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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
Free workshop – Employment Agreements and Contracts – Levin

Free workshop – Employment Agreements and Contracts – Levin

This workshop will explain the different types of employment agreements and contracts for services and…

August 12, 2021
Kāpiti Chorale Lifts the Spirits

Kāpiti Chorale Lifts the Spirits

By Norma McCallum ‘Music in the Time of COVID ‘  … title of a new…

August 11, 2021
Kāpiti residents want council closer to community

Kāpiti residents want council closer to community

Kāpiti Coast residents want their diverse communities represented on council, and more direct access to…

August 9, 2021
Crash at Rimu Rd Roundabout

Crash at Rimu Rd Roundabout

Police and medical services were quickly on the scene this afternoon when a collision between…

August 9, 2021
Kāpiti Volunteers receive Civic and Community Awards

Kāpiti Volunteers receive Civic and Community Awards

Fifteen Kāpiti volunteer groups and individuals have been honoured for their part in keeping our…

August 9, 2021
TVNZ brings extensive coverage of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

TVNZ brings extensive coverage of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

New Zealand viewers can look forward to extensive free-to-air coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic…

August 4, 2021

Arts News

Creative Communities grants awarded with COVID-19 in mind

November 13, 2020

Seventeen Kāpiti arts projects have been awarded funding through the latest round of the Creative Communities Scheme.The Kāpiti Coast District Council has awarded $23,000 to a diverse range of arts initiatives, including children’s theatre projects, music performances, art and writing workshops, photography exhibitions and a mural project.Chair of Creative Communities Grants Allocation Subcommittee Jackie Elliott says the funding recipients will play an important part in the Kāpiti…

Kāpiti Arts Trail celebrates twenty-year journey of creativity

October 15, 2020

Kāpiti is gearing up for the District’s iconic annual art event in November, with over 100 artists signed up to show their artworks.Held over the weekends of the 7/8 and 14/15 of November, this year will be particularly special as it marks the popular event’s twentieth anniversary.The Kāpiti Arts Trail began in 2001, and with the support of local artists and the Kāpiti Coast District Council has…

Kāpiti Hip Hop Crew looking sharp!

September 1, 2020

Seven Kāpiti teenagers who love to dance form the Omega Hip Hop Crew at Judith Fuge Dance School (JFDS). The Crew were placed together as a team in February this year, to perform in competitions throughout the year. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and the subsequent Alert Level 4 lockdown, dance practice and competitions were shut down. At this time the Crew didn’t have a dance or a…

Business News

Kāpiti Chamber makes strong recommendations

May 20, 2021

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce has advocated for sustainable growth and investment in infrastructure, recommending Kāpiti Coast District Council does not take a bigger role in ownership of the district’s housing, nor sets up a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) in a submission on the Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP). The Chamber also said that a proposed rethink of an existing design to renew Paekākāriki’s seawall was unnecessary…

Generating Impact in Horowhenua

May 20, 2021

Electra Business After Five Generating impact from investmentLouise Aitken – CEO, The Ākina Foundation Impact is a concept that’s risen in popularity recently – but what is it and how is it relevant for your business and Horowhenua as a whole?   Come and learn how and why generating positive impact matters for consumers, investors, employees & government agencies and how all businesses can start thinking about how they…

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…

COMMUNITY News

Arrest made and meth seized in Ōtaki

August 26, 2021

Central District Police have arrested one person and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine and cash following a vehicle search on Wednesday. Around 3:20pm Police Staff in Ōtaki stopped a vehicle in the centre of town and located 300 grams of methamphetamine, along with $130,000 in cash. As a result, a 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply. Subsequent searches have resulted…

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…

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

August 18, 2021

By Ian Powell The Government is right in its response to New Zealand’s (Aotearoa) community transmission case of the highly contagious Delta Covid-19 variant. Yesterday, within a few hours of the discovery, it moved fast to an initial hard seven day lockdown in the risk area (Auckland and Coromandel) and three days for the rest of the country. A day later we now know that the genome…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Russian Opera Star visits Kāpiti

June 7, 2021

Russian opera singer Olga Shanina’s first concert at Southward’s Theatre will be a memorable evening for lovers of fine singing.   The international star is brought to Kāpiti by Tricia and Stewart Macpherson of the Stetson Group. They heard her in a recital in Palmerston North recently and decided that Kāpiti deserved to hear this fabulous voice. “We were blown away by her performance and when we offered…

Kāpiti gets The Jac Jazz

May 30, 2021

Music Critic Simon Sweetman says of The Jac concert “The Jac continues to go from strength to strength…the collision, the collaboration, the combination intoxicating. This was a wonderful show.” And now it is Kāpiti’s turn to experience top quality Jazz from seasoned performers The Jac at their concert on June 5 at Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Sir Jon Trimmer Theatre. The Jac, is embarking on an 11-date tour and…

