“At its last meeting on 7 February 2023 the Paraparaumu Community Board asked Kapiti Coast District Council to stop work on the Te Uruhi Gateway Development at MacLean Park and abandon the project” says Guy Burns, Deputy Chair of that Community Board.

“Most elected members of Council pledged to stop the Gateway Project during their election campaigns as a strategy to win popular public opinion. These Councillors will have a chance to fulfil these pledges in a few weeks, when they meet to make a decision regarding terminating this ill thought-out project.

The Te Uruhi Gateway development was the brainchild of the former Mayor. Just as he has gone to pasture, so must the Gateway be put to grass. This misguided vision has never had the majority backing of the Kapiti Community.

If Councillors break their election promises and continue the Project, the construction costs, and long term staff and maintenance expenses will further contribute to rates rises.

Council needs to start reducing expenditure and look for organisational efficiencies to counter the ravaging effects of inflation which will suddenly produce double-digit rates rises.”