Kapiti

The Ōtaki Kite Festival 2019, 16 – 17 February at Ōtaki Beach

Festival organisers are counting down the last few weeks to the seventh international Ōtaki Kite Festival at Ōtaki Beach. Begun in 2013 the festival was the inspiration of Yvonne de Mille, an Ōtaki artist and kite expert. With financial support from the Kapiti Coast District Council’s Major Event fund it has grown into a popular …

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Updated: Wellington trains disrupted due to mechanical work

Updated: Wellington train services will be disrupted at peak times today due to urgent mechanical work. Click here to go to Metlink for live information A large number of train services will not be running and people are expected to have to switch to buses, which might cause long delays. RNZ understands 20 trains have …

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Police to conduct large road safety operation throughout Wellington Region this week

Wellington Police are on a mission to ensure drivers keep themselves and other road users safe this holiday season. From Monday 17 to Saturday 22 December, Police will be conducting a road safety operation throughout Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, focusing on seatbelts and impairment. “Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the four main contributors …

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Kāpiti film needs actress with a difference

Nationwide casting has begun for the title role in Poppy, a new feature film to be shot in Kāpiti next year. The lead role is a young woman with Down syndrome, determined to live like other women her age (21). She is put in the “disability box” by the person she trusts most, and is …

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Teachers strike in Wellington today

Primary teachers conclude a week of industrial action today, with schools closed throughout the Wellington region. A meeting for Wellington, Wellington North and Te Kura branch members will take place at the Opera House at 11.00am this morning, followed by a march to Civic Square for a rally. Other 11.00 meetings will be held for …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 10 and 11 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As well as Armistice Day …

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WelTec to swallow Whitireia in merger, closing Kāpiti campus

A proposal announced yesterday would see two troubled tertiary institutes in the Wellington region merge, with Whitireia Community Polytechnic integrated into the Wellington Institute of Technology in an effort to strengthen their combined financial position. The organisational change proposal, E Tū Ma Tātou – Our People, Our Challenges, Our Future, would also see the closure of Whitireia’s …

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New Ōtaki pedestrian crossing opens today

A new signalised pedestrian crossing is now operating just north of the SH1 Ōtaki roundabout. A single-lane flow around the roundabout, similar to holiday weekends is now permanently in place. The pedestrian underpass which connected County Road with SH1 is closed. Pedestrians are being temporarily diverted via County Road and Rāhui Road to the new …

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Rents keep rising in Wellington – and nationwide

Tenants in Wellington should expect rents to keep rising, with median rents up 6.7 per cent compared to last year, hitting $480.00 per week in September. And the increases are being experienced all across the region. “While the median weekly rent in Wellington City has seen strong annual growth of 9.3 per cent to $530.00, …

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Homeward bound travellers should expect Kapiti delays

Wellingtonians heading south on State Highway 1 after the long Labour weekend can expect delayed travel. The Kapiti section of SH1 is expected to be busiest between 1:30pm and 6:30pm today. Due to holiday traffic the southbound passing lane north of Otaki is now closed, and is expected to reopen by 8.00pm. NZTA advises travellers …

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Paekākāriki Hill Road closed this Friday afternoon

Paekākāriki Hill Road will be closed temporarily to through traffic from noon this Friday 19 October, finishing at around 9.00pm or when traffic eases on State Highway 1. The NZ Transport Agency in collaboration with NZ Police, Kapiti Coast District and Porirua City Council are making the Labour Holiday Weekend closure of Paekākāriki Hill Road …

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