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Southern hemisphere’s first electric ferry launched in Wellington

Southern hemisphere’s first electric ferry launched in Wellington

The first fully electric, high speed passenger ferry in the southern hemisphere was officially launched…

December 21, 2021
Whitireia Park community activity welcome with proper permissions

Whitireia Park community activity welcome with proper permissions

Some well-meaning yet counterproductive planting and spraying activity in Whitireia Park has prompted Greater Wellington,…

December 21, 2021
Valuable life lessons at Raumati South School

Valuable life lessons at Raumati South School

“The Tawa Syndicate (Years 3-5) has been learning about how we can help others” says…

December 15, 2021
Joe Pryor search ends in sadness

Joe Pryor search ends in sadness

The weekend brought to a conclusion a two week search for Kāpiti resident Joe Pryor…

December 13, 2021
LOOK UP! Air Chathams returns to the skies

LOOK UP! Air Chathams returns to the skies

On Wednesday December 15th the Air Chathams fleet will be providing passenger service once again.…

December 13, 2021
Severe flooding throughout Kāpiti

Severe flooding throughout Kāpiti

Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising the community take care as heavy rain continues to…

December 6, 2021

Seven days since Kāpiti man Joe Pryor reported missing

Seven days since Kāpiti man Joe Pryor reported missing

Seven days have passed since Raumati Beach local and family man, Joe Pryor, was reported…

December 3, 2021
Police remind revellers of the impacts of alcohol on decision-making and consent

Police remind revellers of the impacts of alcohol on decision-making and consent

As the country makes the transition into the COVID-19 Protection Framework, punters will be heading…

December 3, 2021
Train customers encouraged to plan ahead for upcoming rail union meeting

Train customers encouraged to plan ahead for upcoming rail union meeting

Metlink train customers will face longer travel times on Wednesday 8 December as buses will…

December 3, 2021
UPDATE: Kāpiti man missing – can you help

UPDATE: Kāpiti man missing – can you help

Kāpiti resident Joe Pryor is missing. He left his work at 8:00am Friday morning after…

November 28, 2021
Kāpiti to host 6th Annual Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium

Kāpiti to host 6th Annual Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium

Kaupapa: The Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium encourages and promotes the arts in the community. It…

November 28, 2021
Community help required to find missing Kāpiti man

Community help required to find missing Kāpiti man

Joe Pryor is missing. He left his work at 8:30am yesterday (Friday) morning after leaving…

November 26, 2021

Arts News

Mary Poppins takes off in Kāpiti

October 7, 2021

The current Kāpiti production of Mary Poppins is a great reminder that you don’t always have to go to Broadway to see a Broadway show. A pre-opening show was held on Tuesday night at the Te Raukura ki Kāpiti Coastlands Theatre and on a night when everything that can go wrong usually does, very little did. The shadow of Covid still looms large with audience members spaced…

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub for tech creatives

August 31, 2021

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub is at the cutting edge of creative technology and have just announced an opportunity for young people to break into this fast growing industry. The tech creative industry is one of the fastest growing and includes animation, gaming, VR/AR/XR, film, marketing, architecture and many more sectors. M.A.T.C.H – the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub is for rangatahi with a strong interest in art, storytelling and…

Jeff Simmonds reads A Rope for Harry Fat

August 30, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywS_C5eLmrc Kāpiti singer songwriter, musician, filmmaker Jeff Simmonds reads a classic Kiwi poem, in this NZ Poetry Month. “Here’s a post for National Poetry Day. This is a James K Baxter poem I learned 40 years ago in the 6th form for Father O’Connell’s English class. “It is about Edward Thomas Te Whiu, who was one of the last people to be hanged in NZ, back in…

Business News

Climate Action Workshop storms into Kāpiti Coast

November 16, 2021

While world leaders are grappling with the ‘where to from here’ at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in the UK, New Zealand’s Sustainable Business Network (SBN) have teamed up with the British High Commission Wellington to help Kiwi businesses play their part in reducing carbon emissions. Phil Jones, programme Manager at the Sustainable Business Network, will be moderating an interactive workshop co-hosted with the Kāpiti Coast…

