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Project introduction

‘Connecting Northland’ is about the Transport Agency and its partners supporting Northland through transport solutions to grow and support the regional economy.

  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status

    Investigation, Design and Construction

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What is Connecting Northland?

‘Connecting Northland’ is about the Transport Agency and its partners supporting Northland through transport solutions to grow and support the regional economy. 

It’s about connecting all communities in Northland – employees to jobs as well as freight to the port and key markets.

Through partnering with local government, other agencies, Iwi and communities we will deliver the National Land Transport Plan’s (NTLP 2018-2021) $460 million investment in the region.

This will result in:

  • Safer journeys for all road users.
  • Improved corridor reliability.
  • Increased access to opportunity.
  • Economic development.
  • Improved walking and cycling.

Connecting Northland projects

A number of separate projects make up Connecting Northland. To find out more information about these projects, click on the below individual project websites below.

Our purpose

The NZ Transport Agency and its partners are working to upgrade the state highway network in Northland to better cope with growing traffic numbers. The region is an increasingly popular tourist destination for national and international visitors alike. Northland is also seeing increasing commercial and freight traffic and we want to increase investor confidence in the region.

In addition, improvements to the network will provide more resilience during extreme weather, as well as improving safety throughout the region.

Benefits of this initiative

The projects that make up Connecting Northland will:

  • support safer journeys
  • improve the resilience of the roading network
  • support the economic success of the region.

The investment will benefit the whole region as connections are improved between communities and facilities.

Connecting Northland is about creating a quality transport system – it's how we connect our airports and our sea ports, and how we make best use of rail infrastructure. It’s how we protect the network for the future.

Connecting Northland is a partnership. With with local councils, iwi and everyone in our communities.

The project works are creating jobs locally with a proportion of suppliers and subcontractors being regionally based.