Is Kapiti the new Gold Coast?
The planned Kapiti expressway will encourage big business to "migrate" to the district, developer Sir Noel Robinson has told Kapiti Rotary.
Speaking last week, Sir Noel said the expressway could have economic - and sporting - spin-offs for Kapiti.
"Once the bulldozers are set to work on the proposed expressway, confidence will be conferred on Kapiti by commercial interests, and jobs will be created as a result. Big business migrates according to the reliability of transport links, and we do not have that at present."
Sir Noel, chairman and 25 per cent stakeholder in Kapiti Coast Airport, said Kapiti could become a major centre for distribution, logistics, and back office support.
Its relationship with Wellington city had many parallels to that of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, he said.
Sir Noel said successful commercial airports made communities vibrant, and created economic growth.
"It is critical that the community takes advantage of the excellent service that Air New Zealand is providing. The success or otherwise of the current scheduled flights, will lead to the introduction of flights to other destinations."
Meanwhile, Sir Noel praised Kapiti's 'world-class facilities, such as the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course - one of the finest links courses to be found "anywhere".
"And there is no doubt that this course will ultimately be chosen by the Asian golf circuit promoters, to be included in their annual programme. It will all be dependent on the provision of reliable access," he said.