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Arts Festival features Van Gogh Alive

Arts Festival features Van Gogh Alive

Bruce Peterson is the Founder and CEO of Grande Exhibitions, which creatives interactive, immersive exhibitions…

August 23, 2020
Regular savings for long-term gain

Regular savings for long-term gain

As the economic impact of COVID-19 begins to be felt, there are growing concerns over…

August 22, 2020

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Stop! Frame! The Illusion of life

April 1, 2016

Stop! Frame! The Illusion of life is an exhibition by the BAFTA award-winning stop motion filmmaker Alan Platt. This exploration of Alan’s life and works will be exhibited at Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, from 10 April until 22 May.Alan, born in 1941, began making puppets as a boy growing up in Blenheim, where he developed his craft by poring over books in the local library. By the age…

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Kāpiti Chamber hosts BA5

September 18, 2018

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is staging a BA5 hosted by Rutherford & Bond Toyota.Wednesday 26 September, 5.30 to 7.00pm11 Ihakara Street, ParaparaumuMembers Free – Non members $20Note to Members: Use a guest card and bring a colleague or friend for free.You are invited to attend the upcoming BA5 being hosted by the team at Rutherford & Bond Toyota. Come along to be connected and engaged with other…

Small firms confidence sinks in June quarter

July 21, 2018

Business confidence among small firms fell to a nine-year low in the June quarter, according to ANZ’s quarterly Business Micro Scope survey.A net 30% of small businesses are pessimistic about general business conditions, the most since March 2009. Confidence slipped in both micro firms (0-5 employees) and intermediate-sized businesses (those that employ 6-20 employees), unwinding gains in confidence reported in March.”Regulation remains the biggest concern facing small…

Climate Change on the menu for Kāpiti

July 10, 2018

The Electra Business Breakfast is hosting Professor James Renwick of Victoria University of Wellington and Member of Low Carbon Kāpiti Inc. He will discuss how climate change works, what is happening now, future changes in New Zealand, and implications for Kāpiti and the wider community.Climate change is reshaping the weather, the seasons, and the map of New Zealand. As the Government’s Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group…


Paekākāriki space programme launches rocket into pocket universe

June 17, 2019

Facing bypass by the new major Transmission Gully road, due to open north of Wellington next year, the small village of Paekākāriki on the Kāpiti Coast is taking its future into its own hands. Known for its independent community spirit, at the end of this month the village (population 1600) launches its own digital platform, paekākā, a website dubbed “your pocket universe” which has been developed by…

Kāpiti Whalepot Challenge

May 29, 2019

Put your thinking cap on. How much oil do you think this whalepot would hold? Worked it out? Then come into the Kāpiti Coast Museum any time between 1-4pm any Friday, Saturday, Sunday in June and July to see the whalepot and fill in your entry form in the Great Museum Whalepot Competition.Chairman of the Museum Management Committee Allan Carley says it might take a mathematician or…

Waikanae Beach Residents invited

May 19, 2019

Committee Chair Gerald Rys says the Waikanae Beach Residents Society Incorporated (WBRSI) have been busy presenting submissions and having dialogue with representatives of the Waikanae Community Board, KCDC and Greater Wellington Regional Council.”This has included discussion of rates increases, Beach Residential District plan reclassification, emergency management, long term plan submission, flooding and stormwater, community hall, Waimahia stream realignment, Waikanae Beach Futures Document promotion, Waikanae Beach Development.Mr Rys…


Kāpiti Tui enjoys a bit of local Bottle Brush

October 11, 2017

Kāpiti Tui enjoys a bit of local Bottle Brush.Another stunning photo of the Tui that are seen in their hundreds in Kāpiti. It seems every street has a healthy population of tui.Many thanks for the Photo by Karl Webber

Wild weather – Caution for Kāpiti

September 26, 2017

With plenty of wild weather hitting the region the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office WREMO are urging drivers to be very careful driving over the next few days.Metservice is expecting some strong gusts (up to 130 km/h in exposed places), big swells (particularly for the Kāpiti Coast) and heavy rainfall in the Tararuas today.WREMO says the public should be wary walking along the beach and any river…

Kāpiti Summerfruit benefits from Biosecurity Boost

September 19, 2017

Summerfruit NZ and the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand (MIA) have this week signed the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) Deed, joining the fight against pests and diseases that could significantly impact New Zealand’s economy.By signing the GIA Deed, Summerfruit NZ and MIA join the fifteen other industry sectors that have agreed to work with Government, and each other, to combat the…


Kāpiti gardeners – time for the Three Pretty Ps

May 28, 2017

Winter has officially arrived. But just because the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder it doesn’t mean the colour in your garden has to be the same. There are several flowers that thrive in cool conditions and all of them pack a punch when it comes to colour. And, coincidentally, all begin with P polyanthus, primula and pansy. Here’s another P word for…

Murder in the Paraparaumu Library

May 11, 2017

The Friends of the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries are hosting several public events this year and the next is a must for writers.Monday 29 May, 6.30pm in Paraparaumu Library meeting roomMurder in the Library 2017 Ngaio Marsh Crime Awards entrants Penelope Haines and Christopher Abbey are joined by David McGill to discuss where their writing inspiration comes from, how they create interesting characters, craft page-turning storylines, and…


Kāpiti Chamber Outlines Priorities For 2017 Election

August 9, 2017

Economic growth, infrastructure and youth employment are high on the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce’s agenda for 2017, according to its election manifesto released this week.The Election Manifesto for the 2017 General Election comes ahead of the Chamber’s ‘Meet the Candidates’ event to be held on the 23rd of August, 7pm at the Coast Community Church, which will be an opportunity for Kāpiti’s business community to put…

