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Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub for tech creatives

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub for tech creatives

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub is at the cutting edge of creative technology and have just announced…

August 31, 2021
Jeff Simmonds reads A Rope for Harry Fat

Jeff Simmonds reads A Rope for Harry Fat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywS_C5eLmrc Kāpiti singer songwriter, musician, filmmaker Jeff Simmonds reads a classic Kiwi poem, in this…

August 30, 2021
Arrest made and meth seized in Ōtaki

Arrest made and meth seized in Ōtaki

Central District Police have arrested one person and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine and…

August 26, 2021
Bill Manhire – just Wow

Bill Manhire – just Wow

Bill Manhire lives in Kāpiti and his voice belongs to the world. To hear him…

August 24, 2021
Kāpiti Mayor slams Covidiots

Kāpiti Mayor slams Covidiots

Kāpiti Mayor Gurunathan says community idiots are at it again “Residents living around the Waikanae…

August 21, 2021
Ōtaki Players let the sunshine in

Ōtaki Players let the sunshine in

HAIR – THE ROCK MUSICAL, OTAKI PLAYERS SOCIETY. AUGUST 2021 PRODUCTION Reviewed by PENELOPE HAINES…

August 19, 2021
Kāpiti supermarkets ready for mandatory masks

Kāpiti supermarkets ready for mandatory masks

Masks are now mandatory when visiting supermarkets, services stations and all public transport during Covid…

August 19, 2021
Kāpiti Council operating limited services during Alert Level 4

Kāpiti Council operating limited services during Alert Level 4

Kāpiti Coast District Council is now operating under its Alert Level 4 service levels reports…

August 18, 2021
Government’s response to New Zealand’s Delta threat is the right response

Government’s response to New Zealand’s Delta threat is the right response

By Ian Powell The Government is right in its response to New Zealand’s (Aotearoa) community…

August 18, 2021
Ōtaki woman embracing change for RNZAF medical career

Ōtaki woman embracing change for RNZAF medical career

Ōtaki woman Julia Carpenter has overcome a serious head injury suffered in a car accident…

August 18, 2021
Grey Power angered by power outages

Grey Power angered by power outages

The Grey Power NZ Federation, representing senior citizens, has reacted with anger to the power…

August 15, 2021
Grazing Land put out to pasture at Queen Elizabeth Park

Grazing Land put out to pasture at Queen Elizabeth Park

Major restoration work has begun at Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) and Kaitoke Regional Park to provide…

August 15, 2021

Arts News

WHITI ORA Art Exhibition

July 20, 2021

Opening: July 23 – 6:30pm – Normal Hours: July 24 – August 28, Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm – Toi Matarau Gallery, 68 Main St, Ōtaki The second of two Matariki exhibitions curated by Maakarita Paku and Neke Moa of Toi Matarau Gallery. ‘Whiti Ora’ is a group exhibition at the Māoriland Hub where artists shine their creativity under the auspicious constellation of Matariki. Opening Friday…

Prize-winning Pianist for Waikanae

July 18, 2021

Young Christchurch pianist, Lixin Zhang, due to perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 1 August, has just won the Silver Medal in the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States.  Based in Salt Lake City, the competition is the second most important piano competition in the United States and has launched the careers of many outstanding international performers. Because of…

Kāpiti publisher launching Vietnam ANZACS

June 14, 2021

Kāpiti publisher Bob Anderson loves books and has a special passion for military histories. Bob’s company, John Douglas Publishing, is probably Australasia’s leading publisher of military histories. “My passion is books, specifically, books on Australasian military history,” says Bob. “Through my career I have been involved in the production of the best part of 1000 books. Of those I have done since 2000, the vast majority relate…

Business News

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce hosts David Seymour for lively post-Budget event

June 7, 2021

A lively and humorous analysis of the 2021 Budget by Act leader David Seymour drew an engaged crowd at a Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce event on Monday evening. Around 60 people, including former Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, came to hear Seymour’s perspective at the event, where attendees had the opportunity to quiz him on a range of different topics. Seymour said he believed the Budget,…

Get—Go Futures Day connects students with employers

May 31, 2021

The second Get—Go Futures Day was held on Friday the 21st of May, providing the opportunity for all Year 10 students in Horowhenua to visit two different employers to explore future employment options. Futures Day also provided students the ability to connect their learning at school to a workplace environment. The Get—Go Futures Day event was delivered by the new employment initiative, Get—Go, in partnership with Horowhenua…

Kāpiti Horowhenua early awards winners

May 27, 2021

The Electra Business & Innovation Awards has drawn three winners to start the 2021 Awards programme. Congratulations to Lorraine Upham from Organic Connection, Gary Hutchings from Eco-Smart and Phil Byrne from EcoShifter for winning the Air Chathams vouchers. By committing to explore entering their businesses into the 2021 Awards at the recent events Electra Business & Innovation Awards Chair Brendan Duffy has spoken at, the Electra Business…

