Work to prepare the site for construction is beginning on the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway (M2PP) on Wellington’s Kapiti Coast. Following extensive community consultation during a design process which commenced in 2010, M2PP gained resource consent from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in early 2013. Legal challenges to the EPA decision are still being processed, but this does not affect some preparatory construction work, which is now underway.
The $630-million project will deliver approximately 18km of four-lane expressway through the areas of Paraparaumu and Waikanae, including a new bridge over the Waikanae River. The new route will take approximately four years to complete and will improve safety, reduce congestion and provide more reliable journey times in and through Kapiti.
Before construction of the Expressway begins, the M2PP Alliance have been working with a team of archaeologists and local iwi to examine this historic area and learn about the Kapiti Coast and its past. A number of discoveries have been made and we invite you to join us at our open day on Sunday 20 October to find out more about the work.
Thank you to the people who attended our archaeology open day. We were thrilled to see as many as 150 people joining us at Nga Manu Reserve yesterday (Sunday, 20 October) to see an archaeology investigation site, listen to our archaeologist and learn more about the work that has been taking place. If you weren't able to join us, you may like to review the information boards below that were displayed at the Reserve.
- Roads of national significance (PDF, 641KB)
- Project map (PDF, 907KB)
- Background (PDF, 1.30MB)
- Archaeological investigations in New Zealand (PDF, 2.67MB)
- The Expressway and archaeology (PDF, 1.34MB)
- What we’ve found (PDF, 3.76MB)
- Today’s open day activities (PDF, 2.59MB)
- Construction staging (PDF, 1.61MB)
- Archaeology of the Kāpiti Coast (PDF, 1.05MB)
Click on the green circles for more details on the interchange.