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Responsibility for old SH1 transferred to Kāpiti Coast District Council
Responsibility for old SH1 transferred to Kāpiti Coast District Council
22 April 2024 | Work updates
Responsibility for old SH1 transferred to Kāpiti Coast District Council
NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) Waka Kotahi has today handed over responsibility for the old State Highway 1 (SH1) between Poplar Avenue (Raumati) and Peka Peka to the Kāpiti Coast District...
Council creating temporary pop-up space in Waikanae
Council creating temporary pop-up space in Waikanae
22 April 2024 | Your Council
Council creating temporary pop-up space in Waikanae
A temporary pop-up space for businesses and community activities is being created on a Waikanae Main Road property owned by Kāpiti Coast District Council. Councillor Liz Koh said Council wanted the...
City Nature Challenge back for 2024
City Nature Challenge back for 2024
19 April 2024 | Get involved
City Nature Challenge back for 2024
After a successful outing last year, the City Nature Challenge is back in Kāpiti for 2024. The City Nature Challenge is an annual international event that encourages people around the world to find...
Where oh where do my Council rates go?
Where oh where do my Council rates go?
17 April 2024 | Your Council
Where oh where do my Council rates go?
If someone asked you what your rates pay for, you’d probably be able to name a few things, like maintaining roads and footpaths, fixing leaky pipes, mowing reserves, and looking after pools,...
Rainbows now a sign of pride in Paekākāriki
Rainbows now a sign of pride in Paekākāriki
12 April 2024 | Our community
Rainbows now a sign of pride in Paekākāriki
Kāpiti Coast District Council and Paekākāriki Community Board are proud to showcase the new rainbow signs that were installed at Campbell Park earlier this month. Kāpiti Coast District Mayor Janet...
New speed limits coming to Kāpiti school zones
New speed limits coming to Kāpiti school zones
12 April 2024 | Your Council
New speed limits coming to Kāpiti school zones
Kāpiti Coast District Council says new variable 30km/h speed limits around 13 Kāpiti schools will be up and running by June.  Installation of new 30km/h variable speed limit signs will begin in April...
Join us in building a stronger and more resilient Kāpiti
Join us in building a stronger and more resilient Kāpiti
09 April 2024 | Get involved
Join us in building a stronger and more resilient Kāpiti
Have you had your say on our proposed Long-term Plan 2024–34? Every three years, we review our Long-term Plan (LTP), which lays out the mahi (work) we plan to do over the next 10 years and how we’ll...
Kāpiti Coast District Council responds to Māori wards announcement
Kāpiti Coast District Council responds to Māori wards announcement
05 April 2024 | Your Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council responds to Māori wards announcement
Council is considering the implications of local government minister Simeon Brown’s announcement around a proposed Bill to restore binding polls on Māori ward decisions for Kāpiti Coast District...
Community Grants open for applications
Community Grants open for applications
05 April 2024 | Your Council
Community Grants open for applications
Kāpiti Coast District Council’s community grants fund is open for applications. The grants support community-based projects, programmes, and events that provide positive social outcomes for people...
Historic Paraparaumu North Beach tree reaches the end of its life
Historic Paraparaumu North Beach tree reaches the end of its life
05 April 2024 | Work updates
Historic Paraparaumu North Beach tree reaches the end of its life
Kāpiti Coast District Council has made the sad decision to fell a notable macrocarpa tree that has been a feature of the Paraparaumu North Beach skyline for generations.  The century-old macrocarpa in...
Kāpiti Coast District Anzac Day Services 2024
Kāpiti Coast District Anzac Day Services 2024
05 April 2024 | Our community
Kāpiti Coast District Anzac Day Services 2024
Lest we forget. Please join us on Thursday 25 April and support our RSAs in remembering those New Zealand and Australian soldiers who bravely served together to defend Aotearoa New...
Paraparaumu Transport Hub now part open
Paraparaumu Transport Hub now part open
04 April 2024 | Work updates
Paraparaumu Transport Hub now part open
Access between the Paraparaumu train station and retail areas got better today with the opening of a new pedestrian crossing and part of the new transport hub plaza, reports the Kāpiti Coast District...
