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2016

Works at Beach Road railway crossing after Christmas

Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

Works to the Beach Road Railway Crossing in Paekākāriki will result in one lane being closed off to traffic shortly after Christmas. KiwiRail will be installing new railway tracks from Tuesday 27 December (6am) to Tuesday 3 January (6pm). Stop/go traff...

Council continues to reduce carbon footprint

Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

In a seventh year of reporting under the CEMARS programme, Kāpiti Coast District Council has retained certification for its commitment to managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and has continued to reduce emission levels.  Group Manager Strateg...

Tsunami evacuation maps for Kāpiti updated

Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

Kāpiti Coast District Council has updated its tsunami evacuation maps for Kāpiti and is encouraging residents to get prepared and know their zone. Corporate Services Group Manager Wayne Maxwell says the demarcations for the red, orange and yellow...

Upcoming summer pool closure at Coastlands Aquatic Centre

Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

Urgent maintenance work is needed on the main pool at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu early in 2017. Kāpiti Coast District Council Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says there is a hole in the vinyl pool liner, or ‘Myrtha’, and the...

Otaihanga shared path improvements get the thumbs up

Monday 12 Dec 2016

Cycleway, walkway and bridleway enthusiasts gave the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Otaihanga Road shared path improvements a big thumbs up last week following a final inspection of the upgraded 2.5 metre wide path. Kāpiti Accessibility Advisory Group...

Retaining wall to be upgraded to make way for shared path improvements

Monday 12 Dec 2016

Work continues to improve safety and accessibility on Kāpiti Road, our districts busiest road. This week the Kāpiti Coast District Council will commence work to build a new retaining wall outside the old airport control tower. Group Manager...

Opportunities to share thoughts with Council this summer

Friday 09 Dec 2016

Over the next few months Kāpiti Coast District Council is keen to hear from residents on a range of projects, strategies and bylaws being developed or reviewed. Mayor K Gurunathan says the Council is seeking people’s suggestions and priorities on many...

Council helps food service businesses

Monday 05 Dec 2016

Kāpiti Coast District Council hosted a training session for food service providers to help businesses stay up to speed on industry requirements. Along with Ministry of Primary Industries representatives, Council’s Environmental Health team ran workshop...

Community board chairs confirmed

Monday 05 Dec 2016

The chairs for Kāpiti Coast District Council’s four community boards have all been confirmed. Community boards have four representatives each and have been elected for Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu-Raumati and Paekākāriki. Mayor K Gurunathan says...

School patrols march for road safety

Monday 05 Dec 2016

Pupils from Kāpiti primary schools braved heavy rain to parade through Paraparaumu town centre today, celebrating their hard work to keep roads safe around their schools.  Year 5 to 8 pupils from ten schools took part in the Orange Day School Patrol...

Council welcomes progress on Peka Peka to Ōtaki section of the Kāpiti Expressway

Wednesday 30 Nov 2016

The Kāpiti Coast District Council welcomes the NZ Transport Agency’s decision to award the contract for the 13 kilometre Peka Peka to Ōtaki section of the Kāpiti Expressway to Fletcher Construction. Mayor K Gurunathan says the Council enjoys a positive...

Kāpiti Coast District poised for growth

Tuesday 29 Nov 2016

The Kāpiti Coast District economy continues to experience healthy economic growth with a reported 3.1 % increase over the September 2016 year. Sarah Stevenson, Group Manager for Strategy and Planning says much of this can be attributed to the growth an...

Earthquake and severe weather event put emergency response plans to the test

Tuesday 15 Nov 2016

This week’s earthquake and severe weather events are a reminder to us all that you can never be too prepared in an emergency. Mayor K Gurunathan says the Kāpiti Coast community responded well to the earthquake events during the early hours of Monday...

Mahara Gallery remains firmly in the Council's sights

Tuesday 15 Nov 2016

Plans to upgrade the Mahara Gallery are still firmly in the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s sights following the signing of an agreement between the Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust and the Field Collection Trust.  Mayor K Gurunathan says the Council...

Quakes felt in Kāpiti

Monday 14 Nov 2016

Around midnight on Monday 14 November a magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred 15 km northeast of Culverden in the South Island, at a depth of 15 km. Since then, there have been several severe earthquakes in the Seddon and Kaikoura region. Strong earthquakes have been felt in Wellington and in Kāpiti.

Arts Trail highlights diversity of art in Kāpiti

Monday 07 Nov 2016

The two Kāpiti Arts Trail weekends proved as popular as ever with locals and visitors to the district. “It was very interesting to see what artists are creating around the district, there’s such a huge range of art here,” Waikanae resident Trevor Pring...

