New Finance Minister to meet Kāpiti businesses

Hon Steven Joyce will make his first visit to Kāpiti as Finance Minister next week to speak to Kāpiti based businesses, ahead of his first Budget in May.

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Minister at Southwards Car Museum on Wednesday the 26th of April, with tickets available via the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce website.

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce Chair, Heather Hutchings, says it is the perfect opportunity for local businesses to hear first-hand what the Minister’s plans are for the economy, particularly as this year’s election draws closer.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be hosting Hon Joyce just ahead of his first Budget on the 25th of May. More, now than ever we need to be focused on growth and expanding our local economy,” says Ms Hutchings.

“Local businesses will be able to ask the Finance and Infrastructure Minister any burning questions they have around the challenges and opportunities for Kāpiti, now that the first phase of the Expressway has opened and how they can prepare to take advantage of the other significant roading developments when it is finished.”

During last month’s visit to Kāpiti the Prime Minister highlighted that the Kāpiti Coast is the platform for growth for the wider Wellington region over the next 10 years.

The Expressway, development of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki section of the road, and Transmission Gully is expected to have a substantial economic impact on Kāpiti. NZTA has previously predicted local employment counts will increase between 3,400 and 6000 once completed.