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Chairs Diary December 2019

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Finally, the sun has arrived, and we’re experiencing those gorgeous Kāpiti Coast days we’re famous for. It’s hard to believe we’re approaching Christmas, summer holidays and the end of a decade. 
The Chamber Board recently met to set our priorities for 2020, and we will be focusing on:

  • Delivering a new Events Programme in 2020
  • Growing our membership
  • Expanding our Key Partners
  • Continuing to advocate for members with local, regional and national decision-makers and
  • Provide strong leadership in our role as guardians as growth for the Kāpiti Coast.

Infrastructure plays a vital role in growth - and in the last two weeks, we’ve had two developments in two significant local projects. 
First, there was the announcement about the delay in the completion of Transmission Gully. Originally due to open in April 2020, we now understand it’s likely to be open in November 2020. 
Driving past the road, it’s clear there's is a significant amount of work to do, and it’s a complex project. However, we would like to see Transmission Gully open this time next year, reducing traffic congestion and open up our connection to Wellington. We will be keeping a close eye on the project.
Secondly, Tim Costley, the National Candidate for Otāki, has launched his petition calling for four lanes from Ōtaki to Levin.  The Chamber is supporting this petition as we believe four lanes are crucial for our region’s road safety and economic growth
Already the petition has attracted hundreds of signatures. We’re urging the Government to understand how vital the Expressway is to the future of the Wellington region; and commit funding for four lanes, to begin as soon as possible.
New Chamber Board Members
I would like to take the opportunity to welcome Monique Leith and Asher Wilson-Goldman to the Chamber Board.
Monique Leith owns Leith Consulting and has gone from strength to strength since opening her business almost a year ago. Experienced in resource and environmental planning, we’re looking forward to having her expertise guide the Chamber on issues facing Kāpiti.
Asher Wilson-Goldman will be familiar to some of you, as he ran for Council in the 2019 Local Body Elections. He is experienced in Government and policy processes, as well as being equally passionate about connected and growing communities.  He will be a strong advocate for Kāpiti.
I hope you all have a chance to enjoy the festive season and take some time from your businesses to enjoy what you’ve achieved during 2019.  We’ll see you in 2020.

    Jacinda Thorn | Chair, Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce

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The Chambers second printed magazine came out in November this year.  If you would like a spare copy for your office or would like to advertise in the next magazine - due march 2020, or perhaps even share your business  story with us and other businesses in the area - let us know ASAP by emailing 


Work Ready Kāpiti celebrate 2019’s successes!

Work Ready Kāpiti celebrate 2019’s successes!
Work Ready Kāpiti has seen record programme engagement from both employers and
youth across all of their programmes.

Kāpiti, 05/12/2019 - Work Ready Kāpiti’s outstanding year has seen employer engagement
up by over 100% on their first year.
The launch of WEX - their Work EXperience programme in July has seen twenty-two
successful placements already and some great additional results such as some students
going on to secure Apprenticeships or further paid work as a direct result of these

The Kāpiti Work Ready Passport was completed by twenty students this year, who all
graduated officially at the Annual Awards ceremony held at Southwards in November. The
aim of these passports is to ensure that Kāpiti youth develop skills which local employers are seeking. These students are now equipped with appropriate character references, teamwork skills, academic achievements and other desirable qualities for employers.
Throughout the year Work Ready Kāpiti have hosted four #EmployerMeets, these are speed dating style events between employers and youth. These have seen great growth with 65 youth going through this programme in 2019.

This year has seen an incredible increase in employment engagement. It is up over 100%
from Work Ready Kapiti’s first year. Bryan Gundersen, Chairman of Work Ready Kāpiti
commented “Now that we have been operating for two years. We are having a positive
impact on the employment prospects of Kapiti youth. This is good for our community, local
business and our local economy. Furthermore, there is more to come. We are gearing up for an even bigger and more successful year, next year.”

If you would like to get involved in any of Work Ready Kāpiti’s programmes for 2020, make
sure to check out their website for further details -


For Lease - For Sale

December 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

30 Te Roto Drive, Paraparaumu Beach

500sqm Bulk retail / industrial on Te Roto

Seldom does a unit like this come available. This 510sqm unit is located next door to the Fire Station on Te Roto Drive. Comprising 2 adjoining 250sqm units and a 30sqm frontage to Te Roto, the unit also has 12 car parks which is quite unique for this area.

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7 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu Beach


130 sqm office/Showroom space

This flexible working space would suit either a small manufacturer / office or showroom. Located 100m from Paraparaumu Railway / Bus station and 150m from Coastlands Shopping centre, the space comprises mainly open plan with parking in front.

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Unit 3, 215 Main Highway, Otaki

Trendy Otaki Retail 

Right opposite a new development, this very light and airy 76sqm with showroom windows, high ceilings, polished concrete floors and white decor is in a modern building.

Want to be in Otaki, this could be the just the right place.

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9D Rimu Street, Otaki

Aotaki Commercial Estate

Total Area is 857sqm of which 308sqm is currently sublet to a local manufacturer for storage. This storage area is separated by an internal security fence with its own access through a PA door and a roller door. The sublease tenant would be happy to stay on if suitable to new head tenant.

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Kāpiti Coast Business Network

Monday 13th of January 2020  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 >>


International Womens Day 2020 #EachforEqual 06-03-20


Date: Friday 6 March 2020
Time: 12pm to 2pm
Venue: Southward Theatre | Paraparaumu

International Women's Day 2020 will take place on Sunday 8 March with Kapiti participating in this international event on Friday 6 March.  International Women's Day provides an important and exciting opportunity for celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness, reinforcing commitment to diversity and inclusion, calling for action and helping forge gender parity.

This year's theme is an equal world is an enabled world – #EachForEqual #IWD2020

An equal world is an enabled world.

Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

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

Useful Contacts:
Chamber BDM/Key Partnership
Joanna Piatek >>

Chamber Membership/Events
Charlotte Tollervey >>

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:
Lisa Addy >>
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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