Vote Guy Out! say protesters
The SaveKapiti group says it has merected a nine-metre cherry picker on Te Moana road in Waikanae to show just how high the Kapiti Expressway will be above the local road.
And it’s calling on local people to vote Otaki National MP Nathan Guy put of office because he supports the Expressway.
Spokesperson Bianca Begovich says: “We want everyone to visualize what a fully-lit four-lane 100 kph autobahn at this height will do to the area.
“This spotlights the role of Otaki National MP Nathan Guy, who initially supported the local Western Link road, but changed his mind and now supports this massive concrete autobahn through the middle of Kapiti’s quiet communities and open spaces.”
Expressway height increased
She says: “Initially NZTA had said that the expressway would traverse Te Moana road at 6m but information released last month shows that figure had increased to 9m, with at least 6m of lighting above that.”
Mrs Begovich adds: “This is just another example of NZTA saying one thing and doing another.
“No one will be left unaffected. With only four kilometres between the current SH1 and the beach, everyone will be able to see and hear the autobahn, and the same applies to anyone living the same distance from Kapiti road in Paraparaumu”.
Plans said to be ‘works in progress’
She says the NZTA Wellington State Highways Manager Rod James has said that the plans are ‘works in progress’ because the interchange crosses a sloped area on a curve, which requires a higher elevation than the rest of the bridge.
However, Mrs Begovich says this is just another example of NZTA’s ‘incompetence.’
“They can add this to their list of ‘unexpected issues,” she says. “What with the questionable budget, high water table, rare bird sightings and the massive geotechnical difficulties, you’ve got to wonder whether they have any idea about what they’re doing at all”.
About 400 SaveKapiti members plan to oppose the proposal at the Board of Inquiry hearing expected to be held early next year.
But, Mrs Begovich says, “The best message Kapiti people can send to the government about how they feel is by voting out Nathan Guy on 26 November.”