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Kāpiti Island Gateway naysayers unite

Editor,The Mayor is promising an outstanding new “gateway to Kāpiti Island”. In his column of…

June 11, 2020

Art boggles mind

June 10, 2020

Gateway needs to be iconic

Editor,I am very disappointed in the renderings of the proposed Kāpiti Island Gateway building.What a…

June 10, 2020

Ka pai Kāpiti

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

Arts News

Mahara Gallery features Adele Younghusband – Selected works

March 8, 2011

The next exhibition at the Mahara Gallery will display the works of Adele Younghusband.The Selected Works exhibition starts on 13 March and runs through to 1 May. It will feature 34 works selected from the collection of the Whangarei Art Museum.Opening Saturday 12 March, 5pm, all welcome, entry free.

Art of the Garden at Mahara

February 5, 2011

The Mahara Gallery in Waikanae is currently featuring a stunning exhibition titled The Art of the Garden.Nearly 60 pieces are on display, most are on loan from private collections but some pieces are also for sale.One stunning piece is Pohangina a 2011 work by Karl Maughan (see pictured). Directly opposite this work is Ross Ritchie’s Kāpiti from the collection of Gillian and Roderick Deane.Many of New Zealand’s…

Hands up for public art

February 4, 2011

Kāpiti artist Bodhi Vincent has created a superb sculpture featuring a new born baby nestled in a giant hand.The sculpture is on the front lawn outside the Kāpiti Police Station in Paraparaumu.The work, commissioned by the Kāpiti Voices Against Violence, is an outstanding and unmissable piece of public art.Mr Vincent says the sculpture has largely been a labour of love.The baby is carved from volcanic rock and…

Business News

Kāpiti Chamber Chair Chats

March 6, 2017

Kāpiti is set to reap the business benefits from the new Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway and like many in our community, I took the opportunity to walk along the expressway a couple of weekends ago, taking in the sights and enjoying the view of the wetlands and landscaping.Since then the road has officially opened to the public so I have used the Expressway and found it…

Kāpiti Tech Businesses urged to focus on risk management

March 5, 2017

The Kāpiti Coast has produced many innovative tech businesses over the past few years and many others are in the early stages of development.Kiwi technology businesses need to ensure they are adopting risk management practices to remain at the forefront of the world stage, Delta Insurance says. The New Zealand technology sector has developed an outstanding global reputation for innovation, however the ever-expanding scope of emerging technology…

Kāpiti Business Network Invitation

March 4, 2017

Kāpiti Chamber invites you to their Kāpiti Coast Business NetworkDate: Monday 13 March 2017Time: 5.15pm to 7pmSpeaker: It’s a surprise!Venue: Club Vista32 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu BeachNo 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 cards


Nikau Foundation on Board with Kāpiti Business Awards

September 14, 2017

Nikau Foundation says it is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the Sustainability Achievement Award at the 2017 Kāpiti Electra Business Awards. The awards, to be held on the 27th October, recognise achievement and excellence in the business sector from Kāpiti and Horowhenua. Iconic past winners include Genoese Foods, Tuatara Breweries, Goodman Contractors, Aura Information Security, and Mitre10 Mega.”This is an excellent chance for us to celebrate…

Kāpiti Fashion, Food and Fun for Arts Centre

September 1, 2017

The invitation is out to take part in a great Kāpiti event at the end of the month.Join us on the 30th of September for a night of fashion, food and fun in support of the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre. We’ll have designs from The Frock Shop, Paper Doll, Holy Smoke, and Kāpiti College Textile and Design students. Beer or bubbles will be given on arrival, with…

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…


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…

Jubilee year for QE Park

January 15, 2014

In our Jubilee year it is important to briefly look back to realise that we have come a long way in 60 years.In 1953 Queen Elizabeth Park was not a pretty sight a few open paddocks, degraded dunes and wrecked bush remnants. A few hardy souls such as June Rowland and Daphne Steele and others started to nag the then Regional Council, suggesting that a special effort…

TV Takeback at Kāpiti College…

September 23, 2013

Wednesday 2 October10am 12 noonKāpiti College Hall$5 per television set (cash only)(of which $1 goes to Kāpiti Colleges’s Eco Action Group for garden supplies)Nominate Kāpiti College as your Enviroschool of choice and we could win a Samsung technology package!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In partnership with Earthlink, The Enviroschools Foundation and The Ministry for the EnvironmentEmail [email protected] if you can’t make that date


