Te Matau-a-Māui – Hawke’s Bay


The forecast $410 million investment in the Hawke’s Bay land transport system during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period is targeted at improving safety and resilience while supporting the region’s economy and forecast growth. 

Te Matau-a-Māui – Hawke’s Bay NLTP 2022 update

Graphic showing 410 million forecast investment

Latest news

Diggers and construction workers building a bridge across a river

Construction underway on Waikare Bridge

Construction has now begun on the pier for a Bailey bridge in the Waikare Gorge which will temporarily replace what was washed away during Cyclone Gabrielle.

Construction underway on Waikare Bridge

Map showing SH5 between Taupo and Napier

All access pass for SH5: Critical Hawke's Bay connection to reopen to all traffic

Waka Kotahi has announced that State Highway 5 will re-open to all traffic during daylight hours from Monday 20 March, following the successful running of freight convoys on the route.

All access pass for SH5: Critical Hawke's Bay connection to reopen to all traffic

A helicopter flying above a road

Community input key to restoring access for residents on SH2 north of Napier

A winning combination of hard work, good weather, community input and a whole lot of patience, will see people who live on State Highway 2 north of Tangoio able to travel south to Napier to access necessary supplies and services.

Community input key to restoring access for residents on SH2 north of Napier

A digger working on a large slip next to a road

Long-term fix begins at one of SH5’s largest slips

Work has begun on a permanent fix at the site of one of the largest slips on SH5 Napier-Taupō Road.

Long-term fix begins at one of the largest slips on SH5 Napier-Taupō Road

Major work underway

Map showing location of key projects in the Hawke's Bay region

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Hawke’s Bay cyclone recovery

State highways in Hawke’s Bay were significantly damaged during Cyclone Gabrielle. Our teams are on the ground, working hard to reconnect communities and get Hawke’s Bay moving again.

Hawke’s Bay cyclone recovery

Focus on rural state highways

Making SH2 between Wairoa and Bay View safer is a priority. We are making steady progress on the $32.5m SH2/SH35 passing opportunities project. Four slow vehicle bays have been constructed at Matahorua, Kotemaori, Wharerata and at Waikoau Hill, with another two currently in construction at Mohaka and Kakariki (near Kotemaori). These are in addition to a number of existing slow vehicle bays already on SH2. Unfortunately, a number of sections of SH2 have been significantly damaged by the cyclone and are needing repair.

Saving lives – supporting regional growth

A fit-for-purpose transport network is essential to support the growth of the Hawke’s Bay region. The SH2 College Road to Silverstream project aims to increase regional development, safety, resilience, and accessibility. The $13 million project includes road realignment and passing opportunities.

SH2 College Road to Silverstream Station

Improving a vital route

State Highway 5 is a critical link between Hawke’s Bay and the Upper North Island. Feedback from stakeholders and the public included concerns about the lack of sufficient investment in this corridor and of a long-term corridor investment plan. There have been a large number of serious and fatal crashes that have led to 130 death and serious injuries over the last seven years. The implementation of the 80km/h speed limit (for approximately 60% of the corridor) was the first step to significantly reduce deaths and serious injuries. This is, however, only one component of making SH5 safer and more resilient. We are now working on programme for short-term and long-term investment. We are also progressing a Programme Business Case (PBC) to develop solutions for the corridor alongside our partners and stakeholders.

Maintenance update

Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 5.2 lane kms
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 1.3 lane kms
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 109.5 lane kms
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 3.7 lane kms
  • Network renewed – 11.3%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $19,629,330

Maintenance infographic for 2021/22 [JPG, 1.2 MB]

Planned maintenance for 2022/23:

  • Rehabilitations – 9.3km
  • Resurfacing – 2.1km
  • Resealing – 124.8km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed – 12.9%
  • Total state highway spend – $16.1m

Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 154 KB]


Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency sought feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions closed on 12 December 2022.  A decision report will be available mid-2023.

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan consultation