Council consults on bold proposals to reduce debt
Council consults on bold proposals to reduce debt
28 March 2024 | Your Council
Council consults on bold proposals to reduce debt
Kāpiti Coast District Council released its Long-term Plan consultation document today and is seeking community feedback on bold proposals to actively reduce debt and build resilience without...
Council commits to join Local Water Done Well regional kōrero
Council commits to join Local Water Done Well regional kōrero
28 March 2024 | Your Council
Council commits to join Local Water Done Well regional kōrero
Kāpiti Coast District Council has agreed to collaborate with other councils in the Wellington region to explore options for a joint water services delivery plan. Mayor Janet Holborow says working...
Toxic algae warning for Waikanae River at old State Highway 1
Toxic algae warning for Waikanae River at old State Highway 1
28 March 2024 | Your Council
Toxic algae warning for Waikanae River at old State Highway 1
A red alert level warning for toxic algae is in place for the Waikanae River at the old State Highway 1, Kāpiti. Toxic algae, or cyanobacteria, is harmful to humans and lethal for dogs if...
Mayors Taskforce for Jobs comes to Kāpiti
Mayors Taskforce for Jobs comes to Kāpiti
26 March 2024 | Your Council
Mayors Taskforce for Jobs comes to Kāpiti
A first cohort of Kāpiti youth have taken steps towards employment through the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs programme. Kāpiti Coast District Council has received funding from the Mayors Taskforce for...
Council to consider consultation document for Long-term Plan
Council to consider consultation document for Long-term Plan
22 March 2024 | Your Council
Council to consider consultation document for Long-term Plan
Kāpiti Coast District Council is to consider a draft consultation document for its Long-term Plan 2024-34 on Thursday (28 March). If adopted, formal consultation on the Long-term Plan (LTP) will start...
Tuatara a loss but business potential remains
Tuatara a loss but business potential remains
22 March 2024 | Your Council
Tuatara a loss but business potential remains
In the wake of news that one of Wellington’s oldest craft breweries will leave Kāpiti later this year to join the Brewtown hub, Kāpiti Coast Mayor Janet Holborow says she is optimistic about the...
Council calls for feedback on new health strategy
Council calls for feedback on new health strategy
18 March 2024 | Get involved
Council calls for feedback on new health strategy
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is seeking feedback on its new health strategy, with consultation open until 20 April. The proposed health strategy will strengthen Council’s existing public health...
Haere mai - new community space open!
Haere mai - new community space open!
18 March 2024 | Your Council
Haere mai - new community space open!
Everyone’s welcome to visit the vibrant and interactive hub developed by the community for the community which opened this week, reports the Kāpiti Coast District Council. The ‘Meanwhile Space’ is...
No fishy business in our parks and reserves
No fishy business in our parks and reserves
15 March 2024 | Your Council
No fishy business in our parks and reserves
Kāpiti Coast District Council have recently detected invasive fish species in our lakes.  Council Environment and Ecological Services team lead Andy McKay says the discovery of dead tench in Kotuku...
Kāpiti Coast District Council first district council to be an accredited Living Wage Employer
Kāpiti Coast District Council first district council to be an accredited Living Wage Employer
15 March 2024 | Your Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council first district council to be an accredited Living Wage Employer
Kāpiti Coast District Council is now an accredited Living Wage employer, the first district council in New Zealand to achieve the milestone. After a long process Council received accreditation from...
Walking the talk – are you prepared for a long walk home in an emergency?
Walking the talk – are you prepared for a long walk home in an emergency?
12 March 2024 | Our community
Walking the talk – are you prepared for a long walk home in an emergency?
One of our staff, Sarah, took part in the Long Walk Home - a long-distance challenge walk from Wellington City to Mana, Porirua (30 kilometres), organised by Wellington Region Emergency Management...
Kia hiwa rā! Māori Economic Development Fund open for applications
Kia hiwa rā! Māori Economic Development Fund open for applications
07 March 2024 | Our community
Kia hiwa rā! Māori Economic Development Fund open for applications
Kāpiti Coast District Council invites Kāpiti whānau, hapū, iwi, ngā mātāwaka and Māori businesses to apply to the Māori Economic Development Fund which is now open. The contestable fund has $65,000...
