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Kapiti CofC wants 4-lane expressway completed to Levin

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Kapiti business leaders are urging the Government to fully complete the Expressway from Otaki to Levin to unlock economic potential and support growth north of the capital.

Kapiti’s business community welcomed Air Chathams to the Coast today at a special lunch hosted by the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, where businesses discussed the importance of investing in regional infrastructure.

“The community has fought for, and attracted, a new air service to Kapiti. Now, we need the Government to get to work on the last stage of the Expressway – so our region can really accelerate and grow,” says Heather Hutchings, Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce Chair.

“In a survey to our members last month, more than 90 per cent said completing the Expressway to Levin is important, or incredibly important. More than 80 per cent said a local air service was important or very important to Kapiti. What this tells us is that our members view infrastructure as key to supporting economic growth.

“Delivering a four-lane Expressway from Levin to Kapiti will encourage more people to consider flying from Paraparaumu. Colmar Brunton data has identified a significant market in Horowhenua, people who currently drive straight past Paraparaumu to fly from Wellington or choose to go via Palmerston North. The Expressway would make the journey faster, safer and more attractive, and ultimately encourage more people to fly Kapiti” says Heather Hutchings.

Nathan Guy, MP for Otaki, says the weekend’s community day at Kapiti Airport attracted thousands of locals who warmly welcomed Air Chathams into our community.

“There is a real buzz about reconnecting us with Auckland, and potentially other routes in the future.

“The region’s economic growth has been helped along by the National Government’s strategic investment into building the Kapiti Expressway. However dark clouds are gathering over the proposed Horowhenua Expressway with a real fear the funding has been raided for Auckland trams. Without the certainty of funding Levin by 2020 will be the worst choke point in the North Island” says Nathan Guy.

“There’s a lot of momentum in our business community. Local confidence is strong – investment by Air Chathams in our district is fantastic. We are feeling optimistic. Now, we need the Government to get to work and finish the Expressway as originally promised to unlock the economic potential in Kapiti and Horowhenua,” says Heather Hutchings.

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the economy by creating wealth and employment and solve local business issues by providing a collective voice for business in Kapiti. Over 300 members in Kapiti belong to the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to stay connected, network and gain knowledge and support from our local membership.


  1. Pseudopanax, 10. August 2018, 0:30

    Lets spend billions more to move “the biggest choke point in the North Island” a few miles further north. When will we learn that trying to solve congestion problems by road building doesn’t work…Enough Already!

  2. luke, 10. August 2018, 9:11

    nice little money earner for the highway builders. taxpayer funded and the problem of induced demand can be dealt with by somebody else.

  3. Ellie, 10. August 2018, 13:48

    A nice bonus for those who have bought land along the proposed route!

  4. glenn, 10. August 2018, 15:24

    Fantastic, just get on and build it. For those who dont like it, dont use it, simple.

  5. greenwelly, 10. August 2018, 17:09

    @Ellie, the problem is the route is not yet determined, there are currently nine options….To my mind they should finish determining the route, simply to give certainty, otherwise if will leave large chunks of the Horowhenua in limbo.

  6. Josie B., 10. August 2018, 23:42

    That’s it! Just keeping on putting tons more CO2 in the atmosphere by encouraging more people to drive to Paraparaumu airport to fly to Auckland in a small plane! There truly is no hope for our planet.

  7. Chris Horne, 12. August 2018, 20:47

    It is scandalous that Kapiti’s Chamber of Commerce fails to understand the implications of New Zealand’s ratification of the 2016 COP21 Paris Accord. Ratification commits us to slashing greenhouse-gas emissions, so that New Zealand can do its utmost to reduce the impacts of global climate change.

    Extending the motorway would produce huge volumes of greenhouse-gas emissions during construction, and the induced traffic it would attract would add to NZ’s emissions.

    It is a disgrace that Kapiti’s Chamber of Commerce should be so wedded to the 20th- century notion that more road capacity solves traffic congestion. It never ever does, because of ‘induced traffic’.

    I urge Kapiti’s Chamber of Commerce to lobby instead for extending the electrification of the Kapiti Line from Waikanae to Palmerston North, and the use of Matangi electric multiple units on the line. Then we’ll have a transport system in the Lower North Island appropriate to the 21st century.

  8. Keith Flinders, 12. August 2018, 22:01

    It is also scandalous that the Labour/Green/NZ First coalition who campaigned to do the reverse, are allowing KiwiRail to take the remaining serviceable electric locomotives off the North Island Main Trunk Line between Te Rapa and Palmerston North. These electric locomotives will be replaced with diesel ones burning an extra 8 million litres of fossil fuel per annum. They ought instead be purchasing dual mode locomotives that can run off the existing overhead installation where available, and completing the NIMT electrification over the next decade.