Te Uruhi Gateway May Never Open If Kāpiti Council Rebels Win Out

Jeremy Smith reports four Kāpiti councillors will attempt to delay or halt the controversial $4.5 million Te Uruhi Gateway project at Paraparaumu Beach.

The four, who all voted against the proposal in February, have brought a notice of motion which has been added to the scheduled council meeting this Thursday.

Compton, Halliday, Prvanov & Randall

The four are Gwyn Compton, Martin Halliday, Jocelyn Prvanov, and Bernie Randall. At the time, Prvanov described the project as a” juggernaut”. The council had already received a 2000-signature petition against the Gateway.

In February the councillors spent most of the day discussing the Gateway, which went through on a 7-4 vote.

The four signatories want a report which would detail any changes to the resource consents for the  Te Uruhi buildings.

They also want the business case updated to show any additional costs from delays and construction sector inflation since February.

The road to financial ruin — or victory for tourism and iwi relationships

Independent review sought

They want a pause on any further work at the Tikotu stream until the independent report on the project has been  completed. The independent report was originally scheduled to be delivered in August.

The second part of the motion wants councillors to debate if they should go any further with the project.

Kapiti Eco Tours owner Glen Cooper who spoke against the proposal in February is worried about the costs  his business would face and doesn’t believe the proposed visitor numbers.

Randall, Burns ads Ruthe concerned abut running costs

Bernie Randall along with community board member Guy Bur ns and Paraparaumu beach resident Christopher Ruthe have already expressed their concern at the costs of running the centre.

A clearing ceremony for the project was held ten days ago at theTikotu stream.The KCDC website says the first work there includes new retaining walls, removing the Tikotu stream pedestrian bridge, installing a new stormwater pipe under the car park, and moving a pohutukawa and phoenix palm near Marine Parade.

It notes the phoenix palm is too large for its location and is dangerous because of its sharp and poisonous fronds.


But clearly, adds Editor Alan Tristram, a lot of water has to run under the bridge before Te Uruhi can possibly welcome visitors.

Gurunathan — he’ll need more than the flag to solve this one

And Mayor K Gurunathan has already invested much political capital on the contentious scheme — just a year before he has to face the electors again.

Hi Cathy,
The 40+ Km long Kapiti coastline is made up of a variety of material and a range of gradients resulting in conditions from very high risk erosion, ie Raumati South and Paekakariki foreshores to very low risk, ie Paraparaumu Beach where the sand dunes are accreting or building. This is due to the middle of Kapiti island being directly opposite providing excellent protection to this part of the coast so risk of erosion is reduced, and any decision to ‘red line’ properties would relate to the unique risk conditions in a particular portion of the coast.

I still am gobsmacked that council wants to spend $$millions on building on the beach at the same time they want to red line people’s homes near the beach.


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