COMMUNITY News

Kāpiti book launch honours Anzacs

September 4, 2021

Former platoon commander Lieutenant Colonel Tony Howell told a full Club Vista at Paraparaumu that his new book Vietnam ANZACS was written as a tribute to those who died or came back scarred by their experience from 1965 to 1971. “This is a book by veterans about veterans. It is a tribute to those who lost their lives or quality of life as a result of serving…

Paekākāriki shoots Covid

September 4, 2021

Exterior World: A community photo-essay of scenes from a lockdown walk PHOTO ESSAY / Village-wide contributions Many Paekākāriki locals responded to the excellent Paekākāriki.nz website’s call to send in photos while out and about on their 2021 lockdown walks. Here’s an essay hand-picked by illustrations editor Mark Coote. “Many thanks to our contributors: Amy Delahunty, Carolyn Parker, Himiona Grace, Ngaere MacKinnon, Bridget Pidford, Jan McKenzie, Penny Ehrhardt, Julia Truscott, Maree White, Mark…

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…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Prize-winning Pianist for Waikanae

July 18, 2021

Young Christchurch pianist, Lixin Zhang, due to perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 1 August, has just won the Silver Medal in the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States.  Based in Salt Lake City, the competition is the second most important piano competition in the United States and has launched the careers of many outstanding international performers. Because of…

Club Vista and RSA AGM

June 29, 2021

Level 1 is back and so is Club Vista!!This Sunday is the AGMS for Paraparaumu Memorial RSA commencing at 9-30am, and Club Vista at 10-30am. 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach  Please make sure you attend your AGM and help ensure there is a quorum for each meeting.  If you are attending the RSA meeting at9-30am please stay on for the Club Vista AGM at 10-30am.The remit regarding the proposal to sell the tenancies on Maclean Street…

Māoriland Presents Anika Moa – New Date

June 7, 2021

E te iwi, this is a reminder that due to ill health, Anika Moa was unable to join us for her show scheduled for this week at the Māoriland Hub. The event date has been postponed to Saturday August 7, 2021 at Māoriland Hub. The team from iTICKET have contacted existing ticket holders, all of whom have been transferred to the new date. If you have not…

ENVIRONMENT News

Clean Up Week launches for 2021

July 5, 2021

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is once again asking Kiwis to ‘Do the Right Thing’ and come together to make a collective difference by getting involved in this year’s Clean Up Week between September 13-19.The community pride initiative, run annually by Keep New Zealand Beautiful, inspires businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to actively participate in cleaning up their little part of Aotearoa.Clean Up Week is New Zealand’s largest…

Kāpiti Cr bids to keep recycling Centre Open

June 20, 2021

Councillor Jackie Elliott is waging a campaign to keep the well used Waikanae Recycling Centre open after a move by Council to close it down. “As Portfolio Leader for Sustainable Waste Management I have noticed how much better small communities like Ōtaki and Paekākāriki do minimising waste and finding creative ways to re-use and re-purpose resources,” says Cr Elliott. Cr Elliott says at a recent Council workshop,…

KCDC grants support waste reduction

June 14, 2021

Kāpiti community groups, iwi, schools, neighbourhood groups and businesses can apply for funding to support innovative solutions for reducing waste until 25 July. Waste Levy grants support projects which reduce waste in Kāpiti across three categories: community projects, seed funding for waste innovation projects, and business waste reduction. The community projects grant sets aside $20,000 to support a range of practical, on-the-ground waste minimisation efforts. The fund encourages…

LIFESTYLE News

Game developers’ growth just part of rampant Kiwi tech sector

December 13, 2020

New Zealand game developers’ $323.9 million earnings in the last financial year is a perfect example of just what is happening across the rampant tech sector, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.It is fantastic to see the continued growth of New Zealand’s interactive media and game developers, making $121 million more in one year, Muller says.’However, this is a great example of the continued growth and success…

Stay safe at Kāpiti Beaches this summer

October 30, 2020

With warmer weather fast approaching thousands of Kāpiti Coasters will be taking to the water and safety and vigilance will vital. New Zealand Water Safety Month is approaching halfway and tragically since the campaign started six people have fatally drowned in preventable incidents. “This is a tragic reminder of how many New Zealanders are needlessly losing their lives while in, on and around the water. Every fatality…

