Members of KEDA – Kapiti Economic Development Agency

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Aden O’Connor

Kia ora,

I am a Year 11 student at Kāpiti College and have a passion for tech and media. I am involved in a number of different projects across the Kāpiti Coast.
I have a strong interest in supporting the youth in Kāpiti and have had an active involvement in the Kāpiti Youth Development Centre. I am a youth advocate in KCDC, the co-founder of What's on Kapiti, lighting operator at Zeal Kāpiti and head of performing arts technology at Kāpiti College.

Alistair McKee

Retired geologist with some post graduate studies in natural resource management and planning.
Intersted in wellbeing economics.

Brendon King

Immersify is a consultancy company focused on providing quality strategic advice & solutions for the emerging Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality markets. I've spent over 4 years investing in & testing + deploying solutions for both captured & computer graphics-built experiences, & have become a recognised thought leader in this sector in New Zealand & Australia including a year as a Spark Lab Ambassador for VR.

Currently in production are a number Mixed Reality experiences for New Zealand & Australian Tourism, Heritage, Training, Disability & Architectural pre-visualisation Industries.

Bryan Gundersen

I am a Barrister specialising in commercial law.

Darren Hunter

Darren is director and principle designer of Hunter Architecture Ltd. Darren has been practicing architecture for 30 years. Hunter Architecture is a small practice with experience in largely domestic Architecture but also hospitality and commercial.

30 years of experience has given Darren a good insight into the running of local government, relating to the Building Act, Resource Management Act and Building Compliance. A Professional member of Architectural Designers NZ for over 10 years, and an assessor for incoming new members.

Hunter Architecture is not only a Design practice but in recent years commissioned to undertake costing, project management and all compliance documentation on behalf of their clients.

As a Kapiti Coast resident since 1997, Darren is hoping to see a more dynamic, innovative design focus for our built environment.
Darren is currently working on a proposal for Papakainga living (family collective living). Darren believes the current housing shortage requires alternative and innovative housing solutions.

Darren also has a keen interest in sustainable tourism development to complement their successful Bed and Breakfast and Art Gallery.

Debbie Martin

Name - Debbie Martin

Reside in Paraparaumu

Married with 2 adult children

Passionate about- Helping others but also in return not being taken for granted.

We moved as a family to Kapiti Coast 15 years ago from Auckland, My background is in Caregiving/Nursing in the aged care sector,
and administration I went on to do tertiary education refresher course in Business Management.
I ran my own Small Business here in Kapiti for 5 years (DMS Candles).
My husband works for a local kitchen Company here on the Kapiti Coast,

What I like about Kapiti Coast is the actually green space, the bush areas close by and the lovely beaches.

Why I want to be involved with Keda is to me Economic growth and Development is vastly important to the area of Kapiti, and in the 15 years I have seen so much growth and development in the aged care industry, retail industry, Housing, sadly not so much in the education sector.
I want to be able to gain more knowledge and pass on knowledge having moved from one of the most busiest and now complained about cities where growth and economics are pushing people out as its no longer affordable.

Dick van den Oever

I am an audiovisual producer and director with exceptional technical skills and international experience in big scale productions with a high technical complexity level, however it is my ability to get the best out of people that stands me apart from my competitors.  Whether we capture the moment on stage, on camera, or in a corporate meeting I’m always looking to innovate with integrity to get a production of the very highest quality.

My 30 years in the ever-changing audio-visual world gives my clients surety, and my ability to understand the unique needs each client has have brought me exceptional results.

One of my missions and the reason I am a member of KEDA is to improve collaboration. We all know that our Kāpiti Coast area business-wise and community-wise is divided into silos. To have a thriving community we need to collaborate and break down those silos. In the 8 years I live in this area I finally sense improvement and willingness to do so.

Looking for ways to attract money to our area is another goal that also aligns with the KEDA mission and vision.
I am a founding member of the Digital Leadership Forum, Board of Trustees member of Kāpiti College, founding member of KEDA, Kāpiti Performing Arts centre funding committee member, KYAT sponsor and StartupWeekend mentor as well as provider of imagery and video for the council to attract tourists.
Recently I’ve set up a venture that will attract boards and management teams of corporates, Govt and NGOs to have their offsite (meeting away from their office) in our Kāpiti Coast area where we connect all the dots (venue, accommodation, transportation, catering, leisure program, facilitation). See

I’m looking forward to great collaboration and think KEDA will play an important role in that mission.

Dr Jeff Ashby

Long term local resident since 1986

Ellen Coup

A life long painter Ellen made her first Mural Artwork in 2001.
Since then she's designed & painted many Murals in the Wellington region, Public & Private. While continuing to make a smaller amount of 'Oil on Canvas' works when required.
Becoming something of a ‘commission specialist’, interpreting the commissioning parties requirement's and ambitions for their surface in her own way.

