Parks Week 2020
Parks Week is an annual international celebration celebrating the important role parks play – for people, communities, and the natural environment, encouraging greater use of parks, celebrating the contribution that volunteers make to parks and promoting healthy parks and healthy people message.
We love our parks so much we dedicate a whole week to them each year to celebrate the role they play in keeping our communities and natural environment healthy.
Whether you use your local park to take your dog for a walk, have a play in the playground, get your daily fitness kick, play some sport or quite simply take some time out, parks have many benefits and play an integral role in the wellbeing of active communities.
The Kāpiti Coast is home to many great open spaces for our community to enjoy. It's important that we value and look after our parks so everybody can enjoy and make the most of them.
Events on during Parks Week 2020
Each day during Parks Week we profile and hold events at our great parks
Rongoā Mai, Rongoā Atu
Kaitawa Reserve, Paraparaumu
Monday 9 March
Nau mai haere mai! Sharlene Maoate-Davis & Hemaima Wiremu from The Rongoā Collective of the ART Confederation will take us on Walkshop. Rongoā Māori or traditional Māori wellness and healing draws upon nature including creation stories, incantations, plant medicine and body work which are only but a few of the healing practices passed down over many generations. You’re welcome to bring a snack to share at the end.
No bookings required, just turn up
It’s a Dog’s Life
Ōtaki Dog Park, Aotaki St,
Monday 9 March
Does your furry friend know about the Ōtaki Dog Park? It is full of permanent agility equipment for your dog to enjoy off-leash. Enjoy a summer’s evening with your pooch and family at the park with give-aways and doggy related stalls, and a free sausage sizzle.
Puti Puti in the Park
Queen Elizabeth Park, Tilley Road entrance
Tuesday 10 March
Nau mai haere mai! Join Te Rau O Te Rangi weaver’s collective for a relaxed introduction to raranga (flax weaving).
We’ll meet at the Paekākāriki Weaving Whare at Queen Elizabeth Park, at the northern end of Tilley Road. The collective will take the group through basic tikanga (customs) of harvesting harakeke including a short walk to a pa harakeke, before a hands-on weaving session learning how to weave a puti puti (flowers) or bracelet.
Bookings essential. If wet, we will postpone to the same time on Tuesday 17 March
Mayoral walk – Otaraua Park
Otaraua Park, Otaihanga
Wednesday 11 March
We’re celebrating Parks Week 2020! Join us for a guided walk around areas not normally accessible to the public with Mayor K Gurunathan and Biodiversity expert Rob Cross. Learn more about what is existing as well as what is planned for the future in our region’s newest park.
Followed by nibbles while enjoying a summers evening in one of our beautiful parks.
Yoga in the Park
Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach
Thursday 12 March
We’re celebrating Parks Weeks 2020 with gentle Yoga in the Park. Connect with nature and stretch out the body and mind. Join us for Yoga with Zuri from Z Health. Enjoy the complimentary session in one of our beautiful seaside parks.
This session is suitable for all abilities, no experience necessary. Bring a yoga mat if you have one or a beach towel. No bookings required, just turn up.
Tai Chi in the Park
Mahara Place, Waikanae
Friday 13 March
Join us for a free session learning about the art of Tai Chi in one of Kāpiti’s beautiful open spaces. This 1 hour session is suitable for all abilities. No bookings required, just turn up in comfortable clothes.
Park to Path
Otaraua Park, Otaihanga
Sunday 15 March
We’re celebrating parks Week 2020 by getting out of our living rooms and into the great Kāpiti outdoors. This is a free, all-ages 10km, 6km and 1km walk and run. Its open to all the whanau and tops off our celebration of Parks Week 2020. Start and finish at Otaraua Park in Lancelot Grove (Otaihanga).
Did you know
- We maintain more than 500 hectares of parks and sports grounds
- Almost 80 kilometres of walkways, cycleways, and horse riding paths are managed by us at the Council