Kapiti Observer

Thief steals Guides' biscuit cache

Cookie thieves

Girl Guides group leader says whoever stole stock of fundraising biscuits stooped pretty low.

Explosion a military exercise

defence logo

A loud boom heard and felt from Paraparaumu to Te Horo was a military exercise, police say.

Park proposals flood in

Kapiti Track

Kapiti's new 60-hectare reserve could become a 3km sealed competition track with wetland areas.

Clean Tech report pulled from website

A troubleshooting report on $1.1 million in council loans to a defunct charitable trust has been removed from the council's website, before being returned yesterday.

Barrier risk 'small'


Delaying a fix for "unsafe" roadside highway barriers has put road users at risk, a Levin cyclist says.

How they stand on the issues

Otaki seat

Otaki candidates' views on health, youth and public transport.

Green candidate could make history


History could be made after Saturday's election, if Jack McDonald, 21, ascends from chairing the Paekakariki Community Board to a seat in parliament.

Big questions for the district


Mana candidates quizzed on two big issues for the district.

Sweet support for WFA

Paraparaumu WFA

Paramedics enjoy the delights of Sue Kaye's baking, which is her way of thanking Welllington Free Ambulance for the work they do.

$26k to fix aquatic centre corrosion

Kapiti Aquatic Centre

Corrosion at the new Coastlands Aquatic Centre will cost Kapiti council $26,000 to fix.

Firefighter still in coma

Hospital corridor, generic

Two Otaki volunteer firefighters remain in hospital, one in a coma, after a crash last week.

What are their hopes for Kapiti and Mana?

Otaki seat

Kapiti and Mana election candidates talk about the pressing issues for the area.

Politicians turn gully sod


The first sod finally has been turned on the $850m Transmission Gully nearly a century after it was proposed.

Mobility parks used for protest

mobility parks Kapiti

A self-styled advocate is using mobility parks for hours to highlight the lack of parks for people with disabilities.

Health funding riles elderly


National's MP for Kapiti has copped a grey blast at a candidates' meeting on seniors policy.

Otaki candidates face off

Otaki seat

Labour's Rob McCann and National's incumbent Nathan Guy face off for the Otaki electorate seat.

Expressway back to Parliament?


It's Nathan Guy's fourth campaign for the Otaki electorate and he's standing in the middle of the Kapiti expressway route - an expanse of compressed sand - on the spot where the dividing barrier will eventually run, splitting four lanes of traffic down the middle.

Blooming lovely


Spring blooms are aplenty in the garden of Merle Stevenson, who is preparing for the Kapiti Horticultural Society annual spring flower show.

Her bread is rising fast

'Paleo People' pretty popular

paleo strap

A Raumati South cook has been rushed off her feet by demand for her $16-a-loaf grain-free bread.

Fire crews find colleagues in crash


'Worst nightmare' for fire crew finding colleagues trapped during serious road crash.

Roadworks stretching retailers' patience


Retailers along one of Paraparamu's main thoroughfares have lost patience with on-going roadworks.

Movie-maker named as influence finalist


HOLLY BAGGE - Kapiti Observer

Otaki's Libby Hakaraia has been named a finalist in the national Women of Influence Awards.

Jacket theft accused in cuffs

Arrest, arrested, handcuffs

A winter raid for puffer jackets has backfired on an alleged shoplifter and his accomplice.

Council accused of roading U-turn

Kapiti expressway Otaki

Kapiti District Council accused of trying to hinder changes to $650 million Kapiti expressway.

Buried water to revive river

Bore strap

The Waikanae River recharge project work is on track to be operational by next March.

Clean Tech loses backing

Clean tech

Wellington's economic development agency withdraws backing for Otaki's Clean Technology Centre.

Fire damages flat


Fire fighters and an observant neighbour have saved a Waikanae house after a fire damaged two rooms this morning.

Back on the beat... sort of

Noel Bigwood

A retired Kapiti policeman has returned to the beat in the back of an unmarked speed camera van.

Rugby team blows whistle on thieves

rugby ball generic

Police uncovered stash of items at a Levin house, after a rugby team tracked down the culprits who stole their gear.

Mainzeal collapse costs $620,000

Mainzeal HQ

Kapiti Coast District Council has paid out $620,000 to contractors after the collapse of Mainzeal.

Dairy arson could be copycat

Taxi Strap

Police warn social media may fuel copycat crimes after teenagers were arrested in connection to a fire at a Paraparaumu dairy on Saturday night.

Girls charged with school arson

Police ask for calm with social media


Three Kapiti girls have appeared in court facing arson charges after a fire that destroyed four classrooms and a library at Paraparaumu School on Sunday evening.

Iwi claims council took their idea


The iwi that regained Kapiti Island in its Treaty settlement has hit out at a mooted $15 million gateway centre to the icon, which they say was their idea.

Stopbank work will cost native trees

Waikanae River

New flood protection removing swathes of native trees will come in for community scrutiny at a planned open day.

Beaches to go smoke-free?


Smoking at Kapiti beaches could be a thing of the past if a new proposal is passed.

'Starship' control panel free to a good home


The council is giving away the control panel from its water treatment plant as a science fiction plaything.

Devastating school fire

Paraparaumu School

A suspicious fire at Paraparaumu School has destroyed classrooms, photographs and teachers' archives.

ABs a hit in Kapiti


Young rugby fans were treated to a visit by four All Blacks today.

Plans for $15m Kapiti centre

Kapiti Boating Club

A $15 million centre including a cinema is planned for Kapiti, with council and DoC to share the cost.

'Malicious' vandalism

Deborah Lee Marlow

New Mexican restaurant has copped a backlash that includes altered newspaper stories and vandalism.

Police accused of embarrassing victim

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Kapiti Observer

A Kapiti man says a lack of police response to an assault complaint has been upsetting, but Kapiti's top cop disputes some of his claims and says police have not been given a chance to do all they can.

World-class food centre


New multimillion-dollar high end food and beverage centre could draw visitors to Kapiti.

Cooks need added spice


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

The gap between rugby sevens world series teams and others is widening and Cook Islands will be left behind if they don't join the party, the team's skipper says.

'Tired' gates to get an upgrade for centenary


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

The council will upgrade Paraparaumu's memorial gates to beat an Anzac Day deadline next year.

Money system in candidate's sights


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

A Horowhenua-Kapiti SPCA vet has joined September's election race as an independent candidate.

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.

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.

Kiosk will be back by popular demand


Work has started to repair Kapiti's octagonal icon.

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.

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