NZ Upgrade on North Island regional roads

Published: Feb 28, 2020

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  • Northland/Te Tai Tokerau
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Hawke's Bay
  • Taranaki

Regional roading projects that will improve safety and resilience are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.

As part of the NZ Upgrade, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities.

The Provincial Development Unit and the New Zealand Transport Agency have worked together to identify which roading improvements are ready to go but required funding.

We have announced $88.25 million on a major accelerated road investment plan with construction able to get underway on some projects by the end of August.

The North Island investment is about $62 million with seven projects selected from Northland, the Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki.

This investment is expected to contribute to regional economic development while providing safer roads, safer bridges, and easier to access stopping points.

Roads play a critical role in enabling regional economic activity and several regions’ roading networks exist in challenging conditions.
The PDU is pleased to be able to bring these projects forward, create new jobs and help our regions thrive.

North Island roads receiving funding


  • SH 1/11 Kawakawa – Roundabout & Resilience Project — $6 million
  • SH 11/10 Intersection Puketona Junction Roundabout — $15 million
  • SH 12 and Rawene Road – Intersection Improvements — $500,000

Bay of Plenty

  • SH 5 Tarukenga to Ngongotaha Improvements, SH 36 and SH 5 Roundabout — $14 million

Hawk's Bay

  • SH 2 College Road to Silverstream — $13 million
  • SH 2 Tahaenui Bridge — $1.2 million


  • SH 43 Forgotten World Highway Improvements — $13.4 million