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Seven days since Kāpiti man Joe Pryor reported missing

Seven days since Kāpiti man Joe Pryor reported missing

Seven days have passed since Raumati Beach local and family man, Joe Pryor, was reported…

December 3, 2021
Police remind revellers of the impacts of alcohol on decision-making and consent

Police remind revellers of the impacts of alcohol on decision-making and consent

As the country makes the transition into the COVID-19 Protection Framework, punters will be heading…

December 3, 2021
Train customers encouraged to plan ahead for upcoming rail union meeting

Train customers encouraged to plan ahead for upcoming rail union meeting

Metlink train customers will face longer travel times on Wednesday 8 December as buses will…

December 3, 2021
UPDATE: Kāpiti man missing – can you help

UPDATE: Kāpiti man missing – can you help

Kāpiti resident Joe Pryor is missing. He left his work at 8:00am Friday morning after…

November 28, 2021
Kāpiti to host 6th Annual Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium

Kāpiti to host 6th Annual Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium

Kaupapa: The Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium encourages and promotes the arts in the community. It…

November 28, 2021
Community help required to find missing Kāpiti man

Community help required to find missing Kāpiti man

Joe Pryor is missing. He left his work at 8:30am yesterday (Friday) morning after leaving…

November 26, 2021

Mayor urges Kāpiti to ‘get two shots for summer’

Mayor urges Kāpiti to ‘get two shots for summer’

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan has welcomed the news that border rules are relaxing to…

November 25, 2021
Tribute to Carol Reihana from Jack McDonald

Tribute to Carol Reihana from Jack McDonald

Tribute to Carol Reihana from Jack McDonald Tīwhatiwha te ao, tīwhatiwha te pō. He rā…

November 25, 2021
Beware the scams of the Christmas Grinch

Beware the scams of the Christmas Grinch

“You better watch out; you’d better beware, because cybercriminals are everywhere! They are making their…

November 24, 2021
Solar power shines in Kāpiti

Solar power shines in Kāpiti

Duncan’s Brewing Company of Kāpiti has just installed 70 solar panels producing 30 kilowatts of…

November 22, 2021
Pearl and Florrie’s Musical Mural

Pearl and Florrie’s Musical Mural

Meet for a cuppa and a few inspirational words and a viewing of the classic…

November 21, 2021
Kāpiti Food Fair falls to Covid

Kāpiti Food Fair falls to Covid

Organisers say it is with great sadness and disappointment that the Kāpiti Food Fair is…

November 21, 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

Severe flooding throughout Kāpiti

December 6, 2021

Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising the community take care as heavy rain continues to fall across the district. The Waikanae River is high and roads and there are properties in Otaihanga affected. River and streams levels remain high and the community is advised to exercise caution and stay away from river walkways. High flows could cause banks to erode. People are advised to stay home if…

Seven days since Kāpiti man Joe Pryor reported missing

December 3, 2021

Seven days have passed since Raumati Beach local and family man, Joe Pryor, was reported missing on Friday 26 November. The search for Joe by the police and the local community continues, as his whereabouts since last Friday remain unclear. “We honestly thought dad would be home by now, so it’s hitting a bit too close to home now,” says Mr Pryor’s daughter, Shannon Barclay. Shannon says…

Police remind revellers of the impacts of alcohol on decision-making and consent

December 3, 2021

As the country makes the transition into the COVID-19 Protection Framework, punters will be heading out in droves. But, remember when you’re out enjoying yourself to look out for your mates and make sure they’re making good decisions around alcohol, sex and consent. New Zealand moves to a traffic light system on December 3, coinciding with the fifth annual Don’t Guess the Yes campaign. The initiative aims…

ENTERTAINMENT News

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…

Crystal out for One Dollar Pizza

September 1, 2021

Here we go! Auckland based Wellingtonian CRYSTAL takes us on a tour of the sand dunes in her latest video for “One Dollar Pizza” directed by Ben Dickens, which showcases the beautiful scenery of small coastal town Foxton Beach. Inspired by a family holiday to New York City a few years ago, “One Dollar Pizza” explores CRYSTAL’s first time visiting the city as an adult. “I was…

Jeff Simmonds reads A Rope for Harry Fat

August 30, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywS_C5eLmrc Kāpiti singer songwriter, musician, filmmaker Jeff Simmonds reads a classic Kiwi poem, in this NZ Poetry Month. “Here’s a post for National Poetry Day. This is a James K Baxter poem I learned 40 years ago in the 6th form for Father O’Connell’s English class. “It is about Edward Thomas Te Whiu, who was one of the last people to be hanged in NZ, back in…

ENVIRONMENT News

Kāpiti Mayor slams Covidiots

August 21, 2021

Kāpiti Mayor Gurunathan says community idiots are at it again “Residents living around the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve have reported two incidents where motorcyclists have breached Alert Level 4 protocols. Both have occurred within a 15 hour period.” The Mayor says in the latest incident the dirt bike rider had come tearing through the ecologically sensitive reserve, parked his bike which had no registration, did some fishing…

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…

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…

LIFESTYLE News

Graeme Joyes chats with Jason Bei

October 10, 2021

Graeme Joyes chats with Kāpiti acupuncturist Jason Bei https://www.coastaccessradio.org.nz/Programmes/Details.aspx?PID=1c867513-5233-4c0a-9214-02c296f4e2df Conversations is a popular programme on Kāpiti’s Coast Access Radio where hosts Graeme Joyes or Todd Zaner talk to local people about their interests, their lives, the things that motivate and excite them. In the latest episode Graeme Joyes talks with renowned acupuncturist Jason Bei about, health, wellness, and the impacts on Covid and how to deal with…

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…

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

Exercise industry appeals for older Kiwis to get fitter, before the covid vaccine

January 23, 2021

January 21, 2021 New Zealand’s exercise industry is supporting the rollout of the covid-19 vaccine and protecting the people most vulnerable, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. He was commenting on the very latest Trinity College Dublin research which found adults aged 60 and older should exercise, such as a brisk walk, at least two to three times per week before being vaccinated. Exercise is a preventative…

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

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…

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…

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

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…

Free workshop – Employment Agreements and Contracts – Levin

August 12, 2021

This workshop will explain the different types of employment agreements and contracts for services and help you decide which ones you should use in your business. If you are thinking about hiring staff or taking on a contractor and are unsure of what contract you should use (and you legally need to have one), this workshop is for you. Star People are the leading recruitment and HR…

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…

YOUTH NEWS

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…

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…