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Young Kāpiti activist enters local government politics

Paekakariki teenager Sophie Handford, who led the recent School Strike 4 Climate campaign, will be standing in the upcoming Kāpiti Coast District Council elections. “I’m putting myself forward as a candidate because I want to advocate for healthier relationships between our seniors and youth, transitioning

Gwynn Compton aims to bring fresh leadership to Kāpiti

Paraparaumu resident Gwynn Compton has promised to bring fresh leadership and a community-led approach to the Kāpiti Coast as he announced he is standing for Mayor, and as a Districtwide Councillor, in this year’s Kāpiti Coast District Council election. Living in Paraparaumu with his wife, Renee, and

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Mazengarb Road and Guildford Drive tarseal

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to take care driving through Mazengarb Road and Guildford Drive, due to tarseal issues. “We’re aware of the issues with the tarseal on Mazengarb Road and Guildford Drive. The stones have worn off the surface, and the

Council to kick off public discussions about Kapiti growth projects

The Council, with support from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), will shortly begin public discussions about opportunities for supporting our district’s economic growth in partnership with central government. “We’ve had some early discussions with the government about accessing support from the Provincial

Funding for major events with distinct Kapiti flavour

The Kapiti Coast District Council is now inviting applications for the 2018 Kapiti Major Events Fund. The fund was established by the Council in 2016 to help develop and grow signature events on the Kapiti Coast, with event development identified as a key driver in

Kapiti Projects get funded by Creative Communities

Fourteen groups and individuals will benefit from the first set of Creative NZ funding this year. Just over $20,000 was awarded by the council’s grant allocation committee on the recommendation of Council’s Creative Communities Committee. Cr Mark Benton said that the Creative New Zealand funds are

KCDC tells GWRC regional rate increase is excessive

Several councillors joined Mayor Gurunathan in making a case to Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) regarding the “Excessive rates increase”  on behalf of Kapiti residents. “Greater Wellington Regional Council has proposed a 6.7 percent average rates increase across the region in 2018/19, but this amounts to

Councillor David Scott Found guilty of indecent assault

David Scott, a Kapiti Coast District Councillor has been found guilty of indecent assault. David Scott has been on trial in the Wellington District Court. He was accused of rubbing his genitals against a staff member during a council morning tea in the Paraparaumu offices.

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Shared Pathway to be Built in Otaki

Funding has been confirmed by the New Zealand Transport Agency for a shared pathway, running along the Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway to be built. The pathway will connect to the MacKays to Peka Peka section on the Kapiti expressway, creating a 30km long path

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Petrol Prices Unfair and Unlikely to Change

In late April, an internal email from the petrol company BP was leaked, exposing the company of a plan they had to make up for decreased sales in Ōtaki. The price of fuel in Ōtaki was 20 cents higher than the price of fuel in

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Kāpiti Marine Discovery Centre

A proposal has been made for a marine centre to be built on the former Raumati Pools site. Photo: AD Architecture The proposal has been made by the Guardians of Kapiti Marine Reserve Trust. The proposed site, which is currently being used to store books,

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Council Shifts Funding Priorities

Council are making shifts in funding based off three new strategic priorities. Sarah Stevenson, strategy and planning group manager has said, “we have agreed three new strategic priorities for funding – connected communities, safe communities and a capable sector”. Earlier in the year, organisations were

Reliability to Improve – Kapiti Airport Open Day

Kapiti Airport held an open day on the 3rd of March, there was a fantastic turnout with thousands of people coming to see our airport. Air New Zealand bought down a Q300 aircraft to be featured at the event. This gave everyone the opportunity to