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Traffic Light System gets Green Light

The big news this week is that the country will move to the new COVID-19 Protection Framewok at 11:59pm on 2 December. 3 December will be the first day the framework, otherwise known as the traffic light system, will be operational.

Read on for details about where to find the most up-to-date information on how to operate your business under the new framework.

In this edition of the Kāpiti Coast Business News:

What you need to know:
  • The government has mandated that certain work may only be carried out by vaccinated workers. Vaccination has been mandated for workers at businesses that must use vaccine passes to operate. To continue doing work in these areas, workers will need to have their first vaccination by 11.59 pm on 2 December 2021. Read the legislation here
  • The COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System) comes into effect at 11:59pm on 2 December 2021.
  • The Ministry of Health's COVID-19 website is the best source of information on how to operate under the new system.
  • If you operate a business where vaccination certificates are required you will need to use the NZ Pass Verifier to scan your customers' Vaccine Passes. Download it here.
  • Worksafe have developed a risk assessment tool to help you clarify what work requires a vaccinated worker. Check it out here. And remember that the mandate applies to the work, not the individual. More on that here.
  • If in doubt about your employees and how to deal with the vaccine mandate check out the Department of Labour website, or talk to an employment lawyer.

MBIE Webinar:

This webinar from MBIE covered Vaccine Pass use in workplaces and business settings, and employment matters under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework. 

Watch the recording here:  [Webinar begins at 1:00 minute]

Access password: s$9hLMy$

The slides from this presentation are available here:
My Covid Record

Recreation Aotearoa

In this useful webinar Shiree Hart from the Ministry of Health presents on the My Vaccine Pass. This webinar was designed for the recreation industry but is useful for all businesses.

Watch it here.

No time to watch? Check out the Q&A document here.

Tourism Industry Webinar: New Traffic Light System and Worker Vaccination

Many tourism operators have queries on what the new framework means for their business.  Fiona MacMillan, Partner at Lane Neave will open the discussion and then answer your questions. Open to non-members and members.
Weds 1 Dec, 2pm

Register here

And the Winner is...

Kāpiti Coast entries swept the Electra Business and Innovation Awards this year with the top prize going to Paula's Home and Living. 

Congratulations to all those who won awards, Kāpiti Coast District Council is proud to support these awards and celebrate the achievements of our business community. 

Find out more

This summer, to help entice more visitors and their horses to the district, Kāpiti Coast District Council is supporting the Ōtaki Māori Racing Club to create an area for “horse camping”. 

Just two minutes from State Highway 1 and the Ōtaki township, visitors will be able to set up a tent, float or horse-truck right next to their horse’s yard. 

Economic Development Manager Mark Ward says that the recently adopted Destination Management Plan highlights more visitor experience opportunities for bridleways. "When we were approached by the Kāpiti Equestrian Advocacy Group (KEAG) with this idea, we were happy to support it,” says Mr Ward. 

“Supporting local organisations, like KEAG and the Ōtaki Maori Racing Club, who have the shared vision and goal of attracting visitors to the Kāpiti Coast, is vital to our districts’ economic wellbeing as it generates spending at local hospitality and retail businesses, and on tourism activities.” 

Read more here

Council seeking business perspective on housing survey Our district is growing and so is the need for housing and greater support services. Council would like to hear how the current housing stress in Kāpiti is impacting your business and staff, and what your thoughts are on current and emerging housing and social needs.
This survey is part of a wider assessment to determine the district’s housing and social requirements, examine their nature and causes, and set priorities for future action. There is also a community survey underway alongside a number of planned kōrero events. The anonymous online survey is quick and easy to complete with just 10 questions. Survey closes 5pm Friday 10 December 2021.
Take the survey
Since the postponement of the Kāpiti Food Fair to December 2022 the team have done a huge amount of work to recreate the event online.

The online store offers a great way to support local producers in the absence of the Food Fair in this year's summer calendar.

Check out all the amazing Kāpiti Food Fair Vendors and stock up for Christmas!
Fees waived for hospo businesses

This summer, Kāpiti Coast District Council is waiving the Trading in Public Places license application fees for cafes and restaurants wanting to apply to extend their trading area.

Read more here

Sustainable Foods Ltd Moves to Kāpiti Coast

Sustainable Foods Limited celebrated their official opening at their Te Roto Drive premises this week. Bringing new jobs to the region, the company envisions their facility becoming a Centre of Excellence in plant-based and sustainable foods.

Find out more about SFL and their flagship brand Plan*t

Register your food business online 

Applications for registration of your food business can now be submitted online. 

Business Connect is an online platform where you can manage your licenses and permits from different regulators in one place to save time in submitting applications. 

Find out more

Need a Digital Doer in your business?

Manaaki is currently training up a group of 100 job seekers to become digital generalists. They are looking for businesses that can host their Digital Doers for 30 hours for an 8-week internship. 
Apply here

Celebrating Award-Winning Kāpiti Coast Producers

Congratulations to Ōtaki boutique cidery, Elemental Cider who picked up several awards recently at the 2021 New Zealand Cider Awards. In addition to winning the Best Traditional Cider for their Totally Oaked variety, they also received one silver and two bronze awards.

Read more
Photo credit - Rosalie Willis

Electra Business Breakfast

Nau mai haere mai - Tainui Stephens will speak about the value of using Te Reo in our everyday business lives.

Weds 1 Dec, 7.15am
Southward Car Museum

Work Ready Kāpiti's 2021 Stakeholder Meeting

Biennial meeting for Work Ready Kāpiti's stakeholders to assess current programmes and hear your thoughts for the future. Mark Ward, Economic Development Manager at Kāpiti Coast District Council, will be speaking at the event.

Tues 30 Nov, 5.30pm
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club


Christmas BA5 

Drinks and nibbles in the sun amongst the beautiful natural surroundings of Ngā Manu. Wear your best Christmas accessory, the Elves will be giving out spot prizes!

Weds 8 Dec, 5.30pm
Ngā Manu Nature Reserve


Last KCBN of the year

Kāpiti Coast Business Network
Tues 14 Dec, 5.15pm 
Tuatara Brewery Tap Room

Informal networking at Tuatara. No need to register, no entry charge, bar charges apply.

Find out more

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Noho ora mai,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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