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Arapawanui Low-Level

Arapawanui Low Level

Key points for consideration

  • Flooding: The existing structure was designed to accommodate regular flows. This will be a key aspect for the repairs planned.
  • Location: The bridge is approximately 40km North of Napier which introduces challenges getting plant and materials to site. 
  • Project timeline: The goal is to deliver a permanent repair by early 2025.


The bridge at Arapawanui is a 12.6m two span bridge that was constructed in 1974 and was planned to have strengthening works completed the week of the cyclone.

Bridge length  12.6m 
Span arrangement  Two spans, 5.9m and 6.7m in length 
Bridge width  4.26m 
Carriageway width 3.3m 
Lane arrangement  Single lane 

Damage from the cyclone included the loss of several timber deck panels which were repaired shortly after to enable temporary access. 

Design considerations

  • Re-use of existing structure 
  • Cost-effective solutions 
  • Location of site/access to site 
  • Frequency of flooding 
  • Earthquake considerations 
  • Following best practice engineering guidelines and standards 


Scheduling dates for work may change as a project proceeds. For example, detailed investigations may show that a project is more or less complex than initial inspections revealed, and the updated information may see a project brought forward or delayed. 

Feasibility study  September 2023
Mana whenua engagement, community engagement and site investigations  Early-2024  
Pre-application discussions with Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC)  Mid-2024 
Draft methodology and construction drawings  Mid-2024 
Resource consent lodgement and processing  Mid-2024 
Packaged design delivery  Mid-2024 
Blessing ahead of works beginning  Late 2024 
Works begin  Late 2024 
Public open day during works  TBC 
Blessing to open bridge  TBC 

Works completed to date

  • Temporary reinstatement of bridge deck and approaches 
  • Feasibility study 
  • Options report

Community meetings

Date Location Status
Early 2024 TBC Pending

Details of any future community meetings will be added here, as and when confirmed.


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