TTK who are we?

Transition Towns Kapiti is a grassroots group proactively working to build a strong and healthy local community.

We believe that by working with those around us, we can be more resilient to the challenges of a world faced with resource depletion, climate change and a global recession.

Join a community of forward-thinking people interested in bringing about a bright future.

TTK is currently not very active. But you can still contact us.

Low Carbon Kapiti

A new group of Kapiti residents launched in 2017. Low Carbon Kāpiti is a grassroots community organisation made up of local people who want to see more action to reduce the causes of the climate crisis (aka climate change). Visit the website to find out more.

Keep a cool world

Here's a group of Raumati residents meeting to look at what they may do to mitigate climate change

Climate Change Kāpiti

Since late April 2013, some local community groups in Kāpiti have been getting together to figure out what the future might hold for their local areas in terms of the physical effects of changing climate patterns and then what those changes might mean for their communities. The intention is to come up with some responses to the impacts which are appropriate for the community and the level of risk it is prepared to accept.

New Political Party

Check out the New Political Party The New Economics party
"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that." — Thomas Edison, 1931

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A Startling presentation on Climate Change

The Choice Part 1 from Bru Pearce on Vimeo.

This presentation uses temperature data over three decades ending in 2011 to demonstrate the exponential nature of climate change and shows that climate change is now accelerating in an extremely dangerous way.

Rethinking Economic in the Age of Climate Change

TTP Meetings


Public Meetings TPPA 9th DEC Otak

Public Meetings TPPA 10th DEC Para

TPP public interest resolution KCDC with resources

The Shift

The Long Walk Home

A Lions Club of Kapiti Project

This is a walk from Wellington to Kapiti to heighten awareness of the need for disaster recovery planning.


Emergency disaster planners predict the possibility of a major incident, which will affect the Wellington region resulting in serious damage to infrastructure. Recovery may be slow and people must be prepared to take care of themselves for several days or longer. Of particular concern are the thousands of Johnsonville, Tawa, Porirua, Mana and Kapiti residents who commute to Wellington daily and damage to roads is likely to mean the only way home from Wellington for them will be on foot. This project will provide up to 150 commuters with the opportunity of testing their equipment and ability to complete the walk. Along the route various Lions Clubs will provide food and drink stations. While it is well understood that in a real disaster a direct route via damaged roads even on foot may be difficult, this exercise will at least give an indication of the reality of such a journey.


1. To heighten awareness of the need for workers in Wellington of the necessity to have to walk 50+km home, following a major disaster.

2. To provide an opportunity for workers to experience for themselves, the reality of such a walk

3. To better understand and test what emergency equipment would be needed to facilitate the journey.

4. To reach a wide audience through media coverage of the event to encourage better personal disaster planning.


The walk will commence at Wellington Railway Station on Saturday 1st November at and finish at Ngatitoa domain.

Phase 1 Day 1     The walk will commence at 08:30 from Wellington Railway Station on Saturday 1st November and finish at Ngatitoa domain..

Phase 2 Day 2    The walk will re-commence at Ngatitoa Domain on Sunday 2nd of November and finish at Marine Gardens Raumati Beach.

For more Info goto

Natural Building Conference 2014 Labour Weekend: Kapiti Coast

Natural Building Conference and House Tours – Kapiti Coast and Wellington
Labour Weekend, 25 – 26 October 2014 and optional hours tour on Monday 27 October

Come along to meet fellow natural building enthusiasts and share a wonderful weekend.
Visit at least eight spectacular homes and listen to the owners/designers talk about their building experiences.
See practical demonstrations on:
– rammed earth construction
– light earth infill panels
– homemade natural paints
– and adobe brick testing

Listen to our keynote speakers Professors Robert and Brenda Vale from the School of Architecture at Victoria University and authors of “Time To Eat The Dog” and “The Autonomous House”.
Be shown around a permaculture garden by Emily Williams one of New Zealand’s permaculture experts.
Hear presentations on a range of sustainable building practices.
Join a “show and tell” session, where participants can share their natural building stories in a short, punchy format.
Question the “ask the experts” panel, led by some of New Zealand’s most experienced natural builders and eco designers.
Get an update on the “New Zealand Earth Building Standards” revision.
Network with experienced owner builders and building professionals.
Shared meals and accommodation on site will add valuable social time to this information packed weekend.

To find out more and register and to book accommodation:
Or call Verena on ph: 03 5450240 or 021 036 3938
The link to the online mailout is

Guy McPherson in Wellington 24 -25 October, 2014

Public lectures by Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson


“Abrupt Climate Change: Evidence and Options for the Future to Preserve a Living Planet.”


When: Friday, 24 October, 7.30 pm
Where: Dowse Art Gallery, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt 5010


Entry by koha

Climate change is not something that we need only worry about in the future.

Abrupt climate change is a reality. The atmosphere has already reached 400 ppm, something we haven’t seen for 800,000 years. We have already triggered many positive self-reinforcing feedbacks including most worryingly, the release of methane clathrates which accelerate warming many times.

Rapid warming of the planet threatens the habitat of the living planet and the future existance of species that are unable to adapt to the rapid change.

There is about a 40-year lag between carbon dioxide emissions and warming, suggesting abundant warming is already locked into the planetary system.