New traffic lights at Kāpiti road/Arawhata Road intersection

Monday 07 Nov 2016

New traffic lights at the intersection of Kāpiti and Arawhata Roads will be switched on this week as part of the M2PP Alliance’s work to get the road ready for when the Expressway opens to traffic. Group Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon says...

Library competition inspires reading of different genres

Friday 04 Nov 2016

A Raumati Beach teenager, who won the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ reading challenge, says the competition encouraged her to pick out books she wouldn’t normally choose. The competition ran during September and October and involved people completin...

New way to share thoughts with the Council

Friday 04 Nov 2016

There is a new way for people to share their thoughts, ideas and feedback with councillors, starting next week.  From Thursday 10 November a 30-minute public forum before formal Kāpiti Coast District Council, Strategy and Policy Committee and Operation...

Focus on collaboration and transparency drives appointments to new Council

Monday 31 Oct 2016

The committee structure and key appointments for the 2016-19 Kāpiti Coast District Council have been confirmed, paving the way for the work of the new Council to begin in earnest. Mayor K Gurunathan has appointed Janet Holborow as Deputy Mayor and...

First arts trail weekend a success

Monday 31 Oct 2016

Lots of locals and visitors to the district got out and about at the weekend to take in the Kāpiti Arts Trail. “I had a really wide range of people from Wellington and other parts of the country popping in, as well as lots of locals. The atmosphere was...

Council and Police team up to keep Kāpiti beaches safe

Friday 28 Oct 2016

The Kāpiti Coast District Council and New Zealand Police will be out and about on the district’s beaches over the next few months raising awareness of how people can stay safe and protect the environment in these areas. Officers from both organisations...

Bevy of new faces welcomed to council

Wednesday 26 Oct 2016

New Mayor K Gurunathan and the line-up of councillors and community board members have been welcomed onto Council. All elected members were sworn into office in the presence of their friends, family and council staff at the event, which was their first...

Matariki korowai on show in Kāpiti

Friday 21 Oct 2016

A stunning matariki korowai, or cloak, made out of recycled materials by a local artist and students from around the district, was unveiled at Paraparaumu Library. Through the Creative Communities Scheme, and in partnership with Kāpiti Coast District...

K Gurunathan elected Mayor of Kāpiti Coast District

Saturday 08 Oct 2016

Preliminary election results show K Gurunathan has been elected Mayor of the Kāpiti Coast District for the 2016-2019 triennium.  He is elected ahead of next highest polling candidates Ross Church and Gavin Welsh.  The preliminary results show a voter...

Community groups receive creative grants

Tuesday 04 Oct 2016

More than $20,000 has been given to a dozen groups and individuals to undertake a wide variety of creative projects to be enjoyed by Kāpiti residents this year. The Creative Communities Scheme grants committee considered 15 applications and granted a...

SH1 to be renamed once M2PP expressway opens

Tuesday 04 Oct 2016

With the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway nearing completion the Kāpiti Coast District Council has a unique opportunity to rename State Highway 1. Strategy and Planning Acting Group Manager Kevin Black says the state highway will become a fit for purpos...

Final Kāpiti Coast District Council meeting for triennium

Thursday 29 Sep 2016

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has met for the last time in the 2013-2016 triennium and in doing so adopted the Council’s 2015/16 Annual Report.  Chief Executive Pat Dougherty says the 2015-16 year saw work begin on the current long term plan and...

Works to improve pedestrian and cyclist access to Paraparaumu town centre on track

Tuesday 27 Sep 2016

Improvement works on Kāpiti Road to deliver safer pedestrian and cyclist access to and from the Paraparaumu town centre are continuing. The work involves undergrounding power and creating a 2.5 metre shared path on the south side of Kāpiti Road between...

Kāpiti Major Events Fund 2016 supports iconic events with local flavour

Monday 26 Sep 2016

The Māoriland Film Festival, Ōtaki Kite Festival, Coastella Music Festival and the Kāpiti Food Fair are to receive financial support through the Kāpiti Major Events Fund 2016 to grow and develop their signature events. Kāpiti Coast District Council has...

Friends of the Ōtaki River wins regional heritage and environment award

Monday 26 Sep 2016

The Friends of the Ōtaki River has been recognised at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards, winning the Heritage & Environment section.

Council developing plan for improving Maclean Park

Friday 23 Sep 2016

The pond at Maclean Park in Paraparaumu Beach will be empty for the foreseeable future while the Kāpiti Coast District Council develops a plan for improving the park. The Council has been doing daily monitoring of the amount of water required to keep t...

