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Chairs Diary July 2019


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Independent Review of Council Welcomed

The Kāpiti Coast has unprecedented opportunities for growth. Transmission Gully is due to open next year, and the next phase of the Expressway the year after. Even with all of this potential we are concerned these opportunities aren't being maximised by the Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC). The decisions we make now will have a decades-long impact on the district, which is why we’re supporting an Independent Review of KCDC.
For the last 18 months, the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce has regularly been approached by a number of businesses, across different sectors, who have expressed concerns about working with KCDC.  One of our roles is to advocate for, and lobby on behalf of, local businesses  Since early 2018 we have been working to raise these concerns with Council Staff and Councillors.
Councillors James Cootes, and Angela Buswell, who work closely with the Chamber, have also worked on behalf of businesses to improve outcomes for the wider community - particularly around the Council’s 'Open for Business' policy.  However, this is very much still ‘work in progress’.
In late June, elected Council members met to discuss an Independent Review of KCDC.  Two of our Board members - Sam Pritchard and Brett Percival - spoke in support of the review, which Councillors voted to implement.
In particular, we would like the Independent Review to address two key areas:

  1. Local resources and how they are utilised - to deliver the best and most cost-effective outcomes for Kāpiti ratepayers and businesses, and
  2. The Current ‘Open for Business’ policy - we want to see a culture established within KCDC which encourages and works alongside businesses to help them achieve growth for themselves and the region.

I would like to thank both James Cootes and Angela Buswell for their tireless work on behalf of local businesses, especially the commitment shown by both to Kāpiti and our long-term interests.
The Chamber will continue to advocate for our local businesses during the review process. If you have any issues you would like help with, please email me on



Heather Hutchings, 
Chair, Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce

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PGF provides a $2.5 m loan to a hands - free wheelchair company
A lower North Island company that develops state-of-the-art, hands-free wheelchairs, that move according to its user's body movement, has been given a $2.5 million loan by the Government.

Ōtaki-based Omeo Technology got the loan through the Provincial Growth Fund (PFG) to scale up and centralise its production....>>


              Photo: Economic Development New Zealand 

Interviewing - speed dating style!

Work Ready Kāpiti’s #EmployerMeet event sees great success with its speed dating style format for local youth and employers.

Kāpiti, 04/07/2019 - The 3rd July saw Work Ready Kāpiti host the first of 4 #EmployerMeets scheduled for 2019 at Kāpiti College with great success.
The events focus was to connect local youth preparing to transition into the workforce and employers - providing a forum for like minded individuals to meet.
The event also provides valuable interview experience for youth in a safe and secure environment, allowing them to practice interview techniques and develop the necessary skills to best demonstrate their capabilities.
The event at Kāpiti College, saw representation from a number of local businesses including: Pzazz Building, Goodman Contractors, Kiwibank, PomPom Events & Marketing, GTB IT Solutions, Kāpiti Colour Painting Services, Kāpiti Coast Funeral Home, C&C Plumbing & Gas, Chroma Coaching and Mike Lynds Financial Brokers.
Students had 10 minute interviews with employers from industries of their choosing and managed to fit 5 interviews in each throughout the event.
Bryan Gundersen, Chair of Work Ready Kāpiti commented, it was great to see so many students leave having made really positive connections with local employers that may lead to future job opportunities.
The next #EmployerMeet is scheduled for the 14/08/2019 at Paraparaumu College, registration is essential as the event is filling up fast, please visit - for further information on the event and how to register.

For more information regarding this release, please contact Charlotte Tollervey on 027 929 9450  or email




Lifting the skills and opportunities available for Māori has been one of the key priority areas of the government’s Wellbeing Budget. Plenty has been written about the socio-economic, health and other challenges facing Māori over the past couple of decades, yet many of these interrelated issues remain.

But why the focus on Māori? Put simply, there are significant disparities between Māori and non-Māori in Aotearoa, but also a range of opportunities and challenges that, if addressed, would have wide ranging impacts across New Zealand. In this article I discuss some of the economic challenges and opportunities facing Māori, both today and in the future. These challenges and opportunities are identified using insights from Infometrics’ Te Matapae platform, which details current and future employment opportunities for Māori.

A young, growing population…


Taking the opportunity to use a mentor can be one of the best investments you’ll make in your business.

Running a business has its challenges and many business owners have some strengths but often gaps in the skills needed to succeed. Engaging with a Chamber mentor can lead to more informed decision making and even cost savings for your business, as well as guiding your personal development as an owner and entrepreneur.

CHAMBER MENTORS is the type of support you would expect from us, and we have experienced, proven mentors ready to apply their knowledge and skills to the next stage or challenge of your business journey. See what some of our mentors have to say about the impact a mentor can make for your business.

