Creative Kāpiti brings strategic leadership and an industry-led approach to the development and delivery of regional creative industries projects. Our engagement across the sector and industry-led workshops in 2019 led to our Vision, Strategic and Workforce Development Goals. (link the Vision onwards to the About Us section). We are ambitious and motivated to ensure that a creative career is not only possible, but also rewarding in the Kapiti Coast region.

Our project categories are:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Audience Development
  3. Consultation & Research
  4. Creative Practice
  5. Education & Skills
  6. Visitor Attraction


The status of each project is either:

  • Scoping – the project is being scoped for cost, potential partners, timing, and more.
  • Initiation – the project plan is being developed, funding sought, partners, engaged.
  • Delivery – the project is underway.
  • Completion – the project has been delivered (see Project Archives).

Each strategic goal has six corresponding projects that will benefit not only the creative industries, but also visitor attraction, community wellbeing and economic development. Our first project has been funded by Creative New Zealand with an arts resiliency grant in response to Covid-19.  Nationally, Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the $17.5b creative industries sector that usually employs 130,000 people. Treasury has predicted that without government intervention, the sector will be twice as impacted as the economy as a whole.

As a result of our advocacy, the creative industries have been recognised as a key sector in the Kāpiti Economic Development Strategy 2020-2023, and in response to Covid-19, there is now an urgent need to deliver the action to ‘support Creative Kāpiti to develop an industry-led Kāpiti Creative Industries Action plan.

Through wide sector engagement, the action plan would identify impacts, opportunities, skills and capability needs, and importantly, provide a pathway to increased resiliency through targeted actions. The Action Plan would also be a catalyst for attracting increased funding and investment and bring together a range of project partners. We are currently investigating options to fund the development of this critical projec