Four key initiatives were selected by the council and community for investment and development as part our FutureKāpiti vision. In addition, six major projects were also given priority.
Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centres
We are using the opportunities created by the Kāpiti Expressway to transform and improve the Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centres. Our goal is to create vibrant, diverse and thriving town centres that are easily accessible, attract locals, visitors and investment, and reflect the unique flavour of each town’s centre.
Transforming out two largest town centres will take time. Budgets were set down in 2014 and we are now in year three of a 14-year programme of activity.
The Kāpiti Road upgrade was completed in early 2017 and the second town centre project to reach the construction phase, the Kāpiti Lights upgrade, started in late 2016/17 and is expected to be complete in early 2018.
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Te Ātiawa Park courts
The hard surface courts at Te Ātiawa Park are used by thousands of netball and tennis players every year.
This is a very popular venue and we wanted to make sure it continues to meet the needs of our community.
We have rebuilt the existing courts to provide a new smooth surface on the ten as-new courts to help improve player safety and a new specialised acrylic surface has been applied to the courts.
Find out more about our Te Atiawa Park courts rebuild.
The Ōtaki pool requires a rebuild to ensure it meets the needs of the community into the future.
The future-proofing work at the pool will include re-roofing, recladding, improving the interior including disability access and separating the filtration system for the toddlers and main pool.
We will also build a splash pad next to the pool, for free public use.
The Ōtaki Pool closed in late February 2017 for the work to be carried out. The rebuild is on track to be completed by the end of 2017. During the pool closure Ōtaki residents will be able to swim for free at Council’s pools.
Find out more about our Ōtaki Pool redevelopment.
Performing arts facility
We will invest in the Kāpiti College performing arts centre, subject to an appropriate agreement about the community use of the centre.
This will provide our community with access to facilities years before our previous plans would have allowed.
We will revisit the development of a community events facility as part of the next long term plan.
Find out more on the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre website.
Council has progressed plans for a replacement sea wall, in consultation with the community. A peer review of the most cost-effective design option has resulted in changes to the proposed construction materials which has resulted in delays to the project. Construction is now not likely to start until the 2018/19 financial year.
Raumati pool building
The Raumati pool closed in 2013, when the Coastlands Aquatic Centre opened. We will consider options for redeveloping the 60 year old Raumati pool building as a multipurpose community facility, to be up and running by 2020. Further discussion and consultation will take place closer to the time of the planned work to ensure that the end use of the building is relevant to community desires.
Mahara Gallery and Waikanae Library
Plans for a purpose-built integrated gallery and public library are currently on hold after recent estimates exceeded money set aside in the long term plan. The Council remains committed to funding its (one-third) share of upgraded gallery facilities and is looking at how the existing library building can be maintained and enhanced to continue to provide a quality library service for Waikanae until the building is replaced or redeveloped at some time in the future.
We’ve been working with the community to draft a development plan for our newest park. The development plan, which will shape the way the park looks for future years, is due to be finalised by December 2017. The 60 hectare park between eastern Otaihanga and the southern ank of the Waikanae River was purchased by the council in 2012 for the enjoyment of the community.
Youth development centre
Young people are an important part of our community and we want to make Kāpiti a place that works for everyone. We have partnered with national youth development provider Zeal Education Trust to provide a youth development centre and associated mobile services in Kāpiti. A building in Paraparaumu town centre has been secured for the Youth Development Centre with work on fitting out and adapting the building is expected to be complete around March 2018.
Earthquake prone buildings
New earthquake-prone buildings legislation means councils will need to assess and determine the seismic performance of buildings within their district. We began our five year project to assess earthquake-prone buildings in 2015/16. Already over 600 buildings have had initial assessments by structural engineers.