NZ Urban Development news from the media | 20 June 2023 | Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth to provide a gateway to Northland


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Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth to provide a gateway to Northland

The wait is nearly over for north Aucklanders, with Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway set to open to traffic in the coming days, following this morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony on the new road. 

The road has been delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) by Northern Express Group (NX2) and Waka Kotahi has negotiated an early access arrangement, allowing the new motorway to open while non-critical finishing works are undertaken.

“There has been a tremendous effort from all parties to get this agreement across the line and I’d like to thank NX2 and their sub-contractors Fletcher/Acciona for their hard work over the last seven years. While there’s still minor finishing work to do, we’re confident that the road is safe, and people can begin to reap the benefits of this new world class motorway” says Waka Kotahi General Manager Transport Services Brett Gliddon.

Government secures land for 90 homes in growing Christchurch suburb

The Government’s plan to increase the housing choices has taken another step forward with the acquisition of a large parcel of land in Halswell, Christchurch, to keep up with housing demand as part of the Kāinga Ora Land Programme.

Kāinga Ora has purchased the 36,800m2 land parcel at 66a Quaifes Road from the Christchurch City Council.

“The Kāinga Ora Land Programme is about making strategic land purchases, with the backing of councils, iwi and other infrastructure partners, in areas where the market alone struggles to deliver the quantity and type of housing needed,” says Megan Woods.

Hastings council's increased development fees will see developers 'thrown under the bus'

A huge hike in fees proposed on new developments in a booming Hastings has developers up in arms and claiming it will see the district miss out on desperately needed new housing.

But the local council says unless it can fund critical infrastructure necessary to service the growth, it will have to start saying ‘no’ to future developments.

The issue, which is shaping up to have huge consequences on the district’s future, was the subject of submissions made to Hastings District Council on Thursday.

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