KPA Information Updates

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News and information relevant to our members.

Kaiapoi Carnival and Santa Parade

Three major events peppered with excitement, fun, and family entertainment.

Lion Foundation Kaiapoi Carnival: from 10am

KPA Street Market: 9am – 12.30pm

McDonalds Kaiapoi Santa Parade: Starting at 1.30pm

Everything you need to know is here.

The Kaiapoi Brand: Words to Action

The Kaiapoi Brand: Words to Action

The KPA would like you to join them in the second of a series of business events to promote Kaiapoi as a visitor destination. To do this requires our community to work together as one to a common set of goals for the well being of the town.

Thursday November 14th from 7:15 am to approx 9:30 am

Riverside Community Church, 45 Charles St Kaiapoi

Who's it for?
We hope to bring iwi, business operators and community leaders together in these business events to support a community wide conversation that we further hope will turn talk into action.

Who's speaking?
Craig Rust of Business InnovatorsCraig Rust from Business Innovators will be opening the event with a presentation designed to wake us up and get our creative juices flowing to prepare attendees for their task for the morning.

Craig is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and member of both the Chartered Accountants of New Zealand / Australia and the Institute of Directors (IoD). Craig provides ongoing Director, Chair and Advisory Board services, including regularly facilitating director level training for the IoD since 2009 around the topics of Governance, Finance and Strategy. Craig has worked as a Chartered Accountant, including in a Senior Management capacity at PricewaterhouseCoopers and received the 2005 Young Accountant of the Year Award for the Southern Region.

What are you doing?
For this second event we have compiled all the notes taken from the first event and used them to develop a series of questions and topics. Attendees will work in small groups to discuss and respond to a series of topics presented to them. The results of these responses will be collated and presented in real time for further discussion and analysis.

The objective by the end of the morning is to have identified a set of practical projects to work towards as we work to build the Kaiapoi Brand.

What does it cost?
The continental + cooked breakfast, Tea, Coffee, Muffins, and fruit juice will cost $45 per person (gst included).
Contributing to the future of our town: priceless.

How do I pay?
You can register and pay here.



November Mix n' Mingle

Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust  is a North Canterbury based Charitable Trust that provides support services to families and communities across the Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts.

They will be hosting our November Mix n' Mingle:
Date: November 18th 2019
Start time: 5:30
Location: 24 Sewell St, Kaiapoi.

Come along and hear what this invaluable community group is doing for our fellow residents.


RSVP to now.

October Mix n' Mingle

We had a good sized and enthusiastic group join us and the team at Corcoran French on October 21st.

For over 125 years, Corcoran French have been offering Canterbury residents and businesses legal advice and peace of mind when it’s needed most.

With a team of 50 strong, they’re your law firm for life. Whether you need them for personal or commercial needs, their commitment is always to deliver you effective solutions and peace of mind.


Kaiapoi business leaders have welcomed news the Waimakariri District Council will consider funding a new cycleway to link the town with Christchurch.

Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival 2019

Carnival Update

The news on the carnival planning front is all good. We are very pleased to welcome back McDonalds Kaiapoi as the naming sponsor of this years parade. The parade is already attracting more attention than last year including one particular tall, red-headed clown! This year will once again include the motorcycles from Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), and as you know, Tracy loves to throw a surprise or two in! Take a look at the video of last years parade. This year is going to be better.


There are still issues with the carnival site that, despite the best intentions of all concerned parties, we will not be able to overcome this year. We will be keeping up our conversation with the council in the hope that we can improve the situation for next year.
The KPA will again be hosting the Community Street Market and the Community groups are registering quickly we have planned for expansion and are looking forward to hosting many more of our sporting and community groups.
The Carnival is also looking great with enquiries from stallholders from the Westcoast and South Canterbury looking to bring their wares to our event. We are expanding the Free Family Fun Zone to accommodate the anticipated increase in attendance and the Chillzone is being improved as well. Kaiapoi Toyota have recommitted to the Show & Shine and this year we already have confirmations from two of the largest car clubs in the region that they will be in attendance. The Community Stage will be busy with entertainment from start to end. Oh, and by the way,.. how about ending the day with Assembly Required!

August Mix n' Mingle

August Mix n Mingle

This months Mix n' Mingle drew a small but enthusiastic group to the workshop of Techmedics and 3D Labs.
Aaron gave us all a tour of the workshop and displayed the range of 3D printers along with a very informative conversation on his Managed IT Services.

Belfast to Kaiapoi Cycle Route

Earlier this year the KPA made a submission to the Waimakariri District Council (WDC) requesting consultation with the KPA regarding the proposed route for the Belfast to Kaiapoi cycleway, and requesting that the route go through central Kaiapoi.


Despite this the WDC have selected a preferred route that bypasses central Kaiapoi, as detailed at the attached link.

The KPA will be making a submission supporting the adoption of the Doubledays Road via the Waimakariri River Regional Park rather than the Council’s preferred route. The reason that KPA opposes the preferred route are:

  • A large proportion of the preferred route is on existing streets.
  • The preferred route has to cross Isaac Wilson Road, Ohoka Road, Fuller Street, Hilton Street, and Raven Quay.
  • It is highly likely that most of the users will be recreational riders rather than commuters.
  • We want to encourage visitors to central Kaiapoi, a is a key component of the strategy to attract visitors to the town.

If you want the WDC to reconsider their preferred route and have a cycle route that will serve both commuters and recreational riders we strongly encourage to make submissions either from your business, or personally.


I have enclosed a copy of the consultation form, and also a link to the OnLine Submission Form


The table has suggested wording for the various sections that you can cut and paste into the online form, or this editable PDF.


The consultation period ends at 8am Monday 12 August 2019.




Suggested wording



I / we oppose the council’s preferred route for the following reasons:

  • A large proportion of the preferred route is on existing streets and will be unsafe for riders who are not totally confident.
  • The proposed route will not be safe for young riders and will not encourage them to cycle
  • The preferred route has to cross Isaac Wilson Road, Ohoka Road, Fuller Street, Hilton Street, and Raven Quay.
  • It is highly likely that most of the users will be recreational riders rather than commuters.
  • We want to encourage visitors to central Kaiapoi
  • The Doubledays Road via the Waimakariri River Regional Park should be selected as the preferred route as it is much safer and the travel time will be similar to that of the councils preferred route.




  1. A safe route
  1. A direct route
  1. A scenic route

4     Other



Select option 1  Shared paths, pedestrian / cycle



Select option 2 Safest route



Select Yes and Yes



We will keep you informed of progress on this project as it works its way through the council system.

Nga mihi

Martin Pinkham

Chair Kaiapoi Promotion Association

Phone +64 3 327 4535  | Cell  +64 21 548 751



Mix n' Mingle at the Port & Eagle

July Mix n' Mingle

Another great Mix n' Mingle. I can appreciate a craft beer even more with the insights provided by David of Port & Eagle Brewpub.

Next month we get to see some 3D printers at work. Come along on August 19th to Techmedics Limited and 3D Labs


In May Martin Pinkham and Martyn Cook presented two submissions to the council on this year's draft Annual Plan.

These submissions failed to make it into this years budget however, we are still in discussions in an effort to improve the ground conditions of the preferred site for this year's Christmas Carnival.

The submissions and our supporting presentation can be viewed below.

Submission to the WDC AP_Cycleway.pdf

Submission to the WDC AP_Regeneration Area.pdf


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