What's On

2015

Council and police team up to keep beaches safe

Friday 18 Dec 2015

The Council and police are working together this summer to help keep our beaches safe. Environmental Standards Manager Nick Fowler says the organisations are teaming up to ensure beach users are aware of rules in place to ensure the safety of the publi...

Strengthening work underway at Ōtaki Pool

Friday 18 Dec 2015

Some earthquake-strengthening work has been taking place at the Ōtaki pool over the last two days. Council is replacing bolts in the bracing structure and taking the solar panels off the roof to increase the building’s earthquake resilience. There has...

Ōtaki Gorge Road closed due to slip

Tuesday 15 Dec 2015

Update - 27 January 2016 We are working with consultants on viable long-term options to restore public access to the popular Ōtaki Forks area, which was closed just before Christmas because of the danger of a major slip.  Ōtaki Gorge Road was closed at...

Kāpiti youth recognised with Shout Out Awards

Friday 11 Dec 2015

The ‘ Shout Out  Awards’ paid tribute to a number of young people in Kāpiti who have made a real difference in their communities. Mayor Ross Church presented the fourth annual Shout Out Awards, open to 12-24 year olds, to the winners of nine different...

Design a new 'Welcome to Waikanae' sign!

Thursday 10 Dec 2015

The Waikanae Community Board is running a competition for the design of a new sign to replace the current ‘Welcome to Waikanae’ signs on SH1. Waikanae Community Board chair Eric Gregory said the current signs are past their best and don’t reflect what...

School students march for road safety

Monday 07 Dec 2015

Kāpiti school students paraded through Paraparaumu today celebrating the hard work they’ve put into keeping roads safe around their schools.  Nearly 280 students from 10 schools between Ōtaki and Raumati took part in the Orange Day School Patrol Parade...

Council launches events plan to stimulate local economy

Friday 04 Dec 2015

An events plan accelerating economic development in Kāpiti will be kicking off next year. Kāpiti Coast District Council Environment and Community Development committee has approved a new events plan aimed at stimulating economic development in the...

Coastlands Aquatic Centre a winner

Thursday 26 Nov 2015

Coastlands Aquatic Centre is an outstanding facility – and that’s official! The pool has been awarded this year’s New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) Outstanding Pool Award. The award recognises the excellence, innovation and effectiveness of poo...

Appointment to Paekākāriki Community Board

Thursday 26 Nov 2015

The Paekākāriki Community Board has filled its vacancy created by the resignation of member Jack McDonald in October. At a meeting earlier this week, the board appointed Emily Boonan to the role of board member for the remainder of the 2013-16 trienniu...

Work on Paekākāriki stormwater pipe on hold

Wednesday 25 Nov 2015

With the main upgrade work on a Paekākāriki stormwater pipe completed in July, the Kāpiti Coast District Council has decided further, non-critical parts of the project will remain on hold for now. The council immediately stopped work on the stormwater...

Kerbside recycling coming to Nikau Valley

Tuesday 24 Nov 2015

Residents in Nikau Valley will soon be able to put their recycling out at the kerbside for collection. Three operators - Waste Management, Envirowaste and Low Cost Bins - will start kerbside recycling services in December as follows. Waste Management i...

Renaming of Barry Hadfield Nikau Reserve

Friday 20 Nov 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council staff, elected members, iwi and the family of Barry Hadfield came together for the renaming of a Kāpiti reserve in honour of the former mayor. Council unanimously supported renaming Nikau Reserve, which is half a kilometre...

Speed limit change on Kāpiti Road

Friday 20 Nov 2015

The speed limit on Kāpiti Road from Arko Place to Hurley Road will be reduced from 70km/h to 50 km/h from Monday 30 November. This change has been approved by the council due to: the potential danger of having a short section of road allowing 70 km/hr...

Stride N' Ride cycleway improvements underway

Tuesday 17 Nov 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council has begun work to connect Greater Wellington’s new Te Ara O Whareroa cycleway through Queen Elizabeth Park to the local road network – kicking off the estimated $5million Stride N’ Ride package of cycleway improvements...

Work to get underway on Paraparaumu Escarpment

Monday 16 Nov 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council is starting work on the Paraparaumu Escarpment this week as part of the on-going management of the historically slip-prone slope. The escarpment, which is east of the North Island Main Trunk rail corridor and south of Epih...

