To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week, Coastlands have installed te Reo Māori signage on their main entrances and exits, play area, customer service and food court.

Coastlands Board Member Takiri Cotterill, and granddaughter of the late Takiri Love who was an original Coastlands shareholder, said “It warms my heart to see our beautiful kupu Māori present in our mall. These key `Tohu Kupu Māori’ signs are welcoming, and set a peaceful tone for introducing the use of te Reo and Tikanga Māori in our community life here at Coastlands.

A survey by Statistics New Zealand found that just 11% of the population can speak te Reo Māori well. Coastlands Chief Executive, Richard Mansell, said installing some bilingual signage was a simple, effective way to take part in Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and help people become more confident reading and using the language.

Retailers at Coastlands including Commonsense and Countdown, already have bilingual signage acknowledging te Reo Māori as one of the three official languages of New Zealand, together with English and New Zealand sign language.

Coastlands management received advice on the te Reo used from Te Umuariki Mei, a passionate te Reo Māori advocate living on the Kāpiti Coast. The signage was endorsed by members of the Ngahina Trust, partners with Coastlands Shopping Town.

The words on the signs are accompanied by beautiful photographic images of native New Zealand flora and fauna, including blue cod or rāwaru in the Kāpiti Marine Reserve taken by specialist underwater photographer Darryl Torckler, and one of the many stunning sunsets over Kāpiti Coast residents and visitors enjoy.

The signs are for He wāhi Kai – Foodcourt, He wāhi Tākaro – Play area and Ratonga Kaihoko – Customer Services. The more familiar Nau mai haere mai – Welcome and Ka kite anō – See you again, are on the main entrances and exit doors.

Coastlands recognised in Wellington Region Business Hall of Fame

26 August 2019

Coastlands was inducted into the Wellington Region Business Hall of Fame last week, at an event hosted by the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce. Accepting the award, Coastlands Chief Executive, Richard Mansell, acknowledged the late Ray Spackman, whose vision led to the construction of one of the first indoor enclosed shopping malls in New Zealand in 1969.

Richard also acknowledged the initial investors who had the bravery to invest in a completely new concept of a shopping mall in a very small seaside town. In particular, Takiri Love, who exchanged her traditional Maori family land in exchange for shares in the new venture.

In his acceptance speech, Richard spoke of his father, the late Bruce Mansell, one of the original directors of the Alpha Board who managed Coastlands. Bruce took control of Coastlands in 1986 and led its growth from net assets of $3.6 million to $75 million at the time of his passing in 2013. Richard said he is sure his father “would have a wry smile at me being up here to collect what he would describe as an OBE – an award for other blokes’ efforts”.

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO, Helen Down said “The aim of the Wellington Region Business Hall of Fame is to recognise and celebrate significant contributions by businesses to the economic and social fabric of our region. To be inducted, businesses must show the diversity, dedication and resilience required to have a meaningful impact on the communities which we all live, work and play”.

To be inducted into the Wellington Region Business Hall of Fame, businesses are nominated by the business community and are then independently researched and judged.

‘Low carbon’ Kāpiti comes alive at Coastlands

Thousands of Kāpiti residents have glimpsed a ‘low carbon’ Kāpiti in the year 2025 through an inspiring display on now at Coastlands Mall.

Built entirely of Lego® bricks, the display is the work of over 40 young people and a few adult Lego fans who contributed around 120 models to the project co-ordinated by Low Carbon Kāpiti’s Jake Roos. Crowd-pleasing moving models include a futuristic hot air balloon, a train, water-wheel and wind turbine. The model future Kāpiti also has a hospital, sports stadium, waste-to-energy composting plant and floating houses.

There are two activities around the display: one challenging people to find hidden details, the other to vote for the People’s Choice model. Entries close on 18 April and this and other prizes will be awarded by Hon Kris Faafoi, at Coastlands on 19 April. The display will be up until the end of April.

Jake said the idea was to show people a future vision where things ran on renewable energy, people were empowered to walk, cycle, drive electric vehicles and use public transport, and enough trees were planted to neutralise carbon emissions.

“One of the aims of Low Carbon Kāpiti is to bring this vision alive and make it real for people. Our focus is on promoting changes with multiple benefits for everyone and changing the underlying systems and infrastructure so that climate-friendly choices are the easiest, default choices. We chose the year 2025 for our display to emphasise that we need make these changes quickly to prevent the worst effects of climate change, and because why would we want to wait longer to make Kāpiti an even better place to live?”

