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Grazing Land put out to pasture at Queen Elizabeth Park

Grazing Land put out to pasture at Queen Elizabeth Park

Major restoration work has begun at Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP) and Kaitoke Regional Park to provide…

August 15, 2021
Free workshop – Employment Agreements and Contracts – Levin

Free workshop – Employment Agreements and Contracts – Levin

This workshop will explain the different types of employment agreements and contracts for services and…

August 12, 2021
Kāpiti Chorale Lifts the Spirits

Kāpiti Chorale Lifts the Spirits

By Norma McCallum ‘Music in the Time of COVID ‘  … title of a new…

August 11, 2021
Kāpiti residents want council closer to community

Kāpiti residents want council closer to community

Kāpiti Coast residents want their diverse communities represented on council, and more direct access to…

August 9, 2021
Crash at Rimu Rd Roundabout

Crash at Rimu Rd Roundabout

Police and medical services were quickly on the scene this afternoon when a collision between…

August 9, 2021
Kāpiti Volunteers receive Civic and Community Awards

Kāpiti Volunteers receive Civic and Community Awards

Fifteen Kāpiti volunteer groups and individuals have been honoured for their part in keeping our…

August 9, 2021

TVNZ brings extensive coverage of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

TVNZ brings extensive coverage of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

New Zealand viewers can look forward to extensive free-to-air coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic…

August 4, 2021
New Zealand Needs To Invest In Elder Abuse Education And Prevention

New Zealand Needs To Invest In Elder Abuse Education And Prevention

Age Concern New Zealand are calling for funding to be invested its vital elder abuse…

August 3, 2021
Film-maker to give talk in Kāpiti

Film-maker to give talk in Kāpiti

The Kāpiti Friends of the Library are hosting film-maker John Reid on Sunday 8 August…

August 3, 2021
Kāpiti Council culls Canada geese

Kāpiti Council culls Canada geese

Kāpiti Coast District Council has taken steps to control the population of Canada geese currently…

August 1, 2021
Applications for Kāpiti Council facility hire grant scheme open

Applications for Kāpiti Council facility hire grant scheme open

Applications for a grant to support groups or individuals to hire Council-owned facilities (such as…

July 28, 2021
WHITI ORA Art Exhibition

WHITI ORA Art Exhibition

Opening: July 23 – 6:30pm – Normal Hours: July 24 – August 28, Monday -…

July 20, 2021

Arts News

Major funding boost for Mahara Gallery

June 1, 2020

The project which seeks to transform Mahara Gallery to bring it up to professional gallery standard has received a major boost following donations this year totaling some $270,000. Mahara Gallery Trust Board Chairman, Professor Les Holborow, says the latest donation of $100,000 from an anonymous local donor, has been a welcome addition to three substantial donations received since the beginning of the year. They include Professor Holborow’s…

Review of Kāpiti production Parihaka

March 15, 2020

‘Parihaka’ – A Kāpiti College Multi-Curricular Production Reviewed by Te Aniwaniwa Black. Kāpiti College’s multi-curricular production ‘Parihaka,’ written by Paora Trim and Nicola Easthope, is a fictional account of real life events based on the invasion of Parihaka, November 5th, 1881 and also known as ‘Te Rā o te Pāhua’ or ‘The Day of Plunder.’ In the intimate ambience of the Coastlands Theatre, the first scene opens…

Business News

Regulation Changes for Financial Advisors and Insurance Brokers

February 22, 2021

Kāpiti Broker Richard Andrewes says anyone giving financial advice services to clients will need to comply with the new regulations coming in to force on March 15, including insurance brokers. Mr Andrewes of Andrewes Risk Management says standards for financial advice conduct will be strictly enforced whereby an industry code of conduct for financial advices services requires disclosure to clients. “This is currently a major focus for…

Volatile times ahead for Kāpiti Business

February 19, 2021

Kāpiti Business with Stuart Ayres “Only 10 months until Christmas! We all want to forget 2020, starting with a clean slate for 2021. Whilst we seem to have escaped the direct hits so far, touch-wood, this new year is starting to unravel and we are beginning to experience the butterfly effect from a lack of material and stocks from our suppliers, increasing trend to online shopping, a…