Part of Raumati Road closed for water main repairs

Monday 19 Sep 2016

Work to repair a broken water main under the roundabout at the Rimu Road/Raumati Road T-junction will start next week. The work is expected to take two days, Tuesday 27 September and Wednesday 28 September, (weather depending) and will require closure ...

Weather watch 17/18/19 September

Saturday 17 Sep 2016

Monday 19 September UPDATE 3.51pm The Kāpiti Coast is drying out today after a weekend of torrential rain that resulted in slips and surface flooding in a number of spots across the district. Kāpiti Coast District Council Infrastructure Services Group...

Otaihanga Road shared path upgrade

Monday 12 Sep 2016

Otaihanga Road, our busiest rural road, is set to benefit from an upgrade of the existing shared path facility between Ratanui Road and the Kāpiti Expressway Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway (CWB). The upgrade is being delivered through Stride ‘n’ Ride...

Local Government elections 2016

Monday 12 Sep 2016

Kāpiti residents can keep eye on their letterbox this week with voting papers for this year’s election expected from Friday. Electoral Officer Jude Wadsworth says preparation for the ‘Vote’ phase of this year’s local government elections for Kāpiti Coa...

Final meeting of the Kāpiti Island Nature Lodge Monitoring Committee

Monday 05 Sep 2016

The final meeting of the Kāpiti Island Nature Lodge Monitoring Committee was held last week.  The Kāpiti Island Nature Lodge Monitoring Committee was established in 2003 after a resource consent was issued to operate an eco-tourism business on rural la...

Testing emergency preparedness in Kāpiti

Monday 05 Sep 2016

Kāpiti’s readiness to evacuate coastal areas in the event of a tsunami came under the spotlight last week as part of a national civil defence exercise – Exercise Tangaroa. Council Emergency Controller Kevin Currie says more than 50 council staff, along...

Phoenix put on show for Kāpiti

Monday 05 Sep 2016

A crowd of more than 2000 descended on Weka Park over the weekend to watch the Wellington Phoenix play in Kāpiti. The A-League football team took part in a friendly preseason game against a Capital Football XI, which they won 3-nil. Council’s Parks and...

Beware of sunstrike when driving in Kāpiti

Monday 05 Sep 2016

Kāpiti Coast District Council is reminding drivers to take care on the road around sunrise and sunset following two incidents on Kāpiti roads recently attributed to sunstrike. Transport Safety Coordinator Bruce Johnston says sunstrike occurs at this ti...

Kāpiti i-SITE is on the move

Monday 29 Aug 2016

The Kāpiti i-SITE will move from its Rimu Road premises in Paraparaumu to new premises in what was previously the deli section of the Mediterranean Food Warehouse next week. The Kāpiti i-SITE will be closed for two days, Thursday 1 and Friday 2...

Ōtaki earthquake prone building update

Monday 29 Aug 2016

Council can confirm the Ōtaki Theatre building has been assessed as not earthquake prone. An initial seismic assessment by independent structural engineers identified the building, on Main Street in Ōtaki, as potentially earthquake prone. However, a mo...

Minor slip cleared at Ōtaki Gorge Road

Wednesday 24 Aug 2016

The clean-up is complete from the minor slip on Ōtaki Gorge Road over the weekend. Council contractors cleared about 150 cubic metres of debris from the slip-prone Blue Bluff, which is about 13 kilometres inland from State Highway 1. The slip material...

New shared path to improve accessibility to Paraparaumu town centre

Wednesday 24 Aug 2016

Construction work to create a new shared path and underground power on Kāpiti Road between Arawhata Road and Ngahina Street starts this week. The work is part of series of improvements the Kāpiti Coast District Council is making to Kāpiti Road over the...

Storm repair work rounding out

Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

Repair works following the significant storm event in Kāpiti in August are finished and long term solutions are still being considered. The timber wall on Raumati Beach, in front of the Waterfront Bar, has been replaced. The wall had been weather-damag...

Work to improve accessibility and safety on key local roads ramps

Monday 15 Aug 2016

The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway will change how people move around Kāpiti. The Kāpiti Coast District Council is making a series of improvements to key roads in anticipation of this change to ensure people can travel freely around the district....

Nominations are now in for the 2016 Local Body Elections

Monday 15 Aug 2016

Nominations for the 2016 local body elections are now closed. 55 nominations have been received for the Kāpiti Coast District Council. Of this six nominations have been received for the position of Mayor, 14 for the roles of Districtwide Councillors, o...