Low Carbon Kāpiti is also calling on the district council to become ‘carbon neutral’ as an organisation by 2025, building on achievement of a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions they achieved last year, Jake Roos said. Low Carbon Kāpiti would be ensuring practical actions towards this goal, particularly greater use of electric vehicles, renewable energy and increasing tree planting, remained a focus during discussions around the Council’s long term plan in coming weeks.

“The display is just one way we can keep the issue top of mind. People are firstly delighted by its colour and detail, and then they begin to see what it’s all about. It’s music to my ears when I hear people say: ‘That’s what Kāpiti could look like in the future’”. Jake said the display would not have been possible without the generous support of the sponsors: Kapiti Menzshed, Coastlands, Cameron Builders, Cuttriss Consulting, Via Architecture, Farmers and the Smarter Building Centre.

Low Carbon Kāpiti was incorporated in June 2017 and now has 184 members, a number which is increasing as a direct result of the display.

People interested in joining can do so at the display or on the organisation’s website:

Kapiti’s got talent

Wednesday 1 November 2017 – For a decade or more the young people of Kapiti have been making their presence felt on the New Zealand music scene, winning and placing regularly in youth and school music competitions and going on to form commercially successful bands.

With this wealth of local talent in mind, 6 years ago Coastlands with their local advertising agency Luvly commissioned 2 talented young musicians, Kapiti College students Shaan and Tyaan Singh, to write and perform a jingle for Coastlands, under the guidance of a professional music producer. Most locals will be familiar with that song, ‘It’s great to be here’.

Now, 6 years on and with a music degree under his belt Shaan Singh has graduated to become producer – guiding Kapiti College Year 12 student Lily Rench to help write and perform a brand new jingle.

“It was a really great experience working with Shaan and we’re both really happy with how it has turned out”, says Lily. “My only nervousness is about hearing myself singing whenever I go to Coastlands. That will be a bit weird.”

Lily is a member of Kapiti College’s Barbershop Chorus, Barbershop Quartet (which won the 2016 national schools competition) and Choir and has been writing original songs for several years. She has another connection to Coastlands, having won the Star Search competition when she was 13 years old.

“It’s a real pleasure for us to be able to support young people in our community in this way”, says Coastlands Marketing & Promotions Manager Nicky Hughes-Richards. “I guess it would be easy to commission a jingle company in Wellington to do it for us, but we think there is something special in keeping it here in our community and it’s clear to everyone that these young people have produced an entirely professional result”.

The new jingle was performed by Lily and Shaan, live, in front of an audience of 400 at Friday night’s Electra Business Awards. It plays on radio from this week.

Click below to hear the new jingle!
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National Chains Keen on Kapiti

Friday 6 October 2017 – Kapiti’s retail prospects are incredibly strong with a number of well-known national brands keen to establish themselves in the region, but are struggling to find potential owners to purchase and run local franchises on the Coast.

Brands including the Coffee Club, Hollywood Bakery, New York Deli, Mexicali and Brumbies Bakery are all looking to open in Kapiti, but need to find the right person to buy the local franchise.

Evan Harris, National Retail Manager for Colliers International, says our improving infrastructure and growing population is making Kapiti more attractive to businesses who have held back from opening up in Paraparaumu.

“Kapiti’s demographics are changing. More young families are moving to the Coast – couple this with an established retail centre like Coastlands that’s bucking the declining trend affecting many other shopping malls, it makes us a desirable proposition. The only barriers holding these brands back from Kapiti is finding the right person to purchase the franchise and run the business – often this is because they are too busy running their own businesses across the country. “Owning a franchise is a great way for people without experience to get into business. They can rely on established systems and guidance from head office to grow the business, with room for them to let their entrepreneurial skills shine,” says Evan Harris.

Jan Forrest, Coastlands Centre Manager, says they’ve been working hard to position Coastlands as a retail destination for the wider Wellington Region, and big brands are taking notice.

“We’ve had Jeanswest and Max Fashions commit to Coastlands, and we regularly talk with other national chains who have Kapiti on their radar. It would be fantastic to connect the right local business people to the right brands to bring new and exciting retail options to Paraparaumu.”

Mike Redman, a business broker at The Professionals Paraparaumu, says franchises offer something different for potential owners.

