Councillor chooses ‘Kāpiti Coast Highway’

After reading all 700plus renaming SH1 submissions, there is one standout name I will support – Kāpiti Coast Highway -, says Kāpiti’s Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott.

“Two years ago when council was first told to consult with the public and select a new name, I realised the importance of giving the road a strong identity. For residents, for businesses and for tourists.

“Yes the process dictated public consultation and it has been a valuable local discussion. As a fifth generation Kāpiti Coaster, it is a privilege to be a decision maker on this and I do not take that lightly.”

Cr Elliott says Council chose to consult with Iwi and historian Anthony Dreaver first. “We did, but having seven names proposed was not suitable for 75% of submitters, and we have listened to you. Over the past week, your elected members have received and read each and every submission before further discussion over the next few weeks.”

Cr Elliott says her choice, Kāpiti Coast Highway, still stands.

“The name simply states – who we are, where we are and what we are, Kāpiti Coasters. It identifies us with the Island. It is competitively appealing to tourists who land on our shore. It is evocative. Try telling our thousands of visitors to come and discover Main Road South. I say no more.”

“The name is bi-lingual. It should gain the approval of all Kāpiti’s Iwi. When I was Chair of the Public Art Panel, Iwi proposed a series of carved Po along the length of the road. Great idea, and now we have the names for seven of those Po. I would also suggest Te Rauparaha, Bishop Octavious Hadfield, Bishop Pompallier, Len Southward and our first mayor Barry Hadfield as well, to tell our rich history for all.”

Cr Elliott says the name Kāpiti Coast Highway, with numbering beginning in Paekākāariki, can easily be extended through to Ōtaki on the completion of the PP20, continuously, one place, one name.

“Discover the Kāpiti Coast Highway and you will discover the vital artery of economic viability for our townships. Discover our history, heritage, art and access to our coast’s natural assets. I believe we, Kāpiti Coasters will start to use the name with pride. We should be proud – it is ours, it is us.”