Phantom '48 ready for show

16-year journey complete


A Phantom purple 1948 Ford Club Coupe will have its first public showing at Sunday's Tararua Rodders Hot Rod Show.

ASX goes automatic

Mitsubishi ASX diesel.

Kapiti Observer

It isn't a given that if you plonk a diesel under the bonnet of an SUV, it will sell.

From SBW to Super 15 titles

BEN STRANG - Kapiti Observer

From Sonny Bill Williams to Super Rugby titles, Chiefs high performance manager and former Kapiti man Chris Tindall talks to BEN STRANG.

One man's planting mission

Graham Petterson

JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

Graham Petterson sits in his living room with his arms crossed and talks, quietly and a little reluctantly, about his work with native planting.

Falcon's farewell still a mystery

Ford Falcon

Kapiti Observer

SSSSHH - don't tell anyone, but Australian assembly of the Ford Falcon grinds to a halt in 2016.

Supersport the ticket on Kiwi roads


Kapiti Observer

Kawasaki's softer ZX-6R is still a proper Supersport, PAUL OWEN says.

Fiesta revamp here next month

Ford Fiesta EcoBoost 1.0-litre Women's Car of the Year - Overall winner and small car class winner.

Kapiti Observer

The best woman's car in the world with the best engine in the world lands in New Zealand early in 2014, but the redesigned car gets here next month with yet another new engine, writes DAVE MOORE .

Business coming up roses


Stephen and Daphne Stocks produce about 400,000 rose blooms a year and are converting to an organic pest control and fertilising regime.

Family foray to Manawatu suits all


SADIE BECKMAN - Kapiti Observer

Kapiti Observer travel writer Sadie Beckman succumbs to pester power and heads to Manawatu.

Staunch advocate for Otaki kids


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

Joel Maxwell meets an Otaki teacher whose temporary job became a labour of love.

Jeremy's journey to Romania

Jeremy Cave

BEN STRANG - Horowhenua Mail

Continuing our series on locals chasing their dreams overseas, BEN STRANG talks to professional rugby player Jeremy Cave.

No stopping dedicated Ellis


BEN STRANG - Kapiti Observer

He turned 72 this month, but Peter Ellis is showing no signs of slowing down. Reporter Ben Strang profiles the keen sportsman and children's sport promoter.

Blingy beast brings Payne joy


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

If you're after proof that women can be as mad about cars as men, look no further than Valerie Payne.

Lady is a driver, not a showboat


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

Trev Howse reckons he might have the only 1952 Ford Mercury Monterey in New Zealand.

Widow hopes to see Utu


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

Martyn Sanderson's window is keen to his performance in the re-mastered version of the movie Utu.

Panel beater's dream car


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

In our series on prized motors in Coasters' garages or backyards, editor RANDALL WALKER takes a look at Maurice Rose's 1964 EH Holden.

Genealogist's obsession is relative


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

In a series on Kapiti clubs, JOEL MAXWELL discovers sleuthing is one of the most addictive hobbies as he talks to a member of a group researching family trees.

Sharing a culture of fine food


TALIA CARLISLE - Kapiti Observer

More than just a passion, food is part of the culture for Romanian couple Dragos and Carmen Mihaila.

Looking back: This week in history

BEN STRANG - Kapiti Observer

Big changes were planned in Waikanae Beach 40 years ago, while a small change took place at the Kapiti Observer.

Dancer cruising the globe


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

For a 21-year-old Hannah Candy might just have the dream job.

Low, sleek and 'goes like stink'


RANDALL WALKER - Kapiti Observer

Finding classic cars in original condition can be a challenge but try finding one that has sat untouched in a garage for over half its life.

Kia's wagon defies simple descriptions

Kia Carens

Kapiti Observer

What is this new vehicle? That's the debate surrounding arrival of Kia's latest Carens, as ROB MAETZIG explains.

Festival tribute to McLaren success

Bruce McLaren

Kapiti Observer

It's fifty years since Bruce McLaren established his formula one-winning team and the the Goodwood Festival of Speed is celebrating their achievements.

Ultimate Aston blasts onto scene

DAVE MOORE - Kapiti Observer

REVIEW: The new V12 Vantage S gets a long-awaited new gearbox, a lot more power and despite some yellow and back paint on the launch car, it looks almost exactly like its predecessors.

Streetwise Sorento a savvy SUV

Kia Sorrento

Kapiti Observer

PREVIEW: XIn recent weeks I've been musing over the increasing inappropriateness of the term SUV.

Exercise by laughter

TALIA CARLISLE - Kapiti Observer

For anyone in need of a pick me up, the first New Zealand Laughter Yoga Conference will be held in Kapiti this month.

