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Kāpiti Kiwi Night Encounter

Kāpiti Kiwi Night Encounter

This is your chance to share in the night world of kiwi. Watch our birds…

April 13, 2021
Independent process review of Kāpiti Gateway

Independent process review of Kāpiti Gateway

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has engaged consultants Martin Jenkins to undertake an independent process…

April 13, 2021
NZ could be a global digital health leader because of covid

NZ could be a global digital health leader because of covid

The covid pandemic is an opportunity to make New Zealand a world-class digital health technology…

April 13, 2021
Local community gets chance to participate in earthquake drill

Local community gets chance to participate in earthquake drill

The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) is running a free event to help communities…

April 12, 2021
Waikanae Beach tennis hits 75 and is going strong

Waikanae Beach tennis hits 75 and is going strong

Perfect weather, an appreciative crowd and superb tennis was the order of the day as…

April 5, 2021
Funding available for events with Kāpiti flavour

Funding available for events with Kāpiti flavour

The Major Events Fund, a key action of the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Economic Development…

April 5, 2021

What lurks beneath Kāpiti?

What lurks beneath Kāpiti?

On the hunt for slow water leaks Kāpiti Coast District Council is about to shine…

April 5, 2021
Kāpiti winner in Design a Bus contest

Kāpiti winner in Design a Bus contest

Ellie, 11, from Kāpiti and Bill, 8, from Wellington were today announced as the winners…

April 5, 2021
Awards open for business

Awards open for business

Entries for the 2021 Electra Business and Innovation Awards are officially open.As of Monday, April…

April 5, 2021
Meccano Show draws big crowds

Meccano Show draws big crowds

Hundreds of visitors turned out to see the many displays on show at the National…

March 20, 2021
Kāpiti Recycling to get Makeover

Kāpiti Recycling to get Makeover

Kāpiti Rotary Club president Shirley Stratton led a large team of volunteers in assembling and…

March 17, 2021
Kāpiti hosts National Meccano Exhibition

Kāpiti hosts National Meccano Exhibition

Kāpiti is to host the National Exhibition of Meccano this weekend with displays on view…

March 15, 2021

Arts News

Creative Communities grants awarded with COVID-19 in mind

November 13, 2020

Seventeen Kāpiti arts projects have been awarded funding through the latest round of the Creative Communities Scheme.The Kāpiti Coast District Council has awarded $23,000 to a diverse range of arts initiatives, including children’s theatre projects, music performances, art and writing workshops, photography exhibitions and a mural project.Chair of Creative Communities Grants Allocation Subcommittee Jackie Elliott says the funding recipients will play an important part in the Kāpiti…

Kāpiti Arts Trail celebrates twenty-year journey of creativity

October 15, 2020

Kāpiti is gearing up for the District’s iconic annual art event in November, with over 100 artists signed up to show their artworks.Held over the weekends of the 7/8 and 14/15 of November, this year will be particularly special as it marks the popular event’s twentieth anniversary.The Kāpiti Arts Trail began in 2001, and with the support of local artists and the Kāpiti Coast District Council has…

Kāpiti Hip Hop Crew looking sharp!

September 1, 2020

Seven Kāpiti teenagers who love to dance form the Omega Hip Hop Crew at Judith Fuge Dance School (JFDS). The Crew were placed together as a team in February this year, to perform in competitions throughout the year. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and the subsequent Alert Level 4 lockdown, dance practice and competitions were shut down. At this time the Crew didn’t have a dance or a…

Business News

Funding available for events with Kāpiti flavour

April 5, 2021

The Major Events Fund, a key action of the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Economic Development Strategy, is now open for applications. The contestable fund supports major events that bring economic benefits to the district by attracting visitors and supporting the local economy.  Kāpiti Coast District Council Acting Economic Development Manager Leanna Hill says establishing and developing major events has been identified as a key driver in supporting…