Kāpiti WW1 soldiers remembered with field of crosses

Wednesday 11 Nov 2015

11 November 2015 About 100 people turned up for the Field of Remembrance ceremony today, Armistice Day, to commemorate the Kāpiti soldiers who died during World War 1. The field, opposite the Coastlands Aquatic Centre, comprises 100 wooden crosses...

Submissions close on urban trees

Wednesday 11 Nov 2015

A total of 34 submissions have been received from members of the public to the new rules for the protection of trees in urban areas of Kāpiti. Under the Urban Tree Variation to the Proposed District Plan (PDP), which had legal effect from 4 September,...

Arts Trail popular with locals and visitors

Monday 09 Nov 2015

The second weekend of the Kāpiti Arts Trail was as popular as the first, with locals and people from outside the district visiting more than 100 artists who participated in the event. “I loved the arts trail and the two-weekend format worked well by al...

Waikanae Pool's family fun day a splash!

Monday 09 Nov 2015

Waikanae Pool’s family fun day has proved a splash with the community. More than 200 people turned out to the Waikanae Pool’s community event to mark the start of the outdoor summer swim season on Saturday 7 November. The facility, which has a large...

Zeal Kāpiti youth development facility finds a home

Thursday 05 Nov 2015

A home has been found for the new youth development centre. The $1 million, multi-functional facility is to be located next to Pak'nSave at 130 Rimu Road. The site, previously used as storage for Pak’nSave, is within the Coastlands precinct and close t...

Progress is made on Paraparaumu and Waikanae Town Centres

Wednesday 04 Nov 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council is continuing its programme to transform the Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centres by going out to tender for technical services to develop the designs. Council agreed to the ‘achievable’ programme for the transformation o...

Field of Remembrance launch

Wednesday 04 Nov 2015

A Field of Remembrance commemorating the centenary of Kāpiti soldiers who died during World War 1 will be opened on Armistice Day, next Wednesday 11 November. A hundred wooden crosses will be placed in the field, opposite the Coastlands Aquatic Centre,...

Arts Trail's first weekend successful!

Monday 02 Nov 2015

Artist Lydia McAllister talks to sisters Margo (left) and Sue Mitchell. Hundreds of locals and visitors to the district were out and about at the Kāpiti Arts Trail over the weekend. “We’re really pleased with the way the first weekend went,” says Leean...

Council report shows a positive year

Thursday 29 Oct 2015

Council has adopted the 2014-15 annual report which shows the Council to be in good health. The annual report is a key accountability document for reporting on Council’s performance. Acting Mayor Mike Cardiff said 2014-15 was a positive year. “We...

Kāpiti Coast District Council receives international award

Thursday 29 Oct 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council has received an international award from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) for the Kāpiti Town Centres and Connectors Transformation project. The Encouragement Award was presented jointly to...

Count down to Arts Trail

Monday 26 Oct 2015

There’s only a week to go until the 2015 Kāpiti Arts Trail is underway. “It’s gearing up to a great event and the fact it’s being held over two weekends for the first time - 31 October/1 November and 7/8 November - will give people more time to get...

Explore Kāpiti during Arts Trail weekends

Monday 26 Oct 2015

Explore all the Kāpiti Coast has to offer during the Kāpiti Arts Trail on 31 October/1 November and 7/8 November. “This is the 15 th arts trail we’ve run and the event, which showcases the diverse range of art we have in the district, has always been a...

Acting Mayor challenges regional councillor over facts on water

Thursday 22 Oct 2015

Acting Mayor Mike Cardiff says he is dismayed about incorrect information being publicly distributed by Kāpiti Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson about the River Recharge Scheme. Councillor Wilson stated in a media interview yesterday that the River...

Commissioners appointed to PDP hearings panel

Friday 16 Oct 2015

The Council has agreed the final composition of the panel which will make decisions on submissions to the Proposed District Plan (PDP) for the Kāpiti Coast District. Deputy Mayor Mike Cardiff and Councillor Diane Ammundsen, chair of the Regulatory...

Moving about Kāpiti on mobility scooters

Thursday 15 Oct 2015

Our staff aim to go the extra distance to understand community concerns. So it was that three volunteers from our roading and road safety teams climbed astride mobility scooters to experience first-hand the obstacle course regular riders often face in...

Council ‘delighted’ with glowing building accreditation audit

Friday 09 Oct 2015

The Council has passed a review of its accreditation as a Building Consent Authority with flying colours. Auditors from International Accreditation New Zealand’s (IANZ) who undertook the two-yearly review said Kāpiti is in the top group of the Building...

