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Council’s careful management nets surplus

Thursday 14 Aug 2014

A $2.6 million budgeted deficit has become a $3.7 million surplus, thanks to Council’s careful approach to reducing debt and managing its operating costs.

Civic and community awards honour Kāpiti volunteers

Friday 15 Aug 2014

Kāpiti individuals and groups who have done outstanding voluntary work in the community were honoured with civic, community and mayoral awards yesterday. At the awards night held at Paraparaumu Golf Club, Mayor Ross Church talked about the enormous...

'Greener Neighbourhoods' has lift off!

Tuesday 19 Aug 2014

The first round of Greener Neighbourhoods got underway on Sunday with past and present participants keener than ever to share ideas and grow more resilient communities. A round of introductions kicked things off as participants shared their names and...

Raumati off-licence application goes to hearing

Monday 28 Jul 2014

An application to turn a Raumati Beach grocery and cellar shop into a bottle store will be considered by a formal hearing convened by the Kāpiti Coast District Licensing Committee, at which objectors will have a full opportunity to voice their concerns...

Beam me up Scotty!

Friday 08 Aug 2014

Council is donating a 1970s control panel from its Water Treatment Plant in Kapiti which would not look out of place on the US Starship Enterprise from the original Star Trek television series.

Exhibition of Kapiti artists opens in Wellington

Wednesday 13 Aug 2014

An exhibition featuring 41 Kapiti artists, showcasing their work in one gallery for the first time, is now open in Wellington.

Waikanae Town Centre transformation gains traction

Monday 25 Aug 2014

Draft concept ideas for the transformation of Waikanae town centre have generated another 220 comments with the feedback period open until Monday 1 September. The latest comments were received during the recent open day attended by around 300, who came...

Coastal hazard areas to be withdrawn

Thursday 02 Oct 2014

The withdrawal of contentious coastal hazard provisions from the Proposed District Plan (PDP) moved towards its final stages today. Council's Regulatory Management Committee (RMC) endorsed arrangements to withdraw provisions relating to not just coasta...

Funding the arts in Kapiti

Friday 10 Oct 2014

Sixteen Kāpiti organisations and individuals have been granted funding for arts projects from the Creative Communities Grant Scheme. The Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kapiti Chamber Choir, Kakano Films, Otaki Pottery Club, Otaki Village Promotions Group,...

Council grants RSA $10,000 for WW1 commemoration work

Friday 10 Oct 2014

Council has approved a one-off grant of $10,000 to help Paraparaumu RSA & Community Club raise community awareness of and participation in the district’s World War One (WW1) centenary commemorations. A national programme of events is taking place betwe...

Paraparaumu town centre transformation takes shape

Thursday 04 Sep 2014

Exciting ideas are coming through from the community for transforming Paraparaumu town centre says Kapiti Mayor Ross Church.

Power poles removed on Kapiti Road

Tuesday 09 Sep 2014

The new streamlined look of Kāpiti Road became apparent this week as the last of six power poles on the northern side of the road was removed. After the poles were lifted out of the ground, equipment at the top of each one was dismantled before being...

Water invoicing to start soon

Monday 22 Sep 2014

Ratepayers in Ōtaki and most of Waikanae will be sent their first water invoices at the end of September. The district has been divided into three areas for water meter reading and invoicing.  Initial invoices will not cover a full three-month period...

Council Eco Design Service receives innovation award

Wednesday 30 Apr 2014

Council’s Eco Design Advice service has won a national Innovation Award. The award was given to the seven local authorities that offer eco design advice - providing free energy, water and materials related advice for designers/architects, builders and...

Council decides fate of tui sculpture

Friday 09 May 2014

Council has decided the controversial tui sculpture, taken down from its Paraparaumu Beach site in 2012, be sold through an appropriate public sales process. The steel sculpture attracted adverse publicity when it was discovered the man who built it,...

Driving on beaches dangerous and irresponsible

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Police and Council are concerned people driving on the beach irresponsibly are putting the safety of other beach users at risk. Driving is prohibited on beaches near residential areas (see map below), with an exception only for vehicles launching or...

Community survey on sale of alcohol under way

Thursday 13 Mar 2014

A survey to find out what people think should be included in a policy to govern the sale of alcohol in Kāpiti will be under way in the community from Friday 14 March. This is part of the research to develop a draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) for Kāpiti...

Record numbers at Sustainable Home & Garden Show

Monday 24 Mar 2014

Around 9,000 people turned up to the “best ever” Kapiti Sustainable Home & Garden Show at the weekend.

