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Project Background

Greener Neighbourhoods has developed from previous initiatives of the Kāpiti Coast District Council – Kāpiti Coast's Greenest Street and Kāpiti Coast's Greenest Neighbourhood. Both of its forerunners were designed to increase resilience, build community and reduce environmental impact.

Over the three rounds, official group sizes ranged from seven households (Alexander Road) to seventeen households (Avion Terrace), with a total of 109 households completing the competition (many groups also had a number of unofficial participants). They represented a varied cross-section of the Kāpiti community: young families, retirees, rural, urban, commuters, long-term residents and new arrivals.

With just nine months to tackle the ambitious goals they set for themselves, all of the Streets excelled. Several projects were implemented beyond the scope of anything the organsiers would have suggested. All ten groups achieved a significant reduction in their environmental footprint and stories abounded of new connections being made between neighbours, evolving into friendships.

Kāpiti Coast's Greenest Street competition

Kāpiti Coast's Greenest Street was launched in mid November 2010 and ran until late June 2011. Four Streets entered: 'Kakariki Street', Paekākāriki; Rainbow Court, Raumati South; Avion Terrace, Raumati Beach; and Te Roto Road, Ōtaki. Te Roto Road was...

Greenest Neighbourhood

The third round, renamed Kāpiti Coast's Greenest Neighbourhood to better reflect the spread of households, was held between early July 2013 and late March 2014. Entrants were: Ames Street, Paekākāriki; Reikorangi, Waikanae Rural; and Waimeha Lagoon,...


The judging panel consists of the Mayor and local residents who are passionate about sustainabiltiy. 2010/11 judging panel: Jenny Rowan (Mayor during 2007-2010 and 2010-2013 triennia) Joy Darke, NZ Gardener of the Year for the Wellington Region, 2010...