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Kāpiti Horowhenua early awards winners

Kāpiti Horowhenua early awards winners

The Electra Business & Innovation Awards has drawn three winners to start the 2021 Awards…

May 27, 2021
Holly Robinson to feature in official Paralympic video game

Holly Robinson to feature in official Paralympic video game

NZ Paralympian Holly Robinson will feature in the first official Paralympics video game ‘The Pegasus…

May 27, 2021
Kāpiti family seeks housing help

Kāpiti family seeks housing help

With the price of property going through the roof, and buyers having to stump up…

May 24, 2021
Metlink – Think Before You Type

Metlink – Think Before You Type

An abusive message punched into a keyboard can have just as much impact as a…

May 20, 2021
Kāpiti Chamber makes strong recommendations

Kāpiti Chamber makes strong recommendations

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce has advocated for sustainable growth and investment in infrastructure, recommending…

May 20, 2021
Covid Vaccine info for Employers

Covid Vaccine info for Employers

With Covid19 Vaccination programmes underway there are many questions for employers and employees about the…

May 18, 2021

Bus customers encouraged to check before they travel during Tramways Union meeting

Bus customers encouraged to check before they travel during Tramways Union meeting

Some Wellington bus customers will face disruptions to their travel on Thursday 20 May between…

May 13, 2021
Greater Wellington’s environmental award

Greater Wellington’s environmental award

Greater Wellington’s Low Carbon Acceleration (LCA) Fund, established to accelerate the action required for Greater…

May 12, 2021
Kāpiti Chorale and Brass Band join forces

Kāpiti Chorale and Brass Band join forces

The Kāpiti Chorale and the Kāpiti Brass band joined forces recently for a magnificent concert…

May 12, 2021
Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth hits record

Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth hits record

“Kāpiti Run for Youth has raised a record amount in 2021 of $24,619.19,” says Richard…

May 10, 2021
Challenge for Kāpiti Mentors

Challenge for Kāpiti Mentors

Kāpiti businessman Peter Jackson says the Challenge for Change mentoring programme was indeed a challenge…

May 10, 2021
Euan Mason wins Howard & Co Summer Series

Euan Mason wins Howard & Co Summer Series

Kāpiti Cycling Club President Gary Clareburt says this year’s Howard & Co Summer Series was…

May 9, 2021

Arts News

Modern woman shines at Mahara

June 25, 2020

The (Old) Waikanae Library might be a leaky mess on the inside but outside it has had a major makeover, significantly brightening Mahara Place, thanks to local artists Kate Hartmann and Ruth Robertson-Taylor. Kate says they were approached by the KCDC Public Art Panel last November about concepts to change what was a dark uninviting space into something that would enhance the area in keeping with other…

Fearless bad-guy catcher for Police Museum

June 16, 2020

Kāpiti Artist Marcus Ebbett says the New Zealand Police Museum is a fantastic final destination and home for his painting ‘Constable Rob Eastham with Ike’. Constable Eastham is a member of the Porirua Public Safety Team, and Wellington AOS. Ike served New Zealand Police for 12 years as a frontline veteran and fearless catcher of bad guys. He was a star of the reality TV show Dog…

Elizabeth Kay in Kāpiti Book Talk

June 13, 2020

Sunday 12 July in the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room at 2:00 pm The Kāpiti Friends of the Library are hosting Elizabeth Kay who will speak about her book Eddie Norman and 25 Battalion. The book is based on the letters and writings of her father Eddie Norman who was at El Alamein and Cassino in WWII and would become Bishop of Wellington and in 1984 a Knight…

Business News

Covid Vaccine info for Employers

May 18, 2021

With Covid19 Vaccination programmes underway there are many questions for employers and employees about the process and requirements. Employment expert Julia Palmer of Star People in Kāpiti addresses some of the rights and obligations. A common question is can employers make their employees get vaccinated. Ms Palmer says no. “Employers can only require that certain roles are performed by employees who are vaccinated, for instance if the…

Grant Robertson serves up Budget

May 6, 2021

Thursday 3 June 2021 (note, not usual Wed) 7.15am to 9am | Southward Car Museum Post-Mortem 2021 Budget – Impact on New Zealander’s and BusinessThe Electra Business Breakfast is hosting the Deputy PM, Hon Grant Robertson, who will dissect the 2021 Budget that he will deliver to New Zealanders on Thursday 20 May.On 4 May Minister Robertson spoke to a business crowd in Wellington, and he said his Ministers…

