We’re listening

The Transport Rebuild East Coast (TREC) team is hosting community drop-in sessions from 18 March to 18 April across Hawke’s Bay, Wairoa and Tairāwhiti. See full schedule below.

We’ll be updating people on our ongoing recovery work as well as critical resilience projects across the state highway network.

We’re also investigating several potential rebuild projects we’d like to gather your insights on. This includes potential projects at SH2/SH5 Eskdale, SH2 Devil’s Elbow and SH35 Mangahauini Gorge.

Please share your feedback in our questionnaire below.

Have your say via our online questionnaire(external link)

Community feedback form [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Please note, our consultation on SH35 Mangahanui Gorge will be extended until 5pm on Friday 3 May due to additional community dates being added on 16 and 18 April. Consultation on SH2/SH5 Eskdale and SH2 Devil’s Elbow will close at 5pm on Tuesday 16 April.

Overview of the three potential rebuild projects we want your feedback on

SH2 Devil’s Elbow

Along with carrying out urgent recovery work across State Highway 2 (SH2), we’re looking at major upgrades at Devil’s Elbow. 

We’re considering changes that would reduce the risk of this section of road being closed or down to one lane in the future because of slips or flooding. 

Our ideas range from repairs to major works like widening the road (to allow crews to remove slip material without closing the highway) and realigning sections to avoid areas prone to slips and rockfalls. 

  • Widening the road on the two approaches by cutting into the hillside or constructing structures (short bridges) over the gullies to make the road straighter and wider.
  • Creating new larger drainage channels alongside the road. This would capture and divert stormwater and sediment, helping to prevent further erosion and underslips. This will create more space for road crews to clear slips without having to close the highway. 
  • Or a new bridge or upsized culvert to ease the sharp bend at Devil’s Elbow corner. This would improve safety and better manage water flows down the gully.

* We considered a wide range of options. The high costs, length of time to construct and complexity of the topography and geology has seen the team focus on upgrades to the existing highway.

SH2 Devil’s Elbow map - March 2024 [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Read more about Devil's Elbow [PDF, 1.5 MB]

SH2/SH5 Eskdale

We’ve come up with a range of early ideas to help prevent these highways from being affected by flooding and other natural hazards or help them recover faster if something happens. These could be combined in a range of ways to make these highways more resilient.

SH5 and SH2

Stronger pavement and better drainage on SH2 and SH5. We’re looking at pavement that better withstands flooding, and improved drainage and culverts that allows water to pass along or under the state highway more easily.


  • Raising SH5 (from Munns Bridge to SH2) to varying levels and the SH5/ Hill Road intersection so it can still provide access during flood events. (This would involve a section of Hill Road near the intersection being raised too); or 
  • Another early idea is shifting the road to the south of the floodplain and constructing it at a higher level than the existing state highway.


  • Raising SH2 from Esk River Bridge to Whirinaki Drain to reduce the frequency, depth and duration of overtopping from flood events. This option includes upgrading the Whirinaki Drain culvert to a larger size to better allow water to pass through.
  • Upgrading and raising the SH2 Esk River Bridge. This would reduce closures from flood events and address safety and seismic vulnerabilities.

SH2/SH5 Intersection safety and resilience

At this intersection we’re looking at:

  • Upgrading the intersection and designing a roundabout or other improvements to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes. Raising the Esk River Bridge may require intersection works due to their proximity to one another. 
  • Another option could be minor resilience improvements to stabilise the slope and add rockfall protection.

Esk Valley map - March 2024 [PDF, 2.5 MB]

Read more about Eskdale [PDF, 690 KB]

SH35 Mangahauini Gorge

We’re committed to restoring safe access on SH35 and planning for its long-term stability after Cyclone Gabrielle.  

Construction crews are working on the most critical and damaged sites to keep the corridor open while we explore longer term fixes for high-risk locations. 

Over the coming months we are also undertaking a full corridor assessment for the length of SH35. We want to better understand the scale of resilience risks and what might need to be done in the future so we can scope future projects.

The Mangahauini Gorge area remains vulnerable. Constant maintenance and monitoring are required to keep it open. We’re exploring a range of ideas including:

  • Resealing and repairing the current route 
  • Making changes to the road alignment to avoid areas that are susceptible to slips and damage
  • Or explore new route options

SH35 Mangahauini Gorge map - March 2024 [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Read more about Mangahauini Gorge [PDF, 422 KB]

Make sure you complete our questionnaire to have your say.

Potential resilience work on SH2 and SH5

We are also seeking funding for additional resilience work on SH2 and SH5.

Drop-in events schedule

Please join us at a community drop-in session if you can. We look forward to meeting you, showing our progress and answering your questions.

We’d like to update you on our ongoing recovery work as well as critical resilience projects across the state highway network.





Monday 18 March

From 5 to 7pm


King George Hall, Main North Road, Bay View, Napier

Tuesday 19 March

From 5 to 7pm


Waikare & District Sports Club, Putorino Domain 12 Waikare Road

Wednesday 20 March


From 5 to 7pm



Te Pōhue Golf Club Rooms, 2885 State Highway 5, Te Pōhue

Monday 25 March

From 4 to 6pm


Kahungunu Marae – Wharekai 6 Mataira Street, Nūhaka

Tuesday 26 March

From 5 to 7pm


Function Room - Wairoa Community Centre

33 Marine Parade, Wairoa  

Thursday 4 April

 From 4 to 6pm


The Rangatira Tavern, 26 Library Road, Te Karaka

Monday 8 April


From 5 to 7pm


Midway Surf Lifesaving Club – Community Hub, 40 Centennial Marine Parade, Gisborne

Tuesday 9 April

From 5 to 7pm


Reynolds Hall, 4046/11 Monkhouse Street, Tolaga Bay

Wednesday 10 April

From 5 to 7pm


Hatea-a-rangi Domain, 3 Mangahauini Street, Tokomaru Bay (note, change of venue)

Tuesday 16 April

 From 5 to 7pm


Ōpōtiki Primary School
80-88 Church Street

Thursday 18 April

 From 5 to 7pm



Ngā mihi nui - thanks for your support

We’re making good progress with recovery work and planning is well underway for possible rebuild solutions. We appreciate your patience and we’ll keep listening and responding to your feedback.