96 days ago

We Say/You Say: Lockdown low-down

The Team Reporter from Kāpiti Observer

Kia ora Kāpiti,

What has been some good news in your neighbourhood that's happened during the lockdown?

Kia ora neighbours, we're getting a lot of stories about Covid-19 saturating our newsfeed and the media as of late and we're keen on helping put a damper on that. We'd love for you to tell us some of the more light-hearted stories that you think deserve a shoutout.

Maybe it's a community hero that's been helping out those that are self-isolating, something you discovered while out exercising in your bubble, or something you're doing to help pass the time.

Let us know in the comments below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment featured in the Kāpiti Observer.

More messages from your neighbours
8 hours ago

Library Restrictions Inequitable

Marie from Waikanae

I was surprised to be asked for my vaccine pass at the local library this weekend. I would have thought public libraries were exempt, along with supermarkets pharmacies etc. They are public spaces afterall, which ratepayers, vaccinated or not, contribute to.
While I appreciate the wishes of Council to keep staff safe, in reality the risk posed by a library visit is low. With over 92% vaccinated in the region, measures such as a limit on numbers, masks, screens and distancing will serve to reduce risk. Im curious what the rationale was for this decision. (Though no doubt if I ask, it will be treated as an OIR request and I'll have to wait until next year for a response). It seems like a step too far to me. What do others think?

11 hours ago

Help with My Vaccine Pass

The Team from SeniorNet Kapiti Inc

If you (or anyone you know) are experiencing problems accessing or downloading My Vaccine Pass, tutors from SeniorNet Kapiti will be available at the Paraparaumu Library from 11.00 - 1.00 (12.00 - 2,00 Thursday) this week to provide assistance. This service is free and available to anyone in the community - Seniornet membership is not a requirement. Just pop in and have a chat with our friendly team members.

10 hours ago

Kia ora Kāpiti – it’s very wet out there.

The Team from Kāpiti Coast District Council

*********UPDATE 7.05pm, 6 December*********

People are asked to stay safe and dry at home and not to venture out to look at the flooding. It’s dangerous and we need to keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles.

Our pipe networks are having to cope with a massive amount of extra water and may be struggling to cope, so remember to treat all floodwaters as potentially contaminated.

********* Update 5.50pm, 6 December*********

- Waterfall Road/Emerald Glen will remain closed overnight due to flooding and road surface scouring.
- Rimu Road will remain closed until the Wharemaku Stream drops.
- Kebbel Drive is open – Aston road cleared.
- Nikau Palm – Mobile Traffic lights will be in place overnight, down to one lane.
- Maungakotukutuku Road is open again but down to one lane, there are multiple small slips so please drive safely.

*********Update 5pm, 6 December*********

It has been a full-on day here in Kāpiti.
A huge amount of rain has fallen which caused streams and rivers to rise dramatically. We’ve had several pockets of localised flooding and a few landslides.

We’re preparing in case people need assistance overnight.
Our crews have been on the ground all day clearing drains and slips and checking in with our people.

As the rain continues to fall, please stay home if you can. Stay away from waterways; the heavy rain undermines riverbanks, and they can collapse without warning.

We’re on duty overnight. We’ll be keeping an eye on the district’s roads and infrastructure and we’re here to assist our community if needed.

You can pick up sandbags from outside the Council depot on Fytfield Place, Paraparaumu.

Phone 111 if a life is in danger. For other problems, phone Council on 0800 486 486.

*********Update 3.30pm, 6 December*********

Please be careful around waterways, the rivers are very full and fast-moving today, please keep a safe distance from the water's edge.
If you have any serious rain issues please call us or log a service request on our website 0800 486 486
or log it on Antenno www.kapiticoast.govt.nz...

**********Update: 1.00pm , 6 December*********

-Nikau Palm Road – Stop/ Go on site, road is currently open but down to one lane.
-Paekakariki Hill open – minor detritus
-Akatarawa Hill open – minor detritus, small slips.
-Mangaone South/Riekorangi open

*********Update: 11.20, 6 December*********

Te Kupe Rd in Paraparaumu is closed, please use an alternative.
The intersection of Waterfall and Emerald Glen roads is closed ********************************************************************************************************************
Here’s the situation as at 10am today:

- Motorists are asked to please drive with care and if possible stay at home
- Streams and rivers across the district are high and rising – for safety, people are asked to please stay away from river walkways
- We’re closely monitoring the weather situation and crews are out checking usual hotspots
- There is a diversion in place at Rimu Rd in Paraparaumu due to flooding
- We have received reports of some slipping on rural roads and Maungakotukutuku Rd is closed due to slipping
- There are multiple sites of road surface flooding and the potential for more serious flooding if rain persists at the current rate
- High tide is just before midday and may cause further issues
- There will be delays to the bus network
- Farmers keep an eye on low-lying paddocks and move stock as required

Please report serious rain-related issues on 0800 486 486
or log it on Antenno www.kapiticoast.govt.nz...