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There's a lot happening this month as we enter the run-up to Christmas and the well-deserved summer holidays. Awards, events, and a focus on business wellbeing lead us into the festive season.

The economic development team were proud to receive an award on behalf of Council and our community at the Economic Development NZ conference last month. And we'd like to acknowlegde our excellent Kāpiti Coast producers who have been recognised in national awards - find out more in this month's Kāpiti Coast Business News:

Award for Workforce Plan

Kāpiti Coast District Council was recognised at the Economic Development NZ Awards Ceremony in Christchurch last month, receiving a Best Practice Commendation for the Inclusive Development of the Kāpiti Coast Workforce Plan.

Economic Development Manager Mark Ward says the award celebrates collaboration across the community and acknowledges our collective workforce thinking and actions.

“Collectively we worked to identify and implement solutions that will help residents find meaningful employment and assist businesses to recruit the workers they need to be successful,” says Mr Ward. “It shows our commitment to developing, attracting, and retaining a skilled and competitive workforce which is something that everyone on the Kāpiti Coast will benefit from.”

Kāpiti is looking for ways to better match workforce needs and available skills, support older people who want to continue working, expand job opportunities for all, and improve access to training and education for rangatahi.

Kāpiti Coast District Council was the only Council in the country to receive an award - all other awards went to large economic development agencies.

In February 2022, Council adopted the Kāpiti Coast Workforce Plan, a community-led project out of the Kāpiti Coast Economic Development Strategy.

Watch the video below to hear more about the Workforce Plan.

Recent ram-raid incidents have local businesses understandably on edge, and Council is managing a number of requests about installing bollards in footpaths to prevent these kinds of attacks.
Businesses are encouraged to first explore installing crime-preventing measures within their premises. There are a range of options to work within the footprint of a property.

Where this isn't possible, Council welcomes conversations to explore other solutions, provided these measures don’t impede pedestrians or traffic flow.
Ram raids are unsettling, frustrating crimes, and our communities are rallying around the impacted businesses in our district. Government has made a $6 million investment from the Proceeds of Crime Fund for businesses that have been targeted, to support installing bollards or other protective structures.

Affected businesses can work directly with Police, who manage this fund, on practical solutions for their property.
Find out more
Information session on business security

Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, Kāpiti Community Patrol, Kāpiti Coast District Council and Kāpiti Police are hosting an information session to help you keep yourself, your staff and your business safe.
Guest speakers will include representatives from:
  • Kāpiti Coast District Council
  • Kāpiti Police
  • Kāpiti Community Patrol
  • Insurance company
  • Security Company
This will also be a great chance to network with other business owners in the community, and come together to support one another.

Wednesday 9 November, 5.15pm – 7.00pm
Bugatti Room at Southward Car Museum

Thanks to Southwards for the use of their venue for this event.

Summer events season starts this weekend

Supported by Council's Major Event Fund, the summer of events kicks off this November with the Kāpiti Half Marathon. It's not too late to sign up so get your running shoes out and join with your team! 

After 2021's cancellation, this year's Kāpiti Food Fair is a foodie extravaganza with over 250 stalls, including many of our Kāpiti producers.

And of course the Kāpiti Coast Art Trail starts this weekend! For the first time we have teamed up with local businesses to create a rewards promotion - more than 35 businesses have signed up and we would like to acknowledge their participation and support. Find out which businesses are involved here.

Kāpiti Coast Art Trail - 5-6 and 12-13 November, districtwide
Kāpiti Half Marathon - 13 November, Maclean Park
Kāpiti Food Fair - 3 December, Mazengarb Reserve
Find out more

Supporting the success and resilience of Ōtaki

A newly-developed strategy to support the success and resilience of Ōtaki's Main Highway shops has been released ahead of the PP2Ō Expressway opening.

The work, undertaken by First Retail Group on behalf of Elevate Ōtaki, and supported by Kāpiti Coast District Council and Waka Kotahi - the New Zealand Transport Agency.

The Ōtaki Town Centre Retail Strategy includes feedback from over 50 businesses and 250 consumers, who shared their needs and vision for this area's future. 

"We've been delighted by the strong participation from retailers and Ōtaki's community in this exciting project," says Lorriane Nicholson from First Retail Group. "People here are very keen to see the precinct include a broader range of products and experiences and there's an appetite from businesses to deliver these."
With recommendations that leverage immediate opportunities, through to longer-term improvement initiatives, the strategy maps a clear path for businesses, property owners, and the community to help strengthen performance for the area. 
As Ōtaki prepares to benefit from increased residential activity and an improved environment for its visitors to shop and spend time in, the strategy comes at an opportune time for its commercial stakeholders to position for future success.
Visit Elevate Ōtaki

Successful Business Forum on youth employability

Work Ready Kāpiti recently hosted a business forum to better understand the current state of youth employability, and what employers are experiencing in the current economic climate.

Discussion focused on recruiting, onboarding, leading, growing and keeping young people in local employment.

The insights from this forum will help shape Work Ready Kāpiti’s employer focussed initiatives in 2023 and beyond. Work Ready Kāpiti are committed to supporting employers and have commenced a pilot for In-Work Mentoring - a programme that has been identified as beneficial to both employers and rangatahi new to the Kāpiti workforce.
Contact Work Ready Kapiti below if you would like more information about their current programmes.
Email Work Ready Kāpiti

NZ Artisan Awards

The New Zealand Artisan Awards is an annual event that gives New Zealand food and beverage producers an opportunity to showcase product innovation.

Congratulations to these Kāpiti Coast winners!

- Paekākāriki Pops
- Sustainable Foods Ltd
- The Bond Store

And congratulations to Kāko Chocolate who won two awards at the NZ Chocolate Awards!
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 8 November, 5.30pm

Business Safety Awareness forum - Southward Car Museum, Wednesday 9 November, 5.15pm

Women in Business Coffee Connections - Sunday Cantina, Friday 25 November, 9.15am 
Electra Business Breakfast - Local Government Leadership

Monique Davidson, the youngest CE in local government at age 29, and now Chief Executive at Horowhenua District Council will speak about transformational leadership in local government and the relevance of business as a critical link for success in Kāpiti-Horowhenua.
Wednesday 7 December, 7.15am
Southward Car Museum

Wellington Go-Green Expo

Visit the Kāpiti Businesses exhibiting at the Go-Green Expo:

Green Van Solar and Electrical
Orba Shoes
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 November, 10am-4pm
TSB Arena

Find out more - How to support your wellbeing this summer

For some Kiwi businesses, the summer holiday season can be an unpredictable and stressful time of year.

This webinar features wellbeing pioneer, Dr Elizabeth Berryman, who will let you know some simple and effective ways to support your wellbeing during the holiday period.
Wednesday 17 November, 

Digital Wings need donations

The Digital Wings Trust works with socially and environmentally responsible business and public sector organisations to donate quality IT equipment to charities and community organisations.

If you are upgrading your computers please consider donating and helping out our community through your donation.

Find out more
Trade Careers

TradeCareers connects women ready to work with trade employers.

Their programme uses their research and insights report (2021) to address the barriers women face when entering the building, construction and infrastructure industries.

Trade Careers have developed a useful toolkit for employers interested in recruiting women into the trades.
Find out more

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Noho ora mai,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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