News, Blogs & Notices

ŌTAKI TO LEVIN EXPRESSWAY ROUTE DECISION WELCOMED

Kāpiti Coast District Council Mayor K Gurunathan is welcoming news that community connections, resilience and safety for the Kāpiti District are all set to improve, following a decision on the final expressway route from Ōtaki to north of Levin. Read more...

Hoop Club Basketball Tournament held at Walter Nash Stadium – Hutt Valley

Teams came from New Plymouth, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, Kapiti, Porirua, Wellington and the Hutt Valley. Read more...

Keeping children safe around water this summer

Thinking of putting in a pool this summer? The Kāpiti Coast District Council is reminding people to check out what rules apply under the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016  before they buy. Read more...

Control of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw is approved by Council

The Kāpiti Coast District Council adopted the Control of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw 2018 last week, replacing the 2013 version. Read more...

Investment Strategy for KiwiSavers

Volatility is a new experience for KiwiSaver investors who have known nothing but stable markets in recent years. There will be plenty of opportunity over the next two or three years for nervous investors to make bad choices about how their funds are invested. Read more...

Waikanae Library closure

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising customers that the Waikanae Library will be closed for the foreseeable future, as the toxic mould is more widespread than initially thought. Read more...

Council approves long term development plans for Otaraua Park

Council today gave the green light to a plan that will see 60ha of land in the centre of Kāpiti become a multi-purpose recreational and sporting facility in the future. Read more...

Ant-detection dog gives Kāpiti Island the all-clear

An expert sniffer-dog has scoured Kāpiti Island for any sign of Argentine ants and given it the all-clear. Read more...

Financial Independence, Retire Early

It seems millennials don’t wish to get sucked into the rat race the way their parents did. The FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) is literally setting the world alight. Read more...

Waikanae Library closed for urgent maintenance

The Kapiti Coast District Council has closed the Waikanae Library and Service Centre as a precaution, following air quality test results showing the presence of toxic mould. Read more...

Council keen to get moving on local wellbeing discussions

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is pleased the government is taking steps to boost the contribution local organisations make towards the wellbeing of their communities. Read more...

Borrowing to Invest

There’s never been a cheaper time to borrow money, with some banks having dropped their mortgage interest rates below 4%. Rates this low make it very tempting to borrow more to buy a bigger house, add an extension, take an overseas trip, or trade in the car for a newer model. Read more...

Potentially earthquake-prone building identification completed in Kāpiti

The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s work to identify potentially earthquake prone buildings in the District is now complete. The owners of 28 potentially earthquake-prone buildings have been notified and advised that they will need to obtain a seismic assessment of their building for Council to consider.  Read more...

Council to takes Kāpiti growth project talks to next stage

The Council, and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), are jointly hosting a public workshop to help guide community conversations about accessing Government support for major Kāpiti projects. Read more...

Give Happiness, not Stuff

The countdown to the holiday season is on and we are heading into a time when people who love shopping can lose control of their finances. Overspending on gifts for others and on ‘stuff’ for the house has its roots in psychology. It is often a reflection of a need to be wanted and loved, to belong, to compensate for low self-esteem or to be admired by others. Read more...

Update on Mazengarb Road and Guildford Drive maintenance

Work to sort out the failing tar seal on Mazengarb Road and Guilford Drive continues, with further maintenance works underway today and tomorrow. Read more...

New Zealand Basketball Academy Las Vegas Tour 2019

A Two Day Training Camp & Trials is coming up this weekend (Sat 17 & Sun 18 November)for the New Zealand Basketball  Las Vegas USA 2019 Tour. Read more...

Looking for Kapiti's Social Media Influencers

Hi I'm Tony Cutting and I am on the hunt for Kapiti's biggest social media influencers.  Is this the opportunity for you? Read more...

Help for Kids to Buy a House

It’s a natural instinct for parents to want to help their kids get a head start in life. A common goal for young parents is to save money to pay for kids’ tertiary education costs. Read more...

Update on the Wharemauku Stream: 7.20pm, Tuesday 6 November

The test results from yesterday’s water sampling are back and show high bacteria levels in the Wharemauku Stream where the stream comes out at Raumati Beach. Read more...

WelTec and Whitireia plan to cut losses by merging, and closing Kapiti campus

The change programme includes a proposal to merge the two institutes by integrating Whitireia Community Polytechnic into the Wellington Institute of Technology. It also includes a proposal to close the Kāpiti campus, subject to consultation with staff, and work with the community to find a viable approach for delivering vocational education on the Kāpiti Coast. Read more...

Media advisory: Mahara Place planned improvements to include tree removal

Two phoenix palm trees are to be removed as part of the planned programme of improvements for Mahara Place in Waikanae. Concepts for the new design and layout are on display from Thursday this week at the Waikanae Library. Read more...

More Hilux get attitude injection for 50th anniversary

Toyota has restyled the 14 wide-bodied variants of its 21-ute range as the iconic workhorse of choice celebrates its 50th anniversary globally. Read more...

Council and Chamber of Commerce to work together to grow Kāpiti

The Council has committed to working closely with the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to better serve the business community and unlock the district’s economic potential. Read more...

Movement on Mahara Gallery Redevelopment Project

Kāpiti Coast District Councillors have appointed Athfield Architects to move forward with designs for the Mahara Gallery Redevelopment Project. Read more...

LED lights upgrade to continue

The future looks bright for Kāpiti as the District prepares to complete its switch to the more energy-efficient street lighting. Read more...

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON INVESTING

It’s easy to invest when markets are running smoothly but when they fall your confidence can be sorely tested. More uncertainty in investment markets means more volatility and a need to review your investment strategy.   Read more...

The Waikanae outdoor pool opens for the summer season on Monday 5 November

The much loved Waikanae outdoor pool will open its doors on Monday 5 November for the start of a busy summer season. Read more...

New layout proposed for Waikanae stretch of State Highway One

A proposal to change the layout of the stretch of State Highway 1, running through Waikanae, has been updated following discussions with key community players. Read more...

Full steam ahead for Maclean Park refresh

The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s enhancements to Maclean Park are continuing this week, with contractors working to expand the recreational grass area. Read more...

Caps on the number of pokie machines and gaming venues in Kāpiti under the spotlight

Our policies on the management of pokie machines and gaming venues in Kāpiti are up for review, and we’re keen to hear from you. Read more...

Egg Salad - Julie Buckley

Egg salad makes a wonderful lunch or a side for your next barbeque. Using mini cucumbers would make great low carb finger food too. Makng home made Aioli ensures you are eating good fats instead of processed vegetable oil. Read more...

Kāpiti Chamber Sets New Direction

Kapiti, Friday 26 October 2018 - The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce has announced a new partnership programme, as it evolves to meet the changing needs of local businesses. Read more...

Financial Independence for Women

There is an increasing trend for young couples to manage their money separately, unlike previous generations who pooled their financial resources. Women are becoming more financially independent, which is great, however there are a number of factors which mean that women lag behind men in the wealth creation stakes. Read more...

Just around the corner...

As I write this, it is only two months until Christmas. How did the year whiz by so fast? It won’t be long before the decorations are up in shops and the ads on TV blast us with urgent messages about all the stuff we need to buy for our family and friends. Read more...

Mayor welcomes decision to progress Ōtaki to north of Levin transport corridor

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan today welcomed the New Zealand Transport Agency's decision to proceed with the construction of the Ōtaki to north of Levin transport corridor. Read more...

Hoop Club Kapiti – Basketball Coaching Programme – Term 4 2018

HOOP CLUB BASKETBALL COACHING PROGRAMMES. At Paraparaumu College Community Sportshall, Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu. Read more...

Cauliflower Pizza

Who knew 10 years ago we would be replacing our starches with Cauliflower! There is cauliflower rice and cauliflower mash and even whole roasted cauliflower! This is a very versatile vegetable. Read more...

Good Investment Advice

One of the barriers to people working with a financial adviser is knowing who to talk to. The relationship between an adviser and a client is founded on trust and it takes time to develop. There is an element of risk in putting your trust in someone when you don’t them that well, but there are some signals that can indicate whether you are talking to the right person. Read more...

Council to kick off public discussions about Kāpiti growth projects

The Council, with support from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), will shortly begin public discussions about opportunities for supporting our district’s economic growth in partnership with central government. Read more...

Local swimmer top 25 in the world; representing NZ at World Championships.

Raumati Raptors swimmer Rebecca Moynihan will represent New Zealand at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China in December.  Read more...

Local Basketball players win Wellington Regional College Basketball Championship

Congratulations to Basketball Players Jayden Puroku (Hoop Club Kapiti Men’s Team Player) and Evyator Tabor (both Jayden and Evyator live in Kapiti) who are members of the Rongotai College Senior Boys A Basketball Team who won the College Sport Wellington Secondary Schools Premier Basketball Championship 2018 – The Pohlen Cup Read more...

Two men added to Kapiti Business Hall of Fame

Two businessmen who have each made significant contributions to their local communities for more than 45 years have been inducted into the Kapiti Horowhenua Business Hall of Fame. Read more...

SPENDING THE KIDS’ INHERITANCE

Successive generations always seem to be better off than the last. Our parents had a better standard of living than their parents and our children seem set to have a much more than we ever had. For that reason, most retirees don’t seem very concerned at all about leaving an inheritance. Read more...

Mahara Place sculpture garden to be spruced up

Waikanae’s well-loved sculpture garden is set to get a spruce up ahead of construction work to improve Mahara Place. Read more...

Bread alternatives - Julie Buckley

Bread alternatives normally taste terrible and eggy or dry and nothing like the real thing. This bread is life changing, not because it tastes like the addictive stuff that is hard to give up but because it is dense, tasty and satisfying. It makes a great base for many toppings or slathered with butter or nut butter. Read more...

New IPCC report marks ‘end of magical thinking’ about climate change - UC expert

Limiting global warming to 1.5C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment released today (2pm Monday 8 October NZTime). With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5C compared to 2C could go hand-in-hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said today. Read more...

Don't miss the Kāpiti Arts Trail

Want a great weekend out exploring all the artistry the Kāpiti Coast has to offer? Then don’t miss the explosion of colour and creativity that is the Kāpiti Arts Trail. Read more...

Hoop Club News

Hoop Club Kapiti held a Winter Mixed Social Basketball League – 10 Teams entered and the League was run over 10 weeks Read more...

Starting Out as a Share Investor

Investing in shares is becoming a popular option with young people keen to get ahead. It’s much easier than investing in property. The entry cost is much lower (you can literally start with just a few dollars), you don’t have to borrow money to invest, there are no rules and regulations to restrict you, and you don’t have all the hassles of maintenance and dealing with tenants. Read more...

Looking forward to summer

Now that we are into daylight saving time and our evenings are getting longer, it is time to think about getting ready for summer. Unfortunately, before we get to the lazy, hazy crazy days of holiday time we tend to have a really busy lead up to Christmas. Read more...

Lack of exercise putting pressure on Kiwis’ health

Lack of exercise is putting pressure on the health of many Kiwis, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast commemorates Armistice Day with music and remembrance

This year Kāpiti remembers its own with an Armistice Day concert at Southward Theatre. Read more...

How to be a Billionaire

They say the best way to become a billionaire is to act like one. You can find the secrets of billionaires in their values, beliefs and strategies which, if you study them, can guide you to great wealth. Strange as it may seem, extremely wealthy people are driven not by the pursuit of wealth but by a higher purpose. Read more...

What does Wellness mean to you in the 21st Century?

It’s said that Wellness in the 21st Century is about staying well.

Most people have heard the Erasmus quote ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and others may also be familiar with the Benjamin Franklin axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  Read more...

COUNCIL ADOPTS 2017/18 ANNUAL REPORT HIGHLIGHTING STRENGTHENED FINANCIAL POSITION

Kāpiti Coast District Council has adopted its latest annual report with a clear commitment to delivering good quality services to the District’s ratepayers, at the same time as reducing borrowings and working towards financial future-proofing. Read more...

How to take control of your life and be less frazzled...

Why is it that some people seem to lead calm and controlled lives while others are in a constant state of drama? According to Leadership Coach Lisa Stephenson (lisastephensonconsulting.com.au), calm people have habits and rituals that support them to stay emotionally well. They follow these basic rules to harness their energy to see them through the day. Read more...

Blockworks to unveil how NZ business is rapidly changing

Blockworks, clearly the biggest and most significant event to consider the benefits and impacts of the burgeoning blockchain technology in New Zealand, will be held in Auckland on October 12. Read more...

Change to University of Wellington approved

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON’S COUNCIL HAS CONFIRMED ITS EARLIER DRAFT DECISION TO CHANGE THE UNIVERSITY’S NAME TO ‘UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON’ Read more...

Receipts

Receipts are annoying, fiddly but absolutely essential to keep if you do any self-employed or freelance work. Read more...

Government audit commends Council’s approach to supplying drinking water

The recently released Auditor-General’s report, Managing the supply of and demand for drinking water, shows that the Kāpiti Coast District Council is setting a good example in their future-focused approach to supplying drinking water. The report was presented to the House of Representatives yesterday following an audit of four councils’ approaches to supplying drinking water. Read more...

Planning for a Market Crash

For a while now, there has been talk of a possible share market crash. Since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, share markets have shown a strong upward trend, and we have forgotten what it’s like when returns are negative.   Read more...

NZ facing growing number of cyber incidents

Kiwis will continue to face record digital threats and cyber incidents every month, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

What Is Franchising?

In the current economy, it can be daunting to start a new business.  In fact, it may be impossible for you to start one since small business loans are so hard to come by.  Read more...

The funky C-HR adds even more spice

Toyota has enhanced the daring styling of the C-HR compact SUV with the availability of a two-tone paint scheme on a new Limited variant. Read more...

7 top Tips for managing your inbox

Has your email inbox got out of control? Is the amount of clutter that you have in your inbox leaving you feeling stressed? Here are some easy tips that will automatically relieve your stress. Read more...

#EmployerMeet Encourages Youth into Jobs

Kāpiti Coast, Friday 14 September - 25 students from Kāpiti and Paraparaumu Colleges were interviewed by Kāpiti employers at the first #EmployerMeet held at Kāpiti College last night, by Work Ready Kāpiti. Read more...

Have your say – bylaw consultations kick off

This week consultation opened for two Kāpiti Coast District Council draft bylaws, and the Council’s inviting you to have your say on proposed changes. The bylaws up for consultation are the Control of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw 2018, and the Trade Waste Bylaw 2018. Read more...

Understand Your KiwiSaver

A recent survey done by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) for Money Week shows that we still have a lot to learn about KiwiSaver. Read more...

Kids vs Dads - Father's Day Games at Hoop Club Kapiti

Father's Day "Kids vs Dads" Games at Hoop Club Kapiti Every year Hoop Club Kapiti hold their annual "Kids vs Dads" games at Hoop Club on Father's Day. This is something all the players and Dads really look forward to. Read more...

Council operating costs rank second lowest in NZ

The 2018 Ratepayers’ Report shows that the Kāpiti Coast District Council continues to perform strongly in terms of operating costs per ratepayer, ranking second lowest in the country for the second year running. Read more...

Focus on Spending, Not Saving

There is no question that it is hard to save – and harder for some people than for others. While it might be prudent to save 10% of your income towards your retirement, not everyone has an income high enough to do this. A focus on saving often results in feelings of guilt, failure and inadequacy which lead to a vicious circle of saving even less, and feeling even worse. With a fixed income, it is the level of spending that determines how much is saved. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council awards over $33,000 in community grants this year

Twenty organisations and groups received grants last week from Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Community Grants Scheme for 2018. Read more...

Hello Spring!

Now that we’re into September, spring has officially arrived – despite the current freezing southerly and rain! Spring is time to shake off the darkness  of winter and look forward to the longer warm days ahead. What will you be doing to mark the new season? Read more...

Maclean Park kiosk to be removed

Kāpiti Coast District Council has confirmed that the Maclean Park kiosk will be removed intact from the park by Alpha Specialised Movers Ltd and made available to the public for purchase as a relocatable building. Read more...

To-Do lists - reduce stress and get more done!

To-do lists can enable you to save time for the best things in life - there is nothing more satisfying than ticking off all the things that you've completed! However, the flip side is that at times they can make you feel overwhelmed and that there is just not enough hours in the day... Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council considers the future of the Maclean Park kiosk

The Maclean Park upgrade is moving forward with confirmation that the park’s kiosk will be demolished, and the materials will be re-purposed where practical, in the coming weeks.  Read more...

ARE YOU READY TO WOW DAD AND THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY THIS SUNDAY WITH A DELICIOUS HEALTHY FATHERS DAY BRUNCH?

This healthy-fat laden hollandaise sauce is made with the egg yolks left over from making the grain free bread. I posted that recipe a few weeks ago. Read more...

Community representatives working with Council on plans for Mahara Place improvements

Over the past few months, representatives from Waikanae town centre businesses and the community have been working closely with the Kāpiti Coast District Council to further develop designs for upcoming Mahara Place improvements. Read more...

Is agritech destined to save New Zealand?

Agritech could be destined to save the New Zealand economy, leading New Zealand tech expert Graeme Muller says. Read more...

Jacinta Beckley signs Professional Contract in Europe

SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball product Jacinta Beckley has signed with the Budapest University Athletics Club (Budapesti Egyetemi Atletikai Club) in Hungary and will begin her pro career next month. Beckley is coming off a gold-medal-winning turn with the New Zealand national team at the William Jones Cup last month. Read more...

WHAT IS A TREAT?

When I was a child a treat was a special food to be eaten on special occaisions such as birthdays. These days treats have become every day foods and unfortunately all of that sugar and starch we are eating every day is having a massive impact on our health.  Read more...

Share Investing for Kids

One of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is to teach them about money. It has been shown many times over that while academic success can lead to higher paying jobs, it is financial capability that gives young people the ability to create wealth. The earlier you start teaching kids about money the better. It just got easier to do that with the launch of Sharesies Kids Accounts. Read more...

PAs crucial to successful businesses and organisations

A New Zealand business leader has come in to bat for many unsung personal assistants (PAs), just weeks out from the annual New Zealand Office and PA Show.   Read more...

The Importance of ‘me time’

Fitting in time for yourself is essential! Take charge of your health and happiness, and you'll lower your stress, become more productive, and have more energy. Read more...

A message from Trent Smith ex Hoop Club Kapiti

Trent Smith ex Hoop Club Kapiti Player who has just left for the USA to take up Scholarship at Blackburn College Illinois came to Hoop Club to say a personal goodbye to Coach Angelo Robinson and to talk to the young players at Hoop Club about “how your dreams can come true”. Read more...

Better structure for burgeoning yoga exercise – conference

Yoga teachers want to introduce quality standards for yoga teacher training and support in New Zealand for yoga teachers. Read more...

Investing with a Conscience

Investing in managed funds such as KiwiSaver is a great way to save for retirement. For investors with small amounts or who wish to make regular, small contributions, managed funds offer a cost-effective, simple solution with diversification to help reduce investment risk. Read more...

Cars on beaches on the Kāpiti Coast

Territorial authorities, regional councils, the Department of Conservation (DOC), and the Police all have important roles to play when taking care of the Kāpiti Coast’s beaches. A range of rules exist to keep people safe while they’re walking on the beach and to protect important coastal ecology. Read more...

Maclean Park upgrade moving along as planned

The first stage of the implementation of the Maclean Park long-term development plan kicks off in the coming months, with the work scheduled for completion by June 2019. Read more...

The Power of our Breath

​​​​​​​Imagine taking a leisurely walk in the park when a gun wielding man emerges from the bushes a few feet in front of you and demands you hand over your wallet/purse. Read more...

PRESS RELEASE: Operations and Finance – Investment Funds 17 August 2018

“It’s clear that Guy Burns isn’t going to let the facts get in the way of some more grandstanding,” says Operations and Finance Committee Chair, Councillor Michael Scott. Read more...

Whittaker’s launch their first permanent store

Whittaker’s has launched their very first permanent store which is located through customs in Auckland International Airport. The store opened yesterday and will be accessible to anyone travelling internationally from Auckland. Read more...

Don’t get caught in the urgent trap

Many people struggle to get everything done. They wish for just a few extra hours a day so they can tick things off the ever-growing to-do list. It doesn’t matter whether they are a stay-at-home parent or top executive, equally they find themselves caught in what I call the ‘urgent trap’ where ‘need-it-by-yesterday tasks’ get in the way of the ‘important stuff’. Read more...

Kapiti Parents Centre Celebrate Fifty Years

Kapiti Parents Centre is celebrating fifty years of supporting new and expecting parents in the Paekakariki to Te Horo area with a full-day of family fun on Saturday, 1 September at St Pauls Church Hall, Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu. Read more...

WHY GO NATURAL?

Hi there. Welcome to my first blog post. My name is Theresa Joyce. I've been an internationally qualified beauty therapist for the last 30 years, with 7 of those years abroad. Where have those years gone? Its true that time flies when you're having fun!! And yes... I so love my work. Read more...

Boxing classes better for people with brain diseases

A New Zealand boxing-fitness expert is urging Kiwis with chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s to lead more physically active lives and start boxing. Read more...

Boxing classes better for people with brain diseases

A New Zealand boxing-fitness expert is urging Kiwis with chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s to lead more physically active lives and start boxing. Read more...

WHANGAREI LEADING NZ’S CHARGE IN THE EV WORLD

Whangarei, winner of the most electric vehicle friendly-town in New Zealand award, has a big advantage over other regions. Read more...

Funding available to support major events with distinct Kāpiti flavour

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is now inviting applications for the 2018 Kāpiti Major Events Fund. Read more...

