Coastlands thanks the community with a free street party

Coastlands opened its doors for the first time 50 years ago, on 6 November 1969. To celebrate and thank the community for shopping at the centre for the past 50 years, Coastlands is putting on a street party – Coastlands Carnival – and everyone is invited. On Saturday 9 November, there will be five hours of free musical entertainment, free bouncy castle, and food for sale from 15 food trucks, held in the car park outside ANZ from 4 – 9pm.

“Coastlands has been the heart of the Kapiti Coast since it opened in 1969. We wanted to recognise and thank the community for shopping with us, for five decades. We are very proud to be able to do this with a free community event in the week of our 50th birthday” says Chief Executive, Richard Mansell. The event involves a big set up for the day which Coastlands is funding, transforming the car park into a street party with a carnival atmosphere.

Everyone is invited to come and join the party. The area in front of the main stage is reserved for people who want to get into the music and have a dance. No seating will be allowed here. Further back, picnic blankets and BYO chairs are welcome. There will be signage in place to show the dance zone.

Some areas of the car park will be blocked off from Saturday morning to allow for safe set up of the two stages, sound and lighting systems, bouncy castle, mobile toilet truck, and food trucks. Closed car park areas will be signposted. Access will be available to all shops throughout the day, and there is plenty of alternative car parking around Coastlands. The site map shows the areas affected.

The event is an alcohol and smoke-free event. Maori Wardens and Kapiti Police will be amongst the crowd to make sure it is a family-friendly, safe event for all.

Parking at Kapiti Primary School
During the event, the public are asked to park in the grounds of Kapiti Primary School, accessed via Ngahina Road, to allow plenty of room for dancing and partying in the Coastlands car park. Parking at the school will be managed by Kapiti Rotary volunteers.

The Noodles – top Wellington cover band
From 5-6.30pm, The Noodles will be on the main stage blasting out old and new favourite songs to dance along to. The Noodles are a regular feature at Toast Martinborough, Wellington Cup, Cuba Dupa and huge corporate events for Air New Zealand, Spark and Contact Energy. The Noodles were also the chosen band at local rugby All Black, Dane Cole’s wedding. They will get old and young up dancing. They will be playing music from 1960s to recent hits.

Brazilian Carnival Parade Band
Around 7pm, the highly energetic Wellington Batucada samba percussion band will play and dance their way through the audience. Batucada is the traditional samba music played by large percussion groups in Brazil’s carnival parades. Wellington Batucada are recognised as one of the best groups in the country and are a favourite at carnivals and festivals nationwide, including Cuba Dupa.

Richter City Rebels – Mardi Gras Party Band
The night will finish with a 90 minute set from New Orleans Jazz Band, the Richter City Rebels. Blending RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk, it grooves deeply and pulsates with pounding bass and searing brass. Catchy vocals and chants draw the crowd into the party and the rolling, infectious sound is punctuated by the fierce crack of drums and percussion. Trumpets, trombones, saxophones, sousaphone and percussion will bring the ultimate Mardis Gras party to Coastlands.
The Rebels’ energetic show recently headlined the Wellington Jazz Festival and they have performed at many other events including Tora Tora Tora, Taranaki Arts Festival, Cuba Dupa and Wellington summer event Gardens Magic.

Internationally successful musicians started at Coastlands
Performing at Coastlands or for Coastlands has been the starting point for many talented locals including Sean Preston, known as ‘The Piano Man’, who is now one of New Zealand’s most sought after corporate and wedding entertainers. Sean won Coastlands Talent Quest in 1999, just four months after starting piano lessons.
The Coastlands jingle ‘It’s great to be here’ was written and originally recorded by the Singh Brothers while they were still at college in Kapiti. Older brother Shaan Singh is now the lead singer of the very successful Drax Project band who most recently opened for Christina Aquilera during her 2019 European tour. The latest version of the jingle was produced by Shaan Singh and performed by local talented singer Lily Wrench. Unfortunately both Shaun Preston and Drax Project are performing in Europe at the time of Coastlands Carnival so were not available to play to their home crowd. More recently, up and coming musicians like Peyton Morete have won Coastlands Star Search.

Food Trucks offering street food from around the world
Food trucks will be set up in the car park outside Warehouse Stationery, serving food from around the globe from 4pm. The trucks include:
• Chiwi Catering – Spanish Fusion
• Dutchy’s Burger Joint – burgers and Dutch specialities
• Dutchy’s Chips – handcut, twice-fried chips
• Evil Stepsons – South Pacific street food
• Firebird – Fresh, natural, vegan street food
• Garuda Truck – Indonesian favourites
• Mao & Co – Noodles and dumplings
• Thai Kai Kitchen – Thai street food
• The Crafted & Co – Burgers, cakes and other sweet treats
• Greek Food Truck – Greek souvlaki and other Greek dishes
• Kickflip Pizza – Pizza and smoothies
• Beat Kitchen – Global street food
• Super Donut Hero – Donuts and desserts
• Hungry Monkey – Traditional and modern Malaysian dishes
• Origin Food Truck – Gourmet sandwiches, salads and healthy earth bowls

4-4.15pm Kapiti Primary School Kapa Haka
4.15-5pm Kapiti Musicians Zeal Stage
5-6.30pm The Noodles Main Stage
6.30-7pm Kapiti Musicians Zeal Stage
7-7.30pm Wellington Batucada Samba Band
7.30-9pm Richter City Rebels Main Stage

MC for the night is Vanessa Stacey, professional musician, actress, director and performer.