Economic Development

Our economic development goal is to aid Kaikōura’s transition from adversity to prosperity by helping to build an economy that performs well all year-round, is diverse, caters for the employment needs of current and new residents and helps attract visitors and tourists.

Responsibility for economic development is shared between our community, Council, and regional and central government. Kaikōura, like all regions, faces a variety of economic development challenges including our small population, relative geographic isolation and current economic make up that focuses on tourism and summer months trading.

Council is currently working on an economic development framework that will help Kaikōura meet future challenges, lift overall productivity and build economic diversity. This includes looking at how to partner with Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and local iwi to help them achieve their economic ambitions. 

Understanding Kaikouras economy


Council provides free access to economic analysis and forecasts through an informetrics service. The goal is to help local businesses and those who may be looking to invest in our district understand the economic forces which affect their businesses or organisations. The information also helps inform Council’s planning, policy, and strategic decisions and may also be of interest to our community, schools and NGO’s for research projects or planning how to deliver their services. 

Find out more 

Where are we now?


Our economy and the 2016 earthquake


'The Hospo Project' Feeding the Village People


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