Councillor Elliott names her choice for Kapiti’s old SH1
By Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott
After reading all 700-plus submissions for a new name for the old SH1 in Kapiti, there is one standout I will support: ‘Kapiti Coast Highway.’
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 Kapiti Coaster, it is a privilege to be a decision maker on this and I do not take that lightly.
Council chose to consult with Iwi and historian Anthony Dreaver first and 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.
My choice, ‘Kapiti Coast Highway’, still stands, and here is why – The name simply states –
- Who we are.
- Where we are, and
- What we are, Kapiti Coasters.
- It identifies us with Kapiti 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.
Iwi should approve
The name is bi-lingual It should gain the approval of all Kapiti’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.
The name Kapiti Coast Highway, with numbering beginning in Paekakariki, can easily be extended through to Otaki on the completion of the PP20, continuously, One place., one name.
Discover the Kapiti Coast highway and you will discover the vital artery of economic viability for our townships. Discover our history, heritage, art and access to our coasts natural assets. I believe we, Kapiti Coasters will start to use the name,. with pride., we should be proud, It ids ours, it is us.