Brad Olsen – BA5 speaker

November 15, 2021

Join us for drinks, nibbles and the very latest economic date for the Horowhenua at the last November Electra Business After Five. This month’s event will look a little different with it being hosted at Thermosash Commercial Limited on Enterprise drive (at the end of Roe Street). Thermosash is a recent business to the district that relocated to Levin from Wellington in 2020 in order to have more connectivity…

Survey shows Sole Traders hard-hit by COVID

November 4, 2021

Australasia’s fastest-growing digital accountancy service, Hnry, has launched New Zealand’s first comprehensive sole trader sentiment index. Thursday, 4 November 2021 –New Zealand’s first independent sentiment index for sole traders has revealed mental health challenges, economic hardship, and difficulty accessing credit during the last quarter, but this has not diminished overall job satisfaction for the growing sector.  The inaugural Hnry Sole Trader Pulse, aims to provide a regular…

COMMUNITY News

Hoop Club Kāpiti opens social league

January 8, 2022

Hoop Club Kāpiti’s next Social Basketball League starts on 26 January 2022 and will run for 10 weeks on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at Paraparaumu College Community Gym, Mazengarb Road. Men and Women of all skill levels welcome. Enter a Team or enter as an Individual and be placed in a Team. Trained Referees and Scorebench will be provided. Hoop Club Kāpiti – Adult Summer Social League…

Valuable life lessons at Raumati South School

December 15, 2021

“The Tawa Syndicate (Years 3-5) has been learning about how we can help others” says Kristin Cudby, a teacher at Raumati South School. “The children started with helping around our school and then looked at ways to help the community. The children brought in donations for the Foodbank and enjoyed being able to load up the van with all of their donations” continues Kristin. “The children are…

Joe Pryor search ends in sadness

December 13, 2021

The weekend brought to a conclusion a two week search for Kāpiti resident Joe Pryor with the discovery of his body at Devils Elbow on the Waikanae River in Reikorangi. A Facebook page of 8900 members, scores of volunteers, search and rescue teams, Police, community members, friends, family, and colleagues searched for Joe during the last fortnight, most of it during some of the worst flooding seen…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Graeme Joyes chats with Jason Bei

October 10, 2021

Graeme Joyes chats with Kāpiti acupuncturist Jason Bei https://www.coastaccessradio.org.nz/Programmes/Details.aspx?PID=1c867513-5233-4c0a-9214-02c296f4e2df Conversations is a popular programme on Kāpiti’s Coast Access Radio where hosts Graeme Joyes or Todd Zaner talk to local people about their interests, their lives, the things that motivate and excite them. In the latest episode Graeme Joyes talks with renowned acupuncturist Jason Bei about, health, wellness, and the impacts on Covid and how to deal with…

Mary Poppins takes off in Kāpiti

October 7, 2021

The current Kāpiti production of Mary Poppins is a great reminder that you don’t always have to go to Broadway to see a Broadway show. A pre-opening show was held on Tuesday night at the Te Raukura ki Kāpiti Coastlands Theatre and on a night when everything that can go wrong usually does, very little did. The shadow of Covid still looms large with audience members spaced…

Kāpiti Food Fair gearing up for big day

October 1, 2021

With just over two months to go, the team behind the Kāpiti Food Fair have started their official countdown to event day – and they are sharing more about the vendor line up they have planned for December 4th. “As the Fair is a pre-Christmas event, we provide an opportunity for our vendors to package their products for visitors to sample, buy gifts or to stock-up their…

ENVIRONMENT News

Professor Lester, Bug Man in Kāpiti talk

November 20, 2021

Professor Phil Lester, head of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, has a passion for all six-legged creatures, but especially for bees. He shared this enthusiasm in a recent talk for Friends of Kāpiti district Libraries at Ocean Road Community Centre. Phil Lester’s first book, The Vulgar Wasp, was about one of the world’s most hated insects. His second, Healthy Bee, Sick Bee,  is about just…

Climate Action Workshop storms into Kāpiti Coast

November 16, 2021

While world leaders are grappling with the ‘where to from here’ at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in the UK, New Zealand’s Sustainable Business Network (SBN) have teamed up with the British High Commission Wellington to help Kiwi businesses play their part in reducing carbon emissions. Phil Jones, programme Manager at the Sustainable Business Network, will be moderating an interactive workshop co-hosted with the Kāpiti Coast…

