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About Elevate Ōtaki

Elevate Ōtaki’s focus is on how to elevate Ōtaki to the next level – economically and as a great place to live and visit.

What will future success look like? It will be a community that is thriving, and with a busy retail centre that is a destination in itself. This will be achieved while retaining the town's special and unique community character.

Brief history

In 2009 / 2010 when the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) first met with the Ōtaki Community Board (OCB) to discuss the planned Peka to Ōtaki Expressway, locals knew something had to happen as the congestion was a source of frustration.

The community board agreed that the way forward was to work collaboratively with NZTA to achieve the best outcome for the community. Since then the OCB has worked with NZTA and Kāpiti Coast District Council to negotiate funding to help Ōtaki mitigate the effects of the expressway during construction and beyond.

In 2017 Elevate Ōtaki was formed. It is made up of local people with a passion for the community and with a wealth of experience to volunteer their time to look at opportunities to promote Ōtaki as a destination and advise on how funds should be spent.

With the new road providing faster and safer travel, Elevate Ōtaki seeks to build on that, promoting the natural assets within the Ōtaki / Te Horo area, attracting businesses to set up here and encouraging visitors, tourists and shoppers to come and experience all that Ōtaki has to offer.

Elevate Otaki Group

Christine Papps

Chris is Chair of the Ōtaki Community Board and has run several successful businesses.

Angela Buswell

Angela is a Kapiti District Councillor a successful business woman and owner of Superminx

Hanna Wagner-Nicholls

Hanna comes with a background in destination marketing and experiences to help ensure Ōtaki maximises opportunities.

Sam Pritchard

Sam is a director of Land Matters. He brings extensive knowledge of industrial and commercial retail.






Vision: to elevate Ōtaki as a place to experience, belong and have fun – a place to grow, live, and play.

Mission: to enable a thriving, bustling, enhanced community by promoting Ōtaki, building business confidence and advocating for the community.

Values: resilience, innovation, embracing change, diversity, open and honest, sustainability, prosperity, authentic community.

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