Maclean Park update

Tuesday 09 Aug 2016

Light fixtures at Maclean Park that have reached the end of their design life will be removed next week. Investigation into 15 decorative path lights and their supporting poles show it was best to remove the fixtures due to safety concerns. Council’s...

Election nominations closing this week

Tuesday 09 Aug 2016

Council and community board nominations for the 2016 local body elections close this week. Nominations for the Council must be in the hands of Electoral Officer, Jude Wadsworth, by 12 midday on Friday 12 August at the Civic Building, 175 Rimu Road,...

Council welcomes plans to revitalise Rimu Road

Tuesday 02 Aug 2016

Expansion plans along Rimu Road announced by Coastlands yesterday support the Council’s vision of creating a vibrant, diverse and thriving town centre. Group Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon says Council has been working closely with...

Fix-ups being completed following storm damage

Monday 01 Aug 2016

Council staff and contractors have been busy doing fix-ups on the district’s drainage systems, beach access ways and roads, following the high winds and high tides experienced on the coast last week. Installation of the temporary concrete structure alo...

Clearing up and repair work following wild weather

Friday 29 Jul 2016

Lots of clearing up of trees, branches and debris in parks, reserves and open waterways around the district was carried out by Council staff earlier this week following last weekend’s wild weather. Other work carried out, and being carried out, to repa...

Temporary protection put in place on beach

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016

A temporary measure is being put in place to protect an exposed area at the south end of Paraparaumu Beach following damage from last weekend’s wild weather. Group Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon says a concrete structure will be installed ...

Hundreds enjoy Matariki

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016

More than a thousand people turned up for this year’s final Matariki celebration on Saturday at the Ngā Purapura centre in Ōtaki. Local bands entertained along with workshops for adults and children, a jam room where kids could talk to local musicians...

New Governance Structure for Economic Development Leadership Group

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016

A new governance structure has been agreed to continue the work of the interim Economic Development Leadership Group and support the delivery of the Kāpiti District Economic Development Strategy 2015-2018.  The interim Leadership Group was established ...

Clean-up efforts underway following weekend of wild weather for Kāpiti

Monday 25 Jul 2016

Council is reminding residents to take care along the coastal areas of Kāpiti following the weekend’s weather. Crews are checking the impact of the high winds and high tides on the district’s drainage systems, beach access ways and roads, for damage an...

Residents reminded to take care during windy weather in Kāpiti

Sunday 24 Jul 2016

Kāpiti residents are being reminded to take care during any wild and windy weather experienced on the coast this weekend. From Saturday evening onwards, MetService predicted gale-force northwesterlies in Wairarapa, Kāpiti and Wellington, with further...

Slam dunk in Ōtaki

Wednesday 20 Jul 2016

Wellington Saints basketball guard Jordan Mills called in to Ōtaki during the school holidays to try out the new community basketball court in Haruatai Park. “Basketball is a growing sport and, jumping on the back of the popularity of players like Stev...

Civic & community awards recognise local volunteers

Wednesday 20 Jul 2016

Volunteer groups and individuals were honoured for their dedication to the community last night at the 2016 Kāpiti Coast Civic and Community Awards. At a function in the Council’s Civic Building in Paraparaumu, four Civic Awards were presented by Mayor...

Wellington Saints Basketball team come to Ōtaki

Monday 18 Jul 2016

The Wellington Saints Basketball team will be in Ōtaki 19 July to try out the new community basketball court in Haruatai Park. After considering community feedback and working with young people in Ōtaki, Council agreed to build a new keyhole, or...

Election nominations open and time to enrol

Monday 18 Jul 2016

Council and community board nominations have opened in preparation for the 2016 local body elections. Electoral Officer Jude Wadsworth says Kāpiti Coast District Council’s nominations are open for the positions of mayor, councillor, Ōtaki Community...

No8 Wire proving popular

Monday 18 Jul 2016

No8 Wire Week got underway over the weekend with two full-on days of sustainability-focused workshops and activities.  Council’s Sustainable Communities Co-ordinator Vanessa Crowe the No8 Wire Week programme is a chance to up skill on anything from bee...

Upcoming pool closure

Monday 18 Jul 2016

Coastland Aquatics Centre will be closed for two days this month for annual maintenance. The centre will be closed on Thursday 28 July from 8am to 4pm and Friday 29 July from 8am to 4pm, but open as normal between 5.30am to 8am and 4pm to 9pm on these...

