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As omicron makes its way through our community we are conscious that many of our businesses may be facing tough times ahead. The government have just released a new Covid Support Payment to help businesses get through omicron - $4,000 per business plus $400 per FTE (capped at $24,000). As always, the Business website is the best source of advice on how to access this government assistance. Additionally, you might like to get in touch with your accountant to find out if you are eligible for the latest round of support.

We'd like to hear from you about what you think Council can do to support your business through this time. If you have any ideas please get in touch by sending us an email. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

In the meantime, please read on - there's a a lot going on in this edition of the Kāpiti Coast Business News!

Coming to Your Front Room - COVID Response Q&A

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Kāpiti Coast District Council Economic Development Team are proud to bring you the first in a series of online webinars called Coming To Your Front Room. These webinars are designed to support local businesses with vital information during an unprecedented season.

Sharing their own experiences and answering questions to support others, the panelists for this session will explain how they are navigating the current restrictions within the ever-changing COVID-19 settings.


  • Ricardo Reis, The Waterfront/ Hola Bar & Grill/ The National Distillery Company
  • Mark Brosnahan, Brien Electrical Ltd
  • Marty Fox, Electra 
  • Kane Armstrong, Focus Projects Limited                                

16th March 2022
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Free to attend


Register here

Economy strong after September lockdown

The rebound from the September quarter’s Delta lockdown was strong in the Kāpiti Coast District.

Infometrics provisionally estimates that economic activity in the December 2021 quarter grew 12%pa, leaving growth for 2021 8.6% higher than 2020.

The main reasons given for this growth were the increase in working from home. Consumer spending grew from 6.5% per annum in the September 2021 quarter to 7.4% annual growth in the December quarter. 

More insights

Council adopts Workforce Plan

In February Council approved the Kāpiti Coast Workforce Plan.

Many businesses and stakeholders provided input and feedback into this plan as we went through the process of its development. 

The consultation helped shape the activities within the plan which we hope will have an impact on our community.

We are also able to use this plan to advocate for the Kāpiti Coast in the wider Wellington Regional Workforce Plan which is currently being developed.  The Plan centres around the following goals:

  • create more effective pathways to education and employment opportunities
  • create better jobs
  • create a resilient economy.

Thank you for your contribution to the consultation. We look forward to providing updates on the investigation into the feasibility of an education and training hub on the Kāpiti Coast.

Read the plan
Food & Beverage Stakeholders Workshop

Early in February businesses from the Food & Beverage Sector got together to define key elements of a vision for a successful food and beverage sector on the Kāpiti Coast.

In the workshop they identifed key areas of action, and brainstormed a range of project initiatives to support achieving their vision.
The final workshop report is currently being processed and will published to the sector shortly. The report will further inform the development of the Kāpiti Coast Food & Beverage Strategy. 

If you would like to participate or be kept up to date on the progress of this project, please send us an email:
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Sustainability in Business workshop 

A new network of Kāpiti Coast businesses has been created to discuss how to promote and develop environmentally sustainable business practices in the district.

Attendees at a workshop in February were encouraged to formulate guiding principles on sustainability, after which they defined priority areas for action.

The final report from the workshop is expected to be ready later this month and will be published to interested parties. 

If you would like to join the network or hear more about their activities, please send us an email:
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New ways for local businesses to engage with Council

Kāpiti Coast District Council is introducing a new Supplier Portal to its website to improve interactions with suppliers.

The new Supplier Portal will benefit Council’s existing suppliers and potential new suppliers through effective two-way interactions.

It’s also intended to help Council engage with a broader range of suppliers – in particular local businesses, Māori and Pasifika businesses, small and medium enterprises, and social enterprises.

Available within the next few months, the Supplier Portal will enable suppliers to:

  • See opportunities coming up
  • Register interest in working with Council
  • Tell Council about themselves and their capabilities
  • Use online forms to submit health and safety information
  • Learn about working with Council

Webinars will be offered to introduce suppliers to the Supplier Portal and demonstrate how it can be used.

If you would like to register for a webinar, or if you’d like more information, please get in touch:  

Email us
Wellington Region working on a combined Economic Development Strategy

The Wellington Region Leadership Committee are working to create an agreed Regional Economic Development Plan to guide the long-term direction over the next 5-10 years and help enable impact economic initiatives.
The Plan aims to help create some of the 100,000 new jobs that will be needed in the region over the next 30 years, elevate significant initiatives and individual district development plans, and enable the region to be more productive, resilient and sustainable. 

The Kāpiti Coast District Council Economic Development team are working together with other regional councils to develop priority focus areas, attract skills and talent, and guide the collective focus of the region.

If you have or are aware of a regionally significant initiative, please get in touch with us.

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Council releases coastal hazards report

The Kāpiti Coast will face significant challenges to our environment due to rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

This will affect the whole community as the costs fall on all of us and we all enjoy access to our coast for business and recreation.

The Coastal Hazards report provides updated technical information to ensure our community has comprehensive and robust information to help us manage and adapt to these changes.

Read the report

50-50 wins prestigious Cuisine "Hat"

Congratulations to Helen Turnbull and the team at 50-50 who have won a hat in the 2022 Cuisine Good Food Awards.

The awards celebrate the best of the best in NZ's fine dining scene, and have put 50-50 on the map as being one of the top 100 restaurants in the country.

Book a table
Wellington Producer Marketplace goes online

In place of 2022's in-person marketplace, the team at Wellington On a Plate have developed The Source - a digital directory showcasing the region's food and beverage producers and suppliers.

It's free to list your business on The Source, click below to register.
List your business

Air New Zealand aligns with Qualmark

Air New Zealand has announced  that from 31 March it will sell only activities and attractions awarded a Qualmark endorsement. 

Apply for your Qualmark to take advantage of the marketing benefits it affords - registrations are still free -  and get your tourism business listed on Air NZ's dedicated website.

Find out more

Fully funded staff training

Your organisation could be eligible for 25-80 hours of fully funded training. 

Capital Training can work with your organisation to develop customised workplace communication programmes that are tailored to fit the real and actual needs of your workplace. 

Find out more
Air Chathams - a captive audience on every flight

Despite the current omicron settings, Air Chathams is still seeing regular bookings. Their in-flight magazine, Air Chats, provides a captive audience for you to attract new customers interested in your services and products.

Get in touch
Electra Business Breakfast

Briar Franks of WellingtonNZ will speak on how to add magic to the customer experience and optimise the mundane to create something unforgettable.

Weds 9 March, 7.15am
Southward Car Museum
Top Shop opens next week

Top Shop is the Electra Business & Innovation Awards customer choice award, aimed at recognising those that are providing excellence in customer experience.

The competition officially launches on 9 March at the Electra Business Breakfast.  
Find out more

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Noho ora mai,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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