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Praise for 100 days of no Community Covid

Editor, As we watch the world struggling to cope with Covid 19 we should be…

August 9, 2020
Kāpiti Parenting through the storm

Kāpiti Parenting through the storm

Martin Sloman will be the guest speaker for Parenting through the storm – Monday Aug…

August 7, 2020

Arts News

Kāpiti College competes in Kiwi As Film Making

March 21, 2016

Kāpiti College will join schools from the Wellington region who have put their names forward to compete in the annual Roxy5 Short Film Competition for 2016 and this year heralds a brand new partnership with Capital E. Registrations closed Friday 26 February welcoming over 20 registrations who have signed up to compete.Entrants have around 14 weeks to produce their own short 5 minute film of any chosen…

Strong Dutch influence in Mahara Gallery Festival offering

February 20, 2016

Mahara Gallery’s contribution to the 2016 NZ Festival has a strong Dutch connection which includes two significant Dutch New Zealand artists now living in Waikanae as well as an important Dutch artist who settled in New Zealand in the 1890s, Petrus van der Velden, and two watercolour paintings, Dutch Woman Reading and Hill Town (Dutch Canal with church) by Frances Hodgkins. The Festival offering includes three separate…

Kāpiti Arts Tour for Waitangi Weekend

January 28, 2016

The Arts Tour is big enough to have something for everyone but small enough to get around in a weekend. Biking was very popular last year and a great way to get around.There are great cafes in Waikanae to stop. The Front Room, Waimea, Relish and Longbeach being some of them.Galleries are happily a part of this tour as they are the people who represent many of…

Business News

Chamber Chair – Heather Hutchings

October 6, 2018

Welcome to October 2018, daylight saving has arrived, and Christmas is now just around the corner.I would like to congratulate all those businesses who stepped outside of their comfort zone and entered the Electra Business Awards. A total of 86 Businesses have entered across all categories (including the Customer Choice Awards).Our businesses play a crucial role in helping the Kāpiti and Horowhenua regions thrive and grow. This…

Kāpiti Chamber hosts BA5

September 18, 2018

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is staging a BA5 hosted by Rutherford & Bond Toyota.Wednesday 26 September, 5.30 to 7.00pm11 Ihakara Street, ParaparaumuMembers Free – Non members $20Note to Members: Use a guest card and bring a colleague or friend for free.You are invited to attend the upcoming BA5 being hosted by the team at Rutherford & Bond Toyota. Come along to be connected and engaged with other…

Small firms confidence sinks in June quarter

July 21, 2018

Business confidence among small firms fell to a nine-year low in the June quarter, according to ANZ’s quarterly Business Micro Scope survey.A net 30% of small businesses are pessimistic about general business conditions, the most since March 2009. Confidence slipped in both micro firms (0-5 employees) and intermediate-sized businesses (those that employ 6-20 employees), unwinding gains in confidence reported in March.”Regulation remains the biggest concern facing small…


Kāpiti Competition winners announced

April 1, 2019

Nic Nel, Director of Kāpiti Skips & Scaffolding, says it is an important part of their business to give back to the community.”It is actually part of our policy framework. We try to support our community as much as possible and when there are prizes involved it is fun to make awards of our services.”Mr Nel says a recent example was Waikanae resident Micaela Young (pictured) who…

Kāpiti Coast Civic Awards Open for Nominations

March 28, 2019

The Kāpiti Coast District’s annual Civic Awards paired with the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards are back again to honour the outstanding people who make our neighbourhoods and communities the special places they are. Mayor K Gurunathan says that while the awards are annual, this year’s round is particularly poignant in light of how New Zealand has been on the world stage over the past few weeks,…

Children got Movin for the month of March

March 28, 2019

Children were cheering for Movin’March this month with record numbers participating in this year’s initiative. The month-long event run by Greater Wellington Regional Council in partnership with local councils encourages kids in the region to walk, cycle and scoot to school.Kirsty Barr, Travel Choice Coordinator at Greater Wellington says participation and feedback from this year’s Movin’March has been fantastic. Almost 34,000 year zero to eight students from…


Wild weather – Caution for Kāpiti

September 26, 2017

With plenty of wild weather hitting the region the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office WREMO are urging drivers to be very careful driving over the next few days.Metservice is expecting some strong gusts (up to 130 km/h in exposed places), big swells (particularly for the Kāpiti Coast) and heavy rainfall in the Tararuas today.WREMO says the public should be wary walking along the beach and any river…

Kāpiti Summerfruit benefits from Biosecurity Boost

September 19, 2017

Summerfruit NZ and the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand (MIA) have this week signed the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) Deed, joining the fight against pests and diseases that could significantly impact New Zealand’s economy.By signing the GIA Deed, Summerfruit NZ and MIA join the fifteen other industry sectors that have agreed to work with Government, and each other, to combat the…

Nature RX – are you addicted?

September 18, 2017

The Kāpiti Coast’s parks and reserves offer many opportunities for recreation in different landscapes and settings.From quiet relaxation to energetic activity there’s something for everyone. You can choose from the hills, coast, forests, waterways or local urban parks to meet your skills and interests.Parks are part of the community and are free for everyone to use.The splash pad at Marine Gardens will be open from Saturday 23…


Kāpiti gardeners – time for the Three Pretty Ps

May 28, 2017

Winter has officially arrived. But just because the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder it doesn’t mean the colour in your garden has to be the same. There are several flowers that thrive in cool conditions and all of them pack a punch when it comes to colour. And, coincidentally, all begin with P polyanthus, primula and pansy. Here’s another P word for…

