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'Tis the Season!

What a year it's been! It's been tough out there for a lot of our Kāpiti Coast businesses and we are all looking forward to a well-deserved break. If Christmas is a busier time of year for you here's hoping that your business flourishes over the next few weeks and you still get to enjoy some time with friends and family.

This is our final edition of the Kāpiti Coast Business News for 2021 and we'd like to wish you a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2022!

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Kia Ora

Covid 19 continues to challenge us all as we strive to find ways to establish a new norm for operating and growing our businesses on the Kāpiti Coast and beyond.
The Economic Development team are providing great support, alongside the Chamber and KEDA, to our business community. Communications have been on point and advice has been timely.

Whilst the key economic indicators for our District remain strong, some indicators such as consumer spending are reliant on changes brought about by Wellington based businesses and Government Agencies encouraging their staff to work from home and/or hybrid working - we need to plan to lock in some of these benefits. Challenges in the New Zealand economy are causing rising inflationary pressures and intense market labour market tightness - these will persist in 2022, however we remain optimistic that the Kāpiti Coast will continue to perform well.

The Kāpiti Coast Economic Development Kotahitanga Board (EDKB) has had a positive and rewarding year strongly supported by a high calibre, fully resourced Economic Development team. Some of our highlights have been:
  • Supporting Sustainable Foods to establish their business operations in Kāpiti
  • Completing the Destination Management Plan which has been signed off by Council
  • Appointing a strong Tourism Advisory Board
  • Strengthening our relationships with key stakeholders.
Our plans for 2022 include completing a feasibility study for an education and training hub, food & beverage cluster strategies, and beginning work on the Centre of Excellence for plant-based food and the regenerative horticulture project. We'll also be implementing key areas of the Destination Management Plan, completing the Workforce Plan, and developing sector strategies and other key business projects.

On behalf of the Kotahitanga Board, I wish you and your families all the very best for a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable summer break.

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou,

Neil McKay
EDKB Independent Chair
The Economic Development Team have designed, printed and distributed a visitor map for the Kāpiti Coast for 2022.

Highlighting “Cool things to see and do on the Kāpiti Coast”, the map uses a story-telling approach to reflect the Coast’s rich history and unique personality.
Just in time for summer, 14,000 copies have been printed on recycled paper and distributed to drive-time tourism hot-spots including the Picton ferries, airports, I-Sites, Te Papa, and Zealandia, plus the Air Chathams terminal at Auckland Airport. 

Collect a bundle for your café or tourism operation from the main Council reception in Paraparaumu, or pick up a free copy from all Kāpiti Coast libraries, swimming pools, and visitor attractions around the district.
Download the map here
With the recent adoption of the Destination Management Plan, the Economic Development Kotahitanga Board is establishing a Kāpiti Coast Tourism Advisory Board (KCTAB) that will help guide the implementation of the plan.

Made up of representatives of the local tourism industry and chaired by George Hickton, a former Chief Executive of Tourism New Zealand, the board will work closely with key partners including Council, Iwi and WellingtonNZ to ensure effective implementation.

Other members include Libby Hakaraia, Patricia Stuart, John Barrett, Chris Barber and Scott Houston - an experienced and diverse group who are passionate about visitor attraction and supporting the tourism industry.

We will bring you more updates from the KCTAB next year.

The Kāpiti Coast economy is doing well - Marketview spending data shows that annual consumption in Kāpiti was up 7.4% in the 12 months to September, above Wellington Region’s growth (6.0%) and the national average (4.7%). 

Our infographic below provides a snapshot of the economic wellbeing of the Kāpiti Coast, and you can read more here.

Future looking bright for Kāpiti’s blossoming food and beverage sector

Kāpiti Coast District Council, in partnership with the Economic Development Kotahitanga Board, will work with the district’s food and beverage industry to plan a strategy to help grow, strengthen, and promote this blossoming sector. 
Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says we need to build off the momentum the sector is currently experiencing and look at ways to continue to grow and prosper in this space over the long-term.
One of the pillars of our district’s Economic Development Strategy 2020-2023 is to support key sectors, including high growth sectors like food and beverage. We will be reaching out to local businesses in 2022 for input into the development of this blueprint.
Read more

Applications open on 17 January 2022

Kāpiti Coast District Council will be seeking applications to the Māori Economic Development Fund, with funds available for projects that align with the Māori Economic Development Strategy.

The contestable fund helps whānau, hapū, iwi, mātāwaka and Māori in Kāpiti with the costs of developing Māori business.
Māori economic development is important both for Māori, and for New Zealand’s overall economic performance. In the Kāpiti Coast, tangata whenua are making a strong economic, environmental, social and cultural contribution at all levels.

If you qualify, start planning your application now.
Find out more
Department of Labour Webinars: Employment law changes relating to mandatory vaccination requirements

This zoom webinar will cover employment law changes relating to mandatory vaccination requirements for employees, under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (the traffic light system).
Please register to attend:
Tuesday 11th Jan 2022, 2pm-3pm 
Friday 14th Jan 2022, 10am-11am 
Over the holidays make sure you keep your business's social media active. You can post once a week to Love Local - Kāpiti Coast, and use platforms like Buffer or Planable to schedule all your posts so you can have a well-deserved break.

The holidays can also be a good time to give your website a refresh - check out these free resources from local website expert Lucy Ambrose.

The COVID-19 Resource Toolkit is a central hub for all COVID-19 branded assets and resources that you can use in your business.  

There are a wide range of posters, videos, and social media tiles, easily available to download. 

Find out more

Annual Report shows progress made in a challenging year

The latest Kāpiti Coast District Council Annual Report outlines a year of progress in a challenging and uncertain time.
The Annual Report (and summary) for 2020-21 describes how Council achieved most planned works and projects from the 2018-38 Long-term Plan, despite the social and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Air Chathams Back in Kāpiti Skies

Air Chathams was back operating its Kāpiti-to-Auckland service this week.25 passengers landed in Kāpiti and were gifted goodie bags containing local produce from Dark Horse Coffee, Coe & Co Lavender, Seriously Pickled, and more.

This was the first flight in from Auckland since the August lockdown.

Read more here

Social Impact Grants now open

Kāpiti Coast District Council is calling for applications by not-for-profit organisations for funding for initiatives that will help the district, with a particular focus this year on helping communities to respond and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Applications close 5pm 23 Feb 2022.

Apply here

Waste Levy Fund recipients announced

Congratulations to Figgy & Co and Te Wānanga o Raukawa who have received business waste reduction grants from Kāpiti Coast District Council's Waste Levy Fund.

Read more here

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Meri Kirihimete,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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