Give yourself time to worry

In last week’s blog I wrote about the difference between normal and problematic worrying and how categorising our worries can help us to deal with it. This week I’m sharing another practical, effective technique for controlling problematic worry – Worry Time. Read more...

Speed limit changes come into effect for Kāpiti roads

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising motorists that new speed limits for 36 local roads will come into effect next week. These changes are the result of Stage 1 of the Council’s District-wide speed limit review 2017-18, and follow on from community consultation earlier in the year. The review is being carried out in response to public requests for particular roads to have their speed limits reviewed by the Council. Read more...

Mayor welcomes PP2Ō EMOGPA decision

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan welcomes the news that an asphalt surface will be applied throughout the entire length of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki (PP2Ō) Expressway. Read more...

Residential Care

One of the biggest fears for retirees is the prospect of ending life in a rest home, and seeing the family fortune eaten up by fees. While at any given time only around 5-7% of people over the age of 65 are living in residential care, statistics show that just under 40% of older people die in care. Read more...

Speed limit changes come into effect for Kāpiti roads

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising motorists that new speed limits for 36 local roads will come into effect next week. These changes are the result of Stage 1 of the Council’s District-wide speed limit review 2017-18, and follow on from community consultation earlier in the year. The review is being carried out in response to public requests for particular roads to have their speed limits reviewed by the Council. Read more...

Why you should review your finances

Wouldn’t it be great if we could grow our own money tree? Would you nurture it or just leave it to its own devices? Read more...

Expressway Key to Kapiti and Horowhenua Economies

Kapiti, Thursday 9 August 2018 - Kapiti business leaders are urging the Government to fully complete the Expressway from Otaki to Levin to unlock economic potential and support growth north of the capital. Read more...

OVER 4,300 VISIT KAPITI COAST AIRPORT OPEN DAY

The Kāpiti Coast welcomed over 4,300 visitors to yesterday’s Open Day at Kapiti Coast Airport in Paraparaumu. Read more...

Winners emerge from Startup Weekend Kāpiti

KĀPITI COAST, MONDAY 6 AUGUST 2018 - An intense weekend full of concept planning, market research, designing, coding and pitching has resulted in winners for this years Kāpiti Startup Weekend. Read more...

Worry Time

It’s estimated we have between 12,000-80,000 thoughts per day. A large proportion of these thoughts involve us asking ourselves.... Read more...

Life – Why it has to change.

When a major change in your life hits you, some people handle it well and others at times struggle. The fact is life is always changing, and well, it kind of has to. If it wasn’t so big or so shocking, we probably would not call it a change at all. Read more...

Coastlands Aquatic Centre turns five

Kāpiti Coast District Council and Coastlands Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu will be celebrating the centre’s fifth birthday all week from 6-11 August and they are inviting the community to join in on the fun. Read more...

What Young People Need to Know

The basic principles of financial success do not change over time. Despite this, younger generations don’t always take on board the lessons learned by their parents and grandparents. Read more...

Make the most of your commute.

Living on the Kapiti Coast is fantastic – the beaches, the rivers, the bush, the weather – we have it all! However one down side if you’re working in town is the commute to Wellington. Every day thousands of people drive or catch the train/bus to work.  A regular commute can also be draining of both time and energy – especially if you are doing 5 days a week and spend that hour each way mindlessly trawling the web or on social media. Read more...

Te Ara Tāngata blessing marks cultural thread opening

The opening of the cultural thread was celebrated in Waikanae today with a blessing of the new paving design outside the gates of Whakarongotai Marae. Kaumātua Koro Don Te Māipi led the blessing ceremony. Read more...

Kāpiti poised to sizzle for this year’s Visa Wellington on a Plate

Visa Wellington on a Plate is back for its tenth anniversary from 10-26 August and this year the Kāpiti Coast has more participating restaurants, cafés, and bars than ever before. Read more...

Money When You Need It

There is nothing complicated about money; you either spend it or save it. Over the course of a lifetime it mostly gets spent, so saving is just money to be set aside for spending at some point in the future. Read more...

The 3 keys to regaining control of your stress

To stop stress impacting adversely on our performance, health and enjoyment of life there are three key things we need to do. But, before I discuss those three things, let’s take a look at what stress is.  Read more...

Air Chathams Exceeds Sales Expectations

Chamber of Commerce’s Business Lunch on the 9th of August about their plans for the district.

Heather Hutchings, Chair of the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, wants the business communities from Horowhenua through to Porirua to give the airline a warm welcome
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Get more done – be organised!

Did you know that being disorganised can actually cost you money? Read more...

Kapiti Coast real estate stats remain very strong

Kapiti Coast real estate continues to well outperform both the Wellington and Auckland regions as well as New Zealand overall, according to the latest Quotable Value figures. Read more...

NZ’s top exercise industry body backs calls for tighter guidelines

The country’s top exercise industry body, ExerciseNZ, is behind the call for industry-wide guidelines around high intensity workouts including a weekly maximum time limit for this type of training for gym-goers. Read more...

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WATERCOLOUR

You can learn about the wonderful world of watercolour in my Absolute Beginners Workshop held at Gordon Harris. There are still some places available. Read more...

PLENTY ON BOARD FOR THE KĀPITI COAST AIRPORT OPEN DAY

There will be plenty to look at on the Kāpiti Coast Airport Open Day. Over 20 aircraft will be lining up on the tarmac for static display at the event being held on Sunday 5 August, 10am-3pm. Read more...

Why do I bleed so heavily?

Many women suffer heavy bleeding on their period. So called 'super' pads and tampons, are often soaked within an hour or two, Such heavy bleeders often feel exhausted, nauseated and in low mood. For some, heavy bleeding may be as a result of fibroids, polyps or a thickened womb lining, but in most cases, there is no obvious medical reason for heavy bleeding.   Read more...

Investing Without Risk

As every investor knows, there is no such thing as a completely risk-free investment, and the lower the investment risk, the lower the investment return is likely to be. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council operations service delivery review kicks off

Over the coming weeks, the Kāpiti Coast District Council will carry out a review of the services delivered through the Council Operations Depot.  Read more...

Time for a cup of tea...

Many of us have elderly relatives living some distance from us or we are so busy with young families and work that we do not have as much time as we would like to visit them. As they age and their social networks diminish, older people can become isolated – especially if they are no longer driving. Read more...

Kapiti Musician Christine White launches her new album

Kapiti Musician Christine White launched her new album to a sellout crowd, at St Peters Village Hall on Saturday. Read more...

Minor road closure for Tutanekai Street roadworks

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising Paraparaumu road users that on Tuesday 17 July, a section of Tutanekai Street will be closed to vehicles to allow urgent works to be carried out on the corner of Tutanekai Street and Arawhata Road. Read more...

5 instant ways to switch off the stress response

Have you heard about the Vagus Nerve? It’s the most important nerve you perhaps didn’t know you had. Read more...

Civic and Community Awards honour local volunteers

Volunteer groups and individuals have been recognised for their community dedication in last evening’s Kāpiti Coast Civic and Community Awards. Read more...

Explore flavours of the world with new additions to Whittaker’s Destinations

Whittaker’s have searched the world for the finest ingredients to showcase in their world class chocolate and created three delicious new flavours to add to their premium 100g Destinations. The new flavours give Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers a chance to enjoy the tastes of Colombia, Madagascar, and Australia. Read more...

The Sunset Years

As the saying goes, there is nothing more certain in life than death and taxes. The minute we are born we are on a gradual path towards the inevitable, while paying taxes along the way! Around the age of eighty people start to become conscious of their mortality. Beyond this point, a traumatic health event, such as surgery, a critical illness or a serious fracture, can trigger a sudden decline in overall health which may be difficult to recover from. The incidence of dementia doubles every five years between the ages of 65 and 90 and by age 95, dementia affects about 20% of people. Read more...

Kapiti Bucks Business Confidence Trend

Kapiti, Friday 13 July - Local businesses are feeling more confident about their prospects, compared to the wider Wellington region, according to statistics released from the latest Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce Business Confidence Survey. Read more...

KĀPITI COAST AIRPORT OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE COMMUNITY ON SUNDAY 5 AUGUST

Kapiti Coast Airport and Kāpiti Coast District Council have announced a community open day will be held at the Kapiti Coast Airport on Sunday 5 August, 10am to 3pm. Read more...

The Window of Opportunity

My old mum passed away last year aged 96. Of all the millions of lessons she taught me, one of the most profound was to make the best use of the window that is the last 20-30 years of life. Read more...

Community grants scheme funding round is now open

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has opened applications for this year’s community grants scheme with a total of $33,500 available to community groups and organisations. Read more...

Massive couple of weeks” 9 medals, 4 golds

Raumati Raptors swimmer Rebecca Moynihan has a slew of new medals to add to her collection.  Read more...

New Zealand Tall Fern Jacinta Beckley paid a surprise visit to Hoop Club Kapiti on the last day of Term 2

Congratulations to our Hoop Club Kapiti Star Jacinta Beckley on being selected for the New Zealand Tall Ferns and on completing her university studies at Seattle University USA and gaining two degrees. Read more...

People do business with people.

Most business owners these days, understand the importance of a digital presence including social media and a strong website to be integral parts of their marketing strategy and success. Read more...

Otaraua Park draft development plan opens for public input

For one month starting on 9 July, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is asking the community for feedback on the long-term draft development plan for the 60ha Otaraua Park. Read more...

A four step approach to mastering your stress ....

There are four key steps that we need to take in order to regain, and maintain, control over our stress and anxiety: Read more...

Lexus’ electrifying start to 2018

The luxury brand is the only prestige marque to have double figure sales increases – up 17 per cent to the end of June over last year. Read more...

Knowing When to Retire

Choosing the time to retire is a key life decision that some people find extremely difficult. No doubt we can all think of someone who has stayed in the workforce a bit too long. There are a number of reasons why people can be reluctant to retire. Read more...

How much is your time worth?

A very busy life juggling work, children, adolescents, elderly parents and other commitments, can become overwhelming. When do you get time for youself? Do you ever get out for a walk, catch up with friends or just curl up with a book? Probably the answer is no! However, taking time out is very important for your mental health and wellbeing - so something you can do is outsource some of those tasks that you find either impossible or a pain to complete. Read more...

No8 Wire Week kicks off next week

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Sustainable Communities Kāpiti kicks off its annual No8 Wire Week programme next week and promises to deliver 12 days of engaging community events to the District.  Read more...

Time to invest in YOU

Our lives are so busy and these days it seems that any kind of lifestyle that includes relaxation or self-care feels like something you can only hope to enjoy ‘at some later date’. We have become so used to this frenetic pace that we accept that this is ‘just the way it is’. Read more...

KiwiRiders to fly again

The Kāpiti Coast District Council Operations and Finance Committee decided this morning to let the KiwiRiders sculpture fly for at least a year in the community. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council awards new road maintenance contract

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has awarded Council’s new road maintenance contract to Higgins. This follows the recent open tender process, which closed on 18 May 2018.   Read more...

NZTech and NZBio combine tech forces

New Zealand is beginning to witness unprecedented opportunities in areas of technology convergence as cutting-edge and world-first technology continues to accelerate and merge. Read more...

Speed limit changes confirmed for Kāpiti local roads

Kāpiti Coast District Council has confirmed new speed limits for 40 sections of local roads in Kapiti, following consultation in April and May this year on Stage 1 of a district wide review. The review was in response to public requests for particular roads to have their speed limits looked at by Council. Read more...

Drinking water safety during flooding – important information for Hautere/Te Horo water supply residents

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has been in touch with residents on the Hautere/Te Horo water supply, with important information about their drinking water quality during prolonged flooding of the Ōtaki River. Information recently provided outlines that in the future, they could be advised to temporarily boil their drinking water as a precaution during long or severe flooding of the Ōtaki River.  Read more...

AI and IoT changing the face of NZ dairying

A fledgling New Zealand agritech company run by a rising Kiwi entrepreneur who has worked for Rocket Lab has raised $8 million, from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Data Collective, which is likely to result in massive changes to the nation’s burgeoning dairy industry. Read more...

Chamber Welcomes Air Chathams to Kapiti

KAPITI, MONDAY 2 JULY 2018 - The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome Air Chathams to the Kapiti Coast. Read more...

Air Chathams to bring back Kāpiti Coast to Auckland air service

The Kāpiti Coast District Council welcomes news that Air Chathams will step in to take over the Kāpiti to Auckland air service. Tickets went on sale today on the airline’s website www.airchathams.co.nz. Read more...

100TECHWOMEN PROJECT LAUNCHING THIS MONTH

NZTech Women will this month launch 100TechWomen which will feature a collection of inspiring stories from New Zealand’s brightest female tech talent from around the country. Read more...

The Eyes Have it; Anyone Can Learn to Draw Them

According to Iain Mc Gilchrist we have two mutually exclusive modes of being; the left hemispheric mode and the right. He postulates that the left is predominantly concerned with the self; my needs and wants, and the right is predominantly concerned with everything else; other people and the world we all inhabit. The left tends to stand aloof from life, interested only in and constantly regurgitating what it already knows. Essentially it’s a virtual world, parading as reality. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council a strong supporter of community through social investment funding

Nine local not-for-profit community organisations will receive funding from Council to help them deliver a diverse range of innovative community initiatives to the Kāpiti Coast community. Read more...

Hannah Shand Art Exhibition

Solo Art Exhibition: Held at Zealandia Ecosanctuary (gallery space on the stairwell up to Rata café) Read more...

Council Fails To Address Kapiti Business Concerns

Kapiti, Friday 29 June 2018 - Kapiti businesses want more transparency about new commercial rates being put in place by the Kāpiti Coast District Council. Read more...

To multi-task or not to multi-task…or to uni-task

According to neuroscience there is a brief moment after the neurons in the working memory system have fired where they need to rest and recuperate before they can fire again – the attentional blink. Read more...

Writing about your core values is powerful and beneficial

Research tells us that writing about our core values is one of the most effective psychological interventions we can engage in. Read more...

Time to invest in YOU

Our lives are so busy and these days it seems that any kind of lifestyle that includes relaxation or self-care feels like something you can only hope to enjoy ‘at some later date’. We have become so used to this frenetic pace that we accept that this is ‘just the way it is’. Read more...

Getting Back on Track

Here we are half way through the year, with distant memories of summer, the start of the New Year and all those resolutions that were made. Read more...

Plan for building a stronger Kāpiti adopted

The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s 20-year plan, developed following more than a year of conversations with the local community, was adopted today. Read more...

Government called on to support Kiwis’ healthy attitude

The government and its agencies have been called on by Exercise NZ to work collaboratively with the exercise community to support Kiwis getting into exercise which effectively reduces the burgeoning health bill. Read more...

Poll Shows Business Travellers Want Earlier Flights from Kapiti

Monday 25th June 2018 - 84 per cent of business travellers would prefer a new air service to depart earlier from Paraparaumu to Auckland, according to data released from a Colmar Brunton Poll commissioned by the Kāpiti Coast District Council. Read more...

GETTING STARTED WITH WATERCOLOUR IS AS SIMPLE AS CLICKING A BUTTON

Have you always wondered what it would be like to paint, to reconnect with and grow the child artist inside you?  Read more...

Update on Jacinta Beckley – fantastic news she has been selected for the NZ Tall Ferns.

Congratulations to Jacinta Beckley who has been selected for the New Zealand Tall Ferns Team to play in Japan and Taiwan. Read more...

Over 50? Whats next?

So you are getting close to 50 years old or maybe you are like me and now into your 50's? Read more...

Whats has been happening around here - update from Pope & Co

Recently some first-home buyers asked us to help them buy a home with only 10% deposit. One was a Kiwi and the other didn't quite have permanent residency. Read more...

AT LAST, A NEW GENERATION OF SANITARY PADS THAT TICKS ALL THE BOXES!

Drion NZ distribute sanitary pads and pantiliners that are anatomically designed for health conscious women. Our Sydney based parent company, Drion AU is 100% Australian owned with state of the art production facilities and a research and development department that is among the best in the industry. Read more...

Letting Go of Anxiety Arousing Thoughts

When I was staring down the barrel of redundancy for the first time in my career, I experienced anxiety and stress big time. The trigger for my anxiety was a combination of intrusive, negative, distressing thoughts and images. Read more...

Feeling Wealthy

The concept of wealth is a mind-set rather than a number. There is no such thing as a threshold of net worth which, once exceeded, defines you as wealthy. Quite simply, you are wealthy if you feel wealthy. Research shows that most people feel they are not wealthy regardless of their net worth. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council to operate Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre

THE KĀPITI COAST DISTRICT COUNCIL IS MAKING SOME CHANGES TO THE WAY THE TE NEWHANGA KĀPITI COMMUNITY CENTRE IN PARAPARAUMU OPERATES. Read more...

New era of stylish, dynamic, emotional design at Toyota

The latest Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid, C-HR, Camry and soon to be launched Corolla are a result of Toyota’s global president Akio Toyoda challenging the company’s designers to create cars that speak to people’s emotions. Read more...

Creative Communities Scheme grants up for grabs

The Kāpiti Coast District Council reminds people that, for the second time this year, Creative Communities Scheme grants are up for grabs thanks to Creative New Zealand. Successful projects from previous rounds range from music and clay-modelling, to theatre and puppetry. So if your project meets the criteria, visit our website for more information – applications close 11 July 2018. Read more...

Kāpiti tamariki set to go ‘Beyond the Page’ these school holidays

Beyond the Page, a literary festival for tamariki and their whānau, is back bigger than ever this year as events expand to 25 libraries across the Wellington region. Read more...

Yoga surging in popularity around NZ

Tomorrow is international yoga day and yoga is surging in popularity all around New Zealand, while organised sport is in decline, Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. Read more...

Customers the winners as insurtech investment ramps up

The rapid rise of tech companies working in the insurance market and investment by traditional insurance firms into new advanced technologies is expected to lead to better deals for customers in coming years, InsurTechNZ chair Jason Roberts says. Read more...

WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY ABOUT TESTING AND TAGGING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT?

THE ELECTRICAL (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 2010 REQUIRE ALL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND FITTINGS THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR USE IN THE WORKPLACE, IN RENTAL OR LEASED ACCOMMODATION, OR ARE OFFERED FOR HIRE, TO BE ELECTRICALLY SAFE. Read more...

A great opportunity for Kapiti based artists

Tutere Gallery + Creative Spaces’ Artist in Residence Program has been such a success that we have decided to open up the opportunity to others so they too can experience the benefits that working in such a setting can provide. Magic things happen when creatives work alongside each other, a special energy is generated. New pathways and directions open up and growth is enabled through safe, constructive support.   Read more...

AN EXTRAORDINARY PIANIST COMES TO NEW ZEALAND: MULLED WINE CONCERTS PRESENTS NIKOLAI SARATOVSKY

Nikolai Saratovsky is an internationally acclaimed Russian concert pianist, said by many in the classical music world to be having a stellar career. Read more...

What is most important to you?

The light-bulb moment that changed the direction of my life for ever, was when a fellow trainee coach read out to me the core values he’d just elicited from me. I thought he was reading from someone else’s values listing, because the ones he was reading out didn’t align with my perception of who I was. Read more...

Councils sets direction for Kāpiti

Kāpiti Coast District councillors have been considering feedback from the community on the proposed 20-year plan for Kāpiti, and yesterday agreed the core elements of the plan.  To deliver these activities and services spending of $83.8m is planned for the coming year.  After allowing for the growing number of ratepayers in the district this results in an average rates increase of 4.8%. Read more...

Planning for Retirement

Your retirement years are around a third of your adult life and it’s worth planning ahead to make sure they are the best years of your life. Approaching retirement age is a bit like running up to the finishing line after a marathon race. A big spurt of effort is needed just at a time when you feel like giving up and taking it easy. Read more...

KĀPITI COAST DISTRICT COUNCIL TO START NEGOTIATIONS WITH AIR CHATHAMS

Kāpiti Coast District Council has unanimously agreed to start negotiations with Air Chathams on a financial support programme designed to assist them in bringing their services to Kāpiti Coast Airport. Read more...

Digital principles set up to help NZ businesses evolve

The digital revolution that has begun will change, redefine and disrupt almost every sector across the country, New Zealand Techleaders chair David Kennedy says. Read more...

New communications and digital centre north of Wellington

New Zealand Police has signed a lease for a new building in Paraparaumu, north of Wellington. Read more...

'Kāore te kumara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka'

I was raised on Hongoeka Marae.  One of the first things I learnt while growing up in my community is you get more respect being humble than you do 'showing off'. Read more...

Matariki shines on the Kāpiti Coast

Matariki is just around the corner, and to celebrate the New Year, the Kāpiti Coast District Council in partnership with Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti is hosting an all-day family-centred ART Market at Nga Purapura in Ōtaki this Sunday 17 June, 10am – 3pm. Read more...

Building Your Personal Brand

Every adviser dreams of the day when they can kick back and just wait for the leads to come rolling in effortlessly. Sure, there are some advisers who love the thrill of the chase, hunting down clients, but the majority of advisers I know would rather spend their time doing what they are good at – providing advice and looking after their clients. Read more...

School Holiday Programmes - Kapiti Equestrian & Vaulting Centre

School holidays are coming up! Book now for Farm club and Pony Camp. Read more...

Practice makes Watercolor Perfect(ish)

I’ve been thinking about the word ‘practice’ because I’ve been doing videos for my three beginner’s online watercolor courses. This is a new venture for me and there are times when I’ve made mistakes which I’ve addressed by repeating the whole video. My husband (Paul) does the editing and I don’t want to make too much work for him, so I do it all in one go. Read more...

