Beca, in association with Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) was pleased to receive an encouragement award at the annual International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia Core Value Awards held this month in Perth. The award was for the Kāpiti Town Centres and Connectors Transformation Project in recognition of excellence in the field of public participation, demonstrated through the development and implementation of an outstanding project.
The project was innovative in the way community values - such as affordability, accessibility, meets our needs, achievability, amenities, sense of identity, resilience and transformation - were identified through a ranking process by the community to prioritise them. In addition, a fun innovative LEGO Town was built to scale to spark engagement.
The Kāpiti Town Centres and Connectors Transformation project took engagement beyond the formal process as sometimes the best engagement occurs outside formal statutory consultation. During Phase one the KCDC moved from the previous public process of 'inform' to one of 'consult', and moved further towards 'collaborate' to include key private sector players and local iwi. The objective was to develop a long-term plan for the transformation of Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centres.
"It is great to be recognised with an award from an international body for the work that we and Beca have undertaken with the Kāpiti community over the last two years. Together with the community, we were able to develop a vision that will revitalise our town centres. The team used innovative techniques such as building a LEGO town to connect with the hearts and minds of our community."
- Phillip Stroud, Infrastructure Programme Delivery Manager, Kaiwhakahaere Ahu Kaupapa, Kāpiti Coast District Council