Council battery recycling trial extended to Ōtaki Library
Council battery recycling trial extended to Ōtaki Library
06 March 2024 | Your Council
Council battery recycling trial extended to Ōtaki Library
The success of a recycling trial for household batteries at Paraparaumu Library has prompted Kāpiti Coast District Council to extend the trial to Ōtaki. Waste projects manager Robbie Stillwell said...
Do the right thing with rubbish
Do the right thing with rubbish
05 March 2024 | Hot tip
Do the right thing with rubbish
Fly-tipping. Littering. Illegal rubbish dumping. Whatever you call it, it’s not great for a bunch of reasons – it pollutes the environment, spoils our shared spaces, can be dangerous for people and...
How would you like to be represented, Kāpiti?
How would you like to be represented, Kāpiti?
04 March 2024 | Get involved
How would you like to be represented, Kāpiti?
Following the decision to establish a Māori ward in November last year, Kāpiti Coast District Council is seeking feedback to help inform future representation arrangements. Kāpiti Coast District Mayor...
Local artists sought for Kāpiti Coast Art Trail 2024
Local artists sought for Kāpiti Coast Art Trail 2024
29 February 2024 | Get involved
Local artists sought for Kāpiti Coast Art Trail 2024
It’s that time again! We’re looking for local artists who would like to be part of our iconic Kāpiti Coast Art Trail in 2024, held over the first two weekends in November. Kāpiti Coast District...
Council to set up Affordable Housing Trust
Council to set up Affordable Housing Trust
29 February 2024 | Your Council
Council to set up Affordable Housing Trust
Kāpiti Coast District Council is to set up an independent charitable trust to develop and run additional affordable housing options in the district. Mayor Janet Holborow said councillors today...
Growing community togetherness through Over the Fence Cuppas
Growing community togetherness through Over the Fence Cuppas
29 February 2024 | Get involved
Growing community togetherness through Over the Fence Cuppas
If you’ve met Monique Engelen, Principal Policy Advisor with the Sustainability & Resilience team, it will come as no surprise that she has been co-hosting Over the Fence Cuppas with her neighbour...
New book blossoms from community writing workshops
New book blossoms from community writing workshops
27 February 2024 | Our community
New book blossoms from community writing workshops
A book of memories and reflections written during community writing workshops has been published. Kāpiti resident Angela Robertson has run Write Your Story workshops over the last four years,...
Parks Week
Parks Week
23 February 2024 | Your council
Parks Week
Parks Week focuses on the how spending time in our parks and open spaces positively influences our wellbeing. Here on the Kāpiti Coast we're renowned for our stunning parks, from tranquil river tracks...
Popular Movies in the Park kicks off Parks Week in Kāpiti
Popular Movies in the Park kicks off Parks Week in Kāpiti
23 February 2024 | Our community
Popular Movies in the Park kicks off Parks Week in Kāpiti
Kāpiti Coast District Council is kicking off Parks Week with their popular Movies in the Park on Saturday 2 March** at Waikanae Park from 4pm. **Due to rain, this event has been postponed to 16...
Affordable housing matters to Kapiti
Affordable housing matters to Kapiti
16 February 2024 | Your Council
Affordable housing matters to Kapiti
Access to suitable and affordable housing is pivotal to one of Kāpiti Coast District Council’s core long-term goals – a resilient community that feels safe and connected and has support for basic...
Suspected avian botulism cases in birds in Waimanu Lagoons
Suspected avian botulism cases in birds in Waimanu Lagoons
15 February 2024 | Our community
Suspected avian botulism cases in birds in Waimanu Lagoons
A number of dead waterfowl have been removed from Waimanu Lagoons, Waikanae. It’s suspected that avian botulism, a disease that causes paralysis and death in birds and fish, is the cause of the...
Maclean Park upgrade – the end of an era signals the beginning of a better park for all
Maclean Park upgrade – the end of an era signals the beginning of a better park for all
14 February 2024 | Work updates
Maclean Park upgrade – the end of an era signals the beginning of a better park for all
Following 18 months of engagement, design and planning, construction of the refreshed skatepark and installation of the new amenity block at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu will begin in March reports...
