Kapiti Observer

Officer mauled

Police officer allegedly punched by man, then mauled by dog in Foxton this morning.

Fundraiser brings injured DJ home

A Kiwi who was stranded in Bali with massive injuries after a scooter accident has flown home with help from donors.

Fears of avian botulism outbreak

Kapiti SPCA has suspicions over what's behind second mass bird kill in region.

Telephone scammer steals $20,000

An elderly Waikanae man is fleeced scammers who claimed to be phone technicians.

Giant kites to fly in Otaki

Pegasus, stingray, fighting kite tourney

A 12-metre winged horse and a 25-metre tattooed stingray are coming to Otaki Kite Festival.

Spade attack

A man is seriously injured after being attacked with a spade, police say.

Another by-election for Kapiti council

The election to fill the seat left vacant after a councillor's death has been decided – triggering a new by-election.

Stewart autopsy complete

An autopsy has confirmed Kapiti Coast nurse Cathy Stewart was killed in a violent manner.

A meeting of the minds

Patea Maori Club meets Otaki-Maori Racing Club

The strains of Poi E will ring out at the Otaki-Maori Racing Club when the Patea Maori Club performs there this weekend.

System's 'failure'

Man accused of murdering a nurse in her home had sought help from police and lived in a community house.

Stewart murder-accused in court

A 29-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Cathy Stewart.

Dead woman named

A woman found dead at Otaihanga, north of Paraparaumu, has been named as Catherine Gay Stewart.

Power lines get the chop

Power lines at the centre of a decade long legal battle in Kapiti will be pulled down.

Tapu taonga taken

Thieves who took a sculpture from a Kapiti school should be aware it is tapu and return it, the school warns.

Family's Kapiti Island legacy

Kapiti Island is one of the jewels of the Wellington region, and is an important nature reserve.

Lindale subdivision planned

Plans for a new subdivision at the Lindale Park complex on the Kapiti Coast have been confirmed.

Jetskier rescued off Kapiti coast

A man has been rescued after coming off his jetski about halfway between Kapiti Island and Paraparaumu beach.

Rare tractors rev up for show

It was nearly 100 years ago when the tractor now parked on Rod Clifton's backyard crawled inland on steel-cleated wheels, dragging Stewart Island's phone cable behind it.

Council boosts fraud protection

An outside expert will be appointed to monitor Kapiti council's coffers, to avoid a repeat of a million-dollar swindle in Dunedin.

Riding the wave of success

Surf's up for Otaki beach business

A summer of groundswells and gentle weather has boosted the first season of a Kapiti small business drawing people region-wide to surf Otaki.

Church eyed for car park

A Waikanae church could be turned into a car park to ease clogged streets around the town's train station.

Faeces smeared in room

A container of human excrement was splattered in a Kapiti house, in what one woman claims was a violent assault.

Man charged with arson

Man charged with the arson of a house neighbours say was scene of a domestic disturbance.  

Kapiti road a top priority

Easing congestion along a Kapiti road is the top priority in Wellington's draft regional transport plan.

Otaki youngster McConkey firing up racing career

An Otaki 16-year-old is motoring into the lead of the New Zealand Formula First Championship.

Kapiti house just 'rotting away'

Suburban Kapiti house left stripped and gutted for years has been labelled dangerous by neighbours.

Total fire ban for Horowhenua

Dry conditions and the high risk of fires has led to a total fire ban for the Horowhenua district.

Expressway sound buffer being rebuilt

A length of giant, noise-reducing embankment along the Kapiti expressway will be pulled down and rebuilt after months of work.

Water use down by 3.6m litres a day

Kapiti Coast Water Meter

Kapiti Coast residents are using far less water since the introduction of metered charging last year.

Record callouts for Coast firefighters

Paraparaumu firefighters had their busiest year last year, bucking the trend throughout the Wellington region.

'Toddlers in speeding car' - police

Couple tried to outrun police in stolen car with unrestrained baby and toddler inside, police allege.

Driver crashes five times over limit

A driver who crashed into a parked car in Kapiti was more than five times over the new alcohol limit, police say.

Country comes to town

Suited and gumbooted: it's showtime

A&P shows are massive events for a simple reason - there's something for everyone, and even more if you love a good tractor.

Actress back among magic

Emily Regtien was onstage at the Bruce Mason Centre when a fuse blew, the lights went out and the threatre was olinto complete darkness.

Dogs in hot parked cars concerning

Too many Kapiti dog-lovers are risking their pets' lives for the sake of a quick dash to the shops, an SPCA inspector says.

Former New Zealand sevens player switches to England

Former New Zealand sevens player Warwick Lahmert has a chance for another crack at the world series - this time in another colour.

Loom bands 'trapped' cat

'Pepper' adopted and safe again

Rescuers who recovered a kitten from a Levin garage were disgusted to find its throat wrapped in loom bands.

Kapiti hot to trot for long weekend

Kapiti and Horowhenua businesses will reap the benefits of the Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club's meeting at Otaki Racecourse.

Donations flood in for crash widow

Almost $18,000 has been raised for a Kapiti mother who faces raising her daughter alone after her partner died in motorcycle crash.

Kapiti beach drowning

The 74-year-old, who was swimming at Peka Peka beach, is the holiday season's ninth drowning victim.

Serious head injuries

A Kapiti man is in a critical condition after a ute rolled in southern Wairarapa.

Expressway revelations

Skeleton dating back to the 1800s unearthed along the Kapiti Expressway route.

Complaint over 'sadistic' cop

Motel owner, 71, claims constable drew blood when he handcuffed him.

Three deaths 'avoidable'

Coroner finds that mid-air crash near Wellington in 2008 could have been prevented if safety standards had been met.

Family faces Christmas with no home

A Kapiti family face a tough Christmas after fire made their home unliveable.

Inspirational cyclist farewelled

Cyclists formed a guard of honour for Kapiti athlete Stu Downs' final journey.

Police dog captivates

A police dog handler with a love for books has introduced a new fictional four-legged hero for children.

Battle to keep dog alive lost

Dog impounded for more than two years will be put down after its owner lost a third court battle to save it.

Council conduct code cause for concern

A Kapiti councillor censured for breaking the rules says the council's code of conduct is not democratic.

Kapiti divided over super-city

Kapiti's rating system would change, creating "winners and losers", and it would lose its community boards under a proposal to make the region a super-city.

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