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Fewer people to face end of year tax bills

The Government is moving to ease financial stress for around 149,000 taxpayers by changing the…

July 9, 2020

Kāpiti Coast Business Network

Kāpiti Business – Kāpiti Coast Business Network at Tuatara Brewery Tap Room on July 13.The…

July 6, 2020

Kāpiti Hoop Club Basketball up and running

Mixed Adult Basketball ScrimmagesWednesdays 7.15 – 9pmSundays 3.15 – 5.15pmParaparaumu College Community SportshallMen & Women…

July 2, 2020

Arts News

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?…

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

Environmental risks make your business vulnerable, insurer says

March 16, 2017

Kāpiti has seen an increase in the number of pollution and contamination incidents in recent years, as has the rest of the country, and this means businesses are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the potentially high financial cost of such events, a leading insurance expert says.Delta Insurance general manager Craig Kirk says various combinations of traditional liability policies, albeit each coming with their own exclusions, only serve to…

Keeping your Mind on the Job

March 13, 2017

Wednesday 5 April 20177.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThe more successful you are, the busier you become. And the longer you remain on the treadmill the more you suffer. The Electra Business Breakfast Kāpiti is delighted to be hosting Kerene Strochnetter to speak on mindfulness in the workplace.Responding to the demands of modern life, family, and work is a constant challenge. You might only…

Kāpiti to lead growth for Wellington Region

March 11, 2017

The Prime Minister has praised the new Kāpiti Expressway, calling it a platform for growth across the Wellington region over the next 30 years. Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Bill English, and MP for Ōtaki, Hon Nathan Guy spoke at Southwards Car Museum in an event organised by the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce yesterday to businesses, highlighting the opportunities for growth ahead of them. Prime Minister English…


Kāpiti wide Appeal for KYS

May 4, 2018

KYS will hold its Annual Street Appeal in Kāpiti from 8am 4pm Saturday 12th May 2018.First held in 2015, the KYS Street Appeal has become an annual event that helps raise much needed funds for this long standing local charity. “The Annual Appeal is a great day for our staff and volunteers to be out in the community”, says CEO Raechel Osborne. “It gives us a wonderful…

Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrates 25 years at the movies

April 23, 2018

The Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade is holding a special movie night at Shoreline Cinema as part of their 25 year celebrations.Not only is there a French movie about a French woman in a fire brigade in the south of France, but also there will be a ten minute movie made and directed in Waikanae which is all about the creation of a dance which was made as…

Paekākāariki holds World’s smallest beer festival

April 10, 2018

The Southern Hemisphere’s, if not the world’s, smallest beer festival is being held at Paekākāariki’s St Peters Village Hall as part of the centennial celebrations for the legendary hall.”Anything smaller would just be having your mates over to sample a few brews,” says Tim Ward, Smallest Beer Festival festival organiser, Abandoned Breweries co-owner and proprietor of Wellington’s San Fran Bath House. “It’s in keeping with Paekākāariki’s ‘small…


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…


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…

KCDC Rules Say All Can Attend Chief Executive’s Review says Councillor

October 21, 2014

“All eleven elected members of Council are able to take full part in this week’s CEO performance review according to our own rules ” says District wide Councillor Jackie Elliott.I am keen to end the widely held misconception that only a handpicked few, the Mayor, Crs Ammundsen, Gaylor, Welsh, Holborow and Bell have any say on who runs KCDC. “Six months ago after seeking legal advice, the…

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…


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…

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…


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…


The Mermaid’s Song – Puppet Shows with Anna Bailey

January 2, 2013

Puppet Shows with Anna Bailey – The Mermaid’s Song.The story of a fisherman whose fishing trip takes a magical turn when he ensnares a mermaid. It is a whimsical adventure taking place in a suitcase.When:Friday, January 11, 2013 11:00 am – 12:00 pmWhere:Mahara Gallery20 Mahara PlaceWaikanaeCost:Free entryContact:Jasmine Bailey – Exhibitions Manager(04) 902-6242

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…