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Green Light Art Group exhibition

August 5, 2012

The Green Light Art Group, based at Kāpiti Crossroads, are holding their annual art exhibition.A variety of works are on show at the Paraparaumu Library in the Roderick and Gillian Deane Art Space until 17 August. Please take the time to view these unique and orginal art works. All works will be for sale so please check the price catalogue.Pictured is one of many fine works from…

Celebrating National Poetry Day

July 25, 2012

Today (Friday 27 July) is National Poetry Day. Celebrate by reading, writing, speaking poetry. Below is a review of the first collection of Kāpiti poet Nicola Easthope.Nicola Easthope’s first collection of poems, Leaving my arms free to fly around you, is slightly let down by its cover a gannet flying against a mottled blue backdrop of sky. It’s a generic image of individuality and freedom, apotheosized in…

New exhibitions open at Mahara Gallery

July 22, 2012

Three new exhibitions have opened at the Mahara Gallery in Waikanae.Strive Towards your Destiny III features works from Arie Hellendoorn, Douglas Stichbury and Irene Ferguson – In association with Suite GalleryAlso in New SPACE at Mahara: Cristina Silaghi, travels and findingsand Salvatore Passarella, Il Seminatore Dal grano al pane.Strive Towards your Destiny IIIArie Hellendoorn, Douglas Stichbury and Irene FergusonThis exhibition brings together three younger artists in the…

Business News

Kāpiti Business Network for April

March 26, 2017

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Kāpiti Coast Business Network.No need to registerJust arriveNo entry chargeBar charges applyInformalAll welcome Second Monday each month (except January) Short business profiles presentedNo requirement to be a Member of the Kāpiti Chamber to attendBring your business cardsNext Meeting:Date: Monday 10 April 2017Time: 5.15pm to 7pmVenue: Club Vista32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach

Environmental risks make your business vulnerable, insurer says

March 16, 2017

Kāpiti has seen an increase in the number of pollution and contamination incidents in recent years, as has the rest of the country, and this means businesses are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the potentially high financial cost of such events, a leading insurance expert says.Delta Insurance general manager Craig Kirk says various combinations of traditional liability policies, albeit each coming with their own exclusions, only serve to…

Keeping your Mind on the Job

March 13, 2017

Wednesday 5 April 20177.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe more successful you are, the busier you become. And the longer you remain on the treadmill the more you suffer. The Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting Kerene Strochnetter to speak on mindfulness in the workplace.Responding to the demands of modern life, family, and work is a constant challenge. You might only…


Harpers Little Art Auction

August 13, 2017

Harpers Little Art AuctionSouthward Car Museum, Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu, Kāpiti CoastSaturday 28 October 2017 6:30pm 10:00pmHarpers Little Art Auction will help to raise funds for 5 year old Harper Ahern’s journey with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), raise awareness of this progressive and severe neuromuscular disease and to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ (MDANZ).Many well known artists from around New Zealand have donated art to be…

Overcoming hurdles and on to Success

August 13, 2017

Christchurch-born Blake Ison, provided the Kāpiti Rotary Club with an intriguing address on Thursday night on his growing up with permanent sight-impairment, and how he has overcome the hurdles that have given him rise to success.It was a very humbling talk. At age 13 years, his family migrated to Australia and took up residence in Mooloolaba on the Queensland Sunshine Coast. He attended Chancellor College, and then…

Kāpiti Councillor sees homelessness in Auckland

August 11, 2017

This week I attended my second annual Local Government NZ Conference in the five years that I have been an elected representative.This one was a Skycity Auckland, and a chance to observe the logistics of the Skycity operation really appealed to me. It was a brilliant opportunity to bring the latest in local Government ideas back to KCDC’s senior management team, but my most valuable lessons were…


World-first for World Rivers Day

October 5, 2014

To mark World Rivers Day this week, regional councils are releasing their latest river data on the Land, Air, Water, Aotearoa (LAWA) website, a world first in reporting nation-wide water quality results in one place. Fran Wilde, chair of Local Government New Zealand’s regional sector group, said that having information on water quality freely available to the public in an easy to understand format was vital. “The…

Whareroa Farm Reserve Picnic for Conservation Week

October 5, 2014

Sunday 2nd November from 11am.Whareroa Farm Reserve Picnic for Conservation Week (Nov 1st to 9th) BBQ’s will be set up at the Hub Children’s nature activities eg “nature hunt”, decorating weta motels, pests & trapping demo Opening of East Ridge Track (funded by Walking Access NZ) Guided walks to Ramaroa Wetland site (for planting 2015/16) and Ti Kouka Loop path See the route of the approved Ti…

Spring is in the air and so is pollen

September 3, 2014

Spring is in the air and so is the pollen that delivers hay fever, dusty cars and yellow sludge on the water.Grasses, trees and flowers all contribute to the cocktail of pollen dust that floats in the air and gets up our noses causing seasonal allergic rhino conjunctivitis, or hay fever, in many. Pollen that does escape our eyes and airways eventually falls to accumulate on hard…


7 Steps to better sleep….

August 16, 2013

Given that sleep plays such a huge role in our overallphysical & emotional health, the better quality you get, themore benefits you will experience as a result.1. Exercise regularly; something as simple as taking a briskwalk regularly can help improve sleep. Avoid doing aerobictype activity within 3 hours of bed time, as this willcounteract the sleep enhancement benefits.2. Cut down on coffee, especially later in the day…

It is Spring in Kāpiti….