Bore water is treated and safe to drink

Monday 14 Apr 2014

Bore water, which has supplemented the water supply for Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati in recent weeks, goes through the same treatment process as river water before it comes out of our taps. As of Monday 14 April, the amount of bore water being use...

Wanted: A ‘blueprint’ for Waikanae Town Centre

Monday 12 May 2014

Anyone interested in being part of creating a vibrant, welcoming town centre for Waikanae is invited to an open day this Saturday, from 10am-2pm at Waikanae Library. The Community Board/Council-run event aims to get the community involved in developing...

Ideas sought for Paraparaumu Town Centre and Kapiti Road

Monday 16 Jun 2014

What do you think a future Paraparaumu town centre could look like? How can we make it more attractive to visitors and people who live there? Come and share your views at an open day on Saturday 28 June, from 10am-2pm at Paraparaumu Library. This...

Community Supports Move Forward on PDP

Thursday 24 Jul 2014

Council today chose the way forward on the Proposed District Plan (PDP), embracing an option which allows it to engage closely with submitters to resolve issues, while withdrawing contentious coastal hazard provisions. This is 'Option 4' of those...

Waikanae Town Centre transformation a step closer

Friday 25 Jul 2014

Ideas for how Waikanae town centre might be in future are starting to take shape. Council has given the green light for draft concept ideas and options to be circulated back to the community for comment in August. The concepts are based on community...

Civic Building wins second award

Thursday 22 May 2014

Kāpiti Coast’s upgraded Civic Building has won silver at the 2014 Master Builder’s New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. Construction company Armstrong Downes Commercial was presented with the silver award last Friday night for its work in transformin...

Double win for Council at national energy awards

Friday 30 May 2014

Council won double honours at Wednesday night’s 2014 Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) awards for its proactive approach to energy that has halved its CO 2 emissions and strongly engaged the community.   Deputy Mayor Mike Cardiff and...

Water Detective Agency signs up 1800 students

Friday 06 Jun 2014

An initiative to teach students about water conservation has already signed up 1800 students as Water Use Detectives. Council’s Water Conservation Educator and primary school teacher, Natalie Stone has visited nine schools so far targeting year 5-8...

Paraparaumu’s $8m roading package tops regional transport list

Monday 08 Dec 2014

Two Kāpiti projects are included in 16 transport priorities for Wellington region, with an $8 million package of improvements to local roads in Paraparaumu at the top and the Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressway also on the list. Greater Wellington Regional...

Flooding across the Kapiti District

Wednesday 10 Dec 2014

Metservice is stating that the worst of the weather in Kāpiti is over with rain easing and river levels dropping. Just 1.2mm of rain is predicted to fall between 3-6pm today, compared with about 32mm between 10am-12pm earlier when the rain was at its...

Receding floodwaters

Thursday 11 Dec 2014

Floodwaters in different parts of the district have receded and all roads are now clear. The Howarth Block and Otaihanga Domain are open. Take care of rivers and streams which are still running high. Inspection and cleanup of Paekakariki Hill, Akataraw...

Boat safety training at the Aquatic Centre

Friday 28 Nov 2014

Coastlands Aquatic Centre swimming instructors learned all about safe boating this week and will pass these skills onto the community. Julia Bryant of Coastguard Boating Education spent a morning training the instructors on boat safety equipment and ho...

School patrols march for road safety

Monday 01 Dec 2014

Kāpiti school patrols took to the streets today to celebrate the hard work they’ve put into keeping roads safe around their schools. Starting off at Coastlands Aquatic Centre, the patrols from eight primary schools marched past the Civic Building and...

Shout Out awards recognise Kapiti youth

Friday 05 Dec 2014

The outstanding talent, commitment and generosity of young people in Kāpiti were recognised at last night’s Shout Out Youth Awards held in the Council Chambers.   Mayor Ross Church presented awards to the winners in nine wide-ranging categories open to...

Find local sports activities via Council database

Thursday 11 Dec 2014

Looking to join a sports club? Or wanting to make it easier for people to find out about your club?   Council is currently updating its sports and recreation database which directs people to different clubs and the key contacts…all in one click! Mark...

Dog at centre of long court battle to be euthanased

Tuesday 16 Dec 2014

Mayor Ross Church has confirmed that the dog at the centre of a two-year Court battle after being seized by the Council is to be euthanased today. American Staffordshire Terrier-Great Dane Cross Beau has been held in the Council Pound while his owner...

Take care on Otaki Gorge Road

Monday 22 Dec 2014

A slip on the upper stretches of Ōtaki Gorge Road will reduce traffic to a single lane during the Christmas and New Year period. The dropout is at the notorious Devil's Elbow bend of the road, about 10km from State Highway 1. Council’s Network Contract...

