Kapiti Observer

Trucks leaving hail of stones

Kapiti expressway trucks

Police will clamp down on trucks working on the Kapiti expressway after a string of complaints and a rock spill.

Rare Frances Hodgkins portrait found

Frances Hodgkins portrait

A rare painting by artist Frances Hodgkins has been rediscovered thanks to a Kapiti gallery exhibition.

Gardens never been classified

kapiti coast district council

Raumati's Marine Gardens has drifted without a legal reserve classification for 37 years, it has been revealed.

A farmers' just for the elderly

elderly market

A weekly market has been set up especially for Kapiti's elderly.

Easter show blends old and new

Kapiti Easter Show

A new Easter show adds another art and craft event to the Horowhenua-Kapiti calendar, and brings together the old and the new.

Clouds ruin celestial show

Horowhenua Astronomical Society

The sun, earth and moon aligned across 149,600,000 kilometres, before a cloud blew across the Tararua Range and ruined Levin's view.

Slaughtered sheep found at beach


A large quantity of butchered sheep body parts found on the beach at Te Horo has stumped police.

Low-cost laptops welcomed at college

low-cost laptops

A project that provides sleek new laptops at low cost to Otaki College students was launched on Friday.

Plans to halt traffic snarl-ups

Traffic travels slowly in bad weather.

The NZ Transport Agency will be monitoring traffic levels over the long weekend and potentially closing Otaki's Mill Rd.

Padre's sacrifice explored in book


In the lead-up to Anzac Day, reporter Karoline Tuckey speaks with the daughter of the only New Zealand chaplain killed in active service during World War II about the legacy of his sacrifice.

Otaki teen world's best trick skier


Otaki teen Georgia Groen has defended her title as the world's best women's trick skier.

Couple relieved as charges dropped


KAY BLUNDELL - Kapiti Observer

An elderly Otaki couple have spoken of their relief as an Environment Court judge withdrew charges laid against them by Kapiti Coast District Council for felling native trees on their property.

Board coy on system cost


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

Capital and Coast DHB is refusing to reveal the cost of a new computer system delayed for eight months to iron out software security concerns.

Expressway means more traffic lights


More traffic lights will be added to a strip of Kapiti Rd in a $2.1 million revamp to prepare for the planned expressway interchange.

Court rules for Grace in second land battle


KAY BLUNDELL - Kapiti Observer

Writer Patricia Grace has won her second court battle against the Crown seizing her ancestral land in Waikanae for the Kapiti expressway.

Human remains re-interred

JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

Human remains found in the path of Kapiti expressway were likely precolonial and have been shifted, the NZ Transport Agency says.

Marathon ride a true epic


It could be some time before Andrew Morrison gets back on a bike for any great length of time.

School baffled by serial arsons


Children and staff at Kapiti Primary School are puzzled as to why anyone would try to burn down their playground or classrooms.

Police find body in Raumati


A man's body has been found in Queen Elizabeth Park after a police search.

Pool rules cramp swim


A veteran Kapiti sports organiser has lashed out at what he says are overly strict rules at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre.

Dump coastal hazard section

Kapiti Coast

Kapiti should dump the coastal hazard section from its proposed District Plan, says review.

Victim bled to death


A Kapiti teen bled to death after being beaten in an "alcohol fueled violence" zone in Paraparaumu.

Vandals burn playground

Kapiti school dismayed at $5000 of damage

fire str

Children and staff at Kapiti Primary School are puzzled as to why anyone would want to burn down part of their playground.

Driver led lengthy police chase


Police gave a driver the key to a stolen vehicle before he led them on a 29km chase, its owner says.

Call for help with fire aftermath


A former Kapiti businessman is raising money to assist with cleaning up a Raumati property after a fire earlier this year.

Fire threatens technology centre


A deliberately lit scrub fire ripped through a Raumati hillside on Saturday, coming within 25 metres of a technology centre.

Coastal hazard report 'not robust' - panel

An independent panel has found Kapiti's contentious coastal hazard lines ''not sufficiently robust'' to be used for planning purposes.

Mayor calls police on council critic


Thursday's council meeting was stopped and police called after a public speaking stand-off.

Continuing fears for crash spot


Paekakariki's community board has renewed calls for the town's 70kmh highway limit to be extended after discovering plans for the work were cancelled.

Division over school zones for Kapiti


Public comment is being sought on how geographic zoning should be applied to Kapiti College enrolments, with the school and ministry split over whether to include Waikanae students.

Residents warned of spike in burglaries

Police ask for vigilance against opportunistic burglars


Thieves looting rural houses near Otaki have prompted police to ask for extra vigilance, while a spike in burglaries has also been seen in Waikanae.

Main street appeal lost

aerial Paraparaumu St

The Environment Court has rejected a bid by a high-profile property developer's company to pave the way for a Paraparaumu main street beside the Kapiti expressway.

Sustainable show grows on kids

Garden designs by 14 Kapiti schools will be included in sustainability show


Travis Wood, 9, and Bridget Lindsay- Hedley, 12, have been spending their lunches designing a vegetable, bee and butterfly garden for this weekend's Sustainable Home & Garden Show. The show is at Kapiti Primary School, and the children are among a group of 18 from the school who volunteered to help out with the garden.

Otaki: Top 10 Asia hotspot

Otaki kite festival

Otaki has been ranked second in a list of 10 of destinations in the Asia region to visit. 

8.95% rates hike likely for rural residents

rates rise

Some Kapiti rural residents face a rates hike of 8.95 per cent.

Ultra fast run takes Jo to top spot

Ultra runner

A Kapiti runner has shot to fame in the trail running scene after beating a world class field in her first major event.

Blokes and their sheds

Menz Shed

Blokes' shed enthusiasts were ushered through a workshop treasure trove on Saturday as part of their national conference.

Expressway not a 'game changer'

Kapiti Expressway

The Environment Court has rejected a bid to pave the way for a Paraparaumu main street beside the Kapiti expressway.

Burglars target rural homes

Thieves looting rural houses near Otaki have prompted police to ask for extra vigilance.

Public asked for views on alcohol sales

Kapiti residents are being asked for their views on the sale of alcohol.

Sundance of the south


The stars will be out in Otaki later this month at a new film festival that promises to attract some big names in film-making.

Shady lemonwood leaves sour taste


Conservationists are at odds with the council over a large tree they say is affecting efforts to replant Waikanae riverbank.

Fire licks edge of dry pine forest


A series of fires north of Otaki came within metres of a pine forest, which would could have sparked a major blaze, a firefighter says.

Kapiti not invited to super city meeting

Ross Church

Kapiti was left off the invite list for a secret mayoral meeting to air supercity concerns.

Roll cage saves the day

Driver walks away from horror smash

Drag racing crash Stu Lawton

A driver is virtually unharmed after he crashed his car, flipping five times, at the new Masterton Motorplex.

"Inter-regional" rail service to Wellington mulled

With the electric rail link to Otaki being thrown off the track, a diesel option could connect the region's ''leper cousin'' to its closest southern relative.

Lost Levin buildings on show in exhibition

Carnegie ST

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

An exhibition of paintings by a Levin artist depicts many beautiful buildings from the town, some long gone.

Cost of pool upgrade surges


Council estimates to upgrade the disused Raumati Pool have ballooned too $1.6m, stalling the project.

Kapiti cat Lulu survives ordeal

Lulu strap

A Kapiti cat caught up in its own collar has been rescued after surviving on the hop in the wild for some time. Now SPCA hope to reunite her with her owner, to speed her recovery.

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