12 July 2022

Everything Kāpiti

Ngā Pitopito kōrero mai i te Kaunihera o Kāpiti

Kia ora Kāpiti

We have plenty to celebrate this week with the government making a transformational investment which will enable approximately 1000 new homes to be built in Ōtaki, and a fantastic turnout at Saturday's coastal hazard public information session sparking some great discussion.

In this week’s edition, candidate nominations for Local Elections are rolling in, it's the final countdown for dog registrations and we update you on our restoration work for the beach accessways damaged in June's storms. There's plenty more in this issue, so read on!

Mā te wā! – have a great week.

What's new this week icon  What's new this week

Transformational investment for Ōtaki housing supply

The government has made a $29.3 million contribution to water and roading infrastructure that will enable approximately 1000 new homes to be built in Ōtaki over the next 10 years. 

The funding, delivered through Kāinga Ora’s Infrastructure Acceleration Fund, will not only increase capacity for further development in the future, it'll provide improved drinking water, wastewater and stormwater resiliency for existing residents.

This is a transformational investment for a community facing significant housing stress. Through our recent work to understand housing need in our district, we identified Ōtaki has the greatest affordability pressures on residents. Only 20 percent of renters can affordably pay the median market rent, with only 2 percent able to buy a house at the median market sale price.

The funding is the result of a joint application by Kāpiti Coast District Council, iwi partners (particularly Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki), landowners and developers to support housing developments in Ōtaki.

More on this transformational investment for Ōtaki

Keeping up with your candidates

Candidate nominations are rolling in for October's Local Elections.

When our Electoral Officer receives and verifies a nomination, the candidates' details will be publised to our 'candidates' page on our website. This page will be updated every Friday until the last two weeks of the nomination period, when we'll update it daily.

Thinking of standing? See our Candidate Information Handbook 2022 or head along to one of our candidate briefings to find out all you need to know about the job. 

Nominations close at 12 noon on Friday 12 August.

See who is standing

Our people and community icon Our people and community

Huge interest in coastal hazards public information session

Our Takutai Kāpiti coastal adaptation project presented the latest information on coastal hazards on the Kāpiti Coast to a packed community centre at Paraparaumu Beach on Saturday.

About 150 people turned up to hear from technical experts, mana whenua, the Coastal Advisory Panel, and council staff on projected changes to our coast over the next 30, 50 and 100 years due to sea level rise resulting from climate change.

Next, the Coastal Advisory Panel, which is made up of Kāpiti residents, will work with our technical experts to consider options for adapting to our changing coastline. They've divided the district into five areas for this work, starting with Ōtaki and the northern beaches. 

Sign up for e-news on how to engage with the panel in your area

It's the final countdown for dog registrations

The deadline for registering your dogs is looming!

Banish the midnight sweats and get this important job done and dusted by 1 August to avoid late penalties (and go in the draw to be one of five to have their fees refunded).

Registering your dog online is quick and easy. Hit the button below to get going.

We realise there has been some disruption at our Ōtaki and Waikanae service centres during the registration period. If this has made getting your dog registered difficult don't panic, we won't start issuing late penalties for another week.

Register your dog now

Your Council icon  Get involved

Help design the Maclean Park skatepark

Meet the designers and have your say on the future of the Maclean Park skatepark at our community workshop from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 30 July at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach.

We’ll be there with award-winning skatepark designers RICH Landscapes with some fun, and hands-on activities designed to help you think about possible designs for our skatepark.

We've had some great feedback through our survey and ideas board and this is another opportunity for you to help shape the upgrade of this much-loved skatepark.

Learn more about this event

Your Council icon  Your Council

Waikanae Library and Service Centre closed this week

COVID-19 and the winter flu are continuing to have an impact on our ability to provide services and community facilities. This week we've closed our Waikanae Library and Service Centre to enable resources to be diverted to our customer contact centre and primary service desk in Paraparaumu, and Paraparaumu and Ōtaki Libraries.

We acknowledge that any reduction in service is not ideal but this is temporary. We are hopeful that the Waikanae Library and Service Centre will reopen on Monday 1 August, subject to staff availability.

Keep an eye on our website and Council, Kāpiti Coast District Libraries Facebook pages for updates. 

Council retains credit rating, outlook moves to stable

Our newly affirmed credit rating, and a shift in long-term outlook from negative to stable, are an endorsement of Council’s strategy and management.
In its latest report S&P Global (formerly Standard and Poor's) cites a growing Kāpiti economy and Council’s prudent financial management for the strong result.

We acknowledge that right now times are tough for many. The bigger picture is that Kāpiti is well-placed for the future and Council has the plans and strategies to maximise the opportunities we are seeing arise.  
Read more about our credit rating

Initiatives Fund open for Paraparaumu and Raumati

The Paraparaumu/ Raumati Community Board has $20,000 available to support local projects and activities that meet the wellbeing needs of residents in the Paraparaumu and Raumati communities. 
Applications for funding close 5pm, Friday 5 August 2022 and will be discussed at the Paraparaumu/ Raumati Community Board’s next meeting on Tuesday 16 August 2022.
Check out our website for criteria and info on how to apply

Ōtaki pool closed for maintenance

The Ōtaki pool is now closed for maintenance until Sunday, 4 September 2022. 
We’ll be repainting, servicing equipment, doing a safety check, and giving the building a good wash.

We encourage Ōtaki Pool users to take this opportunity to check out the Coastlands Aquatic Centre while we carry out this important mahi.
Coastlands Aquatic Centre opening hours

Dates to remember icon  Works updates

Restoring beach accessways a big job

Thanks for your patience as we work to restore the beach accessways damaged in the June storm event.

We're currently assessing and repairing about 50 accessways from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki.

This is a big piece of mahi for us and our contractors and we're moving as fast as we can.

We understand the importance of being able to access the beach safely and while some of the repairs are quick fixes, in other places, especially to the south, hard infrastructure like walls, steps, bollards, pathways and handrails were damaged and these require more time and investment to fix. This work will be completed in stages as resources allows.

Waka Kotahi progressing revocation works

Waka Kotahi recently updated us on how they're getting on with transforming the old State Highway 1 into a fit-for-purpose local road.

Highlights include:

  • all work on the sections between Poplar Ave and Otaihanga are expected to be complete by the end of July 2022
  • resealing the road from the Otaihanga Roundabout to the Waikanae Bridge will be carried out between November 2022 and January 2023
  • the clip-on walking and cycling bridge across the Waikanae Bridge is due to be completed in October 2022
  • works between the Waikanae Bridge and Te Moana Rd will be finished by September 2022.
Check out the Waka Kotahi website for more information

Share your Kapiti icon  Dates to remember

Save the date iconCandidate briefings this week

Thinking about standing in the 2022 Local Elections? Find out all you need to know at one of our candidate briefings. 

Briefings this week:

4–5.30pm, Tuesday 26 July at Waikanae Community Centre

9.30–11.00am, Wednesday 27 July at Council Chambers in Paraparaumu


Find your nearest candidate briefing

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