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Chairs Diary October 2019

Hi <<First Name>>

My phone hasn’t stopped ringing this month. This year’s Local Body Elections have delivered us many informed and engaged candidates, who have sparked debates across the community about the future of Kāpiti, a timely conversation given the news Fonterra is closing its Paraparaumu cheese factory, and Todd Property has sold shares in Kāpiti Airport to NZPropCo.
Kāpiti is a close-knit community, and it was heartening to see our people and business rally around the 65 affected workers and their families after Fonterra announced its news last week. 
Manufacturing is a sector which has always performed well for Kāpiti. With 65 jobs going, and the potential to lose skilled workers, and their families, to Taranaki, our food manufacturing sector is at risk.  The latest statistics from Infometrics show in the year to June 2019 Kāpiti’s unemployment rate was 3.4%, compared to the higher national rate of 4.1% and Fonterra’s decision will affect this.
Given the importance of Kāpiti to the Fonterra brand - particularly its international reputation - we are looking for them to engage with workers, businesses and the community to minimise impact and disruption to our economy. We also want to see the factory put to good use, and not left to sit empty, like the Whitireia and Placemakers builders have been just around the corner.
The sale of shares held by Todd Property in Kāpiti Airport did come as a surprise, but we are hopeful the new owners NZPropCo will see the value in maintaining the airport and our daily link to Auckland with Air Chathams. We look forward to working with them over the next few months.
This month we wanted to learn more from our two Regional Council Candidates - Penny Gaylor and Neil MacKay. Regional Council plays an essential role in the Kāpiti District and is facing interesting challenges over the next three years, including addressing the impact of climate change on the Coast.

We’ve asked Penny and Neil more about their priorities, which you can read more about below.
Lastly, our Chamber AGM is happening on the 23rd of October, at the Kāpiti Coast Airport. We look forward to seeing you there, where we will report on the success of our new Partnership Programme and plans for the future.

    Heather Hutchings | Chair, Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce

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Kapiti Coast airport sale by Todd Property 

Major New Zealand property developments – including a Kāpiti Coast airport – as well as hundreds of hectares of land have been sold by the Todd Property Group.

The developments have been sold to the recently-formed NZPropCo Ltd [NZPL], a New Zealand-based investment group.

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Council buys land at Paraparaumu Beach

A statement from Wayne Maxwell, Chief Executive Kāpiti Coast District Council:

"At a meeting of Council on 26 September 2019, Councillors considered a proposal to purchase two properties at Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach.

This proposal was considered in a public excluded session due to commercial sensitivities on the understanding that the decision would be released to the public once a contract had been completed between the Council and the seller.

The Council resolved to acquire the land and we have proceeded with contract details.


Fonterra closes Paraparaumu Cheesfactory

Fonterra is to close its Te Roto cheese plant on the Kāpiti Coast as it moves to consolidate its specialty cheese-making facilities.

The dairy giant made the announcement on last week, after posting a loss of $605 million for the financial year ending July 2019.

It also announced a new strategy, operating model and changes to its management team as it tries to reduce debt and turnaround its financial position.

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The Chambers first printed magazine came out in May/June this year and was really well received. We are now well into filling the spring issue (out in November). If you would like to advertise in the magazine - let us know ASAP by emailing  us at 


Work Ready Kāpiti's Annual Awards


The Work Ready Kāpiti  Annual Awards is a free community event that celebrates the achievements of both Kāpiti youth, colleges and employers.
With the event now coming into its second year and judging about to start, Work Ready Kāpiti are excited by the calibre of students coming through their programmes and having seen an increase in employers by 100% this past year there are a number of very deserving employers involved, up for awards too.
As Bryan Gundersen, Chair of Work Ready Kāpiti commented, ‘Our Awards event celebrates success and significant contributions to our programmes and all stakeholders and interested persons are welcome to share the occasion.”
This years event will be held on Thursday 7th of November at the Southward Car Museum and is free to attend. The winners across the five key categories will be announced here as well as the People’s Choice winner - a text to vote category open to the public will recognise one lucky local employer who has gone above and beyond to give youth opportunities. Watch this space for the voting opening!
The event is also a great chance to network with different businesses and youth from the local community, in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Annual Awards are a fantastic opportunity to take a moment and recognise all of the accomplishments of the year. Work Ready Kāpiti has a number of programmes that students and employers are now involved in that are proving invaluable in a student's journey to becoming work-ready. Their success stories are growing and they are seeing a number of students find relevant employment opportunities through both their #EmployerMeets and WEX - work experience placements.
All members of the community are welcome to join the celebrations, more details on the event can be found on the website along with information on how to RSVP -
October 2019

