Kapiti-Observer

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.

Quad bikes help after 4WD rolls

Quad bike riders in the area were able to ride to seek help, and carried emergency workers to the scene.

Quad bike riders were able to get police to the scene when a 4WD rolled 20m into a stream.

Ka pai Finnian, what a speech video

Finnian Galbraith wanted to make a statement about treasuring Te Reo on YouTube, but had no idea it would reach almost 150,000 people around the world.

Schoolboy's speech encouraging respect for Te Reo has had more than 130,000 views on YouTube, and attracted international attention.

Speed limit glitch kept secret

Kapiti Rd in Paraparaumu, a local road covered by Kapiti Coast District Council speed limit controls.

Council told to "keep quiet" about speeding glitch so that NZ wouldn't become boy-racer heaven.

Protestors say no to pavement parkers

I'm Walkin' Here protesters, reclaiming the footpath on Raumati Rd, on Monday morning.

A group of protesters want drivers to keep the footpath outside Raumati Beach School safe for children.

Queen Elizabeth Park cycleway underway

Earthworks have started on the cycle trail through Queen Elizabeth Park.

Work has begun on a new cycleway to connect Paekakariki and Raumati South.

Trash warrior chosen for WOW

Paraparaumu WOW artist Rebecca Bond, with her entry from last year, Boys will be Buoys, which now hangs in her kitchen.

Kapiti's only World of Wearable Arts finalist Rebecca Bond says this year she promised herself she'd just submit a simple entry, but the bug got to her.

Shield try one to remember

Sam Gard'ner celebrates after scoring a try in the Ranfurly Shield challenge. Photo: Photosport

Sam Gard'ner dreams of playing professional rugby, but whatever his future holds, he's unlikely to forget scoring a try for the amateurs in a Ranfurly Shield challenge.

Kapiti picks up triple at cross country champs

A combination of starters, including under 18 men and women and masters women, fight for space as the gun goes off at the Wellington Cross Country Championships.

Kapiti takes three wins from regional cross country champs.

Fire threatens airport control tower

The Fire Brigade received multiple calls about this fire, close to a main traffic route through Kapiti, and metres from the air traffic control tower at Kapiti Coast Airport.

A suspicious fire on a major arterial route through Kapiti threatened the airport control tower, before fire fighters put it out.

Puppy finds lost seal pup video

A seal pup discovered on the banks of the Waikanae River in Kapiti.

SPCA says there's little they can do for a "really tired" baby seal found 5km inland.

Rock slip cuts off road video

Digger operator Shane Foxley with, from left, nephews Victor and Osca Perkins at the slip site on Friday.

Digger driver, who once scooped a flood victim to safety, helped clear a rock slip to reach houses north of Wellington.

Hawke's Bay down plucky Horowhenua-Kapiti

Hawke's Bay No 8 Joseph Penitito was impressive during his side's Ranfurly Shield defence against Horowhenua-Kapiti.

Horowhenua-Kapiti push Hawke's Bay all the way in Ranfurly Shield challenge.

Cafe fire: A century of memories

Alan Stead, who owned the store for about 17 years.

Peter lived at the store from age seven, after his father bought it off the Scarf family in 1952.

Hazy future: Red House in ashes gallery

Te Horo fire chief Byran Sutton says there was little hope for the tinder dry Red House Cafe once the fire was established.

A week after fire gutted the historic Red House Cafe, its owners are left unsure of the future.

SH1 work nearly done despite floods

Safety improvement work on State Highway 1 in Manakau on Wednesday.

The end is in sight for road works stretching kilometres along State Highway 1 in Horowhenua.

Bid to dump arts councillor

The public art panel for Kapiti, from left,  Tane Moleta, Deb Donnelly, Janet Bayly, councillor Jackie Elliott, and Tracey Morgan.

Kapiti's mayor suggests dumping councillor as arts funds gather dust instead of being spent.

Councillors rack up complaints

Kapiti Mayor Ross Church.

Kapiti's council is refusing to release information on four complaints against elected members.

Delta Goodrem 'loves' Kiwi's voice

Caleb Jago-Ward puts his vocal chords into the Queen anthem Somebody to Love, on The Voice.

Delta Goodrem has declared her love for a Horowhenua lad – or at least his voice.

Cafe fire not suspicious

Firefighters and investigators search through the remnants of the Red House Cafe in Kapiti.

Fire that destroyed Red House Cafe is devastating for owner and community, but not suspicious.

Driver's brake job was deadly

Levin teen Te Rehira McGhie, 13, was killed in a crash north of Otaki in November last year.

Te Rehira McGhie was killed in Subaru Legacy that had been traded for a PlayStation 4.

Baby death: man in court

Police have cordoned off a house in Raumati Beach following the death of a baby girl.

Accused faces assault charge after death of six-month-old Kapiti girl.

Fire razes historic Kapiti cafe gallery video

Fire has destroyed Kapiti's Red House Cafe.

Te Horo's historic Red House Cafe has been burned to the ground.

Kapiti man builds hands-free wheeler video

Kevin Halsall on his Ogo - a hands-free electric wheelchair created from a rebuilt Segway.

The 'Ogo' comes with additional wide wheels that allow it to become "an off-road monster".

Time for a change in pace

Kapiti senior constable Tom Dredge is ready for new adventures with his campervan and golf clubs.

In 32 years patrolling the roads, Tom Dredge has been rammed by drivers and come off his motorbike mid-pursuit at 155kmh.

Park upgrade delayed by flooding

The new 8 metre replica boat set for the Maclean Park playground.

Playground upgrade includes boat hull made by real boat-builder.

Former rugby player turns powerlifting champ

Josh Tukua in the gym preparing for a bench press.

Young powerlifter clinches medal in worlds.

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