Council & City

Hokowhitu Lagoon upgrade

We’re upgrading the Hokowhitu Lagoon’s retaining banks and adding some extra entrances to the water. Construction begins in February 2020.

Over time, the different activities happening on the lagoon, teamed with aging structures lining the bank, have led to the failure of the lagoon’s edge. This poses a health and safety issue for users and makes the lagoon less attractive.

This year we’re upgrading the bank to future proof it, restore it to a more natural state, and create better access to the water. We want to see more people engaging with the flora and fauna, so a small boardwalk will be added, as well as viewing platforms. We’re also widening the path in some areas and building a new one.

Photo shows two kids on boat ramp, pointing at ducks swimming in the water below them, with riparian planting and willows in the underneath autumn trees.

We're teaming up with some key partners to make the lagoon safer and more attractive.

Council is working with Horizons Regional Council, Rangitāne o Manawatū, Kiwi Canoe Polo, Palmerston North Canoe Club, and Caccia Birch on this project.

The Hokowhitu Lagoon forms part of the Manawatū River Park and was once part of the Manawatū River.

To Rangitāne the area was once known for its thriving eel population. These days it’s a hotspot for water sport.



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This work forms part of our Active Community Plan and Manawatū River Framework, which has a goal of getting more people to visit and enjoy the river each year.