33 days ago

Playhouse Raffle

Bill Moffatt from Kapiti Pakeke Lions Club

The Kapiti Pakeke Lions Club are running their usual playhouse raffle with a closing date of 12 February 2022. First prize is the playhouse, second prize a 30 minute scenic flight and third prize is a Kitchen Wiz. Go to kapitipakekelions.org.nz... to purchase your tickets online.
All proceeds go to local charities including the Life Flight Trust.

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Car Grooming

Gary from Paraparaumu

Formally with Autogroom, offering all car grooming services.message me to discuss your needs

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Your local Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Life Flight

Kia ora! Harry here, head pilot on your local Westpac Rescue Helicopter. I want to take a moment and thank you for your support as we mark 40(!) years of saving lives with Westpac this December.

Like our Facebook page where we’ll be sharing stories of people that have been flown over the years. These rescues, and hundreds of others, are only made possible thanks to the generosity of people like you. These are parents, siblings, colleagues, neighbors that have returned safely home thanks to the
support of the community.

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5 hours ago

The figures for the visible who are homeless

Donna from Otaki District

There are still the invisible homeless who have not been accounted for
Kāpiti housing crisis puts 40 children in emergency housing
November 26, 2021
Report from Kāpiti Independent News by Jeremy Smith
The housing crisis in Kāpiti is now so bad that 50 adults and 40 children are in emergency housing. At the same time 190 are on the public housing waiting list — and even this does not reflect the actual need.

These figures were put before a Kāpiti Council workshop as part of a proposed housing strategy.

They were described as “pretty awful’ by Kāpiti district councillor Jocelyn Prvanov.

Councillors were told that a quick survey on Trade Me showed only 20 rental properties available in Kapiti. The cheapest is $400 weekly for a two bedroom property in Otaki.

The For-Sale’ list contained 213 properties in Kapiti – the cheapest was $620,000 in Raumati.

Kainga Ora has 250 houses in the district and 160 are living in boarding houses.

The rise in rents is partly from Covid but also from Wellington people “on Wellington wages” buying into Kapiti, the workshop was told.

People in the lowest quarter of the income scale have faced a 435 per cent rise in rents over the last twenty years. In that time the median income has only gone up by 112 per cent.

The percentage of renters who are no longer able to purchase a house and service a mortgage is estimated at 95 per cent. And only 88 percent are in a position to buy at the entry level of $696,000.

The housing crisis also extends to working people, with reports that police appointed to Otaki are struggling to find somewhere to live.

And councillors heard that people paying $800 rent every week would not be able to buy a house.

Councillor Angela Buswell described what she called the “massive problem” facing older people who will never get a mortgage, and who are paying up to $1200 a week for places to rent, often so they can have grandchildren to stay.

She said over 60s were still working so they could meet the rent and could never get into retirement villages because of price rises. Latest figures suggest Kapiti rest homes have 18 people on their waiting lists and two out of three have closed their books- they don’t have enough staff.

Councillor James Cootes, who has a business background, said business owners looking for replacement staff face a major problem – where are these people going to live.

Paekakariki’s Sophie Handford, by far the youngest councillor, said many young people were continuing to live at home or were ending up in very unsatisfactory living situations.