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SX4 Takes Off

SX4 Takes Off

Cody Cooper, 9-time NZ MX1 motocross champion, has officially confirmed he will be the first…

November 17, 2020
Creative Communities grants awarded with COVID-19 in mind

Creative Communities grants awarded with COVID-19 in mind

Seventeen Kāpiti arts projects have been awarded funding through the latest round of the Creative…

November 13, 2020
Kāpiti Council to consider Local Approved Products Policy

Kāpiti Council to consider Local Approved Products Policy

In accordance with the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013, Council will consider the current Kāpiti Coast…

November 12, 2020
Money and Sustainability ‘ The Missing Link

Money and Sustainability ‘ The Missing Link

Kāpiti’s Deirdre Kent says facing the climate change emergency brings so much urgency and has…

November 11, 2020
Album release show for Seaside Sloths

Album release show for Seaside Sloths

Sloth-themed band Seaside Sloths showcase their recent ‘Fear And Slothing In Sloth Vegas’ album live…

November 11, 2020
Putting the ‘heart’ in freshwater data is key to conservation

Putting the ‘heart’ in freshwater data is key to conservation

Greater Wellington Region Council is innovating ways to transform and humanise freshwater data to drive…

November 11, 2020

Metlink is running free fares for Round the Bays

Metlink is running free fares for Round the Bays

To keep carbon emissions low and morale high, Metlink is providing free transport across its…

November 11, 2020
Better Business helping out Mary Potter Hospice

Better Business helping out Mary Potter Hospice

In this most uncertain year, our local BNI – Better Business Chapter on the Kāpiti…

November 11, 2020
Mystery of Kāpiti Ship Visit solved

Mystery of Kāpiti Ship Visit solved

Many Kāpiti Coasters have been wondering why a large cargo ship has been moored off…

November 11, 2020
Your vote for Bird of the Year

Your vote for Bird of the Year

Greater Wellington councillors are singing the same tune, announcing their top five species for Bird…

November 11, 2020
Stay safe at Kāpiti Beaches this summer

Stay safe at Kāpiti Beaches this summer

With warmer weather fast approaching thousands of Kāpiti Coasters will be taking to the water…

October 30, 2020
Waikanae Community Board by-election

Waikanae Community Board by-election

Following a second resignation from the Waikanae Community Board, the Kāpiti Coast District Council has…

October 22, 2020

Arts News

New Shows Open at Mahara Gallery

August 26, 2016

Te whenua, the land; Paraparaumu Beach children’s creations Te Whenua, the land, is the 5th Mahara Gallery-Nga Manu Children’s art and environment project, working with a Kāpiti school and Nga Manu Nature Reserve. This year’s school is Paraparaumu Beach Primary, with 160+ children.The generous support of the Philipp Family Foundation enables the children to have a day trip to Nga Manu and Mahara, followed by classroom art…

Kāpiti Writers – Menton calls

August 21, 2016

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship has been secured in perpetuity following a campaign that raised just over $800,000.The award winner in 2014 was Kāpiti writer Mandy Hager.For the past forty-six years, the Fellowship has enabled a selected New Zealand writer to live for up to six months in Menton, France. There, they have access to the writing room in Villa Isola Bella where one of New Zealand’s…

Kāpiti Art Panel invite comment on public art for Paraparaumu

July 14, 2016

The Public Art Panel and Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board is calling for input on a proposed art installation for Paraparaumu Beach. Board chair Fiona Vining says there’s a range of ways for the community to provide feedback on what themes they think the installation should explore or stories they would like it to tell.”We’d love to hear from people about what they think the public art should represent,…

Business News

Employment 101: Everything you need to know about hiring

March 8, 2019

A free training seminar to give you the knowledge and tools to hire the right people for your business.Learn the skills to find just the right person and take away some useful and practical tools you can use immediately at this free two hour workshop with Recruitment and HR Consultants Sheryl Earnshaw and Julia Palmer.LEARN Skills to select and onboard new employeesAbout the different types of employment…

1 in 4 New Zealanders Connect with MSD

March 3, 2019

The Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is hosting Katie Brosnahan, the Regional Commissioner for Ministry of Social Development of the Central Region on Wednesday 6 March 2019, at Southwards. The scope of MSD’s work is so broad that one in four New Zealanders become its clients in some way each year and Katie is committed to ensure that MSD provides its fullest support to the people in our…

