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Te Ahu a Turanga – flyovers

Drone footage of the highway alignment showing the progress over time.

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Second planting season underway at Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway site

As construction continues on the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, dedicated planting teams are working hard in gullies, hillsides, farmland and tributaries surrounding the project. This mahi is part of the project’s Treading Lightly principle, and involves an extensive native planting programme designed to reduce the environmental impact of the highway’s construction. Across the duration of the project, more than 1.8M native wetland and riparian plants will be planted across five sites throughout the region and along the highway itself. In this video, we meet members of the Te Ahu a Turanga team as they embark on the second planting season.

On the way to 2 million plants

The first year of planting on Te Ahu a Turanga is complete, with 250,000 native plants planted at two farm sites in the project area.

Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway wins national diversity award

The Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance has been recognised for its inclusive approach to iwi partnership, at the 2021 Diversity Awards. At an awards ceremony on 23 September 2021 the Alliance took out the top prize in the Mātauranga Māori category for small to medium organisations. The annual Diversity Awards NZ™ celebrate excellence in workplace diversity and inclusion, across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Watch our story on the Diversity Works NZ website(external link)

A day in the life of the lab testing team on Te Ahu a Turanga

Thank you to Hugo Beale and Fulton Hogan Communications for creating and sharing this video.

Te Ahu a Turanga planting off to a flying start

Planting has started on Te Ahu a Turanga, with 20,000 native plants planted in June 2021 on farmland near the project area in Woodville.

Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance wins planning award

Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance has won an award for planning and consultation from the New Zealand Planning Institute of New Zealand.

An exciting discovery was made!

Our team working on Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway made an exciting discovery recently... ancient moa bones! We knew there would be some significant archaeological finds on this project. We have a plan that kicks in when we come across something special, to make sure investigations are carried out in a way that protects the site and is sensitive towards the finds. While the archaeologists and kaitiaki representatives examine these bones, construction continues on other parts of our site.

Construction is underway!

1 March 2021

Constructing Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway is a pretty big job but we're excited to be underway! Take a look at our progress so far.

Moth relocation

2 February 2021

Ecologists on Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway have safely moved a population of rare north island moth out of the path of the highway. Watch their journey.

Construction phasing: How Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway will be built

20 November 2020

Te Ahu a Turanga jobs and training day

4 October 2020

What a fantastic day! We were absolutely thrilled with the amazing turnout in Dannevirke and Ashhurst for Sunday’s jobs and training open day for the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project. This short video features some of the many hundreds in attendance, discussing their wish to join the team on one of New Zealand’s most important and exciting projects.

Ground investigations

August 2020

Before you construct a road you need to know what you’re building it on. The ground investigations programme for Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway is almost complete, ahead of main works due to begin in January 2021. Watch this short video to learn more about this vital work.

Preliminary concept design animated flythrough

March 2020

This animated video shows the indicative route of the Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway. The preliminary concept design is subject to further design development and Resource Management Act (RMA) planning processes.

Stream testing

April 2019

Stream testing is now underway for Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway.

NZ native bat survey

March 2019

NZ native bat surveying footage for Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway.

Geophysical investigations

February 2019

Geophysical investigations for Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway.

Geotechnical investigations

January 2019

Geotechnical investigations are now underway for Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway. This video also contains a project timeline.

23 July 2017 slip

Aerial footage of slips which closed State Highway 3 along the Manawatū Gorge on 24 April 2017.

Kerry's Wall slip, Anzac Slip and other sites - July 2017

Aerial footage of slips in the Manawatū Gorge.

Anzac slip - April 2017

Anzac slip is located towards the Woodville end of the Manawatū Gorge.

Kerry's Wall slip – April 2017

Kerry's Wall slip is located towards the Ashhurst end of the Manawatū Gorge.