crazy-people-neville-terrace-road-signYou need to remember that bureaucrats have a different mindset to ordinary people and that concepts of brevity and simplicity are alien to them.

We say there should be one name for the whole thing!

According to the council media release:

“Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting the Kāpiti Coast community to come up with names for sections of State Highway 1 (SH1) that have a strong historical connection to the district.

Strategy and Planning Group Manager Sarah Stevenson says people have from 7 March until 14 April to provide feedback to do this.

“Now the Expressway is here we have a unique opportunity to rename SH1. This has come about as a result of the existing SH1 becoming a local road.”

Within two years of the Mackays to Peka Peka section of the Kāpiti Expressway opening, the NZ Transport Agency will hand over responsibility for SH1 to the Council and it will become a fit-for-purpose local road.

Ms Stevenson said the opportunity to participate in the Council-led process to rename seven sections of SH1 is open to everyone on the Kāpiti Coast.

“People can put forward their suggestions for renaming any or all of the seven sections of SH1 or have their say on the names identified by the representatives/historians from the district’s three iwi and a local historian.”

The sections of the existing SH1 to be renamed are:

  • Section 1:            Paekākāriki to Mackays Crossing
  • Section 2:            Poplar Avenue to Kāpiti Road
  • Section 3:            Paraparaumu north to Waikanae River
  • Section 4:            Waikanae town
  • Section 5:            Waikanae to Peka Peka
  • Section 6:            Hadfield Road connection
  • Section 7:            Peka Peka Road to Te Kowhai Road.

The names identified by representatives/historians from the district’s three iwi and a local historian reflect the district’s rich historical and cultural history. Hurumutu is proposed for section 1; Hokowhitu for section 2; Rauoterangi for section 3; Kākākuru for section 4; Unaiki for section 5; Katu for section 6; and Matene Te Whiwhi for section 7.

Ms Stevenson says people can have their say and put forward their suggestions in a number of ways.

“They can talk to their Community Board and let them know what they think, they can email us at, or they can complete the form on the back of our Renaming SH1 information leaflet which is available at all of our district libraries and service centres and on our website. Alternatively, people can phone the Council for copies on 04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486.”

Ms Stevenson said all suggestions put forward for renaming sections of SH1 will be considered by the Community Boards and then presented to the Council for their decision later this year, with formal notification following.