To help make our masterplan a reality, we've established a 14-year work programme, which involves physical construction and work behind the scenes to support economic development opportunities and build community resilience.
Construction works to transform and improve the town centre won't happen overnight and we can't do this on our own. Some of the proposed improvements will require private sector investment and support because we don't own the land or buildings. This means we’ll be focusing our efforts on projects where we have certainty over budgets.
This masterplan [PDF 4.94 MB] gives an overview of the long-term improvements planned in this town centre. Some of these improvements also intersect with our Stride n’ Ride Kāpiti Coast initiative and the NZ Transport Agency’s work to make the existing State Highway 1 a local road.
Better integrating Waikanae town centre with Whakarongotai Marae. Stage two of the cultural thread is now complete, and sees a continuation of the distinctive paving from the Marae entrance through Frater Lane. Find out more at Cultural thread.
Improvements to Mahara Place
Transformed into a bright and vibrant area, where you can come together, enjoy and relax in the open space. Find out more at Improving Mahara Place.
- Making State Highway 1 a local road (NZ Transport Agency)
NZTA are working on making SH1 through the Waikanae town centre a fit-for-purpose local road and responsibility for the road will transfer from the Transport Agency to us. This process is known as 'revocation'. The Transport Agency will invest around $3 million in the Waikanae town centre as part of this project. This will involve construction works within the existing road corridor to reduce SH1 to a single lane layout, intersection improvements, better east-west connections and improved public amenity.
As part of the Transport Agency’s revocation works, we're taking the opportunity to improve the SH1 entrance to Mahara Place. This project will be delivered as part of our town centre improvement works and will involve removing and relocating the stone wall to a suitable place (to be determined by the community in the town centre), and planting.
In making SH1 a fit-for-purpose local road we have an opportunity to increase the number of car parks on SH1 between Elizabeth Street and Ngaio Road in response to traffic volumes and changes on the road. Two workable approaches were considered, and a recommendation went to Councillors on Thursday 15 March 2018. A parallel parking approach [PDF 4.04 MB]was adopted which will provide 10 additional parks, and provide better integration of transport modes through the town centre for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Talk to your community board, Like our Facebook page, subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter Everything Kāpiti, to keen up to date about our work to build a connected, accessible and thriving Waikanae town centre. You can also email the team.
- Movement on Mahara Gallery Redevelopment Project (2 Nov 2018)
- Waikanae Beach–Peka Peka population and household forecasts 2013–43 [PDF 2.08 MB]
- Waikanae–Reikorangi population and household forecasts 2013–43 [PDF 2.11 MB]
- Waikanae Park population and household forecasts 2013–43 [PDF 2.16 MB]
- Waikanae town centre traffic modellling report 2016 [PDF 436 KB]