Local News

Kāpiti’s Canada geese told to Flock Off with new repellent

Canada geese using a Kāpiti lake as a toilet have been told to Flock Off.

February 25, 2021

Jab but no tab: Israeli bar offers free drinks with vaccine shots

An Israeli bar doubled as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday, with free drinks given to those who got the shots.

February 23, 2021

Queen Elizabeth Park Festival

Bring out your wild side at this free family-friendly day out in scenic Queen Elizabeth Park.

February 22, 2021

Time for tourism to pay for its environmental damage, says commissioner

A departure tax for all international flights and cracking down on freedom campers are among recommendations to get tough on the tourism industry’s environmental damage.

February 18, 2021

Spanish chess board sales soar after ‘Queen’s Gambit’ cameo

A Spanish chess board maker discovered by chance that its products played a cameo role in hit Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit”, and its sales have since soared.

February 17, 2021

Summer Sounds

Join at Waikanae Pool on Sunday 21 February from 2-6pm for an afternoon of live music, food trucks and good vibes.

February 15, 2021

Residents want answers on long-awaited Pioneer Highway Countdown

Palmerston North residents are frustrated and demanding answers as a long-awaited supermarket is delayed once again, adding to eight years of legal-wrangling and setbacks.

February 11, 2021

COVID maths: All the virus in the world would fit in a coke can

All the COVID-causing virus circulating in the world right now could easily fit inside a single cola can, according to a calculation by a British mathematician whose sum exposes just how much devastation is caused by minuscule viral particles.

February 10, 2021

The Waikanae Beach Valentines Day Market

Enjoy a yummy coffee (Coffee Cart on-site) browse the stalls. pick up a bargain or a gift then spend a day at the wonderful Waikanae beach (walking distance).or touring the many attractions on the Kapiti Coast.

February 7, 2021

France’s Macron: I will not surrender my umbrella

French President Emmanuel Macron was so determined to hold his own umbrella at a rain-dampened event outside the Elysee Palace on Wednesday that he shooed away aides three times when they tried to take it from him.

February 4, 2021

Deadly road can’t wait until end of decade to be replaced, AA says

A deadly stretch of State Highway 1 needs to be replaced urgently, the Automobile Association says.

February 3, 2021

The Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth 2021

Anchor your calendar now to take part in the 2021 Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth to raise funds and fitness for Kapiti youth while having fun strolling or running the beautiful Kapiti coastline.

February 1, 2021

Lobster shell patterns make concrete stronger: Australian researcher

Inspired by the natural, twisting patterns of a lobster shell, Australian researchers say they have found a way, using 3D printing technology, to improve the strength of concrete for use in complex architecture.

January 26, 2021

Fasting Diets

Want to lose weight, prevent diseases and slow down aging? Come along to this fun and informative workshop. Learn the short and long term benefits as well as the many types of fasting diets and which one may work for you.

January 24, 2021

Indoor playground job ad asks applicants to clean up after ‘annoying little kids’

A Porirua business owner whose job advertisement asked for applicants to “be kind to” and “clean up” after “annoying little kids” says he doesn’t regret the phrasing, despite receiving a barrage of online criticism.

January 22, 2021

Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine to happy customers

“Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalised leaf.

January 20, 2021

Hunters terrified as bear joins them in tree

This crazy video captured in May last year shows the moment two hunters sitting in a tree stand were unexpectedly joined by a bear…

January 15, 2021

Toxic algae is lethal to dogs – and it’s in our rivers

Dog owners and swimmers in the Hutt Valley are being reminded to watch out for toxic algae.

January 12, 2021

Ōtaki Kite Festival

A fabulous free weekend of family fun, market stalls & entertainment at Ōtaki beach – jewel of the Kapiti Coast.

January 10, 2021

Wellington named among world’s best cities for remote working in 2021

Wellington has been recognised as one of the world’s top destinations for remote workers and digital nomads, ranked alongside the likes of Bali and Bermuda.

January 8, 2021

NZ House & Garden Tours – Kāpiti Coast

The NZ House & Garden Tours are Aotearoa’s largest charity house tours run in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

January 6, 2021

Is This Baboon Skull a Clue to Egypt’s Lost Kingdom of Punt

When we think of the ancient world, we usually think of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, India, and China. But when the ancient Egyptians thought of mysterious and wealthy kingdoms they spoke of “God’s Land” or the Land of Punt.

January 5, 2021

Quote of the Day

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

December 28, 2020

Significant delays as holiday traffic builds on Kāpiti Coast north of Wellington

Motorists are being warned to expect significant delays as holiday traffic builds north of the capital.

December 27, 2020

A painful skin disease is killing dolphins worldwide — scientists just found out why

Ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005 with its Category 5 strength, dolphins that called those coastal waters home have been dying from a painful skin disease.