Weather warning for Kāpiti

September 9, 2021

Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMOnz) WEATHER WARNINGS: Wellington, Wairarapa and Kāpiti There are strong wind warnings in place for WELLINGTON and the WAIRARAPA including the TARARUA District from 8pm tonight until 9pm Friday. Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles, so take care on the roads. Heavy SWELLS are forecast along the KAPITI…

LIFESTYLE News

Kāpiti’s Tramway wins Australasian Award

October 28, 2021

A former Wellington tram has been restored by the Wellington Tramway Museum and has won a prestigious award open to all Tramway Museums across Australia and New Zealand. When electric tram services in Wellington commenced in 1904, one of the original vehicles was Tram 17. It served the city of Wellington for around 40 years before becoming a holiday bach in Raumati South on the Kāpiti Coast.…

Inspiring stories captured

October 18, 2021

Kāpiti writer Angela Robertson told a full house at the Ocean Road Community Centre that for many the idea of retirement being a sedentary time is a myth. “There are so many people who reach retirement age and then really start getting busy on projects they love,” says Angela, whose two latest books Embracing Life on our Own Terms and Celebrating Life on our Own Terms were launched at…

Charity Book Fair – read all about it

October 16, 2021

The Lions Charity Book Fair on  at Waikanae Memorial Hall saw big crowds turn up to get some great reading bargains. Organiser Peter Cresswell of the Waikanae Lions Club says there were hundreds who came through on the first day. “When we opened this morning there was already a cue of 250 keen book enthusiasts. Mr Cresswell has been running the Book Fair for 23 years and…

POLITICS News

Vaccination key to avoiding future lockdowns

September 22, 2021

In the wake of the most recent Alert Level 4 lockdown Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan is urging residents to get vaccinated. “Vaccination will give our community an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 and will help prevent future lockdowns. “The Delta variant moves fast, and the Auckland and Australian situation has shown us that this virus is not choosy. “I accept that there is a…

New Aotearoa podcast delves into local govt

September 19, 2021

Kāpiti Coast resident and district councillor Gwynn Compton has launched a new podcast dedicated to the world of local government in New Zealand – Local Aotearoa. The podcast, which will be published on a semi-weekly basis, will take a high-level look across the local government sector in New Zealand, exploring its history, structure, role, funding, and future, as well as taking on topical issues and current events.…

Is Kāpiti Gateway becoming unhinged

September 15, 2021

“Councillors should be asking questions about the delays to the Gateway project consent process for reassurance that the entire project agreed to by council is consentable,” says Kāpiti Districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott. “The design and consenting process which started in April this year remains incomplete with consent only granted for initial stream works and the Gateway project start timeline already rescheduled twice in the past two years.…

SENIORS News

Grey Power angered by power outages

August 15, 2021

The Grey Power NZ Federation, representing senior citizens, has reacted with anger to the power outages which left thousands of homes across the North Island without electricity for several hours on Monday night, one of the coldest of the year. Federation President Jan Pentecost says it was particularly concerning that the blackout appears not to have been caused by a lack of generating capacity but a decision…

New Zealand Needs To Invest In Elder Abuse Education And Prevention

August 3, 2021

Age Concern New Zealand are calling for funding to be invested its vital elder abuse prevention and education programmes which complement the Governments Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS). “The Elder Abuse Response Service is great for supporting the victims of elder abuse, but we need this same investment in education and prevention of elder abuse, says Stephanie Clare, Chief Executive at Age Concern New Zealand. “We need…

Kāpiti Volunteer stories wanted

June 17, 2021

As part of National Volunteer Week 2021 Volunteer Kāpiti want to celebrate and recognise your volunteer experiences. “Tell us how your team of volunteers connected and worked together to benefit the Kāpiti Community. This could also involve stories about how your team have had to change or reimagine the way they work during this COVID recovery period. “We welcome all stories (big or small acts!). Each story…

SENIORS News

Holly Robinson to feature in official Paralympic video game

May 27, 2021

NZ Paralympian Holly Robinson will feature in the first official Paralympics video game ‘The Pegasus Dream Tour’. Today – 100 days out from the Paralympics – the pre-registration system is launching, with those interested being able to apply already through Pegasus official website https://pegasus-dream.com/. ‘The Pegasus Dream Tour’ will be available worldwide on smartphone devices on 24 June 2021 in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic…