Designer appointed for new Waikanae Community Hub
Designer appointed for new Waikanae Community Hub
14 February 2024 | Work updates
Designer appointed for new Waikanae Community Hub
Following a competitive tender process, Kāpiti Coast District Council has appointed Studio Pacific as architect for the new Waikanae Community Hub. “Studio Pacific’s commitment and track record of...
Accessible car parking and cycle parks assured
Accessible car parking and cycle parks assured
09 February 2024 | Work updates
Accessible car parking and cycle parks assured
We are making changes to the district plan to ensure accessible car parking for people with mobility permits and cycle parking will continue to be provided in new developments.
Creative Communities Scheme funding round opening
Creative Communities Scheme funding round opening
02 February 2024 | Get involved
Creative Communities Scheme funding round opening
Kāpiti creatives and festival organisers are invited to apply for funds to support their projects. Kāpiti Coast District Council has grant funding available through the Creative Communities Scheme to...
Growing Together with Over the Fence Cuppas
Growing Together with Over the Fence Cuppas
02 February 2024 | Get involved
Growing Together with Over the Fence Cuppas
Kāpiti Coast District Council are encouraging community-minded people to host Over the Fence Cuppa events with their neighbours this March. Kāpiti Coast District Mayor Janet Holborow says that...
Waitangi Commemoration event for our Kapiti Coast Community
Waitangi Commemoration event for our Kapiti Coast Community
30 January 2024 | Events
Waitangi Commemoration event for our Kapiti Coast Community
Waitangi commemorations, hosted by the Whakarongotai Marae Trustees under the rangatiratanga of their local iwi Te Āti Awa in partnership with Kāpiti Coast District Council, will be held on Saturday 3...
Stormwater outfall being replaced on Paekākāriki beach
Stormwater outfall being replaced on Paekākāriki beach
24 January 2024 | Work updates
Stormwater outfall being replaced on Paekākāriki beach
A stormwater outfall on the beach near Beach Road, Paekākāriki will be replaced in mid-February, reports Kāpiti Coast District Council. Sean Mallon, Council’s Group Manager – Infrastructure, says the...
Kāpiti residents enjoy a summer free of water restrictions
Kāpiti residents enjoy a summer free of water restrictions
18 January 2024 | Your council
Kāpiti residents enjoy a summer free of water restrictions
While parts of the Wellington Region are facing water woes, Kāpiti Coast residents are enjoying a water-restriction-free summer thanks to sound investment in the district’s water infrastructure and...
Drainage work to complete Mazengarb Reserve field upgrade
Drainage work to complete Mazengarb Reserve field upgrade
15 January 2024 | Work updates
Drainage work to complete Mazengarb Reserve field upgrade
Work to complete an upgrade to the drainage system at the Mazengarb Reserve playing fields is kicking off this week to future proof the surface for many years of sporting endeavour. Half of the field...
No changes to household kerbside recycling in Kāpiti
No changes to household kerbside recycling in Kāpiti
11 January 2024 | Your council
No changes to household kerbside recycling in Kāpiti
The Ministry for the Environment is standardising the items that can be collected for kerbside recycling across Aotearoa New Zealand – for Kāpiti this means no changes. Kāpiti Coast District Council...
Call for concept designs for Maclean Park public art installation
Call for concept designs for Maclean Park public art installation
09 January 2024 | Our community
Call for concept designs for Maclean Park public art installation
The Kāpiti Coast District Council invites local artists to submit their ideas for a temporary public artwork commission as part of the Maclean Park upgrades. The artwork will be installed on the new...
Explore hidden Waikanae Beach these summer holidays
Explore hidden Waikanae Beach these summer holidays
06 January 2024 | Our community
Explore hidden Waikanae Beach these summer holidays
We all know and love summer in Waikanae Beach! From lazy days on the sand to summer ice creams (or fish and chips) under the macrocarpas looking at Kāpiti Island, and the awesome cafe culture, retro...