Media release from Save Kapiti
SaveKapiti are disappointed with the decision of the High Court appeal against the Board of Inquiry decision to approve the Kapiti Expressway. They will review the decision carefully to determine whether there are grounds to further appeal to the Supreme Court.
SaveKapiti spokesperson Mark Harris says “We think it’s the wrong decision as we are confident in the point of law on which the Appeal is based. Regardless of our decision whether or not to appeal to the Supreme Court, there are also other avenues we are exploring and we will make those public when the time is right. We are not going away.
“This is a bad proposal for Kapiti and for the country.”
“SaveKapiti is determined to defeat the proposal on behalf of the people of Kapiti. We are grateful for all the support we receive. We welcome sensible transport programs, but this isn’t one of them”.
Media release from NZLP
Today’s High Court decision to dismiss appeals to National’s Kapiti Expressway doesn’t change the fact that the project is the wrong fit for the region, says Labour MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi, and Labour’s Transport spokesperson, Iain Lees-Galloway.
“Today is a sad day for the coastal community,” Kris Faafoi said. “Kapiti needs a transport solution – but not one that cuts its communities in half and certainly not one where the cost benefit ratio doesn’t stack up.”
“The Kapiti expressway is emblematic of the way the National Government operates — running roughshod over the views of locals, ignoring the environmental consequences of transport projects and throwing robust economic analysis out the window,” Iain Lees-Galloway said. “The people of Kapiti and all New Zealanders need a Government that will build an integrated transport network that gives people choices, represents sensible spending and supports sustainable economic development. Today’s decision is a reminder that only a Labour-led government can meet that challenge.”
“I want to applaud the efforts locals have put into having their voices heard on this issue. Community groups and individuals that have stood up to the Government and to the New Zealand Transport Agency should be proud of their efforts,” Kris Faafoi said.