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Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening onsite and behind the scenes – June 2021 update.


More than 330,000 cubic metres of earth has been moved since construction began in January 2021. Our winter works consent has been approved, enabling work to continue through winter as weather and ground conditions permit.

Earthworks machine with wind turbines in the background.

Eastern access

At the Woodville end of the alignment, bulk earthworks are continuing through winter as weather allows. Planning is underway for the Mangamanaia Stream Bridge foundations, erosion sediment control devices are being established and access tracks are being pioneered to the top of the range.

New motorway being constructed with run off pond to the right.

Western access

Major earthworks are underway at the western end of the alignment, including at Fill 9 – the largest fill on the project.

New motorway being constructed with earthworks machine driving on the cleared road and paddocks either side.


Preparations continue for the 300m bridge over the Manawatū River. Further up the alignment at the site of the 300m Eco Bridge, geotechnical drilling is underway and an access track is being built.

Foundations are being built for the Nutcracker Farm residential underpass and a specialist laboratory near the Te Ahu a Turanga site office. The lab will be used to test earthworks and paving materials while the highway is constructed.

Site office being constructed next to river.

Te Āpiti Wind Farm area

In the middle section of the highway route, an access road has been cut and stabilised for the Te Āpiti Wind Farm underpass, and ducting has been installed at the Morgan Road underpass for the future diversion of wind turbine cabling.

New motorway being constructed with wind turbines alongside.


Planting sites have been prepared at a privately owned Woodville farm and the Massey Tuapaka farm, and around 255,000 native plants will be planted at these sites this year. Planting started in early June and is expected to go to October 2021. Planning is underway for planting on other farms next year.

Paddocks with bush clad hills in the background.

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