Kaiapoi project updates

Kaiapoi town centre updates

Williams Street work

Work to upgrade the Kaiapoi town centre was completed in May 2016.

The work involved installation of a new water main on Williams Street, between Raven Quay and the railway line, and on Hilton Street near the roundabout, reconstruction of the road, kerb and channel, new footpaths, landscaping, street lighting and improvement of the southern entrance to the town centre.

Charles Street roundabout and streetscape design

This area of roading was destroyed during the earthquake on 4 September 2010. The underground services have been repaired and restored, a new roundabout and roading has been constructed and the surrounding footpaths and road crossings have been repaired.

Kaiapoi Library, Service Centre, Museum and Art Space

The Kaiapoi Library and Service Centre was irreparably damaged during the earthquake on 4 September 2010. A new building has been built to house the Kaiapoi Library and Service Centre, with new separate spaces included for a Museum and Art Space. The building was officially opened on Saturday 17 January 2015 and has been named the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre. The Museum part of the building opened on 5 September 2015.

Kaiapoi pensioner units - Ranui Mews

Twenty-five new pensioner units (21 single and 4 double units) have recently been built between Williams and Hills Streets to replace the units that are located on red-zoned land in Hilton Street and Raven Quay. The units were officially opened on Thursday 12 June 2014. View photos of the opening in Flickr.

Trousselot Park recreation precinct

A new park designed to appeal to people of all ages has been constructed in Kaiapoi. It features a skate park designed by skateboarders for skateboarders, half basketball court, young children's play area, youth play area, plaza area with seating and a toilet block. The park was opened in December 2014.

Raven Quay and footpath

This area of road and footpath at the corner outside Blackwells Department Store has been resealed.

Raven Quay shared space

The road and footpaths outside the new Kaiapoi Library and Service Centre have been constructed as per the Raven Quay streetscape design (pdf, 579.9 KB).

Williams Street bridge improvements

The Williams Street bridge has been redesigned to form part of the wider programme of connectivity around the Kaiapoi Town Centre and the Kaiapoi River.  A new feature on the bridge is the timber wave boardwalk and paved footpaths. The new footpaths reflect the river environment and the boardwalk has been fitted with seats and planter boxes.

Riverview (previously known as Hansen's Mall)

Previously Hansen's Mall, this land is now owned by Waimakariri District Council who are currently in negotiations with a private developer (August 2014). The potential future development for this site is for a 1300 square metre boutique shopping and hospitality precinct, that is intended to optimise the river views and create a vibrant riverside destination. View the proposed concept plans (pdf, 10.1 MB).

PLC House

PLC House is a brand new complex in Kaiapoi's town centre, located on the corner of Williams and Charles Street (previously the site of the original Post Office) and the building was completed in late 2015. Downstairs contains the Enterprise North Canterbury Business Centre. This centre has meeting rooms, a conference room and drop-in workspaces.

Kaiapoi marine precinct

Coastguard building

The old Coastguard building has been demolished and a new one is under construction.

New boat ramp

There will be a community consultation process around the location of a public boat ramp in Kaiapoi but the Council has agreed to defer further investigation and consultation on boat ramp options until the future of Red Zones in Kaiapoi is known. 

Kaiapoi wharf

Council has decided to replace the damaged wharf with a floating pontoon. More information is available on the Kaiapoi wharf page.