Sarah Meikle brings Wellington on a Plate to Kāpiti Breakfast

February 17, 2021

Electra Business Breakfast will host Sarah Meikle, Chief Executive of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET) March 3. Sarah is incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the New Zealand food scene. She will focus her talk on the story of Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP), the proud past, COVID interruption and the future of the festival.VWOAP is New Zealand’s biggest annual culinary festival, attracting more than an…


Paekākāriki shoots Covid

September 4, 2021

Exterior World: A community photo-essay of scenes from a lockdown walk PHOTO ESSAY / Village-wide contributions Many Paekākāriki locals responded to the excellent Paekākā website’s call to send in photos while out and about on their 2021 lockdown walks. Here’s an essay hand-picked by illustrations editor Mark Coote. “Many thanks to our contributors: Amy Delahunty, Carolyn Parker, Himiona Grace, Ngaere MacKinnon, Bridget Pidford, Jan McKenzie, Penny Ehrhardt, Julia Truscott, Maree White, Mark…

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub for tech creatives

August 31, 2021

Ōtaki’s Maoriland Hub is at the cutting edge of creative technology and have just announced an opportunity for young people to break into this fast growing industry. The tech creative industry is one of the fastest growing and includes animation, gaming, VR/AR/XR, film, marketing, architecture and many more sectors. M.A.T.C.H – the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub is for rangatahi with a strong interest in art, storytelling and…

Arrest made and meth seized in Ōtaki

August 26, 2021

Central District Police have arrested one person and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine and cash following a vehicle search on Wednesday. Around 3:20pm Police Staff in Ōtaki stopped a vehicle in the centre of town and located 300 grams of methamphetamine, along with $130,000 in cash. As a result, a 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply. Subsequent searches have resulted…


Rodger Fox Jazz Ensemble with Erna Ferry kicks of Mulled Wine Concerts

January 28, 2021

Rodger Fox Jazz Ensemble with Erna Ferry The Kāpiti Coast is home to many people who love the sound of jazz, and most of them will be fans of New Zealand’s premier jazzman, Rodger Fox. Mulled Wine Concerts in Paekākāriki are kicking off their 2021 season with a hot summer’s Saturday night of jazz- featuring Rodger with his Jazz Ensemble and special guest singer, Erna Ferry.…

Album release show for Seaside Sloths

November 11, 2020

Sloth-themed band Seaside Sloths showcase their recent ‘Fear And Slothing In Sloth Vegas’ album live at the new Te Raukura performing arts centre on Friday December 4. Seaside Sloths are a cartoon hip-hop/dance band emerging from a self-described abstract hip-hop collective with a loyal following. A recent article on summed it up nicely…”With a second album in the works and a bunch of shows lined up…

The songs of Bob Dylan heading for the Kāpiti Coast

October 22, 2020

After two sell-out shows at Wellington’s Meow, the Capital’s Zimmermans are bringing their show celebrating the songs of Bob Dylan to the Kāpiti Coast. On November 21 the Zimmermans, who’ve had rave reviews for their Wellington gigs, will play their two-hour set at St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki. The Zimmermans are made up of musicians who’ve played with a number of well-known outfits including Sneaky Feelings, Let’s Planet,…


Your vote for Bird of the Year

November 11, 2020

Greater Wellington councillors are singing the same tune, announcing their top five species for Bird of the Year 2020; kākā, tūturiwhatu (banded dotterel), kererū, tīeke (North Island saddleback) and korimako (bellbird). The Wellington region is home to many unique native species, but there is something to be said for these birds who have incredible resilience and are growing in abundance, says Greater Wellington councillor Ros Connelly.’This year…

Kāpiti waste reduction grants support green community projects

October 1, 2020

Kāpiti community groups, Iwi/Māori organisations, schools, neighbourhood groups and businesses have until 20 October to apply for funding to support solutions that reduce waste. Council’s contestable Waste Reduction Grants fund community projects, seed funding for waste minimisation projects, and business waste reduction. $30,000 is set aside to fund a range of practical, on-the-ground waste minimisation projects that encourage community participation, education and/or are of benefit to the…

A friendly face at Raumati Beach

September 20, 2020

A recent visitor to Kāpiti is this baby fur seal spotted at Raumati South by superb photographer Karl Webber. There have been several seals seen recently along the Kāpiti Coast. New Zealand fur seals or kekeno often come ashore in winter to rest, Female seals would leave their pups alone for up to 20 days while they foraged at sea. Fur seal numbers were growing and the…


A Political Point of View

August 16, 2020

Coast Access Radio has a regular political interview programme hosted by local Kāpiti Coast man Graham Priest. Each week Graham has conversations with Central and Local Government, and aspiring candidates. This week the guest is Jan Logie from the New Zealand Green Party. Jan is a candidate in the Mana Electorate and is resident in Paekākāariki.The link to the interview is A Political Point of View


Kāpiti – how Age Friendly are we.

