from this KC News report

Among the attendees: from left: Tim Wilson (KC News), Tim Costley (National Party candidate for Otaki), Cr Nigel Wilson, and KCDC CEO Darren Edwards.

Event organiser Helen Judge says it was also good to see officials from MBIE attending to hear first-hand from local businesses, as they were small business policy staff. 

There was a question posed by Councillor Liz Koh about the number of micro-businesses and start-ups in Kāpiti and the ability of government to support these businesses as they are often not eligible for funding when it comes to capability building and business growth funds.

Ms Judge says “It is well known that Kāpiti has proportionately more self-employed people than the national average, which was taken on-board by the Minister [for small business] so we hope there will be more discussion on this point between the Minister, MBIE and our local economic development team within Kapiti Coast District Council.”