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Mansfield with Monsters launched in Kāpiti

July 14, 2012

Local writers Matt and Debbie Cowens launched their collection of reworked Katherine Mansfield stories, ‘Mansfield with Monsters’, the second release from Wellington publisher Steam Press, recently at a festive event at Kāpiti Coffee House.Fuelled by Mansfield Molotovs (Drip-filtered, chilli-infused coffee) and delicious cakes and slices, publisher Stephen Minchin and authors Matt and Debbie Cowens spoke of their appreciation for their silent partner Katherine Mansfield, of the hard…

Kāpiti Legend: Gillian Weir to perform on European tour

July 14, 2012

It seems that every superlative that can he used about a musician has been used to describe Kāpiti’s Gillian Weir: “World beating… brilliant… breathtakingly virtuosic… eloquent warmth, effortless ease… sa virtuosite transcendante y est parfaite.” Her stature in the organ world is unparalleled.Malcolm Harrison, Home Keyboard Review, 1990Dame Gillian Weir of Waikanae is a performer, scholar and teacher. She has had a unique career as an internationally…

Kāpiti Playhouse – Auditions

June 2, 2012

Auditions for Kāpiti Playhouse’s second production of 2012, Educating Rita, will be held from 10.30am onwards on Sunday 10th June.The play, directed by Tim Yarrow, calls for two characters:Frank : Approximately 40s60sRita : mid 20slate 30sBoth roles will require English accents (northern for Rita). Perusal scripts available from Paper Plus, Coastlands. For audition time, please call Rita Ann on 905-8297.If you’re not interested in acting, there’s plenty…

Business News

Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Awards Provide Real Commercial Value

March 27, 2017

Entries for the 2017 Electra Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Awards will open on 7 April, with two information evenings scheduled to be run in Levin and Paraparaumu on the 4th and 6th of April respectively. The Awards, which recognise and celebrate local business excellence, are entering their 23rd year and continue to generate a large amount of interest and support across the region. Business Kāpiti Horowhenua Inc. Chairman,…

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…


Kāpiti Coast Festival set to shine

August 23, 2017

Philip Harris of Mary Potter Hospice is enthusiastic about the prospects for this year’s Kāpiti Coast Festival which incorporates the Mary Potter Hospice Kāpiti Strawberry Festival.The Kāpiti Coast Festival will be held at the Kāpiti Primary School on Saturday November 18 and big crowds are expected to enjoy the festival atmostphere.”We are looking to have about 100 stall holders so there will be plenty of variety for…

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…


Whareroa planting sessions continue

August 13, 2014

Our 4th planting session will be Sunday August 17th, 9am to noon.Volunteers can drive in to the Hub and there is then a short walk up towards the Water Intake where we will be based.The forecast is good and the soil is lovely and soft with easy planting. The planting site is on the side of the hill and gives great views. The route will be marked…

Waikanae Estuary Care Group to Hold Its Annual Open Day

May 25, 2014

If you’ve been walking on a Saturday morning at the Waikanae Estuary, either on the Paraparaumu side in the Scientific Reserve or on the Waikanae side on the lower reaches of the river, you may have noticed a group of people hard at work.If it’s winter time they will be planting trees and shrubs; if it’s in summer they will be releasing the plants- releasing being a…


When Story Island met Book Island

July 16, 2013

Professional storyteller Emily Duizend from Story Island will be reading tales for children published by Book Island at Paraparaumu Library Thursday 1 August from 10.30 11am. Emily and Book Island owner Greet Pauwelijn met by chance at the publisher’s stall at Petone fair in February 2013, when Emily was in Paekākāariki doing a five week course organised by the In the Belly of the Whale School of…

The First Day of the School Holidays

July 14, 2013

It is first day of the winter holidays. It used to be the August school holidays. We’d all be prepared and parents and grandparents planned out the family holiday visits to cousins places.Nowdays it’s more like a rude awakening for working parents on a Thursday afternoon that school finishes early the next day and the kiddies are home alone, with you, for the next two weeks. In…


Kāpiti businesses support local government amalgamation proposals

February 16, 2015

Sixty-five percent of respondents to a Chamber of Commerce online survey gave full or qualified support to the local government amalgamation proposals as proposed prior to Christmas by the Local Government Commission. A further 10%, while not supporting the existing proposal, supported an alternative model for change.Chamber Chair, Liz Koh, said this is remarkable support for reform given the lack of public information. “This is a complex…

Phil Edwards new chair of Paekākāariki Community Board

January 27, 2015

Phil Edwards was elected unopposed as new chair of the Paekākāariki Community Board at tonight’s (Jan 27) meeting.Former chair Jack McDonald has recently started a new job at Parliament and felt he was no longer able to commit the amount of time required to chair the board. Mr McDonald will continue on as a board member.Kāpiti mayor Ross Church praised the work Mr McDonald had done in…

Ghost still haunts Kāpiti Council

December 29, 2014

Kāpiti Council adversary Dale Evans is at it again. No sooner had the infamous ‘Toilet Car’ stopped haunting the Council building than Mr Evans was back with another reminder of his discontent with Council’s escalating debt.Mr Evans says it is his own way of making council sit up and listen to what the people are saying.”They have been getting the message loud and clear but apart from…


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]

Waikanae equestrians in excellent form

April 6, 2013

Waikanae equestrians produced a strong performance at the Battle Hill One Day Event.Set in the idyllic surrounds of Battle Hill this prestigious equestrian event attracted 116 competitors.Despite having a relatively small team the Waikanae riders took out four placed ribbons.Petra Aregger, riding Scout, put in a superb finish to take second place in the Introduction over 21 class.Lily-Claire Palmer, 14, rode Bella to 5th overall in the…


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…

Waikanae underpass confusion from NZTA

September 14, 2010

Waikanae Ward candidate Tony Lloyd says he is absolutely astounded at the run a-round Waikanae is being given by NZTA over the Te Moana Road/SH1 Underpass.At the Waikanae Community Board meeting on Tuesday night NZTA representatives told the Board and public that it was only the planning for the underpass that had been stopped and that once issues relating to the Expressway were resolved then a final…


Ōtaki Festival Of The Wind

January 2, 2013

Come and enjoy three days of free, open-air, eco-friendly fun to be held on Ōtaki beach. Another event by Ōtaki Village Promotions Group.Be wowed by every kind of kite imaginable from the giant to the tiny, acrobatic and single line. Kite buggies, kite surfing, weird and wonderful, traditional Maori and international designs. Get involved in the contests and kite making.A festival for everyone, kids and grown ups,…

The Mermaid’s Song – Puppet Shows with Anna Bailey

January 2, 2013

Puppet Shows with Anna Bailey – The Mermaid’s Song.The story of a fisherman whose fishing trip takes a magical turn when he ensnares a mermaid. It is a whimsical adventure taking place in a suitcase.When:Friday, January 11, 2013 11:00 am – 12:00 pmWhere:Mahara Gallery20 Mahara PlaceWaikanaeCost:Free entryContact:Jasmine Bailey – Exhibitions Manager(04) 902-6242

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