Kapiti Observer

Burning toast prompts pool evacuation

Kapiti Aquatic Centre

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

Kapiti 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 opens for expressway business

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 beacons "worth their weight in gold"

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.

Woman crashes car into Kapiti council HQ

'Panicked' driver causes chaos

crash strap

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

Another Mt Victoria crash cause delays

Mt Victoria tunnel

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

Classes to clown around in

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

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.

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.

Council eyes trust for Waikanae cash

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

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.

Second order for death row dog to be put down

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 Kapiti woman found


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

Mob member keeping quiet on injuries

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 Capital Connection

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 bridge 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 drugs ring, find stolen carving


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.

Death sentence for 'killing machine'

Karena Fellowes

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

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.

Policeman 'attacked' with child's scooter


An Otaki man faces several charges after allegedly attacking a police officer with a baton and a child's scooter.

Arrests following cannabis find


Two men have been arrested following the discovery of a large cannabis in Waikanae.

Firefighters attending chemical spill


Chemical specialists from the army have joined fire fighters working to contain a chemical spill on the Kapiti Coast.

Train stoppage causes chaos

Barrier arm

A train stopped across a main road in Waikanae last night, stranding some residents and causing delays.

Riders thrown as dog attacks horses


A dog viciously attacked two horses, causing both their riders to fall.

Man dies after fall at bar

A man has died after tripping and falling while leaving a Waikanae bar. 

Council baulks at funding hockey internationals


Organisers remain tight-lipped about a pair of Black Sticks men's hockey international matches planned for Kapiti as the hunt starts for funding.

Council rules out delaying water meter charges


Calls for Kapiti Coast District Council to extend a honeymoon trial period for planned new water meter charges have been rejected.

Love thy neighbour, but not their water bill


A glitch discovered on the eve of water meter charging could see residents billed for their neighbour's water.

Derelict house goes up in flames


A derelict Raumati South house will have to be pulled down after a suspected arson on Tuesday.

Police seek two after 'run from cab'


Police are seeking two men who caught a cab from Wellington to Otaki then allegedly fled without paying the $257 fare. 

Public check out bridge progress

Waikanae bridge construction

Kapiti people have received a progress report on construction of the planned second bridge over the Waikanae River.

Lights out for sports field

Paraparaumu Domain

A rusted light post has collapsed, nearly falling onto the main trunk railway line and forcing the closure of a sports park.

Council listens and delays repair work

Community complaints over parking disruptions at Paraparaumu Railway Station have seen planned repairs postponed.

'Big picture' excites planner


Landscape planner Dr Frank Boffa has worked on major projects around the world, but his park-like Waikanae property is among his most treasured.

Tenants could face water charges


Landlords in Kapiti have been advised to revamp tenancy agreements as the countdown to billing for water begins.

Playing computer games to aid recovery

Janna Lek

A group of Kapiti residents have become gamers in a bid to aid their recovery from strokes and brain injuries.

Car crashes through shop window

Paraparaumu crash

A car carrying a woman and a toddler went through a shop window after a SH1 crash today.
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