Kapiti Observer

Fire damages flat


Fire fighters and an observant neighbour have saved a Waikanae house after a fire damaged two rooms this morning.

Back on the beat... sort of

Noel Bigwood

A retired Kapiti policeman has returned to the beat in the back of an unmarked speed camera van.

Rugby team blows whistle on thieves

rugby ball generic

Police uncovered stash of items at a Levin house, after a rugby team tracked down the culprits who stole their gear.

Mainzeal collapse costs $620,000

Mainzeal HQ

Kapiti Coast District Council has paid out $620,000 to contractors after the collapse of Mainzeal.

Dairy arson could be copycat

Taxi Strap

Police warn social media may fuel copycat crimes after teenagers were arrested in connection to a fire at a Paraparaumu dairy on Saturday night.

Girls charged with school arson

Police ask for calm with social media


Three Kapiti girls have appeared in court facing arson charges after a fire that destroyed four classrooms and a library at Paraparaumu School on Sunday evening.

Iwi claims council took their idea


The iwi that regained Kapiti Island in its Treaty settlement has hit out at a mooted $15 million gateway centre to the icon, which they say was their idea.

Stopbank work will cost native trees

Waikanae River

New flood protection removing swathes of native trees will come in for community scrutiny at a planned open day.

Beaches to go smoke-free?


Smoking at Kapiti beaches could be a thing of the past if a new proposal is passed.

'Starship' control panel free to a good home


The council is giving away the control panel from its water treatment plant as a science fiction plaything.

Devastating school fire

Paraparaumu School

A suspicious fire at Paraparaumu School has destroyed classrooms, photographs and teachers' archives.

ABs a hit in Kapiti


Young rugby fans were treated to a visit by four All Blacks today.

Plans for $15m Kapiti centre

Kapiti Boating Club

A $15 million centre including a cinema is planned for Kapiti, with council and DoC to share the cost.

'Malicious' vandalism

Deborah Lee Marlow

New Mexican restaurant has copped a backlash that includes altered newspaper stories and vandalism.

Police accused of embarrassing victim

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Kapiti Observer

A Kapiti man says a lack of police response to an assault complaint has been upsetting, but Kapiti's top cop disputes some of his claims and says police have not been given a chance to do all they can.

World-class food centre


New multimillion-dollar high end food and beverage centre could draw visitors to Kapiti.

Cooks need added spice


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

The gap between rugby sevens world series teams and others is widening and Cook Islands will be left behind if they don't join the party, the team's skipper says.

'Tired' gates to get an upgrade for centenary


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

The council will upgrade Paraparaumu's memorial gates to beat an Anzac Day deadline next year.

Money system in candidate's sights


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

A Horowhenua-Kapiti SPCA vet has joined September's election race as an independent candidate.

Librarian hits e-book paydirt in Montana


For Kapiti Coast head librarian Leeann Morgan, Bozeman in Montana, is where the heart is.

Indian car is first to join collection


Departing British High Commissioner Vicki Treadwell has left a small but remarkable example of Indian and British engineering behind in Kapiti.

Neighbours oppose furniture firm


Two neighbours of the site where a furniture manufacturing business hopes to set up in Paraparaumu say they don't want it in their back yard. But the company believe those in opposition do not have a clear picture of their application.

Kiosk will be back by popular demand


Work has started to repair Kapiti's octagonal icon.

Coastal rules axed from plan


Parts of Kapiti's development rulebook won't be completed till 2020 as the council reboots its troubled district plan.

Council row continues


An insult or a sneeze? Kapiti councillor apologises after calling a public speaker an idiot.

Wedged in canal

Tight spot for crashed car


Police seek owner of a car found crashed into a canal near Paraparaumu's waterfront last night.

Kapiti to host hockey internationals

The Black Sticks men will play two hockey tests in Paraparaumu after the matches gained $30,000 council backing.

Kapiti far from 'God's waiting room'

Kapiti Coast

Kapiti's future as a regional red zone because of its aging population has been rubbished by the district's mayor.

A dog of a day

Clifftop rescue for Pepper the labrador

Pepper the dog

Abseiling SPCA volunteers have rescued a dog called Pepper from a clifftop ledge above a quarry.

Veteran to skipper sevens team at Games


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

Waikanae rugby veteran Ashley Drake will lead the Cook Islands sevens team at the Commonwealth Games.

Legal high ban call

JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

Kapiti can't ban legal highs and can only suggest sale locations under laws branded "a...-about- face" by a councillor.

Main street for Waikanae


Council reveals new plans for Waikanae, which would have cars drive through Mahara Pl.

Councillor faces censure

Jackie Elliott

Councillor called colleague "loathsome" and "vindictive" and also cost council $10,000 after an employment dispute.

First Paekakariki, then the world


A woman with a dream to launch a chain of Mexican restaurants from Paekakariki has already survived fire, the Irish recession and the Christchurch earthquake.

Casts of courage Survivors seek funds for race


Plaster cast torsos of dragon boat-racing breast cancer survivors have been turned to art to help crew members head to the world champs.

$1.5m to sell Kimberley Centre

Kimberley Centre

More than $1.5 million was spent to maintain a former facility for the disabled during an eight-year sale process.

Rehab unit gets princely listing


A Catholic girl's rehab unit has been listed on Trade Me by a man who says he's Georgian royalty.

Burnt toast prompts evacuation

Kapiti Aquatic Centre

Smoke from burning toast led to the evacuation of a Paraparaumu pool this morning.

Young prop scores NRL contract


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

On the verge of an historic winning streak in Australia's under-20 league competition, it's a heady time for Kapiti talent Dallas Graham - but the excitement is just beginning.

Dripping with inaction over water meters

Kapiti water meter

A Nikau Valley resident says he is frustrated at continued council inaction after water meter glitches in his neighbourhood.

Out-of-town library fee on hold

library book

Kapiti's council is set to back down on a new library fee that has copped a backlash from borrowers.

Concrete plant for expressway

Expressway concrete

Otaki has become a concreting base for the $650 million MacKays to Peka Peka expressway - and potentially Transmission Gully.

'Silly buggers' grazed by train

Wellington trains

Two teenagers have escaped death by a hair's breadth after being hit by a train near Raumati South.

Dogs sniff out life overseas

Marie Hare

A Kapiti couple is breeding dogs they found through Google for use by international armed forces.

Singing the music of the night

Toni Gibson

Kapiti starlet Toni Gibson is set to play her dream role in The Phantom of the Opera this month.

Trial meter bill blunder costs


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

Delayed trial billing will cost about $25,000 it has been revealed, as water meter charging begins.

At mercy of fate on wrong side of tracks

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Kapiti Observer

A call for investigations into alternative access to eastern Waikanae to safeguard residents seems to have been nixed by Kapiti Coast District Council.

Emergency beacon aids rescuers

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

A woman in her 50s was winched to safety by a rescue helicopter after injuring herself on a walk near Waikanae.

Slip on Otaki Gorge Rd

Otaki slip

Otaki Gorge Rd is down to one lane after a large section of bank fell away.

Crash hits council HQ

'Panicked' driver causes chaos

crash strap

Woman driver shaken but "fine" after she hits three cars, Kapiti Coast District Council building.

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