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Lucas wants 'to go fast' on a bike

Five-year-old Lucas Robins, born without a calf bone and a deformed thigh bone, has ridden a bike.

Safety of Kapiti roundabout queried

Questions are being raised about a Kapiti roundabout,where four trucks have tipped over in the past year.

Highway art planned

The man who sank a frigate in Cook Strait wants to create a $12 million highway of sculptural significance.

Kids' gumboots stolen

Montessori preschool robbed

"You shouldn't take things that aren't yours", says pupil of burgled Paraparaumu preschool.

Dogs rescued from roof

Camo and Milo both got stuck on the roof, but their owner is sure Milo was the ringleader.

'We must not capitulate'

It's full steam ahead for the fight to keep a rail connection between Palmerston North and Wellington.

Rolled truck full of fries

A truck carrying 15 tonnes of McDonalds fries has rolled on State Highway 1 just north of Wellington.

Major projects on Kapiti agenda

Kapiti will get its say on spending as council releases a new document for consultation.

Moderate quake off Kapiti

Moderate quake off Kapiti Coast felt by residents.

Grenade to be exploded

A grenade found near State Highway 1 in Kapiti is likely to be exploded today. 

Grenade found near highway

A grenade found in Kapiti could be live, but police say the scene is safe. 

Top kayaker drowns near Rotorua

One of New Zealand’s top extreme kayakers has drowned in a river near Rotorua.

Anger as kids left in hot car

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An Otaki woman says she was horrified to find a baby and preschooler left crying alone in a car in an Otaki car park.

Pets abandoned

A box of puppies and a sack of chickens have been dumped days apart in Kapiti.

GW split on super council

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Paul Swain almost forced Greater Wellington regional council into a U-turn on local government amalgamation last week.

Bird disease appears over

A suspected outbreak of avian botulism in Kapiti appears to have run its course with no more reports of dead birds in the last two days.

River close to limit

Kapiti nearly breached its consent for taking water from low Waikanae River.

Officer mauled

Police officer allegedly punched by man, then mauled by dog in Foxton this morning.

Fundraiser brings injured DJ home

A Kiwi who was stranded in Bali with massive injuries after a scooter accident has flown home with help from donors.

Fears of avian botulism outbreak

Kapiti SPCA has suspicions over what's behind second mass bird kill in region.

Telephone scammer steals $20,000

An elderly Waikanae man is fleeced scammers who claimed to be phone technicians.

Giant kites to fly in Otaki

Pegasus, stingray, fighting kite tourney

A 12-metre winged horse and a 25-metre tattooed stingray are coming to Otaki Kite Festival.

Spade attack

A man is seriously injured after being attacked with a spade, police say.

Another by-election for Kapiti council

The election to fill the seat left vacant after a councillor's death has been decided – triggering a new by-election.

Stewart autopsy complete

An autopsy has confirmed Kapiti Coast nurse Cathy Stewart was killed in a violent manner.

A meeting of the minds

Patea Maori Club meets Otaki-Maori Racing Club

The strains of Poi E will ring out at the Otaki-Maori Racing Club when the Patea Maori Club performs there this weekend.

System's 'failure'

Man accused of murdering a nurse in her home had sought help from police and lived in a community house.

Stewart murder-accused in court

A 29-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Cathy Stewart.

Dead woman named

A woman found dead at Otaihanga, north of Paraparaumu, has been named as Catherine Gay Stewart.

Power lines get the chop

Power lines at the centre of a decade long legal battle in Kapiti will be pulled down.

Tapu taonga taken

Thieves who took a sculpture from a Kapiti school should be aware it is tapu and return it, the school warns.

Family's Kapiti Island legacy

Kapiti Island is one of the jewels of the Wellington region, and is an important nature reserve.

Lindale subdivision planned

Plans for a new subdivision at the Lindale Park complex on the Kapiti Coast have been confirmed.

Jetskier rescued off Kapiti coast

A man has been rescued after coming off his jetski about halfway between Kapiti Island and Paraparaumu beach.

Rare tractors rev up for show

It was nearly 100 years ago when the tractor now parked on Rod Clifton's backyard crawled inland on steel-cleated wheels, dragging Stewart Island's phone cable behind it.

Council boosts fraud protection

An outside expert will be appointed to monitor Kapiti council's coffers, to avoid a repeat of a million-dollar swindle in Dunedin.

Riding the wave of success

Surf's up for Otaki beach business

A summer of groundswells and gentle weather has boosted the first season of a Kapiti small business drawing people region-wide to surf Otaki.

Church eyed for car park

A Waikanae church could be turned into a car park to ease clogged streets around the town's train station.

Faeces smeared in room

A container of human excrement was splattered in a Kapiti house, in what one woman claims was a violent assault.

Man charged with arson

Man charged with the arson of a house neighbours say was scene of a domestic disturbance.  

Kapiti road a top priority

Easing congestion along a Kapiti road is the top priority in Wellington's draft regional transport plan.

Otaki youngster McConkey firing up racing career

An Otaki 16-year-old is motoring into the lead of the New Zealand Formula First Championship.

Kapiti house just 'rotting away'

Suburban Kapiti house left stripped and gutted for years has been labelled dangerous by neighbours.

Total fire ban for Horowhenua

Dry conditions and the high risk of fires has led to a total fire ban for the Horowhenua district.

Expressway sound buffer being rebuilt

A length of giant, noise-reducing embankment along the Kapiti expressway will be pulled down and rebuilt after months of work.

Water use down by 3.6m litres a day

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Kapiti Coast residents are using far less water since the introduction of metered charging last year.

Record callouts for Coast firefighters

Paraparaumu firefighters had their busiest year last year, bucking the trend throughout the Wellington region.

'Toddlers in speeding car' - police

Couple tried to outrun police in stolen car with unrestrained baby and toddler inside, police allege.

Driver crashes five times over limit

A driver who crashed into a parked car in Kapiti was more than five times over the new alcohol limit, police say.

Country comes to town

Suited and gumbooted: it's showtime

A&P shows are massive events for a simple reason - there's something for everyone, and even more if you love a good tractor.

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