With the M2PP Expressway here, we have a unique opportunity to rename the old State Highway 1 once it becomes a local road.
As part of the 'revocation' process to make the old SH1 a local road, the stretch of road between Poplar Avenue and Peka Peka Road 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. More than 580 people engaged in our SH1 renaming conversation and all suggestions received were assessed against the Criteria for SH1 Renaming. At the time no decisions were made and the project was put on hold due to delays with the revocation process.
Councillors received a briefing on 24 October 2023 as part of our work to restart the renaming project. No decisions were made at this briefing. Next steps will be confirmed shortly.
What happens next?
Once revocation process is complete, Waka Kotahi (the NZ Transport Agency) will transfer ownership and responsibility for old SH1, from Poplar Avenue to Peka Peka, to Council. This will then trigger the need for Council to rename the road.
Once the names are agreed by 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.
Sections of SH1 to be renamed
- Paekākāriki to Mackays Crossing (this section no longer needs to be renamed as it has retained its state highway status)
- Poplar Avenue to Kāpiti Road
- Paraparaumu north to Waikanae River
- Waikanae town
- Waikanae to Peka Peka
- Hadfield Road connection
- Peka Peka Road to Te Kowhai Road (this section of road will now form part of the PP20 revocation process).
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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