Porirua’s bid to attract more central government departments and their employees away from central Wellington could catch on as the attractions further north become apparent.
Over 110 workers from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have relocated from the capital to Porirua and they will be joined by another 120 in the new year.
Kapiti Chamber of Commerce chair Heather Hutchings says other government departments might want to look at what Kapiti has to offer as well.
She says Kapiti has lifestyle, facilities and already provides many of the commuters to Wellington.
Ms Hutchings says Transmission Gully is likely to further enhance the drift of jobs north.
She says Kapiti doesn’t have a lot of permanent office space at present but we do have office space such as the Kapiti Collective which enables hot desking and can facilitate job share time where someone can work on the Coast for a few days and then commute to Wellington when necessary.
Ms Hutchings says government departments are starting to think more innovatively and Kapiti would happily welcome them.