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Kāpiti Arts and Craft Society – A Familiy Affair

July 10, 2010

The Current exhibition of the Kāpiti Arts and Crafts Society is now on at the Kāpiti Gallery in Raumati.Talent runs in Families as highlighted by our current exhibition now showing at The Kāpiti Gallery – 192 Matai Road, Raumati. Name of exhibition: ‘A Family Affair’Where: The Kāpiti Gallery 192 Matai Road RaumatiWhen: 30 June to 25 JulyTimes: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pmTheme: Work by Society Members…

Mahara Gallery on Show

June 26, 2010

The Mahara Gallery in Waikanae will be closed to the public for two weeks between 28 June and 10 July 2010 for necessary housekeeping, and will be closed on Mondays from 12 July 2010. When the Gallery reopens the following exhibitions will feature.Sue Soo Paintings11 July – 22 August 2010 Mayme Chanwai: Selected Works 2002-200911 July – 22 August 2010 Gerald Barnett: Still Love the ’50sNikolai Kokx:…

Arts and Crafts Society works on show

June 26, 2010

May was a big month for the Kāpiti Arts & Crafts Society with a range of works being displayed for exhibition and sale at the Roderick and Gillian Dean Arts Room at the Paraparaumu Library.Currently on show is an exhibition of the Society’s Coast Oil Painters and a variety of works from the Knitters and Weavers group.The Oil Painters and the Knitters and Weavers exhibitions run to…

Business News

Kāpiti Council helps food service businesses

December 7, 2016

Kāpiti Coast Council hosted a successful training session for food service providers to help businesses stay up to speed on industry requirements.Along with Ministry of Primary Industries representatives, Council’s Environmental Health team ran the workshop to help owners, managers and food staff understand what the new Food Act means for their business.Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says there was a good attendance to the session with 23…

Good weather ahead small firms show confidence

October 17, 2016

Spring is in the air for New Zealand’s small businesses, many of who are seeing fine economic weather ahead. However, a lack of skilled staff is putting a strain on growth, according to ANZ’s quarterly Business Micro Scope survey of small firms.A net 17% of respondents – up from 8% in June – say they are confident about the business environment in the year ahead. Within this…

Kāpiti – The times, they are a Changin’

October 16, 2016

Electra Business Breakfast – KāpitiDemographic Change: What does it Mean for our Population, Economy and BusinessWednesday 2 November 20167.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting Prof Richard Shaw of Massey University. Come along and hear an address from Richard on the impacts of demographic change and the evolving nature of work on the economy and business…


Event Planning Workshop in Raumati

June 6, 2017

Come along to the Te Ara Korowai Event Planning Workshop on 13th June at 12pm to 2pm in Raumati.This workshop is designed to assist in the organisation of events. Included in this workshop are practical guides and resourses to help plan, promote and stage a successful event. As well as providing clear guidelines on how to go about each stage of the process.This workshop will assist in…

Reikorangi Residents Make Most of Community Gathering

June 6, 2017

Reikorangi resident’s enjoyed an afternoon of games and fun at the weekend’s inaugural BBQ organised by the Reikorangi Residents Association, despite being locked out of their own community reserve.Julia Palmer, Residents Association chairperson, said the purpose of the BBQ was to bring the community together to meet old friends and make new ones and discuss projects for the association including use of the reserve land, currently under…

Kāpiti Boomerang Bags are underway

June 5, 2017

The Kāpiti Community Centre has been overwhelmed and are hugely excited by the interest in their Boomerang Bags initiative.”There have been some amazing donations already including fabric, thread and even a sewing machine. We are still looking for more donated items such as fabric, needles, thread, screen printers, ink, sewing scissors, machines and overlockers.” If you have any of these things lying around at home that you…


Something special for 20th anniversary of the English Teaching College

May 6, 2013

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the English Teaching College in New Zealand and they wanted to celebrate the occasion by doing something special for the community. They chose to spend the day with Wellington Regional Council parks staff, working the land and giving the environment a hand. On Thursday 9 May around 50 staff and students head off to Queen Elizabeth Park for a morning,…

Friends of the Ōtaki River – Newsletter

May 3, 2013

More Business Support Joining UsIt is with pleasure that I use this first FOTOR newsletter to update members on the activities and projects that are being carried out by this active and progressive group. The Ōtaki River is in a good condition, and we continue our strong partnership with Greater Wellington Regional Council to oversee the maintenance of the river. The Ōtaki Flood Plain Management Plan is…

