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Business events are back!

Are things finally getting back to normal? There's a bumper crop of business events on this month, it's a great time to get your business cards out and get in some networking practice!

We're really excited to be bringing economic commentator Brad Olsen to Kāpiti for an exclusive session on the local economy and what the budget might mean for our businesses. Places are limited so register now.

You're invited!

Please join us for this exclusive Kāpiti session with economic commentator Brad Olsen, Principal Economist at Infometrics.

Brad will provide insights on our growing economy and future indicators, as well as what this year’s Budget could mean for your business, our district, and the Wellington regional economy.

John Allen, CE of WellingtonNZ will update us on the Wellington Region. Neil Mackay, Chair of the Kāpiti Economic Development Kotahitanga Board (EDKB) will open the session, and Hillmarè Schulze of the EDKB, and Darryn Grant, Strategic Development Director at Kāpiti Coast District Council, will join a panel discussion fueled by your questions.

There will be light refreshments before and after the formalities so that you can network with the speakers and attendees.

Come and enjoy a thoroughly informative and engaging event designed to support the success of Kāpiti Coast's great business community.

Register now - spaces are limited.

Tuesday 24 May, 4.30pm
Southward Car Museum


Update from the EDKB 

The Economic Development Kotahitanga Board (EDKB) has advanced a number of key initiatives over the past few months.

Education and Training Hub:
A selection panel Chaired by Board member Russell Spratt have engaged Volte Consulting to complete a needs assessment and feasibility study for possibilities to further vocational and tertiary training on the Kāpiti Coast.

The consultation will determine a preferred option and a high level commercial and financial business case. This is a significant piece of work which will address the current loss of skills and talent where our rangatahi and older generations have to travel outside of Kāpiti to secure training.

Get in touch
HR looking after your people in a global pandemic 

This online session is a deep-dive into looking after your staff, contractors and yourself, as we navigate our way to the other side of the global pandemic. Join us for an informative Q&A session with a panel of local businesspeople speaking about their own experiences.

Coming to Your Front Room is a webinar series from the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

18 May, 12:15pm - 1:15pm 
Free to attend 


Get involved with Toitū Kāpiti Sustainable Businesses

A group of like-minded businesspeople have been getting together to discuss what to do as businesses to become more environmentally sustainable. 

Initial ideas include an online resource, and waste minimisation projects such as soft plastic recycling and a reusable cup sharing system.

If you’re interested in receiving a copy of the report from the group's first workshop, or if you would like to learn more about the next steps involved with the sustainability project, please get in touch.
Get in touch
Photo credit: Delaney Davidson
How to make your event a success

Now that we can look forward to a new season of events, it's time to make sure you have your event management sorted.

The Council website is a great resource of information on how to plan and promote an event and ensure you get Council compliance right.
Don't get caught out with surprise consent or permit requirements and start working with Council early to get your event on track. 

To promote your event through Council channels upload the event details to Eventfinda and it will get pulled through to the Council event page. If you have received Council funding for your event (such as Creative Communities) talk to your funder about promoting the event further, on platforms such as the Council Facebook page and Everything Kāpiti.

The Kāpiti News also has a What's On page - it's free to list your event in the weekly paper.

If your event is targeted at the wider region or country and has potential to bring visitors to Kāpiti from outside the district talk to the ED team about promoting your event on

Photo credit: Delaney Davidson
Find out more
New member of the Economic Development Team

Joseph John is the newest addition to the Kāpiti Coast District Council's ED team. Joseph has just moved to Kāpiti from India via Auckland. His experience includes stimulating bilateral trade and investment between India and the UK for the British High Commission in India, and working for the Scottish Business Network and the Europe India Centre for Business and Industry in the UK. Joseph's role focusses on attracting new business and investment to the Kāpiti Coast.
Connect with Joseph
Top Shop entry is now free

It has been a tough few years for retailers so the Electra Business & Innovation Awards Board has decided to support local businesses by providing a free and easy-to-access marketing opportunity via this popular Award.

Registrations close 2 May so get in quick!
KEDA mentors available now

Got a great business idea? Start-ups, not-for-profit organisations, artists - if you are starting a business KEDA can help.

Register your project, answer a few questions and receive up to three months of business mentoring for free when you join KEDA.
Find out more
Fair Pay Agreements 

Early in April the government introduced the Fair Pay Agreement bill into parliament.

The bill aims to create a system that brings together unions and employers to bargain for minimum terms and conditions for employees in that industry or occupation. 

Submissions are being accepted until Thursday 19 May.
Have your say
Chamber's in-person events are back!

Come along to these Chamber events and meet like-minded business-people.
Business Networking - Tuatara Brewery, Tuesday 10 May 5.15pm 
Coming to Your Front Room - online, Wednesday 18 May 12:15pm
Kāpiti Women in Business Coffee Connections - Sunday Cantina, Friday 27 May 9:15am

More to come next month!
Electra Business Breakfast

Political Leadership: Personal and professional challenges, and hopes and dreams as a New Zealander.

You're invited to come and hear from Nicola Willis, MP for Central Wellington and Deputy Leader of the National Party.

Wednesday 4 May, 7.15am
Southward Car Museum
Work Ready Kāpiti are hosting a #SuperMeet!

This is a FREE event open to all Kāpiti based employers, offering the chance to connect with youth to help them find their pathway into their future training or employment, in a speed dating style format of short 7-minute relaxed interviews.

Registrations close soon - don't miss out!
Unlock Digital Marketing

WellingtonNZ is running a FREE online webinar series in May that will uncover the digital marketing tactics of some of the Wellington region’s most successful business leaders.

Designed to support all businesses, learn the secret strategies these leaders have used to grow with tools like Google, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Canva and Shopify.

From 2 May 


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Noho ora mai,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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