Tuesday 30th May 2017 – An intimate blessing at Coastlands’ Takiri House, acted as an important remembrance and reflection of the history of Takiri and Coastlands within the Kapiti community.
The blessing, a He Whakatūwheratanga Whare, or An Opening of a House/ Facility, was performed by Ben Ngaia and aimed to acknowledge the facility, its location, significance to mana whenua (the local iwi), Te Āti Awa as well as the historical significance regarding the land in which this site rests. This was a particularly important blessing for the whānau descendants, as it was the land of their kuia (elder), who was much loved throughout the Kāpiti district.
Takiri House, named after the late Takiri Love, was an original Coastlands shareholder. Takiri Akuhata Love was born in Paraparaumu 1900, her parents were Ruhia Epiha and Akuhata Eruini of Te Atiawa Ki Whakarongotai descent. Takiri’s mother Ruhia died when Takiri was three years of age and Takiri was raised by Ruhia’s sister Pirihia Epiha, known to the family as Neni Haramate.
Takiri succeeded Māori land shares from both Ruhia and Pirihia in the Kapiti district. During the 1930- 1960’s Māori land was greatly sought after for development of Paraparaumu, including the airport and town centre land. It was a difficult time for Māori landowners balancing their commitment to preserving their lands for future generations and meeting the pressure to release land for sale, or having blocks taken under the Public Works Act.
With the support of her family and the agreement from the other whānau shareholders Takiri consolidated her shares through the Māori Land Court into a single block on which the Coastlands Mall was built.
Takiri’s husband Matiu Love, her son Tutini Love, her daughter Poiria Love Erskine and currently her granddaughter Takiri Cotterill have each been Directors of the Coastlands Board.
Takiri Love inheritance stems from the historical association of Te Āti Awa in its establishment of mana whenua rights throughout the Waikanae and Paraparaumu areas from the period of settlement in 1822 onwards. Wharemauku Pā was a village in which Ngāti Puketapu hapū, a sub-tribe of Te Āti Awa, resided. The descendants of Tākiri Love are also the descendants of those ancestors who established these rights.
“There is an important spiritual, emotional, physical and environmental connection to this area, important to acknowledge. In the past Coastlands has blessed the land with family and buried rocks from Taranaki under the building and also blessed the buildings when they were completed,” says Richard Mansell, Coastlands Director.
The ceremony, an initiative driven by the whānau of Tākiri Love themselves, exemplifies the strong relationship the family have with the other shareholder families and Māori Trust partners. These are the relationships that have made Coastlands Shopping Town such a significant part of Paraparaumu’s Town Centre and the Kāpiti community.
Coastlands, a family owned business since 1969 has over 100 local shareholders. Housing over 120 businesses, Coastlands provide over 1,500 local jobs and donate over $100,000 back to the community annually. Coastlands have previously funded several community projects including, The Kapiti Arts Performing Centre, The Coastlands Aquatic Centre, and The Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf.
Thursday 13th October 2016 – The newly anticipated Kapiti Performing Arts Centre Principal Theatre was last night named “Coastlands Theatre” in an official ceremony held at Coastlands Shoppingtown.
Coastlands purchased the naming rights to the theatre for $500,000, helping to fund the $10 million dollar project that will provide a venue that aims to attract local, national and international acts.
The performing arts centre will include a 348 seat performance theatre, a black box theatre seating 100, a drama and dance studio, music and film making classrooms and practice rooms, a recording studio and a box office.
Richard Mansell, CEO Coastlands Shoppingtown says supporting community projects is an important part of giving back as well as supporting town growth.
“Community facilities such as the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will help bring new people into our community. As a local business, we should support and contribute to these facilities that not only will benefit our local community, but help to grow our district.“
Kapiti College Board of Trustees Chair, Jennie Gutry says Kapiti College is delighted with the community’s support and enthusiasm, with many businesses choosing to take opportunities to donate or partner with the Performing Arts Centre in both large and small ways.
“We are grateful to Coastlands for recognising the potential of the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre for the region. By backing the project so generously, Coastlands is showing strong support for the performing arts in our region, now and for future generations, as well as for the public who will get to enjoy the arts in a purpose built contemporary venue.”
The Kapiti Performing Arts Project is continuing to seek funds from businesses and individuals, who can contribute to the project in numerous ways including: naming rights, sponsorship opportunities, premium and gold seating sponsorships and contributions via their Give a Little page.
Kapiti Coast, Thursday 6th October 2016 – Coastlands announces the Robert Harris brand will be returning to its mall just in time for Christmas, with a brand new look and under new management.
Kapiti Coast locals will be among the first in the North Island to experience the new Robert Harris remodelled look which will include a fresh layout, new uniforms and over $400,000 worth of refurbishment.
Spokesman for Robert Harris cafes, Rod de Lisle, says “We are delighted to announce that there will be a new Robert Harris café in the Coastlands Shopping Centre. The new café will be the first Robert Harris North Island café to feature our new layout which has a real wow factor – we expect our customers will love it. We have a proud history of serving the Kapiti Coast and look forward to opening our doors soon.”
The new owner operator, Gail Lewis of Kapiti, brings with her a wealth of experience as the previous owner operator of the successful Lembas Cafe in Raumati South, and for her achievements in Wellington on A Plate, including winning Best Burger in Wellington 2010.
“We’re looking forward to opening our doors in Coastlands and bringing this long established brand to the forefront. The Coastlands team have been amazing to deal with, helpful and enthusiastic – and I look forward to advertising roles for the cafe positions locally the next two weeks,” says Gail Lewis, Robert Harris franchise owner.
The announcement follows Coastlands preparation for town growth, with several new developments to begin at the local shopping town. The first being Takiri House – a mini complex worth $3 million.
Coastlands Shopping Town is a family owned business since 1969 has over 100 local shareholders. Housing over 120 businesses, they help provide over 1,500 local jobs and donate over $100,000 back to the community annually. Coastlands have previously funded several community projects including, The Coastlands Aquatic Centre, The Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf, and plans to continue heavily invest into the Kapiti Community.
Friday 29th July 2016 – Coastlands Director, Richard Mansell has announced the first of several new developments, as the mall prepares for anticipated growth from the MacKays to Peka Peka expressway.
The first development, a 40 week project, worth $3 million will commence building in early August. Named Takiri House, after an original local shareholder, it will be the first of two mini complexes on Rimu Road, and will include a mix of high quality offices, retail, eateries and outdoor space.
The development works in conjunction with the Kapiti Coast District Council’s long term vision to increase connectedness and the creation of a Kapiti town centre, by linking Coastlands to the civic precinct and developing Rimu Road as a main street featuring more retail and businesses.
“At the heart of the Coastlands developments is the hope to create a space in the community where people can work, connect, shop, and play while enjoying pleasant surroundings. Kapiti’s narrow demographics in the past have prohibited larger and popular shops to commit, however the expressway will bring in new and exciting opportunities, which we plan to act on,” says Richard Mansell, Coastlands Director.
Retail Strategist and commentator Chris Wilkinson is positive about the effects this development will have on Kapiti growth.
“This development is much needed. The expressway will broaden current demographics, and provide a fresh appetite for investment into Kapiti. Coastlands is doing the right thing by preparing its future strategies towards enhancing its retail, shopping and dining mix.”
Coastlands, a family owned business since 1969 has over 100 local shareholders. Housing over 120 businesses, they help provide over 1,500 local jobs and donate over $100,000 back to the community annually. Coastlands have previously funded several community projects including, The Coastlands Aquatic Centre, The Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf, and plans to continue heavily investing into the Kapiti Community.