Sunday 3rd May
Hard Times – is the answer in the soil?
Kapiti and Horowhenua are doing well in productivity and employment growth, according to a recent BERL (Business and Economic Research Ltd) survey. And growth could be even better if the LTCCP (Long Term Council Community Plan) is any indication.
In the heftiest of the plan’s three-parts, 500 pages, “leadership areas for the KCDC” kick off with “exploring the local food economy”.
Kapiti residents are increasingly interested in food and its costs for households, states the plan, adding that the district has a major resource in food and fibre production from its rural lands.
KCDC has started discussing the idea of a local food economy with groups in Otaki . . . “to increase the breadth of the Otaki economy and reconnect the town to its rural hinterland”.
Older residents will remember Otaki being the vegetable garden of the region — and it is still a very active contributor to the market.
Takeaway copies of the LTCCP became available during the past week. If you wish to make submissions do it soon: They close on 14 May.