Murder in the Paraparaumu Library

May 11, 2017

The Friends of the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries are hosting several public events this year and the next is a must for writers.Monday 29 May, 6.30pm in Paraparaumu Library meeting roomMurder in the Library 2017 Ngaio Marsh Crime Awards entrants Penelope Haines and Christopher Abbey are joined by David McGill to discuss where their writing inspiration comes from, how they create interesting characters, craft page-turning storylines, and…


Kāpiti threat to democracy questioned

July 24, 2017

Following revelations of the Horowhenua Council chief executive filtering and blocking emails, including those of the Mayor and councillors, local Kāpiti politicians are seeking reassurance the same anti-democratic activity is not happening here.Guy Burns (Deputy Chair) and Bernie Randall of the Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board are concerned that Kāpiti Coast District Council may be following the slippery slope taken by Horowhenua District Council by filtering and blocking…

Kāpiti Signs controversies prompt policy

July 23, 2017

Kāpiti Council has issued a policy statement regarding elections signage and says it will be strictly enforced.Labour candidate Rob McCann had signs removed by Council last week which were damaged and subsequently returned which caused a storm of protest and apologies to Mr McCann.The announced policy is designed to level the political playing field.Council recently invited political party representatives to a briefing on how they’ll be able…

Meet the Ōtaki and Mana General Election Candidates

July 19, 2017

As we lead-up to the General Election on Saturday 23 September 2017, the Kāpiti Chamber invites all local people to attend an event to hear views and thoughts from our local National and Labour Ōtaki and Mana Candidates.Each Candidate will be given a short time to pitch their views uninterrupted which will then be followed by an MC facilitated Q&A session that will allow interjection. This will…


I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth’s gravitational pull has become since 1990.

January 1, 2010

I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth’s gravitational pull has become since 1990. ~Dave Barry


Basketball Wins for Kāpiti Under 15 Boys

April 17, 2016

Kāpiti Basketball Association”s Under 15 Boys Representative Basketball Team played in a Regional Representative Tournament in Porirua on Saturday 9 April, 2016. With two wins and one loss they placed a credible third place out of six teams. A great effort for the team who also looked the part in their new uniforms kindly supplied by Dominos.Squad: Players: Luka Letataua, Iain Cowle, Pearson Huysen, Jed McQueen, Andrew…

Kāpiti Lions Seek Sport Grant Applicants

March 23, 2016

Each year the Lions Club of Kāpiti gives a grant of $1,000 to a young athlete who is actively and successfully participating in sport, aged between 14-20 years, for the purpose of helping them develop their skills and attain their aspirations. Last year the recipient was Kāpiti College student Tess Allen of Raumati South who competes in kayaking.The $1,000 grant along with a prize of 12 months…


Kāpiti cyclists get get delay on good news for bikes on trains

April 1, 2016

The good news is the Greater Wellington Regional Council has decided to increase the amount of room for bikes on trains – the downside for Kāpiti is this will be delayed until later this year.Cyclists wanting to explore Wairarapa on two wheels have good news more room will soon be available on weekend and public holiday services and it’s likely that more bikes will be able to…

Trolleys cost effective compared to battery buses – Gunter Mackinger

March 24, 2016

“European cities are steadily converting back to trolleybus public transport” was the message from Gunter Mackinger, at a public meeting Thursday 10th March. “Complete public transport systems cannot easily convert to fully battery operated systems, and there is a significant problem with battery life and consequential waste disposal!”RSCN2065Presentation to Gunter MacKinger by Brent EffordMackinger, is an electric transport consultant and former GM of Salizburg Railways and now…

Easter and the Raumati Straights

March 23, 2016

With only one day to go until the Easter break kicks off the MacKays to Peka Peka road building team is sending out the safety message.”We hope everyone has an enjoyable long Easter weekend and if you’re travelling, please take care and allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely. “Just a reminder that we’ll have all four lanes open on the Raumati Straights to…


What’s On Kāpiti – August 2017 – Zeal Music Box

July 30, 2017

Paraparaumu College and Zeal Music Box present a great night of entertainment this Friday with PC Singathon – (August 4) 3.30-8.30pmThe night will feature the Paraparaumu Barbershop chorus (they are superb) and quartets, food trucks and local musicians.Entry is Free.

What’s On Kāpiti – July 2017

July 15, 2017

The Kāpiti WEA has announced its spring programme. July 29th Bryan Wells talks on the Battle of Waterloo at the Kāpiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, from 1.30 pm – 4 pm. Coast $30 ($20 for members)August Programme5 August Eastern Philosophy: Freedom presented by Prof Jay Shaw, 10 am – 3 pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, Waikanae $40 (members $30)12 August Modern Iran presented by Hamish McGragor…

What’s On Kāpiti – June 2017

June 22, 2017

What’s happening in Kāpiti this June


District Wide Candidate Announces Exciting School Visitor

September 24, 2010

Kāpiti Kids Motivation Trust organiser Roger Booth, who is a District-Wide candidate in the Kāpiti Council election, has lined up a school visitor for next term. “Nathan Gray is a bit different from those we have brought into the district to inspire and motivate children in our 17 primary schools in the last three years.””We have described our visitors as sporting and cultural individuals or identities, and…

Mayor wants zero youth unemployment

September 14, 2010

Kāpiti Mayor Jenny Rowan says she will make youth and youth issues a key priority if she is re-elected.”Our young people are the future of the District and one of my key priorities is to work for zero youth unemployment,” she says. “As a community, we need to focus on both job creation and the development of skilled and reliable workers this is a serious challenge for…

New play equipment for Maclean Park

September 8, 2010

A new rope climbing tower will shortly be added to the existing playground equipment at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach, says Council’s Leisure and Open Spaces Asset Manager, Lex Bartlett said today.”This is part of our on-going programme of upgrading playground assets throughout the district. Maclean Park is one of the really well used playgrounds and that’s particularly the case in the summer,” he said.In order to install…