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The Mindful Killer by Nila Taylor

The silent killer fills our discussions, Spreading like wildfire affecting mankind.But what of the social…

July 19, 2020

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The Mahara / Nga Manu children’s art project Exhibition

January 19, 2016

The Mahara / Nga Manu children’s art project ExhibitionParliamentary Gallery, Bowen House, Wellington On 10 February Mahara Gallery is launching the culmination of an ambitious children’s art and environment project partnership between the gallery and Nga Manu Nature Reserve which has supported and celebrated children’s artwork, poetry and weaving, generously supported by the Philipp Family Foundation. The exhibition is being held at the Parliamentary Gallery, Bowen House,…

Kāpiti film maker wins Pride Award

October 28, 2015

Talented Kāpiti College film maker Te Awarangi Puna scooped the major award at the recent Pride Awards which recognise and celebrate the successes, achievements and contributions of young people in the Wellington region.Kāpiti has always featured prominently at the awards and did so again this year. Heading the list of Kāpiti achievers was 16 year old Te Awarangi (Awa) Puna who won the Creative Achievement and Innovation…

Eva Saunders of Ōtaki tops at Rotary Art Show

October 24, 2015

A steady stream of viewers turned up to the opening day of the Paraparaumu Rotary Annual Art Show at Southward Theatre in Otaihanga.Over 300 works from throughout New Zealand are on display over Labour Weekend and many of them are also for sale.In a special judging session on Thursday the Best in Show prize went to 20 year old Ōtaki artist Eva Saunders, who won the supreme…

Business News

Easter Trading hits Kāpiti

January 30, 2018

Employment expert Julia Palmer of Star People HR & Recruitment in Kāpiti says the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s decision to become one of the territorial authorities that allows trading on Easter Sunday needs some analysis by businesses.Ms Palmer says if you have a business that is going to trade on Easter Sunday and you have staff, there are some important details you need to know.”All shop employees…

Digital media for Coastlands

January 26, 2018

oOh!media has rolled out 16 new retail panels at Coastlands shopping centre, as part of a long-term agreement with New Zealand commercial real estate company Colliers International for advertising rights to its centres.oOh!’s General Manager, Adam McGregor, says by adding Coastlands and the other Colliers managed properties to the portfolio, they have increased the diversity of their audience.Mr McGregor says they are delighted to secure signage rights…

Kāpiti Business Breakfast Graham Norton Style

January 25, 2018

The next Kāpiti Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti promises something different as it will be hosting winners from the 2017 Electra Business Awards. Mark Ternent, Chair of Business Kāpiti Horowhenua Incorporated will conduct a ‘Graham Norton Style’ Panel where there will be plenty of discussion with the winners to inspire and motivate as attendees kick-start their business planning for 2018 over breakfast and celebratory bubbles.The focus of the…


Kāpiti Rotary supporting Local Youth

October 23, 2018

Back by popular demand is the Rotary Club of Kāpiti’s annual Trailer Raffle fundraiser with proceeds going to support Kāpiti Youth Services and Life Education Trust and enabling students to attend inspirational events like Science Forum and Business Week.Funds raised also support young people attending Rotary youth programs Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) and Rotary Young-Person Leadership Awards RYLA.Organiser Murray Lobb says the Rotary trailer raffle…

Where theres a way theres a Will

October 20, 2018

Kāpiti lawyer Jane Stevenson says she remains surprised that there are so many New Zealanders who do not have a Will.”It really is a relatively simple and inexpensive process and can save families a huge amount of stress,” says Ms Stevenson, a partner at Kāpiti Law.A survey undertaken by the Public Trust in 2012 showed over half of adult New Zealanders didn’t have a Will. For those…

Waikanae Spring Market – it’s in the bag

October 18, 2018

The Annual Waikanae Spring Market gets underway tomorrow with a wide variety of stalls for all to enjoy and big crowds are expected again this year.One novel stall will be the reusable jute bags on sale as a fundraiser for Child Cancer with all proceeds going to the charity with all costs met by six local sponsors.Ross Vessey of Professionals says the whole project came together very…


Low Carbon Kāpiti sets sights on Long Term Plan

July 1, 2017

New environmental advocacy group Low Carbon Kāpiti congratulates the Council on its latest environmental award, but says they need to do more to meet their carbon emissions target. The group, whose purpose is to spur more determined action to address the climate crisis, says the Council’s 2018-21 Long Term Plan is crucial for Council to walk the talk on cutting carbon and supporting its residents to do…

Kāpiti Marine Reserve – 25 Years On

July 1, 2017

Looking back over the past 25 years since the opening of the Kāpiti Marine Reserve on the 7th May 1992, its clear that there has been a sea change in community attitudes towards the protection of our unique marine environment.Protecting more than 2200 hectares across three different habitat types, including parts of the largest known Rhodolith beds in the country, Kāpiti Marine Reserve is one of New…

Short Mild Winter for Kāpiti

June 8, 2017

Kāpiti’s weatherman Murray Eggers looks at local weather patterns. “May’s weather was fairly middling, with no major events. The generally cloudy conditions of 2017 continued, and it was slightly cooler than average. Rainfall amounting to around 120mm, spread over the month, was about normal. Early risers might have noticed a couple of slight frosts. “The average daily maximum temperature of 15.9 degrees was down nearly 2 degrees…


Kāpiti Bulb Flowering can be timed for Special Occasions

May 7, 2017

For Kāpiti gardeners keen on getting bulbs to flower for special occasions we have a great article from Paul Hoek of NZ Bulbs.Can bulb flowering be timed for special occasions? More often than not, this question is asked in relation to a wedding. And I can understand why growing your own tulips, lilies or other bulbs would save money and look fantastic in bouquets or in the…