Kapiti Art Therapy - July School Holiday Program.

Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being Read more...

Come on guys ……. let’s start talking! Come on guys ……. let’s start talking!

This month it’s Men’s Health month: #menstarttalking

This year's theme is about encouraging us guys to open up and start talking about our health (mental and physical) and to get along to the Doc for a check-up. The strap-line is “Ask Your Mate How He’s Doing.” Read more...

Rainy Days

At this time of year it is a good idea to prepare for rainy days. That’s not just the wet stuff! Rainy days cause problems with our financial affairs as well, hence the old adage about saving for a rainy day. Read more...

Happiness

HOW DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW?  ARE YOU HAPPY?  IF NOT IT IS TIME TO MAKE SOME CHANGES. Read more...

Teachers need to be better paid for the tech revolution

Teachers need to be better paid as they adjust to educating kids in the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, - technology, an award-winning Maori chief executive of a fast growing ed-tech company says.
Read more...

Coastlands welcomes boutique fashion store

Kapiti Coast, June 06 2018 - Coastlands’ first independent boutique women’s fashion store, Wallflower, officially opened this week, promising an uplifting experience of both New Zealand and exotic labels. Read more...

The 5 essential ingredients for success

Throughout my life, I have been successful in many ways.  I have genuinely succeeded in most things I put my heart and soul into. Read more...

Want to grow your business?

Whether you are starting out or have an established business you are wanting to grow there are some actions you need to take if you want to succeed quickly. Read more...

Investing Forever

New Zealanders have always been good at giving to others. Whether it is selling sausages, baking for a cake stall or running errands for elderly neighbours, most Kiwis pitch in at some stage in their lives to lend a helping hand. Read more...

Build your personal brand to succeed

I live in New Zealand and people here generally do not like to promote themselves.  We like to be humble and there really is quite a tall poppy syndrome that goes on here. Read more...

WORLD SMOKEFREE DAY 31 MAY - YOUR STOP SMOKING DAY?

IF YOU ARE KEEN TO STOP SMOKING THEN HYPNOSIS COULD BE THE SECRET WEAPON YOU’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR. Read more...

Kiwi kids need to be more active, getting to and from school

Being active during childhood helps with brain development and leads to lower rates of degenerative diseases later in life, a national exercise expert says. Read more...

Psychedelic cave figures in the heart of Wellington

Where can you feast your eyes on some psychedelic cave figures “cavorting wildly around large canvases” in the heart of the capital? Read more...

Whittaker’s welcomes awards voted by NZ public

Whittaker’s is delighted to have been named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand for the seventh consecutive year, and thanks the New Zealand public for their ongoing support. Read more...

Proposed regional rates increase excessive

Last week Kāpiti Coast District councillors were hearing from locals with feedback on our long term plan for Kāpiti; this week they’ve been presenting feedback to Greater Wellington Regional Council on their ten-year plan for the Wellington Region. Read more...

KiwiSaver Fees

There has been much talk lately about KiwiSaver fees and the impact this has on the value of KiwiSaver funds over time. Simplicity KiwiSaver is a recent market entrant which prides itself on low fees and uses this as a selling point. Read more...

It’s 100% natural and can help you change your life for the better ….

You’ve probably had this experience many times…..

You get in the car and drive to work. During the journey, your mind is focused on an upcoming holiday, or what to buy your partner for their birthday, or where to go for dinner on Saturday etc. You arrive at work but can’t recall anything of the journey. Why is that? Read more...

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin. Read more...

KĀPITI PROJECTS GET CREATIVE NZ FUNDING

Fourteen creative Kāpiti groups and individuals will benefit from the first of this year’s Creative Communities Scheme funding grants through Creative NZ. Read more...

Fiscal responsibility but can we wait for wellbeing – BERL

Budget 2018 oozed fiscal responsibility, but for many a shift to a truly wellbeing Budget cannot come quick enough, BERL chief economist Dr Ganesh Nana says. Read more...

Launch of the UpStarters – NZ tech and innovation story

The New Zealand Tech and Innovation Story, the UpStarters, launched this morning by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Techweek ’18, is a key milestone in supporting our tech and innovation companies to promote themselves on the world stage. Read more...

Council hears community feedback on plan

Over three days and two evenings this week, councillors have heard from nearly 120 locals and groups with their feedback on the Council’s draft long term plan. Read more...

Make the Most of Good Times

Life has seasons. There are good times and bad times, and the changes are often caused by factors outside our control. At a personal level, our health, employment status and family relationships can all work either in our favour or against us. Read more...

ZEAL Kāpiti’s youth development centre nears completion

ZEAL Kāpiti’s new youth development centre quickly nears its end-of-June completion date and local dignitaries were invited on a walk- through the building last week for a sneak peek. Read more...

Mother’s Day “Kids vs Mums” Games at Hoop Club Kapiti on Sunday 13 May

Every year Hoop Club Kapiti hold their annual “Kids vs Mums” games at Hoop Club on Mother’s Day. This is something all our players really look forward to. Read more...

Technology will make NZ rivers cleaner

Technology will soon help make New Zealand’s farms more productive while also making lakes and rivers cleaner, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

POPUP BUSINESS SCHOOL TRADE SHOW COMING TO COASTLANDS

PARTICIPANTS IN KĀPITI'S FIRST POPUP BUSINESS SCHOOL WILL BE SHARING THEIR BUSINESS IDEAS WITH THE PUBLIC AT A ONE-OFF TRADE SHOW AT COASTLANDS. Read more...

Security Heritage Remains Local in Acquisition

Kapiti Coast, Tuesday 15 May 2018 - A desire to provide Kapiti and Horowhenua communities with leading-edge security technology has seen Electra Services acquire the alarm monitoring arm of a local leading security provider, Main Security. Read more...

KĀPITI’S BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS KEEN TO GET A KICKSTART

A record number of people have signed up for Kāpiti’s first PopUp Business School. Mayor K Gurunathan says the response to the no-fee programme has Kāpiti leading the Wellington region in the uptake of the course. Read more...

Lessons from Your Garden

If you want to know how to manage your money and create wealth, look no further than your garden. The principles you use to create a beautiful, flourishing garden are exactly the same as you need for wealth creation. Read more...

It's never too late to break a habit …..

Up until my mid-thirties, I chewed my nails down to the quick, very often until my fingers bled. It was a habit I’d learned as child when, unable to master trimming my nails with scissors, I’d resorted to using my teeth to trim them. Then one day I stopped, and I haven’t bitten them since. Read on to find out how I achieved that breakthrough …. Read more...

Double the delight for lovers of caramel-filled chocolate

Whittaker’s has perfected a new caramel filling and is releasing two new caramel products. As well as pairing the new creamier, smoother and more velvety caramel with Whittaker’s 5 Roll Refined Creamy Milk Chocolate, Whittaker’s has also created a 62% Dark Salted Caramel. Read more...

Electrical Safety and Hazard Prevention in the Workplace

Electrical safety and hazard prevention are the key to longevity and success for every business in New Zealand. Imagine, after the all the hard work you’ve poured into your business, that your organisation is closed down due to safety issues. Read more...

TOP PLUMBER/GASFITTER - A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

Job Opportunity, Plumber/Gasfitter/Drainlayer - 60-70K Van/Uniform/Smartphone/Local Varied work Read more...

Basketball anyone?

Hoop Club Kapiti Adult Mixed Basketball Scrimmages & Mixed Adult Social League.  These two Programmes are designed to be FUN and be able to let anyone have a go. Read more...

Video content works. Here's Why.

Video content engages and informs the viewer in a more powerful way than traditional content. These 12 statistics will convince you that video content must be part of your marketing strategy. Read more...

Ten Ways to Balance Work and Family

One of the biggest challenges for business owners is how to balance work life and home life. I hate to tell you this but there is no such thing as work-life balance. If you own a business there will always be times when the pressure is on and home life suffers. Read more...

Kapiti Run for Youth Raised $19,786.80 for Local Youth

Kapiti Run for Youth took place on Sunday 25 March with just under 300 participants has now completed the final reconciliation and has raised $19,786.80 for local Kapiti youth. Read more...

Four National Titles for Raumati Raptors

The 2018 AON National Age Group Championships (NAGS) is the pinnacle age group competition held by Swimming New Zealand, held at the Sir Owen Glenn, National Aquatic Centre on Auckland's North Shore. Raumati Raptors sent a team of 14 of its top swimmers to the meet, and came 7th overall, out of nearly 100 clubs. Read more...

Get Your Financial Balance

Managing money is more of an art than a science. There is no right and wrong when it comes to managing money. It is simply a matter of finding the right balance. Read more...

Are you buckling under all the pressure?

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” ~ William Shakespeare

Shakespeare was correct – we’re all performers and we play many roles each and every day. Each of those roles places demands on us and we strive to satisfy those ever increasing demands to the best of our ability but often the pressure becomes excessive and it all becomes too overwhelming.….. Read more...

DEADLINE APPROACHING TO NOMINATE FOR THE KĀPITI COAST CIVIC AWARDS AND WELLINGTON AIRPORT REGIONAL COMMUNITY AWARDS

The 31 May deadline to nominate an outstanding volunteer forth for the Kapiti Coast District’s annual Civic Awards and the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards is quickly approaching. Read more...

CHIPSEALING DUE TO BE COMPLETED THIS WEEKEND

The new chipseal surface on Mazengarb Road and Guildford Drive is now finished and Kāpiti Coast District Council contractors will be clearing and sweeping the surface of loose chip through Friday. Read more...

Council Misses Mark on Economic Growth

Kāpiti Coast, Friday 27 April 2018 – The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s long-term vision for the region fails to incentivise economic growth or prioritise the unprecedented opportunities for businesses on the Kāpiti Coast. Read more...

Is Health Insurance Worth the Cost?

One of the biggest dilemmas for people with a limited budget is whether it is worth taking out health insurance. This group of people includes retirees, young people at the beginning of their career and couples with young families. For retirees the dilemma is magnified, because both claims and premiums escalate very quickly with age. In the event of an accident, emergency, or critical illness, the public health system generally provides an excellent standard of care. Read more...

Socially Responsible Investing Made Easy With Robbie Schneider

New Zealand – Robbie Schneider, a noted financial specialist has recently launched
Succession First, a niche investment service that helps people get involved in SRI. Read more...

PLAYGROUNDS DUE FOR NEW EQUIPMENT AND PLANTING

Playground improvement work is due to start early next month at Hookway Grove, Weka Park and Tennis Court Road. Read more...

HIGH PROFILE SITE - DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES! DEA

Rezoned in January 2018 to Outer Business, the development opportunity for this high profile site has entered a whole new ball game. With a number of potential options available, it’s time to talk, do your due diligence and kick start your development or business project.  Read more...

COUNCIL WELCOMES PEKA PEKA TO ŌTAKI SHARED PATHWAY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Kāpiti Coast District Council today welcomed the NZ Transport Agency’s announcement that they’ll build a shared path to run alongside the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway. Read more...

PLAYGROUND CONSULTATIONS THIS MONTH

The Kāpiti Coast District Council's consultation on improvements for two Kāpiti neighbourhood playgrounds closes at the end of this month. The Pohutukawa Park and Matthews Park playgrounds are both scheduled for future upgrades. The Council is running two online surveys, and held drop-in sessions at the two parks last week. Read more...

PARAPARAUMU CHIPSEAL DUE TO BE COMPLETED

Remedial sealing work on Mazengarb Road and Guildford Drive is being carried out this week, and should be finished by the weekend if fine weather continues. Read more...

FINE-TUNING THE 20-YEAR PLAN FOR KĀPITI

After a month of online and face-to-face community conversations on the draft long term plan Kāpiti councillors are getting ready to settle down to the task to reviewing community feedback. Read more...

Full Expressway Needed for Business Confidence

Kāpiti Coast, Tuesday 24 April 2018 - A green light for the Otāki to North Levin section of the Expressway will give businesses on the Kapiti Coast a welcome boost of confidence. Read more...

National Petanque clubs Campionship in Rotorua

Magnificent results from the National Petanque clubs championship in Rotorua over the weekend. Twenty teams from the various clubs took part in what was an extremely competitive tournament, with many of the players being international players. It is with great delight to let you know that the Kapiti team played their hearts out and took second place. Read more...

Dealing with an Age or Health Gap

Retirement planning is not easy, and it’s made even harder when there is a significant difference in age or health status between two partners in retirement. Read more...

I was suffering with social anxiety …..

All through my childhood, teenage years and early adulthood I was described as quiet and shy – someone who much preferred their own company to that of others. In reality, I was suffering with Social Anxiety, albeit I didn’t know that at the time. Read more...

CHIPSEALING FIXES PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK

Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising Mazengarb Road and Guildford Drive users that fixes to the failed chipsealing work are planned for early next week. Read more...

FORMAL CONSULTATION STARTING FOR KĀPITI DISTRICT SPEED LIMIT REVIEW

After an initial survey of community views in March this year, Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting formal submissions on Stage 1 of a districtwide speed limit review. This is the first part of a two-year process to ensure roads in the District are safe and operate efficiently, in conjunction with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). Read more...

A NEW DESTINATION WEBSITE FOR KĀPITI

A new destination website and digital platform for the Kāpiti Coast launched today with local tourism operators among the first to get a glimpse of KapitiCoastNZ.com, at a Kāpiti Coast District Council economic development event hosted at Whitireia Kāpiti. Read more...

COUNCIL, IWI, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS TO PARTNER WITH FIRST KĀPITI POP-UP BUSINESS SCHOOL

Kāpiti’s first PopUp Business School is launching its May programme this week, thanks to the support of Kāpiti Coast District Council, its iwi partners Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti, WREDA (Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency) and business software company XERO. Read more...

AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT SHOWS LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOCUS IN KĀPITI ON TRACK

A 2016/17 audit of all NZ councils is being welcomed by Chair of the Operations and Finance Committee, Waikanae Ward Councillor Michael Scott. Read more...

COUNCIL COMPLETES STAGE ONE OF SOCIAL INVESTMENT CONTESTABLE FUNDING

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is transitioning to a contestable and outcome-focused social investment model for funding community organisations. Read more...

MAZENGARB ROAD AND GUILDFORD DRIVE CHIPSEAL WORKS

Kāpiti Coast District Council has asked their contractors to explain what has caused the recent resealing failure on Mazengarb Road and Guildford Drive in Paraparaumu. Read more...

INFORMATION FROM KAPITI ART THERAPY - WHAT IS ANXIETY

Anxiety refers to thought and behavioral issues that result from excessive fear and anxiety. Fear is best described as an emotional response to a real or perceived threat, whereas anxiety focuses on the anticipation of a future threat. Anxiety may often be described by words such as stress, worry or nervousness. Read more...

GILLIAN CRONIN 'THE PROTECTING VEIL' ON NOW AT TUTERE GALLERY AND CREATIVE SPACE

Currently on show at Tutere Gallery are a series of small paintings by local Waikanae artist Gillian Cronin. An intrepid traveler, Gillian and her husband are often away on adventure to exotic locales. Their most recent trip overseas was to India and once on a trip to Morocco Gillians husband was offered a couple of camels for her, we are extremely grateful he declined :) Read more...

Why Retirees Needn’t be Conservative Investors

Conventional wisdom says that once you are retired you shouldn’t take risks with your money. That’s good advice, however it doesn’t mean you need to be a ‘conservative’ investor. It simply means that if you invest in assets such as shares and property which have a high return but high volatility, you need strategies for minimising the risk of loss. Read more...

The importance of continuous learning

So, you finished College, University or your trade course, started work or founded a cool business, it must be time to forget about learning and focus on making the most of the time you have, right? Read more...

Cultural thread works begin in Waikanae

As part of the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s work to make improvements to the Waikanae town centre, this week construction kicks off on the ‘cultural thread.’ Read more...

Hoop Club Kapiti Basketball Fun Day Expo - Sunday 8 April

The Hoop Club Kapiti Expo was a great success  with families across all the ages getting involved and having a great time along with parents competing for prizes in the Hot Shot and Shoot Out competitions, Read more...

Kiwi company selected in women-only Australian tech accelerator

A New Zealand start-up company, RIP Global, is among eight companies to be selected for the next women-only Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE) accelerator programme. Read more...

Optimists live longer and suffer fewer health problems ……

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

~ Winston Churchill Read more...

Transition to Retirement

Compulsory retirement ended in New Zealand in 1999, and since then, the percentage of people over the age of 65 who are working has rapidly increased. It is estimated that 27% of men and 17% of women aged 65 or more are working – some through choice and some because they cannot afford to retire. Read more...

Govt may force NZ’s umbrella rural health organisation to close

New Zealand’s umbrella rural health organisation will move to shut down if it does not receive government funding next week. Read more...

Works begin for pedestrian safety improvements around Kāpiti

Kāpiti Coast District Council has started its next round of pedestrian safety works around the District, with work already underway at Robertson Road in Paekākāriki where the footpath and pedestrian ramp are being upgraded. Read more...

The Kāpiti Coast Civic Awards and Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards are back

Amazing things happen every day on the Kāpiti Coast, and the District’s annual Civic Awards paired with the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards are back again to honour our community’s outstanding folk who spread the sunshine. Read more...

Model for vulnerable youth shines in real world

A framework for people working with vulnerable youth, based on research and expertise from Massey University’s School of Social Work, is being labelled “unique”, “logical” and “easy to navigate” by a youth service who has adopted the PARTH model. Read more...

An Appeals Version of the Proposed District Plan is now available online

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has made an Appeals Version of the Proposed District Plan (PDP) that bookmarks all provisions of the original version that are currently under appeal, and can now be read online. Read more...

Waterfall Road works

Work has been going well on the slip on Waterfall Road at Mackays Crossing and Council is now hoping the road could be re-opened as early as May. Read more...

Raptor Swimmer Steps up into Division 1

The 2018 Division 2 meet was held in Rotorua with the Raumati Raptors sending a team of 13 swimmers to compete against swimmers from 90 clubs from around New Zealand. The developing Raptors’ team  finished with 6 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals and finished in 7th place on points out of all teams. Read more...

Conflicted Advice

One of the most contentious issues with financial advice is the way in which advisers are remunerated. There is a great deal of variation between advisers as to how they are rewarded for their services to clients and regulators struggle to achieve consistency and transparency of how much is paid by whom to whom. Read more...

Hey Guys: You don’t have to tough it out …..

“Frustrated. Perhaps a little angry. There’s some stuff going on at work I’m not happy about.” He stared at me, holding my gaze. “But, I’m not stressed....,” he paused, “.... you know, I’m only here because my wife wanted me to come.” Read more...

Toyota and the changing face of personal mobility

The motor industry and personal mobility are changing radically and Toyota is leading the way in making changes to its overall business to keep pace. Read more...

Launch of NZ Business Performance Panel

A new resource for small and medium enterprises is being launched by Small Business Minister Stuart Nash. Read more...

Cycling Awards on a Roll with Julie Anne Genter

Minister for Women and Associate Minister for Transport and Health, the Hon Julie Anne Genter will be joining keen Wellingtonians for a ride around the waterfront on Tuesday evening to celebrate the growing range of cycling initiatives around the region. 13 Awards being presented, and the cycle parade starts at Bicycle Junction at 6.35am then rolls around the waterfront, where awards will be presented on route!!! Read more...

WATERFALL ROAD GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR SLIP FIX

Kāpiti Coast District Council is hoping to be able to re-open Waterfall Road to traffic and pedestrians in June after it confirmed work is set to go ahead to remediate the slip that has closed the road since early September last year. Read more...

NZ part of global exercise explosion

New Zealand is about to see an explosion in the number of people taking up yoga, 24/7 gyms, boutique studios, boot camps and mobile trainers, a leading exercise expert says. Read more...

The WOW Factor

Baby boomers are not only getting older – they are getting wealthier. As they reach retirement age, they bring along with them a large amount of wealth that needs to be invested, spent, and finally bequeathed to their heirs or charity. Read more...

COSTS ESTIMATED FOR COUNCIL-LED RUBBISH AND RECYCLING DISPOSAL SERVICE

Council officials have been investigating estimated costs and potential rates impacts if a decision was made to introduce either a Council-contracted wheelie bin rubbish and recycling service or a service that involved Council purchasing trucks, bins and employing staff. Read more...

Heavy rain causes surface flooding issues

Areas of the Kāpiti Coast have been impacted by a short burst of high-intensity rainfall this morning, with surface flooding causing disruption in a number of streets. Read more...

Nikau Foundation Committed to Kāpiti Youth

Nikau Foundation is pleased to announce their commitment to supporting youth organisations in Kāpiti through their 2018 grants and sponsorship programme. The Community Foundation and its Nikau Kāpiti Fund has long supported youth charities in the district with over $50,000 committed in grants since 2011. Nikau Foundation is a funding manager for The Tindall Foundation in the Wellington Region and organisations like Youth Quest (now part of KYS) have previously benefitted from their youth funding stream. This is set to continue this year through a range of support, including Nikau’s sponsorship of this year’s Kāpiti Run for Youth held on Sunday 25th March. Read more...

Guy hosts meeting to reinstate Akl-Kapiti flights

Otaki MP Nathan Guy says there is plenty of hope for the future of flights between Kapiti and Auckland following a meeting with key stakeholders in Parliament this morning. Read more...

Chamber Welcomes Interest From Air Chathams

Kāpiti, Tuesday 20 March 2018 - The Kāpiti community can expect an update about the future of air services from Paraparaumu before Air New Zealand departs the region on 3 April 2018. Read more...