December 23, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

– Willie Nelson

December 22, 2020

Wearing someone else’s face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan

A year into the coronavirus epidemic, a Japanese retailer has come up with a new take on the theme of facial camouflage – a hyper-realistic mask that models a stranger’s features in three dimensions.

December 17, 2020

Police close investigation into ‘threat’ that closed Kāpiti Airport

Police have closed their investigation into a “threat” which sparked the temporary closure of Kāpiti Airport.

December 15, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

– Buddha

December 13, 2020

Solo sauna a hot favourite in Tokyo as coronavirus cases rise

The spread of the novel coronavirus may have slowed economies and closed many businesses worldwide, but it hasn’t been a damper on a newly opened Tokyo sauna that caters to solo customers.

December 10, 2020

Mayor urges PM to save Kāpiti Airport, Helen Clark urges ‘careful consideration

The mayor of Kāpiti Coast is appealing to the Prime Minister to save Kāpiti Airport from potential closure, while former Prime Minister Helen Clark urged the Government to give “careful consideration” to the request.

December 9, 2020

The Waikanae Beach Christmas Market

Great Community Market with local stallholders showcasing quality products including lots of excellent Christmas Gift Ideas.

December 8, 2020

Wellington will have fully electric bus fleet by 2027

Wellington’s public transport is going greener, with the capital’s bus fleet to be entirely electric within seven years.

December 3, 2020

Space oddity? Monolith in Utah desert mystifies helicopter crew

They were on a mission to count sheep when they found something they had not counted on.

December 1, 2020

Waikanae Community Christmas Night Market

Over 80 stalls and food trucks, Father Christmas, pipe and brass bands. All stallholder fees to be donated to the Kapiti Foodbank.

December 1, 2020

Major health service shakeup fast-tracked, will take two years — new health minister Andrew Little

The new health minister says major reforms to the public health services could be completed with two years, with the system “crying out for change now”.

November 27, 2020

Singapore activist faces fine over one-man smiley face sign protest

Singapore is set to charge an activist with staging a one-man protest without a permit over an incident in which he held up a sign bearing a crudely drawn smiley face outside a police station.

November 26, 2020

Kapiti Food Fair 2020

Kapiti Food Fair is an iconic annual food & beverage event well know to vendors and visitors – 22,000+ visitors with up to 250 vendor sites – “Fill your life with GOOD friends, GOOD times & GOOD food.”

November 23, 2020

Clever rat sails to freedom on a piece of wood

This is the astonishing moment an intelligent rat escaped deadly floodwaters by using a piece of wood as a raft.

November 18, 2020

Ōtaki Healing & Wellbeing Expo With A Sprinkle Of Spirituali

A wide range of stalls to find that unique gift; something personal; or treat yourself to experience healing, wellbeing and spirituality. Nau mai Haere Mai.

November 16, 2020

There’s plenty of green beyond Wellington’s green belt

The laptops on the tables are a bit of a giveaway. The groups of people huddled together in meetings clinch it.

November 13, 2020

Archaeologists uncover 1,000-year-old Viking ship burial site

Archaeologists in Norway have uncovered a unique Viking burial site, hidden deep underground, dating back over 1,000 years ago. Using only a radar, researchers identified a feast hall, cult house, farmhouse and the remnants of a ship.

November 12, 2020

Raumati Beach Village Street Party

Come and experience “The Coolest Little Village by the Sea” Raumati Village for the best in designer fashion & accessories, cafes & dining, gifts and homewares, entertainment and much more.

November 10, 2020

Tears and anger as special votes fail to flip narrow cannabis referendum loss

Despite hopes among the Yes campaign, special votes failed to flip the results of the cannabis referendum.

November 6, 2020

Day Trip to Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair

Return full day trip from Kapiti by coach to Cross Hills Gardens where you will have plenty of time to explore over 180 market stalls and enjoy the beautiful gardens.

November 4, 2020

Indian doctor duped into buying ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ for $41,600

Two men have been arrested in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly duping a doctor into buying an “Aladdin’s lamp” that they promised would bring him wealth and health.

November 3, 2020

Transmission Gully: Review into continued cost blowouts and delays under way

A review, which was announced by Transport Minister Phil Twyford in August this year, is now under way, led by Australian reviewer Steve Richards, former deputy Prime Minister Sir Michael Cullen and former chief executive of Fulton Hogan Lindsay Crossen.

October 29, 2020

Old is gold: Like humans, aging chimps prioritize important friendships

When it comes to friendships, people are known to become more selective with age.

October 26, 2020

Loose debris above main trunk line puts commuters on go-slow

Loose debris above the main trunk line out of Wellington has forced commuters on to a slow train home.

October 23, 2020

Man’s response to unexpected surprise while delivering package

A delivery driver’s adorable reaction to a woman’s kind gesture has melted hearts across the world.

October 21, 2020