Kapiti Motorway Fight

DSC_8912aHui proves opposition to Expressway is ‘alive and well’

By Alan Tristram

A hui at Whakarongotai marae in Waikanae on the Kapiti expressway has attracted about 100 people  — showing that opposition is still alive and well four years after the announcement of the controversial road through the heart of the coastal District.

Green transport spokesperson, Julie Anne Genter (an ex-transport planner), has highlighted the mounting evidence against the expressway including environmental, cultural, social and economic deficiencies.

And Labour’s Transport Spokesperson, Iain Lees-Galloway, has urged people to vote for the parties who had publicly opposed the road since the last election.

Other speakers on the list include Greater Wellington Regional Councillor (GWRC) Nigel Wilson and Te Atiawa representative Ani Parata.

Attendees included Kapiti Coast councillor K Gurunathan and GWRC Councillor Paul Bruce.

SaveKapiti spokeswoman Bianca Begovich says the hui was organised to encourage their supporters to keep supporting the group.

It’s lodged an appeal with the High Court against the expressway on the grounds that it was never compared to the Western Link local road (WLR) as a baseline.

The WLR was resource consented in 2006 and was due for completion by 2012 but was sidelined when the expressway was announced by then Transport Minister, Steven Joyce, in 2009.

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In a separate session facilitated by Nicky Hager, Mr Hager encouraged the group to keep up the battle.

He says that any of a ‘myriad of things could happen before and at the next election which would delay or even stop the expressway going ahead.’

For more information go to the SaveKapiti website www.savekapiti.co.nz.

100 attendees in percentage terms is a very low turnout. Come on you Kapiti people, think outside the square a bit more and start being proactive.