Euan Mason wins Howard & Co Summer Series

May 9, 2021

Kāpiti Cycling Club President Gary Clareburt says this year’s Howard & Co Summer Series was a great success with all races hotly contested. “The club has had a very good summer and it is clear that cycling is growing in popularity here in Kāpiti. The Summer Series covered riders from all four grades and in the end it was the consistent results of Euan that made the…

Bowling Autumn Leaves

May 3, 2021

An opinion piece By Ian Powell I’m what’s known as a cricket nut (or cricket tragic as some cruelly say). I played cricket for well over 40 years at school and in Wellington, Christchurch and Kāpiti Coast. I even reached the heady heights of best bowler for my Kāpiti President’s grade team for three successive years and got my only hattrick in my last game. I bowled…

TRANSPORT News

PR Battle rages over Kāpiti Airport

November 1, 2021

It seems battle lines are drawn around Kāpiti airport and unusually one person who seems determined for it not to be an airport is the airport CEO. Controversial CEO Chris Simpson has become a divisive figure on an issue that will have a huge impact on Kāpiti’s future. Mr Simpson will be guest speaker at the Electra Business Breakfast on Wednesday Nov 3 (details below) where they…

Kāpiti’s Tramway wins Australasian Award

October 28, 2021

A former Wellington tram has been restored by the Wellington Tramway Museum and has won a prestigious award open to all Tramway Museums across Australia and New Zealand. When electric tram services in Wellington commenced in 1904, one of the original vehicles was Tram 17. It served the city of Wellington for around 40 years before becoming a holiday bach in Raumati South on the Kāpiti Coast.…

Update – Serious Crash, SH 1, Te Horo

October 5, 2021

Police can confirm that one person has died following a serious crash on SH 1 between Peka Peka and Te Horo this evening. The two-car crash occurred at about 7:50pm near the intersection with Te Hapua Road. Sadly, the sole occupant of one vehicle died at the scene. The sole occupant of the second vehicle has been airlifted to Wellington Hospital with serious injuries. Police are appealing…

WHAT’S ON

Being Older and Bolder in Kāpiti

October 9, 2021

Kāpiti writer Angela Robertson is all about maximising potential as she prepares to launch her latest books with a focus on positive aging. The two latest books have captured the real life experiences from dozens of retirees for her Older & Bolder series.  Angela says she was inspired to write from her own experience. “I was in the age group myself heading towards retirement but wasn’t ready…

Mary Poppins takes off in Kāpiti

October 7, 2021

The current Kāpiti production of Mary Poppins is a great reminder that you don’t always have to go to Broadway to see a Broadway show. A pre-opening show was held on Tuesday night at the Te Raukura ki Kāpiti Coastlands Theatre and on a night when everything that can go wrong usually does, very little did. The shadow of Covid still looms large with audience members spaced…

Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club Twilight sailing

October 5, 2021

The Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club is holding a twilight sailing event to enable those who have commitments during the day to see these fun racing yachts in action. The club plans to have 3 classes of yachts all sailing: The East Coast 12 (EC12) a design off an early Americas Cup Design.The DragonForce 65 (DF65) andThe DragonFlite 95 (DF95) both inexpensive racing yachts taking the world by…

YOUTH NEWS

Whitireia and WelTec Open Days highlighting potential career paths

August 9, 2021

Whitireia and WelTec are opening up their campuses to future ākonga (learners) considering their next step in life. The first Open Day was held at the Porirua campus on Wednesday 28 July, and future ākonga enjoyed the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the spaces and people. This was the first time in many years future ākonga have been able to enjoy the open day experience at the…

TVNZ brings extensive coverage of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

August 4, 2021

New Zealand viewers can look forward to extensive free-to-air coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, live on TVNZ DUKE. From 24 August – 5 September, DUKE’s schedule will be taken over to bring footage of our Paralympians competing in Japan. The New Zealand Paralympic Team’s performances will be the focus of the broadcast, with TVNZ committed to showcasing all our athletes – live where possible or…

Girl Power in Plumbing Challenge

July 19, 2021

Starting a plumbing apprenticeship as an adult can be challenging, doing so as a woman in a largely male dominated industry is even more so. However Kāpiti’s Soren Ebbett is taking it all in her stride. The Raumati mother of two is an apprentice at Peter Jackson Plumbing based in Paraparaumu. “It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and when I started…