Who we are?

We are two ex-Wellingtonians, Timo and Valerie, who now live in Kāpiti but still love exploring all that the Wellington city has to offer (and occasionally miss living in the big smoke).

Why we are doing "We Love Local"?

Supporting local businesses has been important to us since starting Kāpiti Goodies in 2018. We saw the love and effort small local businesses put into their products, and how they genuinely care for their customers.

As an entrepreneur himself, Timo knows how much grit and hard work goes into starting your own business. After starting global domain registrar iwantmyname in 2008, he now wants to support other people in the Wellington community to achieve their dreams.

More recently, we have both made efforts to be more conscious about our consumption practices – to us this means buying local goods whenever they are available.

Changing our own habits has showed us that buying local takes more time and effort, you can't simply go to one big store or mall and find everything you need to create the perfect gift. We want to make buying local easier by curating interesting and unique gift boxes, and sending them to you or whoever you want to give one to.

Supporting the local economy and community

At the most basic level, when you buy local more money stays in the community. Since local businesses are based in Wellington, they are more invested in the future of their community and the people in it. Did you know that Fix & Fogg peanut butter is an accredited Living Wage employer?

Small local businesses are the largest employer New Zealand, 97% of enterprises have fewer than 20 employees. Choosing to support small businesses allows you to help realise many other Kiwis’ dreams!

Sustainable Development Goal 8 calls for us to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all, buying local contributes to this.

Environmental impact

Local businesses generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.

It also cuts down on transportation – which, in an isolated country like New Zealand, can be significant!

Sustainable Development Goal 12
calls for us to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, buying local contributes to this.