Love of Sewing a common thread

April 3, 2013

Close to 130 women from Porirua and northern Wellington are celebrating reaching a great age and being silver, but it’s not anything personal or physical it’s the Coastal Quilters ‘silver’ 25th Anniversary Exhibition in 2013.A snippet of 25 traditional and modern art quilts made over the past 25 years by some of these women will be on display at a curated show hosted by Porirua’s Pataka Art…

Shortlisted books announced for 2013 Science Book Prize

April 2, 2013

The three books shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize have been announced today (2 April) and the topics include New Zealand’s extinct moa, the science of Antarctica and a collection of poetry. The three shortlisted titles for the 2013 Science Book Prize are:Graft by Helen Heath (Victoria University Press). Science on Ice: Discovering the Secrets of Antarctica by Veronika Meduna (Auckland…

Eat Locally – Better for you – Better for the environment

April 1, 2013

EAT LOCALLY – better for you – better for the environment;When people think about eating locally, often times it is with reference to being a patron of their local takeaway fast food outlet, or their local restaurant/cafe, but what it is really all about is the distance our food travels from crop to plate.In present times, it is so ‘convenient’ to be able to put together a…


Greater Wellington report highlights variety of work

October 8, 2014

The Greater Wellington Regional Council 2013/14 Annual Report, adopted today, highlights the wide variety of the work undertaken by the council.Chair of the Council, Fran Wilde, says the report provides a summary of the diverse projects and activities that GWRC is responsible for, ranging from emergency management, the Wellington City Public Transport Spine Study and flood protection to catchment management and economic development. Bulk water supply was…

Record win for Nathan Guy in Ōtaki

October 7, 2014

Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the final electoral results giving him a majority of 7,782 which is the largest ever for the Ōtaki electorate. “It’s a huge honour to be re-elected as the local MP and I’m proud to represent the people of Kāpiti and Horowhenua in Parliament for another three years.” With special votes counted, Mr Guy’s majority is narrowly ahead of Darren Hughes’ majority…

Fiona Vining on Zone 4 Board

October 7, 2014

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Community Boards has welcomed the appointment of Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board chair Fiona Vining as an executive member for the Zone 4 region.Ms Vining was elected to the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board for the first time last October and was appointed chair at the board’s first meeting. She is a qualified Solicitor and joins the Executive with a passion for community boards and what…


Big crowds expected for Ōtaki race day January 4

January 2, 2013

The Ōtaki-Maori Racing Club will be hosting their Interislander Summer Festival Family Day on Friday January 4th.When:Friday, January 4, 2013 10:00 am – 5:45 pmWhere: Ōtaki-Maori Racing ClubTe Roto Road ŌtakiCost:$5 Adults, Children under 18 accompanied by an adult FreeContact:Stephen Berryman(04) 528-9611 Enjoy country racing this summer at Interislander Summer Festival Ōtaki Races. Ōtaki Maori Racing Club hosts exciting racing action and all day free entertainment for…

Grant enables more cyclists to hone skills

December 18, 2012

A 30-year drought of cyclist skills training in the Wellington region is set to end now that Greater Wellington Regional Council has won a grant from the Road Safety Trust.The $211,000 grant will enable easy access to training from well-qualified instructors and help cyclists maintain good relationships with other road users. The funding will be used to extend the Pedal Ready programme which currently offers cycle skills…

U-17 Girls team finalists in Hoop Club Tournament

November 3, 2012

After coming together for the first time only three days before tip-off, the Kāpiti Basketball Association U-17 Girls team made the final of the annual Hoop Club Tournament.Held over Labour Weekend at the ASB Stadium in Wellington, the team lost in the final to the highly experienced New Zealand Basketball Academy.Kāpiti coaches Hugh Lawrence and Brenda McKenzie were excited by the potential -shown by this group of…


More work on Wellingtons rail network this weekend

August 9, 2010

KiwiRail staff and contractors will be hard at work again this weekend, making further improvements to the Wellington rail network. This will include ongoing upgrade of the overhead power system in preparation for the new Matangi trains, which are on schedule to enter service later this year. KiwiRail is also improving its railway signalling system, replacing a number of ‘track circuits’ in tunnels on the North Island…

Former Councillor says Air NZ staying away from Kāpiti

August 9, 2010

‘The truth will out’ is an old saying, meaning that if you wait long enough the proper sources will come to accept it, says former KCDC Councillor Don Briggs.Mr Briggs says the latest so-called breaking news that there is no possibility of Air NZ coming to Paraparaumu Airport has been known by those who have manipulated the situation and those who opposed it, from the first announcement.…


April 25, 2011

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