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Kāpiti Coast Business Network – connecting locals

July 12, 2013

Around 40 small local businesses got together to get to know more about each others’ businesses with the aim to refer each other to our friends, families and business contacts when ever we can.Members mixed and mingled over a drink in a friendly and informal environment.Lance Marlow from Kāpiti Office Products was our member speaker for the night and he informed us of the special services and…

Amalgamation of Kāpiti Business Groups announced

July 11, 2013

Kāpiti Coast Business Network chair Des Morgan has announced a merger of the KCBN with the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce. “This merger benefits both parties and we are united in our goal of promoting and supporting local business in our community,” says Mr Morgan.”Other than the benefit of having the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce supporting us going forward nothing else changes as members.We will still…

One of Kāpitis most succsessful business women to speak at Business Breakfast

July 7, 2013

Katherine Corich, founder of the Sysdoc Group, will be speaking at the next Electra Business Breakfast in Kāpiti. The Breakfast, part of the monthly Electra series, will be at the Kāpiti Sports Turf on Wednesday 7 August from 7.15am.A former student of Paraparaumu Beach Primary School and Kāpiti College, and a recipient of several awards including having been twice awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the…

COMMUNITY News

Philanthropy at its Best

February 20, 2017

Perspectives on what makes a good funderFrom the Blog of Kate FrykbergHere are four different perspectives on the characteristics of a good funder:The criteria for “Philanthropy at its best” proposed by the US-based National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy are particularly useful in my opinion; see the one page version or the full paper. They propose a manageable number of holistic but measurable criteria, eg “Invests at least…

The Trams are Back In Business at Queen Elizabeth Park

December 13, 2016

After being out of service for over 9 months, and the expenditure of in excess of $40,000 on new electrical equipment, the Vintage Wellington Trams, a familiar attraction at Queen Elizabeth Park for the past 50 years, are “Back in Business.”An electrical storm in January this year caused irreparable damage to the main electrical switch for the tramway overhead power, resulting in a complete shut down of…

New report on how many animals are used for research, testing and teaching in NZ

December 13, 2016

Today the 2015 figures on the animals used for research, testing and teaching (RTT) were released by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society are disappointed by the manner in which the report was presented. It highlights that the statistics showed a 27.4% decrease from the previous year.”These kind of statistics can be misleading to the public when the full picture is not explained”…

ENVIRONMENT News

Protecting Queen Elizabeth Parks sand dunes

April 8, 2010

A five-year-plan to protect sand dunes at Queen Elizabeth Park was presented at two community discussions in Paekākāariki this week.”I was encouraged by the community imput during the two meetings. There is great enthusiasm for meeting the challenge of protecting these highly valued dunes,” says Greater Wellington’s Kāpiti Councillor Nigel Wilson.The five-year restoration plan will tackle the problems of increased coastal erosion due to rapidly changing weather…

Transition Towns on display at Show

March 27, 2010

Transition Towns Kāpiti is a group of citizens concerned with preparing our community to have a more sustainable future by transitioning us from a fossil fuel dependence to a more sustainable way of life.www.transitiontowns.org.nzwww.ttk.org.nz

Marco Grix – the Birdman of Kāpiti

March 27, 2010

Oxford University academic Marco Grix made friends quickly on a recent visit to Kāpiti Island, especially with the inquisitive Kaka. “I loved going to the Island, it is a beautiful place. It was quite an adventure to see the birds in their natural habitat,”said Mr Grix.”The views from the top of the island are amazing and I would recommend the experience highly.”

LIFESTYLE News

Butt Free Success

January 1, 2010

Kāpiti’s Smokefree outside Public Places Policy seems to be working if the simple, but unpleasant method of counting disregarded cigarette butts is any measure. As much as a 70% drop in cigarette butt counts in areas covered by the policy, principally around children’s play areas and on fields for organized sports.

POLITICS News

Time to reflect on priorities

March 13, 2011

The poignancy of loss has come home to many of us so vividly in the days since the Christchurch earthquake, and more recently in the aftermath of the dreadful tsunami that hit Japan. As we see families bereft of loved ones, we can’t help but reflect on our own situations, and review our priorities that elusive balance in life.It was with these thoughts in mind that I…

Winners and Losers in Mana by-election

November 19, 2010

The Mana by-election won by Kris Faafoi threw up some serious questions for all of the parties involved. KCnews has a look at who the Winners and Losers were on the night.Kris Faafoi – by definition is the winner as he got the most votes and can now proudly claim to represent the Mana electorate in Parliament. However the Labour Party, though relieved to still have the…

Kris Faafoi heads off spirited challenge to win Mana seat

November 19, 2010

Kris Faafoi is the new MP for Mana after the Labour candidate headed off a spirited challenge from popular National List MP Hekia Parata.In what was considered a safe seat for Labour, Mr Faafoi’s winning margin was 1080 from a total vote count of 22,387. There are still 1,352 Special votes to be counted but these are unlikely to reverse the election night result.Ms Parata will remain…