Kapiti-Observer

Fifth truck rollover at Otaihanga roundabout

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Big tipper: The truck on it??s side, at the Otaihanga roundabout on SH1.
Dazed: The driver looks on as roadworkers and emergency services clear the scene at the Otaihanga roundabout.

Speed may be a factor in the fifth truck rollover on the Otaihanga State Highway 1 roundabout, and police are urging motorists to choose sensible speeds.

Emulsified fuel could lead to Interislander savings

Former Cook Strait ferry Arahura, pictured beached at an Indian shipwrecking yard late last year, was the ferry Blended Fuel Solutions tested their emulsion fuel on.

A liquid fuel created by an Otaki-based company could lead to savings across the Interislander ferry fleet, according to a recent trial.

University hunts lost art works

A sandblasted art panel at the Otaki Memorial Hall is one of a handful of surviving works by artist E Mervyn Taylor still on display.

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Tamahori film to screen at Otaki film festival

Otaki Film Festival organiser Libby Hakaraia.

This year's Maoriland Film Festival will feature director Lee Tamahori's first film on New Zealand soil for more than 20 years. 

Kite-making workshops to encourage participation

20022015 News Photo: Karoline Tuckey/Fairfax NZ.  The Otaki kite festival at Otaki Beach.

Want to paint the sky? Kite making workshops leading up to the Otaki Kite Festival invite participants to get colourful with their own designs.

Man bailed after lewd act

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A man has appeared in the Porirua District Court charged with an indecent act after allegedly exposing himself at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre. 

Five sharks off Kapiti Coast video

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The face and mouth of a 2.7 metre Bronze Whaler Shark at Te Papa.. Story Lane
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Police are warning people in the area to stay out of the water.

Cash for Coastella approved

Coastella organisers Paul Brown, left, and Gerry Paul.

New music festival Coastella has received a boost ahead of its inaugural event, as one of three events to have funding approved by the Kapiti Coast District Council. 

First passive house in Wellington region to be completed in Waikanae

Builders Mike Craig, Chris Beggs and Duane Cameron at the Waipunahau Rd home which is being built to passive house standard. They are pictured with the equipment used for the blower door test, measuring home leaking and airtightness.

Work is continuing on the first home in Kapiti to be built to the passive house standard for energy efficiency.

'Ghost chips' apology from Eta

The offending packet of chips, as posted by Nathan Dickey, on the Eta Facebook page.

Eta has apologised after a 150g Kettle chips packet was found to contain only 40g.

American barbecue coming to Waikanae

Todd Cameron at Waikanae's North End Brewery, which he jointly runs. The brewery will be joined by a barbecue restaurant, Salt and Wood Collective, at the end of March.

A smoker oven imported from America will be one of the star attractions of a new barbecue restaurant under construction in Waikanae. 

Wanted man armed and dangerous

Police are asking for help to locate a man thought to be armed, who has links to Waikanae.

Latin passion in Paekakariki

Wellington band Garage Latino in action. They are travelling to perform in Paekakariki in their first concert outside the capital.

Those in the crowd returning for the first Mulled Wine Concert of the year will be dancing to a different beat than they're used to.

Otaki toxic algae dog death

Tests results show minimal risk of toxic algae danger in the Otaki River, but a dog is believed to have died after swimming in it yesterday.

A dog has died of algae poisoning after swimming in the Otaki River.

Call for return of taonga

Family are appealing for the return of an ornate walking stick that belonged to Muaupoko kaumatua Kevin 'Te Hira' Hill.

The widow of a kaumatua who died recently has appealed for his missing walking stick to be returned.

Say hello to pigeons for art

Artists Kedron Parker, left, and Adam Ben-Dror, plan to be upstaged by a flock of Kapiti racing pigeons in the NZ Fringe Festival.

A flock of Kapiti pigeons are to be the stars of a Fringe Festival performance, where the audience will get to meet the birds. 

Rubbish dumper appalls

Rubbish and household items were found strewn across the roadside and down a cliff in Paraparaumu???s Waterfall Rd.

A "cretin" who dumped a haul of rubbish at a Kapiti beauty spot has been slammed by the person who discovered the mess.

Dead goats, fish dumped at swimming spot

Mike Chase removes part of a dismembered goat from the Otaki River.

A parent is disgusted after she found dismembered goats around an Otaki swimming hole popular with children. 

Medieval makers to demonstrate old skills

Green wood whittler Steve Porteous, with sword-fighting enthusiast Dawa, 5, and pillow fight warrior Turtle, 7, who will be taking part in the Medieval Market.

The hit at last year's Medieval Market was makers – people using old fashioned skills to create items just as they would have in Medieval times.

Man smashes own car in protest

A car was left covered in messages written in vivid, after a hammer attack on it in the Coastlands car park on Wednesday.

A disgruntled father wrote an angry screed to CYF on his car, then smashed it with a hammer.

Wananga fire not suspicious

A fire at Te Wananga o Raukawa on Tasman Rd in Otaki.

A serious fire at Otaki's Te Wananga o Raukawa was not suspicious, fire investigators have found.

Demand soaring before club move

19112015 supplied photo news: Welllington Gliding Club members willl swap the Kapiti Coast for Wairarapa countryside next year.
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Aspiring flyers have less than two months to glide from the Wellington Gliding Club's Paraparaumu home, and already they are clamouring for their fill. 

Sky high enjoyment for Townsley

Melda Townsley went up for a flight in a Wellington Gliding Club glider.

A Wellington woman says gliding over the Kapiti Coast was a great way to mark her 83rd birthday.

Roadwork tempers boil over

Southbound traffic on State Highway 1 between Pukerua Bay and Plimmerton on Thursday. NZTA has been resurfacing the road in both directions, and commuters are not happy.

Roadworkers abused by fuming drivers after unset tar causes delays north of Wellington.

Two arrested after Raumati Beach search

Police made two arrests after raiding a house in Matai Rd, Raumati Beach, on Thursday morning.

Pair face drugs charges after armed police join in early-morning raid.

Waikanae River bridge channel works to begin

One of the outdated Welcome to Waikanae signs at the north end of the town, on State Highway 1.

Work on the Waikanae River Bridge is set to intensify, with river channel works, bridge beam placement and a planting programme all scheduled. 

Tramway Museum broken into, damaged by lightning

The Wellington Tramway Museum trams in Paekakariki are currently not running due to damage to their power supply.

It has been a difficult start to 2016 for the Wellington Tramway Museum, with lightning damage and two break-ins in the last month. 

Father riding tandem bike across New Zealand

Adrian McKenzie and his son Ted, 8, on their tandem bike at the Te Ara o Whareroa Festival of Cycling.

A Raumati father is raising money for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation by riding the length of the country on a tandem. 

Rescued piglets a video hit

Pickle the piglet, being fed soon after being rescued on Monday.

Two piglets whose bacon was saved by passersby have become internet darlings. Both were Captain Cooker pigs, found on the side of the road then handed in to HUHA animal shelters.

Airlifted biker wasn't wearing helmet

Emergency services working at a crash on the beach just north of the mouth of the Waikanae River.

Emergency services working at a crash on the beach just north of the mouth of the Waikanae River. 

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