Our District

Our key initiatives

Four key initiatives were selected by the council and community for investment and development as part our FutureKāpiti vision. In addition, six major projects were also given priority.

Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centres

We are using the opportunities created by the Kāpiti Expressway to transform and improve the Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centres. Our goal is to create vibrant, diverse and thriving town centres that are easily accessible, attract locals, visitors and investment, and reflect the unique flavour of each town’s centre.

Transforming out two largest town centres will take time. Budgets were set down in 2014 and we are now in year three of a 14-year programme of activity.

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Te Ātiawa Park courts

The hard surface courts at Te Ātiawa Park are used by thousands of netball and tennis players every year. 

This is a very popular venue and we want to make sure it continues to meet the needs of our community.

We have rebuilt the existing courts to provide a new smooth surface on the ten as-new courts to help improve player safety and a new specialised acrylic surface has been applied to the courts.

Find out more about our Te Atiawa Park courts rebuild.


Ōtaki pool

The Ōtaki pool requires a rebuild to ensure it meets the needs of the community into the future. 

The future-proofing work at the pool will include re-roofing, recladding, improving the interior including disability access and separating the filtration system for the toddlers and main pool. 

We will also build a splash pad next to the pool, for free public use.

The Ōtaki Pool is closed for an estimated eight months from 24 February 2017 while work is carried out.  During the pool closure Ōtaki residents will be able to swim for free at Council’s pools.

Find out more about our Ōtaki Pool redevelopment.


Performing arts facility

We will invest in the Kāpiti College performing arts centre, subject to an appropriate agreement about the community use of the centre.

This will provide our community with access to facilities years before our previous plans would have allowed. 

We will revisit the development of a community events facility as part of the next long term plan.

Find out more on the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre website

Priority major projects

Paekākāriki seawall

The Paekākāriki seawall protects the road along the coast and is an important part of Kāpiti infrastructure.  We will replace the seawall with a concrete, timber and rock wall – to a design agreed with the Paekākāriki community. Construction of the new wall will begin in 2017 and is due to be completed in 2018/19.

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Raumati pool building

The Raumati pool closed in 2013, when the Coastlands Aquatic Centre opened.  We will consider options for redeveloping the 60 year old Raumati pool building as a multipurpose community facility, to be up and running by 2020.  Further discussion and consultation will take place closer to the time of the planned work to ensure that the end use of the building is relevant to community desires.

Mahara Gallery and Waikanae Library

Mahara Gallery and Waikanae Library together form a gateway to Mahara Place, and both new require significant upgrades.  We will upgrade the Waikanae Library and partially fund the upgrade of the Mahara Gallery (subject to the Gallery Trust’s own fundraising contributing to the project). The library and gallery upgrade is phased over three years to be complete in 2018/19.

Otaraua Park

A management plan was adopted in 2014 for this 60 hectare reserve.  Minor works have been carried out to prepare for future development.  Work is underway to progress the development plan.

Youth development centre

Young people are an important part of our community and we want to make Kāpiti a place that works for everyone. We have partnered with national youth development provider Zeal Education Trust to provide a youth development centre and associated mobile services in Kāpiti. A building in Paraparaumu town centre has been secured for the Youth Development Centre with work on fitting out and adapting the building set to begin in late 2016 or early 2017.

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Earthquake prone buildings

New earthquake-prone buildings legislation means councils will need to assess and determine the seismic performance of buildings within their district.  We began our five year project to assess earthquake-prone buildings in 2015/16.