Car museum motoring along

National motorsport museum

Kapiti Observer

One of the standout features of the new Highlands Motorsport Park in central Otago is a fascinating national motorsport museum. Rob Maetzig visits the place.

Kiwi sports car inspired by best

Zestini Haast Barchetta.

Kapiti Observer

This stunning home-grown sports car realises a yacht designer's dream, writes Doug Sail .

Multifaceted game enthrals


Kapiti Observer

In a regular column on Kapiti clubs Joel Maxwell talks to members of a mahjong group operating out of a bowls club.

Kia like to do in tough market

Kia Cerato 2013

Kapiti Observer

A new third-generation Kia Cerato sedan has been launched in New Zealand, and Rob Maetzig finds the new model offers plenty of promise.

Harvesting in full swing


VICKI PRICE - Kapiti Observer

Harvesting and processing garden fruits and vegetables is full on at the moment. Feijoas are falling, filling baskets and bags, and apples continue to be picked and eaten fresh, cooked, bottled or pulped and frozen.

Looking Back: This week in history

BEN STRANG - Kapiti Observer

Forty years ago two J class steam engines were bought to be housed at Paekakariki, but had to wait for a home.

Food a language of friendship


TALIA CARLISLE - Kapiti Observer

Waimea restaurant operators Blair Nicholl and Michele Passarello communicated through food before they could speak the same language.

Connectivity driving force behind latest Barina

Holden Barina CDX


Holden's Barina CDX hatch is more than just a small car - it's the first Holden to be fitted with a flash new infotainment system that'll be in all the Australian company's future product.

Five-door is hot hatch heaven

BMW 135


The only rear-drive performance hatch in the world meets paradise at Highlands motorsport park.

The expat files: London calling

Alan Henderson

Kapiti Observer

In the first in a series on expat Kapiti people chasing their dreams overseas, reporter Ben Strang speaks to budding actress Alana Henderson.

Looking Back: This week in history

Kapiti Looking Back

Kapiti Observer

We shed light on Paekakariki Surf Club's 50th anniversary, a near-fatal green waste incident, and talks about a new aquatic centre.

Touring class BMW a pretty wagon

BMW touring

ROB MAETZIG - Kapiti Observer

Touring versions of BMW's 3-Series range have arrived - and a special feature is that all-wheel drive options are available for the first time, as Rob Maetzig reports.

More to green space than meets the eye

VICKI PRICE - Kapiti Observer

As most of us watch our lawns shrivel and die in this season of drought, we could take a moment to ponder the purpose of a lawn.

Car monitors dangers for drivers


Kapiti Observer

The new Mazda6 is capable of actively looking out for trouble in an electronic effort to keep those aboard safe. Rob Maetzig reports from the New Zealand launch.

Grab a plate of tuna steak

Kapiti foodies 200x150 strap

TALIA CARLISLE - Kapiti Observer

Great food does not have to cost a fortune, say Kapiti foodies Greg Churcher and Paul Sellars.

McLaren P1 a snip at $1.6 million

McLaren P1 strap

Kapiti Observer

REVIEW: With the urge of both electric and combustion power units, McLaren's long-awaited P1 promises to be one of the quickest cars in the business, writes DAVE MOORE.

Peugeot returns to form

Peugeot Allure

DAVE MOORE - Kapiti Observer

REVIEW: There are more expensive Peugeot 208s but its cheapest version is head and shoulders the best, says Dave Moore .

Stunning sums up Abel Tasman


SADIE BECKMAN - Kapiti Observer

Nelson and Tasman seem a world away from Wellington.

Ancient art tames the heart


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

In our series on Kapiti clubs Joel Maxwell investigates an art that combines philosophy, physicality and the simple ability to just keep things in perspective.

Delightful dahlias full of colour


If there is one plant that reliably provides sumptuous colour throughout late summer, it is the dahlia.

Potts of cooking talent at the GP

Chef Andy Potts

TALIA CARLISLE - Kapiti Observer

From dishwasher in an English pub to head chef at Wellington's The General Practitioner, Waikanae chef Andy Potts has experienced a variety of kitchens.

Ute passes family camping trip test


Kapiti Observer

Utes are beaut for taking away on a summer camping holiday. Rob Maetzig headed to Raglan in a Ford Ranger and gives Seven Good Reasons why it was ideal for the job.

For the opera or the quagmire

Range Rover 2013

Kapiti Observer

It might not look like it at first, but this Range Rover is all-new and the equivalent of four good-sized rugby forwards lighter than the previous car, says DAVE MOORE.

Good vehicle despite oddities


Kapiti Observer

Quirky looks fail to disguise a supremely competent car, and Dave Moore finds the BMW X6's faults actually endear it to him.