But the amounts stated indicate they won’t be anything fancy. You might wonder, as do we, whether those who could need an automated External Defibrillator amenity should be attempting the Hemi Matenga climb. An extract from a KCDC media release:

Kapiti Coast District Council is feeling flush [the original media release is full of such groans —Eds] after securing funding totaling $535,000 for four toilet and amenity projects through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF).

“We have been awarded funding to develop three new toilets, drinking water and automated External Defibrillator amenities strategically positioned at the intersection of the Waikanae River Trail and the Kapiti Coast Cycle Route, Chrystall’s Bend on the north bank of the Otaki River, and Hemi Matenga Reserve in Waikanae at the Tui Road entrance,” says Mr Ward.

“We have also secured $200,000 towards the Paraparaumu Transport Hub which will include improved toilets and amenities. The Transport Hub features a new fully accessible public plaza and will improve our growing community’s public transport experience and connections to our retail area.”

A condition of the funding is that the projects must be completed within 18 months.

Council will receive a total of $535,000 over the following projects:

$132,000 for installation of toilet and amenities at Waikanae River/Kapiti Coast Cycle Route Pathway, $134,250 for installation of toilets and amenities at Chrystall’s Bend Otaki River, $68,750 for installation of toilets, amenities and a bike rack at Hemi Matenga Reserve, $200,000 towards the Paraparaumu Transport Hub.