Ellen has also worked in a 'Mural facilitator' role, enabling groups of adults and/or children to make mural artworks in various context.

Ellen has been living on the Kapiti Coast since 2010, traveling to work on projects in the greater wellington region.

George Rybin

George is a qualified IT professional with years of experience in web design and development as well as computer networking and providing IT support.

He is a founder of Web Corner Ltd. - a digital agency based on Kapiti Coast, Wellington. Web Corner provides a wide range of services, including Website Design and Development, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Web Hosting as well as Logo & Print Design. George and his team carefully consider your business goals and project requirements to create a unique and effective product to help grow your business.

George is passionate about helping people learn how to benefit from using modern technology.

Greg Estall

Designer/artist and owner of Pipi Studio, Peka Peka Beach since 2003.

Research technician, analyst, economist, planner, marketer and project manager in the Forestry (FRI), Oil (Shell), Airline (Air NZ), IT (Databank), Civil Construction (Works Corp), Banking & Finance (BNZ Finance) and Insurance (AXA) industries.

Graduate diplomas in Direct Marketing and Internet Marketing
Business Studies degree in Marketing & Economics
NZ Certificate in Forestry

Gwynn Compton

Owner of Libertas Digital – a communications consultancy – and a part time political commentator, Gwynn lives in Paraparaumu with his family and is currently helping advise small businesses on establishing and promoting themselves online. With a broad range of professional experience, including having advised Prime Ministers, and global ICT and financial services firms, on both creating and delivering on communication strategies, Gwynn is keen to ensure Kāpiti maintains its famous quality of life while also making the most of the exciting opportunities that growth will bring the district.

Helene Judge

I provide straight forward business development solutions to help fix or expand your business so you can drive your business forward positively. My style is honest, positive, project and client focused. I will not let you down and value the art of ‘following through on what I say I am going to do’.

I am a Mum and a proud member of the Kapiti community and like to be involved with community lead developments and events. I am part of the group that runs the successful fundraising event, The Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth and I am on the Advisory Committee to Visa Wellington on a Plate which aligns with my F&B industry interests.

I am a Board Member of Kapiti Retirement Trust, one of Kapiti's largest employers and leaders in the retirement industry. The Trust is a significant and complex business that touches the lives of many, whether as a resident (and their families & friends), an employee, a supplier or a contractor etc.

I am also co-owner of the Kapiti Food Fair which is a major annual food & beverage event that strives to be a fun and tasty day out for all foodies that fills your life with good friends, good times & good food.

Jaime Bigwood

Hi! I'm Jaime Bigwood, Chief Problem Solver and Director of Simple Business Solutions.

I set up Simple to help time-poor business owners get their to-do lists under control - without an agency price tag. With our marketing and administration expertise, we help plan and importantly execute the “engine room” tasks of a business, giving our clients the freedom to get back to what they do best.

From admin to accounts, Facebook posts to blogs, filing to templates and everything in between, remotely or on-site, one-off projects or ongoing work, the answer is Simple.

What’s on your to-do list?

Jason Grimstrup

Chartered Accountant and practitioner located in Paraparaumu. I have taken up the role of Treasurer for KEDA and will be working proactively along the other members to make this organisation a success. My aim is to give something back to the Kapiti Coast district and to ensure that the Kapiti Coast continues to have a strong economic outlook that serves all of the local residents. Married with four children I currently live in Waikanae and love living on the Coast and the lifestyle that this gives to me and my family.

Josh Tristram

- Year 12 Student
- Co-Founder of What's On Kapiti
- Founder of Surge Ltd
- Head of Kāpiti College Tech Team
- Kāpiti Resident

Julia Palmer

Star People provide temporary staff, permanent recruitment, HR Services and expert advice to businesses at very affordable rates. For small to medium businesses we are your outsourced HR department, able to provide temporary or permanent staffing, and to assist with HR systems and advice when employment relationships get tricky. Operating on the Kapiti Coast since 2003, our mission is to encourage growth in our community through helping businesses to engage and retain talented employees and by providing practical HR advice and systems. Some of the services we provide are:
- Recruitment
- Temporary Staffing
- Payroll
- DISC behavioral profiling
- Employment Documentation, Policies and procedures
- Expert HR advice
- Organisation Change Management
- Workplace drug and alcohol testing
For anything to do with the people in your business, call Star People HR & Recruitment, providing affordable staff and services that make your business shine.

