Kāpiti Coast District councillors and community board
representatives met on Tuesday 11 August to discuss the
government’s financial commitment to the Kāpiti Gateway
project and next steps.

Mayor Gurunathan acknowledged
that there has been a lot of stakeholder and community
conversation about the Gateway and says it is important that
Councillors now take the time to carefully weigh up broader
social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits of
this project alongside the financial
considerations.

“Councillors have directed Council
staff to undertake further work to test the assumptions, and
further refine, the indicative business case that was
developed to support the Council’s application to the
Provincial Growth Fund. This includes looking at a range of
scenarios for how the ongoing operational costs of a Gateway
centre might be met.

“This project is a potential
game-changer for our district and therefore it is important
that we get it right.”

Councillors will also work
with staff to agree an engagement plan to help better inform
the community on this project.

“As a Council we are
committed to working with our iwi partners, central
government, a range of stakeholder and interest groups and
our community to achieve good social, economic, cultural and
environmental outcomes for our community. The Gateway has
the potential to deliver on all of these,” the Mayor
says.

Further information about the Gateway can be
viewed on the Council’s website www.kapiticoast.govt.nz.

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