Kapiti-Observer

Paekakariki Hill road reopened

The New Zealand Transport Agency says the road is closed until further notice. Updates can be expected later on Saturday evening.

Paekakariki Hill Road has reopened after being shut for a minor crash around 5.30pm Saturday.

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.  

X-rated messages and images cover Otaki playground

Otaki's Matta Products staff member Debbie Howell, with some of the offensive graffiti that now covers their publicly-open children's play area.

X-rated vandals have forced the closure of an Otaki playground, and the owners want those responsible to front up, and clean it up.

Air ambulance in emergency landing at Kapiti

An Air Wanganui medical transfer flight made an emergency landing at Kapiti Coast Airport due to engine trouble on Tuesday.

A small aeroplane with engine trouble made an emergency landing at Kapiti Coast at about 12.15pm.

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.

Lymph node radiotherapy shows promising results

Wellington Hospital head of radio-oncology Dr Carol Johnson.

A trial of more radiotherapy for breast cancer patients has significantly extended the time women remain free of cancer.

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. 

Fair play to ye - re-enacting Munster's defeat of the All Blacks

Shaneel Sidal, Paddy McShane and Hamish Boyle will relive Munster's 1978 triumph over the All Blacks.

The day that Munster beat a grand-slam-winning All Black team will be re-enacted in Wellington.

Spate of city burglaries

Police are seeking Damian Thomas Timothy Astwood-Horne.

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

Partners are food award finalists for two companies

Gabe Davidson, co-owner of the Wellington Chocolate Factory.

A Kapiti foodie couple are behind two of the companies to be named finalists in the Wellington on a Plate Producers Awards.

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.

Heat and blisters a curse

Race walker Richard McChesney has broken a New Zealand record.

Battling exhaustion, heat stroke and blisters Richard McChesney has walked his way to a New Zealand record.

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.

Native tree rules felled

170214. Photo: KEVIN STENT/FAIRFAXNZ.News. Otaki couple Peter and Diane Standen stands on their Oriwa Crescent property.Behind is the area where they had native trees cut resulting in being taken to court by the KCDC.

Blanket rules for protection of more than 10,000 native trees in Kapiti have been axed.

School rises from the ashes

A new seat marking one year since a major fire at Paraparaumu School was "happy", said year 5's (from left), Briearna Hubbard-Harris, Sophie Smart and Aleah Brown.

A year after an arson that destroyed four classrooms and the library, Paraparaumu School has marked the event, and the importance of closure.

Three Levin robberies in 11 hours

Police

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

Break-ins from Levin to Wellington

Police are asking for any information about this man, in connection to a series of burglaries from Wellington to Horowhenua.

Police hope CCTV images linked to a series of break-ins at businesses throughout the region could help them nab their burglars.

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.

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.

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.

Chasing ghost in post-apocalyptic Wellington

Writer Hamish Clayton, whose second novel, The Pale North, is set in an earthquake-ravaged Wellington.

Hamish Clayton's second novel is a romantic ghost story set against the backdrop of an earthquake-devastated capital city.

Charity box theft astounds widow

Michele Phillips and workers at Kapiti Radiators and Tyres are shocked a memorial charity box for the business' founder Paul Phillips was stolen in a break-in on Wednesday morning.

Charity box in memory of Kapiti businessman who died from cancer stolen from his widow.

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