Last year on Paekākāriki.nz, we published a piece on the extraordinary life of Florrie Ward after she passed away aged 103. Now, almost a year later, as part of the Paekākāriki Arts Walk, the Station Precinct Trust is working on a proposal to add a colourful and rather innovative mural to the fence on Pearl and Florrie’s Way – the beach access that leads from the end of Beach Road to the beach.
The ongoing rise in popularity of the vinyl record is reflected in the community success of Paekākāriki’s Village Vinyl Fair and Village Dance, returning Saturday 13 February.
While many were celebrating the end of 2020, Paekākāriki farewelled its previous Community Board Chair – the inimitable Philip Edwards. Well-known to Bowling Club regulars and councillors alike, he is remembered for his inclusive style, his penchant for jandals, and most of all his commitment to this community and to his family. We share with you the tribute from Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow and current Community Board Chair Holly Ewens, read at his service at St Peter’s Hall on New Year’s Eve 2020, alongside other tributes.
A story by Dani Deluka paying tribute to a little cottage once used as a Catholic refuge for young pregnant girls.
From global warming and Covid flags to recently departed friends and berating Netflix, Paekākāriki local Keith Johnson’s choice of a remarkable range of flags often comments cleverly on issues. Flown from a flagpole on the northern edge of the Kāpiti village, he shares the reasons behind his 2020 selections.
Making use of the land you already have becomes a keen issue nationwide as the availability of property becomes more difficult. In Paekākāriki the community has begun making better use of grounds they have access to – a strip of land between the village’s northern boundary and the Paekākāriki Holiday Park.
From working alongside international greats like Sir Laurence Olivier and Dame Maggie Smith during the formation of British modern theatre, to heading Downstage Theatre and developing drama in education, Paekākāriki resident Sunny Amey has helped shape live theatre in Aotearoa New Zealand as we know it today. Now in her nineties and still treading the boards, Sylvia Bagnall looks back on Sunny’s extraordinary career, with images from her archive.
Ahead of his celebrations this weekend, Dunedin-based writer, Kay McKenzie Cooke celebrates a ‘significant birthday’ for much-loved poet and independent publisher Michael O’Leary aka the Earl of Seacliff.
Paekākāriki Pride Festival 2020. A photo story by Bob Zuur.