With the Expressway here and the change it's bringing, we have a unique opportunity to rename the existing State Highway 1 once it becomes a local road.
As part of the process to make SH1 a local road (this process is known as revocation) the SH1 between Poplar Avenue and Peka Peka will lose its classification as a state highway and will be renamed. It can no longer be called a state highway for address and identification purposes.
In early 2017 we invited the Kāpiti Coast community to have their say on possible names for seven sections of SH1. This included options for retaining the status quo, and possible names identified by representatives from our District's three iwi and a local historian.
More than 580 people engaged in our SH1 renaming conversation and all suggestions received were assessed against the Criteria for SH1 Renaming.
What happens next?
No decisions have been made yet. Community boards have reviewed all suggestions put forward for renaming SH1 and made their recommendations to the Council. Council will review the recommendations and make a final decision on renaming SH1 later this year or in 2019. This timeframe has changed from what was originally planned because, SH1 can't be renamed until the revocation is completed and the project has been delayed by the NZ Transport Agency, which is now expected to wind-up in late 2020.
Once the names are agreed by the Council and responsibility for the road is transferred from the Transport Agency 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 Transport Agency.
Section 1 Hurumutu
Section 2 Hokowhitu
Section 3 Rauoterangi
Section 4 Kākākura
Section 5 Unaiki
Section 6 Katu
Section 7 Matene Te Whiwhi