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Car hits pole – Power out in Otaihanga

Car hits pole – Power out in Otaihanga

There is currently a power outage in Otaihanga after a car collided with a power…

November 13, 2021
Police confirm four dead in Horowhenua crash

Police confirm four dead in Horowhenua crash

Police have confirmed four people died in a serious crash on State Highway 1 between…

November 9, 2021
Multiple fatalities confirmed in SH 1 crash

Multiple fatalities confirmed in SH 1 crash

State Highway 1 remains closed after a serious crash at around 3pm at Kuku, Horowhenua.…

November 9, 2021
Kāpiti Food Fair Good to Go

Kāpiti Food Fair Good to Go

In the lead up to Kāpiti’s premiere foodie event, the team behind the Kāpiti Food…

November 5, 2021
Survey shows Sole Traders hard-hit by COVID

Survey shows Sole Traders hard-hit by COVID

Australasia’s fastest-growing digital accountancy service, Hnry, has launched New Zealand’s first comprehensive sole trader sentiment…

November 4, 2021
PR Battle rages over Kāpiti Airport

PR Battle rages over Kāpiti Airport

It seems battle lines are drawn around Kāpiti airport and unusually one person who seems…

November 1, 2021

Kāpiti ‘Strawsome’ Hospice fundraiser cancelled

Kāpiti ‘Strawsome’ Hospice fundraiser cancelled

For only the second time in 15 years, Mary Potter Hospice has cancelled its Kāpiti…

October 30, 2021
Kāpiti’s Tramway wins Australasian Award

Kāpiti’s Tramway wins Australasian Award

A former Wellington tram has been restored by the Wellington Tramway Museum and has won…

October 28, 2021
Reikorangi set for Spring Fling

Reikorangi set for Spring Fling

Following last year’s successful event the Reikorangi Residents Association are again presenting their Spring Fling!…

October 27, 2021
Kidnapping and Firearms charges after Waikanae incident

Kidnapping and Firearms charges after Waikanae incident

“UPDATE: Waikanae firearms incident” A 32-year-old man will face significant charges after today’s serious firearms…

October 24, 2021
Incentives for Vaccinated Customers

Incentives for Vaccinated Customers

Raygun, an award-winning software company, has announced it is on the way to being 100%…

October 18, 2021
Inspiring stories captured

Inspiring stories captured

Kāpiti writer Angela Robertson told a full house at the Ocean Road Community Centre that…

October 18, 2021

Arts News

Bill Manhire – just Wow

August 24, 2021

Bill Manhire lives in Kāpiti and his voice belongs to the world. To hear him speak you might think Manhire something of a toff or as my mother would say he is very well spoken. Yet very few poets capture what is quintessentially Kiwi better than Manhire. He is both public bar and private bar, beach and town. Here is a poet who dives into his inner…

Ōtaki Players let the sunshine in

August 19, 2021

HAIR – THE ROCK MUSICAL, OTAKI PLAYERS SOCIETY. AUGUST 2021 PRODUCTION Reviewed by PENELOPE HAINES For those of us who came of age in the late 1960’s, the impact of the musical Hair was unavoidable. The cheerful, singable numbers broadcast on radio pop-stations, spoke to the aspirations of our age-group. “Let the sunshine in,” “Aquarius,” “Good morning Starshine” ….. In that age of optimism, we sang them…

Kāpiti Chorale Lifts the Spirits

August 11, 2021

By Norma McCallum ‘Music in the Time of COVID ‘  … title of a new novel? Well it could be but during these times of crisis one ‘Lifting the Spirits’ thing is generally agreed upon – listen to your favourite music.  And there is the added bonus in this country, our little Team of 5 million,  to actually go to a concert. The Kāpiti Chorale’s ‘wounded ‘director…

Business 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…

Raygun driving innovation

October 20, 2021

Raygun has been announced as the 2021 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner of the Year for New Zealand. Announced at the annual Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) AWS Partner Summit as part of the AWS Partner Awards 2021, the AWS ISV Partner of the Year award recognises Raygun’s performance and commitment to helping customers drive innovation on AWS.  Raygun is a cloud-based platform…

Incentives for Vaccinated Customers

October 18, 2021

Raygun, an award-winning software company, has announced it is on the way to being 100% immunised and is offering significant incentives to any new fully vaccinated sign-ups. New customers who sign up for Raygun and prove they have been vaccinated will receive 1M free events to use in 2021. Any new plan can qualify for the offer until the end of the year, with a value of…

COMMUNITY News

Car hits pole – Power out in Otaihanga

November 13, 2021

There is currently a power outage in Otaihanga after a car collided with a power pole. Power company representatives are at the scene and the car has been removed. There are no current reports of injuries and updates will be provided.

Police confirm four dead in Horowhenua crash

November 9, 2021

Police have confirmed four people died in a serious crash on State Highway 1 between Ōtaki and Levin. Emergency services were called to State Highway 1, near Kuku East Rd, after a truck collided with a van at 3pm on Tuesday. Police earlier reported there were multiple deaths following the crash of a truck and a van. Horowhenua mayor Bernie Wanden says the stretch of State Highway…

Multiple fatalities confirmed in SH 1 crash

November 9, 2021

State Highway 1 remains closed after a serious crash at around 3pm at Kuku, Horowhenua. Police can confirm there are multiple fatalities however further information is unable to be provided at this stage. There are no diversions in place and Police are working to be able to reopen one lane of the road as quickly as possible. We will provide further information as soon as we are…

ENTERTAINMENT 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…

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…

Kāpiti Broadcaster Goes Nationwide

September 15, 2021

Kāpiti radio supremo Todd Zaner has been a well heard voice on the airwaves, having been listened to in a number of towns and cities, and now he can be heard right across New Zealand. Veteran broadcaster Zaner has been employed by Radio New Zealand as a Stand-By/Casual host of the All Night Programme, on RNZ National. Mr Zaner says he was honoured to be asked to…