Shan Ng the ACT choice for Mana

August 9, 2017

ACT has announced Shan Ng as their candidate for the Mana Electorate at the upcoming general election. The seat is currently held by Labour’s Kris Faafoi.Shan Ng, grew up in Malaysia and now lives in Thorndon, Wellington with her daughter Olivia and partner. She has worked in the ICT and telecommunication procurement sector, and is a qualified lawyer. She holds a law degree from Cardiff University and…

Kāpiti’s former PM talks about Refugees

August 6, 2017

Former Prime Minister, and current Waikanae resident, Jim Bolger has joined fellow PMs Helen Clark, Mike Moore, and Geoffrey Palmer in making the case to increase the number of refugees allowed to settle in New Zealand.”There are no rational arguments against us being more generous. None at all. We can do it. We can afford it. And we can offer that hand of welcome and friendship,” said…


I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth’s gravitational pull has become since 1990.

January 1, 2010

I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth’s gravitational pull has become since 1990. ~Dave Barry


January 1, 2010

ABBEYFIELD INTERNATIONALDid you know Abbeyfield International have Homes in 18 Countries?Worldwide there are 9000 residents living in 850 Abbeyfield Homes and 12.000 people give time and support as Abbeyfield volunteers.The Management Committee of Abbeyfield Kāpiti report they are making good progress re establishing a Home in this area.Interested in becoming a resident sometime in the future? Ring Celia Harlen 9024034 to register your name, or just to…


Kāpiti Lions Seek Sport Grant Applicants

March 23, 2016

Each year the Lions Club of Kāpiti gives a grant of $1,000 to a young athlete who is actively and successfully participating in sport, aged between 14-20 years, for the purpose of helping them develop their skills and attain their aspirations. Last year the recipient was Kāpiti College student Tess Allen of Raumati South who competes in kayaking.The $1,000 grant along with a prize of 12 months…

BBNZ Kiwi Hoops Coaching Course held in Kāpiti

March 20, 2016

Recently Kāpiti Basketball Association held the BBNZ Kiwi Hoops Coaching Course here in Kāpiti.15 people attended the course from beginner first time new coaches through to experienced coaches.The presenter of the course was Monica Mercury who is a BBNZ accredited Kiwi Hoops Trainer.Angelo Robinson Director of Coaching for KBA and Hoop Club Kāpiti said “the course went for 2 hours and was aimed at Beginner level Coaches…

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]


Trolleys cost effective compared to battery buses – Gunter Mackinger

March 24, 2016

“European cities are steadily converting back to trolleybus public transport” was the message from Gunter Mackinger, at a public meeting Thursday 10th March. “Complete public transport systems cannot easily convert to fully battery operated systems, and there is a significant problem with battery life and consequential waste disposal!”RSCN2065Presentation to Gunter MacKinger by Brent EffordMackinger, is an electric transport consultant and former GM of Salizburg Railways and now…

Easter and the Raumati Straights

March 23, 2016

With only one day to go until the Easter break kicks off the MacKays to Peka Peka road building team is sending out the safety message.”We hope everyone has an enjoyable long Easter weekend and if you’re travelling, please take care and allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely. “Just a reminder that we’ll have all four lanes open on the Raumati Straights to…

Train Operator deal signed with Transdev

March 21, 2016

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Transdev and Hyundai Rotem have signed a nine-year contract for the operation of the Wellington Metro Rail contract.The signing of the agreement marks the 14th current major public transport contract in the region for Transdev Australasia.The new Wellington contract is an addition to the Auckland rail contract which Transdev has been operating since 2004.The parties will operate, maintain and grow the Wellington rail…


What’s On Kāpiti – August 2017 – Zeal Music Box

July 30, 2017

Paraparaumu College and Zeal Music Box present a great night of entertainment this Friday with PC Singathon – (August 4) 3.30-8.30pmThe night will feature the Paraparaumu Barbershop chorus (they are superb) and quartets, food trucks and local musicians.Entry is Free.

What’s On Kāpiti – July 2017

July 15, 2017

The Kāpiti WEA has announced its spring programme. July 29th Bryan Wells talks on the Battle of Waterloo at the Kāpiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, from 1.30 pm – 4 pm. Coast $30 ($20 for members)August Programme5 August Eastern Philosophy: Freedom presented by Prof Jay Shaw, 10 am – 3 pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, Waikanae $40 (members $30)12 August Modern Iran presented by Hamish McGragor…

What’s On Kāpiti – June 2017

June 22, 2017

What’s happening in Kāpiti this June


Hip hop dance champs for Youthfest 2011

March 7, 2011

For Youthfest 2011, national hip hop dance champions DZIAH 2.0 will be taking to the stage.The internationally recognized crew will be performing from 12 noon till 5pm for the young people attending the event on Saturday, March 12 at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach.The dance crews have travelled to Kāpiti before, however they have not had the chance to dedicate times to doing workshop and performances on this…

Survival Guide for Students

March 7, 2011

Managing money when you are studying is not easy. Student allowances and loans fall far short of covering student expenses and the short fall can be typically around $5-10,000 per year. The gap can be closed by taking a part time job, getting help from family, a bank overdraft, a low interest credit card and, in some cases, extra support from Studylink. Careful money management is very…

Money for Students

March 2, 2011

The start of the university year sees thousands of eager school leavers leaving the safety and comfort of the family home and beginning their journey towards independent living. For parents and students alike, the dilemma of how to fund academic pursuits is not an easy one to resolve. Taking on debt is something that most prudent money managers avoid. There are, however, two categories of debt; ‘good…