Ngā Pitopito kōrero mai i te Kaunihera o Kāpiti
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Kia ora Kāpiti

It’s Parks Week, and we have lots of ideas for activities out and about in Kāpiti’s parks. Check out upcoming changes for recycling your plastics, what we’ve been talking to freedom campers about, how to sign up to run a cuppa over the fence for Neighbours Day, and much more!

Parks Week 2020

Parks Week 2020 celebrates the important role Kapiti's open spaces play for people, communities, and the natural environment. There's a range of events across the district, including the Park to Path fun run/walk on Sunday 15 - visit parks week 2020 on our website to find something near you.

Takutai Kāpiti – thank you!

A big thank to all those who joined us at the Takutai Kāpiti: Climate Change and our Coast Summit on Sunday. We officially launched the Takutai Kāpiti project, which will bring together a wide range of voices from across our community, recognising the values and knowledge of our indigenous people, to develop solutions and ways of adapting to coming change along the district’s coastline.
Visit for more information, and to sign up for updates.

Talking responsible camping

This summer we've been out and about, talking with freedom campers to help us get a better understanding of the Kāpiti camping scene.
We're learning some interesting things about these campers, including where they're from, how long they tend to stay, and what draws them to Kāpiti. This information will help us as a Council and community make good decisions about how we manage what is a very real part of the New Zealand tourism offering.

Read more about our work on our website.


Kāpiti's new Community Sports Bank opened on Saturday, with fabulous donations of equipment and games for kids at Mazengarb Reserve.

The Sports Bank aims to reduce and eliminate the cost of equipment for those who need it to increase sport participation. You can donate good-quality used equipment at a number of locations across the district.

For drop-off locations and pick up information visit Kāpiti Community Sports Bank.

Fancy a cuppa for Neighbours Day?

Strong neighbourhoods make healthier more resilient communities; why not make new connections and hold a fun local get-together this Neighbours Day, with the support of the Council?
Neighbours Day events will be springing up all over New Zealand from Friday 27 March to Sunday 5 April. To run an 'Over the Fence Cuppa' or local event, and receive a goodie bag to help, email by 20 March, or visit Neighbours Day for more info.

Changes coming for plastic recycling

From 1 May, your kerbside collector will collect only plastic types 1, 2 and 5 for recycling. Plastics 1, 2 and 5 include 87 percent of plastics, and can be recycled in New Zealand into useful products. Types 3, 4, 6 and 7 used to be shipped overseas, but are no longer accepted by most global markets.
Kerbside collectors will be in touch with their customers; there is no change to other types of recycling the collectors will take.
Find out more at What’s changing for plastics recycling?

Movin’ March

Movin’March is a month-long celebration encouraging schools across the Wellington region to celebrate all the great things about making an active journey to school.
Our Transport Safety Coordinator Bruce Johnson supports Kāpiti schools in participating and says "the sheer look of delight on kids’ faces when they’re active at any time – but especially during Movin’March – is reward in itself."

Ten Kāpiti schools are participating this year! Find out more at Movin’March.

Paraparaumu community earthquake drill

Our friends at WREMO (Wellington Regional Emergency Management) are holding a Community Earthquake Drill in Paraparaumu on Saturday 14 March, at the Kāpiti Community Centre from 10.30am–12 noon. Come along to learn how your local hub will operate in an emergency, and help build a strong, resilient community. It's a free, family-friendly event, and all are welcome.
See WREMO’s Paraparaumu Earthquake Drill event on Facebook, and to find out more go to Community emergency hubs.

Shining a light on Kāpiti businesses

We’re proud to sponsor this year’s Wellington Gold Awards. These awards celebrate business excellence and enterprise in the Wellington region and we’re keen to see as many Kāpiti Coast businesses as possible shining their lights brightly at these awards. If you know of a thriving Kāpiti business that has a great story to tell, encourage them to enter the Wellington Gold Awards. Entries close 6pm Thursday, April 9th 2020.


We understand that there's a lot of concern in our community about COVID-19, and it's important to ensure you stay well informed and support those in our community who are unwell, or are taking responsible steps to protect themselves and others.
For up to date information on COVID-19 visit the Ministry of Health website.
Keeping individuals, whānau and our communities safe and healthy requires a team effort. Exercise good hygiene practices and if you or your whānau feel unwell, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or call your GP. Remember – it’s important to call ahead before visiting your GP.

Upcoming events

We’re making the most of Parks Week with free Tai Chi and the Park to Path, and the first of our Garden Parties with a no-dig gardening workshop! For a full list of upcoming events, including all our Parks Week pop-ups, check out our website.

Parks Week 2020, finishing with Park to Path

7–15 March

Parks Week is an annual celebration of the important role parks play – for people, communities, and the natural environment. It encourages greater use of Kāpiti’s many parks and promotes the healthy parks, healthy people message. We have a busy week of free events across Kāpiti, ending with an all-ages run/walk from 8.30am in Otaraua Park, Otaihanga on 15 March. See all Parks Week Events, and you can Find out more and register now for the Parks to Path event.

Dogs in Togs

Sunday 22 March
1–2.30pm – small dogs
2.45–5pm – medium and large dogs 
Waikanae Pool
Booking essential, entry by gold coin 

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Pop into Waikanae Pool or phone 04 2934516 for registration and more information. This event is for Council-registered dogs only. Dog must be under direct control of their owners at all times. Please remember your leads and poo bags to clean up after your dog!

All proceeds to HUHA and Canine Friends Pet Therapy.

We want to see your Kāpiti snaps!

With Autumn here we love seeing the colour changes it brings to your photos, get snapping! Follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag #shareyourkapiti for the chance to feature in Everything Kāpiti. 

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