17 January 2023

Everything Kāpiti

Ngā Pitopito kōrero mai i te Kaunihera o Kāpiti

Kia ora Kāpiti

As we swing into gear for the new year, we're thrilled to be able to tell you about our public forums, which will take place before some Council meetings. Check out our story to find out more, including how to register for them. 

We've also got hot tips on what to do if you see a dog wearing a yellow ribbon, and LOTS of fun parks, museum adventures, pool events and activities for all the whānau to enjoy. Read on to find out what's happening!

Mā te wā – have a great week.

Your Council icon  Your Council

Public forums back for 2023

Fancy chatting with elected members in a less formal setting than Council meetings? Public forums are back this triennium, offering you the opportunity to talk to your representatives on issues that aren’t on a meeting agenda.
Mayor Janet Holborow says increasing public participation is a priority for Council. 
“We’re looking forward to hearing people’s thoughts on a range of topics, and we’re hopeful these forums will provide us with a richer understanding of what matters most to the people that live in our district,” Mayor Holborow says.
Forums will be held on request before Council and Strategy, Operations and Finance Committee meetings. Make sure you register for the public form by midday on the Monday before the relevant meeting.

Find out more about public forums and how you should register

Key consenting milestone for Ōtaki to North of Levin expressway

We’ve received a Notice of Requirement application from Waka Kotahi for its new Ōtaki to North of Levin highway – a key consenting milestone for the project to move forward.
Approximately 3.6 kilometres of the new highway and shared use pathway is proposed within the Kāpiti Coast District. Other resource management applications have also been lodged with Horizons and Greater Wellington regional councils and Horowhenua District Council in their respective remits.
A Notice of Requirement is essentially a proposal for a designation that allows authorities to protect land for public infrastructure such as roads, rail, telecommunications, schools and hospitals.
Find out more

Holiday hours for Wellington Anniversary weekend

Some of our hours differ for the upcoming Wellington Anniversary public holiday on Monday 23 January.
All our service centres will be closed, but you can still contact us on 0800 486 486 for any urgent enquiries.
Our libraries will also be closed on Monday, but remember our online services and eLibrary app Libby will still be available.
Our pool hours for Monday will be:
  • Coastlands Aquatics Centre 8am–8pm
  • Waikanae Pool 8am–8pm
  • Ōtaki Pool 8am–6pm – and remember our free Whānau Day and Sound Splash this Sunday!
Kerbside collections will continue as usual, unless otherwise advised by your service provider. Composting New Zealand’s hours may vary; call them on 0800 888 200 to confirm.
Our public holiday hours

Hot tip icon  Hot tip

Seen a dog with a yellow ribbon?

Spotted a dog with a yellow ribbon on their collar or lead? This shows they're a bit nervous, and need some extra space.
Some dogs feel anxious and fearful of other dogs and people; if you crowd a scared dog, they may become aggressive out of fear. Chances are their owner will be trying to keep some distance between you anyway – you can help them out by:

  • keeping your distance
  • putting your own dog (if you have one) on a lead until you're past them
  • explaining to children that the dog is shy and nervous, so they need some space.
Find out more about yellow ribbons for nervous dogs

Our people and communities icon  Our people and communities

Fun at Pharazyn Reserve

Lying halfway between Peka Peka and Waikanae Beach, Pharazyn Reserve has loads of open space to fly a kite or kick a ball, a playground suitable for tamariki (children) of all ages, a flying fox for additional fun, and picnic tables and toilet facilities for family comfort.
It’s also a great ecological site, with plenty of birds to observe and wildlife lakes that complement the extensive planting our community has done. Walking trails include one that provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the wider area.
Much aroha and mahi have been put into restoring this reserve, so start planning your visit to enjoy this wonderful community space!

Find a new park or playground to explore

Clue hunting our heritage

Over the long Wellington Anniversary weekend, 21–23 January, eight of our district’s museums invite you to visit them for free! (Note that there is an entry fee into Southward Car Museum exhibits.)
There’s a clue to be solved at each museum, and the more you complete, the more chances you have to win some fantastic prizes.
From planes, trains, trams, and automobiles, there’s so much of our heritage to discover. Pick up your clue hunt entry form at the first museum you visit, and drop your completed entry form into the prize draw box at the last museum you visit. Good luck to all the budding detectives out there!
We're proud to support this event through our Museums Development Fund.
Discover Kāpiti heritage

Work updates icon  Work updates

Paraparaumu stormwater upgrade starts soon

A major upgrade of the Paraparaumu stormwater network starts this month.
We’re installing a larger stormwater pipe in stages from Iver Trask Place to part way along Amohia Street. It’s part of the plan to reduce flooding within Amohia and Ruahine streets, and help prepare our district to live with more water due to climate change.
Beginning in Iver Trask Place, work will progress from the Wharemauku Stream outfall to Rimu Road, then along towards Kāpiti Road and Amohia Street. Traffic management will be in place around the work area.

Find out more

Sealing roads while the sun shines

Chip sealing season is upon us, and for the next few months contractors will be out getting the mahi done while the sun shines.
Well-maintained roads are an important part of keeping our community safe. Improving the chip seal road surface restores the waterproof layer and helps with skid resistance.
We’ll keep disruption to a minimum while this important work is done, but there may be some delays at times. Please be patient and drive carefully through work sites.
Our contractors will be getting in touch with any affected residents before beginning work at each location.
Chip sealing programme

Paekākāriki seawall tender update

We’re working with a contractor to review the tender for building the first stage of the new Paekākāriki seawall.
This will include a 72-metre section of wall and beach access near the Memorial Hall.

Building a seawall is complex, and before we finalise a contract, we’re discussing options for methodology and timing. Costs are escalating in the current environment, which adds to our challenge.

We expect to be able to provide a further update in mid 2023.
Read more about this project

Features of the new Paraparaumu Transport Hub explained

Join Project Manager Matt Brown as he describes four features of the new Paraparaumu Transport Hub. Our crew is now working at Kāpiti Lights to widen a section of footpath and install new kerb and drains.
Take extra care moving around this area while work is under way.

Find out more

Dates to remember icon  Dates to remember

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Wednesday 18 January
Ōtaki Library

Enjoy a morning of games and stories; bring your whānau, snacks, and, of course, your favourite teddy! Remember your picnic blanket and to slip, slop, slap and wrap.
All welcome – no registrations required.
These events are weather dependent, so check our Libraries' Facebook page for updates.

Whānau Fun Day and SoundSplash

Sunday 22 January
Ōtaki Pool

Head to Ōtaki on Sunday 22 January for some classic summer fun at our Whānau Fun Day 9am–5pm.

Entry is free all day, and there'll be entertainment galore: inflatables, live music, food trucks and a bouncy castle.

We’ll have our infamous slippery slide set up at Haruātai Park too, and you’ll also find our splash pad, playground (with the Kāpiti Coast’s tallest swing) and a pump track. We’re even offering free swimming classes on the day!

We'll finish things off with SoundSplash 5–7pm for tamariki (children) aged 8–13 years. This free event includes fun, swimming, big bombs, dunk tanks, and dance challenges, as well as live music by The Paepae Sound System. Remember, SoundSplash entry is limited to the first 250 kids – make sure you're there early!

Everything (Kāpiti) is better with friends

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