Take part in Kāpiti library satisfaction survey

May 6, 2017

It’s time for our annual libraries’ customer satisfaction survey.The short online survey, launching next Monday, will measure how satisfied people are with library services, spaces and staff.”We’ll compare results with last year’s survey to identify trends and patterns in customer satisfaction,” says Libraries and Arts Manager, Kat Cuttriss.”Feedback will also be used to inform library planning and how we shape our services and spaces in the future.”…

Kāpiti’s Book Island Celebrates Five Years

April 20, 2017

“Can you believe it’s been five years since we started up Book Island on the Kāpiti Coast. We’ve come a long way and this wouldn’t have been possible without your support,” says Greet Pauwelijn publisher of Book Island.”We’d like to invite you to celebrate our fifth anniversary with us and offer 30% off all titles and free shipping until the end of April. Just use coupon code…


Kāpiti sees Sign of the Times

July 9, 2017

Labour candidate Rob McCann says the sudden disappearance of three large signs is as much a concern about political issues as it is about sign theft.”Obviously we are not pleased to have three large signs stolen from three different areas on the same night, but the bigger concern is the message on the signs, and that is the housing crisis being faced by many throughout our region.”It’s…

From Paekākāariki to Parihaka – Jack McDonald

June 12, 2017

I grew up knowing I was a descendant of one of the world’s most inspiring examples of peace and non-violence, but was ashamed to find it meant so little in my own country. Today’s reconciliation event is a powerful sign that is changing, writes Jack McDonald of Paekākāariki.At 5am on November 5, 1881, 1,600 soldiers and policeman in the Armed Constabulary, led by Native Minister John Bryce,…

Kāpiti CE wins Civil Defence Award

June 12, 2017

Ōtaki MP and Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy has congratulated Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty for his recently presented silver Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) award. “Pat has held leadership roles in Civil Defence work since 2005 and has made an outstanding contribution,” says Mr Guy.”He has done a great job of pulling together the different CDEM teams in the wider Wellington region to…


Kāpiti Region Boys Basketball U15 Representative Trials

March 14, 2016

Boys Basketball U15 Representative TrialsRepresent Kāpiti Region on the national stage The first session is on:MONDAY 14 MARCH 2016 AtKCDC SPORTSHALL & PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE GYMMAZENGARB ROAD, PARAPARAUMUBETWEEN 7PM – 8.30PM To be eligible players MUST BE Under 15 as of 31 December 2016All enquiries contact Rob Scriven 0274852094 [email protected]

Expansion of para-sport programme marks 2016 Commonwealth Day

March 14, 2016

March 14 is Commonwealth day and to mark the occasion for 2016 the Commonwealth Games Federation along with the Gold Coast 2018 Organising Committee have announced an expanded para-sport programme for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The changes herald a new and expanded range of sports and an increased number of athletes for the next edition of the Games. Gold Coast 2018 will boast the largest-ever Para-Sport programme…

KCU make get new season off to a great start

January 23, 2016

2016 is shaping up as a big year for KCU. After winning the Kāpiti Horowhenua and Wellington Sports Awards Club of the Year and also the Wellington Airport Regional Community Kāpiti region Club of the Year and Supreme award, we are looking to make it a winning season on the pitch also.KCU have retained the coaching services of Sean and Jarrod Kelly along with Mark Hunt and…


Public Invited to Motorway Open Day

November 10, 2015

Project Manager Alan Orange invites you to come along to our public open day; your chance to come up onto a paved section of the M2PP Expressway and take a look behind the scenes.It’ll be a fun, informative day of construction displays, machinery, children’s entertainment and food trucks. You’ll also have the chance to walk down to the Kāpiti bridge and walk over it if you’d like…

New Metlink website launched

October 11, 2015

Public transport journeys around greater Wellington have just become even easier with the launch of Metlink’s new website on Saturday 10 October. The new website – – will put real time transport information at passengers’ fingertips so people can easily plan and adjust their journeys. The new website works across desktops, tablets and smartphones, replacing existing Metlink desktop and mobile websites.Metlink is the network of bus,…

Wellington Region’s travellers highly satisfied with public transport

September 13, 2015

Customer satisfaction with the Wellington public transport network remains high, according to the Regional Council’s latest annual Metlink customer satisfaction survey.The survey, carried out in April and May this year and completed by almost 4,500 public transport customers, found that 83% of people are satisfied with Metlink bus, train and harbour ferry services, 86% would recommend Wellington’s public transport services to a friend, and 90% find it…


Join the Waimeaa Weedbusters

September 13, 2015

Weedbusting at the Waimeha LagoonTuesday 15 September 2pmChildren’s Playground, Queen’s Drive.Bring: Gardening gloves, warm clothes, strong shoes, trowel (labelled)Contact: Sally Mathieson (904 1260)

Don’t miss this train

July 13, 2015

DON’T MISS A DAY TO REMEMBER ON SATURDAY 22 AUGUST – THE PASSCHENDAELE STEAM TRAIN WILL BE POWERING THROUGH FROM PAEKAKARIKI TO OTAKIIsn’t this a glorious photo?! It’s the Ab608 steaming past our Hemi Matenga hillside (Thank you so much, Waikanae photographer Roger Brent Smith!)You will have another opportunity to ride this train from Waikanae in August to commemorate the the soldiers who died during the battle…


Guy welcomes funding for local youth projects

June 12, 2010

Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the $20,000 in new funding for three local youth programmes from the Ministry of Youth Development.