ENVIRONMENT News

Kāpiti Council culls Canada geese

August 1, 2021

Kāpiti Coast District Council has taken steps to control the population of Canada geese currently in the Kāpiti area. Canada geese have been a growing issue at some Kāpiti locations including Awatea Lakes and Otaraua Park. Their droppings can carry diseases such as avian influenza, campylobacter, Escherichia coli, and salmonella, and large populations can foul waterways. Kāpiti District Mayor K Gurunathan says Council has heard the call…

Kāpiti CE in firing line after letter bombshell

July 12, 2021

In an unprecedented move, a public meeting in Waikanae on Sunday called for the resignation of the Kāpiti Council’s chief executive Wayne Maxwell. The meeting, attended by over sixty locals, was called to discuss the recent Council decision to close the Waikanae Recycling Centre on August 1. Apart from strong opposition to the decision itself (passed on the casting vote of the Mayor) there were strong arguments…

Kāpiti Kids Planting for the Future

July 8, 2021

Tamariki from three schools across Kāpiti took the future of our environment into their own hands by getting them dirty at Greater Wellington’s tree planting event in Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) as part of the regional council’s winter planting programme. Over a hundred students from Te Rā Waldorf School, Raumati South School, and Paekākāriki School planted 1,000 native species on the bank of Whareroa Stream. Their efforts…

LIFESTYLE News

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…

Kāpiti re-cycling a winner with Bike Library

October 3, 2021

From Peka Peka to Pukerua Bay cyclists are being helped out by the superb community asset known as the Paekākāriki Bike Library. The concept is quite simple. You join the Bike Library and you will be fitted out with a bike that suits. Initiated by Paekākāriki resident and keen cyclist Jan Nisbet five years ago, the Bike Library has seen over 800 bikes back out into the…

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…

POLITICS News

Local MPs visit Kāpiti Vaccination Centre

September 15, 2021

Mana MP Barbara Edmonds and Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi were visitors this week at the Kāpiti Vaccination Centre in Paraparaumu. “So good to be up on the Kāpiti Coast to see how our vaccination roll out is going. Terisa Ngobi – MP for Ōtaki and I popped into the Tū Ora Kāpiti Vaccination Centre to see the awesome team who have been busy right through the lock…

Kāpiti Council operating limited services during Alert Level 4

August 18, 2021

Kāpiti Coast District Council is now operating under its Alert Level 4 service levels reports Mayor K Gurunathan. “Our main priority during this event is to support the national response, and the health and wellbeing of the Kāpiti Coast community and Council staff,” says Mayor K Gurunathan. Our Alert Level 4 service levels are designed to deliver essential services while keeping our community and staff safe.” Service…

Grazing Land put out to pasture at Queen Elizabeth Park

August 15, 2021

Major restoration work has begun at Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) and Kaitoke Regional Park to provide a permanent carbon sink for the region that will cut Greater Wellington’s carbon footprint by 2.5 percent in the first decade of its creation. The work is part of Greater Wellington’s planting programme which will see 400,000 trees planted across the region this winter, but these two restoration projects are unique because they…

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

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…

Waikanae Beach tennis hits 75 and is going strong

April 5, 2021

Perfect weather, an appreciative crowd and superb tennis was the order of the day as the Waikanae Beach Tennis Club recently celebrated its 75th Anniversary. And to top off a memorable day there was the dominating on-court performance of tremendous tennis talent 18 year old Patrick (Paddy) Joss who won the Men’s doubles with father Steve, Mixed doubles with sister Emma, and completed a memorable hat trick…

TRANSPORT News

Metlink offers free travel to vaccination events and centres

September 19, 2021

Metlink will be offering free travel on buses and trains to anyone getting their COVID-19 vaccination from Monday 20 September 2021 as part of a coordinated effort to boost attendance at vaccination centres and events across the region. The free travel be available for anyone heading for a vaccination says Scott Gallacher, General Manager of Metlink. “We’ve been working with Waka Kotahi and the District Health Boards to…

Crash at Rimu Rd Roundabout

August 9, 2021

Police and medical services were quickly on the scene this afternoon when a collision between a car and a motor scooter occurred at the roundabout on the corner of Ihakara St and Rimu Rd in Paraparaumu. The rider of the scooter was assisted by ambulance staff, his condition is unknown at this stage. The scooter was seriously damaged and there was some damage to the car, with…

Metlink at alert level 1

June 29, 2021

Following the Government’s Alert Level 1 announcement, Metlink has confirmed that face coverings are still mandatory on all bus, train and ferry services from 11:59pm on Tuesday 29 June. “The Government has made it clear that people should wear face coverings on public transport and we encourage our staff and passengers to follow this advice on our buses, trains and ferries. These measures will help keep passengers…

WHAT’S ON

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…

Police training exercise in Kāpiti

October 4, 2021

As part of the regular training for their specialist teams, Police will be undertaking a training exercise in Kāpiti on Friday 8 October. The exercise will take place in Queen Elizabeth II Park between 9am and 3pm. A Police spokesperson says the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) will be supporting the training exercise with an NH90 helicopter. “Our specialist teams undertake this type of tactical training…

YOUTH NEWS

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…

Kāpiti Kids Planting for the Future

July 8, 2021

Tamariki from three schools across Kāpiti took the future of our environment into their own hands by getting them dirty at Greater Wellington’s tree planting event in Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) as part of the regional council’s winter planting programme. Over a hundred students from Te Rā Waldorf School, Raumati South School, and Paekākāriki School planted 1,000 native species on the bank of Whareroa Stream. Their efforts…