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Renaming SH1

Now that the Expressway is here we will have a unique opportunity to rename the existing State Highway 1 once it becomes a local road.

What’s happening?

Within two years of the Mackays to Peka Peka section of the Kāpiti Expressway opening, the NZ Transport Agency will hand over responsibility for SH1 to the Kāpiti Coast District Council and it will become a fit-for-purpose local road.

The process of making the existing SH1 a local road is a formal process known as “revocation”. Through the revocation process the current SH1 between Poplar Avenue and Peka Peka will lose its classification as a state highway - therefore it can no longer be called a state highway for address and identification purposes.

In March and April this year (2017) we invited the Kāpiti Coast community to have their say on possible names for SH1 so we are ready to go once SH1 becomes a local road.  It was proposed that seven sections of SH1 be renamed.



  1. Paekākāriki to Mackays Crossing*
  2. Poplar Avenue to Kāpiti Road
  3. Paraparaumu north to Waikanae River
  4. Waikanae town
  5. Waikanae to Peka Peka
  6. Hadfield Road connection
  7. Peka Peka Road to Te Kowhai Road.


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Possible names

Representatives/historians of the district’s three iwi and a local historian identified possible names for the seven sections of SH1 to be renamed that reflect the district’s rich historical and cultural history.  The names are:

Section 1    Hurumutu

Section 2    Hokowhitu

Section 3    Rauoterangi

Section 4    Kākākura 

Section 5    Unaiki

Section 6    Katu

Section 7    Matene Te Whiwhi


Next steps

More than 400 people engaged in our SH1 renaming conversation and we are now working through a process to assess all suggestions received against the Criteria for SH1 Renaming.

A shortlist of possible names will be developed in consultation with community boards and councillors before a final decision is made by the full Council later this year (2017).  

Once the names are agreed by the Council and responsibility for the road is transferred from NZTA to the Kāpiti Coast District Council a formal notification process will follow. This will involve working with Land Information New Zealand, affected property owners, business operators and emergency services to ensure there is a smooth transition to the new road names. This could take up to 24 months.

The process of renaming SH1 is being funded by the NZ Transport Agency as part of the Council’s SH1 revocation agreement with the NZ Transport Agency.


Page updated 21 April 2017