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Modern woman shines at Mahara

The (Old) Waikanae Library might be a leaky mess on the inside but outside it…

June 25, 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…


Kāpiti gets new Genealogy Daytime Group

January 16, 2018

A new Genealogy group is starting this week and anyone interested in finding out about their ancestry is welcome to join.Spokesperson for the Kāpiti Genealogy Daytime Group Sonia Cooms says they have had the green light to start the new daytime discussion group under the umbrella of the Kāpiti Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists. Ms Cooms says the first session is at 9,30am this Thursday…

Santa Time in Kāpiti

December 20, 2017

With just five days left the mad scramble for Christmas shopping is about to hit top gear. Amid all the mayhem is the quiet time out for the kids to visit Santa with their wish list. Pictured here with Santa at Coastlands is Sarah and her little ones Hugh and Sol.


Pollen season delivers yellow sludge

August 21, 2013

A fine dusting of yellow pollen that coats the region and collects on water should not be confused with pollutants or unwanted discharges.During August and September large amounts of pollen are released from a variety of trees and pines in particular. In wet weather the pollen is washed from hard surfaces into drains and waterways where it collects in a thick yellow sludge on top of the…

Bee Aware Month Love Our Kāpiti Bees

August 1, 2013

August is Bee Aware Month and the National Beekeepers Association is urging the government to take the threat to bees much more seriously.Bees account for over 5 billion dollars of New Zealand’s economy through the pollination of crops and honey exports.But bees are under threat. All wild bees have been wiped out by the varroa mite which is also threatening the rest of our bees.”The varroa mite…


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…

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…


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…


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…

Jacinta Beckley hits big time hoops

August 6, 2012

Kāpiti Basketball player Jacinta Beckley has been called up by top of the table Women’s 1st Division Basketball Team the Hutt Valley Flyers.Jacinta was called up by the Hutt Valley Flyers for the recent Women’s 1st Division Tournament held at the Walter Nash Stadium in Taita.Jacinta who was selected this year for the Hutt Valley Under 19 and Under 21 Women’s Basketball team at 17 years of…


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…

First new Matangi train en route

July 13, 2010

The first new Matangi train has left on a ship from South Korea and is expected to arrive in Wellington in about three or four weeks. The train is the first of 48 being built by Hyundai Rotem Mitsui for Metlink, Greater Wellington’s public transport network. The Matangi trains have a modern, stainless steel exterior. Inside, they are air-conditioned, spacious, and are equipped with high quality passenger…

Bus, train fare hikes not the way to go!

June 25, 2010

A forecast operational surplus of $1.2 million means the proposed 2010 public transport fare increase is not justified, Regional Councillor Paul Bruce said today. Wellington Regional Council proposes to raise public transport fares to generate a 3.5% increase in revenue for 2010/11. Greater Wellington has the highest farebox recovery of any public transport operation in the country, according to figures from the New Zealand Transport Agency. “Wellingtonians…


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