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    The winter school holidays have been and gone, and with it, the seemingly endless quest to find something for the kids to do. Ever since shopping centres opened in New Zealand fifty years ago, families have used them as entertainment. When Coastlands opened in 1969, being one of just a couple of indoor shopping centres in the country open at the weekend; visiting it was a huge treat. Those were the days of simple pleasures and shopping for necessities only. Having an ice-cream or spider at the Karetta Lounge after a slide on the indoor playground would have been the highlight of a child’s month.

    Over the years, Coastlands has put on thousands of holiday activities for children, together with shows, exhibitions, displays, competitions and sporting events. In the seventies and eighties, baby shows, and beauty pageants were very popular. Proud mothers would enter their babies to win the bonniest baby, and girls would compete in the Miss Coastlands and Junior Miss Coastlands competitions. Now these babies probably have babies of their own and for the beauty pageant winners, the competition is a distant memory.

    In the early days, children were enchanted by a 20c ride on a mechanical rocking horse outside the Wimpy Family Restaurant. Now there is a multi-screen cinema, Coastlands Aquatic Centre and a variety of free activities provided by the centre. Yet, children are still heard to say frequently “I’m bored”.

    Some things though, have stood the test of time. Colouring in competitions still feature, as well as the everlasting popularity of Lego table and talent contests.

    In the last school holidays, children could make rice paper rolls in the Little Chef sessions, wearing their own chef hats and aprons – a little more sophisticated than the All-Star Pro-Thumb Wrestling and Laser Yo-Yos Championships of the seventies.

    The simple fun of apple bobbing was a very popular event in 1975 drawing huge crowds to watch children try and eat apples hanging off a stick. Many will still remember the Christmas Parades, Ronald McDonald shows, visits by Garfield, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, tea with Mr Blobby, Golden Stories Character Show, clowns, magicians and puppets – all of whom appeared in the line-up at Coastlands over the last 50 years.

    Who remembers the popular Junior School Quiz which ran for several years between contestants at Kapiti junior schools? As with most things, entertainment at the mall has evolved, leaving the organisers forever chasing the next ‘big thing’ to attract people to watch and take part.

    Even face painting has come a long way from the amateur painted nose and whiskers in the eighties, to the sophisticated, detailed designs of international award-winning artists at Daizy Designs who are regularly booked to face paint at Coastlands.

    Coastlands is celebrating its 50th birthday on 6 November 2019. As part of the celebrations, there will be a public photographic exhibition of images taken at the mall over the last fifty years, showing the events, tenants, staff, customers and visitors.

    Do you have a childhood memory of activities at Coastlands you would be happy to share? Email them to

    When the mall opened on 6 November 1969, Peter Siversen was the proud tenant operator of Coastlands Book and Toy Store. The year before, Ray Spackman, known as ‘Mr Coastlands’, approached Peter, who he knew through St John’s Paraparaumu Beach Church where Peter was Parish Treasurer, and asked if he would be interested in having a shop in the new mall.

    At the time, Coastlands was the only shopping centre to “be under one roof” explains Peter, and the only one south of Taupo to open on Saturdays. “I thought it would be a tremendous opportunity.”
    “Ray asked me what sort of shop I would like to run. I had been working with my grandfather since I was 15 on the Sports Digest and Turf Digest publications, so thought books and magazines would be good.”

    Since moving to the coast in 1962 after his marriage, Peter was an active member of the Kapiti Community, playing rugby for the Paraparaumu Seniors for six years. In his first year 1963, he was selected for the Horowhenua First Class Representative Rugby Union which he played for three years. He was the first player from the local club to win the representative blazer. He was also a keen squash and golf player.

    His grandfather, Albert Organ, opened bookstores on all the major railway trunk lines in the 1920s, so there was a strong family love of books. Peter’s interest in squash, rugby and golf prompted including sporting goods into the shop and having two young children meant toys were a natural fit too. So, the Coastlands Book and Toy Store was born.

    The year before, Peter and his wife had travelled to Mexico, USA, Hawaii and Australia, and were inspired by seeing the shopping malls there. Peter commented in the Evening Post 5 November 1969 that Coastlands “is on a par with any [mall] I saw on my travels, and the latest overseas ideas will be incorporated into the shop.”