Julene Hope on District Leaders Group

February 27, 2019

Julene Hope, Deputy Chair of the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce has been appointed to the Kāpiti District Leader’s Group for the Provincial Growth Fund.The Chamber sits alongside side WREDA, the Mayor and representatives from the three local Iwi to review the applications for PGF funding put forward via the Regional Advisory Group.Ms Hope says the group will assess if the Kāpiti Coast District is able to…


Urgent plea for Pink Ribbon volunteers in Kāpiti

October 8, 2020

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is urgently looking for local Kāpiti volunteers to help out with its Pink Ribbon Street Appeal on 30 and 31 October.Around 340 collectors will be at sites across the Wellington region, but area coordinators are still needed in Waikanae to manage a small team of volunteers at local collection sites. Area coordinators will be supplied with a detailed briefing, a roster of volunteer…

Te Horo Lifestyle block wetland creates a pathway for growth and opportunity

October 7, 2020

A Te Horo lifestyle block owner is achieving her wetland restoration vision by creating an ecological corridor for native birds, through Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Healthy Waterways programme. Wetlands come in all shapes and sizes, but their benefits are big; like ecological kidneys throughout our region, they are able to filter water, store carbon and provide habitat for native birds, fish and plants.Greater Wellington’s programme supports landowners…

COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy

August 18, 2020

A two-week COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy payment will be available nationally for employers, including self-employed people, who are financially impacted by the resurgence of COVID-19 and changes to COVID Alert Levels. Here’s what you need to know: You must have had or expect to have a revenue drop of at least 40% for a 14 day period, between 12 August to 10 September 2020, compared to a…


Missing diver located off the coast of Makara, Wellington

November 15, 2017

The Police National Dive Squad has this evening recovered the body of the diver who was reported missing off the coast of Makara, in Wellington.The man’s family have been notified and are requesting privacy at this time.”Police would like to thank all involved, especially volunteer Coastguard units, Surf Life Saving, and Wellington LandSAR for their efforts in the search. Community support from local boaties, divers, and business…

Search for Missing Diver Suspended for the Night

November 14, 2017

The search for a diver missing off the west coast of Wellington has been suspended for the night.An operation off Makara to find the 24-year-old New Plymouth man started last night and continued until just after 6pm today.The search is due to recommence at 8am tomorrow (Wednesday).The plan is to deploy members of the Police National Dive Squad and crews in small Coastguard and Surf Living Saving…

Iconic Trees Killed at Paraparaumu Beach

November 12, 2017

No motive has been established yet for what appears to be the planned poisoning of iconic trees at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach.The Kāpiti Coast District Council is letting Maclean Park users know that six large pohutukawa trees have recently died and will need to be removed.Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says staff investigated after finding a mysterious substance at the base of the dying trees.Ms Laws…


Etiquette Reminder for Kāpiti’s Shared Paths

October 6, 2017

Kāpiti Coast Council has recently completed several new sections of shared pathway between the Expressway and Raumati Beach Village as part of its Stride ‘n’ Ride Kāpiti Coast initiative, so now is a great time to remind people of the etiquette associated with these paths.Council Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says Stride ‘n’ Ride Kāpiti Coast aims to make it safer and easier to walk and…

Major boost in Ultra-Fast Broadband for Kāpiti

September 6, 2017

Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy is welcoming a major extension of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) into new areas across Kāpiti and Horowhenua announced by the Government.”This is great news for our region and people living in smaller areas. The rollout of UFB into areas like Paraparaumu and Levin has been very popular and successful and now the coverage will be extended even further,” says Mr Guy.The new areas in…

Kāpiti Easter Sunday Trading up for discussion

September 3, 2017

From Monday 4 September, Kāpiti residents now have the opportunity to be heard about whether Easter Sunday shop trading should be allowed on the Kāpiti Coast.Last week the Auckland City Council rejected the possibility of lifting the ban that prohibits certain retailers from trading on Easter Sunday. Auckland CC decided that allowing businesses to open on Easter Sunday would undermine worker rights. This follows a similar decision…


Sam Jennings – An Independent voice for the Ōtaki electorate

August 23, 2017

At last night’s Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce candidates meeting the speakers invited were just from National and Labour. Other candidates attended and KCNews has invited their comments.This from independent candidate Sam Jennings:My reaction to the Hon Nathan Guy and Rob McCann this evening:Overall disappointing although I would say that! While it was a predominantly Kāpiti crowd, both Ōtaki electorate candidates failed to talk about the wider linkages…