Dog registrations due

Monday 18 Jul 2016

Kāpiti resident are being reminded it's time to register their canine companions, with dog registrations due by the end of the month. Council has sent registration forms to dog owners for the 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 period and fees are due by 5pm o...

Ōtaki Gorge Road reopens after seven-month closure

Saturday 16 Jul 2016

Road access to private property and popular recreational facilities within the Tararua Forest Park is now restored after a seven-month closure. Kāpiti Coast District Council has completed extensive earthworks at the slip-prone Blue Bluff site on Ōtaki...

Community grants now open

Monday 11 Jul 2016

This year’s funding round for community grants is now open. More than $40,000 of grants is available to support community-based projects, programmes and events that help strengthen community capacity in the district. Council’s Programme Design and...

Have your say on public art for Paraparaumu

Monday 11 Jul 2016

The Public Art Panel and  Paraparaumu-Raumati  Community Board is calling for input on a proposed art installation for  Paraparaumu  Beach.  Board chair Fiona Vining says there’s a range of ways for the community to provide feedback on what themes they...

Neighbourly celebration

Monday 11 Jul 2016

Paraparaumu has topped more than 100 towns from throughout the country to win the inaugural Neighbours’ Day Aotearoa  Town of the Year  title. The award recognises the efforts of the town that had the highest per capita number of activities registered...

Paraparaumu Escarpment continues to be monitored

Monday 04 Jul 2016

Council is continuing to keep an eye on the Paraparaumu Escarpment following heavy rains Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says Council has done a number of things to improve the slope’s stability over the past six months as part of on-going...

Calling for feedback on Tasman Road Reserve

Monday 04 Jul 2016

Council is calling for feedback on a portion of land in Ōtaki. Byron’s Resort is using part of Tasman Road Reserve to help with overflow camping and Council is considering entering a formal exclusive lease for this. Parks and Recreation Manager Alison...

Development plan getting started for Maclean Park

Monday 04 Jul 2016

Council is starting to think about a development plan for Maclean Park, including future possibilities for the pond. As part of the process the pond will be refilled and monitored for the next month to help get a clearer understanding of the cost and...

Community Board vacancy left unfilled

Monday 04 Jul 2016

The Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board has resolved not to fill the vacancy left by the recent resignation of Deborah Morris-Travers. Ms Morris-Travers resigned from the Board following her appointment as Chief of Staff of the Parliamentary Office of...

Kāpiti i-SITE to move to more visible and accessible location

Monday 04 Jul 2016

Council has announced that the Mediterranean Food Warehouse will be the new home for the Kāpiti i-SITE and visitor information centre. The i-SITE will transition from its current location in Rimu Road to the Mediterranean Food Warehouse in Coastlands...

Improved satisfaction with council performance encouraging

Friday 01 Jul 2016

Our annual residents’ opinion survey of nearly 400 residents and ratepayers shows a continued improvement in views on Council performance.  The survey was presented at Council’s Corporate Business Committee meeting yesterday. Overall satisfaction is...

Exciting activities planned for No8 Wire week

Monday 27 Jun 2016

Kāpiti residents of all ages can learn practical skills, get out and enjoy our environment, and have fun together during Council’s upcoming No.8 Wire Week . Events are being run throughout the district in partnership with community groups and local DIY...

Ōtaki Museum assessed as a earthquake-prone building

Monday 27 Jun 2016

Council completed an assessment of seven council-owned buildings in Kāpiti earlier this year that identified two in Ōtaki that were potentially earthquake-prone – the Ōtaki Civic Theatre and Ōtaki Museum.  More detailed engineering investigations on bo...

Council confirms its commitment to Mahara Gallery Upgrade

Monday 27 Jun 2016

Plans to build a new purpose-built integrated Public Gallery and Library in Waikanae are still firmly in the Council’s sights following the renewal of an agreement for the Mahara Gallery Upgrade . The new agreement between the Council, the Mahara Galle...

Inter-school cross country

Monday 27 Jun 2016

A hundred Kāpiti school children have qualified for next month’s regional cross-country championship. More than 800 children from 15 schools throughout Kāpiti took part in the annual inter-school cross country competition at Waikanae Park on Tuesday 21...

Community Facilities Strategy development

Wednesday 22 Jun 2016

Council is getting underway on a project to develop its Community Facilities Strategy, starting with a survey of facility owners and managers in the district. The project has been identified in the FutureKāpiti Long term plan 2015-35 as one of the key...

Spinning yarns in Kāpiti

Monday 20 Jun 2016

Kāpiti Coast District Libraries celebrated World Wide Knit in Public Day at the weekend by hosting a group knitting session. More than 25 knitters and crocheters joined library staff at Paraparaumu Library to mark the day by stitching together. Librari...

