Kapiti-Observer

Counting the cost of the flood

Paula Lynch's Epiha St furniture showroom in Paraparaumu was devastated in the floods on May 14. Starting up again will be like starting over, she said.

Flood damage to one Kapiti business could cost $900,000, but figures don't reflect the true impact, the owner says.

Late councillor's wife elected to board

Newly elected Waikanae Community Board member Jill Lloyd.

The wife of a late Kapiti councillor has won a council seat left vacant by his death.

Controversial river top-up goes live

The outlet for 400 year old bore water pours into Waikanae River, with, from left, wastewater treatment plants manager Dave Bassett, former mayor Jenny Rowan and mayor Ross Church at the official opening of the river recharge scheme.

A scheme dogged with controversy that uses 400 year old bore water to top up a river opened on Wednesday.

Ferry mixes water with fuel to cut costs

The Arahura Cook Strait Ferry.

The Interislander ferry Arahura will add water to its diesel in a bid to save millions in running costs.

House of the week: Kapiti Coast gallery

At Martin Brown’s seaside home at Te Horo Beach, an hour’s drive from Wellington on the Kapiti Coast, a wall of glass provides unobstructed views of the beach and out 
to Kapiti Island.

A Te Horo bach is the ultimate stress-buster for a Wellington city apartment-dweller.

US Marines run draws record field

Race organiser Roger Childs briefs the social walkers and slow joggers group.

A record field turned out in perfect conditions for Sunday's fourth In the Footsteps of the Marines event at Whareroa Farm.

Historic mall announces expansion

Concept design for an expanded  food court at Coastlands Shopping Centre.

Mall uses vacant space

Long road to recovery for flood family

Anja Ferguson, right, with Charlotte and Hannah Maguire, front and middle, in their now-drained lounge. With them is friend Jazmin Doughty, whose family put the Ferguson/Maguire clan up for the night after the flood.

A week on from widespread flooding in Kapiti, the Fergusons are living in hotel while cleaning up their home.

Flood wall was planned

The flooded end of Moa Rd, with houses underwater from the Wharemauku Stream.

Plans were underway to build a protection wall for one of Kapiti's hardest hit neighbourhood's in Thursday's floods.

Cut back postal services adopted

09042015 Karoline Tuckey/Fairfax NZ. Protestors gathered at the Raumati Beach shops this morning, unhappy at NZ Post's plans to close the village's PostShop.

Core postal services will be taken over by an alternative provider in Raumati Village, but it is still a use it or loose it situation, he says.

New ambulance station to cope with demand

Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics are looking forward to a new station rebuild. Outside the existing Paraparaumu station, from left Vanessa Simpson, Holly Lynch, Kathryn Oijordsbakken and intern Rosalie Nicol.

Kapiti's ambulance service has outgrown their Paraparaumu base as population changes increase demands on paramedics.

Shared rare disease discovered at meeting

Old acquaintances Graham Cozens, left, and Paul Clegg, who met at a support group for people with ME after 20 years.

When Graham Cozens saw Paul Clegg, it took a few moments but he eventually remembered they'd known each other back in the day, 20 years ago, when they had the strength to be young and strong.

Church safe heist doesn't pay

The burglars who made off with the large safe were in for a disappointing discovery.

Thieves broke into an Otaki church and hauled away a large safe - but it only contained about $40.

Choke-point protest hits the rails

A group of student Capital Connection riders, including, centre from left, Melissa Riwaka and Brooke MacMillan, jumping to the Tranz Metro for a day.

Supporters of a near-extinct rail service have attempted to choke the peak hour Tranz Metro service on the Kapiti LIne.

Council boss wins five year extension

Kapiti Coast District Council chief executive Pat Dougherty has won reappointment to the role.

Kapiti's council boss Pat Dougherty has held on to his job with the announcement of a five year contract today.

Hero cop plucks cyclist from torrent video

Paraparaumu man Shane Foxley used the bucket of his digger - with a police woman inside - to pluck a man to safety from the Waikanae river.

Perched in the bucket of a digger, she reached out to the man stuck in the swollen Waikanae River.

Second road out of Wellington reopens

Flooding and slips close Centennial Highway yesterday.

An alternative route in and out of Wellington has reopened.

Agency downplays Facebook rumour of bridge closure

Waikanae River, flooding across the Otaihanga Domain.

Kapiti flood evacuee returns for dinner

Flood evacuee Alex Hack retrieves his dinner from his flooded house in Moa Rd, Raumati.

Alex Hack waded through freezing water into his flooded home to retrieve car keys and some dinner.

Kayaker scoops top prize

Sportswoman of the Year Tess Allen, left, with Kurtis Imrie, who claimed the Sportsman of the Year and overall Sportsperson of the Year titles.

A New Zealand representative kayaker has claimed the top gong in a huge night for water sports at Kapiti’s 10th anniversary sports awards.

Club rooms gutted by fire

Flames were coming out of the windows of the Kapiti Underwater Club when firefighters arrived.

A fire has gutted the Kapiti Underwater Club rooms, but the iconic Kapiti Boating Club and Coastguard rooms have escaped with only minor damage.

Market gardener gets party gong

Labour party stalwart Stephen Yung, at home in Otaki with photographic memories of his meetings with everyone from Helen Clark to Phil Goff to Annette King.

Stephen Yung thumped his teacher then learned English from the Minister of Education's wife - now he's getting a Labour Party gong.

Battle over octagonal icon

The Maclean Park kiosk after the repair work.

An eight-sided beachside icon on public land could become a permanent tourism business base.

Youth centre service to be farmed out

Kapiti Coast youth could have a new centre with the council giving the nod for its management model.

Kapiti council is calling in contractors to run a local youth centre.

Bullying allegation thrown out

Kapiti Coast District councillor Diane Ammundsen.

A tense stand-off has resulted in a bullying allegation against a Kapiti councillor being dropped.

Parsons wraps tour in Paekakariki

Mel Parsons set to wrap her Drylands album tour in Paekakariki on May 16.

Angry kiwi pair find love

New kiwi pair Koro, front, and McMurdo, in a nesting box at Nga Manu this afternoon.

Romance has overcome, after the volatile introduction of a new breeding pair of kiwi.

Alternative postal provider teed up

260613.news.  Picture Kent Blechynden Dominion Post. New Zealand Post Group Chief Executive Brian Roche at today's announcement.

A temporary postal services provider has put their hand up to take over when the Raumati Beach PostShop closes.

Fire on a train causes delays

After being extinguished, the locomotive was driven to a side track north of Paekakariki station to allow services to resume.

Kapiti Coast rail services have returned with some delays after a burning train blocked the line.

Crash on SH1

Police working to clear the crash on SH1, north of the rail overbridge in Paraparaumu.

Police expect delays on SH1 at the north end of Paraparaumu after a crash.

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