Arts - Culture - Events

20 February 2014
Written by Sacha Kenny | Images by Sacha Kenny
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Sacha Kenny chats to Céire Hopley, creator of The Thread, Kapiti, a funky free, on-the-go publication discovering and celebrating local events and creativity



When designer Céire Hopley and her husband Guy moved to the Kapiti Coast from the South Island in early 2013 the couple were struck by the lack of gig-guides advertising local creative events. So, fuelled by the desire to get to know her adopted community, Céire utilised her skills as a graphic designer and created The Thread, Kāpiti.

A funky little publication, The Thread weaves the stories that link artists with the wider community - discovering and celebrating local events and creativity.

Not only does the publication serve as a voice for local artisans but for Céire it’s been a gateway to meeting some amazing, talented and interesting people.  

The Thread has allowed me to meet some truly great people. I’ve been granted permission to step into people’s homes, studios and workshops. I’m really in awe of a lot of them and I’m really passionate about sharing their stories. Plus the really great thing is that The Thread has really been embraced and it’s awesome.”

With each issue featuring an events guide as well as contributions from local film critics, writers, musicians and artists, Céire believes that great content, written by community members with specific knowledge, is critical to the publication's success.

“I distribute 100s of publications fortnightly and obviously I have no idea who reads it or how far it spreads, but when I randomly meet someone and they’re like “oh wow, I know The Thread, it’s awesome”, it’s just fantastic - getting great feedback is really cool.”

Published fortnightly and stocked in cafes, galleries, cinemas, libraries and shops from Paekakariki to Horowhenua, The Thread  is printed on woodfree paper using biodegradable soy-based ink, giving the publication a beautiful, vintage look and feel, a finish Céire specifically wanted. “I really wanted the publication to be beautifully presented as well as sustainably produced.”

Recognising that many artists work alone but also crave a connection with like-minded people, Céire has a long-term vision of growing The Thread beyond a publication into a network focused on bringing people together to celebrate creativity.

“There are so many people doing all these amazing cool things, it would be great to be able to provide a platform for them to come together.”

  • All previous issues of The Thread, Kāpiti are archived online at and on Facebook.
  • To include an event or business in Thread, email Céire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Céire also runs her own design studio, Céire Hopley Design: providing visual communication solutions for clients.






0 #1 Linda Savage 2014-05-10 10:33
Have been a long time reader of the Thread and loved reading this article about it's creator ~ Thankyou Ceire :)

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