Support for Kāpiti Businesses
We understand there's a lot of concern about the impacts of COVID-19 on the operations of our business community here in Kāpiti. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we know some sectors are experiencing significant effects.
We will need to work creatively and in collaboration with each other as much as possible in the face of this unprecedented situation.
On this page:
- Support for your business
- Regional online workshops
- Support Local
- Get in touch
- How to access support
- Stay informed, stay calm and support each other
- Sign up to receive further updates
We are working with our counterparts across the region and with WellingtonNZ, who have established a COVID-19 Business Response Team to provide dedicated COVID-19 Business Support around the region.
The team will focus on providing businesses with information and support to address issues caused by COVID-19. This support will be delivered through various mechanisms including one-on-one phone calls, connections to online resources, and invitations to specially designed online workshops that will address the concerns businesses identified in the survey.
Each workshop will run through advice from experts on how to manage the impact of COVID-19 on your business. This will then be followed by a Q&A session, facilitated by a WellingtonNZ Business Growth team member, who will provide updates on what WellingtonNZ will be doing next to support businesses.
The WellingtonNZ Business Response Team will be collating information on the impact of COVID-19 and how this is affecting businesses in our region. They will then report this information to Government on a weekly basis to provide clear picture of what is happening on the ground and where the areas of focus are and should be.
WellingtonNZ is hosting regional online workshops on managing the impact of COVID-19 for your business.
Each online workshop will run through advice from experts on how to manage the impact of COVID-19 on your business, including top tips, what to focus on and how best to proceed in the coming weeks and months.
The topics covered are:
- Cashflow and forecasting – Hamish Mexted from Convex
- Leadership through resilience – Nick Sceats from Catapult
- Wellbeing and Mental Health – Sarah Tuck from CoLiberate
- Remote Working – Samantha Gadd from Humankind
The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session, facilitated by a WellingtonNZ Business Growth team members Aaron McLeigh and Warren Sue, who will also update attendees on what WellingtonNZ will be doing next.
Register for future workshops and view recordings of past workshops here: https://www.wellingtonnz.com/business/online-workshops-building-business-resilience/
Together we are also working on a ‘buy local’ campaign. It is a two-fold campaign focusing on:
- how to help businesses to think about ways to innovate and adapt to a new operating environment
- encouraging customers to support their local businesses and shops.
You’ll see more from us on this soon but in the meantime we recommend that any social media activity you undertake to promote your business incorporates the hash tags #LoveLocal and #LoveKapiti. These tags will be used to add content to other online promotional platforms and activities, and they provide another way to promote your business without extra work for you.
Our Council Economic Development team is available to our business community to provide information and support:
Economic Development Manager
M: 027 555 3645
Senior ED Advisor
M: 027 555 8486
ED Programme Advisor
M: 027 555 9713
The government has announced a $12.1 billion package to support New Zealanders and their jobs from the global impact of COVID-19. The package includes wage subsidies for affected businesses in all sectors and regions, COVID-19 leave and self-isolation support, increases and changes to benefits, and business tax changes to free up cashflow.
If you’re not sure what assistance may be available, don’t know who to contact for help or if would just like more information, visit www.covid19.govt.nz or call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997.
Businesses should stay up-to-date with the latest business information at www.business.govt.nz/coronavirus
We are encouraging people to stay calm, exercise a little patience and kindness, follow good hygiene practices and to stay at home if they feel unwell.
New Zealand is well known for manaakitanga (hospitality) and prides itself on being an open and welcoming country. Look after each other by checking on elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.
It’s normal to feel distressed, but if you feel you are not coping, it’s important to seek help. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737. This service is free, available 24/7 and gives you the chance to talk with a trained counsellor.
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Have questions? Contact us on KapitiCoastNZ@kapiticoast.govt.nz or email one of the team directly using the contact details above.