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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…

Local artists on display

May 10, 2010

Kāpiti artist Jan Boyce is part of the collective known as the Kāpiti Community Art group who recently showed their work at the Deane Gallery at the Library in Paraparaumu.”After admiring the artwork on the Kāpiti Coast for a number of years I decided it was time I had a go myself. Not knowing where to start I went to Pamela Smith from Paraparaumu who taught me…

Robyn Kahukiwa exhibition and sale in Raumati South

April 23, 2010

Robyn Kahukiwa is holding an exhibition of works for sale at the Lembas Cafe in Raumati South from April 26 to May 14.Since the early 1970s Robyn Kahukiwa has been painting and exhibiting art that celebrates socio-cultural issues some which are controversial that are central to the Maori experience in Aotearoa New Zealand today but equally relevant to all indigenous peoples of the world; ranging over issues…

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Kāpiti can make the most of cyber security skills shortages

October 16, 2016

New Zealand is facing a security skills shortage, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.Kāpiti has produced a number of successful start up companies in this industry and it appears there are plenty of opportunities to expand and at the same time upskill many young Kāpiti students looking for a future in the tech industry.Muller will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the hidden threat of the growing…

Tackling Tough Conversations with Staff – TA5

October 4, 2016

Kāpiti Chamber invites you to TA5: Tackling Tough Conversationswith Staff presented by Melanie Davis, OurHR.Date: Wednesday 19 OctoberTime: 5.30pm to 7.00pmVenue: Kāpiti Sports Pavilion & TurfCost: Members $20 Non members $30 ‘Tackling Tough Conversations with Staff’ is all about just that – how do you have a conversation with your staff member ensuring you do not breach employment principles or get yourself into ‘deeper water’?What can you…

Locals share the spoils at Electra Business Awards

September 27, 2016

The Kāpiti/Wellington franchise of the hugely successful G.J. Gardner Homes residential construction business has been named the 2016 Electra Business of the Year.G.J. Gardner Homes Kāpiti/Wellington was awarded the supreme Business of the Year Award at the Electra Business Awards gala dinner in Levin on Friday, 23 September 2016.The company also claimed two other awards on the night winning the Small Business Excellence Award, and also the…


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…

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…

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…


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…

Possum control coming to Kāpiti

April 30, 2013

Kāpiti residents can expect fewer possums and more native birdlife as Greater Wellington Regional Council’s possum control programme begins on the Kāpiti Coast this year.Regional Council chair Fran Wilde says wider possum control on the Kāpiti Coast will improve the health of native bush and birds and the wider environment as a whole.”Few people will argue that possums are not a pest. They ravage native forests and…


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

Tips to keep children safe this holiday season

December 30, 2012

We plan our Christmas presents, our food for Christmas Dinner, and our summer holiday. But what about planning to ensure our children are safe over the holidays?Child Matters, New Zealand’s child abuse prevention specialists, want to remind parents and caregivers that at this time of year we must be extra vigilant and mindful of potential risks to children. Amanda Meynell, Child Matters’ National Manager, Child Protection Education…

Summer dog exercise areas on the Kāpiti Coast

December 22, 2012

Kāpiti Council has a map on its website which show the officially sanctioned summer dog exercise areas on the Kāpiti Coast for the period 1 December to 7 April 2013.Dog owners are responsible for their dog/s in public places. They are required to have control of their dog/s, carry an appropriate leash, and clean up after them.If you have any questions or require further information, please call…


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…

Council cops heat over panel appointments

March 29, 2014

Salima Padamsey, representing the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) group, ruffled a few feathers at the recent KCDC meeting when she challenged the impartiality of the science panel set up to review the controversial Shand Report. “This Council, in April 2013, unanimously passed a motion of a creation of a science panel that would review Dr. Shand’s report on Coastal Hazards 2012. The key point in the resolution…

Public Chance To Speak on Legal Action against Ōtaki Pensioners

February 28, 2014

Two attempts by Kāpiti Councillor Jackie Elliott to have the legal proceedings started by KCDC staff in December 2013, against two Ōtaki residents and their contracted arbiter, have been thwarted by a lack of support by the Mayor and most of her fellow councillors.”The support of three elected members was needed to validate my call for an urgent extraordinary meeting to initiate calm, reasonable discussion around the…


Emily Teono off to Vegas for Basketball tourney….

March 19, 2012

Kāpiti College student and Kāpiti Basketball Association U17 Girls Rep Player Emily Teono has been selected by the New Zealand Basketball Academy for the U15 Girls Team going to a major basketball tournament in Las Vegas USA in July this year.Coaching Director Angelo Robinson offered his congratulations to Emily. “This is a wonderful opportunity and exciting stage of her Basketball career and future.”This year the New Zealand…

World Cup comes to Kāpiti….{more}

March 14, 2012

This week the Rugby World Cup stopped into Kāpiti as part of the national tour. The Web Ellis Trophy was accompanied by HSBC World Sevens Trophy and the Women’s Rugby World Cup which is also held by New Zealand.Hundreds enjoyed the fine weather to visit the Coastlands carpark where a huge black marquee housed the trophies. Hurricanes Rugby players and promoters were on hand to keep the…


Peka Peka to North Ōtaki Expressway – Complaint laid with Ombudsman

May 13, 2010

It is now more than four months since the Te Horo Road Action Committee (THRAC) chair, Peter Curling, requested explanations and justifications in the wake of the road decision announced by Transport Minister, Steven Joyce.

Paekākāariki and Otaihanga bus service are now permanent

April 22, 2010

23 AprilTrial door to door bus services for Paekākāariki, Raumati South and Otaihanga residents have proved successful and are now no longer under review.Kāpiti’s Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson paid tribute to the efforts of Paekākāariki and Otaihanga residents for using the services.”There is no doubt the increased usage helped save these services which have been rescued three times in the last two years. I am…