Water Invoices for Waikanae and Paraparaumu Residents

Wednesday 24 Dec 2014

Council will be sending out second water invoices for Waikanae and Paraparaumu Beach residents around 9 January instead of early January in consideration of the Christmas/New Year break and people being away. Payment is due 30 days from the date invoic...

Council adopts Reserve Management Plan

Thursday 11 Dec 2014

The Council has adopted a draft reserve management plan for Otaihanga’s 60-hectare park and made a decision on what to call it.  During consultation, the public was asked what name they thought the reserve should be given and what they thought of the...

Mayor and Chief Executive disgusted by threats over dog

Monday 15 Dec 2014

Mayor Ross Church says he is sickened by threats targeted at Council staff relating to a court-ordered destruction of a dog. Council has had to increase security around facilities and staff over the weekend after threatening comments were posted on...

More time for say on legal high sales

Tuesday 16 Dec 2014

The public consultation period for the Local Approved Products Policy (LAPP) has been extended to Wednesday 18 February next year. Council resolved on Thursday to extend the submission period after a recommendation from the Paraparaumu/Raumati Communit...

Appointments for pre-lodgement of building consents

Tuesday 04 Nov 2014

People will be able to book appointments to discuss their building consents with Council staff from 10 November.   Sharon Foss, Council’s Group Manager Regulatory Services says this move is in response from customers saying they would appreciate being...

Black Sticks preparing for matches in Kapiti

Tuesday 04 Nov 2014

Black Sticks player Jacob Smith is looking forward to meeting Japan at the Kapiti Sports Turf. The Black Sticks Men are training hard for their upcoming matches against Japan in Wellington and Kāpiti later this month. “We’re really looking forward to...

Coastlands Aquatic Centre closing for four days

Friday 07 Nov 2014

Coastlands Aquatic Centre will be closed to the public for four days from Tuesday 18 November while changing room floors are resurfaced to make them less slippery.    The floor tiles will be covered with the same product that is on the surface...

Council contributes $10k to Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Thursday 16 Oct 2014

Council is contributing $10,000 to the running of the Sportsperson of the Year Awards in May 2015. This is the ninth year for the awards and, as in previous years, they will be organised by the Lions Club of Kāpiti. “These awards recognise the great...

New Youth Council formed

Friday 17 Oct 2014

The Youth Council, which advocates for Kāpiti Coast's young people, has just finished its annual recruitment drive and welcomed some keen new members on board. Eleven new Youth Council members have joined eight members who are returning for another yea...

Lego movie for cyclists gathers fans

Monday 03 Nov 2014

Council's Jake Roos with the Lego model display at Paraparaumu Library. Have you caught sight of Spiderman hanging from the side of a building in Te Roto Drive, giving an upside-down kiss to Mary Jane? … or the skeleton horse pulling a carriage into th...

By-election to fill vacancy in Waikanae Ward

Monday 17 Nov 2014

Council will hold a by-election on 17 February 2015 to fill a vacancy in the Waikanae Ward created by Councillor Tony Lloyd’s recent passing. Under section 117 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the death of an elected member creates an extraordinary...

Maclean Park kiosk reopens

Tuesday 25 Nov 2014

The Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach kiosk damaged by fire a year ago will reopen this Saturday 29 November. The building has been fully restored following a community call for it to be saved and the occasion will be marked with an open day from 9am to ...

Town Centres concept priorities agreed

Thursday 27 Nov 2014

High level concepts for improving public spaces as part of the Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centre transformations have been ranked to reflect their priority.  This will be taken into account along with other factors such as affordability, flexibility...

Pathway for Proposed District Plan decided

Thursday 27 Nov 2014

Council today confirmed that it will go with “Option 4” of those suggested by the Independent Review of the Proposed District Plan (PDP), setting the pathway ahead for the PDP process over the next few years. Option 4 allows the wealth of submissions...

Community preparing for international hockey matches

Monday 17 Nov 2014

The Kapiti Sports Turf is gearing up for this week’s hockey matches between the Black Sticks Men and Japan. Installation of seating, donated by Safe Scaffolding, started late last week and will be ready in time for the matches this Friday (7pm) and...


Friday 21 Nov 2014

Black Sticks players sign shirts at the Kapiti Sports Turf. The Black Sticks Men’s hockey team arrived in Kāpiti yesterday, a day ahead of their matches against Japan tonight and tomorrow night. The two teams met in Wellington earlier in the week with...


Monday 24 Nov 2014

The Black Sticks Men were victorious against Japan’s national hockey team in the four-match series held in Wellington and Kāpiti this week. The fourth match held last night at the Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf ended in a 3-3 tie. The Black Sticks won t...