Awards open for business

April 5, 2021

Entries for the 2021 Electra Business and Innovation Awards are officially open.As of Monday, April 5th 2021, the 27th consecutive awards programme has officially started, with entriesopening for local businesses until Sunday, May 30th 2021.Chair of Business Kāpiti Horowhenua Inc Brendan Duffy (who convenes the annual Electra Business &Innovation Awards) will be attending the Electra Business Breakfast on the 7th of April and theHorowhenua Business After 5…

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…

COMMUNITY News

Independent process review of Kāpiti Gateway

April 13, 2021

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has engaged consultants Martin Jenkins to undertake an independent process review of Te Uruhi – the Kāpiti Gateway Project. The review follows concerns raised by the community and elected members about how some project decisions were made and how they were communicated. Chief Executive Wayne Maxwell says engaging independent consultants to take a look at the Council’s project management processes is a…

Local community gets chance to participate in earthquake drill

April 12, 2021

The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) is running a free event to help communities get better prepared for an earthquake. An earthquake scenario, along with a free sausage sizzle, will be held on Sunday, April 18 at Raumati South School – one of Kāpiti’s local Community Emergency Hubs. WREMO Emergency Management Advisor for Community Resilience, Renee Corlett, says in disasters such as a big earthquake, emergency…

Funding available for events with Kāpiti flavour

April 5, 2021

The Major Events Fund, a key action of the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Economic Development Strategy, is now open for applications. The contestable fund supports major events that bring economic benefits to the district by attracting visitors and supporting the local economy.  Kāpiti Coast District Council Acting Economic Development Manager Leanna Hill says establishing and developing major events has been identified as a key driver in supporting…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Meccano Show draws big crowds

March 20, 2021

Hundreds of visitors turned out to see the many displays on show at the National Meccano Exhibition at the Waikanae Memorial Hall on Saturday. The show continues from 10am-4pm on Sunday. Organiser Reg Barlow says the event has been great for Kāpiti. “We have had great numbers coming through the door, many hundreds and we expect the same on day two. We have people exhibiting from Auckland,…

Kāpiti raves for Gold Dust Woman

February 26, 2021

The Gold Dust Woman Show had a good deal of hype leading up to the event last week in Kāpiti, so what was the verdict. Well a full crowd at Southwards went nuts for it. Singing (and many dancing) along to Stevie Nicks’ numbers well known to the audience. Fantastic, brilliant, wow…, you get the picture. These were comments from a hugely appreciative audience and the star…

Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty Tribute in Kāpiti

February 16, 2021

Seven Wonders Fleetwood Mac Showcase was formed in 2018. Through growth and determination has now evolved into the ultimate experience that is – Stevie Nicks Showcase ‘Gold Dust Woman’ with special guest Tom Petty Tribute. Inspired by her love of the songs and voice of Stevie Nicks, Rachel Williams turned her dreams into reality; emotionally attached by a life of struggle she has turned her Dust into…

ENVIRONMENT News

Kāpiti Kiwi Night Encounter

April 13, 2021

This is your chance to share in the night world of kiwi. Watch our birds as they emerge from their daytime slumber and engage in the nocturnal exploration of their outdoor enclosure. Every evening presents a new episode in the lives of our birds! Each Encounter starts with a kiwi presentation at our Visitor Centre. Your guide will then escort you to our outdoor kiwi enclosure where…

Kāpiti Recycling to get Makeover

March 17, 2021

Kāpiti Rotary Club president Shirley Stratton led a large team of volunteers in assembling and delivering new recycling bins throughout Kāpiti. Kāpiti residents will now have received the new Waste Management recycling bins (Please note – these apply to Waste Management customers only) – links below explain collection times and usage. “At a recent community event, where Kāpiti Rotary members were highly visible, a club member was…