Partnership will develop youth in Kāpiti

Tuesday 14 Jun 2016

The Lions Club of Waikanae and youth education provider Zeal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the two organisations work together, with the Council, to develop young people in the district. The MoU outlines how a $100,000...

Greener Neighbourhoods

Monday 13 Jun 2016

This year’s  Greener Neighbourhoods  competition is underway with past and present participants keener than ever to share ideas, build community resilience, learn how to reduce environmental impact and save money. A round of introductions kicked things...

Council plans for the year ahead take shape

Friday 10 Jun 2016

Council has made decisions on the Annual plan 2016/17, which is now being finalised ready for adoption by the Council on 23 June. Our Annual plan 2016/17 is year two of our FutureKāpiti Long term plan 2015-35 .  Our 2016/17 planning reflects this, with...

New basketball court for Ōtaki

Thursday 09 Jun 2016

Work is underway on the building of a new basketball court in Ōtaki. After considering community feedback and working with young people in Ōtaki, Council has agreed to build a new keyhole, or half-sized, basketball court in the grass area at the bottom...

Counterfeit rubbish bags

Friday 03 Jun 2016

UPDATE: We've had an update from Envirowaste, they will be collecting all Envirowaste bags. For any more questions please contact them 0800 240 120 -------------------------------------   Counterfeit rubbish bags have been appearing in some parts of...

Kāpiti i-SITE Delivery

Tuesday 31 May 2016

The Environment and Community Development Committee approved bringing Kāpiti i-SITE service in-house last week, making it a Council-managed service. Council’s Group Manager Strategy and Planning Stephen McArthur says the move ensures an effective and...

Take care on Kāpiti tracks and paths

Monday 30 May 2016

The Council is reminding residents to take care on various tracks and paths in Kāpiti following the weekend’s wet weather. Staff are assessing the impact of the heavy rain and high seas on the district’s cycleways, walkways and bridleways. The...

Kudos for Council at EECA awards

Friday 20 May 2016

Kāpiti Coast District Council was recognised for its programme of transport efficiencies and driver training at the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) awards earlier this week. Council was commended in the Public Sector category of the...

Consent for Paekākāriki seawall

Thursday 05 May 2016

Paekākāriki residents are a step closer to having a new seawall on their beach now it has consent from Greater Wellington Regional Council. The seawall will be constructed out of timber, concrete and rock and will replace the old timber one which has...

Working together for greener neighbourhoods

Wednesday 04 May 2016

The Council is again supporting the Greener Neighbourhood competition, with a $2,000 award up for grabs for the neighbourhood that makes the most significant progress. “The programme is a way for you and your neighbours to come together and explore way...

Kāpiti students enjoy new shared path

Tuesday 03 May 2016

Kāpiti students are among the many residents to benefit from a safer shared cycleway with improved access. Paraparaumu College students now have a new direct access point to the Mazengarb Road shared path that starts right in front of their school. The...

Surveys show Kāpiti pools remain popular with residents

Friday 22 Apr 2016

Kāpiti Coast pool users have given the Council’s aquatics team an almost perfect mark for friendliness and helpfulness, according to recent survey results. The customer satisfaction survey sought the views of more than 300 Kāpiti residents on the...

Council responds to storm damage with network improvements

Friday 22 Apr 2016

An upgrade of Kāpiti District’s stormwater network has begun, helping ensure it safely transports flood waters to the sea and other waterways into the future. A network review was sparked by widespread damage from last year’s May/June storms, which...

Kāpiti residents encouraged to continue recycling plastic bags

Wednesday 20 Apr 2016

We're advising residents to continue bundling different types of recyclables using plastic bags if they wish, while encouraging them to choose reusable bags as much as possible. Due to international market conditions plastic bags from Kāpiti are...

Algae spotted in Kāpiti present elsewhere

Thursday 14 Apr 2016

  UPDATE: April 18 The toxic algae spotted in Kāpiti is more than likely to be present at a number streams, ponds and drains in the district. Council is reminding people to take care when walking their dogs on surrounding pathways and tracks. When in...

Coastlands Aquatic Centre slide

Thursday 14 Apr 2016

W ork on replacing Coastlands Aquatic Centre’s hydroslide balustrade is finished and the slide is operational. The slide has been out of action since February 15 due to a failed glass balustrade, which meant the stairs to the slide could not be used fo...

