Kapiti Observer

Deadly mid-air crash 'could have been prevented'

Coroner finds that mid-air crash near Wellington in 2008 could have been prevented if safety standards had been met.

Family faces Christmas with no home

A Kapiti family face a tough Christmas after fire made their home unliveable.

Inspirational cyclist farewelled

Cyclists formed a guard of honour for Kapiti athlete Stu Downs' final journey.

Police dog captivates

A police dog handler with a love for books has introduced a new fictional four-legged hero for children.

Dog to be put down after two-year battle

Dog impounded for more than two years will be put down after its owner lost a third court battle to save it.

Council conduct code cause for concern

A Kapiti councillor censured for breaking the rules says the council's code of conduct is not democratic.

Kapiti divided over super-city

Kapiti's rating system would change, creating "winners and losers", and it would lose its community boards under a proposal to make the region a super-city.

Rain eases but roads risky in Kapiti, Horowhenua

Heavy rain which caused flooding in the Kapiti Coast, Horowhenua and Manawatu ease but some roads are still affected.

Islands proposed to stop wrong-way drivers

Moves to stop traffic heading in the wrong direction are under way, as drivers avoid taking the long route out of Waikanae railway station.

Police seek 4WD after crash

Police are appealing for sightings of a silver 4WD that fled the scene of a crash near Foxton.

Kapiti by-election list by the book

Kapiti Coast District Council will stick with alphabetical listings for candidates in the by-election to fill the vacant Waikanae ward.

Kapiti plan gets green light

Councillors will stick with a programme to drag the Kapiti Coast District Council out of its District Plan quagmire.

Residents fear road will ruin reserve

Raumati residents are fighting to stop a reserve on their quiet cul-de-sac being turned into a road.

Students' documentary makes the cut

Kapiti College students feed needy for doco

Budding film-maker Mason Cade Packer is already making a name for himself, with his short film shot in Chicago and Wellington winning a national film challenge.

Man found dead on Kapiti Coast hill

Police treating death of man found near car on Kapiti Coast as suspicious.

Town centres the talk of Kapiti

Talk has turned to upgrading Waikanae and Paraparaumu town centres after the Kapiti expressway is completed.

Community group raided again

Thieves who took vintage phone box may have raided volunteer group for a second time.

Kapiti by-election format decided today

The format for the by-election to fill the vacant Waikanae ward seat will be decided by councillors today.

Walkers come across grisly find

Sheep rustlers have left a grisly find for walkers on a popular walkway as theft numbers spike from Otaki to Foxton.

Plan's future will be known today

Kapiti's council looks to dump contentious coastal property controls in district plan due out today.

Fresh attempts to lure kids into car

More children have reported being approached by a stranger who tried to coax them into his car in Horowhenua.

Helping children in Kenya

Unimaginable poverty in Kenya has spurred a Kapiti couple to help with fundraiser fun run in Wellington.

Haywards Hill should be a 'major connection'

A $30 million upgrade of Haywards Hill Rd, connecting Kapiti to the Hutt Valley, is not good enough say critics.

Kapiti Island gateway plans shut

Plans for a multi-million dollar gateway to Kapiti Island appear to be dead in the water.

Pedestrian killed in 100kmh zone

A Kapiti Coast man has died after being hit by a car on State Highway 1 north of Wellington.

Rustlers hit Kapiti and Horowhenua

Demand for black-market Christmas dinners could be behind a rash of livestock thefts, police say.

Hundreds on latest Arts Trail

After a decade of sculpting in a friend's garage, Tracey McCarthy has unveiled her work.

Paraparaumu 'ghetto' plan opposed

Ian Cassels' project opposed

A Wellington developer has sparked a fight with residents over a multimillion-dollar project that will see three-storey rental apartments in the suburbs.

City Mission moves to eftpos in effort to raise extra funds

Wellington City Mission is using eftpos machines to collect donations leading up to Christmas and hopes the initiative will raise an extra $100,000.

Waikanae rail connection proposed

Palmerston North City councillor offers an alternative to saving the Capital Connection.

Barista charged for making up robbery

Police have charged a Kapiti barista for stealing nearly $3000 and falsely reporting a robbery.

Cost hikes hold up gallery upgrade

An $8.7 million home for art and literature looks to be delayed as the council and supporters grapple with cost hikes.

$47,000 resurfacing job closes pool

The $47,000 resurfacing of slippery changing room floors will see Coastlands Aquatic Centre closed for four days.

Fancy footwork gives lad a leg up

Helps to get cancer victim back on his feet

A Raumati teen has had his foot re-attached backwards in place of a knee, but he now needs a prosthetic leg to enable him to run, jump and play.

Sniffing out trouble

Drug dogs are so finely tuned they can sniff out a few cannabis seeds in a bag of smelly sports gear.

Bringing te reo to the silver screen

Film producers have different strengths, Tainui Stephens said, seated on the back deck of his Otaki Beach home, with his laptop, his handrolled cigarette and an excellent coffee.

Student's death shocks friends, teachers

Friends and teachers lend support to the family of 13-year-oldĀ killed in a car crash on Monday.

Man tries to get girl in car


Man tried to coax a 13-year-old girl into his car in Levin, in what police describe as a ''sinister incident''.

Gully toll could hurt Porirua - councillors

A toll on Transmission Gully could force motorists back on to Porirua roads, say councillors.

Armed officers surround Kapiti home


Armed police surrounded a house in Paraparaumu on Tuesday evening after a woman was reportedly threatened.

Bikkie man busted

Girl Guides biscuits

Man sentenced to community work in connection with stolen Girl Guide biscuits.

Click for club could win new surf IRB


Otaki's surf lifesavers are calling for online help as they seek to win a new boat and put their ageing inflatable craft out to pasture.

Economic agency grilled over centre's failure

Clean tech

The head of the region's economic growth agency was scorched by councillors as he fronted on Thursday over Kapiti's clean tech failure.

Maori name for MacKays Crossing

MacKays Crossing will include a Maori title in its name in a proposal sparked by a local park group.

Police review footage of alleged gang brawl

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Police are reviewing CCTV footage of an alleged gang brawl in Levin last week.

Wellingtonians' long walk home

From Wellington to Kapiti on foot

Long walk to Kapiti

About 80 people are walking from Wellington city to the Kapiti Coast as part of a disaster preparation exercise.

Body of missing hunter found

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Searchers have found a body they believe is the man they have been searching for in Tararua Forest Park.

Gear found in search for missing hunter


Police have found a backpack and rifle in their search for a man missing in the Tararua Ranges.

Whale buried next to another in park

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Humpback whale which washed up at Waikanae is buried alongside sperm whale found last year.

'Fussy' pies hit the spot

Handmaking 1000 pies a week


An accidental piemaker has opened a boutique shop so fussy that even its mince and cheese pie took eight months to design.
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