Lower Carbon Emissions call for Greater Wellington Region

February 9, 2021

Consultation calls for lower carbon emissions, safer roads and a more connected transport network across the Wellington region Public consultation is open for the Regional Land Transport Plan 2021 (RLTP) which is calling on the community’s views on how to make a safer, more sustainable transport network for our region. Regional Transport Committee Chair and Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, Adrienne Staples says that the RLTP is a…

LIFESTYLE News

Game developers’ growth just part of rampant Kiwi tech sector

December 13, 2020

New Zealand game developers’ $323.9 million earnings in the last financial year is a perfect example of just what is happening across the rampant tech sector, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.It is fantastic to see the continued growth of New Zealand’s interactive media and game developers, making $121 million more in one year, Muller says.’However, this is a great example of the continued growth and success…

Stay safe at Kāpiti Beaches this summer

October 30, 2020

With warmer weather fast approaching thousands of Kāpiti Coasters will be taking to the water and safety and vigilance will vital. New Zealand Water Safety Month is approaching halfway and tragically since the campaign started six people have fatally drowned in preventable incidents. “This is a tragic reminder of how many New Zealanders are needlessly losing their lives while in, on and around the water. Every fatality…

Kāpiti Embraces #ownitoctober, Balm to Covid-19 Stresses

October 22, 2020

Kāpiti is embracing local social media campaign, #ownitoctober, aimed at empowering women, celebrating local businesses and building kindness amongst the community after a difficult 2020. Created by Kirsten Kennish, Owner of Absolute Hair, #ownitoctober is about body positivity, empowerment and recognising businesses who are working hard to respond to the challenging environment Covid-19 creates. “I’m seeing people in the salon who are tired – this year has…

POLITICS News

Waikanae Community Board by-election

October 22, 2020

Following a second resignation from the Waikanae Community Board, the Kāpiti Coast District Council has called for a by-election to fill the vacant seats. Community Boards are an important part of local democracy and we encourage anyone who has an interest in representing the interests of, and advocating on behalf of, the Waikanae community to get in touch with the Council. Nominations for the vacancies opened on 22…

Two vacancies to be filled on Waikanae Community Board

September 19, 2020

The formal resignation of Waikanae Community Board member Jill Griggs has been received by Kāpiti Coast District Council today (Friday, 18 September). This means there are now two vacancies on the Board following the earlier resignation of former Board member Geoffrey Churchman. A fresh notice will be issued to enable the two seats to be filled in one election. Kāpiti Coast District Council Electoral Officer Katrina Shieffelbein…

Katherine Kelly stands for Waikanae Board

September 18, 2020

Like many Kāpiti residents, Kath Kelly and her family got to know Waikanae through many years of family holidays. She remembers the freedom that the wide-open spaces provided her and her brothers. Kath and her husband have made Waikanae their home since 2013 and are enjoying being very active in the community at Waikanae Beach. Kath’s career has been in Insurance and Finance where she honed both…

SENIORS News

Exercise industry appeals for older Kiwis to get fitter, before the covid vaccine

January 23, 2021

January 21, 2021 New Zealand’s exercise industry is supporting the rollout of the covid-19 vaccine and protecting the people most vulnerable, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. He was commenting on the very latest Trinity College Dublin research which found adults aged 60 and older should exercise, such as a brisk walk, at least two to three times per week before being vaccinated. Exercise is a preventative…

Top five tips for retirees

September 30, 2020

There is no doubt we’re in topsy-turvy times. But it’s not just our everyday lives that have been tipped upside down, the economy and financial markets have been on a rollercoaster too, leaving many of us concerned about our finances. We asked financial adviser Liz Koh for her top tips on riding out the COVID-19 financial storm. The good news is her advice for retirees remains largely unchanged, so…

SENIORS News

Waikanae Beach tennis hits 75 and is going strong

April 5, 2021

Perfect weather, an appreciative crowd and superb tennis was the order of the day as the Waikanae Beach Tennis Club recently celebrated its 75th Anniversary. And to top off a memorable day there was the dominating on-court performance of tremendous tennis talent 18 year old Patrick (Paddy) Joss who won the Men’s doubles with father Steve, Mixed doubles with sister Emma, and completed a memorable hat trick…

