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Kāpiti November Electra Business Breakfast

October 26, 2014

Guest Speaker at the Kāpiti November (Wed 5th) Electra Business Breakfast is Richard Shirtcliffe, CEO of Tuatara Brewery.How does a brand remain popular as it grows to be more of a national identity? As companies grow, what should they contemplate when considering inviting outside investment?These are questions on the mind of many companies on the Kāpiti Coast and we are very privileged to have Tuatara Brewing CEO…

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce in Great Shape

October 26, 2014

Chair of the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, Liz Koh, in her report to members at the recent Chamber AGM, highlighted the 13% growth in membership during the year, and the continuing success of the Chamber’s Business After 5 events.”Our BA5 events have become ‘must attend’ events for anyone doing business in Kāpiti, with great opportunities for networking and learning more about local businesses” says Koh. “We…

WREDA to boost Wellington Region’s economic growth

October 17, 2014

Greater Wellington Regional Council has voted to combine its economic development activities with Wellington City Council’s economic development activities – establishing the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA).”The new combined entity will have responsibility for all regional economic development initiatives, leading to better prioritisation and integration. The ultimate goal is better economic performance of the Wellington region’s economy” GWRC chair Fran Wilde says.”We need to be smarter…

COMMUNITY News

Kāpiti hosts Pink Ribbon Breakfast

May 21, 2017

There is just one week to go and there are still places to fill, if you want to attend the Kāpiti Pink Ribbon Breakfast.Organiser Debbie Martin says this breakfast is the one previously hosted by HMC Kāpiti.”I feel it is a fantastic event and sadly Kelly and Amber were not in a position to host it this year so I said I would.”Tickets are $30.00 if you…

Rotary hand up for Kāpiti Arts Centre

May 12, 2017

At a recent Paraparaumu Rotary Club meeting president Marion Patchett presented Kāpiti College principal Tony Kane with a cheque for $10,000 towards the building of the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre.This is in addition to $30,000 presented last year being funds generated from the Paraparaumu Art Show Trust. In his acceptance Tony mentioned that they were some 90% of their fund raising goal and the building should be…

Kāpiti Toastmasters clubs are really something to talk about

May 11, 2017

The value of Toastmasters is enormous says Coastmasters President Nu Taramai.”Toastmasters is of benefit to anyone who wants to gain confidence and skills in public speaking.”Personally the two biggest benefits to me were being able to deliver my father’s obituary in the Cook Islands. My family had never heard me speak in public before and under very difficult circumstances the skills I had learned at Toastmasters help…

ENVIRONMENT News

Final push for Queen Elizabeth Park northern wetland

August 24, 2010

Calling all Kāpiti residents this Sunday is the last Queen Elizabeth Park northern wetland planting day for this year and many helping hands are needed.Greater Wellington and the Raumati South Residents Association are having one final push to get 1,500 plants in the ground in order to provide a buffer for the fragile northern wetland, says Philippa Crisp, Greater Wellington’s Strategy and Environment Team Leader.”We’re hoping to…

QE Park Trust AGM – August 23

August 21, 2010

NOTICE OF THIRD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of theFRIENDS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH REGIONAL PARK (KAPITI) TRUSTto be held on August 23rd 2010 at the Library Meeting Room, Paraparaumu Public Librarycommencing at 7.30 pm.BUSINESSConsideration and adoption of the Annual ReportConsideration and adoption of the Financial AccountsAppointment of an Accountant to overview the Financial Accounts for 2010-2011.Adoption of Notices of Motion to-1.Adopt a new Vision statement, and Terms of Reference.2.To…

Get your application in for the ENCORE awards

August 10, 2010

Is your work benefitting environmental restoration, conservation and heritage in the Wellington region? Do you want to inspire others to help out too?If so, why not apply for an ENCORE Award. The awards are open to any group, individual or business in the Wellington region demonstrating a sustained commitment to a project with a positive environmental or conservation outcome. There are eight award categories:Community Partnerships Award honouring…

LIFESTYLE News

Coast Yarns – Paekākāariki inspires writer

March 8, 2011

Writer Neil Coleman has had his first book published. COASTAL YARNS is a collection of nine short stories all loosely connected to the New Zealand coastline. Neil says some are quite sombre (CONNECTED) while others are more tongue in cheek to almost outrageous (GIRLS’ WEEKEND—parts 1-3).”This all began last year when I came and stayed at my cousin’s bach at Paekākāariki. I had come to visit my…

Local designer in finals

March 6, 2011

Local Paraparaumu designer, Heather Thorley, has been named as a finalist in a prestigious Australasian based design competition the 2011 Dulux Colour Awards for her colourful and vivacious designs of a house at Raumati Beach. Project Name: The Esplanade HouseCategory: Residential InteriorDesigner: Heather ThorleyProject Description: Colour abounds in this eclectic home by the sea at Raumati South. Natural concrete blocks treated with Dulux acrylic glaze form the…

The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell – a must see movie

February 6, 2011

Movies exist primarily to entertain. Some give us insights into ourselves and where we live. The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell delivers on all fronts. The visuals are superb, particularly the go-kart scenes. The acting is top quality. You will laugh out loud and there will be tears. This is the best Kiwi movie since Boy. Written and Directed by Brendan Donovan, Gazza Snell stars Robyn…

POLITICS News

Local body elections legislation on track

August 5, 2012

New rules governing local body elections could be in place before the end of next year.The Government’s confirmed it will reform existing laws following the John Banks donation scandal over his 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign declarations.Local Government Minister David Carter says they’re on track to have a piece of legislation addressing anonymous donations.”And have that in place, provided we get cooperation through the house, in time for…

Independent Panel seeks public feedback on regional issues

July 22, 2012

The needs of ratepayers and residents in the Wellington region are the focus of an issues paper released today for public feedback by the independent Wellington Region Local Government Review Panel.The Panel, established by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Porirua City Council in late May, will contribute to potential local government reform in the Wellington Region. Its members are Sir Geoffrey Palmer (chair), Sir Wira Gardiner, Sue…

Appreciating our volunteers

July 22, 2012

From Nigel Wilson – Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, Kāpiti.I would like to send a personal vote of thanks to all the Volunteers who add such enormous value to our communities.At our recent Long Term Plan hearings we had over 150 submissions from Kāpiti and many of those came from volunteer groups and individuals. The Greater Wellington Councillors were also fortunate to receive many presentations from Kāpiti groups…