Kāpiti Mayoress Vicki Church

Friday 09 Oct 2015

Acting Mayor Mike Cardiff has thanked the community for their messages of condolence on the death of Kāpiti Mayoress, Vicki Church, nee McCarthy.  Vicki died in Wellington Hospital early this morning after a two-year battle with cancer.  “Kāpiti is a...

Youth Development Centre a step closer

Thursday 01 Oct 2015

A youth development centre for Kāpiti is closer to becoming a reality after the Council signed a contract with the Zeal Education Trust this week.  Zeal, an Incorporated Charitable Trust which runs youth centres in Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland, wi...

Business commentator coming to town

Wednesday 23 Sep 2015

High-profile business journalist Rod Oram is coming to Ōtaki to talk about the place the town has in the worldwide energy revolution. Council is a proud supporter of the event and Energise Ōtaki, the community initiative to make the Greater Ōtaki area ...

Post Office boxes to stay in Raumati

Monday 21 Sep 2015

The post office boxes associated with the old PostShop in Raumati Village are to stay. New Zealand Post has announced that from Thursday 1 October the Raumati Village Four Square in Margaret Road will also run the PO Box Lobby across the road next to t...

Council aims for harmony in district and regional planning

Friday 18 Sep 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council is seeking to cut duplication between regional and district planning rules, plug gaps and harmonise positions so that people find it easier to do business with both councils. It also wants the Greater Wellington Regional...

Kiosk lease finalised

Friday 18 Sep 2015

Council yesterday formally signed off the future use of the kiosk in Maclean Park Paraparaumu. Council’s Environment and Community Development Committee (ECD) approved a recommendation from the Paraparaumu Community Board that the lease be given to A...

Community groups receive creative grants

Friday 18 Sep 2015

Thirteen Kāpiti groups and individuals will undertake a wide variety of creative projects this year, thanks to receiving Creative Communities Scheme grants. The Committee considered 17 applications and granted a total of $19,188 to the 13 successful...

Tenant secured for old Ōtaki courthouse

Thursday 17 Sep 2015

The historic courthouse building in Main Road (SH1) Ōtaki is to become a local arts centre. Council’s Environment and Community Development Committee has approved a recommendation from the Ōtaki Community Board that the heritage building be leased to t...

Council commences building earthquake safety assessment

Monday 14 Sep 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council is taking the first step in its programme to assess the earthquake safety of about 1500 buildings in the district. Council plans to assess all commercial, industrial and school buildings over the next five years. Residenti...

Survey shows residents are more satisfied with council performance

Wednesday 09 Sep 2015

Results from a recent survey of residents show Kāpiti Coast residents are more satisfied with the council’s performance than last year. The independent survey, which sought the views of a sample of Kāpiti residents, took place in June 2015. The results...

Winners of libraries’ poetry competition featured in eBook

Wednesday 02 Sep 2015

Rhymesters and writers from Kāpiti are featured in the libraries’ newly launched poetry anthology. Kāpiti Coast District Libraries released its third poetry collection at an open mic night at the Paraparaumu Library recently. The event celebrated...

Paekākāriki seawall upgrade gets green light

Tuesday 01 Sep 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council has given the go ahead for detailed design work and the resource consent application process to proceed on the Paekākāriki seawall upgrade. The upgrade, which is a major initiative included in council’s long term plan...

Community feedback shapes representation review in Kāpiti

Tuesday 01 Sep 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council has agreed to amend the Waikanae Ward boundaries following community feedback received as part of its representation review. The council has adopted a final proposal largely maintaining the current electoral arrangements i...

Tree protections eased, trimming rules made simpler

Friday 28 Aug 2015

Council has confirmed that only the most significant indigenous trees will be protected in urban areas of Kāpiti from 4 September 2015, and that property owners will have much more freedom to trim protected trees without the need for a resource consent...

Code of conduct complaints not upheld

Thursday 27 Aug 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council today declined to uphold 10 code of conduct complaints against elected members. The council considered complaints made against the Mayor, councillors Michael Scott, Murray Bell, Penny Gaylor, Janet Holborow, Diane Ammundse...

Waikanae takes out New Zealand’s most beautiful town

Monday 24 Aug 2015

It’s official - Waikanae is New Zealand’s most beautiful large town. Waikanae is the winner of this year’s ‘Beautiful Towns and Cities Award – Most Beautiful Large Town 5,000 to 20,000’, which is part of the Keep NZ Beautiful awards programme. Mayor Ro...

