Wainuiwhenua is a community-led group working with local iwi to achieve the best future uses of surplus Transmission Gully land for the Kāpiti District.

The group is co-chaired by former Kāpiti mayor and Paekākāriki resident Jenny Rowan and the Mayor K Gurunathan and involves the full sweep of Paekākāriki community interests groups.

Following meetings in December 2018 and February 2019, a steering group was established to advocate for community needs and the possible purchase of the Perkins’ and related lands becoming available after construction of Transmission Gully. After consultation with Ngāti Haumia ki Paekākāriki, the project is called Wainuiwhenua.

At just under 600 hectares, these lands form the hinterland around Paekākāriki village and will frame the entrance to the Kāpiti District

Local company Groundtruth have developed maps (read the Groundtruth NZTA Land Scoping document) to help with development of thinking over current, past and future uses of the land, including iwi interests.



Being explored is the securing of the land for a suite of public works with KCDC as the lead agency. These public works could include environmental and flood protection, recreational opportunities, affordable housing, community gardens, tree planting for carbon sinks and wind power generation.

To achieve this a community plan for the land is needed by later this year to best inform and advocate with agencies before the final disposal process, due in 2020.

Regardless, the community plan would assist with supporting areas of local significance, and changes to the local district plan.


Why should KCDC be the lead agency for Wainuiwhenua and what does that involve?

There needs to be a lead agency that fronts the transition from NZTA surplus land to an integrated “public work” that delivers economic development, environmental restoration, climate change resilience, recreation, community development, and more.  

This lead agency needs to coordinate, communicate and link the various parties and opportunities involved.  It does not necessarily need to invest money and become a landowner or be a long term funder of land management.

It needs to work with the community and a wide range of other partners, providing leadership and facilitation.  This will involve a commitment to front up, and to provide some resources of staff time.

Being the lead agency does not commit KCDC to financial investment.  The aim will be to coordinate the ownership, development and future management of these lands across a range of agencies and organisations.

Being the lead agency provides potential to develop a smart integrated deal that provides major benefit to the whole Kapiti District at low cost.  This is a very rare and exciting opportunity.

What is a public work?

Public Works Act – Interpretation: public work and work mean— “every Government work or local work that the Crown or any local authority is authorised to construct, undertake, establish, manage, operate, or maintain, and every use of land for any Government work or local work which the Crown or any local authority is authorised to construct, undertake, establish, manage, operate, or maintain by or under this or any other Act; and include anything required directly or indirectly for any such Government work or local work or use” and includes reserving land under the Conservation Act.

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The group includes a governance group and three working groups.

The governance group includes a number of local community and iwi leaders, working group leads and the Kapiti Coast District Council.

The three working groups include representatives from across a number of local community groups and local residents.

Co-chairs: K Gurunathan, Mayor, KCDC & Jenny Rowan, Chair, Wellington Conservation Board

Contacts: Working Group leads 

Environment: Andy McKay, Ngā Uruora

People (land use): Tina Pope, Paekākāriki Housing Trust

Land (secure): Keith Johnson, Cultivating Leadership

Business model (land subgroup): Pete Handford, Groundtruth.

Community organisations:

Ngāti Haumia ki Paekākāriki

Paekākāriki Community Board

Paekākāriki Community Trust

Paekākāriki Housing Trust

Ngā Uruora

Friends of the Streams

Paekākāriki Orchards and Gardens

Wellington Gateway Group

Grow Paekākāriki

Wellington Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club

Crown agencies:

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)

Department of Conservation (DoC)

Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI)

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Housing New Zealand 

Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC)


Walking Access Commission

QEII National Trust






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