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Town Centres and Connectors Transformation Project

We want our town centres to be vibrant, diverse and thriving - places where people want to spend their time and where they can access the services they need.

The Expressway is here and we need to ensure our two largest town centres, Paraparaumu and Waikanae, remain attractive places for people to do business, invest and spend time.

Since 2014 we’ve been working with the community, tāngata whenua, local businesses and others to develop a vision and plan for transforming our town centres. Budgets have been agreed through our FutureKāpiti Long term plan 2015-35 and we’re rolling out a 14 year programme of work.

Your town centre is the heart of your community

Our goal

Our goal is to create vibrant, diverse and thriving town centres that are easily accessible, reflect the unique flavour of each town’s centre, attract visitors and investment alike, and have more people working locally in higher paid jobs. This involves a range of planned improvements, and some of that work intersects with our Stride n’ Ride Kāpiti Coast initiative and work to make the existing State Highway 1 a local road.

Check out our exciting concepts for the Waikanae and Paraparaumu town centres.

How we’re progressing:
  • In early 2017, we completed the first project – a shared pathway between Arawhata Road and Ngahina Street.
  • The first two stages of improvements for the Kāpiti Lights area were completed in November 2017.  
  • Coastlands’ new two-storey retail space, Tākiri House, (adjoining Rimu Road) opened at the end of May 2017.
  • We’ve been working with Coastlands to share and align ideas for developments that will establish Rimu Road as the main street of Paraparaumu. Work on these improvements is currently underway.
  • In Waikanae, we’re planning to start work on the first stage of the ‘cultural thread’ in March 2018.

More information

If you'd like more information on the town centres project check out the town centres summary report  here. Or contact Max Biles, Construction Manager,  phone 04 296 4823.

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