Latest News

Kāpiti Chamber optimistic

Only 35% of Kāpiti’s local businesses were able to operate in Level 2 fully, but…

June 17, 2020
Fearless bad-guy catcher for Police Museum

Fearless bad-guy catcher for Police Museum

Kāpiti Artist Marcus Ebbett says the New Zealand Police Museum is a fantastic final destination…

June 16, 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?…

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.

Business News

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

Prime Minister is Kāpiti lunch guest

March 4, 2017

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is inviting guests to join the Prime Minister and leader of the National Party, the Rt Hon Bill English for lunch. Date: Thursday 9 March 2017Time: 12.30pm to 2pmVenue: Southward Car MuseumCost: Individual $39 Table of 10 $350 The PM is on the road and heading for Kāpiti-Horowhenua with the Hon Nathan Guy and MP for Ōtaki. Together, they will be visiting…


UPDATE – Lindale Village Market Restarts

November 30, 2017

UPDATE: The Market will be open Sunday 3 December from 1pm – 4pmIt was once one of the biggest farmers markets in the region and now the Lindale Village Market is getting a rebirth.Many visitors to the Lindale Village in Paraparaumu remember the popularity of the old market and organisers says the Christmas wish has come true and the Lindale Village Market officially launches this Sunday 3…

Christmas Gift for Free Ambulance in Kāpiti

November 30, 2017

Cindy Foote of Jade Property Management says a recent decision about giving clients Christmas gifts was made easier following her experience with Outward Bound.Ms Foote says the challenges of Outward Bound changed the paradigm for her in terms of consumption.She says, we all consume too much and so this year she and her Jade staff decided their $2000 Christmas budget would be donated completely to Wellington Free…

Police Video goes viral

November 27, 2017

SEE VIDEO BELOWThe ‘World’s Most Entertaining Police Recruitment Video’ is living up to its name with a massive national and international online response following its launch yesterday evening.In just 12 hours the video posted to the New Zealand Police Recruitment Facebook page reached 2.9 million people and was viewed one million times.”The feedback we’ve been receiving from across New Zealand and the world since yesterday’s launch has…


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


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…

Trains at Twilight

April 1, 2013

The trains at Kāpiti Miniature Railway in Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach, will be running from 5 pm until 9 pm on Saturday 13th April, 2013 to celebrate the end of NZ Summer time.This is always a very popular event with crowds coming to enjoy the unusual experience of riding the trains in the twilight and later the darkness. The station area is decorated with coloured lights and…


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…

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…


Sports Gala at Mazengarb Reserve – Saturday 27 October

October 22, 2012

Kāpiti Hockey will be part of the Kāpiti Sports Gala at Mazengarb Reserve.This Saturday starting at 12 noon going on until 6pm.COME ON DOWN spread the word.More than 20 sports will be represented.There will an inter-school competition covering a few different sports.When the turf isn’t being used we will run a Hockey Rounders competition. 6-a-side, make your own team, or we can find you a team.There will…

Winter Sports Tournament for Kāpiti Schools

August 15, 2012

By Peter CorlettTuesday 14th was a big sports day on the Coast for Kāpiti schools with their annual Winter Tournament. Over 400 Year 5 and 6 students from all the local primary schools were able to choose from a range of sports that included soccer, hockey, netball and Rippa rugby. Games were spread over the sports Mazengarb grounds, the Mazengarb hockey turf, as well as Te Atiawa…

Local Roller Derby squad Whenua Fatales on show in Sisters League

August 6, 2012

Kāpiti/Horowhenua Roller Derby squad Whenua Fatales have put on a great show against home team River City Rollers (Wanganui)in their head to head clash.The Whenua Fatales Roller Derby team travelled to Wanganui for their first bout against local team River City Rollers. With a sold out arena holding 500 spectators the Wanganui home crowd was a tough call for a team who had not played together before…


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.…

First of new trains arrives

August 2, 2010

Greater Wellington’s first new Matangi commuter train arrived at Wellington Railway Station on Saturday morning. The train was en route to the depot at Kaiwharawhara for testing.Over the next few months it will be able to be seen along the Hutt Valley and Kāpiti lines. It is expected to begin revenue service by December.The train is the first of 48 being built by Hyundai Rotem Mitsui for…