Why social enterprise is important in our local economy

May 3, 2021

Electra Business Breakfast will host Raechel Osborne, CEO and Board Member, Mike Styles of Kāpiti Youth Support (KYS) will speak about the value and importance of social enterprise in our local economy.Organisations like KYS are part of the daily fabric of many local families in Kāpiti. Their response to COVID and the reality of 2021 as an established social enterprise doing the mahi to support mental wellbeing…

COMMUNITY News

Challenge for Kāpiti Mentors

May 10, 2021

Kāpiti businessman Peter Jackson says the Challenge for Change mentoring programme was indeed a challenge and at the same time hugely rewarding. Challenge for Change is an early intervention mentoring programme that works on a strengths based approach. Young people aged between 9 and 13 are matched with a mentor who acts as a positive role model.  “This is a chance to have a very positive impact…

Lions Charity Book Fair

May 7, 2021

The Lions Charity Book Fair on Saturday from 8am-5pm at the Waikanae Memorial Hall is expected to see hundreds of book enthusiasts attend. Peter Cresswell has been running the Book Fair for 22 years and says this one day event is in addition to the usual two day event in October. “We have had a big build up of books and there are more than we need…

Rotary combines for Kāpiti Foodbank Appeal

May 6, 2021

The Annual  Kāpiti Combined Rotary clubs’ Foodbank Appeal is being held on Saturday May 22nd advises Appeal coordinator Dave Edwards of Kāpiti Rotary club. On the day Rotarians will be stationed at the entrances of all major supermarkets. Shoppers will be given a leaflet detailing the food items the Foodbanks require to replenish stocks depleted during the Covid lockdowns. Food items purchased for donation to the local…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Meccano Show draws big crowds

March 20, 2021

Hundreds of visitors turned out to see the many displays on show at the National Meccano Exhibition at the Waikanae Memorial Hall on Saturday. The show continues from 10am-4pm on Sunday. Organiser Reg Barlow says the event has been great for Kāpiti. “We have had great numbers coming through the door, many hundreds and we expect the same on day two. We have people exhibiting from Auckland,…

Kāpiti raves for Gold Dust Woman

February 26, 2021

The Gold Dust Woman Show had a good deal of hype leading up to the event last week in Kāpiti, so what was the verdict. Well a full crowd at Southwards went nuts for it. Singing (and many dancing) along to Stevie Nicks’ numbers well known to the audience. Fantastic, brilliant, wow…, you get the picture. These were comments from a hugely appreciative audience and the star…

Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty Tribute in Kāpiti

February 16, 2021

Seven Wonders Fleetwood Mac Showcase was formed in 2018. Through growth and determination has now evolved into the ultimate experience that is – Stevie Nicks Showcase ‘Gold Dust Woman’ with special guest Tom Petty Tribute. Inspired by her love of the songs and voice of Stevie Nicks, Rachel Williams turned her dreams into reality; emotionally attached by a life of struggle she has turned her Dust into…

ENVIRONMENT News

Kāpiti Kiwi Night Encounter

April 13, 2021

This is your chance to share in the night world of kiwi. Watch our birds as they emerge from their daytime slumber and engage in the nocturnal exploration of their outdoor enclosure. Every evening presents a new episode in the lives of our birds! Each Encounter starts with a kiwi presentation at our Visitor Centre. Your guide will then escort you to our outdoor kiwi enclosure where…

Kāpiti Recycling to get Makeover

March 17, 2021

Kāpiti Rotary Club president Shirley Stratton led a large team of volunteers in assembling and delivering new recycling bins throughout Kāpiti. Kāpiti residents will now have received the new Waste Management recycling bins (Please note – these apply to Waste Management customers only) – links below explain collection times and usage. “At a recent community event, where Kāpiti Rotary members were highly visible, a club member was…

Lower Carbon Emissions call for Greater Wellington Region

February 9, 2021

Consultation calls for lower carbon emissions, safer roads and a more connected transport network across the Wellington region Public consultation is open for the Regional Land Transport Plan 2021 (RLTP) which is calling on the community’s views on how to make a safer, more sustainable transport network for our region. Regional Transport Committee Chair and Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, Adrienne Staples says that the RLTP is a…

LIFESTYLE News

Fewer people to face end of year tax bills

July 9, 2020

The Government is moving to ease financial stress for around 149,000 taxpayers by changing the rules around write-offs for tax debt.”Fewer people will have tax bills to pay this year,” said Revenue Minister Stuart Nash.”Inland Revenue’s end of year automatic income tax calculation process for individuals is currently underway and is expected to run until early July. It is the annual wash up which results in people…