    Coastlands was a very different shopping centre fifty years ago. It one of the first centres to open on a Saturday but with five-day trading, that meant it was initially closed on Sundays and Mondays. Costing $800,000 to develop, contractors included Brien Electrical, Cubbitt and Wells and Stafford Electrical. Tenants were described as having ‘used imagination and care in the planning for shop fronts and interior decors. This gives character and animation to the overall mall design.’ The new bookstore and toy shop had specially designed mahogany-stained fittings and a rich carpet of gold and brown.

    “That first Christmas was incredible”, remembers Peter. “We had large toys displayed outside the store in the Garden Court area.” Also outside the shop, was a model Father Christmas, and a special letterbox for children to post their letters to the real Father Christmas. Peter personally replied to every letter on behalf of Father Christmas, enclosing a voucher for a gift.

    The store also stocked office furniture, typewriters and Christmas decorations, and provided typing and reproduction services (now known as photocopying).

    Over the next three or four years, Coastlands expanded with a sports shop opening upstairs, so Peter stopped selling sports equipment. Then Storkline opened up a toy shop, and he stopped selling large toys. Later, the shop was reduced by a third by mutual agreement with Coastlands management, who wanted the space for a new delicatessen – Tastebud.

    In March 1979, Peter decided to sell the business to Basil and Louise Clarke (parents of Rob Clarke, the current owner who has run the store under the Paperplus franchise for many years).

    Peter had been selling Golden Kiwi tickets in his store for many years (the forerunner to Lotto) and when he sold the book shop, was approached to become their general manager in Wellington, with a staff of 50. He did this for another ten years until Lotto took over from Golden Kiwi. He was then given the job of Instant Kiwi Manager replacing Golden Kiwi, finally retiring when he was 65 years old.

    That was 13 years ago but retirement doesn’t appear to have slowed down the active Mr Siversen, who works out every morning, goes for an hour-long walk rain or shine, regularly plays golf and enjoys time with his family including four grandchildren. “I always wanted to be a grandpa”, he says, and in October this year, he will become a great grandpa.

    Reflecting on his time at the Coastlands Book and Toy Shop, Peter says, “It was such an important part of my life: meeting people, regular customers collecting their magazines every week, having the time to talk to them with no computers, no phones.”

    Many different types of shops have come and gone over the years at Coastlands, as the face of retail has changed. The days of the Gay Petite Babywear, Platt’s Furnishings, TV rentals at Kronfeld Hardware, Joleen Coiffure Boutique and Hickmott Gifts are long gone, but the book shop, started by Peter, fifty years ago, is still here and flourishing as Paperplus.

    Peter is believed to be one of only two surviving original tenants of Coastlands.

    Coastlands is celebrating its 50th birthday on 6 November 2019.

    When the mall opened on 6 November 1969, Coastlands was one of the first shopping malls in New Zealand. Later, it became one of the first shopping centres to open on Saturdays, then one of the first to open on Sundays. But it also housed a unique New Zealand business when it opened, the first self-service retail grocery store of its kind, Self Help. In a picture, strangely reflective of today’s retail market concerned with unnecessary packaging, Self Help customers were asked to bring their own wrapping paper and string to package their purchases.

    The formula was simple – no credit, no deliveries, no price fixing and no packaging.

    The story began in 1921 when railway worker Benjamin Sutherland organised a co-operative shop among fellow employees for grocery items. In October 1922, Sutherland founded the Self Help Co-operative Limited. Instead of making the highest profit possible, Self-Help sold goods for the lowest possible profit.By the end of 1969, Self Help had ten supermarkets in the Wellington area with another scheduled to open in 1970.

    Sutherland also lead the way in pioneering staff benefits; a liberal staff benefit fund, profit-sharing and annual bonus payments as an incentive. They also introduced sick pay, medical expenses, baby bonus and death benefit.

    The Sutherland’s Self Help Trust was formed in 1962 to further fund community welfare. In that year $41,360 was distributed to 17 organisations. Since then over $28 million has been distributed. Today, the Sutherland Self Help Trust still gives grants to community organisations throughout New Zealand.