Council prepares to share 20-year plan for community feedback

Nearly a year on from the Council’s first conversations with the community on its long term plan, the Council last week adopted a draft plan.  This will be central to a month-long community conversation about its plans for the future and what’s important to Kapiti Coast residents. Read more...

Raptor Rebecca to Represent New Zealand

Raumati Raptors swimmer Rebecca Moynihan is to represent New Zealand at the Oceania Swimming Championships in Papua New Guinea in June. Read more...

Do You Want to Survive or Thrive in Life?

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Read more...

KĀPITI’S SPEED LIMITS REVIEW CONTINUES

Kāpiti Coast District Council is reminding the community an online survey seeking initial comments on proposed new speed limits around the District, is due to close next week, Monday 19 March at 5pm. Read more...

Invest in Cash

Interest rates have been low for some time now - great for borrowers but bad news for investors. Looking ahead, there are signs that interest rates will rise, albeit slowly. We have had low inflation, so leaving your money invested in the bank at a low rate hasn’t led to a loss of purchasing power. Read more...

Kapiti Run for Youth overwhelmed by huge business sponsorship

Over the last four weeks The Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth event has run a four-week business sponsorship campaign.  At closing on Tuesday 13 March, a whopping $13,000 had been committed by 56 sponsors. Read more...

Council takes steps on Kāpiti Coast Airport services

Kāpiti Coast District Council chief executive Wayne Maxwell says the Council is solutions focussed and taking action, following last week’s announcement by Air New Zealand to suspend flights between the Kāpiti Coast and Auckland. Read more...

THE MOBILE CURTAIN BANK IS BACK JUST IN TIME FOR WINTER

With thanks to a unique partnership between Kāpiti Coast District Council, Energise Ōtaki Inc., Citizens Advice Bureau Ōtaki and Sustainability Trust in Wellington, free curtains are being provided to Ōtaki homes in need just in time for winter this year. Read more...

KAITAWA RESERVE BRIDGES CLOSED FOR UPGRADES

Kaitawa Reserve bridges are getting upgrades this month and through April and will be closed to reserve users while Kapiti Coast District Council gets underway with refurbishments to improve safety and usability. Alternative access to the park will be via the local road. Read more...

DOGS LINE UP FOR A DIP

It's quickly become a highlight of the year for Kapiti's best friends - a chance for Council-registered dogs to enjoy a pool swim in Waikanae, before the outdoor pool season ends. Read more...

AI now bringing exciting possibilities to NZ

In Phoenix, Arizona, cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are speaking to digital assistants, with the machines responding. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council votes on parking for Waikanae town centre improvements

The Council voted today on a preferred parking approach on State Highway 1 in Waikanae, as part of the town centre works that will be carried out in partnership with the NZ Transport Agency. Read more...

NZ seen as the world’s living global tech lab

The announcement of the world’s first self-driving electric air taxi being piloted in Christchurch is just one of the examples of New Zealand becoming a living tech laboratory, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller said today. Read more...

Lexus Sport Yacht concept wins international recognition

The unique Lexus Sport Yacht concept was recognised with a special award by Japan’s “Boat of the Year” committee at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama on Frida Read more...

Hopelessly addicted inventor saving native birds with AI

A researcher described as a hopelessly addicted inventor who is using artificial intelligence (AI) to find native bird predators such as rats, stoats and possums, will be an interesting speaker at AI Day in Auckland on March 28. Read more...

Jacinta’s Team University of Seattle won and are off to the NCAA Tournament – FIRST TIME EVER – in the School’s history.

Angelo Robinson (Kapiti Hoop Club) is so proud of Jacinta Beckley (Centre of picture) as the Hoop Club girl and her Seattle University team deliver outstanding results this season.  Below is a copy of the press release after Jacinta's team beat the previous conference champions and take out the WAC title. Read more...

Jacinta Beckley named in second team - ALL - Wac Conference

WAC RELEASE | WAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL
DENVER – (March 5) Three members of Seattle University women’s basketball were named 2017-18 All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC), according to a release by the conference Monday morning. Alexis Montgomery was chosen first team and all-defense, Kallin Spiller earned WAC Freshman of the Year and all-newcomer team, and Jacinta Beckley picked up second team recognition. Read more...

The Artist as a Scientist

In a way the artist is also a scientist. Scientists and artists both experiment. As an artist, even though I have qualifications and years of experience, I often feel when beginning a new painting, that I am doing something I don’t know how to do. I guess I continually challenge myself which means there’s always the potential for “failure,” “getting it wrong,” “making mistakes” and generally fouling up. (All of which happen!) Read more...

Council working to attract new air services to Kāpiti

The Kāpiti Coast District Council will be working closely with Kāpiti Coast Airport Ltd to attract new air services to the Kāpiti Coast.  Read more...

I'm not anxious I'm Excited!

Last week I performed as the right hand man for a blue puppet in Late Night Puppets  produced by the Wellington Improvisers Troupe (WIT), as part of the Fringe Festival. Read more...

BUILDING CONSENTS CAN NOW BE LODGED ONLINE AT KĀPITI COAST DISTRICT COUNCIL

Applying for building consents just got a whole lot easier for Kāpiti Coast residents thanks to a new online portal called GoShift. Read more...

KĀPITI COAST YOUTH COUNCIL OFFERS YOUTH2U DOLLARS FUNDING

Kāpiti Coast Youth Council is focused on helping Kāpiti youth reach their potential through Youth2U Dollars funding. Read more...

Changes coming for yellow rubbish bag users

Changes are being made to rubbish and recycling service offerings provided in Kāpiti. Envirowaste, one of four providers operating on the Coast, has chosen to no longer sell the combination yellow rubbish bag and recycling bin service. Read more...

COUNCIL'S FIRST FUN RUN EVENT WRAPS UP PARKS WEEK

The Kapiti Coast District Council’s first fun run event, Park to Path, on Sunday 18 March wraps up a busy week of events around the District’s numerous parks for 2018’s Parks Week. Read more...

ARTS TRAIL DATES SET FOR 2018

Kāpiti Coast District Council has announced dates for this year’s Kāpiti Arts Trail weekends, an annual event when the District comes alive to showcase its colour and creativity. Read more...

RIMU ROAD: TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

The Council is temporarily closing a section of Rimu Road in Paraparaumu on Monday 12 March, from 6pm until 6am Tuesday morning, to carry out some underground works with minimal disruption to traffic. Read more...

Air New Zealand Withdrawal Huge Loss For Kapiti

Kapiti, Friday 9 March 2018 - The suspension of Air New Zealand flights between Paraparaumu and Auckland will leave a large hole in the region's economy. Read more...

BUILDING CONSENTS CAN NOW BE LODGED ONLINE AT KĀPITI COAST DISTRICT COUNCIL

Applying for building consents just got a whole lot easier for Kāpiti Coast residents thanks to a new online portal called GoShift. Read more...

Moments that Matter for Women

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women which occurs on 8 March every year. While women continue to make progress on gender parity, this year’s theme of #PressforProgress indicates there is still lots to be done. Women face a range of specific financial risks stemming from gender related issues - the gender pay gap, the roles they are expected to play in families and society, and how they perceive themselves. Read more...

RED CROSS PARTNERS WITH KĀPITI COAST DISTRICT COUNCIL FOR THIS YEAR’S NEIGHBOUR’S DAY EVENTS

Red Cross is partnering with the Kāpiti Coast District Council to support this year’s Over the Fence Cuppa events this month. Read more...

Encouraging signs of more Kiwi women in tech

The worm has turned in the tech world as a wave of females are joining the tech community, according to national and global reports. Read more...

Raumati raptors Junior Festival

Raumati Raptors, Hunter Lloyd,  Zoe Muir-Clarke, Koanga Tatana-Waihi and Tai Tatana-Waihi proudly displaying the 21 medals won at the Junior Festival meet. Read more...

KĀPITI’S PARKS WEEK BACK BIGGER THAN EVER

Kāpiti Coast District Council launched its 2018 Parks Week programme this week, with free events in a different park every day between 11-18 March, wrapping up with the Council’s first fun run event – Park to Path. Read more...

LATEST KĀPITI RESIDENTS’ OPINION SURVEY GETS UNDERWAY

The Kāpiti Coast District Council will shortly be undertaking its regular residents’ survey, seeking feedback on the wide range of services and facilities it provides. Read more...

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR KĀPITI COAST’S OVER THE FENCE CUPPA NEIGHBOUR’S DAY EVENT

Over the Fence Cuppa annual events are small get-togethers in Kāpiti neighbourhoods, celebrating New Zealand’s national Neighbour’s Day. Read more...

Leverage your Way to Wealth

There are two ways to build wealth – the slow way and the fast way. The slow way involves saving and investing part of your income over a long period of time, in other words, building wealth using your own money. The key to building wealth faster is to use other people’s money; that is, to invest borrowed funds. This is the principle of leverage, and it allows you to multiply your investment gains. It is highly unlikely that significant wealth can be created without using this principle, barring a windfall such as an inheritance or a lottery win. Read more...

Is period pain normal?

As a holistic health practitioner, it’s been a revelation to learn that periods needn't be a painful or negative experience, particularly when I help so many women deal with this often debilitating issue. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast tap water still safe to drink

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has clarified that recent reports of cloudy tap water in the Paraparaumu and Raumati areas are not related to the boil water notice in Pukerua Bay, and that the Council’s public drinking water supply is still safe to drink. Read more...

How to stop living in fear of being judged

We’ve all been affected at some point in our lives by the fear of being judged. Read more...

Silicon Valley Amazon Kiwi manager speaking at AI-Day

A New Zealander who is leading one of the world’s most exciting artificial intelligent (AI) teams at Amazon in Silicon Valley is working on cutting-edge social impact projects such as catching game poachers and child sex traffickers. Read more...

New Look, New Office, Same Award-Winning Service

Kapiti Coast, Monday 26 February - Craig Pope has announced its new location and refreshed brand, shortly after being confirmed as one of ‘NZ Advisor’s Top 10’ Mortgage Advisors for 2017. Read more...

Kapiti Players Selected for New Zealand Basketball Academy Team for Las Vegas USA Tour July 2018

Kapiti Basketball Players, Rachel Pike and Moss Whitman, Reserve Atsuya Miyake have been selected for the New Zealand Basketball Academy Age Group Teams to tour Las Vegas USA in July this year Read more...

Donna Clarke "Finding Balance"

Donna Clarke "Finding Balance", a small show of bronze and Oamaru stone works, opens at Tutere Gallery and Creative Space on Sunday the 11th of March.  Read more...

Kāpiti District speed limit review underway

This week and next, the Kapiti Coast District Council is getting in touch with residents and businesses located on roads where speed limit changes are proposed, as part of the first stage of a district wide review of local roads. Read more...

From Financial Stability to Financial Freedom

Financial freedom is a concept that most people aspire to, but which few people understand and even fewer people achieve. The term financial freedom means different things to different people. For some, it means being free of debt, for others it means having a comfortable lifestyle without having to worry about money, but usually it means having enough investment assets to live on without working. Read more...

Summer roadworks update surfacing

Kāpiti Coast District Council plans to take advantage of the expected improvement in weather to complete its annual resurfacing programme on local roads and is reminding drivers and footpath users to keep an eye out for traffic management signs throughout the District. Read more...

Dog control survey wraps-up in Kāpiti

The Kāpiti Coast District Council will be consulting on the Dog Control Act later this year and it plans to use the community’s input collected from a public dog survey to help shape the direction its questions take. Read more...

OPEN DAY AT KĀPITI COAST AIRPORT: SATURDAY 3RD MARCH 12.00-2.15PM

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Mayor K Gurunathan will join other regional leaders, the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce, and Air New Zealand to host an open day at Kāpiti Coast Airport for the local community on Saturday 3 March. Read more...

Business Professionals Encouraged To Fly From Kāpiti

Kāpiti, Friday 23 February 2018 - Kāpiti and Porirua local business professionals are being invited to get behind the daily flight service from Paraparaumu to Auckland and support the Open Day at Kapiti Coast Airport. Read more...

Community Garden Parties set-up throughout Kāpiti

The pilot for Kāpiti Community Garden Parties, events designed to get to know neighbourhood gardens and how to support them, is happening across the district from now until mid-April. Eight of the Kāpiti Coast’s twelve community gardens are hosting parties that offer workshops, seed swaps, and potluck community celebrations. Read more...

Rimu Road improvements set to start

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has rethought the timing and costings for improvements to Rimu Road, which means the scope for upcoming works has changed. Read more...

BE – DO – HAVE – A simple but powerful mind-set shift

Today I’m going to share a simple, yet powerful, mind-set shift that helped me to be more successful in my life. Read more...

AN UPDATE ON KĀPITI FLOODING

After last night’s rain, the Kāpiti Coast District Council operations and welfare teams are working with the community to clean up areas that were affected by flooding. Read more...

Kapiti bike festival aims to keep riders Shiny Side Up

Motorcyclists from around the Wellington region will have a chance to gain riding skills and hear from international experts when the "Shiny Side Up" motorbike festival hits the Kapiti Coast on Sunday. Read more...

Lance O’Sullivan slams NZ health system

Pioneering digital doctor Lance O’Sullivan today blasted the New Zealand health system at the international Digital Nations summit in Auckland. Read more...

Chief tech officer appointment critical for NZ

The appointment of a chief technology officer for New Zealand is critical for the future of the country if we hope to be a thriving digital nation by 2030, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

April school Holiday Program at the Kapiti Art Therapy

All courses are for children 5 – 12 years old. The children will use Gross Motor skills, Fine Motor skills, Sensory touch experience and imagination to create their own Art Piece. Read more...

NZ should celebrate its great global tech success - Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor, one of New Zealand’s most prominent tech experts, says New Zealand must celebrate it digital successes as one of the leading tech countries in the world. Read more...

Learning Disabilities and the Arts

Art offers children and Adults the opportunity to express themselves in a two-and three-dimensional ways. Students can develop vital problem-solving skills without having to rely on areas of expression that may be more challenging. Read more...

Textbooks and landline phones likely to be gone by 2030

Spark Digital chief executive Jolie Hodson, who is speaking to the international Digital Nations summit in Auckland starting today, has painted a picture of dramatic tech changes in New Zealand over the next 12 years. Read more...

MANAGING CRYPTO IN OUR COMMUNITY

Following on from the reported link between the Raumati splash pad and cryptosporidium, the Kāpiti Coast District Council would like to remind people who’ve recently had diarrhoea or a tummy upset that they shouldn’t swim in public pools or attend splash pads for at least two weeks, as bugs like crypto can spread quickly in shared water.  Read more...

AVIAN BOTULISM IDENTIFIED AT LOCAL RESERVE

Kāpiti Coast District Council is again advising people to keep away from dead birds in or near waterways in the district.

Signs of avian botulism, a disease that causes paralysis and death in birds, have been identified in a number of ducks and seagulls at Waikanae Beach’s Pharazyn Reserve. Read more...

Drawing Birds From Life?

Recently I spent the day with my sister at Zealandia. I’ve painted birds and drawn them in coloured pencils from photographs, but drawing birds from life?! Read more...

TREATY EXHIBITION MAKES ITS WAY AROUND THE KĀPITI COAST

Following the launch of a multimedia exhibition showcasing the journey of the Treaty of Waitangi through the Kāpiti Coast District, Council is taking the show on the road. Read more...

The importance of networking

Whether you are building your business or developing a career there is one essential skill that you must put time into - networking. Read more...

Want to lose weight? Reset your mind

The New Zealand Health Survey 2016/17 found that around 1 in 3 adults (aged 15 years and over) were obese (32%) and a further 34% of adults were overweight but not obese.  Read more...

Older People in Housing-related Poverty

The Government has recently released its report ‘Stocktake of New Zealand Housing’ which looks at homelessness and housing-related poverty. Undertaken by a team of independent experts, this report brings into the open the consequences of falling home ownership. A significant cause is the under-supply of housing; the number of houses being built has fallen behind the rate of population increase. This has pushed up house prices and rents. Read more...

Give some thought to your heart on Valentine’s Day

Kiwis should think seriously about their heart and their loved one tomorrow on Valentine’s Day, a leading New Zealand health expert says. Read more...

Kiwi kids to give world tech experts coding lessons

Some of the world’s leading tech experts, including tech Ministers from other countries, will attend a coding session with a bunch of young New Zealand’s school children at the Young Coders Showcase during the international Digital Nations tech summit in Auckland next week. Read more...

Demand for portable units to help hospitals increasing

The demand for portable operating departments to ease hospital surgical strain is growing substantially, Mobile Health chief executive Mark Eager says.

Over the Christmas break, Mobile Health’s surgical bus unit was busy working in Auckland at the Counties District Health Board as an extra theatre helping them to get through their elective surgery lists, Eager says. Read more...

Kāpiti Economic Development Leadership Group wraps up

After nearly a year of leading discussion and helping to bolster the District’s economic performance, the Kāpiti Economic Development Leadership Group is wrapping up. Read more...

Handling Telephone Interruptions When Running a Home-Based Business

Whether from your dining table, a converted garage and everything in between, it’s important to set certain boundaries when you are running a business from home. One of the biggest time thieves – apart from the Internet, is the telephone. Not only does it steal precious time (usually at the most inopportune moment), it can also raise havoc on your busy schedule. Read more...

A Lesson in Volatility

Over the last few days we have been reminded of something that has almost been forgotten; that share markets don’t always keep going up. The last ten years have been very good for share investors. The long period of good returns followed the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, which prompted various central banks around the world to inject cash into their economies and drop interest rates. Read more...

Are you struggling to get quality sleep .......

On Wednesday morning I woke up at 4am. The bedroom was way too hot (see below for the optimum temperature for sleep). I gave myself 10 minutes to get back to sleep and, when I didn’t, decided to get up and start work for the day. I re-framed the situation as an opportunity to use the two extra hours to progress a project I’m working on. When I turned on my PC I discovered it was #InternationalWellbeingWednesday, and that the theme for 2018 was all about getting a good night’s sleep! How timely!! Read more...

Whittaker’s spices up their Artisan Collection with two new flavours

Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers are in for a treat with the addition of two exciting new flavours to the Artisan Collection: West Coast Buttermilk Caramelised White Chocolate with Gingerbread Biscuit, and Marlborough Sea Salt and Caramel Brittle with Saffron in 62% Dark Chocolate. Read more...

Attitude injection for the Hilux range

Toyota Hilux will ramp up its attitude with the introduction of the SR5 Cruiser variant, which sits above the SR5 and replaces the outgoing SR5 limited in the 21 strong range.  Read more...

COUNCIL ANNOUNCES HERITAGE FUNDING

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Grants Allocation Committee has announced this year’s community recipients of its Heritage Fund grants for protecting and enhancing historical and cultural sites around the Kāpiti Coast.

Ten landowners have been selected to benefit from just over $30,000 of available funding that supports the management, protection, and enhancement of heritage features throughout the District. Read more...

Iver Trask Place closed for Waitangi Day morning

Iver Trask Place, directly in front of the Kāpiti Coast District Council buildings, will be closed from 7am to 12:30pm on Waitangi Day, Tuesday 6 February. The road will reopen just before 1pm. Read more...

Proposed District Plan appeals period closed last week

The period for submitters to make appeals to the Environment Court on the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Proposed District Plan (PDP) has now closed. Read more...

Feral geese are removed from Waimanu Lagoon

The Kāpiti Coast District Council and HUHA successfully rounded up a gaggle of 45 feral geese at Waimanu Lagoons in Waikanae over the weekend and rehomed them. Read more...

The Four Pillars of Retirement Income

There are several different ways to generate cash from an investment portfolio to top up your retirement income. Many retirees make the mistake of confusing cash with income and this leads them to invest in interest-bearing investments such as bonds and term deposits to supplement their superannuation. Yet interest is only one of the ‘four pillars’ of retirement income. Read more...

Raptors' Boys Win Gold

Raumati Raptors swimmers Art Woodley-Hanan (12), Noah Ireland-Spicer (10)and Tai Tatana-Wihi (10) all won gold in their age groups at the Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series in Wellington, last weekend. Art and Noah  winning the 200 metre swim meant they were selected as part of the Jetstar Super Swim Squad and are being flown to Auckland to attend a swim camp in April. Read more...

AI, the new tech frontier, changing the world

Some of the top cutting-edge tech companies, academics and leading tech chief executives will unleash all the latest information and how AI (artificial intelligence) is impacting on New Zealanders’ lives at a major event in Auckland in March. Read more...

Councillors review how rates are shared across Kāpiti

As part of the Council’s development of a draft 20-year plan, councillors need to review the way that rates are shared across the district’s approximately 25,000 ratepayers.  This task continued at this afternoon’s long term plan workshop. Read more...

Waitangi Day commemorations in Council Chambers this year

Waitangi Day 2018 commemorations will take place on Tuesday 6 February from 1pm-3pm at the Kāpiti Coast District Council chambers in Paraparaumu. Read more...

Open letter to the PM on improving NZ fitness levels

The New Zealand 2017 personal trainer of the year winner has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, pleading for more government input to help Kiwi school children get fitter. Read more...

Swimmers' Relocation to Raptors Pays Off

Bronson Lloyd and Hannah Huria have brought home 18 medals between them, including 13 golds from last weekend’s Wellington Long Course Championships, in which Raumati Raptors came 2nd out of 41 clubs from across New Zealand. They also broke 11 club records between them - some over 20 years old. Read more...

Kapiti Run for Youth Updates Fundraising Model

With the demise of the Youth Quest boys mentoring programme, which had received up to 80% of funds raised by Kapiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) since inception seven years ago, we have developed a new fundraising model, says Richard Calkin of Web Genius Read more...