Kāpiti Embraces #ownitoctober, Balm to Covid-19 Stresses

October 22, 2020

Kāpiti is embracing local social media campaign, #ownitoctober, aimed at empowering women, celebrating local businesses and building kindness amongst the community after a difficult 2020. Created by Kirsten Kennish, Owner of Absolute Hair, #ownitoctober is about body positivity, empowerment and recognising businesses who are working hard to respond to the challenging environment Covid-19 creates. “I’m seeing people in the salon who are tired – this year has…

POLITICS News

Kāpiti residents want council closer to community

August 9, 2021

Kāpiti Coast residents want their diverse communities represented on council, and more direct access to councillors who do what’s best for the district as a whole, according to research released today by Kāpiti Coast District Council ahead of public consultation on council representation. The Council is carrying out a review of how its ratepayers and residents should be represented at the 2022 local body elections. Under the…

Kāpiti Volunteers receive Civic and Community Awards

August 9, 2021

Fifteen Kāpiti volunteer groups and individuals have been honoured for their part in keeping our communities connected and strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the annual Kāpiti Coast Civic Awards were once again paired with the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards to honour the outstanding people who make our neighbourhoods and communities the special places they are. Mayor Gurunathan said that last night’s awards event was…

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…

SENIORS News

Top five tips for retirees

September 30, 2020

There is no doubt we’re in topsy-turvy times. But it’s not just our everyday lives that have been tipped upside down, the economy and financial markets have been on a rollercoaster too, leaving many of us concerned about our finances. We asked financial adviser Liz Koh for her top tips on riding out the COVID-19 financial storm. The good news is her advice for retirees remains largely unchanged, so…

SENIORS News

Kāpiti Petanque Club Open Doubles draws quality field

January 29, 2021

Kāpiti Petanque Club held their Open Doubles tournament over Wellington Anniversary Weekend, with more than thirty entries coming from the Lower North Island. This annual event attracts players with regional, national and international status, several of whom are members of the Club. This year’s winning team were Enoka and Monica Smiler of the Naenae Club, who were presented with the Liz Koh Trophy. Liz Koh has sponsored…

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…

TRANSPORT News

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

May 13, 2021

Some Wellington bus customers will face disruptions to their travel on Thursday 20 May between 9:00am and 3pm as NZ Bus drivers attend a Tramways Union meeting. Metlink general manager, Scott Gallacher says, “This disruption only affects a part of our network, so customers can rest assured that the vast majority of our bus services will run as usual.” The Union meeting will not affect school services,…

Power failure stops trains on Kāpiti line

May 9, 2021

Train services in and out of Wellington on the Kāpiti Line were stopped late this morning (Saturday) after a breakdown in the electricity supply. Metlink reported that the 10.00am train from Waikanae to Wellington had stopped at Kaiwharawhara with no power “and we are currently trying to retrieve this service.” The 10.30am service from Waikanae to Wellington was being held at Takapu Road. Then there were cancellations:…

Metlink is extending the Early Bird special for passengers

May 6, 2021

Metlink is extending its offer of 25% discount for adult passengers who Snapper on buses before 7am, until 21 August 2021. The Early Bird special only applies to Snapper adult fares on Metlink buses during the trial period. The Early Bird special is not available for rail, ferry or SuperGold card customers or any other discounted fare. The Early Bird special trial, that began in February 2021,…

WHAT’S ON

Club Vista and RSA AGM

June 29, 2021

Level 1 is back and so is Club Vista!!This Sunday is the AGMS for Paraparaumu Memorial RSA commencing at 9-30am, and Club Vista at 10-30am. 32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach  Please make sure you attend your AGM and help ensure there is a quorum for each meeting.  If you are attending the RSA meeting at9-30am please stay on for the Club Vista AGM at 10-30am.The remit regarding the proposal to sell the tenancies on Maclean Street…

June BA5 – Forsyth Barr

June 27, 2021

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses to attended their BA5 (Business After 5pm) networking programme.   On June 30 the BA5 will be Hosted by the team at Forsyth Barr. Come and join us for a drink and nibble, while Networking with other local businesses.  This is a great chance to get out and meet new people and get some new business contacts. Thanks to Forsyth…

Kāpiti celebrates Matariki

June 21, 2021

Unite with whanau, friends and community and brighten up winter this Matariki. Matariki rises on 2 July this year and heralds a month of live events, light shows, exhibitions, workshops and activities across the district. Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says the Māori new year is a significant time for all New Zealanders and is a time to come together to reflect on the past and…

YOUTH NEWS

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…

New Zealand facing a digital skills crisis

July 5, 2021

While all sectors are experiencing skills shortages, a survey underway is finding critical digital skills shortages impacting all parts of the economy. NZTech, the organisation tasked with providing the voice for the technology ecosystem has been collecting input via a digital skills survey which is revealing a desperate need to find solutions.  For the last five years between 4,000 to 5,000 tech professionals have immigrated to New…

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