    After the passing of Benjamin and his sons, in 1974 Self Help was sold to various other grocery concerns including what is now Foodstuffs – New World, Four Square and PAK’nSAVE.

    One of Self Help’s most experienced and knowledgeable managers, Mr Avon Inwood, led the team at Coastlands. He started at Self Help Motueka in 1941, aged 15 and worked at their Upper Hutt, Cuba Street and Strathmore Park shops in Wellington before moving to Coastlands.

    At the time of the opening, Mr Inwood said “Many people do not appreciate how complex and interesting the retail food industry has become. It is a far cry from the grocery business as I knew it as a boy. To get the maximum value from modern techniques and handle the problems of expansion in the number of lines available to the public, our company is installing a computer. This, in the long run, will produce a variety of benefits to our customers”. Avon Inwood died in 1979, aged 53. He and his wife had four children, Michael, Paul, Suzanne and Christine.

    Mr Francie Dural managed the fruit and vegetable department at the Coastlands store when it opened. He described his area as having ‘modern, specially designed, produce display units with their mirrors add that additional splash of colour to achieve effective, attractive and appealing displays of fresh fruit and vegetables’.

    Coastlands is celebrating its 50th birthday on 6 November 2019.

    It started with a vision in 1963 by one man to build a shopping mall in Kapiti, which was at the time, a set of small, sleepy seaside communities. Accountant Ray Spackman, known as ‘Mr Coastlands’, bought the land in 1963 where the mall now sits. After a visit to Australia to investigate their new shopping centres, Ray returned convinced that malls were the way of the future, even though there were none in New Zealand at the time. What followed was a five-year campaign with the support of eight other local visionaries to turn Coastlands Shopping Town into reality.

    There were many obstacles, not least trying to convince the financial institutions of the time to invest in Paraparaumu.

    “It’s hard to imagine now how much a leap of faith the whole venture was for what was basically a small group of local businessmen who believed ‘if we build it, they will come'”, said the late Bruce Mansell, who at the time worked for Ray Spackman’s accountancy firm, and succeeded him as Managing Director of Coastlands in 1987.

    Paraparaumu, at the time, was a town of around 5000 people and the Coastlands’ site was an overgrown farm covered in pine trees and scrub.

    As well as finding investors, the group had to battle local government, (which was then Hutt City Council), to get the sub-division approved.

    Perseverance and faith in the Kapiti region eventually saw construction getting underway in April 1969. The mall opened on 6 November 1969 with 21 shops and 6180 m2 retail space. These pictures show what a completely different landscape Paraparaumu was then.

    Ray Spackman’s faith in the region was deserved. Fast forward fifty years, and Coastlands Mall now has over 100 shops and covers an area of over 49,000m2 retail space.

    When Coastlands opened, the Kapiti Observer said it was “the day the whole district has been waiting for”. It was a game changer for the Kapiti Coast which has been one of the fastest growing districts in the country since, now with a population of over 53,000.

    The past fifty years have seen continued growth and development of the mall, and many firsts including being one of the first shopping centres to trade on Saturdays, making Coastlands a mecca for shoppers all over the Wellington region.

    In 1982, a unique partnership was formed between Coastlands Shopping Town and the Ngahina Trust who each have a 50% stake in the land south of the Wharemauku Stream. This allowed for further development of Coastlands. Part of Coastland’s arrangement with the trust was that the land would never be sold, and the trust could regard it as their ancestral land forever, which is important to both parties. Buildings on the expanded site, named Ngahina Arcade, include PAK’nSAVE and The Warehouse.

    $150 million investment in developments over 50 years, including Tariki House which opened in 2018, has firmly secured Coastlands as the centre of the Kapiti Coast. “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. It is something we continue to develop,” says Richard Mansell, Chief Executive, who followed in his father’s footsteps managing Coastlands, after his father’s death in January 2013.

    Coastlands celebrates its 50th birthday on 6 November 2019.

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    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.

    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.

