Kapiti-Observer

Beervana nirvana

Beervana is back for another year, with sour beers set to make a big appearance.

Beervana showcases better than any other festival how craft beer has well and truly moved on from faddism.

$123,000 to put sand on beach

The view south along Paraparaumu Beach towards an embankment built up with sand trucked in by contractors for Kapiti ...

Kapiti council spends ratepayer cash to protect beach from its own storm-prevention work.

School to offer bilingual class

Paraparaumu schoolteacher Gina Sarich will teach the school's new English-Te Reo Maori bilingual class, beginning next year.

Paraparaumu School are starting a bilingual te reo Maori primary school class, in a bid to revitalise the language in the district. 

Business booming at The Waterfront

Ricardo Reis at the Waterfront Bar.

A revamp since new owners took over last year has seen patronage figures rise.

New Otaki court opened

Amosa Suitauloa, 13, won the free throw competition that opened Otaki's new basketball court.

Wellington Saints representatives attended the basketball court opening at Haruatai Park.

Election time gets personal

Nigel Wilson has made no secret of the fact he doesn't like opponent Penny Gaylor.

One seat. Two people. And this time, for one of them at least, it actually is personal.

Students cut up over beards

Anthony McEwen is one of a group of Kapiti College students who have started an online petition, asking for year 13s to ...

Almost 300 students have signed a petition to allow year 13s at Kapiti College to grow facial hair.

Clause out for cats

Prime cat-free property for sale in the Kotuku Parks subdivision.

While Wellington mulls cat controls, a Kapiti subdivision has enforced a full-on ban to protect nature.

Otaki Gorge Rd open at last video

The top batter slope is 33 metres high, and laid back at a 45-degree angle.

Access to Otaki Forks - and to one couple's home - is open again, after about seven months.

Make dog training compulsory

Kapiti College students Jack Loader, Sam Cathro and Caitlin Voyle want to see more preventative measures taken to ...

Kapiti College students have a good idea for how to reduce dog attacks in the region.

A kids' health camp? Not here

Stand Children's Services says the Milne Drive property would be like a fairytale castle for the 5 to 12-year-olds it ...

A "fairytale" site for a children's health camp hits legal hurdles and opposition from Paraparaumu neighbours.

Hockey side can avoid relegation

Part of the Kapiti premier 1 women's hockey team.

The Kapiti women's team conceded a late goal to fall 3-2 to Victoria University on Saturday and now need a win to avoid relegation.

Designs for new Levin town centre

Visualisation of the Levin Town Centre upgrade.

More open space and laneways could be the future of the town at the heart of Horowhenua.

New building for Paraparaumu School

An artist's impression of the new building at Paraparaumu School.

Construction has started on the replacement classrooms for those destroyed by arson in 2014.

When the washing went boom

Jamie Winiata with her scorched Samsung, one of a batch recalled in 2013.

There are 4000 washing machines in NZ, just like this one, at risk of bursting into flames.

From Kapiti to New York

Kapiti filmmaker Ana Montgomery-Neutze is heading to The School of Visual Arts in New York.

Fulbright scholar to leave Kapiti Coast for film school in the Big Aporo.

Stratford steeled for world champs charge

Paraparaumu-based Miramar catcher Jayden Stratford is part of the Junior Black Sox team which will compete at the ...

The catcher thinks his NZ softball side can go one better than two years ago.

Kitten dies after dumping

Four kittens and a vacuum cleaner box found dumped about 300m from Waikanae SPCA. A fifth kitten was found dead.

Four surviving kittens have been taken to Wellington for monitoring after being dumped.

Wilson a cut above

Levin butcher Mathew Wilson, who won apprentice butcher of the year for the lower North Island, with his winning display ...

A Levin butcher has cut and carved his way to the regional apprentice of the year title, and a national grand final.

Thompson to waveski in Portugal

Waveskiier Marcus Thompson at his home beach in Otaki. He will compete at the World Waveski Championships in Portugal ...

An Otaki resident has not let a serious spinal injury take away his love for the water. 

Author to pitch novel at romance conference

Author Carole Brungar is writing her second major novel, due for release next year.

A Levin author is hoping to pitch her second major novel at the country's largest writers' conference later this year.

No censure against Scott

Michael Scott.

No further action will be taken against Kapiti councillor Michael Scott, after he was found to have breached council's code of conduct last week.

'We're losing our voice'

Waikanae Beach man Malcolm Hinder, who uses Kapiti's mental health services.

Kapiti man calls out mental health services after advocacy service appears to be stopped, then resurrected.

Coastlands cinema complex sold

Prime Minister John Key joined  Downtown Cinemas board chair Bill Wallace  and Otaki MP Nathan Guy to check progress ...

Australian company to take over Kapiti cinema.

Dementia patient sent home alone

Peter Wright, 74, who has mild dementia, was allowed to travel home from Wellington Hospital by public transport on ...

Wife furious, but Wellington Hospital says 76-year-old refused taxi and shuttle offers.

Leg broken in quad bike crash

A quad bike incident on the Kapiti Coast left a man with a badly broken leg.

 A quad bike user was rescued after breaking his leg in a farm accident north of Wellington.

Re-think over Otaki to Levin state highway plans

The State Highway 1 upgrade through Levin is being delayed to take into account growing traffic volumes.

Increasing freight and traffic volumes force NZTA to re-investigate SH1 plans.

Kapiti airport fears as flights cut

An Air New Zealand flight from Auckland lands at Kapiti Coast Airport.

Three recently added Auckland flights will be axed from August.

Hutt track finally nearing completion

Craig Cottrill takes in the sweeping views from the Te Whiti Riser track. .

Hutt walking track to open after long delays.

Rescue spanned two days

The team prepare to rescue a horse stranded on a beach by the Otaki River.

Several unsuccessful attempts were made to lead a horse from an Otaki River beach the day before she became stranded by rising waters.

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