People Flock to Kāpiti, Supporting Covid Recovery


Posted by News Team on 3 December 2020

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Kāpiti, 3 December 2020 – The end of 2020 is looking promising for Kāpiti, with consumer spending up 8.6% in the September 2020 quarter (compared to September 2019), and Statistics NZ data revealing 55% of our region’s population growth over the last year is due to people moving here from within New Zealand.

Annually, spending was up 1.2% compared to the national decline of 2.7%. A change in working patterns post-Covid 19 means more people are working remotely and from home, contributing to an increase in spending.

Jacinda Thorn, Co-Chair of the Kāpiti Chamber, says it’s been a challenging year, so this is positive news for business.

“We’ve always known Kāpiti is the best place to live and work, and with employers embracing remote working it’s making our region even more attractive. All the signs are encouraging; however, we’ve learnt this year things can change fast, so businesses still need to keep their crisis response plan close,” says Jacinda Thorn

Bede Laracy is Co-Owner of three local retail businesses - Paperdoll and Holy Smoke at Raumati Beach and Wallflower in Coastlands. He says this year has been a roller coaster.

“We came to a grinding halt during Lockdown, and then experienced the post-Lockdown boom, then things settled in August. We had a great Village Street Party late last month, with hundreds of people coming out to support our local businesses - the signs are looking good for a normally busy Christmas season,” says Bede Laracy. Over the last two years, the Chamber was part of the Drafting Group for the recently released Kāpiti Coast Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan 2020–2023. The plan’s purpose is to enhance the economic well-being for all on the Kāpiti Coast.

Monique Leith, Chamber Co-Chair, says she is optimistic for the next 12 months, especially now the Economic Plan for Kapiti has been confirmed. 

“Next year, we can look forward to Transmission Gully opening and work continuing on the Expressway, which all provides certainty to local businesses and provides us with even greater opportunity. Kāpiti is a fantastic place to live and work, and we look forward to future growth,” says Monique Leith.

You can read more about internal migration population changes at Infometrics here.

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the economy by creating wealth and employment and solve local business issues by providing a collective voice for business in Kāpiti. Over 300 members in Kāpiti belong to the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to stay connected, network and gain knowledge and support from our local membership.