Silver Splitters

It is common for two people to stay in an unhappy relationship for the sake of children and because they can’t afford to split their assets and income in half. But is seems that now, the number of people who divorce later in life is on the increase. Known as silver splitters, they are over 50, the kids are off their hands, they have a home with little or no debt and they are looking for freedom and independence. Read more...

Time for a change?

For many people, their New Year’s resolutions concerned breaking bad habits or building new, more useful ones.

If you were one of those people, then perhaps you’ve already discovered that breaking an unwanted habit, and installing a new one, can be more challenging than you anticipated. Read more...

Artist chosen to develop public art at Maclean Park

The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Public Art Panel has selected artist Kereama Taepa to develop and install public art at Maclean Park.  Read more...

Build ‘your’ system

There is a lot to remember when you are motivated to change your life for the better.

The first step is to make a personal plan that covers all aspects of our life which may include career or business, relationships, health, financial, friends & family, personal growth and development, fun and recreation, and environment etc.  For more information on goal setting visit my blog ‘Dreaming and goal setting’ Read more...

America’s Cup lays anchor at Hilux New Zealand Rural Games

The America’s Cup will be coming to Palmerston North for the annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, as part of Emirates Team New Zealand’s 25 year partnership with Toyota New Zealand. Read more...

Wesley Knight Park closed while Karaka trees removed and new fences installed

Wesley Knight Park, a popular dog park in Paraparaumu Beach accessible via Ocean, Toru and Seaview Roads, is closed until further notice while Council removes a few Karaka trees and fences off others. Read more...

Three big tech trends critical for Kiwis in 2018

Digital learning skills, smarter homes and medical drone deliveries will be major tech developments that will significantly impact lives of Kiwis, a leading New Zealand tech expert says. Read more...

Advice for Kāpiti swimmers this summer

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has worked with the Greater Wellington Regional Council to update their advice for swimmers this summer. Read more...

LED light upgrade to start in Paekākāriki next week

Paekākāriki is next in line to benefit from the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s switch to more energy-efficient street lighting. Read more...

Avoid swimming in Kāpiti waterways for the next 48 hours

With the unsettled weather over the past week, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to avoid swimming in our beaches, rivers and streams for the next 48 hours.  Read more...

Paraparaumu Library hosts Bruce MacMillan photography collection

The Kapiti Coast District Libraries invites the Kāpiti Coast community to explore the extensive photograph collection of Bruce MacMillan this summer. Read more...

New dog agility equipment installed at Aotaki Street Dog Park

New agility equipment has been installed at the Aotaki Street Dog Park in Ōtaki. Read more...

The BIG Con – Diets Don’t Work

Did you read The BIG Con article in the Your Weekend section of last Saturday’s Dominion Post (written by Rose Hoare)? It carried the by-line: “If you’ve been thinking about going on a diet as part of a New Year resolution, don’t bother.” Read more...

Ōtaki Gorge Road temporary closure

Work to replace a culvert on Ōtaki Gorge Road near the Boielle Flat picnic area where the swing bridge is located, north of the Department of Conservation Ōtaki Folks campsite, will be carried out next week. Read more...

Simplify and Automate

Holiday time is a great time to declutter.  Just as cupboards and wardrobes fill up with unused or out of date items, your financial affairs can become cluttered. Whether it is bank accounts, credit cards, store cards, loyalty cards, loans, investments or insurance, you can easily get to the point where you have so much going on you lose track. Read more...

'CATCHING CHICKENS' BY HARRIET BRIGHT

Paekakariki based artist Harriet Bright continues to impress with her skill with the pencil.  Well known for her beautiful renderings of the human form, this time Harriet has captured the charm and chaos of a summers day in the garden hunting down chickens. "Catching Chickens", a framed pencil and conte drawing on board, is drawn from the viewpoint of the artist and takes in a full kaleidoscope of Harriets' garden: Read more...

PARENTING A CHILD WHO HAS EXPERIENCED TRAUMA

Children who have experienced a traumatic event need to feel save and loved. In order to support them, parents need to understand what a trauma is.  Read more...

Exercise still #1 new year’s resolution

Exercise is still the #1 new year’s resolution for most Kiwis, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says.

Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie says just doing something is better than nothing, and people wary of huge fitness challenges should start with things they enjoy. Read more...

The two keys to success often overlooked when setting goals ….

I don’t know about you, but over the last few weeks, my inbox has been bombarded with offers of help and advice on setting my goals for 2018. Read more...

Goal Setting Secrets

Having goals focuses your mind on what you need to know and do to be successful, so that you can make the most of your life. The start of a new year is great time to set goals. However, if you want to be able to achieve your goals there a few secrets in how you set them. Read more...

Council to appoint new Chief Financial Officer

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has today announced that it is advertising for a new Chief Financial Officer following Mark de Haast’s appointment to the role of Chief Financial Officer at the Hutt City Council. Read more...

Digital era, matter of survival for Kiwi companies

Kiwi businesses are having to substantially change how they operate with the rapid arrival of the digital age, a leading New Zealand business expert says. Read more...

AVOID SWIMMING IN KĀPITI WATERWAYS FOR NEXT 48 HOURS

The Kāpiti Coast District Council would like to remind people who are enjoying our wonderful beaches, rivers and streams this weekend to avoid swimming in them for 48 hours following heavy rain.  Read more...

Get Rid of Money Guilt

The New Year is a chance to make resolutions to eat healthier food, exercise more often and manage money better. Just like diet and exercise, money is something that people feel often guilty about. Opening your credit card bill after Christmas and the New Year sales can certainly create the feeling that you have done something wrong or spent money you weren’t supposed to. However, while an initial rush of guilt can trigger desire to change money behaviours, New Year’s resolutions get forgotten about as life settles back to normal. There is an easy way to avoid feeling guilty about money and to keep on track with money goals. Read more...

Whetū van den Oever and "Osmosis"

Whetū van den Oever is an Otaihanga based painter, perhaps best known for her vibrant animal portraits. In recent times she has found herself drawn to the abstract form and concept. This particular painting, "Osmosis" is based on nature, as are all of Whetūs' works and related to her interest in chemistry which she studied at one point in her life. Read more...

A Christmas Carol – A Mesmerising Tale of Personal Transformation

A Christmas Carol published in 1843, is one of Charles Dicken’s most popular novels and has been the subject of numerous films, TV series and musicals. Dickens wrote the story in six weeks, during October and November of 1843 to highlight the plight of poor children. Read more...

Raptors in Australia top-off successful year for local swim club

Two top swimmers from Raumati Raptors have been showing the Aussies how it’s done at the 2017 Victoria Age Championships. Read more...

Online directory improves access to mental health and addiction services

A new national online directory is improving access to mental health and addiction services for those seeking help.

The Healthpoint Mental Health and Addictions directory is an online platform for consumers and professionals to more easily navigate, understand and use mental health and addiction services in their community. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council obtains CEMARS recertification

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has been Carbon Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) certified since 2012 and it was confirmed yesterday that this certification has been successfully renewed through to December 2020. Read more...

Bumper year for the Kāpiti Coast economy

The New Year looks bright for the Kāpiti Coast economy. Figures from the September 2017 Infometrics Quarterly Economic Monitor Report indicate that the growth trend that the district has enjoyed over the past 12 months is set to continue. Read more...

Mayor welcomes preferred option for Peka Peka to Ōtaki shared path

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan today welcomed the New Zealand Transport Agency’s preferred alignment for a proposed shared path to run alongside the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council appoints Wayne Maxwell as Chief Executive

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has appointed Wayne Maxwell to the position of Chief Executive. Wayne is currently Group Manager, Corporate Services with the Kāpiti Coast District Council. Read more...

Economic obstacles likely but future growth expected

The incoming government has hit the ground running but will face many obstacles in 2018 as it seeks to sustain a stable economy, leading New Zealand economic forecaster BERL says. Read more...

Zeal Kapiti signs contract to commence youth development centre renovation

The refurbishment of Zeal Kāpiti’s new youth development centre is one step closer to becoming a reality following the signing of a contract with Levin-based Crowe Construction yesterday.  Read more...

Horowhenua Kapiti Cricket score historic win

Treadwell Gordon Wanganui's desperate fight to survive the second day of their Furlong Cup match with Horowhenua-Kapiti ended just one over and five minutes short for an embarrassing 146 run outright loss despite first innings points on Sunday. Read more...

Electrified vehicles to be available across the entire Toyota and Lexus line-up by around 2025

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today its plans toward the popularization of electrified vehicles for the decade 2020-2030. Read more...

Digital skills shortage should sound warning bell

A major report released today shows that New Zealand has a significant and growing digital skills shortage, primarily due to the speed and scale of the increase in demand for tech skills. Read more...

KĀPITI TRAILS ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is encouraging locals and visitors to the Coast to get out and about and explore the district’s cycleways, walkways and bridleways this summer. Read more...

KĀPITI ROAD SHARED PATH FACILITY TO EXTEND TO THE BEACH

Work is underway to extend the shared path network on Kāpiti Road from Hurley Street to the Paraparaumu Beach area. Read more...

Raumati Raptors Junior Swimmers Top Age Groups

Wellington Juniors attracted nearly 30 clubs from the Lower North Island and top of the South Island region. The Raptors sent a strong team of 27 qualifiers and were rewarded with 21 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals and also won three age groups titles. Read more...

REVAMPED ŌTAKI POOL OPENS ITS DOORS

Kāpiti Coast District Council Mayor K Gurunathan officially opened the revamped Ōtaki Pool yesterday, with a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony carried out with invited stakeholders and community members. This highly anticipated opening follows on from a 10 month, $5.4 million rebuild, that includes a community designed, free-to-use splash-pad. Read more...

COUNCIL REMINDS THE COMMUNITY TO KEEP AN EYE ON THEIR ANIMALS OVER THE SUMMER

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is reminding the community to keep an eye on pets and livestock over the summer as the incidents of stray and roaming animal reports have taken an upward turn over the past month. Read more...

SUMMER’S HERE TO ENJOY, BUT STAY SAFE AND REMEMBER THE BEACH RULES

Summer is here and it’s great to see people out and about and enjoying our beaches and public spaces. To help ensure we all have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is encouraging people to follow a few simple rules. Read more...

KĀPITI COAST’S SHARE OF REGIONAL TOURISM SPEND ON THE RISE

A new report commissioned by the Kāpiti Coast District Council shows our district’s share of tourism spend is growing. Read more...

LOCAL STARS SHINE AT REGIONAL ATHLETICS IN MASTERTON

Last week 99 local primary school athletes from nine different schools represented Kāpiti at the Regional Athletics in Masterton. 

Kāpiti Coast District Council Primary Schools Sports Coordinator Shelley Ashton says the event was one of our most successful yet. Read more...

Kapiti Run for Youth Launches Seventh Year

Over the last seven years the Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) has raised more than $75,000 to support youth charities in Kapiti.  Planning has started, and we are now ready to launch the 2018 event on Sunday 25 March to raise as much as money as we can for Kapiti youth. Read more...

Starting Out

Starting out in life after school or tertiary education is an exciting milestone. It is one of the best times in life, with a future full of potential opportunities, without the responsibilities of dependent children to support and with few financial commitments. Anything is possible at this stage of life. However, it is also a critical time as making the wrong financial decisions when starting out can have long term consequences. Read more...

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE STRESS OF CHRISTMAS

With Xmas Day just over a week away, how’s your stress level? Did you know that according to the UK’s Stress Management Society, one in 20 people consider Christmas more stressful than a burglary! Read more...

“Kids vs Family” Games – last day of the year at Hoop Club Kapiti

Every year Hoop Club Kapiti celebrates the last day of Hoop Club for the year with “Kids vs Family” games and end of year awards in all three sessions at Hoop Club. Read more...

Significant tech changes for mobile bus service next year

The national surgical bus, possibly the only one of its type in the world, is looking for a significant change next year to keep up with demands and with high technology. Read more...

Lighting an open air fire? You need a fire permit

With summer here, you need a fire permit if you want to light a fire in open air in urban and rural areas of the Kāpiti Coast District. Fire restrictions are now in place. Read more...

Council sets key priorities for social investment funding

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is adopting a new approach to the way it supports not-for-profit organisations to deliver social services that meet the needs of the Kāpiti Coast community. Read more...

Can I go swimming on my period?

My advice is that we need to take extra special care of ourselves in the lead up to and during our period. At this time our body is working extra hard to clear out the lining of the uterus that it was hoping would be a nice nest for an embryo. Our immune system is challenged at this time; we feel extra tired, achy and more cold than usual, so it's common sense to take extra care and rest more. Moderate exercise is good especially just before your period and can help reduce cramping. Read more...

Kāpiti Will Benefit from Easter Sunday Trading

Friday 8 December 2017 - The entire Kāpiti region will benefit economically from the decision to allow Easter Sunday Trading from 2018. Read more...

Financial advice Bill puts Kiwis needs first

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says the first reading of the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill in Parliament today is the first step in a significant package of changes to ensure all Kiwis can get good quality financial advice based on their individual needs.  Read more...

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought. Read more...

How Much Risk Can you Take?

Whether you are investing money, setting up a business or gambling on horses, your first consideration, before parting with any money, should be how much risk you can afford to take. Risk is not necessarily the probability of loss – it is the probability that an outcome will be different than you expect. For example, an investment might make a positive return, but a lower (or higher) return than you expected. Read more...

IoT devices topping Christmas wish lists in 2017

Exciting tech advances are playing a much greater part in Christmas gifts in New Zealand than ever before, Kriv Naicker, executive director of the New Zealand Internet of Things (IoT) Alliance says.  Read more...

KĀPITI COAST DISTRICT COUNCIL SAYS YES TO EASTER SUNDAY TRADING

The Council today voted to allow Easter Sunday trading in the Kāpiti Coast District.

The decision follows the Strategy and Policy Committee’s recommendation at its 23 November meeting that the Council should allow Easter Sunday trading. Read more...

Guest Coach Kenny McFadden At Hoop Club Kapiti Sunday 3 December 2017

Basketball Legend - Kenny McFadden Exchequer Saints Player, Hoop Club Founder with Coach Angelo Robinson & Coach Terry Stallworth, Director of Coaching Hoop Club Wellington & New Zealand Basketball Academy, former Basketball New Zealand Jnr Tall Blacks Coach and Coach and Mentor to Oklahoma NBA Star Steve Adams,
came to Hoop Club Kapiti on Sunday 3 December to work with our Hoop Club Players and Coaches in the middle and last Hoop Club sessions. Read more...

A growing divide, but watch this tech space…

The government is right to raise this concern that there is a growing digital divide, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says in response to a digital report released today. Read more...

Kapiti Schools Bring Christmas Joy To Coastlands

Kapiti Coast, Wednesday 6 December 2017 - Kapiti students are filling Coastlands with the sounds of
Christmas carols to mark the beginning of the festive season. Read more...

Kapiti Food Fair Wraps as a Major Event for Kapiti in 2017

Without doubt the Kapiti Food Fair has taken that next leap of growth with 15,380 visitors in 2017.  It’s been a whopper this year with 190+ vendors and everyone who has spoken with us during or after the Fair has commented on how big the Fair has become,” says Helene Judge, Co-owner of the Fair.  Read more...

Fine for fishing in Wellington marine reserve

A public tip-off has led to the conviction of a man who illegally fished in Wellington’s Taputeranga Marine Reserve.

Xiaobin Sun pleaded guilty to taking 29 fish from the marine reserve while fishing from a small boat in May. He was fined $1000, plus $130 in court costs, when he appeared in the Wellington District Court on Friday (Dec 1). Read more...

Raumati Raptor’s Juniors win medals against Top Clubs

The Raptors Swimming club, under coach and Olympian Jon winter sent a team of 8 swimmers to Auckland Junior champs.  Read more...

Super seniors Melee November 2017

What a great day this was.  There were 32 players taking part and I believe everyone would agree it was very enjoyable.  Five games were played, with a break for lunch after the first three games.   The break was a welcome relief for some, as it was a hot day. Read more...

Lisa Call - Artwork Profile, Tutere Gallery + Creative Space

Lisa Call, an award winning American born artist now based here in Waikanae Beach currently has this impressive 5 panel piece available at Tutere Gallery and Creative Space. Lisa is predominantly a textile artist who paints with fabric and creates design by drawing with thread. Read more...

LET'S GET WELLINGTON MOVING, KĀPITI

With more than 4,000 Kāpiti residents making the daily commute to Wellington, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is urging its residents to have their say on solutions for solving the city’s transport woes. Read more...

TALL TREES IN DANGER OF HITTING POWER LINES IN WAIKANAE PARK

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is giving the Waikanae community a heads up about a future programme of work that Transpower is proposing to carry out at Waikanae Park to fell trees that have the potential to grow too big and hit power lines. Read more...

IMPROVISING YOUR WAY OUT OF SOCIAL ANXIETY & STRESS

On Wednesday night at the recently opened Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre in Wellington, two of the Base Jump Improv teams put on an end of term show (Improv is short for improvisation). Read more...

The Greatest Gift

Giving to others brings great pleasure and happiness and there is no better evidence of this than the joy of Christmas. However, giving is often loaded with emotion and purpose. We place various meanings on the act of both giving and receiving. In some cases, people give to make themselves feel better – perhaps by absolving themselves of guilt - or as a way of demonstrating love, particularly if they have trouble expressing love in other ways. Read more...

Expressway Completion Vital For Wellington Region

Kapiti Coast, Thursday 30 November 2017 - Clarity on next steps for the Otaki to North Levin stage of the
Kapiti Expressway is welcomed by the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce. Read more...

2018 Work Ready Kāpiti Awards Announced

Kāpiti Coast, Wednesday 29 November - A new awards evening will recognise youth and employers who are making the most of employment opportunities in Kāpiti. Read more...

From petrol to electric vehicles, like cars replacing horses

Some overseas reports say petrol cars may be obsolete by 2026 but either way the massive switch to electric vehicles will be the biggest disruptive change to people’s lives in more than 100 years, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

Northland, Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland win top exercise awards

Northland’s Corinne Austin and Wellington studio Power Living New Zealand have won two of the major awards at the at the annual New Zealand’s exercise industry awards. Read more...

Two Kapiti businesses named runners-up in Kiwi Business Heroes Awards for 2017

Local businesses NZ Proud Property Maintenance and Signcraft Kapiti have finished runners-up in the Web Genius Kiwi Business Heroes Awards for 2017. Read more...

HUGE POTENTIAL TO REDUCE KĀPITI’S WASTE

The results from the Council’s latest household waste survey show that almost half of the household waste Kāpiti residents put out for collection each week could be recycled, composted, or reused. Read more...

IMPORTANT POWER CABLE WORKS ON PARAPARAUMU ESCARPMENT

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising the community that next week, Electra will carry out highly visible works on the Paraparaumu Escarpment to secure an exposed back up power cable. Read more...

REVALUATION OBJECTION PERIOD COMING TO A CLOSE

Last month Kāpiti ratepayers heard from Quotable Value (QV) with the updated valuation for their properties. These reflect the likely selling price, excluding chattels, at the revaluation date of 1 August 2017. Read more...

WATERFALL ROAD SLIP REMOVAL PLANS IN THE PIPELINE

Kāpiti Coast District Council has secured funding from the New Zealand Transport Agency to remove material from the Waterfall Road slip site. Read more...

3 Highly Effective Ways to Reduce Xmas Stress

Last week we looked at ways to reduce the amount of pressure we experience in the run up to Xmas, and in so doing reduce the amount of stress we experience. This week let’s look at three highly effective, proven, ways to reduce and/or cope with stress at any time of the year: Read more...

NEW GROUP MANAGER FOR REGULATORY SERVICES APPOINTED

Kāpiti Coast District Council has announced the appointment of Natasha Tod to the role of Group Manager Regulatory Services. Read more...

WATER RESTRICTIONS UNLIKELY TO APPLY IN KĀPITI THIS SUMMER

While other parts of the region are applying water restrictions, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is confident that its supply is in good health. Read more...

Kapiti Food Fair is Ready to Serve-up

The Kapiti Food Fair is ready to rock with 190+ vendor sites, the Beach FM Entertainment Zone, the ZEAL Busking Zone, The Hits Info Hub and the Tuatara Bar.  “We are super excited by the growth of the Fair from last year (158 sites) and it confirms our belief that the Fair is firmly anchored as a major and sustainable event for Kapiti,” says Helene Judge, co-owner of the Fair. Read more...

SUMMER READING PROGRAMME REGISTRATIONS OPEN 1 DECEMBER

It’s almost time for keen young readers to register for the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ popular Summer Reading Programme and places always fill quickly. Registrations for ‘Wild about Reading’ open on Friday 1 December and will be open until Saturday 16 December. Read more...

Why does Acupuncture work?

For millions of people who live with pain, acupuncture is no longer an exotic curiosity. It's now widely accepted among the medical community. And it's pretty popular with patients as wel Read more...

COMMUNITY WELCOMES NEW LOOK KĀPITI LIGHTS

Young and old turned out last night to experience Paraparaumu’s new look Kāpiti Lights and enjoy an evening of food, family fun, music and entertainment. Read more...

Track Your KiwiSaver

KiwiSaver is an easy way to invest. Your contributions are deducted automatically, along with the contributions from your employer, and every year the Government pays you a tax credit. You could argue that KiwiSaver is a ‘set and forget’ type of investment. However, paying little or no attention to your KiwiSaver is not wise. Read more...

