Kaiapoi, North Canterbury, New Zealand blog

Kaiapoi Weekly update

It excites me as to the range of listings we have at https://kaiapoi.info
The only way you can support local is to have a resource that has all Kaiapoi shops, businesses, clubs and events and I believe ours is the most comprehensive.

The latest listings include  –Cake decorating, Human resourcing, knitters, Karate clubs, Kaiapoi Womens rugby, Techmedics, Funky Duck learning and A little bit of Britain.

Xanadu Hair and Beauty are looking for a qualified hair dresser, this is for a local modern salon… get in touch with Kelly call now on (03) 3275267 if you know someone that fits the bill.

By having such a wide range of listings, the traffic to our site is impressive and we love seeing and connecting people with Kaiapoi shops and businesses – Supporting and Shopping Local. Advertising on our site is proving to be very worthwhile and does get results.

Pop into our site and have a look around and you will be amazed as to what services are on offer in Kaiapoi.

The foodie flyer “kai in Kaiapoi” has gone better than we ever dreamed of… We have had calls from all over the Waimakariri area asking us to deliver a copy to people… this initiative is going to bring more people into Kaiapoi which is what we were aiming for.

A big weekend ahead, Kaiapoi’s community group “You Me We Us” have Waitangi day planned with a multitude of stalls and entertainment planned, its going to be a wonderful day.
There are a number of additional events planned for Kaiapoi – Check them out here

If you have a shop, business, club or event that wants to be well promoted drop us a line brent@kaiapoi.info or give me a call on (03) 3270066

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have a great week



Kai in Kaiapoi – Support & Shop Local

Promoting small towns 101… Promote eateries, events, environment and unique businesses

Last week we were one of many Facebook users to promote “Paris for the Weekend’s” opening The amount of visits to the post made me realise that places like this new cafe would bring people to Kaiapoi and have residents support and shop local… more people would want to move to Kaiapoi because of what we have to offer in the township..

However when you consider there are so many other unique food related businesses in Kaiapoi, I couldn’t promote just one, so we created a flyer promoting all food and drink related businesses… I posted it on Facebook and wow…I can not believe the amount of people sharing it…and wanting me to deliver copies to them… I have placed the flyer on our eating and drinking page

If you want a copy of the flyer delivered to your home or business, send me a message and I will drop one around with a fridge magnet

If you drive through Kaiapoi, you will have noticed the large billboards on Williams Street, thank you to members Annette and Bridget of the Kaiapoi Photographic Club for providing the images….

The billboards have really lifted the sites traffic, we are now looking to get sponsorship for the ongoing running costs of the site… you would like to contribute a little or a lot…we have a range of options to contribute and also get your business noticed.

Support & Shop Local


In praise of the Waimakariri

We had a meeting with a business today as they were signing up for a paid listing on Kaiapoi.Info

They spoke about what it was like to live and work in Kaiapoi, and how Christchurch had lost its mojo, yet Kaiapoi had remained a big little town, where people were friendly and knew your name… they could see that Kaiapoi was going to go from strength to strength over the coming years…I agree with them

Timely that the Northern Outlook should post a wonderful poem…

I am proud to live and work from Kaiapoi…


2017 – whats going to happen in and around Kaiapoi

With the new year under way, what does 2017 look like for Kaiapoi.

Firstly the wharf and river are getting a major revamp, I have attached an image of what we can expect. Kaiapoi and its river is unique and has been I believe under utilized.

The revamp will see new buildings and seating on the riverbank. The full article can be viewed by click the image.

“Jedd Pearce and Mark Revis, directors of PLC Developments Limited, are both locals who have a vision for the town’s future. They have appointed JLL as the master agents for this development. JLL agent Anton Ritani is leading the campaign.

“Kaiapoi is regenerating after the damage suffered in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and its population is growing. In the 2013 census, the Waimakariri District was shown to be one of the fastest growing in New Zealand,” Ritani says.

The Kaiapoi Town Centre plan focuses on revitalising the area around the river.

“The council wants to spend around $8million to revitalise the river with walkways and pontoons,” Ritani says.

“This development fits the vision for the area. Council has leased the developer the land to build this,” he says.

JLL is seeking suitable retail and food and beverage tenants for Riverview and will also invite other agencies to collaborate in these leasing opportunities.”