Community groups receive creative grants

Monday 11 Apr 2016

More than $20,000 has been given to a dozen groups and individuals to undertake a wide variety of creative projects to be enjoyed by Kāpiti residents this year. The Creative Communities Scheme grants committee considered 13 applications and granted a...

Council again a finalist in 2016 EECA awards

Friday 08 Apr 2016

The council has been listed as a finalist in this year’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) awards after a double win two years ago. The judges commended the council for continuing to invest in energy efficiency and for showing on-goin...

River recharge scheme gets top rating from regional council

Thursday 07 Apr 2016

The Council’s river recharge scheme has been given the highest rating for compliance by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC). The GWRC compliance report called the Council’s management of the scheme “outstanding” and the team involved...

Get involved in this year's Youth Festival!

Thursday 24 Mar 2016

There is still time to get involved in Kāpiti Coast’s annual Youth Festival in two weeks’ time. Young locals can participate by performing on stage, registering for skate and beach soccer competitions, volunteering and/or having a stall in the pop-up...

Feedback from Ōtaki youth shape basketball court’s location

Thursday 24 Mar 2016

Council will be building a basketball court at Haruatai Park this year following feedback from the town’s young people. Ōtaki Community Board approved a keyhole-sized or half-court basketball facility to be built on the lower level of the park at its...

New design for ‘Welcome to Waikanae’ state highway signs

Monday 21 Mar 2016

The winning design for new ‘Welcome to Waikanae’ signs, to be placed on SH1, has been announced! Wes Nielsen from Paraparaumu Beach won the competition with his wooden design which incorporates features of Waikanae and the wider Kāpiti District. The...

Work to begin on clearing Blue Bluff slip

Friday 18 Mar 2016

Work will soon begin to restore road access to private property and popular recreational facilities within the Tararua Forest Park.   Contractors are expected to begin work to clear and stabilise a large slip on the Ōtaki Gorge Road at Blue Bluff withi...

Kāpiti residents could face a lower than projected rates rise

Friday 18 Mar 2016

Kāpiti residents could benefit from a lower than projected rates rise this year after councillors worked to reduce spending during deliberations on the 2016-17 Annual Plan. The average rates rise across the district for the 2016-17 year was projected i...

Two council-owned buildings identified as potentially earthquake-prone

Thursday 17 Mar 2016

An assessment of seven council-owned buildings in Kāpiti has identified two in Ōtaki that are potentially earthquake-prone.  They are the Ōtaki Civic Theatre and Ōtaki Museum, both in Main Street. Being potentially earthquake-prone doesn’t mean a...

Council monitoring toxic algae in Awatea Lagoons

Tuesday 15 Mar 2016

Update: Council is continuing to monitor the toxic algae in Awatea Lagoons. Last night’s rain washed away some of the growth but there are still some sites where the algae is noticeable. Council staff assessed the lagoons today and are reminding people...

River Recharge in use

Monday 14 Mar 2016

Waikanae River continued to drop into the weekend and at 9am Saturday morning the  river recharge scheme was started. We have been using it since to top up the river so we can continue to supply treated river water to the Waikanae Paraparaumu and Rauma...

Great response to ‘Welcome to Waikanae’ sign competition

Monday 14 Mar 2016

The Waikanae Community Board received more than a hundred entries for its ‘Welcome to Waikanae’ sign competition. A total of 117 designs for new signs were received with 87 of these from Waikanae school pupils. The winning design will be used for new S...

Work starts on shared cycleway/walkway on Mazengarb Road

Friday 11 Mar 2016

Work has begun on the first stage of a  new shared path on Mazengarb Road that will connect to the new shared cycleway beside the Kāpiti Expressway. It is the first of a network of off-road links being developed by the council under the Stride N’ Ride...

Kāpiti school students make a splash at inter-school swimming sports

Thursday 10 Mar 2016

Kāpiti school children made a splash at the Coastland Aquatics Centre this week at the annual inter-school swimming sports.  More than 300 children from 12 primary schools took part in a series of swimming events on Tuesday [8 March]. Recreation Servic...

Kāpiti Coast District Council saddened by death of Ōtaki Community Board member Colin Pearce

Wednesday 09 Mar 2016

Kāpiti Coast District Council is remembering the service and commitment of Ōtaki Community Board member Colin Pearce, who has passed following a battle with cancer.  Ōtaki Community Board chair James Cootes says Mr Pearce was elected to the Board in...

Youth Festival bigger and better!

Tuesday 08 Mar 2016

This year’s Kāpiti Youth Festival, hosted by young people for young people, will offer a bigger line-up of activities and more opportunities for youth to get involved behind the scenes and on the stage. The festival celebrates what it is to be a young...