Council to vote on Easter Sunday Trading on December 7

The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Strategy and Policy Committee today voted to recommend that the Council allow Easter Sunday trading in the Kāpiti Coast District. Read more...

Council encourages dog owners to look out for algae in waterways

Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising dog-owners to keep an eye out for toxic algae in the district’s waterways as the temperature rises. That includes lagoons in parks and reserves as well as rivers and streams. Read more...

New Zealand to be at the forefront of AI

Auckland University’s Michelle Dickinson and Soul Machines business chief Greg Cross are among top key speakers at the biggest artificial intelligence (AI) event ever to be held in New Zealand next year. Read more...

Claiming expenses when away on business

You can claim for lots of daily expenses when you’re travelling for work. If you take a holiday as part of the same trip, you can only claim for the parts of the trip that were work-related. Read more...

New Art Exhibition from WaikanaeTextile artist Sara Boland "Red List, Red Thread"

A new exhibition by Waikanae textile artist Sara Boland entitled "Red List, Red Thread" opened on the weekend in Tutere Gallery's exhibition space.  In this body of work Sara Boland explores the colour, texture and pattern of five critically endangered birds that are currently listed on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List. Read more...

Who will be honoured at the giant Exercise NZ awards?

Many of the country’s fitness experts and exercise facilities of all types and sizes who help half a million Kiwis get healthier will be vying for the annual Exercise NZ annual awards in Auckland on Saturday night. Read more...

New research finds plants release up to 30 per cent more CO2 than previously thought

New research co-authored by a University of Canterbury scientist and academics from around the world, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning. Read more...

Big restoration project planned for Queen Elizabeth Park

An emerging forest abundant with native plants and animals will return to the north-east of Queen Elizabeth Park in the years ahead, thanks to the generosity of a $300,000 donation from Kapiti locals Chris and Sam Maclean through their Maclean Trust. Read more...

Digital summit to build vision for more prosperous New Zealand

The biggest and most important international tech conference to be staged in New Zealand will be held in Auckland early next year which may pave the way for faster advances for the Kiwi economy. Read more...

FREE NEUTERING SERVICES OFFERED ON THE KĀPITI COAST

Council is offering free neutering services for menacing dogs thanks to funding provided by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). Read more...

Kapiti has Talent - Mairehau Grace

Mairehau Grace of Paekākāriki has recently returned from Beaudesert, Australia after landing a role in a new Television drama series. Read more...

Break the Christmas Debt Cycle

There is no doubt that Christmas is one of the most expensive times of the year. Many families find themselves still paying off Christmas debt months later. Here are a few tips to help keep you out of the cycle of debt over Christmas: Read more...

DECEMBER OPENING FOR ŌTAKI POOL CONFIRMED

The $5.4 million Ōtaki Pool redevelopment will open Friday 15 December, right in time for summer. Read more...

KĀPITI LIGHTS INVITES COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE THEIR NEW LOOK

The Council’s Kāpiti Lights improvements are almost complete and to celebrate the area’s new look, businesses, with Council support, are inviting the community to participate in an evening of food, family fun, music and entertainment on Thursday 23 November, between 5pm and 7pm. Read more...

KĀPITI’S GREAT WASTE REDUCTION INITIATIVES GET COUNCIL GRANTS

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Grants Allocation Committee has announced this year’s community recipients of its Waste Levy grants for waste reduction projects and technology in Kāpiti. The grants support practical on-the-ground projects that benefit the community by minimising waste, and encourage participation and education. Read more...

KĀPITI COAST BEACH PATROLS START THIS WEEKEND

The Kāpiti Coast District Council starts its annual summer beach patrols this weekend with assistance from the Police, warning people about where they can and cannot drive. Read more...

XMAS IS COMING – HOW’S YOUR STRESS LEVEL?

For many people the run up to Xmas can be a highly demanding time that sees their stress levels soar.

Stress is triggered by the fear that one or more of our emotional needs is under threat. In the run up to Xmas the emotional need that most often comes under threat is our need for control. Read more...

Training future drivers with electric hybrids

Toyota New Zealand is providing the Manfeild based National Driver Training Centre with three Toyota Prius plug-in electric hybrids (PHVs) for use in their driver training programme. Read more...

We’re ready to Elevate Ōtaki!

If you live in Kāpiti or you are just passing through you’d be hard pressed not to notice the hive of activity on the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway. Back in 2009/10 when the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) first met with the Ōtaki Community Board (OCB) to discuss this project, everyone knew something had to happen as the congestion was frustrating for motorists and locals alike. Read more...

Kapiti well represented in 'the Hutt'

Hoop Club Kapiti took part in one of Wellington’s biggest junior basketball tournaments

Hoop Club Hutt Valley organised and hosted this year’s junior basketball tournament on Saturday 11. November. This all-day event proved so popular with 53 teams participating that the organisers had to book a second venue. Read more...

Silent porpoise: Whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep with half a brain

Ever wondered how and where whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep? New work by University of Canterbury researcher Andrew Wright at the released this week reveals for the first time that harbour porpoises sleep during diving. Read more...

Your KiwiSaver Investment Strategy

Now, more than ever, it is time to make sure your KiwiSaver investment strategy is matched to your investment time frame. KiwiSaver was introduced ten years ago and since that time we have seen strong growth in the share market. KiwiSaver members have not yet experienced a period of high volatility. The share market is overdue for a correction, and with all the uncertainties in the world at the moment the next few years could be quite volatile. Read more...

Have you ever experienced burnout?

I have. It’s not a pleasant experience.

During my 30 year accounting career I experienced burnout a number of times thanks to excessively long hours in the office, working under excessive pressure, combined with inadequate exercise, nutrition and sleep. Read more...

Waikanae town centre revitalisation to progress at pace

Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting the Waikanae community to pop into Mahara Place between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 18 November to hear about their plans to revitalise the Waikanae town centre. Read more...

Expressway bolsters retail spending in Kāpiti

Findings from a report commissioned by the Kāpiti Coast District Council to measure the economic impact of the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway on the local retail environment show strong growth in retail spend across the district. Read more...

Council appoints new team to ‘elevate Ōtaki’

Maximising Ōtaki’s future economic development opportunities is the goal of a new community group set up by the Kāpiti Coast District Council to lead and advise on the best use of a $300,000 funding package established to help the community prosper from the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway. Read more...

Dead pohutukawa trees to be removed

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is letting Maclean Park users know that six large pohutukawa trees have recently died and will need to be removed. Read more...

Submitters share their views on the proposed Easter Sunday Trading

The Kāpiti Coast District Council today heard from 12 submitters who asked to speak to their submission on the proposed Easter Sunday Trading during a public hearing. Read more...

Record Breaking Boy

Noah Ireland-Spicer was set a goal by his coach, Olympian Jon Winter, to break all the Raumati swimming club ten year old boys short course records. There were over 15 records that Noah had to break, some standing since 2001 and he manged the task in only a few months. Read more...

Proposed District Plan unanimously adopted by Kāpiti Coast District Council today

Kāpiti Coast District Council has today signed-off the long awaited Proposed District Plan (PDP). Read more...

Introduction of the Food Act 2014 in Kāpiti

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is talking to local market managers and regular stall holders about changes to the way food sellers need to operate in New Zealand by March 2018. This is the latest phase in a process to inform all Kāpiti food sellers about implementing changes required under the new Food Act 2014. Read more...

Urgent attention needed to look at automation impact

Automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation issues facing the country could become threats, leading to increased social and economic difficulties and a strain on government resources unless they are immediately addressed, New Zealand’s tech leader say. Read more...

A sugar tax will do little to change Kiwi attitudes

The government needs to do much more if it wants to make a difference to New Zealand’s appalling obesity levels than look at a sugar tax, leading New Zealand exercise expert Richard Beddie says. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast Arts Trail showcases diversity of talent on our doorstep

Over the past two weekends, Kāpiti artists put on a show of colour and creativity as they opened their doors to art lovers, keen for a behind the scenes glimpse at their studios, hubs and galleries. Read more...

Special cover for Kiwi manufacturers cautious about food risk

A New Zealand insurance underwriting agency is providing an exclusive cover for manufacturers which are facing major challenges in relation to recall of contaminated food and beverage products. Read more...

Avoid Underspending in Retirement

One of the biggest mistakes retirees make is to underspend in their retirement. Retirement is full of uncertainties, so the safest strategy is to spend as little as possible. There is nothing wrong with that approach if you don’t mind going without for the benefit of your children. Read more...

Removal of Outside Edge Rumble Strips on Kapiti Expressway

NZTA have announced plans to remove all the outside edge rumble strips on the new Kapiti Expressway. These were added after the road opened, and have proven to be a major source of the excessive noise experienced by residents. Read more...

Using macrons

Microsoft Word doesn’t make adding macrons to Māori words in your documents a straightforward exercise, or at least it doesn’t feel like one. There’s no key you can just type them in with, and increasingly we’re becoming aware of words that we should have been including macrons on. Read more...

Coping With Pressure - the Key to Small Business Success

If you’re like most solo entrepreneurs or small business owners, you are under constant pressure from work and personal demands. The range of business related demands you face is wide ranging and ever increasing - demands from customers, suppliers, employees, new legislation etc. Read more...

Practical Methods for Getting More Thinking Done at Work

It is not always easy to work efficiently and effectively when you run your own business. There are external pressures that can de-rail you from your purpose. Read more...

Haruatai pump track coming soon courtesy of Ōtaki Lions

With thanks to the Ōtaki Lions Club, Haruatai Park is getting a biking facelift just in time for Christmas. Read more...

Open source platform reinventing home building awarded €50,000 by European Commission

The Buildx project by WikiHouse Foundation has been announced as one of three winners in the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition. Selected from a total of nearly 800 entries from more than 40 countries, the project was awarded a €50,000 prize at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 26 October. Read more...

World’s largest tech firm confirms NZ on right track

The world’s largest tech firm Apple has confirmed New Zealand is on the right track to become a great global tech story, just like tourism, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

Kapiti Horowhenua Business Hall of Fame Inducts Two

Kapiti Horowhenua Business Hall of Fame Inducts Two ‘Home Grown’ Business and Community Leaders
Two ‘born and bred’ and hugely successful local business and community leaders have been inducted into the Kapiti Horowhenua Business Hall of Fame. Read more...

Work to establish raised pedestrian crossing taking shape in Raumati South Village

Work to establish a raised pedestrian crossing on Poplar Avenue outside the Raumati Social Club and Gatsby Tapas is taking shape. Read more...

Acting Chief Executive announced

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has appointed Gary Simpson as Acting Chief Executive, who will start handover with Patrick Dougherty on Monday 27 November and will hold the position until a new Chief Executive starts in the role. Read more...

Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby riding high

Horowhenua Kapiti (HKRFU) play in their first ever Meads Cup final this weekend at Levin.  The team has taken this years Heartland championship by storm and thoroughly deserve where they have ended up in the competition - Finalists with a home venue advantage. Read more...

XBody NZ founder brings EMS fitness revolution to NZ Fitness and Health Expo

XBody New Zealand founder Sabine Parry will this weekend present the cutting-edge Germany body-shaping technology that has revolutionised the fitness industry in Europe at the NZ Fitness and Health Expo in Auckland. Read more...

Tips for First Home Buyers

The apparent impossibility of buying a first home has many young people questioning whether owning a property should still be part of long term financial plan. Does it really make sense to put aside other things in life such as travel, having children, paying off student loans or simply having fun, just to save a deposit and pay off a mortgage? Read more...

Kāpiti Lights dons a new cloak

The paint is almost dry on Kāpiti Lights new mural ‘Metamorphic’. Artist Theo Arraj has been putting his talents to work over the last week and his winning concept now graces the back walls of 5 Coastlands Parade (opposite Kāpiti Cakes and Bakery). Read more...

Dogs off leash damaging local bird populations

Waikanae residents are notifying Kāpiti Coast District Council to report that dogs being let off leashes in restricted areas are damaging local bird populations. Read more...

Creative Communities Scheme recipients

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has awarded $22,285 via Creative Communities Scheme funding grants to 15 local recipients. Read more...

Congratulations to Dougs Holiday House

Congratulations to Dougs Holiday House in Waikanae Beach for putting Kapiti Coast on the map in the national Bach of the Year competition. Read more...

Changes to Council customer service area

Visitors to the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Civic Building in Paraparaumu will notice a new customer services counter set up from Monday 30 October following changes to improve staff safety. Read more...

DE-STRESS TO LOSE WEIGHT

Did you know stress management is a critical part of any weight-loss programme? Read more...

Arts Trail begins this weekend - Tutere Gallery

Kapiti's annual Arts Trail kicks off this Saturday the 28th of October at 10:00 am. The trail which has been running for 17 years showcases a diverse range of artists from Paekakariki in the South all the way through to Otaki in the North.   Read more...

Dynamic Lexus electric hybrid hatch meets sporty sophistication

Facelift and specification upgrades for the exclusively-electric hybrid CT 200h have further enhanced its desirability for young drivers who enjoy sporty driving while still maintaining their sustainable lifestyle. Read more...

Black Flu book asks ‘could it happen again?’

The lessons of the 1918 influenza pandemic could help inform planning for a future pandemic in New Zealand, according to historian Dr Geoffrey Rice. Read more...

Rural health group calls for urgent meeting with government

The national rural health group is calling for urgent meetings with the incoming health and primary industries ministers to help solve the serious rural health crisis. Read more...

Two times National Champ: something in the water for Raptors breaststrokers

Raumati Raptors breaststroker Tori Grout was crowned national champion with a gold medal in 50m breaststroke at the 2017 NZ Short Course Championships in Auckland earlier this month. Read more...

Kiwi tech advances will help drive greater food supply

Tech advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) might help New Zealand move toward a solution for helping feed the world which will require food production to double to meet a growing population demands, says a Kiwi tech expert. Read more...

Chamber Urges New Government to Complete Expressway

Completing the Kāpiti Expressway through to Levin is vital to ensure Kāpiti continues to grow and businesses feel confident investing in the region. Read more...

Rocket Lab wins supreme accolade at the NZ Innovation Awards

Rocket Lab has won the supreme accolade at the New Zealand Innovation Awards in Auckland last night.

Rocket Lab, named the Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation for 2017, has pioneered a Kiwi space programme, with purpose-built rockets for regular commercial satellite launc Read more...

MAJOR EVENTS FUND TO SUPPORT THREE NEW ICONIC EVENTS WITH LOCAL FLAVOUR

Three new iconic events will receive funding from the Kāpiti Major Events Fund this financial year.

The Kāpiti Coast Festival, Kāpiti Coast International Jazz Festival and Kāpiti Farmers’ Market will receive financial support to help establish their events in Kāpiti through the contestable funding round. Read more...

STORMWATER SURVEY NEARLY 50 PERCENT COMPLETE

The Kāpiti Coast Council is almost halfway through its district-wide stormwater discharge survey.

Infrastructure Services Group Manger Sean Mallon says the survey will help inform future project planning around flood management. Read more...

KĀPITI ARTS TRAIL KICKS OFF NEXT WEEKEND

The Kāpiti Coast District Council reminds art lovers that the Kāpiti Arts Trail kicks off next weekend, 28 and 29 November. Read more...

Robo-Advice is Coming

The Financial Markets Authority has given the go-ahead for personalised advice to be offered online. Such advice is referred to as ‘robo-advice’. Read more...

COUNCIL APPROVES PRIVATE PLAN CHANGE 84

On 19 October, Kāpiti Coast District Council approved Private Plan Change 84 with amendments to the Operative District Plan which was requested by Kāpiti Coast Airport Holdings Limited. The airport holdings company requested the private plan change to alter the activity status of certain uses within the Airport Zones. Read more...

KĀPITI RESIDENTS URGED TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON PP2Ō SHARED PATH AND INTERCHANGE OPTIONS

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan is encouraging local residents to attend the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway Information Days on 28 and 29 October to have their say on options for a new interchange north of Peka Peka and extending the Mackays to Peka Peka Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway to Ōtaki.  Read more...

LEARN TO DRAW WITH KIMBRA

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw, but didn’t believe it was possible? It is totally possible! Everyone can learn to draw by activating the power of the right hemisphere of their brain which is ideally equipped for drawing.

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Strong value increases seen across Kāpiti Coast District over the past three years

Newly-released rating revaluations for the Kāpiti district show strong increases in property values.

Mayor K Gurunathan says the rise in property values over the past three years reflects the very real appeal of the Kāpiti district. Read more...

Kiwi virtual reality and augmented reality getting real

The New Zealand virtual reality and augmented reality (VRAR) industry sector’s forecast revenues are estimated to be worth more than $320 million within two years, a report release today says. Read more...

Fresh tech advances driving growth in Fintech

The New Zealand financial sector will be able to provide their clients with unprecedented online advice from next year and a leading fintech expert today urged companies to start looking to the process sooner rather than later as the FMA is expecting substantial submissions early next year. Read more...

All businesses should commit to being living wage employer

Leading economic researcher BERL challenges all businesses to become Living Wage employers to make a real difference to New Zealanders and their communities. Read more...

Submitters share their views on the Maclean Park Draft Management Plan

The Kāpiti Coast District Council today heard from 13 submitters that asked to speak to their submission on the Maclean Park Draft Management Plan during a public hearing. Read more...

Kāpiti Coast District Council meets GWRC for joint-discussion

Kāpiti Coast District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) met late last week in Paraparaumu to discuss how they could work together to face some of the most pertinent issues facing both councils today. Read more...

More Kiwis buying into artificial intelligence

New Zealanders are buying into the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) as it is creeps into many walks of everyday life, an AI specialist says. Read more...

Congratulations Marcus Ebbett

Kapiti's Marcus Ebbett won the Gordon Harris Award for Innovation in Watercolour with 'Soren and Noah II', a portrait of his wife and baby son. Read more...

INTEGRATED REGIONAL TRAIL NETWORK TO BRING LOCAL BENEFITS

Kāpiti Coast District Council has collaborated with the other local authorities in the region, Greater Wellington Regional Council, DOC and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency to produce the Wellington Regional Trails Framework. Read more...

Six Quick Stress Reduction Techniques

Stress is a natural response. In fact, it’s a necessary response. A little stress helps us to avoid dangerous situations and act when necessary. However, stress can become a problem when used irrationally. Read more...

PROPOSED KĀPITI COAST EASTER SUNDAY TRADING CONSULTATION CLOSED

Between 4 September and 8 October, 238 Kāpiti residents and organisations had their say on whether Easter Sunday shop trading should be allowed on the Kāpiti Coast. Read more...

Kāpiti Encouraged To Consider Easter Trading

Friday 13 October 2017 - Giving Kāpiti businesses the choice to open on Easter Sunday will align
our community with 25 other progressive District Councils around New Zealand who have already
adopted a local Easter Trading Policy. Read more...

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT AMENDMENTS - KĀPITI COAST FEES CONSULTATION

Kāpiti residents are encouraged to have their say on how fee levels should be set to cover the costs of implementing recent amendments to the Resource Management Act locally. Read more...

DON’T MISS THE KĀPITI ARTS TRAIL

Want a great weekend out exploring all the creativity the Kāpiti Coast has to offer? Then don’t miss the explosion of colour and vibrancy that is the Kāpiti Arts Trail. Read more...

Work to Learn

One of the best ways to create substantial wealth is to set up your own business. However, not everybody has the skills, confidence or entrepreneurial flair to build a business from the ground up, or even to buy an existing business and grow it. Read more...

Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching Programme – Term 4 2017

Restarts for Term 4  2017 Sunday 29 October and runs through to Sunday 10 December. Read more...

Stress and Mental Health

This edition of the blog was prompted by the fact that it’s Mental Health Awareness Week here in NZ. The theme this year is “Nature is key – unlock your well-being.” Read more...

Currently @ Tutere Gallery, Waikanae Beach

Tutere Gallery currently has a selection of cast glass work by Paraparaumu artist Judith Le Harivel.  The image attached shows pieces from the 'Jilted Bride' series.  These pieces are very beautiful particularly when situated with the light behind them, but they also have a rather tragic source of inspiration.  Read more...

Historical Ngatiawa Bridge collapses

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to stay clear of the historical Ngatiawa Bridge site that crosses the Ngatiawa River in Reikorangi, following the bridge’s recent collapse. Read more...

Building your local business

So you have a new business or maybe you have an existing business and its time to build more customers, how is the best way to do it locally? Read more...

UC Engineer wins Royal Society award for quake-safe buildings that ‘absorb energy and carry on’

University of Canterbury Associate Professor Geoff Rodgers has received a prestigious award for developing new technology for earthquake-safe buildings less likely to require repair after large earthquakes. Read more...

BERL to celebrate 60 years in business

Leading New Zealand economic research company BERL next week celebrates 60 years in business with a special event in Wellington. Read more...

Seven Kapiti Players at New Zealand Basketball Academy Camp

Seven players from Kapiti attended the New Zealand Basketball Academy Camp held on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October at the ASB Arena in Wellington. Read more...

Today in History - 1992 Meteorite crashes into Chevy Malibu

On this day in 1992, 18-year-old Michelle Knapp is watching television in her parents’ living room in Peekskill, New York when she hears a thunderous crash in the driveway. Alarmed, Knapp ran outside to investigate. What she found was startling, to say the least: a sizeable hole in the rear end of her car, an orange 1980 Chevy Malibu; a matching hole in the gravel driveway underneath the car; and in the hole, the culprit: what looked like an ordinary, bowling-ball–sized rock. Read more...

Lecture examines climate change using Mātauranga Māori art and design

Victoria University of Wellington’s 2017 Dr Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture will examine the impact of climate change on coastal farming through art and design.  Read more...

