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Kapiti Council green lights controversial Gateway

Kapiti Council green lights controversial Gateway

After a meeting which lasted nine hours, Kapiti councillors voted 7-4 on Thursday in favour…

March 2, 2021
Kapiti raves for Gold Dust Woman

Kapiti raves for Gold Dust Woman

The Gold Dust Woman Show had a good deal of hype leading up to the…

February 26, 2021
New focus on Kapiti  Housing Crisis

New focus on Kapiti Housing Crisis

“New Zealand and the Kāpiti Coast are in the grip of a housing crisis that…

February 22, 2021
Volatile times ahead for Kapiti Business

Volatile times ahead for Kapiti Business

Kapiti Business with Stuart Ayres “Only 10 months until Christmas! We all want to forget…

February 19, 2021
Sarah Meikle brings Wellington on a Plate to Kapiti Breakfast

Sarah Meikle brings Wellington on a Plate to Kapiti Breakfast

Electra Business Breakfast will host Sarah Meikle, Chief Executive of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust…

February 17, 2021
Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty Tribute in Kapiti

Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty Tribute in Kapiti

Seven Wonders Fleetwood Mac Showcase was formed in 2018. Through growth and determination has now…

February 16, 2021

Child critical after being hit by vehicle in Waikanae

Child critical after being hit by vehicle in Waikanae

By Matthew Tao A child has been hit by a vehicle in on the Kāpiti…

February 9, 2021
Lower Carbon Emissions call for Greater Wellington Region

Lower Carbon Emissions call for Greater Wellington Region

Consultation calls for lower carbon emissions, safer roads and a more connected transport network across…

February 9, 2021
Maxi Carpet Services named Kiwi Business Heroes for 2020

Maxi Carpet Services named Kiwi Business Heroes for 2020

Kapiti-based Maxi Carpet Services has been named the Web Genius Kiwi Business Heroes for 2020.…

February 1, 2021
Kāpiti Petanque Club Open Doubles draws quality field

Kāpiti Petanque Club Open Doubles draws quality field

Kapiti Petanque Club held their Open Doubles tournament over Wellington Anniversary Weekend, with more than…

January 29, 2021
Rodger Fox Jazz Ensemble with Erna Ferry kicks of Mulled Wine Concerts

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

Rodger Fox Jazz Ensemble with Erna Ferry rodgerfoxbigband.com The Kapiti Coast is home to many…

January 28, 2021
Exercise industry appeals for older Kiwis to get fitter, before the covid vaccine

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

January 21, 2021 New Zealand’s exercise industry is supporting the rollout of the covid-19 vaccine…

January 23, 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

Regulation Changes for Financial Advisors and Insurance Brokers

February 22, 2021

Kapiti 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 Kapiti Business

February 19, 2021

Kapiti 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 Kapiti 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…

COMMUNITY News

Kāpiti Food Fair: Foodie Heaven

December 3, 2020

With just a few days to go the team behind the Kāpiti Food Fair are thrilled to announce the release of their Site Map. Peruse the layout of the fair, with 250 vendor sites and organise your schedule for entertainment so you can set your game plan ahead of time.’We’re proud of how the fair has all come together in a COVID ridden year,’ said Helene Judge,…

Better Business helping out Mary Potter Hospice

November 11, 2020

In this most uncertain year, our local BNI – Better Business Chapter on the Kāpiti Coast put their thinking caps on to help raise funds for a most worthy cause.BNI is an internationally recognised business organisation network where local business groups collectively endeavour to support one another to grow within each community. In a time where everyone was hit by lockdown, we decided to pay it forward…

Three Horowhenua Pasifika churches get renovation boon

October 8, 2020

Three Pasifika churches in Horowhenua will benefit from renovations under the Fale Lotu Connections Project.Under the project, the Free Church of Tonga, Samoan Methodist Church, and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa will jointly receive $1.46 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to make their buildings warmer and better equipped.The funding was earmarked by the Government in May for renovations and improvements to Pasifika churches around the…

ENTERTAINMENT News

Kapiti 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 Kapiti, 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 Kapiti

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…

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

January 28, 2021

Rodger Fox Jazz Ensemble with Erna Ferry rodgerfoxbigband.com The Kapiti 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 Paekakariki 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.…

ENVIRONMENT News

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…

Climate Commission: NZ on track to miss methane targets

January 23, 2021

A principal analyst for the Climate Change Commission told a public webinar that more needs to be done to reduce agricultural emissions or the country will miss its methane targets, Marc Daalder reports from Newsroom New Zealand is on track to miss its targets for reducing methane emissions, according to the Climate Change Commission. Sally Garden, a principal analyst for the Commission, told a public Zoom webinar that…

Money and Sustainability ‘ The Missing Link

November 11, 2020

Kāpiti’s Deirdre Kent says facing the climate change emergency brings so much urgency and has issued an invitation to a webinar addressing money and sustainability. The webinar is hosted by Jack Santa Barbara of Our Climate Declaration. https://www.ourclimatedeclaration.org.nz/ Join us for the 5th webinar in our Economy of Enough series. See below for details. WEBINAR # 5 MONEY AND SUSTAINABILITY ‘” THE MISSING LINK Deirdre Kent, long time…

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 Kapiti 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

Kāpiti Petanque Club Open Doubles draws quality field

January 29, 2021

Kapiti 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…

SX4 Takes Off

November 17, 2020

Cody Cooper, 9-time NZ MX1 motocross champion, has officially confirmed he will be the first signing for the inaugural SX4 event set to be staged in Taupo on 9 January 2021. SX4, inspired by motocross great Ben Townley, is set to dramatically change the world of motocross and Cooper couldn’t wait to jump on board: ‘What Ben has created will not only have fans on the edge…

TRANSPORT News

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…

Car Crash Advice

October 4, 2020

Until computers control all our vehicles, we will continue to have crashes because drivers are only human. Unfortunately humans are a bit like hokey pokey ice cream: generally squishy, but with some crunchy bits. So, when accidents happen, there can be a mess. After a crashYou have a legal obligation to stop if you are involved in a crash. Stop immediately and put your hazard warning lights…

WHAT’S ON

Spring Fling in Reikorangi

October 15, 2020

Following last year’s successful event the Reikorangi Residents Association are again presenting their Spring Fling! Country Fair.Organisers say there will be plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.”It really is a fun day in the countryside and right on your doorstep. Reikorangi is a lovely rural village and the Spring Fling is the perfect time to visit.”The Spring Fling is real country fun for everyone…

Be prepared Kāpiti

October 14, 2020

Tomorrow is our National earthquake drill ShakeOut and the Kāpiti community is being reminded about making sure they are prepared.Kāpiti Coast District Council Emergency Controller James Jefferson says after the year we’ve been through people would be forgiven for thinking that nothing else major could happen but New Zealand is always at risk of earthquakes and our coastline at risk of tsunami.’We saw during lockdown how much…

Wetland expert is speaker for Friends of QEP AGM

September 20, 2020

Wayne Mitchell, Chair of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park says the group is pretty excited about the speaker they have for the AGM this year. “Dr Abbie Spiers, a wetland expert, writer and communicator, is a passionate and inspiring young scientist who spends her time lobbying local authorities about better protecting peatlands and waterways in the Wellington region. “She is particularly active in the Upper Hutt…

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…