district still afraid to pick Māori road names
Multibillion-dollar progress came knocking but the Kāpiti Coast just wasn't ready for the new Māori road names that came with it. Joel Maxwell investigates.
The sweeping vistas that tug at your peripheral vision – those thronging hills, and the glimpses of the ocean – all that natural beauty colliding with all that human technology and design: pure eye candy.
We heard that it wasn’t easy, though. There was a 100-year wait from its first recorded suggestion; then, finally, the $1.25 billion-worth of asphalt and sweat poured through the valleys; oh, and there was the less-than-perfect timing – a gigantic kernel of motoring infrastructure coughed up just as the world melted, ice caps receding like bad gums.
Among all its missteps and delays and struggles, there was some good news. Quietly, without fanfare, but in the simplest and most reasonable way, Captain James Cook was eliminated from Transmission Gully.