Rail and Bus Advocacy
The Ōtaki community continues to be the only community within the Wellington region which is not provided with a TranzMetro passenger rail service despite constant requests for the Greater Wellington Regional Council to take a more strategic approach to rail services on this corridor.
The Capital Connection rail service between Palmerston North and Wellington provides the only twice daily passenger rail service to Ōtaki. Retention of this KiwiRail daily commuter service is essential. Ōtaki now has a regional councillor, Penny Gaylor, who is committed to achieving the retention of this service and extension of the Waikanae passenger service north. Energise Ōtaki will continue to support and develop community initiatives to extend the passenger rail service and protect the existing rail head which would allow for further freight shipment in the future.
Ōtaki has one bus route. There has been a view in the community that it is not well designed and that this has the effect of discouraging use. Interested people from the community identified an improved route and have provided that to the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Meetings between the Ōtaki Community Board and Greater Wellington Regional Council have occurred on this issue. Energise Ōtaki will continue to support any initiative which improves bus services.
The community via the Ōtaki Community Board, Kāpiti Coast District Council and other community groups negotiated provision and support for a regular Health Shuttle to take people needing health services through to Palmerston North (Ōtaki sits within the MidCentral District Health Board). This service is essential and Energise Ōtaki will continue to support any initiatives to retain and improve this service.