Green Party candidate Sam Ferguson has his say

August 23, 2017

At last night’s Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce candidates meeting the speakers invited were just from National and Labour. Other candidates attended and KCNews has invited their comments.This from Green Party candidate Sam Ferguson:”If I was speaking I would have covered Poverty, Climate Change, and Water Quality.”Poverty includes housing quality and access to health. The priority for health is removing barriers to those that need it and ensuring…

Chamber election debate draws fire on Housing

August 23, 2017

An audience of 170 turned out to the Coast Church in Paraparaumu last night to hear the election candidates’ debate hosted by the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce.Referee for the night was Beach FM’s Nigel Hopkins who did a great job keeping the combatants in check.For the most part it was a very civilised affair but key points of difference were exposed on the issues of health and…


Kāpiti Coast Council of Elders discuss disability issues

July 3, 2010

The Council of Elders has recently met, where our speaker was Jim Webber, Chair of the Kāpiti Disability Reference Group. He gave a very informative talk about the issues faced by the group, and about the key factors such as access in terms of both transport and to buildings.The group is also interested in supporting the best possible quality of life for all living in the district.…


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…

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


Basketball Wins for Kāpiti Under 15 Boys

April 17, 2016

Kāpiti Basketball Association”s Under 15 Boys Representative Basketball Team played in a Regional Representative Tournament in Porirua on Saturday 9 April, 2016. With two wins and one loss they placed a credible third place out of six teams. A great effort for the team who also looked the part in their new uniforms kindly supplied by Dominos.Squad: Players: Luka Letataua, Iain Cowle, Pearson Huysen, Jed McQueen, Andrew…

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…


Waikanae Park and Ride work to begin

October 17, 2016

Work is set to get underway again next week (25 to 28 October) on the new Metlink Park and Ride facility at Waikanae.”There is a lot of demand for parking from commuters who are using Waikanae Station and we are pleased work is set to resume,” says Wayne Hastie GWRC General Manager Public Transport.”When the new park and ride facility opens, there will be over 400 commuter…

Driverless Cars heading your way soon

October 4, 2016

Watch out Kāpiti – next time you think you see a car driving along towards you without a driver it isn’t because you got your medication wrong. The age of the driverless car is upon us.NZTech head Graeme Muller predicts hundreds of driverless cars will be seen on New Zealand’s roads by the end of next year.He was commenting on the historic announcement today of New Zealand’s…

Last Ganz Mavag EMU Journey

June 10, 2016

The last Ganz Mavag train ran from Wellington to Melling and return on 27 May. It was the end of 34 years of service for the Hungarian built EMUs on the electrified part of the Wellington Metro network.The Ganz Mavag trains were the mainstay of passenger services on the Kāpiti line from 1982-83 till the introduction of the new Matangi EMUs.Following a farewell ceremony on platform 9…


Kapanui School gets Cooking with Ruth Pretty

August 19, 2017

Please join us for a fabulous evening, fundraising for Kapanui School, Waikanae.$45 per ticket – includes welcome drink, light supper, 1.5 hour cooking demonstration and recipes to take home. Raffles and cash bar available on the night. Spot prizes to be won!Kāpiti’s catering guru Ruth Pretty believes food is about sharing. She will show and share planning hints and confidence-boosters, while demonstrating delicious recipes you can take…


August 18, 2017

Artel’s dad Eric Heath (artist and cartoonist) is downsizing and letting go of more than 2,000 books (art, technical, marine, transport, flora/fauna, woodwork etc). Also cookbooks, Time-Life sets, fiction and paperbacks.Art and drawing equipment, models, paintings, tools, household goods and assorted collectibles.51 NGARARA ROAD, WAIKANAE(opposite the swimming pool)SATURDAY 19 AUGUST 9am to 4pmNo-one before 9am Saturday please


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…

District Wide Candidate Announces Exciting School Visitor

September 24, 2010

Kāpiti Kids Motivation Trust organiser Roger Booth, who is a District-Wide candidate in the Kāpiti Council election, has lined up a school visitor for next term. “Nathan Gray is a bit different from those we have brought into the district to inspire and motivate children in our 17 primary schools in the last three years.””We have described our visitors as sporting and cultural individuals or identities, and…