Commemorative train trip captivates crowds

Monday 24 Aug 2015

The Passchendaele steam train, commemorating New Zealand soldiers who died on the Gallipoli Peninsula in the battle of Chunuk Bair (World War 1), was a huge success at the weekend. About 250 people took part in the Council’s train trip from Paekākāriki...

Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ to celebrate poetry

Friday 21 Aug 2015

Wordsmiths in Kāpiti will mark National Poetry Day at the Paraparaumu Library next week by sharing their latest stanzas. Kāpiti Coast District Libraries is hosting an open mic poetry reading on Friday 28 August to celebrate National Poetry Day and also...

Council showcases activities to address climate change

Thursday 20 Aug 2015

Council showcased some of the activities it has in place to tackle climate change, conserve water and help the environment yesterday. Labour MP and Spokesperson for the Environment & Climate Change, Megan Woods, joined Councillor Penny Gaylor...

Youth centre development

Monday 17 Aug 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council has unanimously agreed to select Zeal Education Trust (Zeal) as the provider of Kāpiti’s Youth Development Centre and associated services. The Youth Development Centre is one of the major projects in council’s FutureKāpiti...

Kāpiti school students gives sport a go at Junior Winter Tournament

Friday 14 Aug 2015

Aspiring All Blacks, All Whites and Silver Ferns turned out in force to give sport a go in Kāpiti this week. More than 870 children from 10 schools took to Te Ātiawa park and courts, Mazengarb Reserve and Kapiti Sports Turf in Paraparaumu for the annua...

Civic & Community Awards recognise local volunteers

Friday 14 Aug 2015

Volunteer groups and individuals have been honoured for their dedication to the community with civic, mayoral and community awards. At a function in the Paraparaumu Golf Club, four Civic Awards and one Mayoral Award were presented by Mayor Ross Church....

Blanket rules on tree protections to be removed

Tuesday 11 Aug 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council today decided to remove blanket rules protecting trees in urban areas of Kāpiti from 4 September -- instead protecting only the most significant indigenous trees, and introducing new rules that permit trimming of protected...

Water Treatment Plant open day a success

Monday 10 Aug 2015

Lots of people turned up to the Waikanae Water Treatment Plant open day on Saturday to check out recent improvements to the plant, the new River Recharge Scheme and how water is treated. The 1970s-built treatment plant was open to the public who were...

Ōtaki Gorge Rd closed due to unstable banks

Sunday 30 Aug 2015

Update Saturday 29 August Blue Bluff on Ōtaki Gorge Road has opened to light traffic only. The slip material at Blue Bluff will be cleared by late afternoon and the road will be passable.  We will likely be there again on Monday and a stop/go in place....

Paekākāriki School and Te Horo Schools win libraries’ annual Mastermind Competition

Friday 07 Aug 2015

School-aged literature lovers were in Waikanae today vying for top spot in this year’s Mastermind Competition. More than 40 of the district’s most well-read school children filled the Waikanae Baptist Church for Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’...

Kāpiti Coast District Council to negotiate Maclean Park Kiosk tenancy

Tuesday 04 Aug 2015

​ The next steps in the tenancy negotiations for the Maclean Park Kiosk are now underway. Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Environment and Community Development Committee (ECD) has approved starting negotiations with the Kiosk Community Collective (KCC)...

Treatment Plant open day

Monday 03 Aug 2015

We’re having an open day at the Waikanae Water Treatment Plant this Saturday 8 August from 1-3.30pm. Come and see: the improvements we’ve made to the plant how we treat water to make it safe to drink lab staff checking water for bugs our new River...

School-aged bookworms line up for Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ annual Mastermind Competition

Friday 31 Jul 2015

School-aged literature lovers in Kāpiti will be lining up for the libraries’ Mastermind Competition next week. Kāpiti Coast District Libraries is running its annual competition, starting Monday, where some of the district’s most well-read schoolchildre...

Update on Wainui Stream in Paekākāriki

Thursday 30 Jul 2015

Thursday 6 August update: Testing of samples we sent to Hills Laborartory, Hamilton, last week for independent testing were not able to detect any signs of any hydrocarbons up or downstream of the discharge point. Any odour at the site has dissipated I...

Concern over cars parked on footpaths

Tuesday 28 Jul 2015

Council is concerned about people jeopardising the safety and accessibility of some footpaths by parking their cars on them. “We’ve had a number of complaints lately about this issue,” Council’s Group Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon says....

Council submits bid for ultra-fast broadband in Kāpiti

Friday 24 Jul 2015

Council has submitted its bid to the Ministry of Busines s Innovation and Employment for the second stage of t he government’s ultra-fast broadband rollout. This follows the government indicating there is money available to increase coverage throughout...

