Kapiti Observer

Building to business success

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Kapiti Observer

Goodman Contractors were named Kapiti Horowhenua Business of the Year at the Electra Business Awards on Friday.

Placement of alcohol to be tested

Alcohol in shops

New laws tightening booze placement in supermarkets are being tested in a case against a Kapiti store.

Water meter penalty date no mistake

Kapiti water meter

The rollout of water meter billing has sparked concerns there could be more glitches in a system that was hit by problems in trials.

'Jealousy' blamed for Cantina closure

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A Mexican restaurant in Kapiti has closed due to the area's 'dirty undercurrent', says its owner.

Ten calves crushed by trucks

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Ten calves are dead after being skittled by two trucks on State Highway 1 north of Wellington.

Coastal cycleway gets the go-ahead

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A 6km sealed cycleway through Queen Elizabeth Park has been given the go-ahead.

Man arrested after 180kmh police chase

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Man arrested after allegedly travelling at 180kmh during a police chase.

Kindy chook killed with stick

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A kindergarten chook beaten to death was so tame it may have allowed the killer to pick it up.

Police say coffee cart robbery made up

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Barista who claimed she was forced to floor in a coffee cart robbery made the incident up, police say.

Safety rails bowled over

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Community pressure will see boosted safety measures at a pedestrian refuge - the site of four smashes on a busy stretch of Kapiti highway.

Lindale centre no longer buzzing

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A honey-themed Kapiti gift store is shutting up shop after 19 years, its owner saying a tough retail climate is to blame.

Council starts over on coastal plans

Kapiti's councillors have dumped coastal property controls from the district's proposed development rulebook.

War time prank rings out again

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A rail bell pinched from Paekakariki and carried through wartorn Africa and Italy has returned - again - to its home at the town's old station.

Danger lurks as high winds rage

Firefighters responded to a slew of storm related call-outs in Paraparaumu on Monday as high winds ripped materials off buildings, threw property about, and caused power cuts.

Lavender Creek wins gold

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A Te Horo lavender farm has added five new medals to their awards cabinet.

Mystery surrounds ancient books

300-year-old books donated to town's book fair

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The hunt's on for the owner of two ancient and rare books mysteriously donated to a Kapiti book fair.

'Oldest Kiwi' dies at age 110

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Peg Griffin, believed to be NZ's oldest resident, remembered for wicked sense of humour.

Alleged biscuit thief arrested

Girl Guide Biscuits

A man has been arrested after fingerprints were lifted from a stolen box of Girl Guide biscuits.

Barista robbed in Otaki

A barista is traumatised after being forced to the floor of a coffee cart during a robbery on State Highway 1 in Otaki yesterday.

Link Road relegated to history

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Kapiti's long sought after local road has reached the end of the road.

Residents want geese culled

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Frustrated Paraparaumu residents say canada geese are the neighbours from hell - covering parks, playgrounds and pavements with poo, holding loud gatherings day and night, dumping waste in waterways and posing the risk of bringing down an aeroplane.

Secret buyer a mystery

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A highway landmark in Te Horo has a new owner but his identity and a new venture for the site are being kept under tight wraps.

Action on house wanted

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Neighbours of a derelict Raumati house gutted by fire in June are frustrated the asbestos-clad building has not been demolished.

Passion for dance pays off

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A teenage Kapiti dancer thriving despite the challenges of Asperger's Syndrome is among a small field of national finalists in the Attitude Awards.

Splash pad go slow

Plans for a $268,000 water play area in Otaki have gone on a "slow down" over concerns the cash could be better spent on other projects.

Smoking stinks - time to quit

Angela Johnston first picked up a cigarette as a 13-year-old in the 80s, a decade, she says, when smoking was considered "glamorous".

Stolen gun, booze found in bush

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Man charged after he shows police where he stashed a stolen gun and booze.

Banned in NZ, but wanted by Billboard

Darren Watson

Top music mag Billboard could be about to feature a piece on the musician behind the banned Planet Key song.

Police seek thief's identity

Kapiti pharmacy theft

Police call for help identifying man caught on security footage after two daylight thefts.

Meet Miss Universe NZ: Rachel Millns

Kapiti beauty aims to dispel pageant myths

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The pageant queen from Waikanae is ready to take on the world, nay, universe.

Biscuit thief steals $600 worth from Guides

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

Kapiti explosion a military exercise: Police

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

Proposals flood in for planned park area

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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'

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

How they stand on the issues

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

Green candidate could make history

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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

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Mana candidates quizzed on two big issues for the district.

Sweet support for Wellington Free Ambulance

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 after crash

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

What are their hopes for Kapiti and Mana?

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

100 years on, first sod turned in Gully

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

Mobility park permit used as protest tool

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

Health funding riles elderly

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

Otaki candidates face off

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

Expressway back to Parliament?

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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

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

Grain-free loaves her bread and butter

'Paleo People' pretty popular

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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

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