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Times up for zero-hour contracts

March 23, 2016

Changes to employment law will ban so-called zero-hour contracts. effective from 1 April 2016.If you’re an employer in Kāpiti (or anywhere else in New Zealand), you must set out any agreed hours of work in the employment agreement for each employee.If you and your employee agree to set hours eg any number of days, start and finish times, or days of the week include details in their…

Revenue Generation by Laurel McLay – Business Breakfast Guest

March 21, 2016

Electra Business Breakfast KāpitiRevenue Generation by Laurel McLayMore walk less talk (getting out there) with more heart less hype (great connections face to face) and more care, less crap (keeping in touch nicely!). Wednesday 6 April 2016 from 7.15am to 8.45amSouthward Car Museum$25 (incl GST) per personThis session will be a real mix of selling as a business owner and crafting your own revenue generation campaign. This…

Kāpiti Chamber in Exclusive Business Boost Package Prize Draw

March 20, 2016

Through our special partnership with Air New Zealand we have an exclusive offer for Chamber members. Sign up to the AirpointsTM for Business programme by 25 March 2016 and be in the draw to win a Business Boost Package. We’re here to help take your business to where you want it to go next. Business has never been rewarded like this before. Air New Zealand’s AirpointsTM for…


Kāpiti Rotary Firewood Sale

April 27, 2017

The Kāpiti Rotary Club are fundraising with a massive firewood sale. This has proved very popular so far and with a cold winter already here it might be a good time to contact them for your load of wood.All profits from sales will be going to youth projects in Kāpiti so it is a win win.The poster above gives the email address and website where orders can…

Kāpiti not immune from Housing Crisis

April 21, 2017

Kāpiti has not been immune from the impacts of what many have termed a housing crisis. Rents have soared, accommodation is in short supply and unprecedented pressure has come on social housing stock throughout the Kāpiti Coast.Recent research date shows the depth of the issue and increasing pressure will be put on local and central government to address an immediate and growing problem.The Salvation Army has commended…

Curtain Bank returns to Ōtaki

April 21, 2017

Wellington Curtain Bank is returning to Ōtaki to make it easier for local families to get free, lined curtains ahead of winter.The Curtain Bank, supported by Sustainability Trust, provides free curtains for people with Community Services Cards who need a hand warming up their homes. It’s for both people who own their own homes and those renting.”There was clearly a need in Ōtaki and we’re very happy…


Kāpiti scoops the pool at Encore Awards

December 5, 2012

A group restoring Queen Elizabeth Park on the Kāpiti Coast, children from Raumati South School, volunteers working on pest trapping and monitoring in the Rimutaka Forest Park, and a project to redevelop the Royal Wellington Golf Course are among this year’s Encore Awards winners.The Wellington Regional Council, the Department of Conservation’s Wellington Hawke’s Bay Conservancy and the Wellington Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board developed the Awards to honour…

Water catchments receive only a third of average November rainfall

December 5, 2012

Regional water newsOnly a third of the usual rainfall fell in the Wellington region’s main water catchments in November, reinforcing the need to prepare for less water this summer while we are down by one water storage lake.The latest NIWA forecast shows an increased probability of low river flows over the next three months (December-February). If the predicted low flows become a reality, stored water from the…

DOC Changes bring price hikes for Kāpiti Island visitors.

December 2, 2012

“This weekend a new era in public access to Kāpiti Island begins with DOC’s increasing of visitor numbers to 150 per day, 363 days of the year,” says Guide Jackie Elliott.Previously the limit was 50 day permits for the Nature Reserve and 18 for the North End, raised to 36 last summer. On 31st January 2013, DOC are ceasing to pay wages for the two guides required…


Dealing with Lifes Changes

November 4, 2012

Every so often, we may experience a sudden change in our life, either planned or unplanned.Eva Bennett has just published a handy guide, written very clearly and succinctly, to help you deal with the three biggest changes: relationships, redundancy and retirement (As Time Goes By; Dealing with Life’s Changes, available from We only have one life, and to make the most of it means having the…

Paekākāariki-based Strung Out to perform two concerts

November 3, 2012

Due to popular demand Wellington singing sensations the Doubtful Sounds are teaming up again with the Strung Out string quartet to perform their unique takes on much-loved pop hits by artists ranging from Prince and Donna Summer to Th’ Dudes and Dragon. Choir leader and music maestro Bryan Crump has re-arranged a few of the choir’s acapella numbers for strings, and added a few new songs to…


Labour leadership contenders come to town

August 29, 2013

In a vital part of New Zealand’s first mass participation process for electing a political party leader, the three contenders for the Labour leadership David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson and Shane Jones – are speaking at a Husting Meeting on Saturday 31 August at the Horowhenua Events Centre, A&P Showgrounds, Levin, starting at 1pm.The Electoral College for the Labour Leader was triggered with the resignation of David Shearer…

Young Māori voice for Paekākāriki Community Board

August 20, 2013

Lifelong Paekākāriki resident, twenty-year old Jack McDonald (Taranaki Iwi, Te Whakatōhea, Te Āti Awa) has put his name forward to be a voice for Paekākāriki residents as a member of their Community Board. “If we harness the huge creativity, talent and innovation of our local community, Paekākāriki will continue to punch above its weight in the District,” said Jack McDonald today.Jack McDonald has been nominated to serve…

Local government reorganisation proposals run together

August 17, 2013

The Local Government Commission decided to publicly notify the Wairarapa and Wellington reorganisation applications together.The first application, from Wairarapa’s three district councils, and the second application, from the Greater Wellington Regional Council, were received less than one month apart and share the same affected area. Public notices were taken out in nine newspapers across the region to help ensure that interested groups and individuals are engaged and…


$600,000 boost for new sports pavillion

February 17, 2011

The construction of a pavilion along side the Kāpiti Hockey Turf at Mazengarb Park is expected to be completed later this year after the announcement of the contract to Hawkins Construction.At a well attended ceremony at the Council Chamber, the Kāpiti Turf Trust chairman Roger Sowry said the project was right on target and the design has been approved.The new pavilion will have toilets and changing rooms…

Bowlers roll up for superb new Waikanae greens

February 5, 2011

Despite the ordinary weather the Waikanae Bowling Club was the place to be on the weekend with bowlers taking advantage of the superb new greens.The club is currently in the process of competing for Championship titles and this weekend saw action in the Women’s Junior Singles and the Qualifying rounds of the Men’s Fours.In the Mens Qualifying 4’s Champs 7 teams have three wins to qualify so…