Kia ora koutou,

Just a quick note to update you on the work to shape the future of Waikanae Beach.

As you’ve been interested in this work, I’ve copied in the letter which is on its way to all Waikanae Beach residents. The letter lets you know about some opportunities to hear about progress and talk with members of the Working Group. I’ve also attached a poster promoting the community event on 12 February. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Have a lovely weekend,


Help shape the vision for Waikanae Beach

Waikanae Beach is one of our district’s jewels, a place where you can enjoy amazing nature, the seaside, a relaxed community and intriguing heritage.

In response to concern about the potential impacts of the Kāpiti Expressway, the Waikanae Beach community and Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai have been exploring what they love about the area, what makes your community unique and how to plan for the future.

After a call for volunteers, a working group came together to work on a vision and action plan for the community. This vision and action plan will help the community respond proactively to change. The group reported back to the community last year and around two hundred residents popped in to give their feedback.

With the benefit of this feedback and input from Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai, the vision and action plan is nearly complete. There are three upcoming opportunities to hear about the work:

  • Sunday 12 February – you can pop in to talk about the vision with the working group at a stand at a community event in front of Waimea Café from 3-6pm. The group would love to talk to you there. Once you’ve had a chat, you may wish to join in the fun of the Civil Defence Challenge, which is a Top Town style event. If the weather looks doubtful, please check the website links below for cancellation details.
  • 31 January and 14 March – the first two Waikanae Community Board meetings for the year, held on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm at Waikanae Community Centre, 30 Utauta Street, Waikanae.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about shaping a vision for Waikanae Beach visit kapiticoast.govt.nz/waikanae-beach or email waikanaebeach@kapiticoast.govt.nz. For more information on the Civil Defence Challenge, go to kapiticoast.govt.nz/civil-defence-challenge.

Sam Hutcheson

Principal Policy Advisor
Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Matua