The Kaitaia Business Association
Kaitaia Business Association is a registered Incorporated Society made up of local businesses. It’s a ‘not for profit’ volunteer group which benefits local businesses and the wider community by driving projects.
Connecting businesses to financial and advisory support through Northland Inc.’s Regional Partnership Program and our newest Student/Apprenticeship Scholarship.
Presenting the needs and concerns of our community directly before Council and Central Government while providing valuable feedback to our members.
Promotion and Marketing
Current Finalists for the Beautiful Town Awards through the efforts of the Te Hiku Revitalisation Projects.
Ensure local contractors are awarded work for the Te Hiku Revitalisation Project providing interesting spaces for people to meet together
About the KBA Business Improvement District (BID)
The BID is a partnership between the Far North District Council (FNDC) and the Kaitaia business community designed to revitalise our main shopping and business areas. In 2012 a poll amongst Central Business District (CBD) business and property owners to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) for Kaitaia was accepted with a 53% majority. With this successful ballot, in late 2012, Kaitaia became the northern-most town, and the first rural town in New Zealand, to attain the benefits of a BID.
The BID is designed to improve CBD business and amenity through agreed regular improvements to the town’s physical, operational or security infrastructure within the town centre. The BID is a partnership between local government (mainly through regular liaison with the Community Board) and local businesses funded through a quarterly levy, by way of an FNDC targeted rate.
Local businesses within the BID area (or those outside the area who choose to join) contribute an amount of money each year through a proportional system which is determined by BID regulations via their rateable property value.
The Far North District Council includes the levy with their regular rates notices and then forwards quarterly installments of the BID portion to the Kaitaia Business Association. The council provides this service free of charge.
The money collected through the BID project is administered by the Kaitaia Business Association and enables the Kaitaia business community to determine and drive our own direction and destiny. No person or single business is able to derive individual financial gain as a result of being involved in the BID project.
This money is used to:
- Develop and promote the Kaitaia CBD generally.
- Support economic growth through the identification and strategic and annual planning of projects.
- Increase employment and local business investment by showing potential investors and businesses that there is strong business leadership in the town.
- Enhance the physical environment through determining appropriate and useful projects.
2023 KBA CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
KBA APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEE SCHOLARSHIP
Te Hiku Revitalisation Project
The art installations in the alleyways and market square reflect the diversity of cultures, landscapes, flora and fauna as well as tell some of the stories that help connect us to our past. Message themes are history, hope, aroha and whanaungatanga/ connectedness.
Streetscaping includes recognising the history of the town and community while replicating the nautical theme that the town Awanui was named after “Big River”. The businesses are all on board to support the revitalisation project with new paint and fencing taking place to compliment the new artworks on display.
Planning is well underway to transform the entrance way to the township with cultural artworks that include all people. The welcome sign will tie in cultural and historical influence surrounding a digital noticeboard to keep the community informed of all the happenings in the area. Tamariki at the school are researching how Ahiparapara got its name and will be designing artwork for the village and foreshore.