Big welcome to this months
New Kāpiti Chamber Members!
Anna Colville-Smith
ACS Marketing Consultancy
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Berndard Linsley
Palmerston North Airport Ltd
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Vanessa Roberts
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For Lease - For Sale

October 2019: 

Should you require any further information on these or any other commercial sales or leasing opportunities around the Kāpiti Coast just give the most experienced specialist Commercial and 
Industrial Real Estate team a call Stephen Lange or  Paul Adams

206 Main Highway, Otaki

Best retail corner in Otaki

Style and location.Neat premises of approximately 190sqm with polished wooden flooring in a great location on Otakis busiest intersection.

Close to the pedestrian crossing, it enjoys awesome exposure to south bound traffic particularly amplified by the slowing effect of the crossing.

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17 Maclean Street, Paraparaumu Beach

Good office/retail space

With the current tenant moving their business upstairs, this frees up the 75sqm office/retail space for another tenant.

Located in Maclean Street, Paraparaumu Beach.The site is separated from Ballintynes by the walkway through to the rear public carparking.

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129 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu

Quality ground floor office available

Located opposite PaknSave on Rimu Road this near new ground floor office is available to lease, comprising 2 separate office and a central work space. This office unit presents very well, an area you would be proud to bring your clients into.


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14 Kapiti Lights , Paraparaumu Beach

Be in the Lights

There are approximately 20 businesses in the complex with shared public parking and all enjoy immediate access to the public transport network, road and rail are just across the road.

Kapiti Lights as a precinct, in conjunction with Coastlands benefits from the new development which enhances vehicular and pedestrian access improving the shopping experience.The property is presented in excellent condition. 

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Kāpiti Coast Business Network

Mon 14th of October 2019  5.15pm to 7pm

Tuatara Brewing (Sheffield Street, Paraparaumu)
No charge, all welcome, FREE

Networking on the Coast – bring your business cards!
No registration required, just turn-up
Introduce yourself and your Business!

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Learning & Development Challenging BUT Courageous Conversation 16-10-19


Management Skills 101: Having a Challenging BUT Courageous Conversation

Date: Wednesday 16 October
Time: 9.30am to 11.30am
Venue: Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf & Pavilion | Paraparaumu
Cost: Members $25 – Non members $40

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Presented by Star People HR and Recruitment: Julia Palmer MHRINZ & Sheryl Earnshaw CMHRINZ

Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting


All Members of the Kapiti Chamber are invited to attend the AGM on Wednesday 23 October 2019 commencing at 5.15pm at The Landing at the Kapiti Coast Airport, 60 Toru Road, Paraparaumu - no need to register, just arrive.  See you on the night.

5.15pm: Networking & nibbles
5.45pm: AGM commences
6.15pm: KCDC Economic Development Team Update on the Kapiti Story and the PGF
7pm: Networking, wrap 7.15pm

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Women in Business Morning Tea: Let’s Take a Strategic Approach


Date: Wednesday 30 October
Facilitators: Lisa Addy & Cathy Sheppard | BSI People Skills
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Kapiti Sports Turf & Pavilion
Members $25 – Non Members $35

The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce invites Members and Non Members to their Women in Business programme.

In October 2018, Women in Business ran a Focus for 2019 Workshop. That session was about helping those attending to realise that predicting the future of your business doesn’t have to be a stab in the dark. The facilitators, Julene Hope and Heather Hutchings, got everyone thinking and talking about where they wanted to take their business in 2019, and identifying the steps to working smarter rather than harder.

More information>>


Thank you to our marketing and Media Partners:
National Sponsors that provide discounts to Chamber members:

Useful Contacts:
Chamber BDM:
Joanna Piatek >>

Economic Development:
Heather Hutchings >>

Youth Passport:
Julene Hope>>

Kapiti Coast
Business Network:
Henry Kruger >>

Retirement/aged care sector:
Wendy Huston >>
Otaki Promotions Group:
Ian Carson >>

Paraparaumu Beach Business Assoc:
Sharon Hunter >>

Manaaki Group:
Keith Wood >>

Destination Waikanae:
Sue Lusk >>

Women in Business:
Helene Judge >>
We trust you enjoyed this edition of Kāpiti Business News. The Kāpiti Chamber thanks its ongoing supporters:
Beach FMDisplay Tactix,& SignCraft
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