Kāpiti Coast District Council welcomes legislation

Tuesday 21 Jul 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council is pleased that legislation to fix an anomaly in rules around setting speed limits was today introduced to Parliament. The legislation is a result of concerns the council raised with NZ Police around the validity of its ow...

Public art panel – council representation

Friday 17 Jul 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council today agreed to discharge Cr Jackie Elliott as a member of its Public Art Panel. The council agreed to appoint Deputy Mayor Cr Mike Cardiff to the panel for the remainder of the 2013-2016 triennium. The panel is made up of...

Decision made on Maclean Park Kiosk

Thursday 16 Jul 2015

At this week’s meeting of the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board, the Board accepted the recommendations of the panel evaluating the future occupation and use of the kiosk building at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach. The panel unanimously recommended...

Community event for Matariki

Wednesday 15 Jul 2015

Te Puāwaitanga o Ngā Kākano, a group of young people focused on developing Maori youth in Kāpiti, will be running a community event this Saturday 18 July to celebrate Matariki. The event, held at Ngā Purapura in Ōtaki from 1-5pm, will include live...

Mayor Ross Church welcomes Capital Connection reprieve

Wednesday 01 Jul 2015

Kāpiti Coast Mayor Ross Church has warmly welcomed news the Capital Connection rail service has been saved. "Kiwirail's announcement that it will keep the Capital Connection running for another three years is great news for all the Kāpiti Coast commute...

Kāpiti Coast District Council urges moderation for driftwood gathering

Tuesday 30 Jun 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council is urging driftwood gatherers to go easy collecting chunks of timber from the beach. Following the recent flood an increased amount of driftwood has washed up along the Kāpiti coastline. Council has received reports of...

New town centres, cycleways - future bright for Kāpiti, says Mayor

Monday 29 Jun 2015

Two significant funding decisions this week have given certainty to the development of local townships and the expansion of cycleways throughout Kāpiti. Council’s adoption of the Long Term Plan (LTP) has given the go-ahead for the modernisation of...

Beautifying Waikanae’s southern entrance

Friday 26 Jun 2015

A planting project beautifying the southern entrance to Waikanae is taking root. The Waikanae Community Board is investing about $5000 in enhancing the town’s southern entrance by planting more than 250 flowers and shrubs. Waikanae Community Board...

Plan for next 20 years gets green light

Thursday 25 Jun 2015

Council adopted the 2015 Long Term Plan (LTP) today after a new, simplified process of community consultation that Mayor Ross Church says proved extremely effective. “We are very confident our community has been heard and that the vision outlined in th...

Feedback sought on Kāpiti Coast’s representation review

Tuesday 23 Jun 2015

An amendment to the Waikanae Ward boundary is the major change put out for public consultation under the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s representation review . As part of a six-yearly review of electoral arrangements in Kāpiti the council considered a...

Kāpiti weathers second storm in little over a month

Sunday 21 Jun 2015

Kāpiti is drying out after the second extreme weather event in just over a month Heavy rain on Friday and Saturday caused widespread flooding, particularly in the north of the district, causing slips, closing rural roads and, for a time, State Highway ...

New stormwater pump station for Ōtaki

Thursday 18 Jun 2015

The approval of a new stormwater pump station for Ōtaki by Council today will be welcome news for flood-prone areas of the town. The existing stormwater network serving the Moana Road catchment area in Ōtaki Beach is under capacity and, as a result,...

Waikanae Community Board change

Wednesday 17 Jun 2015

Jill Lloyd was sworn into office as a member of the Waikanae Community Board last night. Mrs Lloyd was the successful candidate in a by-election last month.  The seat became vacant in February when former board chair Michael Scott was elected as the...

Kāpiti knitters celebrates World Wide Knit in Public Day

Tuesday 16 Jun 2015

Keen Kāpiti knitters have been spinning some yarns at the Paraparaumu Library. Kāpiti Coast District Libraries celebrated World Wide Knit in Public Day at the weekend by hosting a group knitting session. The sound of click-clacking needles filled the...

Celebrating sustainable action in Paekākāriki

Monday 15 Jun 2015

A group of Paekākāriki residents held a finale event at the weekend to celebrate their year of achievements in making their community more sustainable. Paekākāriki Greener Neighbourhoods groups from Tilley Road and Ocean Square were joined by council...