Guy McPherson, as a professor emeritus of conservation biology, will present the scientific evidence and draw conclusions which make a connection between the findings of climate change scientists and conservation biologists.

Abrupt Climate Change: An exploration of our options to preserve a Living Planet

– An afternoon presentation and informal discussion


When: Saturday, 25 October, 2014 2pm

Where: Tapu te Ranga Marae, (Whare Ukaipo), 44 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington

We are putting aside a whole afternoon for a presentation by Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson and informal discussion in a marae setting.

Tapu te Ranga marae, set in the bush and hills of Island Bay, Wellington provides a unique venue for discussion of how we as individuals, and as society will live in light of abrupt climate change.

There will be a powhiri (welcome)at 2 pm that will be followed, after refreshments, by a presentation by Guy.

Following this, it is foreseen that plenty of time will be set aside for informal discussion and reflection – a chance to absorb and respond to the challenging and confronting information that Guy will present.

The marae will offer tea and refreshments so prior registration is necessary.

Cost is $10 plus koha (donation)

Contact: Robin Westenra and Pam Crisp
ph. 04 972 0284 or 021 258 5174

Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of conservation biology who has left the Ivory Tower to communicate

with those who are willing to listen the challenges to the Living Planet presented by abrupt climate change,

energy decline, economic collapse as well as by the nuclear energy.

As a conservation biologist Guy is uniquely placed to make connections between climate science and the

prospects for the preservation of Habitat needed for maintenance of life on this planet.

Public Meeting on TPPA


The Transpacific Partnership Agreement which is being negotiated in secret between NZ, Australia, the US , and nine other countries has been described as one of the most important issues for these elections, and one of the biggest ever threats to our sovereignty and democracy.

You are invited to a public meeting to hear Sue Pugmire from Palmerston North and others discuss the TPPA and how it might affect the Kapiti Region. Sue worked with the PN City Council to assess the risks the TPPA may pose to their region.


The meeting will be held: at the Kapiti Community Centre, Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd September.


This meeting is hosted by the Kapiti TPPA Concern group.

The Great Climate Voter Debate


Food forest workshop this month


911 See The Evidence Exhibition – Wellington 2014

You are cordially invited to:

9/11 See The Evidence

A Photographic & Video Exhibition

Saturday 13 September – 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Sunday 14 September 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

at the Boat Cafe,
Lower Deck, Oriental Parade, Wellington

FREE Entry

For more info:

Seminar on living a sustainable life

Let’s talk about divestment and ethical investments with Ashlee Gross (

Wednesday 20 August 7pm
Kapiti College mezzanine (above hall),
Margaret Road,
Raumati Beach.

Find out how you can join a rapidly growing global movement tackling climate change from a new angle. Students, customers and members are asking their institutions, from universities to banks, to pension funds, to stop investing their money in fossil fuel companies. Nearly 100 organisations worldwide have already committed to divest, and with recent announcements from the Dunedin City Council and the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, the movement has solidly spread to New Zealand.
Join 350 Aotearoa ( for an evening talk and Q&A on the ethical argument for divestment and how it helps tackle climate change, an overview of what’s happening globally, and to find out how you can get involved in New Zealand, including through talking to your KiwiSaver provider, university or other institutions you’re a part of.
RSVP if you can to , otherwise turn up anyway.

Seminar on living a sustainable life

Your Home: How to make it warmer, drier and less taxing on the environment

with Richard Morrison (KCDC Council’s Eco Design Advisor).

Tuesday 29 July, 7pm
Kapiti Coast Library meeting room
Ngahina St

A warmer, drier home is better for your health, your budget and the planet. Richard Morrison, Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Eco Design Advisor, will walk you through the average home discussing effective measures for a range of budgets. Energy efficiency, water conservation, material choice and behaviour all help to reduce our impact on the earth, create a more comfortable living space and keep costs down.
Queries to RSVP if you can, otherwise turn up anyway.

Film screening & panel discussion: what can we do about climate change? – Wednesday 16 July

Climate change has been called “the defining issue of our generation”, but for many people it seems too big, too difficult or too far off to address in their everyday lives.

On Wednesday 16 July,

Kāpiti residents will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts who grapple with the issue of climate change daily

when they offer their responses to the burning question,

“What can be done to address climate change, individually and locally?”.

You’re invited to this event hosted by Kāpiti climate change group, Keep a Cool World. With Veronika Meduna, Radio New Zealand’s ‘voice of science’ chairing, you can sure the discussion will be both insightful and challenging.
The evening will begin with a screening of ‘Thin Ice: the inside story of climate science’, a documentary co-produced by Victoria and Oxford universities. Receiving several awards at environmental film festivals in 2013 and 2014, this film takes a look at what’s really happening with global warming by filming scientists at work in the Arctic, the Antarctic and around the world. The result is described as “a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate”.

‘Thin Ice’ film screening & panel discussion, Kapiti College hall, Margaret Rd, Raumati Beach, Wednesday 16 July, 7pm. Gold coin donation appreciated.

Please pass this invitation on to your friends, families and colleagues.


Crash Course Chapter 4

Chapter 4 – Compounding Is The Problem from Peak Prosperity on Vimeo.

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