Kāpiti Chorale and Brass Band join forces

May 12, 2021

The Kāpiti Chorale and the Kāpiti Brass band joined forces recently for a magnificent concert featuring composers from around the world. The centrepiece was John Rutter’s beautiful- and tricky- ‘Gloria’. Other audience favourites were David Waggoner’s ‘Hodie’ and ‘I am not Yours’ by New Zealander Childs.   The  band solo of ‘All in the April Evening’ was echoed by the gentleness of ‘A Seal Lullaby’ and the sadness…

ENVIRONMENT News

Major 1080 drop for Kāpiti Forest

June 7, 2021

The Akatarawa Forest (see map) on the Kāpiti Coast is undergoing a significant 1080 drop through the month of June and residents are advised to stay away from the drop area. Greater Wellington’s biodiversity team say they are undertaking an aerial possum control operation in the Akatarawa Forest, using the biodegradable pesticide, sodium fluoroacetate (1080). Non-toxic pre-feed application has occurred, and aerial baiting of 1080 is expected during…

Helping fish migrate and spawn in Kāpiti waterways

June 7, 2021

Greater Wellington is working with landowners to identify fish passage barriers in Kāpiti Coast waterways, a programme that connects to larger initiative with local iwi, catchment experts and students to ensure our native freshwater fish can migrate and spawn. In our region, there are around 20 native freshwater fish species living in our streams, rivers and connected pipes. Most of these fish need to migrate to and…

Big Hunter Turnout Expected For ‘Second Opening’ Of The Season

June 2, 2021

The long weekend ahead is being heralded by many duck hunters in the lower North Island as the “second opening” of the season, and Fish & Game is expecting a big turnout. Wellington Fish & Game manager Phil Teal says although the start to the season was a bit slow due to fine weather, there are still plenty of birds around and, combined with the bonus day…

LIFESTYLE News

National Radio Yacht Club Regatta in Ōtaki

October 15, 2020

Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club is hosting the first National Regatta for DragonForce65 Racing Radio Controlled Yachts over Labour Weekend up at Winstones Lake Ōtaki.The foresight of a small group of local club members to create the DFRacingNZ Association (then called NZ DF65 Association) which has grown to also include the larger DF95 too and affiliates to the NZ Radio Yachting Association was ground breaking for this fabulous…

Nationwide health tech study launched

October 15, 2020

A comprehensive nationwide health technology study into the state and future opportunities for creating a world class health, disability and social system has been launched by NZ Health IT (NZHIT).The study will be contained in a report and will identify opportunities for the future and related challenges to resolve, chief executive Scott Arrol says.’We want to define a clear direction for health tech for at least the…

POLITICS News

Kāpiti CE in firing line after letter bombshell

July 12, 2021

In an unprecedented move, a public meeting in Waikanae on Sunday called for the resignation of the Kāpiti Council’s chief executive Wayne Maxwell. The meeting, attended by over sixty locals, was called to discuss the recent Council decision to close the Waikanae Recycling Centre on August 1. Apart from strong opposition to the decision itself (passed on the casting vote of the Mayor) there were strong arguments…

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,…

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,…

SENIORS News

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,…

Horowhenua/Kāpiti Cricket is Back

September 18, 2020

The first of a month-long series of free, fun events to celebrate the return of cricket gets underway this weekend, and the first Senior men’s representative dates of 2020/21 have been inked in by Central Districts Cricket.#CricketsBack is a series of nine family-themed events in Horowhenua, Kāpiti Coast, Taranaki, Manawatū, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay, with free cricket-based activities, giveaways, prizes plus opportunities to join a local club…

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

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…

Russian Opera Star visits Kāpiti

June 7, 2021

Russian opera singer Olga Shanina’s first concert at Southward’s Theatre will be a memorable evening for lovers of fine singing.   The international star is brought to Kāpiti by Tricia and Stewart Macpherson of the Stetson Group. They heard her in a recital in Palmerston North recently and decided that Kāpiti deserved to hear this fabulous voice. “We were blown away by her performance and when we offered…

Gold Coin Community Day at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

June 2, 2021

Monday 7 June, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Ngā Manu Nature Reserve would like to say “a massive thank you to all our supporters and on Monday June 7 you will be able to visit Ngā Manu for just $1 or $2 dollars.” At Nga Manu visitors will experience both forest and wetland habitats and the walk-through aviaries and nocturnal house offer close-up encounters with our rare…

YOUTH NEWS

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…

Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth hits record

May 10, 2021

“Kāpiti Run for Youth has raised a record amount in 2021 of $24,619.19,” says Richard Calkin, Founder of Web Genius.  “We are very proud of this achievement, and extremely grateful to every sponsor and participant contributing and participating in the way they did.” Campaign Manager, Helene Judge says they held online sponsorship open until after Easter and then moved quickly to reconcile the total amount raised. “Our…

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…

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