Engagement on Proposed District Plan begins

Monday 15 Jun 2015

The journey of the Proposed District Plan (PDP) for the Kāpiti Coast reaches a new milestone today when Council releases the Submitter Engagement Version of the PDP . The District Plan needs to be updated and the PDP will be the foundation document for...

Council to consult on protection of urban trees

Monday 15 Jun 2015

A change to the Resource Management Act has triggered a process which requires the Council to change the way it describes trees protected under the Proposed District Plan (PDP). The changes will be made through an Urban Tree Variation (UTV), which is a...

Changes at Kāpiti libraries

Monday 15 Jun 2015

A new learning centre is coming to Paraparaumu Library. Kāpiti Coast District Libraries and Arts Manager Leeann Morgan says the centre will offer the opportunity for people to find out more about digital resources, as well as providing access to new...

New pedestrian rail crossing at Paekākāriki officially opened

Friday 12 Jun 2015

Paekākāriki residents joined former community board member Betty Perkins today to officially open a new safer rail crossing for pedestrians that has been named after Betty.  The upgraded crossing, linking Tilley Road to State Highway 1, was funded by...

Legal highs policy adopted

Thursday 11 Jun 2015

After an intense and at times emotional two hour debate council today adopted a policy to restrict the sale of psychoactive substances (legal highs) in Kāpiti. The policy will ensure that 99.9% of the district will be protected from any future retail...

Kāpiti Mayor welcomes decision to rethink amalgamation

Tuesday 09 Jun 2015

Kāpiti Mayor Ross Church says he welcomes the announcement by the Local Government Commission that it is scrapping a proposal for a Wellington Super City.  The commission announced it has abandoned the idea of merging the nine local bodies in the regio...

Beach clean-up after flood

Monday 08 Jun 2015

The large amount of rubbish washed up on the beach after the recent storms drove Raumati Beach residents into action. The post-flood beach clean-up was organised by residents from Goldsborough Ave, Gabriel Street and Nugget Grove, a local ‘Greener...

Council agrees shape of long term plan

Friday 05 Jun 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council has agreed the final shape of its 2015-35 long term plan (LTP), which sets the direction for council activities and projects for the next 20 years, focusing particularly on the next three. The plan can now be finalised,...

Field of crosses to commemorate World War 1

Thursday 04 Jun 2015

Council is constructing a Field of Remembrance to commemorate Kāpiti soldiers who died in battles during World War 1 (WW1). One hundred white crosses, made by Ōtaki Menzshed, will be installed on the grass area behind the Paraparaumu Bridge Club on Bre...

Opening of upgraded Water Treatment Plant & new River Recharge Scheme

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Significant milestones were marked at the Waikanae Water Treatment Plant this morning, with the opening of the upgraded plant and the newly-constructed River Recharge Scheme. These two projects are the result of years of discussions, consultation,...

Waikanae Community Board by-election

Wednesday 27 May 2015

A Waikanae resident has won the Waikanae Community Board by-election. Jill Lloyd won the by-election ahead of three other candidates Donald Carter, Geoffrey Churchman and Jeremy Seamark. The by-election was required after previous Board Chair Michael...

Council to continue fight against legal highs

Tuesday 26 May 2015

Council will vote on a policy to restrict the sale of psychoactive substances (legal highs) in Kāpiti on 11 June 2015. Meanwhile it will continue to lobby central government to ban the sale of legal highs, which is not possible under current law.   At...

Fee changes for recycling TVs and computer monitors

Monday 25 May 2015

Gate fees for recycling televisions and other CRT monitors at the district’s resource recovery facilities will increase next month. The gate fees for recycling these items at the Otaihanga and Ōtaki facilities will go up from $10 to $20 per unit from 1...

Update on Kāpiti facilities

Thursday 21 May 2015

The clean-up work is still happening throughout the district following the May 14 -15 floods in Kāpiti. Track repairs Work is under way (weather permitting) to clean up the network of Kāpiti walking and cycling tracks in the wake of last week’s floods....

Council agrees to delay decision on Harry Shaw Way

Tuesday 05 May 2015

Residents of Harry Shaw Way in Raumati have succeeded in getting council to delay making a decision on whether to revoke the reserve status of a vacant section in their street. Several residents addressed council meeting and asked that the reserve stat...

LEGO® town centre points to future Paraparaumu

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Ever wondered what Paraparaumu town centre might look like in 20 years?  Wonder no more. The 2035 Paraparaumu town centre is on display now at Coastlands. You’ll see a new community centre complete with second storey and sports hall with solar power. ...