Further submissions invited on urban trees

Friday 04 Mar 2016

Further submissions are being invited on new rules for the protection of trees in urban areas of Kāpiti. A total of 34 submissions were received when the Council notified the Urban Tree Variation (UTV) to the Proposed District Plan (PDP) in November. T...

Celebrate our district’s green spaces during Parks' Week

Friday 26 Feb 2016

Parks Week, coming up in March, will celebrate the important role green spaces play in contributing to the health of our communities.  From 5-13 March, events will be held in different parts of the country to celebrate the week. In Kāpiti, activities...

Kāpiti residents get ready to celebrate neighbours

Wednesday 24 Feb 2016

This year’s Neighbours’ Day celebration in Kāpiti focuses on community spirit, resilience and sustainable living. The annual event supporting neighbours to connect with their community is being celebrated again in Kāpiti over the weekend of 19 and 20...

Council urges people to stay clear of Blue Bluff slip

Monday 22 Feb 2016

Council is urging people to keep well away from the slip site at Blue Bluff on Ōtaki Gorge Road, 13km inland from SH1, following reports of people crossing the site over the weekend. A large amount of rocks and soil came off the bank on Friday night...

Fresh slip at Blue Bluff, Ōtaki Gorge Road

Saturday 20 Feb 2016

A significant amount of debris came down the slip-prone bank at Blue Bluff onto Ōtaki Gorge Road (13km inland from SH1) last night as a result of recent heavy rain. No people or vehicles were in the area at the time. Council staff and contractors are...

Council appoints specialists to assess building performance for earthquake loadings

Friday 19 Feb 2016

Council is engaging structural specialists to assess the seismic performance of approximately 1500 buildings in the district. Consultants from Opus and Beca have been selected to commence the assessments in the next few weeks following a request for...

Kāpiti trio to receive bravery awards

Friday 19 Feb 2016

Three Kāpiti heroes, who worked as a team to save the life of a cyclist trapped by floodwaters in the Waikanae River, are to be recognised for their bravery at a ceremony on Wednesday 24 February. Kāpiti Mayor Ross Church will present the awards on...

Maclean Park duck pond to remain empty

Thursday 18 Feb 2016

The pond at Maclean Park in Paraparaumu Beach will remain empty for the foreseeable future as the Council considers options for the space. Kāpiti Coast District Council drained the duck pond as a precaution over Waitangi weekend after an oily substance...

Second series of self-publishing workshops on offer in Kāpiti

Monday 15 Feb 2016

A second series of self-publishing workshops is on offer at Paraparaumu Library this month. Kāpiti Coast District Libraries is giving budding writers another opportunity to learn how to become independent authors following the success of a self-publish...

Kāpiti residents get behind the handle bars for Go By Bike Day

Wednesday 10 Feb 2016

A resurgence in cycling was celebrated by Kāpiti bike riders today with a free breakfast for the annual Go by Bike Day . More than a hundred Kāpiti residents joined in the national cycling event this morning (Wednesday 10 February) by swapping their ca...

Thousands head to Waitangi Day commemorations

Tuesday 09 Feb 2016

Several thousand people joined in the Waitangi  Day commemorations at Whakarongotai Marae in Waikanae on Saturday. The event kicked off with a powhiri and speeches by Koro Don Te Maipi and Mayor Ross Church along with Hohepa Potini, George Jenkins, And...

Maclean Park duck pond temporarily closed

Monday 08 Feb 2016

The duck pond in Maclean Park was drained and taped-off over the weekend after an oily substance appeared in the water. Council’s Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says it appears bitumen used to recently seal the pond, in an attempt to make it...

Funding approved for three iconic Kāpiti events

Friday 05 Feb 2016

The Council has approved one-off funding for three significant events to be held in Kāpiti this year.  The grants were approved today by the Environment and Community Development Committee. The recipients were the Ōtaki Kite Festival , which got $8,000...

Join in this year’s Waitangi Day commemorations

Wednesday 13 Jan 2016

Waitangi Day 2016 commemorations, hosted by local iwi Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai in partnership with council, will give people the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a New Zealander - past, present and future. The free event will be held on...

Councillor Diane Ammundsen awarded Queen's Service Medal in New Year's Honours

Monday 11 Jan 2016

Councillor Diane Ammundsen has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal in the New Year’s Honours List. Mayor Ross Church says the award is well deserved. “Anyone who knows Diane will know she has devoted her life to this community.  She has served  as a...