12 July 2022

Everything Kāpiti

Ngā Pitopito kōrero mai i te Kaunihera o Kāpiti

Kia ora Kāpiti

The school holidays are in full swing and while there is more rain on the horizon, we have some great indoor activities to keep the tamariki entertained at our libraries, aquatic facilities and with our fantastic Waka Kori play trailer.

In this week’s edition we help you school-up on the big issues facing our district ahead of our local elections in October, invite you to have your say on how we respond as a community to coastal hazards, and recognise some amazing artistic talent. Grab a cuppa, settle into your comfy chair and read on to stay informed.

Mā te wā! – have a great week.

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

School up with our 2022 Pre-election Report

Thinking of standing in the 2022 local elections or want to make an informed voting decision?

Get the lay of the land with our 2022 Pre-election Report. The report provides an overview of Council achievements over the triennium, the big issues facing our district, major projects that we have underway or planned to happen, as well as our financial position. 

There’s a huge amount going on in local government right now and there’s no doubt that the next three years will present new challenges and opportunities. We encourage you to school up, join the conversation and have your say in deciding our district’s future. 

Pre-election Report 2022

Handling hazards on our coast

Kāpiti Coast is being affected by increasing coastal erosion and flooding as a result of sea level rise due to climate change.

Our Takutai Kāpiti project team want to hear your views on how we should respond as a community.
Join the Takutai Kāpiti project team, technical experts, iwi partners, and Takutai Kāpiti Coastal Advisory Panel members at the Ocean Road Community Centre on Saturday 23 July to discuss the effects these coastal hazards are having now and in the future.

We know it's school holidays, so bring the tamariki. We’ll have drawing and colouring activities to keep them occupied while you have a cuppa and a kōrero with the team.

Come along for formal presentations from 11am-12pm then stay on, or drop in between 12-2pm to mix and mingle with the Panel and our experts.
Join the conversation

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Artists transforms temporary ramp into a work of art

A temporary ramp in Mahara Place, Waikanae has been given some artistic flare thanks to the work of 22 artists from the Kāpiti Art Studio.

The mural features on both sides of the ramp adding to the vibrancy of Mahara Place while work to upgrade the Mahara Gallery continues. 
The outer sides show the bird and plant life of Waikanae, while the inner sides depict a kowhaiwhai pattern. The pattern uses the koru to represent water, life, the artists and the new gallery. 

Kāpiti Art Studio is a creative space where people who face participation barriers to the arts can express themselves creatively and connect with others in the community.

Last week Mayor K. Gurunathan presented the artists with a certificate of appreciation from the Kāpiti Art Studio in recognition of their creative efforts to transform the ramp into a wonderful piece of art for the community to enjoy.

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Play it safe Kāpiti

COVID-19 and the winter flu is continuing to have an impact on our ability to provide services and open our community facilities with staff needing to isolating at home.

Our Council team is being as agile as it can but it does mean that we need to operate some of our facilities and services differently at times. Keep an eye on our website and our Council, Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Ōtaki Pool, and Coastlands Aquatic Centre Facebook pages for updates about changes to our services and facilities. Better still, sign up to Antenno, our free mobile app, to be notified of changes.

If you’re unsure about our facilities opening hours or availability of Council services, you can also give us a call on 0800 486 486.

These continue to be tricky times and we're incredibly grateful for the patience and support our community continues to extend to our staff. We encourage you to keep masking up when you are out and about, especially when you visit our public facilities and libraries where it is required, and to stay home if you are feeling unwell. This will help reduce the spread of the virus and other winter bugs in our community.

Our services and facilities during COVID-19

Waste levy grant applications now open

Applications for Waste Levy Grants are now open. The grants aim to increase the range, scale and number of community-led waste minimisation activities in our district. 

Every project counts and we encourage community groups, education providers, businesses, social enterprises and trusts to put their hat in the ring. All you need to do is submit your application by 7 August. 

Have a look at our website for eligibility criteria, application forms and case studies. 

Learn more

Financial assistance for venue hire for community events

The Districtwide Facility Hire Remission Grant, for groups or individuals who use our halls or aquatic facilities for community events, is now open. 
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must reside in Kāpiti and be able to demonstrate that their community event will benefit the district as a whole. The maximum grant is $1,000 per grant.

Applications close Thursday, 18 August 2022.
Find out more

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Waka Kori play trailer pop-ups

Now until 20 July
Across Kāpiti – see website for details

Waka Kori is our amazing play trailer that aims to give people of all ages an introduction to unstructured play and loose parts. It’s a treasure chest of materials and equipment designed to spark the imagination and inspire creative play.

Find out more, including dates and places, on our website.

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Beyond the Page

Now until 22 July
Across Kāpiti – see website for details

With only a few days of the school holidays to go, this week’s highlights include:

  • Thursday 21 July – Nan and Tuna – Stringbean Puppets with Anna Bailey at Paraparaumu Library
  • Thursday 21 July – Bricks and Giggles at Ōtaki Library
  • Friday 22 July – Toro Pikopiko – Puppet performance and workshop at Ōtaki Library

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Vision and Verse

24 July–5 August
Roderick and Gillian Deane Art Space at Paraparaumu Library


The Kāpiti Coast Photographic Society's exhibition features 64 images showcased in three sections: Kapiti, Open, and inspired by the Written Word.

The exhibition, which is open to the public during library opening hours, is partially funded by our Creative Communities Scheme.

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Kids rule the pool

Now until 24 July
Ōtaki Pool and Coastlands Aquatic Centre

Kids are the bomb at Ōtaki Pool and Coastlands Aquatic Centre 1–4.30pm daily during the July school holidays. We've got plenty of lanes open for play, inflatables are up, and there's loads of other holiday boredom buster fun.
If you prefer a quiet relaxing swim, we recommend coming before or after the SPLASH session.

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Or share the sign-up page directly. We look forward to welcoming them to the whānau.

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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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