November 21, 2019

Kāpiti Coast Grey Power is setting a New Zealand first on Age Friendly Community Consultation.Kāpiti Coast Grey Power is extending an invitation to all residents of Kāpiti to attend a workshop and have their say on the future of an Age Friendly Kāpiti.The purpose of the workshops to gather information about what Kāpiti Coast residents believe an Age Friendly community would look like. Kevin Burrows, Vice President…

Kāpiti Grey Power welcomes new Council

November 1, 2019

Kāpiti Coast Grey Power has congratulated the incoming Council and says they look forward to continuing a productive relationship with it over the next three years.Kāpiti Coast Grey Power president, Trevor Daniell congratulated the Mayor and returning Councillors on being re-elected and welcomed those incoming. “With six new Councillors there is an interesting mix of old and new faces that will service the community well in the…

National recognition for Kāpiti Retirement Trust

October 31, 2019

At its national conference held in Wellington last week the NZ Aged Care Association, which represents more than 90% of residential aged care facilities in New Zealand, confirmed what Kāpiti residents have known for decades.That is, care provided at Kāpiti Retirement Trust’s aged care hospital is amongst the very best in the country.In the annual Excellence in Care Awards, run by the Association, the Trust’s manager of…


Transport Committees plan for reduced carbon emissions

February 20, 2020

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Transport Committee this week agreed to priorities for transport including contributing to targets that will see reductions in transport-generated emissions.Transport Committee Chair Roger Blakeley says the committee agreed to strategic priorities for the 2019-22 triennium.”These priorities are reductions in transport-generated regional carbon emissions, increases in regional mode share for public transport and active modes, early delivery of public transport elements of Let’s Get…


Directions in Jazz: West Coast/Cool Jazz

May 10, 2021

FRIDAY AT 7 PM UTC+12; St Peters Village Hall, Paekākāriki Recently returned from 20 years performing abroad, award-winning pianist Duncan Haynes presents Directions in Jazz, a series of concerts celebrating the joy of improvisation, each one showcasing a different flavour of the music we call jazz. May 2021 puts the focus on Hard Bop and West Coast/Cool Jazz. Both feature killing bands with decades of international experience…

Lions Charity Book Fair

May 7, 2021

The Lions Charity Book Fair on Saturday from 8am-5pm at the Waikanae Memorial Hall is expected to see hundreds of book enthusiasts attend. Peter Cresswell has been running the Book Fair for 22 years and says this one day event is in addition to the usual two day event in October. “We have had a big build up of books and there are more than we need…

Grant Robertson serves up Budget

May 6, 2021

Thursday 3 June 2021 (note, not usual Wed) 7.15am to 9am | Southward Car Museum Post-Mortem 2021 Budget – Impact on New Zealander’s and BusinessThe Electra Business Breakfast is hosting the Deputy PM, Hon Grant Robertson, who will dissect the 2021 Budget that he will deliver to New Zealanders on Thursday 20 May.On 4 May Minister Robertson spoke to a business crowd in Wellington, and he said his Ministers…


Kāpiti Employers and Students get Speed Dating

July 9, 2019

There is a great opportunity to make valuable connections when Kāpiti employers and students get together for a speed dating style event.If you are a student currently studying at Paraparaumu College and looking to make some valuable connections with local employers, whilst practicing your interview skills then this is the event for you.The Work Ready Kāpiti #EmployerMeet events bring together a host of local employers, representing a…

Work Ready Kāpiti making a difference.

June 17, 2019

Proving the value in programmes such as the ones delivered by Work Ready Kāpiti can be tricky as students/youth move on and it can be hard to track the direct impact that the programmes had. So, it’s fantastic to come across a story such as this where a local Kāpiti youth has found employment in his chosen industry due directly to the Work Ready Kāpiti programmes.Eighteen year…