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The perfect storm?

There's good news on the horizon - vaccine pass requirements are to be lifted on 4 April which should help alleviate some of the difficulties businesses have been having. We've been hearing from many of you that you are anticipating or experiencing difficult times with many factors coming to a head at once - staff absences, labour shortages, supply chain issues, lending restrictions, and inflationary pressure everywhere including the minimum wage rise which comes into effect on April 1. Hopefully the perfect storm will move on quickly - Transmission Gully is now open - it's predicted that there will be an influx of visitors to the Kāpiti Coast so let's be ready!

Finally!

The opening of the long-awaited Transmission Gully is going to be a game changer for the Kāpiti Coast, predicted to bring an economic boost with faster, easier and safer access from Wellington to the Coast.

Not only is it going to add to the attractiveness of the Kāpiti Coast as a place to live and work, but it is also set to bring more visitors.

With that in mind, we have created a new marketing campaign targeted at Wellington visitors. The campaign will include digital and print advertising, and a new landing page on our website. 

The aim is to get people off the road and into our town centre and villages, so let's be ready!
See the website

Major Events Fund - applications open

Applications are now open for the the Kāpiti Coast Major Events Fund.

Each year the fund supports a small number of iconic events that help deliver long-term economic benefits for Kāpiti.

Applications close at 5pm, Sunday 17 April 2022.

Apply now
How MSD can support your business to source, maintain and train employees

Jo Delaney from MSD presents at this month's Coming to Your Front Room, a webinar from the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

These webinars are designed to support local businesses with vital information during an unprecedented season. 

13th April 2022 
12:15pm - 1:15pm 
Free to attend 

Register
Facebook Group for the Kāpiti Coast Tourism Industry

The Kāpiti Coast Tourism Advisory Board have set up a private Facebook group for tourism operators to connect with each other.

The industry-only group will be a place to find out what's new, what's great, and what's happening, and will provide a forum to share ideas and seek intel.
We will also use this group to keep you informed of relevant information and news as it emerges. 

If you are part of the Kāpiti Coast tourism industry (hospo and retail included) please use the link below as your invitation to join. 
Join the FB group

Time to enter the Wellington Gold Awards!

We'd love to see more Kāpiti Coast businesses represented in this year's Gold Awards!

There are five great reasons to enter the Gold Awards:

  • Free marketing
  • Benchmarking your business
  • Increasing your credibility
  • Employee motivation
  • Attracting talent

Entries are now open
Entries close
- 15 April
Finalists announced - 19 May
Awards dinner - 7 July at TSB Arena

Enter the Awards
Artist applications now open for the Kāpiti Coast Arts Trail

Taking part in the Kāpiti Coast Arts Trail lets you share your work with a wide range of visitors, both local and from around the country.

Deadline to apply: Friday 22 April
Event dates: 5-6 and 12-13 November
Apply

Council seeking feedback on intensification plans

Included in the plans are the Paraparaumu metropolitan area, local and town centres, and around train stations.

Keep an eye on the Council website and social media channels to have your say from Monday 4 April. 

Read more

Your chance to give feedback on the Regional Workforce Plan

The Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) has drafted a Wellington Regional Workforce Plan and are seeking feedback.

From data gathering, visiting local communities, and talking with stakeholders they have formed a clear picture of the region's labour market.

The plan highlights labour supply and demand trends and identifies where change is needed. It shows proposed actions to achieve a connected, a coordinated and skilled regional labour market.

Email written feedback or complete a feedback form and attach it to your email, or simply share your thoughts in the body of your email.

Submissions close at midnight on Tuesday 19 April 2022

Read the plan
Elevate Ōtaki provide RATs for Ōtaki businesses

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are available for local Ōtaki and Te Horo business operators to collect for free, at the following times:

Monday-Wednesday 10am-12pm

Friday & Sunday 10am-12pm 
Thursday 5pm-7pm. 

Business owners can come during these hours and collect RATs without an order number.  

Collection is from 51 Main Street, Ōtaki.

If you are are unable to collect during these hours please complete this form and Elevate Ōtaki will arrange delivery.

COVID-19 Protection Framework changes

Vaccine passes will no longer be required from 11.59pm on 4 April.

There are other changes affecting businesses that are already in play, including increased capacity limits and removal of the requirement to keep contact tracing records or provide QR codes.
Find out more

Minimum wage rise on 1 April

The minimum wage is set to go up $1.20 on 1 April. The new rate is $21.20/hour.

Speak to your accountant to plan ahead for your business, and find out what it means for your employment contracts.
 

Read more
2022 Primary Industries Good Employer Awards

The search is on for Aotearoa New Zealand’s exceptional primary sector employers.

The Primary Industries Good Employer Award is open to primary sector employers and businesses that provide services to the primary industries.

Deadline to enter: Friday 8 April
 
Find out more
Kāpiti Coast one of top 5 places to work from home

Westpac's REDnews has named the Kāpiti Coast as one of New Zealand's top five places to live for remote workers.

With close proximity to Wellington, but a lower median house price, the highest broadband uptake in NZ, and a relaxed lifestyle, Kāpiti's self-employed business owners make up more than a third of the working population.
Read more
Changes to the Climate Action Toolbox

Business.govt.nz have made some changes to their Climate Action Toolbox and it's now easier and quicker to plan how to reduce carbon emissions in your business.

Climate action in your business can help to boost sales, motivate staff, and future-proof your business.
 
Find out how
Electra Business Breakfast

Creating ‘us’ and building tighter, more independent teams.

Hamish Mexted, a thought leader for better businesses, covers how we lead, build teams, stop firefighting, and create ‘us’, instead of ‘me and them’.

Weds 6 April, 7.15am
Southward Car Museum
Register
Get ready for the Top Shop Award

Top Shop is the Electra Business & Innovation Awards customer choice award, aimed at recognising those that are providing excellence in customer experience. 

Entries open: Monday 4 April - Monday 2 May
Text to vote open: 9 May - 23 May

All registered businesses go in the draw to win an iPhone 13  
Find out more

Wellington Regional Workforce Plan Feedback Sessions

The Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group invite you to join them at a public meeting online to hear about the Regional Workforce Plan and ask questions. There are three public meetings:

Wednesday 30 March, 8.30 am  
Monday 4 April, 4 pm
Tuesday 5 April, 1 pm

For an invitation to attend email the RSLG:

Email RSLG
Flip the Switch Live

Banish imposter syndrome, upgrade your self esteem and take your life purpose to the next level all in a single weekend retreat! Qualified therapists and coaches will guide you through a powerful process to uncover the subconscious beliefs that have held you back from living the life you really deserve.

13th - 15th May
Milk Station, Ōtaki
Join the retreat

If you've enjoyed receiving the Kāpiti Coast Business News or you've got some content you'd like us to share we'd love to hear from you. Please drop us a line at economic.development@kapiticoast.govt.nz. 

Noho ora mai,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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