For more information about CHAMBER MENTORS and how to apply, visit

We look forward to working with you. Read more >> 

What do customers think about Your Business?


Do your customers love your service? Would you like to prove it? Then enter the Customer Choice Awards! Any business can enter and it’s simple and quick to do. Now is your chance to stand-up and be counted.

The Categories

In 2019 we have added a NEW exciting category, in recognition of the varied businesses we have in our region:

  • Retail
  • Service
  • Hospitality

All entries are automatically entered in our ‘Age-Friendly’ category. With two additional questions on the voting form for those over 60 to determine how ‘Age-Friendly’ your business is.  The feedback from this Award may provide you with some interesting insights!


It's easy

There is no entry form to complete – these Awards are based entirely on customer feedback & how they rate your business.  The entry fee is $249 + GST, and is easily paid by credit card when you enter.

During the voting period (12 August - 9 September), we promote your business in the Kapiti Observer, Horowhenua Mail, Beach FM, on the BKH website, and on our Facebook page - @ElectraBusinessAwards

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Payday filing - And guid to TAX - PDF from IRD - April 2019
Business HealthCheck: Chamber tool

Local Business Adverts!
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Business After 5 Host: Bayleys Kāpiti

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce invites Members and Non Members to their bi-monthly Business After Five networking programme.

Date: Wednesday 31 July 2019

Time: 5.30pm to 7pm

Location: Bayleys Kāpiti | 19A Raumati Rd, Raumati Beach

Cost: Members Free – Non members $20


You are invited to attend this BA5 being hosted by the commercial and residential teams’ of Bayleys Kāpiti. Bayleys is a Key Partner of the Kāpiti Chamber and at this BA5, they will present their business to those in attendance.

Bayleys have arranged for a special guest speaker, and there will be drinks & nibbles and plenty of time to network. We look forward to seeing you all there on the night – make a note to be at this BA5 so you can meet the Bayleys Kāpiti team.
For more information and to book>>

Kāpiti Coast Business Network

Mon 12th of August 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!

More info >>

L&D Workshop: 
Do you feel good about your insurance?

Date: Wednesday 21 August
Time: 9.30am to 11.30am
Venue: Kāpiti Sports Turf & Pavilion, Paraparaumu
Cost: Members $25 – Non members $40

Presented by: Tracey Jones Insurance Excellence & Key Partner of the Kāpiti Chamber and 
Cecilia Farrow ,a recognised industry leader and published writer on Business Risk for private companies.

For more information and to book>>

Women in Business: 

Women in Business Lunch: 
Christine Westbury | Ditching the sugar without ditching the treats

Date: Wednesday 28 August
Speaker: Christine Westbury | Clean Mixes
Time: 12pm to 2pm
Venue: Southward Car Museum | Bugatti Rm
Members $30 – Non Members $40

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

Christine Westbury went from eating blocks of chocolate to ditching the sugar BUT didn't ditch the treats ……. Here's how ...

To book and for more info>>

For Lease/
For Sale

July 2019: 
This month we again have a good mix of smaller retail opportunities on the Coast plus a large block of development land with a new zoning.

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 

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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2 Presentation Way, Paraparaumu 


Attention Medical Professionals

This brand new office/retail space of 140sqm is located alongside the new St Josephs skin and laser clinic in Presentation Way, just off Milne Drive.The property, located some 200m from the new expressway interchange is expected to be completed within 3 months. If your business can benefit by being part of a brand new state of the art medical facility then now is your opportunity to get involved in the final fitout.

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8-20 Te Tupe Road, Paraparaumu

Attention owner occupiers/developers

This contiguous block of 4 adjoining sections totaling 9,525sqm of land is now available for sale for the first time.

The change in zoning from Tourist Activity to the new Outer Business zoning means these quality, fully serviced sections are now available to owner occupiers and or developers. Read More>>

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.

Read more>>

Thank you to our marketing and Media Partners: 
Key Partnership
Let's do better business, together.
In line with Business Chambers throughout New Zealand, Kapiti Chamber of Commerce have decided on, and is currently rolling out, a Key Partnership Program.
These Partnerships will be developed over time through and will provide collaboration through regular meetings with our Business Development Manager who will help move strategic plans to ensure the partnership is mutually beneficial,  that will in turn add value to the partnership, the chamber and all it's members.
Benefits of being a Key Partner will include special member offers, the sharing of knowledge and expertise with members, or hosting business seminars and events. Partners can often bring key note industry specific speakers to the region, or supply articles and informative material for dissemination to the chamber membership and the wider Kāpiti business community.
Do you want to become a Key Partner of the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce? Click here for more information!

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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