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Kaweka Ward

Work is underway across the Kaweka Ward and is being progressed with urgency as part of the wider transportation recovery programme.

Maintaining or returning road access to isolated communities is a priority, and as such emergency works have been undertaken on Taihape Road, Dartmoor Road and others to stabilise against future weather events and ensure there is at least one lane of road access at all times. Works to maintain access on Dartmoor Road are being progressed with urgency. Works are underway relocating utilities to facilitate the start of construction of the new Puketapu Bridge.

We are aware that silt recovery and construction work is having an impact on already fragile roads.  While we have asked contractors to review and remedy some of the issues raised for specific roads (where possible) and monitoring is ongoing, some of these will be ongoing issues.

We encourage residents to report any issues requiring maintenance either by phone (06) 871 5000 or via the Hastings District Council website.  Doing so will ensure this work is allocated to available contractors as a matter of priority.

Kaweka roading dashboard

The map below shows the sites of significant damage to the transport network across the Kaweka Ward. This includes major slips and bridges requiring repair and the bridges and large culverts that need to be rebuilt. Due to the complexity of the sites and limited resources, a programme of prioritised work is being developed. For detailed information about the status of each site by location please use the search function on the upper right hand corner of the map. 

To open the map in a new window, click here.

Of the thirteen bridges across the Hastings District requiring rebuilding, eight are located within the Kaweka Ward. In addition to this, there is also a large culvert (one of six across the district) that requires replacement. There are six temporary bridges in place across the ward with various load and speed restrictions. 

Due to the scale, complexity and cost of the rebuilds and repair, a phased programme of rebuilding is required. Safety improvements and associated recovery work may be required as part of this rebuild and this will be detailed on the relevant pages e.g. recovery work in Puketapu Park and safety improvements through the village are detailed on the Puketapu Bridge page. More detail can be found by clicking on the links below. Further information will be added as it becomes available.

In the interim, it’s very important that the speed and weight limits in place on the temporary structures are observed, so that these can continue connect communities.

Table of bridges and large culverts in the Kaweka Ward requiring rebuild

Bridge/culvert name 

Temporary structure in place

Load and speed limits  Planned construction period 
Puketapu   None possible  N/A 2024-2025
Dartmoor  Temporary staging bridge (established 5/4/23)  Class 1/General Access traffic loading  2025-2026
Rissington  Bailey bridge (opened 31/3/23)

50 tonne max loading at 10km/hr

Class 1/General Access traffic loading

All vehicles need to reduce speed

Mangatutu   Bailey bridge (opened 13/6/23)  Class 1/General Access traffic loading  2026-2027 
Follies  Bailey bridge (opened 13/7/23)  Class 1/General Access traffic loading  2028-2029
Waiohiki/Redclyffe  Temporary staging bridge (established 8/8/23)

Speed limit 30km/hr

Loading limit 8 tonne vehicles

Matapiro  No bridge structure, temporary crossing in place  N/A 2024-2025
Whanawhana Bailey bridge (opened 15/5/23) 

Class 1/General Access traffic loading

50 tonne max loading at 10km/hr

Patoka culvert No



A further 29 bridges were significantly damaged and require repairs. Work has been done to stabilise all these bridges and regular monitoring is occurring while design and then construction of permanent repairs happens. Work is well underway, with repairs complete on 10 of the bridges as of April 2024 and three are in construction. The locations of these bridges can be seen in the interactive map above along with their status. See below for a selection of bridge photos showing the cyclone damage and progress to date.

Kuripapango Before

Photo taken 20/02/23

Kuripapango After

Photo taken 29/01/24

Willowford Culvert Post Cyclone

Photo taken 20/02/23

Willowford Culvert Progess

Photo taken 29/01/24

Pukehamoamoa Post Cyclone

Photo taken 21/02/23

Pukehamoamoa Progress

Photo taken 29/02/24

Blacks Bridge 150323

Photo taken 15/03/23

Blacks Bridge 290124

Photo taken 29/01/24

Camelback 191223

Photo taken 19/12/23

Camelback 210224

Photo taken 21/02/24

Carswells 191223

Photo taken 19/12/23

Carswells 2480324

Photo taken 08/03/24

Cyclone Gabrielle resulted in more than 800 slipsIn the months following the cyclone, priority was given to restoring access to isolated communitiesAll 590 of the less complex slips have  now been cleared and repairs made. There are a further 224 larger and more complex slips requiring investigation and major construction to repair. Almost half of these (98) are located in the Kaweka Ward.

Due to the scale and complexity of the damage, design and construction of the repairs to the road and associated drainage requires engineering expertise and resource consents. A prioritised programme of works has been developed to repair these, with the emphasis on maintaining access for isolated communities. Work is currently underway on Dartmoor Road.

Waihau Road Slip RP 14766

Photos: Waihau Road slip (RP: 14767), 13.5m long, 3m deep. Repaired using bench and fill methodology.

River diversion 1

Photo: Tutaekuri River diversion work, 7 March. Following a blessing in January 2024, site establishment has begun on the significant Dartmoor Rd washout between Apley Road and Dartmoor Bridge (RP7999). This work which will be undertaken by Downer, will take approximately eight months to complete under the emergency works programme  

See below examples of some of the slips across the Kaweka Ward.

Crownthorpe Settlement Road RP 2806 ATT108 1

Crownthorpe Settlement Road (RP: 2806)

Dartmoor Road (RP: 7690)

Dartmoor Road (RP: 7690)

Flag Range Road RP 5489

Flag Range Road (RP: 5489)

Hawkstone Road

Hawkstone Road (RP: 3560)

Hendley Road

Hendley Road (RP: 3580)

Potter Road RP 2.496 to 2.544 ATT454

Potter Road (RP: 2496)

Price Cockburn Road RP: 2520

Price-Cockburn Road (RP: 2520)

Puketitiri Road RP 4463 ATT18 1

Puketitiri Road (RP: 4463)

Soldiers Settlement Road RP 3015

Soldiers Settlement Road (RP: 3015)

Taihape Road RP 40275

Taihape Road (RP: 40275)

Tareha Road

Tareha Road (RP: 8580)

Waihau Road RP: 14766

Waihau Road (RP: 14766)

Whanawhana Road

Whanawhana Road (RP: 0826)

Willowford Road RP 2151

Willowford Road (RP: 2151)

Community updates

Please find below links to community newsletters and meeting presentations pertaining to communities in the Kaweka Ward that have been sent to date. 

If you would like to sign-up to receive ongoing newsletters about roading recovery work and general community updates in the Kaweka Ward, click here

Note: If you have already signed-up to receive updates regarding the the following bridges or large culverts, your contact details will automatically be moved across to this database:

  • Puketapu bridge
  • Dartmoor bridge
  • Rissington bridge
  • Mangatutu low-level crossing
  • Follies bridge
  • Redclyffe/Waiohiki bridge
  • Matapiro bridge
  • Whanawhana bridge
  • Patoka culvert

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