Top Kiwi exercise experts vying for NZ awards

Top experts from Whangarei, Palmerston North, Dunedin, Hamilton and Auckland have been named best personal trainer of the year finalists in ExerciseNZ’s annual exercise industry awards. Read more...

Why do people seek Acupuncture treatment?

When I’m at a social event meeting new people, the answer to the “what do you do” question “I’m an acupuncturist” is usually a conversation killer! There is such a fear of needles even mentioning the word needle sends people into a frenzy of anxiety and distress. They politely move away and find someone else to talk to…unless they have a health condition that they like to talk about endlessly and get free advice! Lol!  Read more...

RIMU TREES RESTORED TO KĀPITI

Native bush restoration projects on the Kāpiti Coast have received a boost from the planting of 150 rimu trees that were grown from local seed. Read more...

COUNCIL ‘DELIGHTED’ WITH RESULTS OF BUILDING ACCREDITATION AUDIT

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has passed a two-yearly review of its Building Consent Authority accreditation with flying colours. Read more...

NEXT STEPS FOR MACLEAN PARK REFRESH

The two month formal consultation period for Maclean Park’s Draft Management Plan is now closed. Read more...

LED LIGHT UPGRADE STARTS IN ŌTAKI NEXT WEEK

Ōtaki will be one of the first areas to benefit from the Council’s switch to more energy-efficient street lighting. From Monday 9 October street lamps in Ōtaki will be replaced with new white light-emitting diode (LED) lights. Read more...

Get Rid of Money Worries

Managing finances can be very stressful, even if you are savvy with your money. A recent global survey by the Financial Planning Standards Board, an international body which oversees professional standards for financial planners, found that most people feel challenged by their finances. However, people who work with financial advisers feel better prepared to achieve their financial goals. Read more...

2/3s Of Small Business Owners Experience Stress

Research suggests that two-thirds of small business owners suffer work related stress. Read more...

National Franchises Keen on Kapiti

Kapiti Coast, Friday 6 October 2017 - Kapiti’s retail prospects are incredibly strong with a number of well-known national brands keen to establish themselves in the region, but are struggling to find potential owners to purchase and run local franchises on the Coast. Read more...

Leading tech businessman honoured at AUT excellence awards

A leading tech businessman, who has possibly done more to improve trade ties with Vietnam than any other New Zealander, has last night recognised for his leadership at the Auckland University of Technology Business School NZ Business Support Excellence awards. Read more...

BRÖTZMANN / LEIGH NZ TOUR 2017

Altmusic and the Audio Foundation are proud to present a nationwide tour of renowned saxophone/pedal steel guitar duo, Brötzmann / Leigh. Read more...

New trial proves micronutrients effective for childhood ADHD

New Zealand researchers have shown that vitamin-mineral treatment improves aggression and emotional regulation in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in the first published results from a new trial. Read more...

LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON LONG-TERM FUTURE OF MACLEAN PARK

Locals have a day left to have their say on the future development of Maclean Park, the formal two-month consultation on the Draft Management Plan closing on Tuesday 3 October. Read more...

AR HUNT FOR MAHI THE MOA

This school holidays it’s going to be possible thanks to an exciting new augmented reality (AR) venture between Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Wellington City Libraries, and local tech start-up ScimitAR. Collectively they will bring an extra dimension to life in the Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Ōtaki Libraries, using AR. Read more...

RAUMATI SOUTH VILLAGE GETS A NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

Work is expected to commence next week to establish a raised pedestrian crossing on Poplar Avenue outside the Raumati Social Club and Gatsby Tapas. Read more...

SPARK PLUGS ON THE KĀPITI COAST

Electric Vehicle (EV) users can now park and charge their cars at the Greater Wellington Regional Council carpark in Waikanae as a result of Spark and the Kāpiti Coast District Council partnering to bring the first Spark Plug EV charger to the district in a region-wide programme. Read more...

CREATIVE CALL FOR KĀPITI LIGHTS LANEWAY ANSWERED

Kāpiti Lights is getting an artistic enhancement with a new mural set to grace the back walls of 5 Coastlands Parade (opposite Kāpiti Cakes and Bakery). This will complement the newly paved areas and will be established by early November. Read more...

ETIQUETTE REMINDER FOR OUR DISTRICT’S SHARED PATHS

Kāpiti Coast District Council has recently completed several new sections of shared pathway between the Expressway and Raumati Beach Village as part of its Stride ‘n’ Ride Kāpiti Coast initiative, so now is a great time to remind people of the etiquette associated with these paths. Read more...

Annual report shows Council continues to deliver on its plan

Yesterday the Kāpiti Coast District Council adopted the annual report for 2016/17, which sets out the work it’s done over the past year to continue delivering on its long term plan while providing a full range of services to the community. Read more...

Being Successful

For a moment lets think of what success really is.  It is not about winning or losing or attaining objects that we think may or may not represent success.  To first understand what success really is we need to take away what other people think success is and what they think success for you is. Read more...

Buying Happiness

In our consumerist society the basic tenet is the more we have to spend, the happier we will be. Research shows that, while there is a link between money and happiness, it is a weak one. However, it is possible to get more happiness for your money by making good decisions about what you do with it. Read more...

Max Fashions Coming to Coastlands

Kapiti Coast, Thursday 28th September 2017 -  Coastlands has announced Max Fashions will be opening in March 2018, with refurbishment of the site beginning in February. Read more...

Chambers Stepping Up To Promote Kāpiti

Kāpiti, Thursday 28 September 2017 - Kāpiti and Porirua Chambers of Commerce have begun engaging with Air New Zealand to promote flights from Paraparaumu to Auckland, to drive demand for the local air service. Read more...

First ever NZ Tech Leaders group launched

A new national group of New Zealand’s leading tech experts was formed in Auckland today, because the country is facing unprecedented growth and change in tech – which is now the nation’s fastest growing sector. Read more...

Universities important but many skills can be learned on the job

If New Zealand raises its education outcomes over a period of 20 years to a level comparable with Finland, it can generate a 204 percent increase in GDP worth an additional $US258 billion, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

Find Art. Find Mindfulness. Find You.

I’m Kimbra Taylor, a qualified and experienced New Zealand Artist and Art Coach. I’m passionate about enabling  people from all walks of life and all ages to reap the benefits of drawing. My husband Paul Brady is the tech guy behind Artworks and is available to give you technical advise should you need it. Read more...

Council’s Regulatory Services Group Manager to retire

Kāpiti Coast District Council Group Manager Regulatory Services Kevin Currie has announced that he will be retiring at the end of October to focus his attention on his family and on enjoying the Kāpiti Coast lifestyle. Read more...

Celo, Vensa and Orion Health named NZHIT award finalists

Cutting-edge, lifechanging e-health companies Celo, Vensa and Orion Health have been named finalists in the New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) annual innovation awards. Read more...

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is the most well known aspect of Chinese Medicine and may be used alone or in conjunction with herbal medicine, moxibustion (the heating of specific acupuncture points using the herb Artemisia), or tui na (Chinese massage). It is likely that the acupuncture practitioner will also offer dietary and lifestyle advice or suggest a course of exercise. Read more...

Match your Investment Strategy to your Time Frame

We’ve had a good run in share markets since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008. Initially this growth was underpinned by central banks engaging in quantitative easing – otherwise known as ‘printing money’. Central banks released funds into circulation through purchasing securities as a way of reducing the likelihood of economies going into recession after the GFC. Read more...

EVENTS TO CHALLENGE THE 20-40-10 PARADIGM OF LIFE

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has teamed up with the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce and Electra to host four events in early October aimed at dispelling the myth that it’s the young and tech savvy who are leading the way in creating new businesses and adding value to the workforce. Read more...

How Small Business Owners Can Manage Stress

I’m guessing that if you’re a small business owner, like me, you love what you do and would never consider doing anything else. Read more...

Tech’s momentum now a huge impact on the Kiwi economy

New Zealand is rapidly becoming a significant digital nation where technology is positively impacting on almost all traditional sectors such as banking, agriculture and tourism, the NZTech annual report says. Read more...

Kapiti Embracing The Power Of Senior Entrepreneurs

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - The growing number of self-employed people aged over 50 in Kapiti is
challenging the way we think about ageing and work. Read more...

School Holiday Programme with Michelle Davies

Limited to first 10 students - Starts Monday 2nd October. Ages 10-14 Read more...

Waikanae Lions - Spring Garden Trail

Spend a very unique weekend visiting some of Kapiti’s most interesting private gardens. Twelve distinctly different gardens will be on this year’s trail. Invite some friends, enjoy some great food on the trail and support 2 great local charities. Read more...

Rex Hayes Memorial mixed doubles

It was pleasing to have so many entries from other clubs entered into this tournament, which is testament to Rex’s popularity Rex Hayes was a member of Kapiti Petanque club but was also known and respected by many throughout New Zealand.  He was a superb player and willingly provided coaching to others.   Read more...

No political party has answer for rural health crisis

None of the political parties have an answer to solve the growing rural health crisis, a leading rural health expert says. Read more...

Major parties’ views on exercise and fitness

ExerciseNZ has asked the major political parties for their stance on health-related fitness in the run up to Saturday’s national election, so more Kiwis are better educated about exercise. Read more...

Free workshop at the Women’s Centre - Family violence - How to Help

If you have ever been uncertain what to do or how to help when you suspect family violence you may find this workshop useful. The workshop is led by the It’s Not OK campaign and shows people how they can offer help in family violence situations and what kind of helping works best.  This workshop is only available to women. Read more...

Youth Employment Focus of Vote 2017 Kāpiti

Kāpiti Coast, Monday 18 September - Helping more young people be work ready is a priority for both
major parties in this year’s election, recognising the issues that communities like Kāpiti are tackling to
reduce youth unemployment. Read more...

New talent pool: best ever Wellington Champs for Raptors

Emerging young talent and rising stars defined this year’s Wellington Short Course Champs for local swim club Raumati Raptors. Read more...

100 Day Project @ Tutere Gallery

If you say "100 Day Project" really quickly and you don't think too deeply about what that might actually entail, then it doesn't seem that big a deal.  Fast forward to the set up and hanging of the resulting exhibition, "6 x 100" and it felt like a very big deal indeed. Read more...

Hoop Club Kapiti Fun Exchange with Hoop Club Hutt Valley

On Sunday 10 September Hoop Club Hutt Valley came out to play Hoop Club Kapiti for some friendly games. Read more...

Council chief moving on

Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty today announced his resignation, following his appointment as Chief Executive of Nelson City Council.  Read more...

The PYF Principle for Growing Wealth

There are two golden rules for creating wealth that stand out above all others. The first, and most important, is to Spend Less Than You Earn. The second is to Pay Yourself First (PYF). Under the PYF principle, you give yourself top priority when it comes to deciding how to spend your income. Pay Yourself First by transferring money into a savings or investment account before you pay your living expenses. Read more...

RISK OF SLIP ON WATERFALL ROAD IN PARAPARAUMU CLOSES ROAD

Kāpiti Coast District Council has closed Waterfall Road as monitoring reveals that the site of previous
slips is potentially on the move again. Read more...

IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE OFF YOUR MASK?

The September 9th issue of the Listener has an excellent and important article by Nicky Pellegrino, called Taking Off The Mask.

The article explores the fact that at any point in time, 20% of people in NZ are experiencing problematic anxiety, distress or depression. Read more...

Taskforce report helps progress conversation on housing issues

Kāpiti Coast District Council welcomes a taskforce report on local housing pressures and is keen to continue working with the community on solutions, including being a voice for the district in lobbying for change. Read more...

ŌTAKI POOL $5.4 MILLION REDEVELOPMENT TAKES SHAPE

The Ōtaki Pool $5.4 million rebuild is expected to be complete by early December. Read more...

TWO WEEKS LEFT TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE LONG-TERM FUTURE OF MACLEAN PARK

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is encouraging locals to have their say on the future development of Maclean Park, with just over two weeks left in the two-month formal consultation period on the Draft Management Plan for the park. Read more...

MATAI ROAD DETOUR FOR SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Next week a detour will be in place around Matai Road to allow contractors to install new kerb and channel safely, as part of the Raumati Road safety improvements. Read more...

The Cross Town Derby Basketball Games

Kapiti College Senior Girls Basketball Team vs Paraparaumu College Basketball Team for the Rosanne Robinson Cup was played on Friday 1 September. The Angelo Robinson Cup - Kapiti College Snr Boys vs Paraparaumu College Snr Boys was played on Friday 8 September Read more...

Kapiti Memorial Melee

Despite the threat of rain, the day turned out to be a cracker for this time of year.  The wind was a trifle chilly, but the sun made regular appearances to make up for it.  Prior to the games commencing, a minute’s silence was held for those who are no longer with us.  Read more...

Coastlands Goes Green for Spring

Kapiti Coast, Wednesday 13th September 2017 -  Coastlands is celebrating Spring with reusable branded cups and bags when customers spend 20 dollars at any participating Coastlands retailer. Read more...

Opportunity to check property details are up to date before revaluation

This year’s rating revaluation is a good chance for property owners to check their property details are up to date. Read more...

What can I expect at my first acupuncture session?

Your first acupuncture session will be between an hour to 75mins. Your practitioner will take a detailed account of your current condition and medical history and ask about medications and supplements that you are currently taking. If you are seeking ACC subsidised treatments you will need to bring your ACC45 number, or apply for one from your GP. Read more...

KĀPITI YOUTH THRIVE WITH ZEAL

One full-time manager, three part-time coordinators, and a combined 4000 volunteer hours later show that this has been a busy year for Zeal Kāpiti. Read more...

Stop Exam Anxiety From Derailing NCEA Success

NCEA exams are on the horizon. This can be a stressful time.

The pressure to perform during exams generates huge amounts of stress and anxiety that inhibits peak performance and creates a nerve-wracking home and school environment. Read more...

HOUSEHOLD WASTE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of what types of household waste people are putting in their rubbish bags and wheelie bins for collection each week. Read more...

Whittaker’s named Most Loved Brand for sixth consecutive year

Whittaker’s is proud to have been named New Zealand’s ‘Most Loved Brand’ for the sixth consecutive year, sharing the number one spot with the All Blacks for the first time, in the annual Colmar Brunton ‘Brands I Love’ survey. Read more...

heART of the matter

“Given current challenges in education, and because this rich history is beginning to fade from living memory, ‘Tovey era’ stories need revisiting now more than ever… Read more...

Commemorative Limited Edition enhances 86

Toyota New Zealand has built on the driving pleasure of its 86 sports coupé with a limited-edition ‘Chris Amon Edition’ GT86 which is available in a unique Solar Flare exterior colour. Read more...

COUNCIL MEMBERS OF REGIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE BOARD REQUEST LEAKED GOVERNMENT REPORT

Newly appointed members of the regional climate change board, Kāpiti Coast District Council Mayor K Gurunathan and Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow, say they will have plenty to sink their teeth into once they get hold of the yet-to-be released government climate change report that was leaked to media earlier this week. Read more...

The Importance of Cash

The word ‘cash’ has a very different meaning now than it did a few decades ago but it is still a vital part of a financial plan. Cash provides liquidity; that is, money when you need it. Liquidity can take many different forms. It can be notes and coin, bank deposits, credit – such as revolving credit mortgage or a credit card – or a financial asset that can be quickly and easily sold, such as bonus bonds, corporate bonds, or shares. Ideally liquid assets should be available immediately if required, with no cost or risk of loss of value associated with access to the funds. Read more...

HEALTH CHECK FOR KĀPITI STORMWATER STORAGE PONDS

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is carrying out a survey of stormwater storage ponds in the district to identify their cleaning needs. Read more...

Hoop Club Kapiti Father’s Day Games – Sunday 3 September

On Father’s Day Hoop Club Kapiti held their annual “Kids vs Dads” games at Hoop Club in Paraparaumu and in Otaki Read more...

Latest Kāpiti residents’ opinion survey underway

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is once again seeking feedback on the wide range of services and facilities it provides. The quarterly residents’ opinion surveys help the Council to know if the services they provide are meeting the needs of Kāpiti locals. Read more...

Persistence and using the Law of Accumulation

Persistence and understanding the Law of Accumulation will help you achieve things you may never have thought possible. Read more...

How does acupuncture work?

Two very different theories exist as to how acupuncture works. According to Chinese philosophy, the body contains two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee"), flows like rivers along pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. Read more...

KĀPITI ECONOMY CONTINUES TO SHINE

The Kāpiti Coast economy continues to shine with GDP growth up 4.9% during the June year, 2.3% higher than the Wellington region and 2.1% higher than the national average over the same period. Read more...

Balance Your Life

Everybody creates a certain amount of income and during their lifetime by one means or another – through employment, investment or setting up a business. What you do with that income determines how financially successful you will be and ultimately impacts on your enjoyment of life. Read more...

LED LIGHTS TO BRIGHTEN UP KĀPITI

The future looks bright for Kāpiti as the district prepares to switch to the more energy-efficient street lighting.

Approximately 2,000 of the district’s 4,786 street lamps will be replaced with new white light-emitting diode (LED) lights over the next nine months. Read more...

RECYCLING COLLECTION AREA EXTENDED IN TE HORO AND ŌTAKI

Collection zones for kerbside recycling in Te Horo and Ōtaki have been extended.

Licensed operators will now collect materials for recycling from the roads between Ōtaki Gorge Road and Settlement Road east of SH1 in Te Horo, and the loop and side roads from Waitohu Valley Road to Rahui Road via Ringawhati Road in Ōtaki. Read more...

PROPOSED KĀPITI COAST EASTER SUNDAY TRADING

From Monday 4 September, Kāpiti residents now have the opportunity to be heard about whether Easter Sunday shop trading should be allowed on the Kāpiti Coast. Read more...

Faster internet connections bringing more cyber attacks

Growing evidence shows that the downside of super-fast connectivity and ultra-fast broadband is producing an equivalent lift in cyber-attacks, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

Cross Town Derby Basketball Games – Kapiti College vs Paraparaumu College

Cross Town Derby Basketball Games – Kapiti College vs Paraparaumu College are all set down for Friday 1 September and Friday 8 September

The Rosanne Robinson Cup – Kapiti College Snr Girls vs Paraparaumu College Snr Girls will be played this Friday 1 September at Paraparaumu College 6.30pm Tip Off. Read more...

Clarification around the future of Kapiti Island

We need to correct a statement made by Victoria University earlier today. In a release promoting one of their art exhibitions, they said the Department of Conservation was going to triple the number of visitor permits issued to Kapiti Island from 10,000 per year to 30,000 and the current facilities are inadequate. Read more...

Region’s mayors agree to further work on indoor arena proposal

A new indoor arena for Wellington is a step closer today, with mayors instructing the region’s economic development agency to begin work towards a business case for the project. Read more...

Caught, Cut & Cooked challenges, inspires, educates, informs, innovates, questions and most of all, entertains a full house of guests

Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP) created and served 100+ events, 141 special menus, 123 burgers and 40+ cocktails from 11 to 27 August. New to the festival this year was the ‘Festival Dish’ at participating eateries. VWOAP is no typical food festival – it’s all about celebrating food as part of New Zealand’s culture as a region-wide culinary takeover. Read more...

The Kapiti Now - The Marketplace

Kapiti Now is launching a Marketplace for businesses who are looking for an affordable regular marketing platform that will be promoted to thousands of locals who follow Kapiti Now on Facebook or receive the Kapiti Now Newsletter which is distributed every Friday. Read more...

Kapiti Gateway Architecture Exhibition: Paraparaumu Beach

Six architecture students who are developing ideas for the Kapiti Gateway bio-security and visitor centre at Paraparaumu Beach are exhibiting their work-in-progress this weekend. Read more...

Kapiti Food Fair on-track for another big year

The Kapiti Food Fair has nearly hit 160 vendor sites which includes a wide range of vendors who produce and package their delicious products, ready to eat vendors who will operate under gazebo and in their food trucks, and those who will demonstrate a variety of food and beverage related products for consumer. Read more...

The Disability Information Centre (Well Able) is on the move

The Disability Information Centre, a not for profit charitable trust, will now be known as Well-Able to more closely reflect our values and a more positive outlook for our clients, focusing more on what we can all do rather than what we can’t. We are also going to be moving premises on Friday to 110 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu (opposite The Remedy drive through coffee place). It would be good to get the word out that we will be open as usual from Monday 4th September at our lovely new place. Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Read more...

NZ needs to invest in promoting tech

It's time New Zealand seriously started to invest in promoting technology, the country’s third largest export industry and fastest growing sector of our economy, a leading New Zealand tech businessman say Read more...

Would you like to learn to draw?

If you are wondering if you could learn to draw - the answer is yes. Whats more drawing is actually really good for you! Read more...

What’s the difference between pressure and stress?

The term 'pressure' means to press. All kinds of thoughts, situations, expectations and demands press on us as we go about our day. The demands can come from others (workload, work related responsibilities, performance targets etc.) or they can be demands we put on ourselves (I need to .... , I must ..... , I have to .....). Read more...

Womens Health - Belinda Falconar

Hi, I’m Belinda and I’m an advocate for women’s health. As the sole distributor for Drion to New Zealand, I am passionate about the product and have experienced the amazing effects that the Drion product range has had on my own health, as well as the lives of my clients. Read more...

COUNCIL TAKING ECO-FRIENDLY APPROACH TO BUILDING BRIDGES

Two aging bridges at Kaitawa Reserve are about to get a well-needed makeover, and Council is taking a new approach by using a product that’s made from recycled plastic bags. Read more...

