opening of a new wing at Sevenoaks Retirement Village in Paraparaumu, housing ten new respite and palliative care beds. “This new wing is a great asset for our region, and will make a real difference in the quality of life for many people. “Three of the new beds will be used for short term respite care, thanks to $5 million…


Kāpiti hosts Interclub Vaulting Competition

July 25, 2016

Free entry and everyone is welcome to this unique event: the 2016 Inaugural New Zealand Interclub Vaulting Competition. For the first time ever we have enough NZ vaulting clubs to have an interclub competition. Come and watch vaulters & horses from three New Zealand vaulting clubs (Golden Bay, Auckland, Kāpiti) perform their routines to music in the arena. Food and drink for sale. Wear warm clothes!

Raumati runner bound for Rio

July 14, 2016

Raumati South runner Hamish Carson is bound for the Rio Olympics after posting a succession of impressive times in his specialist 1500m.Hamish has served a long apprenticeship for this pinnacle event, finishing just outside the qualifying marks for Commonwealth Games and World Championships, but he’s on his way to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games.With five New Zealand titles over the prestigious 1500m distance between 2010 and…

Kāpiti Coaches Coached By One of the Best

June 10, 2016

Fifteen local basketball coaches were put through their paces by Deslea Wrathall on the BBNZ Community Coaching Course held recently at the Paraparaumu Community gym.Deslea is a multiple National Championships basketball coach. As a former Tall Fern, Deslea has a wealth of experience, including being the Head Coach of the Junior Tall Blacks from 2011-2013. She is currently the Head Coach of the NZ Maori Women. Kāpiti…


Last Ganz Mavag EMU Journey

June 10, 2016

The last Ganz Mavag train ran from Wellington to Melling and return on 27 May. It was the end of 34 years of service for the Hungarian built EMUs on the electrified part of the Wellington Metro network.The Ganz Mavag trains were the mainstay of passenger services on the Kāpiti line from 1982-83 till the introduction of the new Matangi EMUs.Following a farewell ceremony on platform 9…


Kapanui School gets Cooking with Ruth Pretty

August 19, 2017

Please join us for a fabulous evening, fundraising for Kapanui School, Waikanae.$45 per ticket – includes welcome drink, light supper, 1.5 hour cooking demonstration and recipes to take home. Raffles and cash bar available on the night. Spot prizes to be won!Kāpiti’s catering guru Ruth Pretty believes food is about sharing. She will show and share planning hints and confidence-boosters, while demonstrating delicious recipes you can take…


August 18, 2017

Artel’s dad Eric Heath (artist and cartoonist) is downsizing and letting go of more than 2,000 books (art, technical, marine, transport, flora/fauna, woodwork etc). Also cookbooks, Time-Life sets, fiction and paperbacks.Art and drawing equipment, models, paintings, tools, household goods and assorted collectibles.51 NGARARA ROAD, WAIKANAE(opposite the swimming pool)SATURDAY 19 AUGUST 9am to 4pmNo-one before 9am Saturday please


Funding cut to Girls Self Defence Project

April 25, 2011

The Mental Health Foundation has expressed its concern over the axing of funding to The Girls’ Self Defence Project and is calling for funding to be reinstated.The Girls’ Self Defence Project, which has been running in schools across New Zealand for 15 years, has had a positive impact on the lives of more than 77,000 Kiwi girls.Government funding for this project has been withdrawn despite the project…

What Kāpiti youth want?

March 7, 2011

A major survey of youth living on the Kāpiti Coast has provided a snapshot of what youth really want rather than what older people think they want, district councillor Penny Gaylor said today.The survey of around 10% of the youth population of Kāpiti was conducted by Kāpiti Coast Youth Council late last year and aimed to capture the experience, opinions and ideas of the District’s younger population.Five…