If you live in Kāpiti or you are just passing through you’d be hard pressed not to notice the hive of activity on the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway.
Back in 2009/10 when the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) first met with the Ōtaki Community Board (OCB) to discuss this project, everyone knew something had to happen as the congestion was frustrating for motorists and locals alike. The community board agreed that the only way forward was to work collaboratively with NZTA to achieve the best outcome for the community. Since then the OCB has worked with NZTA and Kāpiti Coast District Council to negotiate funding of $300,000 to help Ōtaki mitigate the effects of the expressway during construction and beyond.
Fast forward to 2017 and the group “Elevate Ōtaki” has been formed. After advertising for expressions of interest, local people with a passion for the community and a wealth of experience have volunteered their time to look at opportunities to promote Ōtaki as a destination and advise on how the $300,000 should be spent.
Elevate Ōtaki’s membership comprises of:
Working together, Elevate Ōtaki will now focus on how to elevate Ōtaki to the next level. Success will be a community that is thriving, and with a busy retail centre that is a destination in itself. With the new road providing faster and safer travel, Elevate Ōtaki wants to build on that, promoting the natural assets within the Ōtaki/Te Horo area, attracting businesses to set up here and encouraging visitors, tourists and shoppers to come and experience all that Ōtaki has to offer.