Kapiti Observer

Librarian hits e-book paydirt in Montana


For Kapiti Coast head librarian Leeann Morgan, Bozeman in Montana, is where the heart is.

Indian car is first to join collection


Departing British High Commissioner Vicki Treadwell has left a small but remarkable example of Indian and British engineering behind in Kapiti.

Coastal rules axed from plan


Parts of Kapiti's development rulebook won't be completed till 2020 as the council reboots its troubled district plan.

Kiosk will be back by popular demand


Work has started to repair Kapiti's octagonal icon.

Neighbours oppose furniture firm


Two neighbours of the site where a furniture manufacturing business hopes to set up in Paraparaumu say they don't want it in their back yard. But the company believe those in opposition do not have a clear picture of their application.

Council row continues


An insult or a sneeze? Kapiti councillor apologises after calling a public speaker an idiot.

Wedged in canal

Tight spot for crashed car


Police seek owner of a car found crashed into a canal near Paraparaumu's waterfront last night.

Kapiti to host hockey internationals

The Black Sticks men will play two hockey tests in Paraparaumu after the matches gained $30,000 council backing.

Kapiti far from 'God's waiting room'

Kapiti Coast

Kapiti's future as a regional red zone because of its aging population has been rubbished by the district's mayor.

A dog of a day

Clifftop rescue for Pepper the labrador

Pepper the dog

Abseiling SPCA volunteers have rescued a dog called Pepper from a clifftop ledge above a quarry.

Veteran to skipper sevens team at Games


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

Waikanae rugby veteran Ashley Drake will lead the Cook Islands sevens team at the Commonwealth Games.

Legal high ban call

JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

Kapiti can't ban legal highs and can only suggest sale locations under laws branded "a...-about- face" by a councillor.

Main street for Waikanae


Council reveals new plans for Waikanae, which would have cars drive through Mahara Pl.

Councillor faces censure

Jackie Elliott

Councillor called colleague "loathsome" and "vindictive" and also cost council $10,000 after an employment dispute.

First Paekakariki, then the world


A woman with a dream to launch a chain of Mexican restaurants from Paekakariki has already survived fire, the Irish recession and the Christchurch earthquake.

Casts of courage Survivors seek funds for race


Plaster cast torsos of dragon boat-racing breast cancer survivors have been turned to art to help crew members head to the world champs.

$1.5m to sell Kimberley Centre

Kimberley Centre

More than $1.5 million was spent to maintain a former facility for the disabled during an eight-year sale process.

Rehab unit gets princely listing


A Catholic girl's rehab unit has been listed on Trade Me by a man who says he's Georgian royalty.

Burnt toast prompts evacuation

Kapiti Aquatic Centre

Smoke from burning toast led to the evacuation of a Paraparaumu pool this morning.

Young prop scores NRL contract


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

On the verge of an historic winning streak in Australia's under-20 league competition, it's a heady time for Kapiti talent Dallas Graham - but the excitement is just beginning.

Dripping with inaction over water meters

Kapiti water meter

A Nikau Valley resident says he is frustrated at continued council inaction after water meter glitches in his neighbourhood.

Out-of-town library fee on hold

library book

Kapiti's council is set to back down on a new library fee that has copped a backlash from borrowers.

Concrete plant for expressway

Expressway concrete

Otaki has become a concreting base for the $650 million MacKays to Peka Peka expressway - and potentially Transmission Gully.

'Silly buggers' grazed by train

Wellington trains

Two teenagers have escaped death by a hair's breadth after being hit by a train near Raumati South.

Dogs sniff out life overseas

Marie Hare

A Kapiti couple is breeding dogs they found through Google for use by international armed forces.

Singing the music of the night

Toni Gibson

Kapiti starlet Toni Gibson is set to play her dream role in The Phantom of the Opera this month.

Trial meter bill blunder costs


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

Delayed trial billing will cost about $25,000 it has been revealed, as water meter charging begins.

At mercy of fate on wrong side of tracks

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Kapiti Observer

A call for investigations into alternative access to eastern Waikanae to safeguard residents seems to have been nixed by Kapiti Coast District Council.

Emergency beacon aids rescuers

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

A woman in her 50s was winched to safety by a rescue helicopter after injuring herself on a walk near Waikanae.

Slip on Otaki Gorge Rd

Otaki slip

Otaki Gorge Rd is down to one lane after a large section of bank fell away.

Crash hits council HQ

'Panicked' driver causes chaos

crash strap

Woman driver shaken but "fine" after she hits three cars, Kapiti Coast District Council building.

Second crash at capital tunnel

Mt Victoria tunnel

Traffic was slowed this afternoon by the second crash at the Mt Victoria tunnel today.

Council eyes trust for Waikanae cash

Waikanae has launched a bid to keep its $1.13 million stash out of supercity coffers.

Classes to clown around in

Tom Beauchamp isn't clowning around when he says he's establishing a circus company in Kapiti.

Delayed plan gets reprieve

The Kapiti Coast District Council is set to take the pause switch off a beleaguered plan controlling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property, and business development.

Metering modified

The Kapiti Coast District Council has offered delayed charging for metered water as it fails to deliver two rounds of trial billing on time.

Failed cases lead move for policy change

Council staff will have to sign on the dotted line that they won't prosecute people without approval from their boss after a string of failed cases.

Second order for death row dog

Dog on death row

A dog that has been on death row for 18 months has been ordered to be destroyed for a second time, after an appeal to the High Court.

Missing woman found


A 60 year old woman suffering from Alzheimer's has been found.

Silence over Mob stabbing

Mongrel Mob Aotearoa

A Mongrel Mob member stabbed on Saturday is "not forthcoming" about the circumstances of his injuries.

Woman missing from Kapiti home


Police have concerns for a 60-year-old woman who has been missing since yesterday.

Labour pledges to fund rail link

Capital Connection

Labour says it would subsidise the Capital Connection rail link to keep it on track.

Train carriage vandalised

graffiti generic

Three men have been caught covering a train carriage in graffiti.

Kapiti expressway milestone reached

Kapiti expressway bridge

The construction of a pile for bridge over the Waikanae River as marked a milestone for the Kapiti Expressway project.

NZTA drops appeal for Grace land


NZTA has dropped an appeal in its efforts to claim Maori ancestral land for an expressway.

Police bust drug rings


Police raid in Wellington nets drugs, weapons and a carving stolen from Te Papa.

Driver causes $30K damage to house


A lawyer faces a drink-driving charge after her car smashed into a Waikanae house.

Anger at KiwiRail's inaction


KiwiRail has come under fire after a train cut off the east side of Waikanae for more than an hour on Sunday, causing traffic congestion on State Highway 1.

Rental housing in high demand

Rental demand peaked early this year as newcomers brought to the Coast by major works and good weather soaked up properties.

Death sentence for 'killing machine'

Karena Fellowes

A dog that attacked two horses in Queen Elizabeth Park is expected to be destroyed this week.

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