Kāpiti Coast economy

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Economic development helps enhance our district and support wellbeing and opportunities for our people.

We have made great progress against the Economic Development Strategy 2020-23, and we’re now working in partnership with the Economic Development Kotahitanga Board to refresh the Economic Development Strategy for Kāpiti, to help position us for a vibrant, thriving and sustainable future. Areas of focus

In consultation with local businesses and stakeholders, we have identified three Areas of Focus we believe will lift the Kāpiti Coast economy and support a more liveable environment, where people have choice in how they make their living or a choice to start and/or operate a business in Kāpiti that is both viable and feasible over time. These Areas of Focus are:

  • Kāpiti Coast is an inclusive community and is recognised as a great and easy place to invest and do business.
  • Kāpiti Coast residents and communities benefit from local training and career opportunities.
  • A resilient Kāpiti Coast economy based on productive and innovative clusters that are environmentally sustainable and future focused.

To build on the progress made to date, we are proposing the following key shifts in the refresh:

  • The establishment of Skills and Training Hubs to increase local employment opportunities.
  • Expansion of our cluster work with local industries to include the Tech, Tourism and Creative Sector.
  • Increased focus on the local Māori economy and working in conjunction with mana whenua.
  • Increased leverage of new infrastructure and investment to grow local businesses and encourage new business to the Kāpiti Coast, particularly those that improve our economic and climate resilience.

The Economic Development Kotahitanga Board has been effective in overseeing the implementation of the strategy to date, but there are opportunities to strengthen its ability actively grow our economy. We are proposing to establish the Board as an Independent Trust that can be more active in attracting external investment to support the local economy.


We asked for your feedback on the following:

  • Do you think the priority focus areas are the right ones to build on the success to date and progress further towards our vision? Is there anything missing?
  • Do you support the use of SPVs to help attract increased external investment for economic development activities?
  • Are we measuring the right things to know if we are having an impact? Do you know of other measures that might be appropriate?

Ways you could have your say

Economic development helps enhance our district and support wellbeing and opportunities for our people.

We have made great progress against the Economic Development Strategy 2020-23, and we’re now working in partnership with the Economic Development Kotahitanga Board to refresh the Economic Development Strategy for Kāpiti, to help position us for a vibrant, thriving and sustainable future. Areas of focus

In consultation with local businesses and stakeholders, we have identified three Areas of Focus we believe will lift the Kāpiti Coast economy and support a more liveable environment, where people have choice in how they make their living or a choice to start and/or operate a business in Kāpiti that is both viable and feasible over time. These Areas of Focus are:

  • Kāpiti Coast is an inclusive community and is recognised as a great and easy place to invest and do business.
  • Kāpiti Coast residents and communities benefit from local training and career opportunities.
  • A resilient Kāpiti Coast economy based on productive and innovative clusters that are environmentally sustainable and future focused.

To build on the progress made to date, we are proposing the following key shifts in the refresh:

  • The establishment of Skills and Training Hubs to increase local employment opportunities.
  • Expansion of our cluster work with local industries to include the Tech, Tourism and Creative Sector.
  • Increased focus on the local Māori economy and working in conjunction with mana whenua.
  • Increased leverage of new infrastructure and investment to grow local businesses and encourage new business to the Kāpiti Coast, particularly those that improve our economic and climate resilience.

The Economic Development Kotahitanga Board has been effective in overseeing the implementation of the strategy to date, but there are opportunities to strengthen its ability actively grow our economy. We are proposing to establish the Board as an Independent Trust that can be more active in attracting external investment to support the local economy.


We asked for your feedback on the following:

  • Do you think the priority focus areas are the right ones to build on the success to date and progress further towards our vision? Is there anything missing?
  • Do you support the use of SPVs to help attract increased external investment for economic development activities?
  • Are we measuring the right things to know if we are having an impact? Do you know of other measures that might be appropriate?

Ways you could have your say

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The purpose of this Direction of Travel document is to gather feedback, from the community and stakeholders, on the proposed focus and approach. 

    Following engagement, a revised economic development strategy and implementation plan will be prepared for endorsement by Council and the Economic Development Kotahitanga Board in mid-2024.

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