Our vision and direction
Our vision for our community is a Kāpiti with a thriving environment, vibrant economy, and strong communities.
Toitū means to be sustainable. To achieve sustainability for Kāpiti we must take a holistic approach – protect, care for and enhance our land, our waters and our people.
Our vision reflects the concerns and aspirations our community has shared, and provides a strong direction as we navigate the coming years, with the challenges – and opportunities – that will bring for our district.
- Liveability of our district.
- Rising costs and limited income.
- Managing growth well.
- Being connected and resilient.
- Caring for our environment.
Our core services
Delivering efficient, reliable services, facilities and infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing communities.
- planning and regulatory
Our projects and priorities
Acting on important issues.
Our financial strategy
Managing how we pay for services and fund our community's development.
At the heart of and supporting these outcomes, Mana Whenua and Council have a mutually mana-enhancing partnership.
Our community outcomes focus on:
- strong communities
- our people have access to suitable housing in Kāpiti so they can live and thrive
- our communities are resilient, safe, healthy, thriving and connected; everyone has a sense of belonging and can access the resources and services they need
- thriving environment – our natural environment is restored and enhanced as we transition to a low-carbon future
- vibrant economy – our local economy is prosperous, with ample opportunities for people to work and learn in Kāpiti.
Read more about our vision and direction in our Long-term Plan 2021–41.
Our overall vision was agreed with our community in 2018. Toitū Kāpiti embodies our goal of a vibrant and thriving Kāpiti with healthy, safe and resilient communities.
Community outcomes to guide decision-making
To support our vision, elected members identified five desired outcomes they see as critical towards achieving a vibrant, thriving
and strong community.
These outcomes are our priorities for our Long-term Plan 2021–41. They’ll help us respond to our challenges, prioritise our activities and spending, and keep our focus on what’s most important.
Te Ao Māori perspective
The outcomes are underpinned by the principles presented in Te Kaupapa Mātua (our harakeke image on page 13 of our Long-term Plan 2021–41). Working with our iwi partners, we've developed a comprehensive framework that embraces a te ao Māori perspective (Māori worldview), with a whakatauāki (proverb) for each community outcome.
Our three iwi who are Mana Whenua in our district – Ngāti Raukawa au ki te Tonga, Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai and Ngāti Toa Rangatira – each contributed a whakatauāki for one of the outcomes, to reflect the intent of the outcome.
Core services support outcomes
Alongside the priorities set by the community outcomes are Council’s core services. Through all our activities, the projects we implement as part of this plan and our day-to-day work, we continue to focus on providing great service to our community.