“You can start earning from day one without all of the groundwork that goes into setting up a completely new business from scratch. Plus there are all of the benefits that come from being part of a national group including established brand awareness, powerful marketing and tried and tested systems and processes. This all translates into a more certain future for the business.”

Interested business owners are encouraged to contact Colliers International, or Coastlands, to register their interest.

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.

For further information,
please contact:

Jacinda Thorn,
Delaney & Thorn Public Relations
Phone: 027 397 0616 or

Coastlands Goes Green for Spring

Kapiti Coast, Tuesday 12th September 2017 – Coastlands is celebrating Spring with reusable branded cups and bags when customers spend 20 dollars at any participating Coastlands retailer.

Starting this week, Coastlands are giving away the bags and cups, which will be alternated weekly while stocks last. Coastlands Manager Jan Forrest says it’s about Coastlands doing their bit for the environment.

“We did bags about eight years ago, and decided it’s time to take action with going green. We have a responsibility to raise awareness and encourage customers to recycle their existing bags and use reusable bags for their shopping where possible.”

Statistics New Zealand found in 2014 that New Zealand spent $10.5 million on imported, lightweight plastic bags, with Kiwi environmental group Sustainable Coastlines says it retrieved more than 91,000 plastic bags during 34 beach clean-up events.

According to the Kapiti Coast District Council, plastic bags are not currently recycled due to international market conditions, however the Mayor recently signed a letter to the government demanding a levy be put on plastic bags to reduce the volume of bags that are used.

As of December 2016, thirty countries and 170 states (including half of those in Australia) have either banned or placed a levy on single-use plastic bags.

KCDC has also allocated funding in the latest Waste Reduction Grants for New Technology and Seed Funding, to a company who are investigating co-pyrolysis of plastic bags with tyres to produce fuel and other useful products.

The Packaging Forum is also now offering a soft plastics recycling scheme through supermarkets in various regions, including Kāpiti, where consumers can now drop their plastic bags off for recycling at the supermarket.

Coastlands hopes to raise more awareness on the issue and have its local consumers shop responsible while caring for our local environment.

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.

For further information, please contact:

Hannah Delaney, Delaney & Thorn Public Relations
Phone: 027 636 0010 or

Big Brands Flock to Kapiti

Kapiti Coast, Tuesday 11th July 2017 – Several international businesses have announced their arrival into Kapiti, with the area recently announced as a platform for growth by the Prime Minister.

Coastlands have announced the arrival of both Freedom Furniture and Jeanswest in August and say that there are further tenancy announcements to come.

“We’re excited to see the calibre of businesses, particularly bigger brands entering the Kapiti market that will ultimately give locals more choice. It’s especially good to see brands like Jeanswest, who target the 25-45 market, recognising that there is a growing opportunity for their demographic in Kapiti,” says Richard Mansell, Director, Coastlands Shoppingtown.

Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce Chair says these announcements are positive and shows confidence in the future direction of Kapiti.

“This is great news for Kapiti and the retail industry. It shows confidence in the future direction of Kapiti in which all will benefit, we’re excited about these announcements and the growing potential for the region,” says Heather Hutchings, Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce Chair.

Freedom Furniture will be moving into the previous Dick Smith site and is working towards an opening date of Monday 7th August. “We are excited to be part of an established and well supported local retail precinct such as Coastlands. We have long been established in central Wellington so it’s exciting to be able to open a second location in the greater Wellington region,” says Freedom Furniture Spokesperson, Barry Stott.

Jeanswest will be opening 10th August, situated next to Cotton On. Marketing Spokesperson for Jeanswest says: “We see Kapiti as a growing area that has a lot of existing Jeanswest customers. We know our Jeanswest customer is there and wanted to offer something closer than having to venture into Wellington.”

With media attention recently on malls around the country, retail experts have reported Coastlands being a contrast to negative trends experienced by other regional malls, largely due to Kapiti’s growing population and expressway changes having a positive influence on the mall.

About Coastlands
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.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Mansell, Coastlands Director:
Phone: 021 104 5011 or 04 902 9778

Hannah Delaney, Delaney & Thorn Public Relations
Phone: 027 636 0010 or

An intimate blessing at Coastlands’ Takiri House

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.

New Theatre named in Official Ceremony

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.

For further information

Richard Mansell, Coastlands SEO | 021 104 5011

Cas Carter, Kapiti College Board of Trustees & Chair KPAC Strategy and Planning Group | 021 915 410