The Future use of the Red Zone decisions have been given the rubber stamp of approval, this year we hope to see finally some positive added value amenities for the Kaiapoi community.

We look forward to food forests, dog parks etc…

At present in the regeneration zones (Red Zones) with the many fruit trees laden with fruit, we are getting a great deal of people coming into the township foraging for food. This is a tourist draw card and should be promoted more…eco tourism is one of the fastest growing industries…and we have it here in Kaiapoi

The key is that Kaiapoi isn’t just seen as just a feeder for greater Christchurch and retains its own identity and the people that live here, support and shop local Kaiapoi

Kaiapoi businesses make sure your info on Google is upto date

I have been on Google…yes yet again…
Google is relied upon by virtually everyone to find something someone…so if you are in business, wouldnt it be logical to ensure that your information is upto date
I was looking for cafes in Kaiapoi and of course hair dressers..
Here is what I found and would encourage every Kaiapoi Business to search for their business in google maps..and simply add it for FREE.
Add your business to the map
  1. Open Google Maps and make sure you’re signed in.
  2. Zoom in to the map where you want to add your business.
  3. In the bottom right, click Report a problem.
  4. Click Add a missing place.
  5. Drag the marker where you business is, and add any relevant information.
  6. Click Submit.

How often do you use Google and do you trust the results

In a modern word, life without Google would almost seem impossible.
We rely heavily upon Google for all of the answers and we expect that the information it gives to be upto hair-dressers-kaiapoi-wrong-mapdate and accurate…
That’s what I thought and would expect, until I did a search for “hair dressers in Kaiapoi”

2 of the 3 hairdressers exist, however the addresses for the existing hairdressers are wrong on the attached map.

There at least 7 businesses that are hair related in Kaiapoi yet Google only shows 3…well 2…

This is an example of why I started the Kaiapoi.Info

What frustrates me about Google is that when you specifically ask for ie. “Kaiapoi things to do” the first listing has you going to the Adrenalin forest, Waimak Gorge and Christchurch snow and kiwi tour, none of these are in Kaiapoi… the listing from Google has gone ahead of a local Kaiapoi business, taking business away from the area…

Talking to business owners in Kaiapoi, they feel that the township is not being promoted for what it is… there are many excellent Kaiapoi businesses that are unknown

Setting up Kaiapoi.info I have placed every business large and small, every club and event that I could find…all for FREE

Yes I offer the chance to upgrade your listing, which will place your business above others, but I wouldn’t accept a business from outside of Kaiapoi to be ahead of a local business. I will offer businesses that service Kaiapoi the opportunity to place a listing, but they will be placed in another area, away from local listings.

The issue that people don’t support local businesses, is because it is potentially easier to go to Christchurch or Rangiora….or the businesses are too hard to find…

I hope with what we have done, life in Kaiapoi will be easier to find every Kaiapoi business, big or small…

All I ask  now is Support Local – Shop Local…

Tell your friends and family about the directory, start searching for local businesses and support our local industry and the entire community will thrive by doing so.

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Kaiapoi this week in review

Kaiapoi promotions put on a great weekend of entertainment with the Christmas carnival. The one thing that impressed me was the KPA organised buses of families from Waiau to come down for the Saturday festivities, local businesses the likes of Hellers, ANZCO foods, David from Foodstuffs, Bundaberg drinks, Rivertown Cafe etc…great effort KPA.

I wanted to place an advert with Google Adwords promoting the http://kaiapoi.info website…it kaiapoi-not-hereasked what region I wanted to target, I wanted to target Kaiapoi… however I couldn’t, I could target Christchurch, Rangiora, I could even target Tai Tapu and Lincoln…but as far as Google was concerned the second largest town in the Waimakariri didn’t exist. The other towns are far smaller than Kaiapoi with Lincoln being half the population and can be targeted by advertisers…but Kaiapoi can’t.

I think this is one of the issues with Kaiapoi, because it is so close to Christchurch, it is seen as just a suburb or an outpost of Christchurch, Thats not the case in our minds.

The episode with Google has driven me even further to go forward and promote Kaiapoi

Emails have been sent to the various listings on the website, many people do not have emails listed to their businesses. SO will have to send cards or letters to those people.

If you have a business or know of someone that runs a business in Kaiapoi, check to see if they are listed on the website and if they are not, please let me know.

Have a great week