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FAQs for SH1 renaming

Why are we renaming State Highway 1?

The Expressway will become the new State Highway 1 (SH1) and the existing SH1 will become a local road.

The process of making the existing SH1 a local road is a formal process known as “revocation” pursuant to section 103 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003. Through the revocation process the current SH1 between Poplar Avenue and Peka Peka will lose its classification as a national highway (it can no longer be called a state highway) and responsibility for the road will be transferred from the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to the Kāpiti Coast District Council. 

Once the road is vested in Council it will be renamed under the Local Government Act 1974 section 319(1)(j).

The Council’s SH1 renaming conversation provides the community with an opportunity to influence what the new names for sections of SH1 should be.

What does revoking the existing SH1 involve?

In short, it involves transferring ownership and maintenance responsibilities for SH1 between Poplar Avenue and Peka Peka from the NZ Transport Agency to the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

Which parts of the existing SH1 will be renamed?

It is proposed that seven sections of SH1 be renamed.

  1. Paekākāriki to Mackays Crossing*
  2. Poplar Avenue to Kāpiti Road
  3. Paraparaumu north to Waikanae River
  4. Waikanae town
  5. Waikanae to Peka
  6. Hadfield Road connection
  7. Peka Road to Te Kowhai Road.

*we are taking the opportunity to identify a name for the section of SH1 between Paekākāriki and Mackays Crossing as it will become a local road once Transmission Gully is up and running. 

SH1 - sections of SH1 between Poplar Avenue and Peka Peka which are currently referred to as SH1 must be renamed – they can no longer be called SH1 once it becomes a local road.

Main Road, Main Road South and Main Road North - we are giving the community the opportunity to rename those sections currently called Main Road, Main Road South and Main Road North to names which better reflect the local character and history of each area. However, if the community wants to see these names retained we are open to feedback.

Amohia Street and Rimutaka Street - we are proposing that Amohia Street and Rimutaka Street, names which have a strong historical connection to the district, be retained.

How will the renaming process work?

We’re inviting the Kāpiti Coast community to have their say on any or all of the seven sections of SH1 we’re suggesting be renamed.

Possible names for the seven sections of SH1 have been identified by representatives/historians of the district’s three iwi and a local historian. It is important the community has the opportunity to suggest alternative names that also have a strong historical connection to the district.  

All suggestions put forward for renaming sections of SH1 will be considered by the district’s Community Boards before being presented to the Council for their decision later this year (2017). 

Once the names are agreed by the Council and responsibility for the road is transferred from NZTA to the Kāpiti Coast District Council a formal notification process will follow. This will involve working with Land Information New Zealand, affected property owners, business operators and emergency services to ensure there is a smooth transition to the new road names.

Why seven sections?

The seven sections generally reflect where the current demarcations are for sections of SH1 that have different names, for example Main Road, Main Road South, Main Road North, Amohia Street and Rimutaka Street. The seven section approach also allows the community the opportunity to suggest names which better reflect the local character and history of each area/part of the road.

Through our SH1 renaming conversation people are free to provide feedback on our suggestion that seven sections be renamed.

Why are you renaming the road now?

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is responsible for the road naming process. We are currently inviting the community to have their say on renaming SH1 in preparation for when SH1 becomes a local road. 

The existing SH1 will not be renamed until responsibility for the road is transferred from NZTA to the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

When will the section of the Kāpiti Expressway from Te Kowhai Road to Ōtaki be renamed?

The section of the Kāpiti Expressway from Te Kowhai Road to Ōtaki will be renamed after construction of this Expressway is completed and as part of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki SH1 revocation process.

Where can I see the seven sections of the existing SH1 for renaming?

There is a map showing the seven sections on our website:kapiticoast.govt.nz/SH1-renaming and also in the leaflet Renaming SH1 which is available at any of our Council service centres and libraries. Alternatively, you can phone us to request a copy on 04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486.

Who can participate in the process to rename SH1?

The opportunity to participate in the Council-led process to rename sections of SH1 is open to everyone in the Kāpiti Coast community.

When can I have my say on the naming process?

From 7 March until 14 April 2017 you can put forward your suggestions for renaming any or all of the seven sections of SH1 to be renamed.

The Council is inviting the community to come up with names that have a strong historical connection to the district for any or all of the seven sections of State Highway 1.

How can I put forward my suggestions for renaming SH1?

You can put forward your suggestions for renaming the seven sections of the existing SH1 in a number of ways. 

  • you can talk to your Community Board and let them know what you think
  • you can email us at SH1nameyourroad@kapiticoast.govt.nz, or
  • you can complete the form on the back of the Renaming SH1 leaflet, which is available at all of our Council service centres and libraries and on our website.

When thinking about alternative names, any suggestions you put forward should take into account the road naming criteria on our website: kapiticoast.govt.nz/SH1-renaming.

We encourage you to provide an email address with your suggestions/s so we can get back in touch with you.

When is the latest I can put forward my suggestions?

Please provide us with your suggestions no later than 14 April 2017.

Are there any naming criteria that suggested names must meet?

Yes.  Any names you put forward must adhere to our road naming criteria which are available on our website: kapiticoast.govt.nz/SH1-renaming.

What are the name options the representatives of the district’s three local iwi and a local historian are putting forward?

These are the names put forward by representatives/historians of the district’s three local iwi and a local historian:

Section 1:        Hurumutu

Section 2:        Hokowhitu 

Section 3:        Rauoterangi

Section 4:        Kākākura

Section 5:        Unaiki  

Section 6:        Katu

Section 7:        Matene Te Whiwhi

You can find out more about the possible names identified by representatives/historians of the district’s three iwi and local historian in their report which is available on our website: kapiticoast.govt.nz/SH1-renaming. 

Who put forward the seven name options?

Representatives/historians of the district’s three iwi and a local historian identified possible names for the seven sections of SH1 to be renamed:

  • Rupene Waaka, Ngāti Raukawa
  • Hohepa Potini, Ngāti Toarangatira
  • Ra Higgot, Te Ati Awa Ki Waikanae, Ngātitoa, Ngāti Raukawa
  • Anthony Dreaver

Why did Council engage a working group to come up with names?

The names identified by representatives/historians of the district’s three iwi and local historian reflect the district’s rich historical and cultural heritage and have been added to the mix as options for people to have their say on as well as to propose alternative names. We felt it was important the community has the opportunity to consider names that have a strong historical connection to the district.

After 14 April, what are the next steps?

Any suggestions that come through our SH1 renaming conversation will be considered by Community Boards before a paper with recommendations is presented to the Council for their decision later this year (2017).

How will the Community Board evaluate the names put forward?

Community Boards will be asked shortlist names that meet the criteria set out in our Criteria for State Highway 1 (SH1) Renaming and reflect community submissions and preferences.

When will the changes take effect?

Responsibility for the existing SH1 needs to be transferred from the NZTA to the Kāpiti Coast District Council, as part of the revocation process, to enable the Council to name its new local road. This could take up to 24 months.

We will notify and work with affected property owners, business operators and emergency services to ensure there is a smooth transition to the new road names.

What will renaming SH1 cost ratepayers?

The process of renaming SH1 is being funded by the NZ Transport Agency as part of our SH1 Revocation Agreement.