New global base for Celtic fiddler

International touring Celtic fiddler Gillian Boucher is now based from Waikanae Beach.

A shift to Waikanae Beach has been serendipitous for international musician Gillian Boucher, who has found new direction here.

Alternate educators win Wellingtonian award

Wellingtonian of the Year Youth Award 2015 winners  Lucy Carver and Skye Chadwick with their mentor Doris Zuur.

Two young women who offer young people an alternative to mainstream education which values developing relationships over imparting information have been named Wellingtonian of the Year Youth Award winners.

Slices of happiness rewarded

Nicole Murray, left, and Marie Fitzpatrick have won a Kiwibank Local Hero award for setting up a baking charity that delivers homemade goods to people in need.

Two Wellingtonians have won a Local Hero award for delivering home baking to people going through a rough time.

Kapiti Expressway turns two video

Kapiti Expressway family day a walk around the site at Kapiti Rd bridge, off Te Roto Drive, Paraparaumu.
Te Roto Drive, off Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu Coast Wellington

Construction of the Kapiti Expressway has reached the two-year mark.

Christchurch flights to end

Air New Zealand is dropping flights between Christchurch and Kapiti.

Air NZ cuts flights between Christchurch and Kapiti, but adds more Kapiti to Auckland flights.

Sunny ceramics, tried-and-true creations

Anneke Borren wants to share her work with everyone.

A Paremata potter is holding an open studio this month.

New Kapiti 'Mainland Island' underway

Rat Pack member Geoff Osgood, left, and Nga Uruora member Paul Callister, with some of 100 rat and mouse traps built in the last fortnight by volunteers, to help create a pest-controlled 'Mainland Island' in Kapiti.

An ambitious project to create a virtually predator-free 16.5 square kilometre 'Mainland Island' in Kapiti is about to step up a gear.

Best possible quarry environmental protection sought

Otaki resident Janet Macdonald wants to be sure a new quarry will be as quiet, clean and environmentally friendly as possible.

Otaki residents want councils to impose the best possible environmental protection conditions on a new gravel quarry.

The Shed Project Kapiti takes Wellington Airport award

The Shed Project Kapiti members and volunteers with their award and some of their own projects.

About five years ago Denis Wood founded The Shed Project, a Paraparaumu-based initiative aimed at teaching disabled men life skills. 

Greater Wellington apologises for holiday spraying

300110 News photo: Alastair Stewart/Kapiti Observer. Queen Elizabeth Park Nature Day. Attendees cross river

Greater Wellington Regional Council staff met with Raumati residents to apologise for helicopter weed spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park on a public holiday and to set up communication channels for the future.

Gliding from Kapiti to the Wairarapa

Scenes such as this Wellington Gliding Club craft soaring over Kapiti could become rarer when the club moves operations to south Wairarapa.

Wellington Gliding Club will move its operations centre from Paraparaumu Airport to Wairarapa next year.

Waikanae Hotel reduced to rubble

Kapiti photographer John Mills' drone captured this aerial image of Waikanae Hotel coming down to make way for commuter car parking.

A Waikanae institution is no more now the local pub has been demolished to make way for commuters' cars.

Gift card donor's 'nightmare'

Countdown says it will replace a batch of inactive gift cards that left several expectant shoppers, and the woman who paid for the cards,  "embarrassed".

A Waikanae woman who wanted to "pay it forward" now regrets spending $1500 on Countdown gift vouchers.

Brader's romantic association with classic MGs

Geoff Brader of Waikanae with his MG Midget at Manfeild Race Track, parked alongside an MGTD, the model that he first owned during his university days.

An immaculately restored MG Midget from Waikanae was among the classic cars in action at Manfeild last weekend.

Album launch full of Paekakariki flair

Album launch shenanigans at the Paekakariki Hall. L-R: Francis Mills, Hilda Prasad, Michael O'Leary and Sir Jon Trimmer.

A new album full of Paekakariki artists had been launched.

World Cup victory 'a dream'

Dane Coles with the Webb Ellis Cup after winning the Rugby World Cup Final.

Proud and exhausted after winning rugby's holy grail, Dane Coles is happy to be back home being a dad.

Hearing looms for controversial animal shelter

The SH1 site, south of Manakau village, where application has been sought to establish a HUHA animal shelter.

Work has begun to set up an animal shelter at a controversial site in Manakau, with a resource consent hearing scheduled for later this month. In September last year HUHA (Helping People Help Animals) purchased a 7.3 hectare block of land south of the settlement, on State Highway 1.

Kapiti soldiers who lost their lives in WWI remembered with memorial

Scott Walker, a cadet in the New Zealand Air Training Corps, stands by the flagpole at the opening of the Kapiti field of remembrance on Wednesday.

For the next three years, 100 crosses will stand in Kapiti, in recognition of those from the district who lost their lives in World War I.

Council's white ribbon status questioned

Otaki Labour candidate Rob McCann.

The White Ribbon campaign manager has backed a Kapiti Coast District Councillor's belief that they should distance themselves from the "white ribbon council" brand.

Arts Trail reception mixed

Alan Wehipeihana at his Paekakariki studio during the 2015 Kapiti Arts Trail.

The Kapiti Coast District Council says this year's Kapiti Arts Trail was popular with visitors and locals, but not all artists agree. 

Brophy's frightening flick now showing

A still from The Dead Room featuring stars Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas and Laura Petersen.

Kapiti actor Jed Brophy is promising a few scares in his latest film.

Chapman makes history at Asia Pacific Deaf Games

Santana Chapman, right, with one of her bronze medals.

After the elements delayed her return, New Zealand's first Asia Pacific Deaf Games medallist has arrived back in the country. 

Kapiti Grey Power chairman named Kapiti Elder Person of the Year

Trevor Daniell accepts his award from last year's winner, Betty van Gaalen.

A Kapiti man who sits on five committees in the region has been named its Elder Person of the Year.

A beer-y strange collection

Opiki man Dave Collis displays about 8000 beer cans in a shed on his property, including the 1937 coronation brew, left, and two olive drab cans.

Opiki man Dave Collis's motives were questioned when he had a shed with no doors or windows, and a power station in the middle, put onto his property 12 years ago.

Fire destroys Levin man's home

Levin man Matt Te Are, with daughter Anja, 22 months, have been left with nothing after a fire broke out in their home.

A Levin father of two has been left with nothing after fire gutted his flat.

Woman seriously injured in Kapiti crash

Emergency services working at the scene of a serious crash near the intersection of Raumati Rd and Rimu Rd in Raumati this afternoon.

A woman seriously injured in a Kapiti car crash was tended to by neighbours at the scene this afternoon.

Kapiti war memorial tagged

A Kapiti war memorial has been tagged days out from Armistice Day.

Taggers who defaced a Paraparaumu war memorial days out from Armistice Day are being called cowards.

Te Horo man calls for council to lower stream bed after flood

Te Horo Beach Rd resident Kerry Cooper has called for the Greater Wellington Regional Council to lower the Mangaone Stream bed after his property flooded in heavy rain again.

A Te Horo resident wants action to be taken after the swollen Mangaone Stream caused his nearby property to become inundated again. 

Youth development centre site announced

Kapiti Mayor Ross Church and Zeal Kapiti manager David Orchard with members of Zeal Kapiti's volunteer team outside 130 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.

The site at 130 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu, has been announced as the base for a new youth development centre facility in Kapiti.

Petition to stop aerial herbicide spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park

Raumati resident Nike Morton has started a petition to ban aerial spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park.

A Raumati resident has formed a petition, asking the Greater Wellington Regional Council to stop aerial herbicide spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park. 

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