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Kāpiti Major Events Fund

Major events development has been identified as a key driver in achieving long term economic development for the Kāpiti district. In December 2015, the Kāpiti Events Plan 2015-2018 was adopted as an action plan for supporting and leading major events that bring economic benefits to Kāpiti.

The goal is to build a diverse calendar of events that attract visitors, add vibrancy to our communities, and provide a return on investment for the local economy. 

Consideration is given to major events/or feasibility studies of major events, that:

  • have a distinct Kāpiti flavour
  • showcase Kāpiti Coast’s positive attributes, so media outside the district can include these in any articles about the events
  • have long term economic development benefits and are likely to generate at least a 5:1 return on the Council’s investment
  • meet tangata whenua and community aspirations.

Five events will receive funding from the Council’s Major Events Fund for 2018/2019 to grow and develop their signature events:

Event dates

Kāpiti Food Fair - 1 December 2018 (gate sales available)

Ōtaki Kite Festival - 16-17 February 2019

Coastella Music Festival - 23 February 2019 - Tickets on sale November 2018

Māoriland Film Festival - 20-24 March 2019


The Council is also funding the development of FFFLAIR, an international horticultural festival which is expected to debut in Kāpiti in 2020.


Applications for the Major Events Fund are currently closed.

To submit a query to the Kāpiti Major Events Fund email events@kapiticoast.govt.nz

Kāpiti Major Events Fund