Bring him joy - bring him votes

BEN STRANG - Kapiti Observer

Waikanae octogenarian Noel Signal is aiming to conquer New Zealand's Got Talent, and become the oldest winner of the show around the world.

A show of warmth in Otaki


Kapiti Observer

Kapiti singer-songwriter Ryan Edwards will play Otaki's Civic Theatre this month in a performance with new band The Truth Tellers.

Ocker treasures

Kapiti Observer

Coasters Musical Theatre's next production Across The Ditch sees two unlikely characters make an appearance on the Coast - Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.

Ka pai Kapiti author!

te reo award

Otaki writer Tihema Baker has scooped the Best Short Story in Te Reo at the 2013 Pikihuia Maori Writers Awards.

Singing the blues

mike garner

Horowhenua Mail

Hot Club Sandwich's Andrew London returns to Tokomaru's Bent Horseshoe Cafe this Saturday with bluesman Mike Garner.

Gibson 'truly magical'

Toni Gibson

TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Horowhenua Mail has a double pass to give away to the October 5 concert. Email editor@horomail.co.nz with Ticket Giveaway in subject line or write on the back of an envelope and post to Editor, Horowhenua Mail, PO Box 110, Paraparaumu.

Under the Sun mix it up


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

A Horowhenua-Kapiti band that melds musical styles as diverse as reggae, rock and hip hop launches its first EP on Saturday.

German ensemble to play


Kapiti Observer

An award-winning orchestra of young German musicians will touch down in Waikanae on their first tour to New Zealand.

Literary festival draws top writers

Kapiti Observer

A writing competition, workshops and talks by accomplished writers are on offer next month at the Friends of Kapiti Libraries 2013 Literary Festival.

Art heals mental illness


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

A popular Waikanae artist who uses his art as part of his personal healing process from mental illness has launched an exhibition in Wellington.

Cosy country time


Kapiti Observer

Country duo Rusty and Rose will headline Reikorangi's second Cosy Community Concert this Saturday.

Scoring well in UK contest

steph casey

SADIE BECKMAN - Kapiti Observer

Steph Casey has gone from writing songs in Levin to hitting the high notes in a prestigious UK songwriting competition.

Artist tops public vote for third time


Paekakariki artist Ben Timmins has taken out the People's Choice award at the New Zealand Art Show.

Blues blast coming this way

Swamp Thing

SADIE BECKMAN - Horowhenua Mail

Tokomaru's Bent Horseshoe Cafe is set to host Swamp Thing this week as part of the band's album release tour.

First shot at a short film

Chelsie Preston-Crayford

Chelsie Preston Crayford imposed the discipline of a very tight deadline on herself for her first short film, Right Here, Right Now.

Blues on menu

Horowhenua Mail

The Red-Dog Acoustic Duo will serve up country blues this Saturday in Tokomaru.

African spirtuals on offer

Kapiti Observer

Lovers of blues and gospel music are in for a treat with Kapiti Chamber Choir's upcoming concert, In the Spirit.

Good and bad get equal measure


Kapiti Observer

Raumati Beach singer-songwriter Aotea Cornelius is performing on Saturday night to raise funds for a solo EP.

Anything but honourable


TALIA CARLISLE - Kapiti Observer

Waikanae actor Mike Bryant plays a singing journalist in Gryphon Theatre's musical Right Dishonourable, which runs till Saturday.

Arotai director appointed

WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

A global search for a new director of Aratoi Museum of Art & History has come up trumps with the appointment of Alice Hutchison.

Art Show to feature local talent

A host of talent from Kapiti and Horowhenua will feature at the New Zealand Art Show when it returns to Wellington next week for its 10th year.

Rooftop Cats strut stuff


SADIE BECKMAN - Kapiti Observer

Otaki Players are set to deliver a "landmark production" of the internationally acclaimed Cats - The Musical, opening tonight at the town's Civic Theatre.

Band has shot at Kapiti

Shot band

Kapiti Observer

Paekakariki is set to host the first gig in a nationwide tour by a band once described as a meeting point for "the spirit of Johnny Cash" and "the swagger of Keith Richards".

Sweet success of love


Kapiti Observer

A show that "celebrates love in all its many forms" will visit Kapiti next month.

Soppy love songs a winner


''Soppy'' love songs earned Levin band Indecisive second place at the Manawatu smokefreerockquest final last weekend.

Dialogue lets down a good sci-fi story



REVIEW: It's exciting to see Will Smith, the undisputed king of sci-fi action movies, return to the multiplex with After Earth.

School band to rock out

Peyton Morete

Three Horowhenua-Kapiti bands are ready to rock out at the Smokefreerockquest Manawatu finals this week.

The Great Gatsby a visual feast

great gatsby

REVIEW: When F Scott Fitzgerald created the ultimate social climber Jay Gatsby and his feckless love Daisy Buchanan in 1925, he captured the dark side of the American Dream.

Cat in the Hat meets Horton

Dr Seuss

The magical world of Dr Seuss is set to come alive on stage as Levin Performing Arts Society prepares to open its latest production tomorrow night.

Hot on the arts trail

Horowhenua Arts Trail

About 600 visitors over the weekend toured the second annual Horowhenua Arts Trail.

Film Review: Spring Breakers

Spring breakers

REVIEW: Spring Breakers is a non-stop, pulse-pumping film that'll be putting smiles on the faces of a lot of the 20-somethings who watch it.

'Naughty and nice'


TALIA CARLISLE - Kapiti Observer

Christchurch performer Ali Harper returns to Kapiti for an evening of jazz, blues and musical theatre on Friday.

Westie a 'granddad' of comedy


TALIA CARLISLE - Kapiti Observer

Comedian Ewen Gilmour was dealt a rough hand in life.

Festival music to their ears

Kapiti Music Festival

Organisers thrilled with the success of the weekend's Kapiti Music Festival aim to make the enlarged event an annual fixture on the district's calendar.

Film review: The Company You Keep

Film The Company You Keep

REVIEW: The Company You Keep is an all-round wel-produced adult drama.

Calling all poets

Hinemoana Baker

TALIA CARLISLE - Horowhenua Mail

Poets from Kapiti and Horowhenua are invited to submit unpublished works for an online journal.

Rim Review: Iron Man 3

Iron Man

REVIEW: If you're an Iron Man fan, and you loved the first two, then you are going to love Iron Man 3.

Spinning the fabric of life

Rebecca Ellery-Winchcombe

Levin craftspeople have helped organise a festival attracting New Zealand and international fibre artists opening on Thursday in Porirua.

Blues legend to play

TALIA CARLISLE - Horowhenua Mail

American blues legend Watermelon Slim is coming to Horowhenua on his first New Zealand Tour.

Young writer's dream takes flight

TALIA CARLISLE - Horowhenua Mail

She's just 13, but Waikanae student Ella Neilson has published her first book.