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Maraekākaho Ward

Work is underway across the Māraekakaho Ward and is being progressed with urgency as part of the wider transportation recovery programme. However limited resources and complexity of sites have required a programme of prioritised work to be developed.

Maintaining or returning road access to isolated communities has been a priority, however due to the scale of the damage in Kēreru Gorge an interim solution to reopen this route was not practicable. The permanent rebuild of the Kēreru Gorge Culvert is currently underway.

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.

Maraekakaho roading dashboard

The map below shows the sites of significant damage to the transport network across the Māraekakaho Ward. This includes major slips, bridges requiring significant repairs and the destroyed bridges and large culverts. 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.

Kererū Gorge Culvert is one of nineteen bridges or large culverts that were destroyed during Cyclone Gabrielle. Across the Hastings District, 161 more bridges require repairs, 80 of these are complex repairs. 28 of these damaged bridges are in the Maraekākaho Ward. As of May 2024, 13 of these repairs have been completed. The scale and complexity of the damage across the district is huge. A prioritised recovery programme to replace these structures and repair the roading network will be delivered over the next seven to ten years. Repair work is being prioritised based on the vulnerability of roads to new weather events, availability of resources, levels of road use and the numbers of people affected.

In Kererū Gorge, cyclone damage resulted in the loss of approximately 50 metres of Kererū Road, the loss of the culvert drainage and erosion of the stream to around 8m below its previous level. The culvert which previously provided drainage needs to be replaced with a much larger permanent structure. Following this, the road will be rebuilt on top.

The steep slopes and extensive damage make this a complex project with vehicle access difficult. Due to its complexity, the time and cost to implement an interim solution would be similar to that required for a permanent solution.

Because of this, the permanent repair of the Kererū Gorge road and culvert is one of the first permanent projects to get underway. Construction commenced in March 2024. At the same time, efforts are being made to maintain Salisbury Road to the best standard possible in the interim.

Kereru Gorge Pre Establishment Works 1

Cyclone Gabrielle resulted in more than 800 slips.  In the months following the cyclone, priority was given to restoring access to isolated communities.  All 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. 12 of these are located in Māraekakaho 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.  As investigations and engineering designs are completed, contractors are being engaged to begin construction at each sites. For details on the status of each slip by location please search the map above. This interactive map will continue to be updated as information comes to hand. 

See below photographic examples of slips across the Maraekākaho Ward.

Slip #922 Kererū Road

Slip #922 Kererū Road

Big Hill Road

Slip #477 Big Hill Road

Duff Road

Slip #1229 Duff Road

Community updates

Please find below links to community newsletters and meeting presentations pertaining to communities in the Maraekākaho 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 Maraekākaho 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:

  • Kererū Gorge Culvert

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