Council Taking Care of Business With New Initiative

Published: 11-Mar-2019

Establishing a business can be notoriously difficult. However it’s about to become easier as the Waimakariri District Council launches ‘Taking Care Of Business’, an initiative to support new and existing business owners in the Waimakariri.

Taking Care of Business provides both information and a new service to people looking to set up, expand or change a business in the District.  A detailed brochure outlines the steps and regulations business owners need to consider when setting up their business. It provides information on building consent and various licensing, registration and compliance requirements.

The initiative also includes the Council’s free Case Management Service which provides a single contact point for business owners and guidance as they work through the various Council processes.

Council Business & Centres Manager, Simon Hart, says  Waimakariri is one of the fastest growing districts in New Zealand and business support is seen as an essential Council service.

“We’re always keen to welcome new business initiatives or commercial developments, and so it’s important that we make it as easy as possible for people to get underway. Taking Care of Business aims to streamline the Council process for business owners and provide them with all the information they’ll need before they get started.”

The Taking Care of Business booklet – available in both hard copy and digital versions – also includes detailed information on the services provided by Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC), which is the economic development agency for the North Canterbury region.

ENC Business Support Manager Miles Dalton says the initiative is an excellent resource that will be a huge help to new business owners.

“Having all of the information and contacts laid out together from the start will be extremely helpful for those who are new to the business world. We are excited to be working closely with the Council on this venture, supporting the many businesses in our region.”

The Waimakariri District is currently home to almost 6,500 businesses, 654 of which were registered last year.

To view the Taking Care of Business brochure or find out more about the service, visit

Hard copies will be available at a number of key locations, including the Council Service Centre in Rangiora and the ENC Business Centre in Kaiapoi.