Mayor praises community effort during/after flooding

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Mayor Ross Church says the flooding brought out the best in the Kāpiti community. "Never have I felt so proud as Mayor to see the way our community pulled together to face this crisis. From emergency services, welfare agencies, council staff and...

Council coordinates huge clean up after flood

Wednesday 20 May 2015

The rain may have stopped but the clean-up work in the wake of flooding in Kāpiti has continued over the weekend. Council staff and contractors have been working most of the weekend, pumping out the worst effected homes, clearing slips, checking...

Council chief executive Pat Dougherty reappointed for a further five years

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council today reappointed chief executive Pat Dougherty for a further five-year term.   Mr Dougherty’s previous contract was due to expire in August, seven years after he first took up the position.  This was the maximum term...

Kāpiti has highest usage of eBooks in Australasia

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Kāpiti residents read more eBooks than anywhere else in Australasia! “Three weeks after launching our new Axis360 ebook collection, we found out Kāpiti libraries have the highest usage in Australasia regardless of population size,” says Leeann Morgan,...

Youth Development Centre for Kāpiti a step closer

Tuesday 12 May 2015

A youth centre for Kāpiti came a step closer today with the Environmental and Community Development Committee (ECD) approving a recommended business model to proceed with. A report to the committee detailed the results of an extensive investigation by ...

Mayor says solution close to hand on Raumati postal services

Monday 11 May 2015

Mayor Ross Church says NZ Post has indicated it is “confident” an interim solution has been found to keep postal services in Raumati Village after 22 May.

Thousands of eBooks now offered at libraries

Friday 08 May 2015

Our district libraries are now offering one of the largest, per capita, ebook collections in the country.

New road maintenance contract could save $1.5 million

Friday 08 May 2015

A new three-year contract for maintenance of Kāpiti District roads, approved today by Council, could save the district around $1.5 million.

Website changes

Friday 08 May 2015

You’ve probably noticed our website has a different look!

Thousands of ebooks now offered at libraries

Tuesday 05 May 2015

Our district libraries are now offering one of the largest, per capita, ebook collections in the country. Teaming up with supplier Baker & Taylor and their innovative Axis 360 Digital Media Library, the libraries now have access to more than 4,000 free...

Council urges region’s support for Capital Connection and public transport

Tuesday 05 May 2015

The Kāpiti District wants the Greater Wellington Regional Council to commit funding support to enable the Capital Connection train service to be retained. Mayor Ross Church says this is a main recommendation contained in the Council’s submission to the...

New Group Manager for Regulatory Services appointed

Tuesday 05 May 2015

Kāpiti Coast District Council has announced the appointment of Kevin Currie to the role of Group Manager Regulatory Services. Kevin brings to the role significant leadership and management experience in local and central government, with an emphasis on...

New safer rail crossing for Paekakariki residents

Wednesday 01 Apr 2015

Paekākāriki residents are making good use of a new, safer rail crossing for pedestrians from Tilley Road to State Highway 1. The upgraded crossing was funded by Council and built by Kiwi Rail after longstanding requests from the Paekākāriki Community...

Safety improvements to Otaihanga Road intersection with Greendale Drive

Wednesday 01 Apr 2015

Work will begin this week on improving visibility around the intersection of Otaihanga Road and Greendale Drive. Trees will be removed, the bank excavated and a gabion basket wall constructed on Otaihanga Road so motorists and cyclists coming out of...

Lego fans work on futuristic town centre

Tuesday 24 Feb 2015

Kāpiti Lego fans of all ages are working together to build a futuristic model of the Paraparaumu Town Centre for the Sustainable Home and Garden Show. Using their skills and imagination, the builders are attempting to show how the town centre might loo...

Water supply now 100% bore water

Friday 27 Feb 2015

Friday 27 Feb 2015 The water supply for Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati is now 100% bore water due to low Waikanae River levels. “Without enough rain, we can no longer use river water for the time being,” says Council’s Water & Wastewater Treatment...

Kāpiti economy outshines region and most of NZ

Thursday 19 Mar 2015

Kāpiti has outstripped the region and the country as a whole in terms of its economic performance over the last year, setting the base for future growth in the district. Details on the Annual Economic Profile for Kāpiti, provided to Council’s Environme...

Council proposes 4.2% rates increase for 2015/16

Friday 27 Feb 2015

Council has agreed to seek the community's views on a proposed rates increase of 4.2% for 2015/16 and a proposed average rates increase of 3.3% over the next 20 years. This would mean an average rates increase of $2 a week, which is less than the cost ...

