Books at the Beach

Saturday 16th February 

All performances including author talks listed below 

This will be updated regularly as we get closer to the event date

Whats happening where and when

Tell us your Story

Write a story Competition Open to all ages.

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Award Stage

Prize Giving at 2pm on the day.

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DAPA entertainment throughout the day


Authors in our local businesses

Artist ?????

Onsite artist to be announced

ZEAL Stage

ZEAL music, poetry slam on throughout the day

Tell us a Yarn!

Oral stories

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Whats happening where and when


ZEAL Stage

ZEAL Kapiti will be hosting musicians and poets and much more all day at Books at the Beach

  • 10:00   Opening Ceremony

  • 10:30   Young performers – focusing on original              songs from local acoustic performers

  • 11:30    Kate Lattey - Author

  • 12:15    Poetry Slam – local young Kāpiti Poets

  • 1:15      Young performers

  • 2:00    Awards on Zeal Stage

Any other time at the end to be filled with music.

Peyton Morette - musician

Jade Farmery – poet and musician

Connor Norris will be leading the Poetry Slam side

Ella Kirby – poet

Tell us a Yarn Tent!

  • 10.30           Program begins

  • 11.00            Memories at the Beach

  • 11.30            Further memories at the beach

  • 12.00           Pom-pom wall hanging craft session

  • 02.00         Awards on Zeal Stage


A fun filled day fo Dance, Drama and Music

  • 10:00 Mingle and get crowd together

  • 10:30   Parade

  • 11:00    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • 11:15      Pre-School Music and Dance session

  • 11:30     Excerpts from Dr Seuss

  • 11:45     Hairy McClary from Donaldson’s Dairy

  • 12:00    Performance Dance and Singing Groups

  • 12:30    Giraffes Can’t Dance

  • 1:00      Shakespeare

  • 1:30      Billy’s Bucket

  • 2:00     Awards  on Zeal Stage,

The Saturday Morning Market Tent

  • 9.00           Centre Kids

  • 10.00          Anna Bailey

  • 11.00            Castle Kids

  • 12.00           Bilingual Story Time

DAIZY Design FacePainting

  • Will be on site by the DAPA stretch tent all day


Club Vista Author Program

10:15             Queenie Rikihana-Hyland (only if raining,                                     at the beach if fine)

11.30             Bernard Parker

12.30            Leeanna Morgan

1.30              Penelope Haines

2.30             Chris Maclean

3.30             Sir Jon Trimmer & Roger Booth                                     including interactive MIME

Shona Moller Gallery

11.00       Shona Moller

12.30      Bianca Begovich

1.30        Anna Bailey Puppeteer  

2.30       Phil Simmonds

The Surfers Mistress Author Program

11.30         David Walshaw

12.30        Ann Chapman

1.30           Renee 

The GAZEBO Maclean Park

11.30       Mandy Hagar

12.15       Anna Bailey "The Mermaid's Song" Puppet Show

Xpress Net Author Program

10.00       Michael Peryer

11.00        Bert ten Broeke

12.00       Michael Peryer

Autoclassic Cars

11am to 2pm Ross Church talks and shows his two classic racing cars


11am- 2pm Karl Webber – photos and stories of Kapiti Island

Venue to be confirmed

12.15   Anna Bailey Puppet Show “The Mermaid’s Song”

Authors and Publishers in the Park

Ben Spies  Young Author    -    Caroline Beaufort Author illustrator   -   Emma Weakley  Author   -   Tross Publishing  John Robinson     Bach Doctor Press  Darin Dance - Susan Wildblood Crooked Crow Publications - Bobby Duncan Author - Cushla McGaughey Author (books only on the day)  - Kapiti Children's Writers' Group  - Denise Carnihan Author -

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You can just turn up to any event but if you want to reserve a seat or spot then go to Eventbrite click here

Free Fun for the Whole Family

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