Kapiti iwi Te Atiawa …. and Ngati Toa … have combined to signal their strong support for the proposed Kapiti Gateway by gifting the name Te Uruhi to the project. –Kapiti News, Wednesday 17 February 2021

The management is anticipating success

By Roger Childs

Two obvious questions arise from the Kapiti News article cited:

  • Did the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) ask for a name from the local iwi?
  • What does Te Uruhi mean?

The answer to the first question is almost certainly. The ‘gifted’ name means coerce, force or compel. This is a strange name, but is quite appropriate given the pressure on elected Councillors from the Chief Executive Mr Maxwell and the present mayor.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has recently completed a review of the $4.46 million project planned as part of Mclean Park just a few metres from the beach.

The project is properly a decision for the “governance” branch of KCDC, not the administration lead by Maxwell.

According to the Kapiti News, Maxwell briefed Councillors on the PWC review and the cultural, social, environmental, and economic benefits of the project… It is crystal clear what outcome he wants.

An expensive, unnecessary, unjustified project

Waikanae Watch has published a number of articles giving compelling reasons and evidence that Guru’s Gateway should not proceed. These are many including:

  • The anticipated number of visitors to Kapiti Island over the coming decades is based on flawed projections. Unfavourable weather will prevent travel on a large number of days every year.
  • The price to make the trip will rise considerably. The last time that happened numbers going across fell dramatically.
  • One of the two companies transporting visitors is against the project.
  • Two public surveys revealed that the majority of locals are against it. 
  • Will people pay more to make the trip simply because there is a fancy building to pass through on the way?
  • Will the suggested income streams actually raise money? For example will people pay to have bags and possessions safely locked away?
  • Paraparaumu Beach doesn’t need yet another café.
  • Parking spaces are already in short supply at the Beach and the area can ill-afford to lose 17 to the Gateway.
  • The Gateway will be within 20 metres of the beach average tide level. There has been plenty of recent publicity about the possible impact of rising seas, and in recent decades parts of the Kapiti Coast have been eroding away. Councillor Handford from the Village is well aware of this. Even where there hasn’t been erosion, sea currents can change to cause it.
  • The urgent project which is far more important and would benefit many more ratepayers is a new Waikanae Library.

What could be done to provide undercover facilities for biodiversity checks for people travelling to Kapiti Island? Use $200,000 to $300,000 to provide an addition to the south end of the Kapiti Boating Club. This would do the job and save a lot of money.

What will happen to the Guru Gateway if there is a major storm surge?