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Celebrating business

There's a lot to celebrate in the coming months with a record number of entries for the Electra Business Awards. Congratulations to those who have made the effort to enter in what has been a challenging time for business.

As we head into spring and summer our local event businesses are gearing up for a bumper season after a couple of years of cancellations and postponements. These events need support to keep our community vibrant - if you are interested in becoming a sponsor check out our local events page and get in touch with them to find out about the many benefits of sponsorship.

In this edition of the Kāpiti Coast Business News:

Sustainable business in Kāpiti

Two weeks ago we launched Pakihi Toitū o Kāpiti. We’ve had a great response, with more than twenty businesses registered so far.

Pakihi Toitū o Kāpiti is about making local connections to build a supportive and inspiring network where you can learn about environmental sustainability in business, and work together to achieve your goals.

A good example of this working in practice is Dark Horse Coffee. Their beans arrive on pallets, and then the used pallets get picked up by The Shed Project to be repurposed as building materials and products to sell in the community.  

To join the network fill out the form and we will be in touch about possible next steps for your sustainability journey.

See current members

Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group

The WRSLG presented its first regional workforce plan to Kāpiti Coast stakeholders at Whakarongotai Marae in Waikanae on Wednesday. Co-chairs of the group Daphne Luke and Glenn Barclay outlined the purpose and work of the group so far - finding ways to better meet the region’s future labour market and workforce needs. 

Attendees were shown the main features of the Plan relating to the Kāpiti Coast. “We work in partnership for a skilled and inclusive workforce doing quality work to cultivate innovation, prosperity and resilience for all in our region," says Co-chair Glenn Barclay. 

The Kāpiti Coast Workforce Plan was adopted by Council in February this year and the Economic Development Team has liaised with the WRSLG representative at MBIE to ensure the two plans align and support each other.

More will be announced over coming months about initiatives under the Kāpiti Coast Plan.
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The business event of the year!

Join us as we gather together to celebrate all that is local and applaud the success of our world-class local businesses.

Early-bird tickets now available, standard tickets go on sale from the 15th of August.

Friday 30th September
6pm till late
Horowhenua Events Centre, 33 Victoria Street, Levin

Get tickets
Local events seeking sponsorship

Our amazing local event businesses are looking for sponsorship. These events wouldn't be possible without the generous support of local businesses, and sponsoring events comes with many benefits. 

Check out the events below and get in touch with us to register your interest.
These events have been supported through the Kāpiti Coast District Council Major Event Fund.
Get in touch
Did you attend Matariki Ramaroa 2022?

Council was a proud sponsor of this year’s Matariki Ramaroa through our Major Events Fund. We’d love to hear more about your experience at the event.

The survey should only take around 5-10 minutes to fill in, and complete entries will go into the draw to win one of two $500 grocery vouchers.

Take the survey
Sustainable Foods new Food Fair sponsor

The Kāpiti Food Fair team recently welcomed Sustainable Foods as a sponsor for this year's event on 3 December. “We are delighted that Sustainable Foods has chosen to sponsor the Fair with its new brand, plan*t,” shared Fair Co-owner Helene Judge. Sustainable Foods' extensive plant-based range includes burgers and chicken alternatives, as well as award-winning vegan sausages.
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How good is your marketing? have developed an assessment tool and a range of resources to help you review and improve your marketing strategy.

Check out the website for practical tips and tools, and expert advice on pricing, advertising, branding, and customer experience.
Find out more
INZBC Delegation to India

The India New Zealand Business Council is taking a business delegation to India with the aim of promoting our trade ties in the wake of COVID. 

If you are interested in attending sign up with your initial Expression of Interest below.

Tentative schedule:
19-21 Sep 2022: New Delhi 
Find out more
Chamber of Commerce networking events

Come along to these Chamber events and meet like-minded businesspeople.
Kāpiti Coast Business Networking - Tuatara Brewery, Tuesday 9 August, 5.15pm

Women in Business Coffee Connections - Sunday Cantina, Friday 26 August, 9.15am 

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce BA5: Special guest speaker - Paula Bennett - hosted by the team at Bayleys, Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Tuesday 6 September, 5.30pm

Women in Business Lunch with Mary Haddock-Staniland and Kitty Fitton - Southward Car Museum
Now rescheduled - Friday 9 September, 11.30am
Time to register your team for the Kāpiti Half

Join the Dark Horse Crew challenge! Create a team of five colleagues and enter any distance on the Kāpiti Half. You'll receive:
  • 20% off entry
  • 1 free Dark Horse coffee each
  • go into the draw to win 6 months supply of coffee for your workplace. 
Sunday 13 November, MacLean Park
Register your team
Economic Forecast - out of the Covid frying pan and into the inflation fire

As central banks wage war on inflation, what might the future hold? Sharon Zollner, ANZ New Zealand Chief Economist will discuss labour shortages, supply chain disruption, cost of living, and a second wave of Covid impacting on our business and personal lives.

Wednesday 7 September, 7.15am
Southward Car Museum

Work Ready Kāpiti 

Registrations are open for the Work Ready Kāpiti 2022 EmployerMeets.

At these events you will get the chance to chat with youth about their skills and experience, and share tips with them on becoming employed in your industry.

Open to all Kāpiti based employers, and all youth aged 15-24 years old.
KEDA AGM and Networking

This year celebrates five years of KEDA. Come and hear a brief overview of the last year and then join the group for networking and celebration! 

Open to members and non-members

Wednesday 17 August, 5.30pm
KEDA Business Hub, Kapiti Coast Airport
Find out more
Kāpiti Women's Expo

The Kāpiti Women’s Expo is an opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services to the Kāpiti community while networking with other businesspeople. 

Contact the team to register a stall.

Sunday 6 November, 10am-3pm 
Southward Car Museum

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Noho ora mai,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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