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Cash for Coastella approved

Coastella organisers Paul Brown, left, and Gerry Paul.

New music festival Coastella has received a boost ahead of its inaugural event, as one of three events to have funding approved by the Kapiti Coast District Council. 

First passive house in Wellington region to be completed in Waikanae

Builders Mike Craig, Chris Beggs and Duane Cameron at the Waipunahau Rd home which is being built to passive house standard. They are pictured with the equipment used for the blower door test, measuring home leaking and airtightness.

Work is continuing on the first home in Kapiti to be built to the passive house standard for energy efficiency.

'Ghost chips' apology from Eta

The offending packet of chips, as posted by Nathan Dickey, on the Eta Facebook page.

Eta has apologised after a 150g Kettle chips packet was found to contain only 40g.

American barbecue coming to Waikanae

Todd Cameron at Waikanae's North End Brewery, which he jointly runs. The brewery will be joined by a barbecue restaurant, Salt and Wood Collective, at the end of March.

A smoker oven imported from America will be one of the star attractions of a new barbecue restaurant under construction in Waikanae. 

Latin passion in Paekakariki

Wellington band Garage Latino in action. They are travelling to perform in Paekakariki in their first concert outside the capital.

Those in the crowd returning for the first Mulled Wine Concert of the year will be dancing to a different beat than they're used to.

Otaki toxic algae dog death

Tests results show minimal risk of toxic algae danger in the Otaki River, but a dog is believed to have died after swimming in it yesterday.

A dog has died of algae poisoning after swimming in the Otaki River.

Call for return of taonga

Family are appealing for the return of an ornate walking stick that belonged to Muaupoko kaumatua Kevin 'Te Hira' Hill.

The widow of a kaumatua who died recently has appealed for his missing walking stick to be returned.

Dead goats, fish dumped at swimming spot

Mike Chase removes part of a dismembered goat from the Otaki River.

A parent is disgusted after she found dismembered goats around an Otaki swimming hole popular with children. 

Medieval makers to demonstrate old skills

Green wood whittler Steve Porteous, with sword-fighting enthusiast Dawa, 5, and pillow fight warrior Turtle, 7, who will be taking part in the Medieval Market.

The hit at last year's Medieval Market was makers – people using old fashioned skills to create items just as they would have in Medieval times.

Demand soaring before club move

19112015 supplied photo news: Welllington Gliding Club members willl swap the Kapiti Coast for Wairarapa countryside next year.
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Aspiring flyers have less than two months to glide from the Wellington Gliding Club's Paraparaumu home, and already they are clamouring for their fill. 

Sky high enjoyment for Townsley

Melda Townsley went up for a flight in a Wellington Gliding Club glider.

A Wellington woman says gliding over the Kapiti Coast was a great way to mark her 83rd birthday.

Waikanae River bridge channel works to begin

One of the outdated Welcome to Waikanae signs at the north end of the town, on State Highway 1.

Work on the Waikanae River Bridge is set to intensify, with river channel works, bridge beam placement and a planting programme all scheduled. 

Tramway Museum broken into, damaged by lightning

The Wellington Tramway Museum trams in Paekakariki are currently not running due to damage to their power supply.

It has been a difficult start to 2016 for the Wellington Tramway Museum, with lightning damage and two break-ins in the last month. 

Father riding tandem bike across New Zealand

Adrian McKenzie and his son Ted, 8, on their tandem bike at the Te Ara o Whareroa Festival of Cycling.

A Raumati father is raising money for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation by riding the length of the country on a tandem. 

Truck driver's tall tales published

Truck driver Mike Aldridge has published a book of short stories that are steeped with Kiwi humour.

After a lifetime on the roads Levin truck driver Mike Aldridge had a few tales to tell, so a book seemed a natural step.

Power lines downed by SH1 crash

Motorists gather to help an elderly woman injured after crashing into a concrete power pole on State Highway 1 near Otaki.

A car has crashed into a concrete power pole in Kuku, south of Levin.

Girl airlifted after falling from tree

The Palmerston North based Rescue Helicopter.

A young girl has been airlifted from Otaki Domain after an accident while climbing a tree. 

Consent granted for new HUHA animal shelter

The SH1 site, south of Manakau village, for a new HUHA animal shelter.

The HUHA animal rescue organisation has been granted permission to open a new shelter on State Highway 1 at Manakau, despite strong opposition from neighbours.

Need for speed, safety drives Wilkins to bike festival

Ian Wilkins with his bike, Afterburner 2.

A top drag racer and New Zealand's second-fastest motorbike will be two of the attractions at a new event to be held in Kapiti.

110th Horowhenua AP&I Show

Horowhenua AP & I Show at Levin Showgrounds.

One of the biggest events of the calendar for Horowhenua takes place this weekend, the AP & I show, which is in its 110th year.

Fords event expands to all classic cars

Peter and Carla Morton, of the Kapiti-Horowhenua Zephyr Zodiac Car Club, with their 1964, original Mark III Zephyr, that will be part of the club's annual show.

Organisers of a longstanding Ford car event have opened their arms to Holden owners, countering a fierce long-time rivalry.

Hodge makes solid start

Tyler Hodge came within one shot of winning the Australian Amateur title in 2015.

Rookie Levin pro is the best of the Kiwis at the final stage of qualifying for the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Nye-Picknell added to coaching staff

Sean Kelly, Jarrod Kelly, Kim Nye-Picknell and Alan Gregg. Nye-Picknell, a former football fern, has been recruited to work with the club's women's teams, and Greeg will coach the men's reserve side.

Kapiti Coast United's new senior women's coach says taking players to the top of the game in New Zealand is one of her goals. 

Visitor wins big with Levin-purchased ticket

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A winning $250,000 Lotto ticket purchased in Levin has been claimed by a holidaymaker. 

Festival of cycling to open trail

Cyclists riding along the Te Ara o Whareroa Trail.

A festival of cycling is coming to Raumati as the Te Ara o Whareroa trail has its official opening. 

Bungling burglar leaves tools, chased by dog

Levin Constable Luke Jansson, with the tool kit and belt thought to have been left behind by a foiled burglar making a getaway from a large dog.

A burglar chased by a guard dog had a hard night that only got worse when he lost his tool kit.

One hundred kilometres in 36 hours? Y-Not

Sarah Nothnagel, Jan Gosnell, Michelle Bull and Christine Bull have formed their team Y-Not to take part in the Oxfam Trailwalker.

Four Kapiti women raising money for Oxfam are in training as they prepare to walk 100 kilometres in 36 hours or less.

Chaos after teen party in Levin

Police made six arrests when party goers leaving an 18th birthday celebration turned violent.

Fights spilled down three different streets after a large 18th birthday party became violent in Levin.

Levin Lotto ticket lucky

A Lotto ticket purchased in Levin was one of four first division winners on Saturday.

First Division win a first for Levin Lotto outlet, with owner hoping for local winner.

Foxton water restrictions eased

Foxton and Foxton Beach residents are being asked to save water.

Residents in the Horowhenua town are still asked to save as much water as possible, despite less restrictions on use.

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