POLITICS News

Two vacancies to be filled on Waikanae Community Board

September 19, 2020

The formal resignation of Waikanae Community Board member Jill Griggs has been received by Kāpiti Coast District Council today (Friday, 18 September). This means there are now two vacancies on the Board following the earlier resignation of former Board member Geoffrey Churchman. A fresh notice will be issued to enable the two seats to be filled in one election. Kāpiti Coast District Council Electoral Officer Katrina Shieffelbein…

Katherine Kelly stands for Waikanae Board

September 18, 2020

Like many Kāpiti residents, Kath Kelly and her family got to know Waikanae through many years of family holidays. She remembers the freedom that the wide-open spaces provided her and her brothers. Kath and her husband have made Waikanae their home since 2013 and are enjoying being very active in the community at Waikanae Beach. Kath’s career has been in Insurance and Finance where she honed both…

SENIORS News

Hansen returns for Central Hinds

January 23, 2021

The return of cricket allrounder Melissa Hansen is the only change to the Central Hinds squad named for their next Dream11 Super Smash doubleheader in Auckland this Saturday.Hansen split the webbing on her left hand while bowling in Christchurch, and subsequently missed the Hinds’ first victory of the T20 season, against the Otago Sparks in New Plymouth earlier this week.After having opened the bowling on debut, Nelson’s…

SX4 Takes Off

November 17, 2020

Cody Cooper, 9-time NZ MX1 motocross champion, has officially confirmed he will be the first signing for the inaugural SX4 event set to be staged in Taupo on 9 January 2021. SX4, inspired by motocross great Ben Townley, is set to dramatically change the world of motocross and Cooper couldn’t wait to jump on board: ‘What Ben has created will not only have fans on the edge…

Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club back on the water

October 2, 2020

The Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club race their radio controlled yachts regularly at Awatea Pond Paraparaumu (Wednesdays Fridays and some Sundays) and Winstones Lake Ōtaki (Sundays). Visitors are welcome to come along and can often have a go. During 2005 a bunch of people who enjoy sailing and racing radio control yachts established The Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club which became an Incorporated Society in 2009. Since it’s inception,…

TRANSPORT News

Kāpiti winner in Design a Bus contest

April 5, 2021

Ellie, 11, from Kāpiti and Bill, 8, from Wellington were today announced as the winners of Metlink’s ‘Design a bus’ colouring contest, meaning their designs will be turned into two Metlink buses hitting Wellington’s streets next month. These talented tamariki were chosen out of 15 finalists and hundreds of entries for the popular contest which Metlink ran last month as part of the Brendan Foot Supersite Round…

Metlink is running free fares for Round the Bays

November 11, 2020

To keep carbon emissions low and morale high, Metlink is providing free transport across its whole network (bus, ferry and rail) in the Greater Wellington region on 21 February 2021 for Round the Bays participants and volunteers.If everyone travelled by public transport for Round the Bays, we would generate nine times less carbon than if we all took our own cars, says Scott Gallacher, general manager of…

Metlink aligns ads with Community

October 22, 2020

Metlink is moving forward with amendments to its advertising policy to better reflect the community it serves. Metlink general manager, Scott Gallacher says the changes, as part of Metlink’s normal review processes, were a chance to do the right thing for the region. “Like any public transport provider Metlink needs to make use of advertising opportunities to help fund and strengthen services, but we’ve put considerable effort…

WHAT’S ON

Directions in Jazz: West Coast/Cool Jazz

May 10, 2021

FRIDAY AT 7 PM UTC+12; St Peters Village Hall, Paekākāriki Recently returned from 20 years performing abroad, award-winning pianist Duncan Haynes presents Directions in Jazz, a series of concerts celebrating the joy of improvisation, each one showcasing a different flavour of the music we call jazz. May 2021 puts the focus on Hard Bop and West Coast/Cool Jazz. Both feature killing bands with decades of international experience…

Lions Charity Book Fair

May 7, 2021

The Lions Charity Book Fair on Saturday from 8am-5pm at the Waikanae Memorial Hall is expected to see hundreds of book enthusiasts attend. Peter Cresswell has been running the Book Fair for 22 years and says this one day event is in addition to the usual two day event in October. “We have had a big build up of books and there are more than we need…

Grant Robertson serves up Budget

May 6, 2021

Thursday 3 June 2021 (note, not usual Wed) 7.15am to 9am | Southward Car Museum Post-Mortem 2021 Budget – Impact on New Zealander’s and BusinessThe Electra Business Breakfast is hosting the Deputy PM, Hon Grant Robertson, who will dissect the 2021 Budget that he will deliver to New Zealanders on Thursday 20 May.On 4 May Minister Robertson spoke to a business crowd in Wellington, and he said his Ministers…

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