2 August 2022

Everything Kāpiti

Ngā Pitopito kōrero mai i te Kaunihera o Kāpiti

Kia ora Kāpiti

The Kapiti Coast Art Trail is always a highlight on the calendar and with two weekends now locked in, 5/6 and 12/13 November, it's definitely one you don't want to miss!  

In this week’s edition, there are new tracks to explore in Queen Elizabeth Park, we introduce the exciting Pakihi Toitū o Kāpiti business sustainability network and with less than two weeks to get your nomination in for our Local Election, we update you on our next candidate briefings. There's plenty more in this issue, so read on!

Mā te wā! – have a great week.

What's new this week icon  What's new this week

Putting the art in the heart of the Art Trail

Planning is underway for our annual arts extravaganza. Held over the weekends of 5/6 and 12/13 November, this year's Arts Trail has new name, Kāpiti Coast Art Trail - Te Ara Toi o te Takutai Kāpiti, and updated visual identify.

We want to celebrate the artists who live and work here by showcasing the quality and diversity of their talent, so it’s important that the Trail has an identity that reflects that along with our district’s identity.  

The format of the Trail is not going to change, you’ll still be able to make a day of it with friends and whānau and pop in to more than 120 artists' studios up and down the coast.  

The official Kāpiti Coast Art Trail - Te Ara Toi o te Takutai Kāpiti guide will be out in September, and we're working behind the scenes to update our website with information about artists’ studios and studio opening times.

More ways to explore Kāpiti

Four new tracks covering 7.5 km have been opened in formerly farmed areas of Queen Elizabeth Park here on the Kāpiti Coast.

Thanks to the help of many volunteers, large areas of land are being restored to regenerating native forest and newly formed natural wetlands.

And great news for dog owners, dogs are welcome in all areas except the wetlands, provided they are under control and their droppings are removed.

Explore the new Queen Elizabeth Park tracks

Your Council icon  Get involved

Ready to make a stand?

Do you want to help shape our district's future? Attend one of our candidate briefing sessions to make sure you've got all the information you need to stand in the 2022 Local Elections.

There are two more sessions - tonight at 5.30pm at Ngā Purapura (Te Wānanga) in Ōtaki and next Tuesday in Paekākāriki.
If you can’t make these times, we've got you covered. Check out our recording of last week's briefing session. 

Nominations close on Friday 12 August at noon.

Find your nearest candidate briefing

Maclean Park skatepark ideas rolling in

Our Maclean Park skatepark community workshop proved a hit despite the weather last Saturday.

It was great to have users of the skatepark come along to have their say about what they’d love to see in our upgraded skatepark.

We're still gathering ideas, so if you didn’t manage to pop along, our survey and ideas page will be open until 15 August and you can email the team at any time.
Once we've gathered all your feedback, our specialist designers – RICH Landscapes – will put together a 2D concept design. We're aiming to have this ready to share with you in November, and there'll be further opportunities to have your say before we lock in the design.

Join the conversation

Your Council icon  Your Council

New Chief Executive appointed

Council has appointed Darren Edwards as its new Chief Executive.

Mr Edwards is currently General Manager, Strategic Planning and Policy with the Far North District Council and will take up the position on Monday 10 October 2022.

Mr Edwards has more than 30 years’ experience across the public sector in both central and local government, with more than seven years in senior leadership roles in local government.

Mayor Gurunathan says he’s confident Mr Edwards is a great fit for our Council and the Kāpiti Coast community.

More about the appointment of our new Chief Executive

Waikanae Library open but Service Centre remains closed

The good news is that our Waikanae Library is open this week but due to staff illness the Waikanae Service Centre will remain closed until Monday 8 August, subject to staff availability. 

Our friendly customer service teams in our Paraparaumu and Ōtaki service centres are more than happy to help if you prefer to connect with us in person. Alternatively, you can visit our website to make a payment or contact us online.

Our facilities opening hours

Our people and community icon Our people and community

Te Raukura ki Kāpiti line up sure to impress 

We're proud to support Te Raukura - Kāpiti’s Performing Arts Centre at Kāpiti College in delivering an important regional hub for our vibrant arts community.

Te Raukura ki Kāpiti have announced their line up for August and September, and if you enjoy live comedy, music or matinees, there's plenty to keep you entertained.

Through our Arts budget, we provide approximately $40,000 in funding each year to ensure that local community groups, students and artists can access and use the facilities for music, dance, theatre and events, alongside a great line-up of touring performance art.

Check out what's on at Te Raukura

Balancing doing well and doing good in business

We've launched Pakihi Toitū o Kāpiti, a new network to help businesses on their journey to more environmentally sustainable practices.   

The initiative, launched last month, was born following a hui of Kāpiti businesses in February focused on the opportunities and challenges they came across when doing business in more environmentally sustainable ways.
The network includes a platform of online resources to assist and guide businesses in developing their own sustainability policy and plan. Once a plan is published, businesses can apply to add the Pakihi Toitū o Kāpiti badge to their website and email to show they're a member. 

Your business can join the network free of charge and get access to the latest news and insights, local case studies, tools and resources, and invitations to industry events on sustainability. Future projects will include waste minimisation projects for soft plastics, recycling, and food waste.
Join Pakihi Toitū o Kāpiti

Share your Kapiti icon  Dates to remember

Save the date iconExhibition reminders

This week is your last opportunity to catch the Kāpiti Coast Photographic Society's Vision and Verse exhibition at the Roderick and Gillian Deane Art Space at our Paraparaumu Library before it is replaced by artist Dee Warring's The Inbetween.

Vision and Verse
Sunday 24 July – Friday 5 August

Paraparaumu Library 

The InBetween
Saturday 6 August – Fridaay 19 August
Paraparaumu Library


Learn more about our upcoming exhibitions and events

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Share your Kapiti icon  #ShareYourKapiti

We want to see your Kāpiti snaps!

Do you have beautiful Kāpiti Coast photos? If so, follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag #shareyourkapiti for the chance to feature in Everything Kāpiti. If you don't use social media, you can upload your images to our website, at #ShareYourKapiti. Get sharing!


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