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Te Ahu a Tūranga: Manawatū-Tararua Highway

The New Zealand Transport Agency seeks to designate land to accommodate a new state highway connection to replace the closed SH3 Manawatū Gorge route.

This corridor crosses the Ruahine Ranges immediately north of the Manawatū Gorge and south of Saddle Road.

The new 11.5km long road will include roundabout connections with State Highway 57 south of Ashhurst and with State Highway 3 west of Woodville. The road will have two lanes in each direction over the majority of the route, separated by a median strip. There will be a new bridge crossing the Manawatū River, a number of structures crossing unnamed streams, and property access underpasses.

Palmerston North City Council, Manawatū District Council and Tararua District Council invited submissions under Section 169(1) of the Resource Management Act 1991 in November and December 2018.

NZ Transport Agency decision

Below you will find all the relevant documents leading up to the decision above.

Territorial Authorities Recommendation Report to the NZ Transport Agency

Notice of requirement

Notice of requirement documents are available on the NZTA website.

Section 92 response from NZTA to information requested as part of the notice of requirement.

Minutes and directions from the hearing panel

Section 42A technical evidence

New Zealand Transport Agency evidence

Submitter evidence

Pre-hearing meetings report

Hearing documents

Joint witness statements

Items tabled at the hearing

NZ Transport Agency

NZTA indicative route fly-through.

Meridian Energy Ltd

Horizons Regional Council

Palmerston North City Council


Director-General of Conservation

S42A Reporting Team

Various presenters

New Zealand Transport Agency Reply

Comments on Draft Conditions

Hearing recordings

We're recording all sessions so you can download the audio files and listen on your computer or device.

Monday 25 March

Tuesday 26 March

Wednesday 27 March 

Thursday 28 March 

Friday 29 March

Monday 1 April

Tuesday 2 April

Wednesday 3 April

Thursday 4 April 

Friday 5 April