    Coastlands – proud sponsors of Coastlands Aquatic Centre, Coastlands Theatre, Kapiti Sports Turf, Kapiti Netball and the Electra Business Awards. Plus each year Coastlands supports schools, the arts, businesses and clubs.

    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:

    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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    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    For further information, please contact:

    Hannah Delaney, DelaneyPR | | 027 636 0010

    Jan Forrest, Coastlands Centre Manager | | 04 902 9899

    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.

    For further information,

    please contact:

    Richard Mansell,

    Coastlands Director:

    021 104 5011 | 04 902 9778

    Jan Forrest, Centre Manager:

    04 902 9899

    Hannah Delaney, PR, DelaneyPR:

    027 636 0010

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    Te Raukura ki Kapiti

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  • Te Raukura ki Kāpiti: Parihaka Gifts Name to Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre

    As Te Rā the sun peeked across the horizon toward Kāpiti Island this morning, a group of fifty Parihaka leaders and those with connections to Taranaki gathered to bless Kāpiti’s new performing arts centre with a name steeped in history and inspiration for the performers who will call it home for generations to come – Te Raukura ki Kāpiti.
    At 5:15am a crowd of 300 gathered and Karakia Tomo Whare was carried out at the new $12 Million dollar multi purpose venue off Raumati Road, which was built by Kāpiti College in a project with significant community funding.

    Meaning feather, Te Raukura is an important symbol of peaceful coexistence to the tribes who affiliate to the Taranaki Rohe, including Waikanae’s Te Ati Awa whose whakapapa sought refuge there among many other iwi who had been oppressed and marginalised by the Crown.
    As a plume of white feathers, Te Raukura represents spiritual, physical, and communal harmony and unity despite hardship. It is a symbol of faith, hope, and compassion for all of mankind – a sentiment fitting of what the kura sees as a community asset, said Kāpiti College teacher in charge of Te Reo Māori, Paora Trim.
    “Parihaka holds a heavy place in our history books but the values and lessons that arose from the time of Te Raukura are a source of great inspiration,” he said.
    “The opening and gift of such a taonga is a great honour to the kura and an acknowledgement of our long association with Parihaka and Taranaki.”
    So struck by the kōrero of Parihaka, the kura recently put in place a Parihaka-based curriculum and set of values within the school.
    “That sense of community and peace that was fostered at Parihaka all those years ago feels very at home in our school,” said Principal Tony Kane, “And it rings true for the centre. We strongly believe in the harmony of this place, the community built it together and it belongs to us all.” The building will be opened to the public by Hon Grant Robertson in a festival-like open Day next Saturday, 22 February.
    Parihaka Takes the Stage
    As part of Te Raukura ki Kāpiti opening season, Parihaka, a moving sell-out Kāpiti College production written by Trim and colleague Nicola Easthope will be re-staged in the centre’s Coastlands Theatre on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th of March. The emotionally charged, historical drama will be a box office event with tickets available at:

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    Coastlands Aquatic Centre

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  • Water, water everywhere and all of it fun! This is WOW! for everything aquatic.


    First up, there’s a 25 X 25 metre lane pool, comfortably warm for serious exercisers and very encouraging for low impact fitness.  Then there’s our Programme Pool – smaller, a touch warmer and ideal for swimming lessons, hydrotherapy, special needs groups and kids’ play.  Both pools have ramps available for easy disabled access.


    We’ve got a toddlers’ pool too, a hydroslide and spa and sauna.


    You’d expect a cafe in a facility like this, and we don’t disappoint. Ideal for that post-exercise Kapiti Coffee Company brew.


    It’s great to be at an aquatic centre that’s all on one level, easily navigated by everyone, with sliding doors and wide passageways.


    Learn to swim or just have fun and exercise.


    For more info:

    Please phone 04 296 4700 or speak to reception at the aquatic centre.


    Here’s a link to our website

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    Visit Kapiti

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  • What an amazing place we live in! We thought we’d share this new video with you which is a great reminder of all the things that make the Kapiti Coast so special.

    We’re sure you’ll enjoy it and we hope you’ll share it with friends and family living away. Maybe they’ll be inspired to come and visit when they see all the reasons we think ‘it’s great to be here’.


    Watch the video here