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Kapiti mayor welcomes expressway which has “deeply divided” her community

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan has welcomed the draft decision by the Board of Inquiry into the MacKays Crossing to Peka Peka Expressway. “It is fair to say this project has deeply divided our community. However, after years of debate, we now have some certainty and it will allow people to move on with their lives.”

Mayor Rowan said the draft decision was more than 400 pages long including 94 pages of conditions.

“It will take us several days to check the conditions to ensure the issues we raised in our submission have been taken into account. The Board of Inquiry notes in its draft decision that the expressway will have a significant impact on our landscape. Given this, measures designed to mitigate those impacts will be important.”

Mayor Rowan said the project was huge and would result in a considerable injection of money into the local economy, which would be welcomed by many.

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  1. BD, 4. March 2013, 23:05

    The mayor is out of touch with Kapiti and should be ashamed of herself, I grew up there and spent 4 years of my childhood.

  2. Elaine E, 5. March 2013, 7:25

    How can Jenny Rowan now welcome “the Highway from hell” which is what she called the Kapiti Expressway in 2009? What has changed?

  3. Weka, 6. March 2013, 13:43

    I know one person who will never, ever get another vote of mine! Jenny, you have betrayed your community, and you know it! This is STILL the highway from hell, and will destroy Kapiti. Thanks for nothing.