Local governments are required to plan for their district's recovery following an emergency event – seeking to restore the wellbeing and quality of life of those affected following an emergency. Our goal is not only to restore the wellbeing and quality of life of our community – we want to build back better.
The Kāpiti Recovery Plan [PDF 6.03 MB] sets the district's course towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and is a community blueprint for building back better. We will continue to monitor and review this plan, to best support our community.
The plan was approved by Council in October 2020, and aims to address the multitude of initial and emerging impacts of the pandemic on the Kāpiti Coast. It sets out 42 short- and medium-term actions for Council and partners that:
- strengthen partnership and leadership
- enable resilience in our economy and non-government organisations
- encourage loving local
- grow skills and capability
- ensure our people are warm, healthy and safe
- inspire connection and kindness.
There are also 16 actions suggested in the longer term as starting points to be further explored and refined.
The plan was adopted by Council as a living document to acknowledge that the impacts of the pandemic are still unfolding and recovery efforts need to be responsive to changing needs and feedback.
Council has re-purposed $250,000 for recovery-related activities in its 2020/21 Annual Plan, and the delivery of many of the short-term actions from this plan are already under way:
- The popular Love Local campaign encouraging Kāpiti to shop locally, which has reached over 81,000 people on our social media channels.
- Transitioning the Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre to a community services hub that brings our not-for-profit community sector together to support connection and collaboration. We have welcomed the Kāpiti Community Foodbank as our anchor tenant.
- Delivery of a bumper line-up of summer events, aimed at helping our community reconnect with each other and the outdoors, and making the most of the district’s public spaces, facilities and services.
Earlier initiatives include:
- Reviewing the draft Annual Plan for 2020/21 in light of the COVID-19 emergency and its impacts. This entailed a review of our budget, rates, fees and charges.
- Using part of the rates surplus from 2018/19 to reduce the rates increase for 2020/21.
- Monitoring the extended impacts of the pandemic on our community.
- Actively pursuing any assistance central government offers for financing for infrastructure (through Crown Infrastructure Partners for example), or other opportunities to support rebuilding.
- Working with WellingtonNZ to ensure local businesses are accessing business support and advice services.
- Working in partnership with Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti to repurpose their unspent 2019/20 budget; and $30,000 has been provided to each iwi to help them deliver their COVID-19 pandemic response plans and begin recovery planning.
- COVID-19 recovery focus for Council’s 2021 Community Grants (18 Feb 2021)
- Kāpiti plots course towards COVID-19 recovery (18 Dec 2020)
- Bumper line up of summer events for Kapiti (14 Dec 2020)
- Creative Communities grants awarded with COVID-19 in mind (10 Nov 2020)
- PGF supports further refurbishment works in Kāpiti (26 Sept 2020)
- Nimble approach key to COVID-19 recovery planning (28 Aug 2020)
- Regional air connections vital to the Kāpiti Coast District’s COVID-19 recovery (15 May 2020)
- Shovel ready projects identified to help Kāpiti recovery (7 May 2020)
- Rates and Annual Plan decisions made for 2020/21 (1 May 2020)
- Council to discuss rates and Annual Plan for next year (24 April 2020)