July 30, 2013

Not sure about the rest of the planet, but it is Spring in Kāpiti.With climate change and seasonal disorder and endless summers and wicked winters, let’s just claim Spring to be from August 1. The trees seem to think so and there are daffodils out and the occasional lamb in the paddocks.So here’s to Spring.

Independent Safety Review in to the Glenn Inquiry finds Victims Personal Information Safe

July 20, 2013

“We have now completed our safety review and are of the view that the Inquiry has enormous potential for improving outcomes to the lives of those impacted by domestic violence and child abuse,” say Heather Henare CEO of Women’s Refuge, and Kim Workman, Founder and Strategic Adviser to Rethinking Crime and Punishment. “We both became involved in the Review because we were concerned to hear issues raised…


Open Letter from Kāpiti Crs Scott and Elliott

July 12, 2015

KCDC Councillors David Scott and Jackie Elliott would like to reassure the Kāpiti public that we played no part whatsoever in the re employment of KCDC Chief Executive Pat Dougherty for a further five years.We dispute the Mayor’s media statement which starts with the words, “Council has reappointed Pat Dougherty.”We did not take part in his selection. We would like the public to know we had no…

Legal Highs controversy continues

July 3, 2015

Community issues campaigner Dale Evans says KCDC has got it all wrong for allowing the sale of ‘legal high’ drugs in Kāpiti.”What they have done is show a lack of leadership and have left our young people even more vulnerable while at the same time making the drug dealers very happy,” said Mr Evans.”Council had a chance to protect the community by showing some leadership and courage…


All Black Dane Coles is Kāpiti Sportsperson of the Year…

May 14, 2013

Local boy made good is a fitting accolade for Dane Coles who has been presented the supreme award at the Pak’n Save Kāpiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards.Coles has risen from the rugby ranks of Paraparaumu College to become the Hurricane’s hooker and now an All Black. In his four test career Coles, 26, has played against Scotland, Italy, Wales and England.Coles was earlier named the Professional…

Mothers Day celebrated at Hoop Club Kāpiti

May 13, 2013

Hoop Club Kāpiti every year hold their Kids vs Mums games on Mother’s Day.It is always a great day with both the Mums and Kids all having a great time but both all trying to win.This year’s Mother’s Day was the first day back at Hoop Club for Term 2 and Players and Mums were out in force.If Mum wasn’t able to be there players invited an…

Hoop Club Kāpiti Junior Basketball Coaching Programme

May 3, 2013

Hoop Club Kāpiti Junior Basketball Coaching ProgrammeRestarts for Term 2 2013 Sunday 12 May and runs through to Sunday 7 July KCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road9.30 to 10.30am 5 to 8 year olds10.30 to 11.30am 9 to 13 year olds11.30 to 1.30pm 13 to 17 year oldsALL NEW PLAYERS MOST WELCOMEContact: Angelo Robinson 9040142Email [email protected]


Rail milestone for Kāpiti

February 10, 2011

The recently refurbished Ganz Mavag train will make its first appearance at Waikanae Station next Saturday (19 February), as part of the celebrations of the completion of the double tracking and electrification of the rail from McKays Crossing to Waikanae.From Sunday 20 February, Waikanae will enjoy a full, regular train service; currently there is only one weekday service, the Capital Connection, which serves Waikanae.Fran Wilde, Chair of…

Expressways and earthquakes – what if?

October 12, 2010

Given recent events in Christchurch, it is impossible not to think what the impact would have been in our community had it happened here.It hasn’t of course but it is distinctly possible at some time in the future. What could happen transport wise, if NZTA has completed construction of the expressway on the route it wants?Picture if you will, the stretch from the overbridge proposed at Marycrest…

Improvement works on the Paraparaumu Line

September 29, 2010

KiwiRail will carry out improvement works on the Paraparaumu Line this weekend, as part of its wider programme to upgrade Wellington’s rail network. The work will include installation of new overhead wires and the poles which carry them and the removal of old poles. KiwiRail will also continue with preparatory works on tunnels between Pukerua Bay and Paekākāariki, which will be lowered over the coming Christmas New…


March 2011 29th-31st.

February 28, 2011

March 2011 29th-31st… Kāpiti Sportspersons of the Year Awards 2011 (Paraparaumu)Nomination are now open (March 1) for the 2011 Pak’nSave Kāpiti Sportspersons of the Year Awards. The awards are open to Kāpiti residents from Paekākāariki to Ōtaki. Full criteria is set out in the nomination forms. The qualifying period is from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011. Nomination forms and more information are available from…

August 29, 2010