Karl Webber

Kia Ora 🙂

Kia Ora 🙂
My names Karl Webber
I am of the three local Iwi, and have lived on the Kapiti coast most of my life.
I am a little over 50 now.
I have raised my kids here and been involved with youth professionally on the kapiti coast amongst many other things.
I've had a background in a variety of professional activities and also have spent the past 20 plus years working in the Kapiti community on a voluntary basis with youth, drug and alcohol, community development, projects, tourism, environmental issues, local body politics and some input to national politics.
I have a passion for all things and I love our community.
I like to think I'm well connected to many in the community and I find networking and relationship building exciting and rewarding.
I am an avid user of Face Book and like to share many photos and conversations on the local community FB pages and engage with our local community.
I live and play a kaitiaki role out at Motungarara Island when I'm not at the mainland being hands on involved with things there and my Whanau also occupy lands at the North end of Kapiti Island at Waiorua Bay.
I lean heavily towards social investment and am a firm advocate for keeping our community as involved and connected to all areas of community development thats going on around us all.
I feel privileged to be involved with this group of talented, intelligent and caring people and I am looking forward to meeting and building relationships and networks with many others.

Kylie Chapman

Owner and clinical exercise physiologist (CEP) at ExerciseWell. As a CEP, I help people with long term health conditions (like heart conditions, lung conditions, diabetes and cancer) manage their symptoms and improve their health and quality of life with medically based exercise rehabilitation programmes. I have a masters degree in exercise and sports science. I started my career at UCOL’s exercise and wellness clinic ‘UKinetics’ in Palmerston North, delivering DHB funded exercise rehabilitation programmes for diabetes, heart and lung conditions and training postgraduate students. I then made Kapiti my home and decided to take the leap and open an exercise physiology clinic in Paraparaumu.

I would like to see, and hopefully contribute to, improved access to quality health services for the Kapiti community.

Liz Koh

Liz established her financial planning company, Moneymax, in 1999, after a successful career in management. She is a former Chair of the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce and has played a leading role in local and Wellington region community organisations including Rotary, JR McKenzie Trust, Nikau Foundation and Kapiti Youth Employment Trust.
Liz has a Master’s Degree in Economics. She is an Authorised Financial Adviser, a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Lynette Ellison

20+ years Cost & Management Accountant and 20+ years Clinical Nutritionist. I stand for honesty, fairness and integrity. Have an entrepreneurial spirit. Love new ideas and research. Although not a declared greenie, I have a pragmatic attitude to being sensible with our environment and repurposing our castoffs. Currently involved with setting up Kapiti Summer School Charitable Trust 12-20 Jan 2019. Looking to have circa 50 Adult classes and promoting Kapiti as an activities destination.

Marco Zeeman

Consultant and entrepreneur Marco Zeeman has a diverse portfolio of skills and knowledge. From his marine education and conservation interest to his involvement in the sculptural arts world, owning and operating an Apple Computer dealership in the 90's, to construction, facilities management, community engagement, project and event management.

He was a founder and sponsor of the hugely successful international Tareitanga Sculpture Symposium, held five times on Frank Kitts Park over 10 years. This event produced over 400 sculptures, engaged with 100’s of 1000’s of spectators and brought together sculptors from around the world.

Marco is well-known for his role as instigator and Chair of the SinkF69 Trust, which successfully scuttled the former navy frigate “HMNZS Wellington” off Wellington’s South Coast in 2005, creating an artificial diving reef.

Marco, who was named “Wellingtonian of the Year 2005” for his work on that project, brings extensive end-to-end experience of working with councils, government, funders, corporate and business partners. He is adept at engaging and harnessing talent to support major community projects.

Marco has also been working extensively promoting the Wellington Sculptural Highway with NZTA, the Wellington Gateway Partnership and the regions councils on adding sculptural form along the the new highways from Linden to Otaki. The sculptural walls at Linden under construction now are a direct result of Marco's lobbying.

He is also the Chairman of the Whale Song Charitable Trust, which is supporting local Kapiti artist Mike Fullers vision of Whale Song, comprising a family of seven humpback whales cast in bronzed aluminium. A site for Whale Song has been acquired next to the Wharemauku Stream and Expressway bridge and fundraising is underway.

Mark Ternent

A former senior manager then business coach and advisor, now MD of GTB IT Solutions and business consultant under G5 Consulting. I've been involved in business and economic development in both professional and voluntary roles for many years and have a passion for seeing businesses succeed and my community thrive. Former Chair of both the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce and Business Kapiti Horowhenua Inc (who run the annual Electra Business Awards and Business Hall of Fame).

Melissa Rodrigues

I'm based in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast and founded SaferKiwis in 2018. I have a passion for keeping people safe and have worked in health and safety for 6 years. During this time I have obtained many qualifications and have a flawless track record with ensuring full compliance with audits. I am currently working towards a New Zealand Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety Management (level 6). I have witnessed many incidents and completed numerous investigations which resulted in recommending, writing and implementing effective processes and procedures across many different industries.