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KiwiRail regional freight hub

KiwiRail is proposing to develop a freight hub near Bunnythorpe. Find out more about this project, what Council’s role is, and opportunities for you to provide feedback.

Notice of Requirement and supporting information

KiwiRail has lodged a Notice of Requirement to designate land for the construction and operation of a new intermodal rail and freight hub. Council officers are currently assessing the Notice of Requirement. Once complete, we'll either ask for more information or proceed to notification.

KiwiRail has asked for the Notice of Requirement to be publicly notified. This is likely to happen early in the new year (January 2021). In the meantime, you can access the notice and supporting information below, or view hard copies at the following locations: Ashhurst Library, Bunnythorpe School, Feilding Library, Palmerston North Central Library, and the Palmerston North City Council customer service centre.

Volume one: Notice of requirement form and accompanying plans

Volume two: Assessment of environmental effects and appendices

Volume three: Technical assessment reports and appendices

Get involved

KiwiRail's initial public feedback stage closed on 30 July but there will be more opportunities in future. Once the Notice of Requirement has been notified, you'll be able to lodge a submission with us. Further details on how to lodge a submission will be provided at the time of notification. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the KiwiRail project team.

Watch: Intermodal freight hub masterplan.

What is Council’s role?

Council is responsible for processing the Notice of Requirement to designate the land for the freight hub.

This process operates under the Resource Management Act and is similar to a resource consent process. The Council will be required to hold a public hearing on the Notice of Requirement, at which experienced independent hearing commissioners will hear from KiwiRail, submitters, and expert reporting officers engaged by Council.

Find out more

More information about this project is available on the KiwiRail website.


If you have any questions, about the project, please email the KiwiRail project team at

If you have any questions about the process to designate the land, please contact Craig Auckram, PNCC Senior Planner at