Horowhenua Mail

Failed Kapiti Arts Trail applications overturned

Rona Morton-Grant has been allowed to take her place on the Kapiti Arts Trail after her the decision to reject her application was overturned.

Artists who had their Kapiti Arts Trail applications rejected are now being allowed to take their places on the trail.

Tsunami of sound to hit Kimberley Centre

David Trail and Adele McCartney, surrounded by seats for the new Tsunami Studios in-house live music venue, which opens with a gig on Saturday.

David Trail and Adele McCartney, surrounded by seats for the new Tsunami Studios in-house live music venue, which opens with a gig on Saturday.

Colours and scents of orchids captivate

Some of the approximately 15,000 orchids at Eva Orchids in Manakau. Eva Yin will be among the growers displaying at an orchid show in Levin this weekend.

Orchids attract an avid and wide following, and lovers of the exotic blooms can indulge in a spectacular show this weekend. 

First wildlife arrives at Foxton attraction

The surprisingly interactive giant kokopu, now in residence.

The first native species have arrived at a planned wildlife tourist attraction and education facility in Foxton. Foxton Wildlife Trust are currently fundraising to build a $1 million facility on covenanted land beside the Manawatu River.

Rakes hook RWC berth

Kapiti-raised Dane Coles, on the way to a try for the All Blacks, during the Bledisloe Cup match on August 15.

They're unlikely to be on the field at the same time, but two Horowhenua-Kapiti bred hookers will share the excitement of starring on rugby's biggest stage this month.

Artists in the dark over trail

Otaki carver Malcolm McCrea with his artwork which was deemed unworthy for this year's Kapiti Arts Trail.

Two community artists are questioning the council's approach to this year's Kapiti Arts Trail.  

Graduate a world first

Levin woman Joyce Onland is about to graduate as a chiropractic radiologist, in a world first.

A Horowhenua woman is about to graduate as the world's first chiropractic radiologist trained outside America.

Car slams into digger on state highway

A stationwagon that drove off State Highway 1 in Manakau into a parked digger, with a loaded bucket, on Sunday.

Car wedged under digger at safety upgrade on State Highway 1.

Waikanae scoops beautiful town award

Norma McCallum is elated Waikanae has been named New Zealand's most beautiful large town.

Being named New Zealand's most beautiful large town could be a boon for Waikanae, a resident says.

White powder at Work and Income video

Emergency services deal with a white powder found at a Work and Income branch in Levin.

A white powder found scattered outside the Levin Work and Income office, prompting a biohazard alert, has been identified as sugar.

Bus crashes on SH1 in Otaki

A Police inspector at the scene of the crash, north of the Otaki River, on State Highway 1.

The sole occupant of a bus that crashed on State Highway 1 at Otaki is not seriously injured. 

Eerie light show delights

Aurora Australis caught on camera by Amit Kamble from Himatangi Beach.

A visiting photographer has captured a stunning and rare photo of Aurora Australis from Himatangi Beach.

Spate of city burglaries

Police are seeking Damian Thomas Timothy Astwood-Horne.

A man being sought in connection with spate of Wellington cbd burglaries.

Power surge victims left 'in limbo'

Waikanae resident Sue Bustard beside her oven, "likely fried" by Monday's power surge, which left her poodle-cross Henry terrified.

A resident is outraged responsibility for a huge power surge that 'fried' appliances at more than 70 Waikanae properties has not been settled.  

New brew to flow from new brewery

Brewers Tyler Brown, left, and Kieran Haslett-Moore at North End Brewery's new Waikanae premises.

Kapiti is continuing to establish itself as a strong presence in the Wellington craft beer scene with the opening of North End Brewery in Waikanae scheduled for next week.

Bad first date leads to egg for kiwi pair

A reluctant breeding pair of brown kiwi have produced an egg.

A reluctant breeding pair of brown kiwi have produced an egg.

Organ recipient's plea, after 23 extra years

Levin transplant recipient Lyn Mclean often looks through her scrapbook full of clippings about community efforts to raise $140,000 for her life-saving surgery 23 years ago.

Lyn Maclean's life was saved by a conversation. Now 23 years later she wants others to talk about organ donation.

Calves could help save lives

Ohau farmer Russell Davenport has kicked off a programme to help St John save lives, by weaning a calf for donation.

Got grass? St John are asking supporters to raise spring calves then donate them, to fund a new emergency education programme for children.

Three Levin robberies in 11 hours


Three robberies, including one involving a stabbing, took place within 11 hours in Levin.

'Vicious' stabbing at petrol station

Do you recognise this person? Police are appealing for the public to help identify this attacker, who stabbed a Levin Mobil Service Station attendant early on Sunday, August 9.

Worker at Levin service station stabbed several times by bandana-wearing attacker.

Council silent on sludge mystery

A boom, catching contamination on Wednesday at Wainui Stream after pollution seeped from a storm water pipe.

Kapiti's council has not revealed the source of contamination that ran into Wainui Stream.

Crash 'like a war zone'

Road accident

One person has died and 5 people were injured in a multiple-vehicle crash in Horowhenua.

Kapiti council eyes changes to tree protection

Otaki couple Peter and Diane Standen who fought Kapiti Coast District Council over trimming native trees.

Kapiti's council has hinted that blanket protection of thousands of native trees in the district could be dropped as it updates rule changes.

Volunteering with wolves

Dina Wuest visited a facility in New Jersey that allowed her to get up close to wolves, like this gray wolf.

Caring for carnivores is a passion for a Kapiti woman, who spent her last holiday tending a collection of wolves.

'Soldiers' win fourth-straight title

Paraparaumu first five-eighth Sonny McBride, right, celebrates victory after the final whistle, with team mates Michael Tambour, left, and captain Garry Phelps, while Waikanae's Teegan Minkley shows his disappointment.

A "brotherhood" inspired by Anzacs have won a fourth-straight Horowhenua-Kapiti premier rugby title.

Thieves steal million-dollar view

The view of Kapiti Island from the lookout on the Paekakariki Hill Road.

Outdoor furnuiture bolted in concrete is stolen from Paekakariki Hill Road lookout.

Beckley makes Tall Ferns squad

Kapiti basketballer Jacinta Beckley in action shooting for the University of Seattle.

Kapiti basketballer fights way to Tall Ferns debut.

Dancing with death

Death row prisoners in the Dead Wrong production, Raiha Kiriona, left, lead actor Jamiee Harris, middle, and Connor Parker.

A dramatic stage piece about the death penalty takes out student Stage Challenge award.

Kura kids share thoughts on language week video

Te Rito kura students, from left, Mangaia Pasene-Hughes, Iriaka Pasene-Grennell, Marara Metekingi, Manihera Tehei and Niwareka Kiriona.

Kids who started life in te reo share thoughts in language week.

Art trail price hike slammed

Kapiti artist Anne Bellamy with one of her watercolours.

Trail no democracy as art and crafters revolt.

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