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June 8, 2020

Time to fly the Flag

EditorCan someone tell me and the people of Kāpiti why our Council does not fly…

June 7, 2020

Dear Kāpiti community from Sophie

Dear Kāpiti community, this is a letter from me to you. 💙 The past few…

June 4, 2020

Major funding boost for Mahara Gallery

The project which seeks to transform Mahara Gallery to bring it up to professional gallery…

June 1, 2020

Arts News

Success for local writers

April 22, 2011

Two local children’s writers are celebrating success after the Storylines writers’ awards were announced recently.Hugh Brown won the Tessa Duder Award for writers of teenage fiction, and Ragne Maxwell was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for writing for 7-13 year olds.Both Hugh and Ragne are graduates of the Whitireia Writing Programme and say their time as students was foundational in getting to this stage. “Mandy Hager…

Info sought on watercolour

March 8, 2011

A KCNews reader asks “Does anybody have any information regarding the artist or the history of this lovely watercolor painting?”The picture has a label indicating it was framed by the Paraparaumu Trading Mart in the early 50’s and still had a price of 57 pounds attached to it. Mrs Magee of Ōtaki would love to know where it came from and who the painter was. Any ideas?…

Business News

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…

Kāpiti to lead growth for Wellington Region

March 11, 2017

The Prime Minister has praised the new Kāpiti Expressway, calling it a platform for growth across the Wellington region over the next 30 years. Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Bill English, and MP for Ōtaki, Hon Nathan Guy spoke at Southwards Car Museum in an event organised by the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce yesterday to businesses, highlighting the opportunities for growth ahead of them. Prime Minister English…


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…

We Matter New Zealand

August 13, 2017

Every day at least one child gets admitted to hospital from an injury, from assault or neglect or maltreatment. Almost half of these children are under the age of five years old.For many people, New Zealand is a wonderful place to live and grow up. But in spite of this New Zealand and Australia have the highest number of child abuse reports every year. One in four…


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…

Great Outdoors Summer Events prove popular

May 22, 2014

With nearly 15,000 people getting involved, an increase of 11 per cent on last year, this year’s Greater Wellington Regional Council Great Outdoors Summer Events programme was the biggest yet. And with an overall satisfaction rate of 93 per cent among those who attended events, it was hugely popular.Running for three months between January and April, the programme offered an interesting and exciting variety of activities for…


Kāpiti health workers affected by law changes

May 5, 2013

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says the changes to employment law announced recently will be bad news for workers and the economy.The changes include a change to the Employment Relations Act so that employers are not required to conclude a collective agreement, allowing employers to opt out of multi-employer bargaining and removing the 30-day rule that allows new workers to be covered by a collective agreement…

Speaking out for disability access….

May 5, 2013

Below is the recent Speakers Corner address from Erica CooneyI’m here because the Council has not been completely honest about the Aquatic Centre – and our community needs to know some truths. I’m a member of a small hub of people concerned about the lack of equal access for the Centre’s main pool (Jan Lowe, Paul Curry and Michelle Laurenson are the others). It’s important to acknowledge…


Councils conduct codes gag elected members

December 2, 2014

A Massey researcher is concerned that some local councils are gagging their elected members and stifling free speech.Dr Catherine Strong from the School Communication, Journalism and Marketing, says there is a disturbing paragraph creeping into some councils’ operating policies.”It basically prevents elected members talking to the media about anything negative within their council. This includes council decisions, policies and overall reputations,” she says.The research will be presented…

New Chief Executive begins at Wellington Regional Council

November 15, 2014

New chief executive Greg Campbell has started his tenure at the helm of Greater Wellington Regional Council.Mr Campbell brings with him extensive experience in the private sector, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer and Director at Vodafone New Zealand. Previous positions include Managing Director of The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company and General Manager, Products and Marketing, ANZ Bank.He says he is excited about bringing his expertise…

Mana MP Faafoi supports Roberston for leadership

November 14, 2014

Mana MP Kris Faafoi has spoken out about his support for Grant Robertson to be leader of the Labour Party.”Over the past few weeks, there has been quite a bit of commentary about Grant Robertson’s sexuality. In a number of cases, the Pacific Island community has been used as a vehicle to make a point. Quite bluntly, I find that offensive.”I was brought up in a traditional…


Rubak Wins Island Swim

March 10, 2013

Ben Rubak, age 17, was an impressive winner of Raumati Swimming Clubs annual Mainland to Kāpiti Swim.The event was the 50th for the club ans was held in perfect weather conditions but less than perfect sea conditions. The 16 competitors braved a strong southerly swell earning the admiration of onlookers. Kāpiti Island staff and visitors surprised by the appearance of 17 support vessels in Rangatira Bay on…

Walk, run, cycle, scoot or skate your socks off and be in to win!

February 7, 2013

A sparkling new scooter, Shoe Clinic vouchers and a year’s membership to Zealandia wildlife sanctuary, are just some of the prizes to be won in Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Streets Alive summer active commuting challenge, which kicks off next Wednesday 13 February. Claire Pascoe, the Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Planner, is urging workplaces and high schools around the region to take part in the four week challenge.…

Ōtaki colt Weissmuller a shoe-in for TV3 New Zealand Derby

February 1, 2013

John Kiernan estimates he has nailed the shoes on over 50 Derby winners but now it is time to train one himself.The Ōtaki horseman is behind the new rising star of New Zealand’s three-year-old ranks, Weissmuller, who destroyed his opponents in the $70,000 Wellington Stakes at Trentham on Saturday.In just his third raceday start, Weissmuller bolted clear of hot picks Lucky Country and Sam Mesi to secure…


The Expressway – unity in frustration

August 29, 2010

The Te Horo Road Action Committee (THRAC) argues for construction of the Peka Peka to North Ōtaki section of Steven Joyce’s expressway on a route to the west of the Te Horo and Ōtaki townships.This appears to place them in opposition to the Alliance for Sustainable Kāpiti and SaveKāpiti. Is this true? “Not so” says THRAC chairman Peter Curling. “THRAC has taken a neutral stance on the…

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the person who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

August 28, 2010

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the person who turns back soonest is the most progressive. C. S. Lewis

New Matangi train on show

August 17, 2010

People will be able to get on board and take a look around the first of Greater Wellington’s new trains next month.The train will be available for public viewing at Platform 9, Wellington Railway Station, from 1.15pm 3pm on Thursday 9 September, after a formal launch by Transport Minister, Steven Joyce.Wayne Hastie, Greater Wellington Regional Council’s General Manager, Public Transport, said the public viewing time was limited…


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