Kāpiti Petanque Club Open Doubles draws quality field

January 29, 2021

Kāpiti Petanque Club held their Open Doubles tournament over Wellington Anniversary Weekend, with more than thirty entries coming from the Lower North Island. This annual event attracts players with regional, national and international status, several of whom are members of the Club. This year’s winning team were Enoka and Monica Smiler of the Naenae Club, who were presented with the Liz Koh Trophy. Liz Koh has sponsored…

Hansen returns for Central Hinds

January 23, 2021

The return of cricket allrounder Melissa Hansen is the only change to the Central Hinds squad named for their next Dream11 Super Smash doubleheader in Auckland this Saturday.Hansen split the webbing on her left hand while bowling in Christchurch, and subsequently missed the Hinds’ first victory of the T20 season, against the Otago Sparks in New Plymouth earlier this week.After having opened the bowling on debut, Nelson’s…

TRANSPORT News

Kāpiti winner in Design a Bus contest

April 5, 2021

Ellie, 11, from Kāpiti and Bill, 8, from Wellington were today announced as the winners of Metlink’s ‘Design a bus’ colouring contest, meaning their designs will be turned into two Metlink buses hitting Wellington’s streets next month. These talented tamariki were chosen out of 15 finalists and hundreds of entries for the popular contest which Metlink ran last month as part of the Brendan Foot Supersite Round…

Metlink is running free fares for Round the Bays

November 11, 2020

To keep carbon emissions low and morale high, Metlink is providing free transport across its whole network (bus, ferry and rail) in the Greater Wellington region on 21 February 2021 for Round the Bays participants and volunteers.If everyone travelled by public transport for Round the Bays, we would generate nine times less carbon than if we all took our own cars, says Scott Gallacher, general manager of…

Metlink aligns ads with Community

October 22, 2020

Metlink is moving forward with amendments to its advertising policy to better reflect the community it serves. Metlink general manager, Scott Gallacher says the changes, as part of Metlink’s normal review processes, were a chance to do the right thing for the region. “Like any public transport provider Metlink needs to make use of advertising opportunities to help fund and strengthen services, but we’ve put considerable effort…

WHAT’S ON

Kāpiti Kiwi Night Encounter

April 13, 2021

This is your chance to share in the night world of kiwi. Watch our birds as they emerge from their daytime slumber and engage in the nocturnal exploration of their outdoor enclosure. Every evening presents a new episode in the lives of our birds! Each Encounter starts with a kiwi presentation at our Visitor Centre. Your guide will then escort you to our outdoor kiwi enclosure where…

Meccano Show draws big crowds

March 20, 2021

Hundreds of visitors turned out to see the many displays on show at the National Meccano Exhibition at the Waikanae Memorial Hall on Saturday. The show continues from 10am-4pm on Sunday. Organiser Reg Barlow says the event has been great for Kāpiti. “We have had great numbers coming through the door, many hundreds and we expect the same on day two. We have people exhibiting from Auckland,…

Kāpiti hosts National Meccano Exhibition

March 15, 2021

Kāpiti is to host the National Exhibition of Meccano this weekend with displays on view both days at the Waikanae Memorial Hall. Organiser Reg Barlow says this is a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to reminisce about favourite toys from the past with over 100 working models on display. “Meccano is more than just a hobby. Come and have a look at toys of yesteryear.…

YOUTH NEWS

Youth Fundraiser for Outward Bound

September 14, 2020

It is a bargain hunter’s dream and its in a great cause. A fundraising garage sale on Saturday 19th of September at 51 Moana Street, Ōtaki Beach is expected to raise enough money to send Rose Sinclair to Outward Bound on a three week course in January 2021. The course is called Mind, Body and Soul and is specifically for 16-18 year olds, and helps them develop…

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