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Is Kāpiti Coast a Rockstar Economy?

The Kāpiti Coast economy has shown considerable strength throughout the lock-downs. Infometrics estimates that economic activity in the area grew 4.6% over the year to June 2021.

Growth in Kāpiti outperformed the rest of the Wellington Region as a whole, where GDP growth is estimated at 4.2%, with the district clearly benefitting from increased levels of working from home.

When compared to pre-pandemic times, economic activity in the Kāpiti Coast is still very strong. Activity in the year to June 2021 is sitting 6.1% higher than the same period in 2019, highlighting underlying strength in the economy.

Visit our Economic Insights page to drill down in the data on specific metrics such as GDP, housing prices, employment, and tourism spend.

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More in this edition of the Kāpiti Coast Business News:

Addressing vaccine hesitancy in the workplace – a Ministry of Health webinar for people managers and leaders

To accelerate our journey toward 90%, what can workplaces do differently to motivate unvaccinated team members? Is a new approach now required?
The Ministry of Health webinar will discuss the causes of vaccine hesitancy, and how to address it safely and effectively in the workplace. Speakers will include:
  • Dr Anthony Jordan (Ngāti Wai) – Physician, Clinical Immunologist, and member of the National Māori Pandemic group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā
  • Dr Hinamaha Lutui – GP, and Clinical Director Alliance Health +
  • Rachel Prebble - Clinical psychologist and Organisation Development manager at Capital & Coast District Health Board
If you’re an employer or people manager, are in a Health Safety and Wellbeing, internal communications or related role – this webinar is for you. 

Friday 29 October
1:30- 2:30pm
Join the meeting
Covid-19 Update

Last week the government announced it's new traffic-light framework for providing a pathway out of the lockdown system. The framework is more flexible than the current Alert Level system because businesses that only open to vaccinated customers pose a lower risk. 

We will need to reach a vaccination target of 90% before moving to the new framework.

Requiring a vaccination certificate will be optional for many locations. At all levels, businesses, retail, and public facilities will generally be able to remain open for vaccinated people.

Businesses may legally choose to implement a vaccination entry requirement for customers

If a business does not wish to request proof of vaccine, they will have to operate with strict limits on capacity and space requirements. They may need to close in Orange and/or Red levels.

Business owners should refer to the Covid-19 website for all up to date information on the latest restrictions and requirements.

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Let us know about your award-winning products

Kāpiti Coast's artisan producers are being recognised around New Zealand and the world. Visit our new page that showcases their outstanding, award-winning products.
If your business has won an award we'd love to hear about it. Just fill in the form here and we'll feature your business on the page.
Visit the page
Check out our Business Hub on for information on meeting spaces, capability building, business associations, and other business support. 

There's also info on business events, working with youth, and operating under Covid restrictions.
You can also learn more about Kāpiti Coast's economy, including tourism, housing market and consumer data.
Visit the page

Whether you've got a fledgling idea or you'd like to improve your business's sustainability, there are a lot of training opportunities coming up in the next few weeks.

Reducing your business’s emissions - A Climate Action Workshop

In this workshop the Sustainable Business Network will help you develop a plan to reduce your business's carbon emissions. You will leave with a practical understanding of the steps you can take, and a tailored action plan to help you get there.

SBN ran the first workshop last week and received great feedback: 
“SBN is doing some excellent mahi in helping Kiwi businesses.” 
“Great to see so many New Zealanders on the sustainability journey.”
“Thanks SBN. Awesome session.” 

Wednesday 24 Nov, 9:00am - 11:30am
$40pp incl GST

Book your spot now, places are limited.
Register Now

Māoriland Business Growth and Start-Up Workshops

New Business Start Up Workshops

Take your great idea and turn it into a business! This one day workshop is for new businesses and creatives who need those extra skills and tools to start making money. 

Saturday 6 November, Māoriland Hub

Grow Your Business Workshops

This one day workshop is for existing businesses looking to solidify and grow. 

Friday 5 November, Māoriland Hub

Register Now
Start Up Weekend

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. Specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skills, Startup Weekend welcomes anyone looking to test the entrepreneurial waters. 

12-14 November, Ramaroa, Queen Elizabeth Park
Get Tickets

Digital Boost

Digital Boost's 35 minute video tutorials give you the full rundown on how to operate a business in the digital world. The videos are short and come with printable learning summaries. Government-backed - the Digital Boost Skills Training programme is free for all small businesses.

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Noho ora mai,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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