Stories from our community

Hear stories from our community that celebrate the people and places that make Kāpiti a great place to call home – and some helpful tips and tricks to keep safe this summer while protecting our beautiful public spaces! 

Safe fires on our beaches

We caught up with our friends at Te Horo Fire and Emergency NZ for a chat about how to have a safe fire on the beach this summer. Remember, before you light a fire on one of our beaches, you need to obtain a permit from A great big thank you to Pete and the Te Horo team for everything they do to keep our communities safe! #ourhomeourkapiti For more stories from our community visit:

Posted by Kāpiti Coast District Council on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

We have plenty of off-leash areas in Kāpiti for dogs and owners to enjoy. If you’re a dog owner, brush up on the rules for where your dog can be on and off-leash, and keep your walk a stress-free one. Summertime restrictions in some popular beach locations between 10am and 7pm are now in effect. You’ll see our team out and about this week reminding dogs owners in those areas of the rules.

Isabelle Maloret tells us she loves getting out and about with her pooch Codi and is keen for our community to do the same - while being considerate of others and respecting the rules.

Read more about Isabelle's story, and take a moment to refresh yourself with rules within Kāpiti

Softball Nationals hosted at Te-Atiawa Park, Paraparaumu

Did you know that Kāpiti is hosting Softball New Zealand’s National U15 Boys Tournament in Te Atiawa Park, Paraparaumu this weekend? 17 teams, from Southland to Auckland, included the 222 Fastpitch team from Canada are battling it out to claim the Championship. Softball New Zealand’s manager Glen Roff is really impressed with the facilities at Te-Atiawa Park, especially given the large crowds and thinks Kāpiti is a bit of a hidden gem. These guys aren’t messing around so if you’re keen to check out some serious action on the diamond, pop on down this weekend to check it out.

Posted by Kāpiti Coast District Council on Friday, January 10, 2020
Horses on the beach

Meet Sam and Poppy who recently let us tag along on for a frolic on the beach while discussing some tips for how riders and other beach users can safely and respectfully share our public spaces together. For more information about when and where you can ride horses on the beach, visit There are also different rules for horse riding in the Waikanae Scientific Reserve which is managed by our friends at the Department of Conservation. You can read more here:

Posted by Kāpiti Coast District Council on Thursday, January 9, 2020
Freedom camping in Kāpiti

Responsible camping is a great way to experience New Zealand. In Kāpiti we have nine designated sites for campers with fully self-contained units to enjoy. We actively monitor our sites and encourage responsible camping, which is all about caring for our spectacular environment as much as we do. Responsible campers leave no trace and help keep our communities and natural environment free from pollution and waste. #ourhomeourkapiti For more information on freedom camping, visit

Posted by Kāpiti Coast District Council on Thursday, December 19, 2019
Our home, our Kāpiti

“Ko au te Taha Moana. Ko te Taha Moana ko au.” Thank you to Kaumātua Koro Don Te Māipi for sharing his thoughts on why our beaches are such special taonga 🖤 #ourhomeourkapiti

Posted by Kāpiti Coast District Council on Wednesday, December 11, 2019