Expressions of Interest sought for the old Otaki Court House Building

Friday 27 Feb 2015

Council invites Expressions of Interest to lease the old Ōtaki Court House Building from 1 July 2015 when the Otaki i-SITE, which currently occupies it, closes. Consideration will be given to organisations and individuals who propose activities that:...

Mayor gets behind Parks Week

Thursday 05 Mar 2015

Next week is Parks Week, the week we celebrate our community's green spaces. Parks Week, which runs from 7 to 15 March, is an international celebration of the important role parks play in contributing to the health of our communities. To celebrate the...

Nearly half of Wellington Region’s household food waste is edible

Wednesday 11 Mar 2015

Kāpiti residents have been asked to ’fess up to the amount of perfectly good food they are throwing into their bins. A recent study by WasteNot Consulting reveals that the average family in the Wellington Region throws away $599 worth of edible food pe...

Youth Fest welcomes Drax to the Coast!

Thursday 05 Mar 2015

Kāpiti Coast young people are in for a treat at this year’s Youth Fest with Wellington band Drax Project featuring at the annual event. Youth Fest, now in its fifth year, is a free event organised by Kāpiti Coast Youth Council and will take place on...

WAITANGI DAY COMMEMORATIONS

Tuesday 03 Feb 2015

Don’t miss the Waitangi Day commemorations this Friday 6 February! The event, co-hosted by Ngāti Toarangatatira and Kāpiti Coast District Council, will be held at Queen Elizabeth Park from 10am with a powhiri followed by lots of entertainment and...

MacLean Park kiosk has short term tenant

Monday 09 Feb 2015

Council’s Environment and Community Development Committee (ECD) has unanimously agreed to allow a company that runs tours to Kāpiti Island to rent the MacLean Park kiosk for the rest of the summer. Kapiti Island Nature Tours (KINT) requested the...

Swimming lessons save lives

Tuesday 20 Jan 2015

In statistics released this week, Water Safety New Zealand reported 90 fatal drownings in 2014 compared with 107 in 2013. The organisation is pleased to see the numbers coming down but is still aiming for zero. Water Safety New Zealand CEO Matt Claridg...

Economic Development Strategy released

Friday 09 Jan 2015

A new Economic Development Strategy aimed at sparking greater growth and prosperity in Kāpiti has been released. The strategy was developed by the Economic Development Working party, comprising representatives of the business community, Māori/Iwi,...

Improved information services to replace Otaki i-SITE

Thursday 15 Jan 2015

Council is working with the Ōtaki community to ensure residents and visitors still get the information services they need when the town’s i-SITE, located in the old court house building, closes at the end of June 2015. The decision to close the i-SITE...

Young Kāpiti photographer wins Council competition

Monday 09 Feb 2015

Mayor Ross Church recently presented young Kāpiti photographer Grace Simmonds with a $200 box of local gourmet food products as the winner of Council’s #lovekapiti photo competition. The competition, run on Council’s Facebook page, attracted 147 entrie...

Mayor announces pay adjustment for Chief Executive

Tuesday 24 Feb 2015

Mayor Ross Church confirms that Council has increased the Chief Executive’s remuneration, following the annual performance review process. This takes account of factors such as Council’s obligations as a good employer, current remuneration, tenure in t...

Council backs proposed technology expo

Tuesday 24 Feb 2015

Council's Corporate Business Committee (CBC) has agreed to contribute $10,000 towards a digital technology expo to be held in Kāpiti in June. Council will become a gold sponsor for the 3-day event "Showcasing the Art of the Possible”, which will focus ...

Help commemorate Kiwi soldiers who died at Gallipoli

Monday 16 Feb 2015

Our district libraries are commemorating the 2,721 Kiwi soldiers who died at Gallipoli in World War I by having the same number of poppies handmade by the community. The finished poppies will be displayed in Kāpiti libraries. Currently, 2,000 poppies...

Ōtaki Gorge slip repairs start 11 February

Tuesday 10 Feb 2015

Repairs to the slip at the notorious Devil's Elbow bend of Ōtaki Gorge Road are to begin next Wednesday 11 February 2015. The dropout is situated about 10km from State Highway 1 and occurred after heavy rains just before Christmas. Contractors will dri...

'Paws in the park' event!

Friday 13 Feb 2015

Bring your dog down to Queen Elizabeth Park next Sunday 22 February for a walk with other dog lovers and their pooches! Paws in the Park is designed to showcase the many great ‘dog friendly’ open spaces located across the region. Starting in Upper Hutt...