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Enterprising at 50plus

Angela Robertson

People are not only living longer, they want to be active longer, looking after themselves for longer, engaged with their communities for longer... and many of us are doing that quite creatively. It's what has been called "The End of Retirement as We Know It". New Zealand is part of this world-wide "longevity" revolution. Kāpiti/Horowhenua is a thriving part of our country's economy and will have its fair share of Enterprising 50plus businesses.  

Three local 50plus entrepreneurs, Adrian, Angela and Jill are looking to kick-start a network of people in the region who, at 50 plus, have started or intend to start their own businesses. Your business proposition could range from the conventional to ‘out there’ - a one-man band, or with multi-national aspirations. It doesn’t matter because there are always opportunities to pick up ideas, lessons learned and “don’t do that!” from others who have been through the journey.

6-8pm, Monday the 25th of February, at the Waikanae Baptist Church meeting room, 286 Te Moana Road.

Adrian 027 479 1576 or Angela 027 633 2821. 

Kapiti Startup Weekend 2018

Ever wondered how you could get involved in helping out with a start-up business or exciting community idea? Don't know where to start? Then Startup Weekend is just the thing for you!

We bring all types of people together to spend one weekend working on startup ideas. It doesn't matter if you have no experience, some experience or a lot - startup weekend is an intense hands-on event where everybody gets to learn something.

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July, Whitireia Kāpiti Campus, Paraparaumu

Find out more

Electra Business Customer Choice Awards 2018

13th of August to 10th of September

Voting is now open in the 2018 Customer Choice Awards. 71 businesses from the Kāpiti and Horowhenua region have put themselves forward to receive feedback from their customers as well as vying to be crowned the best Retail, Service or Age Friendly business in the region. Voters also have the chance to win some great prizes. For the full list of businesses and to vote go to The Customer Choice Awards 2018. 


2018 Electra Business Awards

Entering the 2018 Electra Business Awards is a must for every business in the region. With business excellence at the core, the programme supports, recognises and rewards businesses in the Kapiti and Horowhenua region. To date over 500 businesses have entered.

It’s impossible to put a value on entering, but at the very least, each business receives professional advice with a real commercial value of at least $3,500 and creates the opportunity for you to:

  • Step back and review what you do
  • Make the necessary improvements
  • Create recognition for your business
  • Benchmark your business success
  • Publicly celebrate your success

The level of business support and development we provide means entries are limited to just 30 businesses each year in the Excellence & Achievement Awards so ensure you don’t miss out. Entries open 5 April 2018.

Electra Business Breakfast

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The Electra Business Breakfast runs every month of the year except in January and on the first Wednesday of each month.  Electra is the Exclusive Sponsor and Supporter of the breakfast series and they contract Kapiti Business Projects to deliver the breakfast.  Electra does this as it recognises that successful businesses are key to successful local communities.  The programme aims to provide opportunities for networking and to be stimulated and informed by a wide variety of speakers including business icons, economists, politicians, educators and social service providers to name a few.  Anyone can sign-up free to receive invitations to the attend the Electra Business Breakfast >>

Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar

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The Kāpiti Chamber offers a vibrant event calendar for members and non-members to participate in.  The programme is mix of networking and professional development events, including Business After Five, Kapiti Coast Business Network, Women in Business events and the Learning & Development programme.  The Chamber will email promotions 3-5 weeks before each event to remind you to “Book Now” using their online event portal.  Anyone can sign-up receive free to receive invitations to participate in the events at  To view the current calendar, go to

Kapiti Coast Business Network

The network operates under the umbrella of the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce and offers informal networking on the second Monday of each month (except January) at which short business profiles are presented.

The Kāpiti Coast Business Network meets 5.15pm to 7pm at Club Vista, Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach.

There are no membership fees and there is no requirement to be a member of the chamber to attend the network.