MORE SHORT-TERM CAR PARKS FOR WAIKANAE

Changes to car parking in the Waikanae town centre next month will make it easier for people to park and access businesses and services located in the area. Read more...

Shares for Young Investors

Conventional wisdom says the first significant step towards creating wealth is to get on the property ladder. However, it’s hard for young people to start creating wealth when property prices are out of reach and lending restrictions are tight. Not only that, but young people prefer to be mobile and don’t necessarily want to be tied down by owning a property. So what are the alternatives? Read more...

Better Health Services Promised for Kāpiti

Friday, 25 August 2017 - National and Labour have both committed to more local health services if elected, following strong support for the Kāpiti Community Hospital Petition. Read more...

WET WEATHER CREATING CHALLENGES AROUND THE DISTRICT

This winter is turning out to be one of the wettest on record and the rainfall on Kāpiti Coast has made a lot of people’s outlooks and properties soggy. Read more...

New technologies helping clean up NZ’s waterways

New Zealand farmers and companies are starting to use Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, data analytics and automation to decrease impact on New Zealand rivers, a leading national tech expert says. Read more...

Kapiti Petanque - Kapiti Singles

The weather forecast predicted rain and strong wind, so naturally the usual camouflage gear was donned, complete with gumboots and some bright green Gubba overshoes. It turned out not too badly, as the promised strong wind and heavy rain stayed away and gentle showers and light wind prevailed. Read more...

New Zealand School of Dance - Solo Season ONCE

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), is celebrating 50 years of training and inspiring world class professional young dancers. Show attendees will be moved and inspired in this year's contemporary solo season ONCE. Read more...

Council operating costs still among lowest

The 2017 Ratepayers’ Report shows Kāpiti Coast District Council continues to perform strongly in terms of operating costs per ratepayer, ranking second-lowest in the country. Read more...

Plans for a shared gallery and library facility in Waikanae on hold

Plans to build a new purpose-built integrated Public Gallery and Library in Waikanae are being put on hold as the Council re-evaluates its plans. Read more...

NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED TO ART PANEL

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has appointed five members to its Public Art Panel. Read more...

WET WEATHER SLOWS DOWN WORK TO WIDEN WAITOHU VALLEY ROAD

A run of wet weather over that last month has slowed down progress to widen Waitohu Valley Road in Ōtaki. Read more...

PAEKĀKĀRIKI SEAWALL CONSTRUCTION DELAYED

The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s plans to start building the replacement seawall along The Parade in Paekākāriki this financial year have been delayed. Read more...

TRANSPORT AGENCY FUNDING INVESTMENT AUDIT GIVES COUNCIL THE THUMBS UP

A recent audit of the New Zealand Transport Agency’s investment in the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s land transport programme has found Council procurement and financial practices to be in good shape. Read more...

KĀPITI CREATIVES INVITED TO MAKE THEIR MARK ON PARAPARAUMU LANEWAY

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is calling for big thinking artists and creatives to stamp their mark on Kāpiti Lights.

The Kāpiti Lights area is being upgraded as part of the Council’s work to transform and improve the Paraparaumu town centre. The upgrade aims to make the area more pedestrian friendly and help create a setting that supports new and existing shops to thrive. Read more...

COUNCIL PARTICIPATES IN WORK READY KĀPITI YOUTH & EMPLOYER MIXER EVENING

Kāpiti youth will be encouraged to explore opportunities to work for the Kāpiti Coast District Council at next week’s Work Ready Youth & Employer Mixer Evening. Read more...

Police, NZ Cricket, Avery win annual RiskNZ awards

New Zealand Police and New Zealand Cricket have been honoured at RiskNZ’s annual awards in Wellington last night for their exemplary efforts in managing and mitigating risk management. Read more...

WAIKANAE EAST TO BENEFIT FROM EMERGENCY VEHICLE ACCESS CROSSING

A gated emergency vehicle only access crossing will be established across the railway line in Waikanae to ensure access to Waikanae East is retained in the event of the Elizabeth Street level crossing being obstructed. Read more...

Get Rid of Debt

If you are serious about getting ahead financially, then getting rid of debt should be one of your top priorities. Short term debt is the worst kind as it generally has very high interest rates and high repayments. It comes about for three reasons – an unexpected expense, sudden loss of income or long-term overspending. Here are five steps that will help you get rid of short term debt faster: Read more...

LOOKSEE CAMPAIGN ATTRACTS GLOBAL TECH TALENT TO THE REGION

The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, with support from the Kāpiti Coast District Council and the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, is hosting an event for businesses that need help attracting tech talent. Read more...

National Relaxation Day? What a fantastic idea!

Did you know that America celebrates National Relaxation Day? What a fantastic idea! This year America celebrated National Relaxation Day on August 15. Read more...

Council reduces capital expenditure programme to more realistic levels

The Council’s Operations and Finance Committee today approved changes to the capital expenditure programme for the 2017/18 financial year, reducing it to a level that better reflects the amount of work that can realistically be delivered within a year. Read more...

PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST SAFETY IMPROVED ON TE MOANA ROAD

Work to upgrade the intersection of Te Moana Road and Park Avenue to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and accessibility is almost complete. Read more...

New Zealand team reaches global green solutions contest finals in Paris

Two University of Canterbury MBA students are heading to Paris as the only New Zealand team to compete in the finals of the Schneider Electric global competition Go Green in the City 2017. Read more...

Baby boomers providing demand in Kiwi fitness market

New Zealand is seeing a substantial increase in demand from the older ageing population for fitness, exercise and personal trainers, according to ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie. Read more...

Golden business egg in Vietnam for Kiwi companies

Kiwi companies are queueing up to do business with Vietnam and other similar sized Asian countries, a leading New Zealand tech businessman says. Read more...

Kiwi kids to take part in breaking world record

School children all over New Zealand on Tuesday will be part of a world record setting event to get the most kids coding in 24 hours. Read more...

LOCAL SCHOOLS TAKE PART IN ‘MASTERMIND’ COMPETITION

Students from Raumati South School have been crowned Junior team champions in the annual School Mastermind Competition, while a group from Paekākāriki School has taken the honours in the Senior team category. Read more...

WHEEL STOPS TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

The Council has installed wheel stops on car parks outside the Paraparaumu Bridge Club on Brett Ambler Way. Read more...

KĀPITI ECONOMY IN GOOD HEALTH

The Kāpiti Coast economy is going from strength to strength with GDP growth up 3.8 per cent during the year to March 2016, 1.3 per cent higher than the national average for New Zealand over the same period. Read more...

RATES ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR NEW RATING YEAR

If you’re a low-income homeowner, then you could be eligible for help with paying your rates.

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is on hand to provide information and advice to applicants for the 2017/18 funding round the Department of Internal Affairs rates rebates scheme, which is now open. Read more...

SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS TO BE PROGRESSED ON POPLAR AND LEINSTER AVENUES

Work commenced this week to establish a right-turn bay on Poplar Avenue for traffic turning into Leinster Avenue from the east. Read more...

The Print Room has all your printing needs covered

When it comes to print, Printroom Kapiti have expert technical staff and operators who know how to combine advanced printing technology with the very best materials at competitive prices. Read more...

Securely Finalist in 2017 Security Industry Annual Awards

New Zealand, Friday 11 August - Securely’s commitment to outstanding customer service has seen one its staff members nominated for a top award at the NZ Security Industry Awards, to be held at Te Papa on the 25th of August. Read more...

An unexpected opportunity

This week I had an unexpected opportunity to put some of the stress and anxiety reducing techniques in my Anxiety Solutions Toolkit into practice. Read more...

Kapiti residents plan direct action as motorway noise problems continue

Kapiti residents have been told there is little chance of respite from the expressway noise in the medium term. Read more...

NZ artist to feature in world’s biggest online art exhibition

A leading New Zealand artist, Auckland’s Rewa Walia, will soon feature in one of the world’s biggest digital online art exhibition. Read more...

Two Questions Every Retiree Must Ask

With a bit of luck and hard work, you will arrive at retirement with a pot of money to supplement your income from NZ Superannuation and allow you to live comfortably. The problem is, so many uncertainties lie ahead. How long will you live? How much money will you need? What will your investment returns be? Where should you invest your money? Read more...

'Upper case, lower case' - Catherine Adam in 'Four'

UPPER CASE lower case
A photographic exploration into an industry-turned-craft — Letterpress
by Catherine Adam. Read more...

Health research should be a government priority – poll

Three quarters of New Zealanders believe more funding for health and medical research should be a government priority and that the government should invest more funding in health research, according to a survey just released. Read more...

Chamber Outlines Priorities For 2017 Election

Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Economic growth, infrastructure and youth employment are high on the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce’s agenda for 2017, according to its election manifesto released this week. Read more...

John Waller Memorial Scholarships announced by BNZ and PwC

BNZ and PwC New Zealand are pleased to announce a new scholarship programme established at the University of Canterbury to honour former BNZ Board Chairman and respected PwC Managing Partner John Waller, ONZM, FCA. Read more...

Sir John Key to receive Honorary Doctorate from University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury will bestow former Prime Minister and UC alumnus Rt Hon Sir John Key with a Doctor of Commerce (honoris causa) honorary degree at an official Graduation ceremony on Friday 15 December. Read more...

Pragmatic Idealism and the Double Hemisphered Brain

This morning I heard Jacinda Adern, the newly elected leader of the Labour Party respond to a question by Guy Espinner, stating that she is a pragmatic idealist. I’ve never heard these terms put together in this way. What is a pragmatic idealist? The two words seem diametrically opposed! Read more...

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT NEW EVENTS THAT HAVE DISTINCT KĀPITI FLAVOUR

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting applications for the Kāpiti Major Events Fund. Read more...

APPLICATIONS FOR CREATIVE FUNDING CLOSING SOON

Kāpiti Coast District Council is calling for applications for the Creative Communities Scheme, with the current funding round set to close on Friday 18 August. Read more...

COMMUNITY BOARDS CONTEMPLATE COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON RENAMING SH1

Kāpiti Coast community boards are in the process of weighing up the diverse views of their respective communities as they prepare to make a recommendation to the Council on renaming State Highway 1 (SH1). Read more...

ARAWA STREET BEACH ACCESS TO BE RESTORED

Work commenced this week to restore the Arawa Street beach access point at Raumati Beach that was damaged in the July 2016 storm event. Read more...

Investing Without Emotion

Emotions and investment are best kept apart. Put them together and you have the ingredients of a disappointing investment outcome, if not a failure. The best investment decision is one which is based on thorough financial analysis using well founded assumptions about the future. There are some investment decisions where emotions are more likely to get in the way. Read more...

KĀPITI FOODIES TO REVEL IN VISA WELLINGTON ON A PLATE ON HOME SOIL

Kāpiti foodies are in for a treat this month with Visa Wellington On a Plate featuring local eateries, produce and events. Mayor K Gurunathan says it's great to have Kāpiti involved in the festival event. Read more...

Start your day with a positive mind-set

When you wake up do you immediately start thinking about all the things you've got to do, all the problems you're struggling to overcome, all the deadlines you're facing? How does all that thinking make you feel? You probably want to climb back into bed and pull the sheets over your head. Read more...

FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE LONG-TERM FUTURE OF MACLEAN PARK

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is encouraging locals to have their say on the future development of Maclean Park, now that a two-month formal consultation period on the Draft Management Plan for the park has opened. Read more...

Most Kiwis do not want to follow President Trump’s lead

A total of 92 percent of New Zealanders do not want their nation to follow President Donald Trump’s lead and withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement set in 2015. Read more...

Work Ready Kapiti - Event date decided

Thank you! We have had a fantastic response to the launch of Work Ready Kāpiti, with support and emails coming in from employers, wider community groups and young people who are all keen to get on board. Read more...

Rural health fronting suicide prevention training all over NZ

A national rural organisation says it is concerned the public may believe nothing is happening in suicide prevention training. Read more...

NZ not alone in struggling to attract tech women

Andrea Hancox, NZTech’s national director of government relations, says the whole world faces the issue of attracting and retaining women in tech and introducing tech to young women as a choice of career. Read more...

Your Rights as a Repairer of Goods

The Wages Protection & Contractors Liens Act Repeal Act 1987 states that a person or business repairing or improving goods this could include mechanic or a computer repair business is entitled to a lien over the repaired goods for payment of that work. In effect the lien gives the repairer the right to retain possession of the goods until the account is paid Read more...

Kāpiti Narrative Key To Growing Air Services

Tuesday 2 August 2017 - Air New Zealand has congratulated Kāpiti on its growing momentum and says
the airline is committed to working with stakeholders to grow tourism in the region. Read more...

Overcoming Failures to Reach Success

The word failure is often used to describe a situation in which your desired goals were not realized at a specific point in time. There are many reasons that could have played a part in your goal not being realized and absolutely none of them have to do with your value as a person. Read more...

You can make a difference in the lives of people dealing with cancer

We are asking for your support for Daffodil Day 2017. Daffodil Day is the major fundraiser for the Cancer Society as the Cancer Society does not receive any Government funding. Read more...

NZ health sector learning to embrace the tech world

A leading digital health expert says the New Zealand health sector is still slow to embrace the tech world. Read more...

NZ cannot hide from the tyranny of distance

New Zealand cannot hide from the tyranny of distance anymore as it faces a multitude of threats similar to any other developed nation, an international risk management expert and University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor says. Read more...

Saving for your Children’s Education

It is natural for parents to want to give their children a good start in life, and often parents will have a financial goal of saving for their children’s education. There are two key questions to be aske Read more...

NZDF VISITS KĀPITI EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE

The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO), in conjunction with Kāpiti Coast District Council and the local New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Civil Defence Response Group (CDRG), recently ran a joint Civil Defence Emergency Management planning session at the Kāpiti Coast District Council Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).
Read more...

ANNUAL WASTE REDUCTION GRANTS NOW OPEN

Applications for Kāpiti Coast District Council’s annual waste reduction grants are now open.

There are two different types of grants: waste levy funds for community projects and waste levy funds for new technologies and seed funding. Read more...

KĀPITI DOG OWNERS REMINDED TO REGISTER

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is reminding dog owners to make sure they’ve registered their pet by next Monday 31 July. It is a legal requirement to register your dog annually and Council is responsible for ensuring all dogs are registered. Read more...

COMMUNITY TO BE CONSULTED ON LOCAL EASTER SUNDAY TRADING

Council will be giving the community the opportunity to consider an Easter Sunday Trading policy for Kāpiti. Read more...

UC and IBM in brainy neuroscience study agreement

The University of Canterbury (UC) and IBM Research are bringing together their collaborative brain power to develop better computer modelling for the human brain in a new joint study agreement. Read more...

Increase Productivity with Dragon Speech Recognition Software

Dragon speech recognition software is a great tool for improving productivity in the workplace. Read more...

Using social media to help save women’s lives

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new website and social media campaign will help encourage women to have regular cervical smear tests and mammograms. Read more...

NZ to stage international tech event before D5 summit

Living up to New Zealand’s reputation as a standout digital nation, the tech sector and the government will stage a major international tech summit in Auckland next year, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

Kapiti Food Fair @ 126 Vendor Sites & Growing

The Kapiti Food Fair has 126 vendor sites booked so far and growing weekly. “We are super delighted with this result and are encouraging vendors to book sooner rather than later so we can carefully manage the site map and broader marketing campaign,” says Helene Judge, co-owner of the Fair. Read more...

Kāpiti to Get Youth ‘Work Ready’

A not-for-profit initiative to help 16-25 year olds to gain the skills required to secure local employment has been launched on the Kāpiti Coast. Read more...

NZ has major fitness problem

New Zealand has a major problem committing to active participation, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says.

Too many of the government messages in the early 2000s focused on slogans such as walk to the bus stop when that was never the answer to the looming inactivity, diabetes and obesity issues, Beddie says. Read more...

KĀPITI DOG REGISTRATIONS DUE BY THE END OF JULY

The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s animal management team is reminding Kāpiti dog owners that the deadline to register their furry friends is close. Registration payments are due by 31 July – that’s next Monday. Read more...

RULES FOR ELECTORAL SIGNAGE IN KĀPITI

Council recently invited political party representatives to a briefing on how they’ll be able to use electoral signage around Kāpiti in the lead up to the September election. Read more...

COUNCIL SHARES ITS PLANS TO HELP REALISE THE BENEFITS OF THE EXPRESSWAYS

Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting the community to visit their stand in Coastlands Mall next week to find out more about its work to make the most of the opportunities the expressways bring to the district. Read more...

The Simplest Strategy for Retiring Early

Getting to a financial position where early retirement is a real possibility is not as difficult as it may seem. There are three key ingredients to being able to retire early; spending less, saving more and starting to invest as soon as possible. Read more...

RAUMATI ROAD WORKS UPDATE

Works to improve safety and accessibility on Raumati Road continue. Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says contractors have made some progress over the past fortnight but rain continues to cause set-backs. Read more...

We're helping Kāpiti get Tsunami ready - Door-knocking in Paraparaumu from Sunday 30 July

A reminder for Paraparaumu residents who live in tsunami evacuation zones. For the next four Sundays – 30 July, 6 August, 13 August, 20 August – the Kāpiti Coast District Council will be door-knocking with help from Red Cross, Volunteer Kāpiti, WREMO and MCDEM to help Kāpiti get tsunami ready. Read more...

Local members honoured

At the Wellington Petanque Association’s annual general meeting, two local residents were granted life membership Read more...

Air New Zealand To Brief Kapiti Businesses

Local businesses will have the opportunity to hear first-hand about Air New Zealand’s plans for Kapiti at a special business briefing being hosted next week by the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce. Read more...

Averill Maher joins the Kapiti Now team

I am very pleased to announce Averill Maher as a working business partner with Kapiti Now. Averill will be helping to build our business incubator and marketing collective, as well as helping to facilitate our monthly meetings. Read more...

New animal welfare regulations progressed

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has confirmed 46 new animal welfare regulations will be developed this year. Read more...

Using milk protein to 3D-imprint muscle and bone cells

A University of Canterbury PhD student is using milk protein to 3D-imprint muscle and bone cells and one day she hopes her research may be used to regrow missing body parts. Read more...

Making Quantum Leaps

In your personal life or business life, you may need to change the way you are approaching things if you want to take big steps forward. In fact, if you are not making progress in leaps and bounds then it is time to embrace the science of the quantum leap. Read more...

Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior Basketball Coaching Programme – Term 3 2017

Hoop Club Paraparaumu - Restarts for Term 3 2017 Sunday 6 August and runs through to Sunday 24 September
Hoop Club in Otaki restarts for Term 3 on Sunday 30 July and runs through to Sunday 24 September Read more...

Whittaker’s takes Chocolate Lovers on a journey with new Destinations Collection

Whittaker’s new Destinations Collection showcases the finest ingredients from around the world combined with Whittaker’s delicious chocolate. This exciting new range gives Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers a chance to enjoy a taste of India, Canada, Italy and Nicaragua with hero ingredients for each sourced from world-class producers in those locations. Read more...

Countdown to Retirement

The last few years before you stop working are crucial for setting yourself up for a fantastic retirement. They need careful planning to achieve your goals. Of course, with more people now working past the age of 65 it is not always possible to plan towards a specific retirement date. Here are the most important things to do. Read more...

Lottery Grants Board 2017/18 grants announced

New Zealand Communities are set to get a boost in funding to help provide a range of services and conserve some of our most precious taonga thanks to the Lottery Grants Board. Read more...

WELLINGTON AIRPORT COMMUNITY AWARD 2017 - KAPITI WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The passionate volunteers of Guardians of the Kapiti Marine Reserve took out the Supreme Award for the Kapiti District. The Guardians promote the conservation and protection of the Kapiti Marine Reserve and surrounding environment. The Reserve is home to abundant sea life including blue moki, kingfish, seals and dolphins, along with top Dive Spots including the Hole-in-the-Wall underwater archway. Read more...

The Hilux Gladiator Concept – a bold and brawny beast

Decked out in bold, brawny accessories, the Hilux Gladiator Concept vehicle turned plenty of heads during the 2017 Mystery Creek Fieldays®, near Hamilton. Read more...

Kapiti College Snr Boys vs KC Old Boys & All Star Mens Team – The Henry Gray Memorial Cup

The Henry Gray Memorial Cup - Kapiti College Old Boys & All Star Team vs Kapiti College Snr Boys A Team was played on Saturday 8 July at Kapiti College Gym. Read more...

Kapiti Petanque Bastille day celebrations

Given the dire weather predictions, our decision to hold the melee on Tuesday 11th July was fortuitous. The sun was shining most of the time and the colourful, French inspired clothing, added to the scene. Read more...

Big Brands Flock to Kapiti

Kapiti Coast, Tuesday 11th July 2017 - Several international businesses have announced their arrival into Kapiti, with the area recently announced as a platform for growth by the Prime Minister. Read more...

Wellington benefactor to build and gift a new $50 million children’s hospital

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the generosity of Wellington benefactor Mark Dunajtschik, who will build and gift a new $50 million children’s hospital for the region. Read more...

An Environmental Ambassador of Hope

Here there is much goodness—one very good and strong lady who is leading such good community action to save our planet and all the species that exist upon it accompanied by my good chance to have the opportunity to photograph her in action. Read more...

INCREASED RESOURCES FOR ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION

Over the coming days and weeks, Raumati Road users and residents can expect roundabout works to pick up, after Council met with senior contractor representatives to agree on increased resourcing and longer hours for the works. Read more...

FIRST SECTION OF PAEKĀKĀRIKI CONNECTION TRACK OPEN

This week the Council finished and opened the first section of the Pa