surplus land


PHOTO: ANDY MCKAY A local group wants the Kāpiti Coast District Council to acquire the land under the Public Works Act to safeguard it from development.

The tables could be turned on the New Zealand Transport Agency by a Kāpiti community group wanting to use the Public Works Act to safeguard a swathe of prime land.

With about 400 hectares of Paekākāriki​ land set to be declared surplus after the planned 2020 opening of Transmission Gully, the recently-formed Wainuiwhenua​ group want it protected from developers.

Former Kāpiti mayor and Wainuiwhenua​ spokeswoman Jenny Rowan said while community groups couldn’t acquire land under the act, the Kāpiti Coast District Council could and should.