Robber cleans out pub

Police are investigating an armed robbery at The Jolly pub in Paraparaumu.

An armed robber is still at large after cleaning out the takings from a Paraparaumu pub.

Mall evacuated after suspicious package found

Coastlands mall in Paraparaumu is evavuated after a suspicious package was found at the WINZ office.

Coastlands mall at Paraparaumu has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found at a nearby Work and Income office.

Gunman still on the run

Police are investigating an armed robbery at The Jolly Pub in Paraparaumu on Thursday afternoon.

Police investigate armed robbery incident forcing college kids to flee to safety.

Kids flee as pub robbed

Police are investigating an armed robbery at The Jolly pub in Paraparaumu.

Teachers usher children to safety after armed robbery at Paraparaumu pub.

$10m performing arts centre is go

Concept drawings for a new community performing arts centre at Kapiti College, which has been given the go-ahead.

Work has begun on a $10 million community performing arts centre that backers hope will bring more arts and events to our back door.

Recycling confusion cleared up

Some recycling collection customers were left confused when many green recycling bins disappeared, and some were replaced with blue bins.

Widespread confusion has surrounded changes to recycling services in Kapiti.

Kapiti Rd speed reduction chafes

All of Kapiti Rd will be a 50 kmh zone, from Monday November 30.

A speed limit reduction for Kapiti Rd has provoked controversy among drivers.

Regional sevens, Hurricanes coming to Levin

The Hurricanes at an open training session in Shannon earlier this year.

The mercury is rising, the barbecue is being dusted off and the beach cricket sets are out, but rugby stops for none of that. 

Coastal Energy co-operative launches

Coastal Energy director Phil Malpas with equipment used to perform an energy audit on a property.

The director of a new Kapiti and Horowhenua energy co-operative says there is plenty of scope for residents to be using energy more efficiently. 

New global base for Celtic fiddler

International touring Celtic fiddler Gillian Boucher is now based from Waikanae Beach.

A shift to Waikanae Beach has been serendipitous for international musician Gillian Boucher, who has found new direction here.

New 'Otaki' sign appears

The new 'Otaki' town sign was created last week on a bank in Freemans Rd, by an unknown person.

A mysterious new Otaki sign has been welcomed by neighbours and Kapiti Coast District Council staff. The sign appeared near the south end of Freemans Rd last week, on a bank reinforced earlier in the year after damage during storms, the council's Facebook page said.

Alternate educators win Wellingtonian award

Wellingtonian of the Year Youth Award 2015 winners  Lucy Carver and Skye Chadwick with their mentor Doris Zuur.

Two young women who offer young people an alternative to mainstream education which values developing relationships over imparting information have been named Wellingtonian of the Year Youth Award winners.

Christchurch flights to end

Air New Zealand is dropping flights between Christchurch and Kapiti.

Air NZ cuts flights between Christchurch and Kapiti, but adds more Kapiti to Auckland flights.

Sunny ceramics, tried-and-true creations

Anneke Borren wants to share her work with everyone.

A Paremata potter is holding an open studio this month.

New Kapiti 'Mainland Island' underway

Rat Pack member Geoff Osgood, left, and Nga Uruora member Paul Callister, with some of 100 rat and mouse traps built in the last fortnight by volunteers, to help create a pest-controlled 'Mainland Island' in Kapiti.

An ambitious project to create a virtually predator-free 16.5 square kilometre 'Mainland Island' in Kapiti is about to step up a gear.

Best possible quarry environmental protection sought

Otaki resident Janet Macdonald wants to be sure a new quarry will be as quiet, clean and environmentally friendly as possible.

Otaki residents want councils to impose the best possible environmental protection conditions on a new gravel quarry.

The Shed Project Kapiti takes Wellington Airport award

The Shed Project Kapiti members and volunteers with their award and some of their own projects.

About five years ago Denis Wood founded The Shed Project, a Paraparaumu-based initiative aimed at teaching disabled men life skills. 

Greater Wellington apologises for holiday spraying

300110 News photo: Alastair Stewart/Kapiti Observer. Queen Elizabeth Park Nature Day. Attendees cross river

Greater Wellington Regional Council staff met with Raumati residents to apologise for helicopter weed spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park on a public holiday and to set up communication channels for the future.

Gliding from Kapiti to the Wairarapa

Scenes such as this Wellington Gliding Club craft soaring over Kapiti could become rarer when the club moves operations to south Wairarapa.

Wellington Gliding Club will move its operations centre from Paraparaumu Airport to Wairarapa next year.

Waikanae Hotel reduced to rubble

Kapiti photographer John Mills' drone captured this aerial image of Waikanae Hotel coming down to make way for commuter car parking.

A Waikanae institution is no more now the local pub has been demolished to make way for commuters' cars.

Waikanae Hotel demolition begins

The view of the Waikanae Hotel complex from State Highway 1, during demolition to make way for a car park, on Friday November 13.

Demolition crews and building removers last week began work dismantling the 50-year-old Waikanae Hotel complex. Greater Wellington Regional Council confirmed in June that it had bought the land that was the site of a leased hotel, restaurant, bar and bottle store.

Brader's romantic association with classic MGs

Geoff Brader of Waikanae with his MG Midget at Manfeild Race Track, parked alongside an MGTD, the model that he first owned during his university days.

An immaculately restored MG Midget from Waikanae was among the classic cars in action at Manfeild last weekend.

World Cup victory 'a dream'

Dane Coles with the Webb Ellis Cup after winning the Rugby World Cup Final.

Proud and exhausted after winning rugby's holy grail, Dane Coles is happy to be back home being a dad.

Hearing looms for controversial animal shelter

The SH1 site, south of Manakau village, where application has been sought to establish a HUHA animal shelter.

Work has begun to set up an animal shelter at a controversial site in Manakau, with a resource consent hearing scheduled for later this month. In September last year HUHA (Helping People Help Animals) purchased a 7.3 hectare block of land south of the settlement, on State Highway 1.

Kapiti soldiers who lost their lives in WWI remembered with memorial

Scott Walker, a cadet in the New Zealand Air Training Corps, stands by the flagpole at the opening of the Kapiti field of remembrance on Wednesday.

For the next three years, 100 crosses will stand in Kapiti, in recognition of those from the district who lost their lives in World War I.

Paraparaumu arsons continue

Police and firefighters believe a serial arsonist is still at work in Paraparaumu, after two more scrub fires in the last two weeks.

Council's white ribbon status questioned

Otaki Labour candidate Rob McCann.

The White Ribbon campaign manager has backed a Kapiti Coast District Councillor's belief that they should distance themselves from the "white ribbon council" brand.

Arts Trail reception mixed

Alan Wehipeihana at his Paekakariki studio during the 2015 Kapiti Arts Trail.

The Kapiti Coast District Council says this year's Kapiti Arts Trail was popular with visitors and locals, but not all artists agree. 

School's Problem Child claims second place

Kapanui School band Problem Child. From left, Sam Gray, Angus Gallaher, James O’Neill, Tom McCulloch and Vincent Gray.

Pint-sized Waikanae rockers Problem Child have missed winning a regional Battle of the Bands by only .3 of a point.

Brophy's frightening flick now showing

A still from The Dead Room featuring stars Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas and Laura Petersen.

Kapiti actor Jed Brophy is promising a few scares in his latest film.

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