Planting helpers welcome at Queen Elizabeth Park

May 3, 2013

It is the first planting day of the year for Queen Elizabeth Park this Sunday 5th May! Meeting place will be at the Rangers Office at 9:30am on Sunday. It would be great to get as many people as we can as there are 600 plants to get in the ground which are being taken to the site today. Simon Griffin will be there on the day…


The El Rancho Summer Carnival

January 2, 2013

School Holiday Kids Camps Summer CampTheme The El Rancho Summer CarnivalCome one come all to the greatest show on Earth. There’s a genuine excitement as the Ringmaster takes the stage to deliver his opening statement. The acrobats, clowns, elephants, lion tamers all wait in the wings, ready for the show to start. The question is, are you ready for the show to start?Send your kids away for…

Celebrate the 60th jubilee of Queen Elizabeth Park

January 2, 2013

Celebrate the 60th Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth Park.Join us for a guided walk around the lesser-known areas of the park. Learn about the recently upgraded US Marines memorial. Suitable for an easy fitness level.There will be spot prizes from Dwight Outdoors.Meet at the Park Rangers Office.When:Saturday, January 19, 2013 9:45 am – 11:30 amWhere:Park Rangers Office, Queen Elizabeth ParkState Highway 1ParaparaumuCost:FreeContact:Mathew Walsh(04) 830-4041


Party list fails to impress

July 29, 2014

Rob McCann, Labour’s candidate for Ōtaki responded to the news that Nathan Guy had moved up the National Party list ranking to a safe position.”Despite the botched botulism and factory farming cruelty scandals damaging our exports, despite Snapper-Gate and despite being absent from his electorate, Mr Guy is being rewarded by National. It’s a prize for towing the party line in lieu of representing our community, so…

Ōtaki MP says Budget 2014 great news for local families

May 19, 2014

Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed Budget 2014, particularly the boost to paid parental leave and free doctors’ visits for under-13s. “A growing economy means the Government can invest in a $500 million package for children and families. This will make a real difference for local families in Kāpiti and Horowhenua,” Mr Guy says. The Budget includes: Paid parental leave will be extended by four weeks starting…

Peter Foster backs Rob McCann for MP

March 29, 2014

Peter Foster has joined Labour’s campaign to elect Rob McCann as the next MP for Ōtaki. Peter is a well known local lawyer who lives in Waikanae Beach. In 2011 he stood for Labour in Ōtaki and despite late selection, gained a very creditable 13,920 votes. Rob McCann of Otaihanga was selected as the Labour candidate in December last year. He is building his bid for election…


Basketball tour a great success

July 28, 2012

Kāpiti Basketball Director of Coaching Angelo Robinson reports:The New Zealand Basketball Academy 15 & Under Boys and Girls teams have just arrived back in New Zealand after competing in the prestigious Las Vegas Live tournament in the United States. This tournament is a well known fixture on the Division 1 NCAA recruiting schedule, and boasts past alumni such as NBA All Stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and…

Nippers to Olympians

July 21, 2012

The Olympics are just around the corner and Surf Life Saving New Zealand is proud to have a few of their own competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Swimming and kayaking are the two events where you can catch a glimpse of the ten talented athletes striving for success on the international stage.Tash Hind, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Andy McMillan, and Steven Kent all made it into the…

Top Sports Event for Kāpiti

July 7, 2012

Top grade hockey debuted at the Kāpiti Sports Turf at Mazengarb Reserve with the hosting of Wellington men’s Premier 1 Hockey championship games last Saturday. Kāpiti Turf trustee Dave Jennings said this notable sports event for Kāpiti has come about because we now have one of the best hockey turfs in the Wellington region. “The mix of visiting and local spectators enjoyed plenty of action on the…



June 23, 2010

Two local groups, the Te Horo Road Action Committee (THRAC) and the County & Rahui Roads Group (CRRG), have finally been allowed their hearings on the Wellington to Levin Expressway. Under the New Zealand Transport Agency run consultation on the Peka Peka to North Ōtaki section of the expressway, submitters are entitled to a hearing.However, because of an error, described by NZTA Board Deputy Chairman, Garry Moore,…

Future transport options

June 13, 2010

Trans-Action is an advocacy group for better public transport (formerly known as Transport 2000+) based in Wellington.The website below offers many interesting insights regarding the future of public transport. In many countries this future has arrived already.For details see

Locals oppose Expressway

June 10, 2010

The Alliance for a sustainable Kāpiti (ASK) today reaffirmed its opposition to the Kāpiti expressway. “We are hearing some comments in the media lately that this is a done deal. It is by no means a done deal and there is a lot more water to flow under the bridge yet in terms of process before any work could commence,” said ASK spokesperson, Nick Fisher. “If this…