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Tūtira Ward

Work is underway across the Tūtira Ward and is being progressed with urgency as part of the wider transportation recovery programme. Maintaining or returning road access access to isolated communities is a priority, and as such emergency works have been done to stabilise against future weather events and to ensure there is at least one lane of road access. Temporary bridges were installed at Ellis Wallace and Moeangiangi, while emergency works at Chrystal Twin Culvert are due to be complete by mid-2024. Due to limited resources and complexity of the sites, a programme of prioritised work has been developed.

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 reoccurring.

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.

Tutira roading dashboard

The map below shows the sites of significant damage to the transport network across the Tūtira 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 requiring rebuilding, four are in the Tutira Ward. In addition to this, there are also three large culverts (of six across the district) that require replacement. 

Due to the scale, complexity and cost of the rebuilds and repair, a phased programme of rebuilding is required. 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.

Bridges and large culverts in the Tutira Ward requiring rebuild

Bridge/culvert name Temporary structure in place Load and speed limits Planned construction period
Chrystal Twin Culvert Access for 4x4 just upstream of culvert.   2023-2024
Arapawanui Low Level  Old, existing bridge still in place   2024-2025
Moeangiangi  Temporary staging bridge established 13/6/23  Class 1/General Access Traffic loading  2028-2029
Darkey Spur No.1  None in place  N/A 2028-2029
Ellis Wallace  Bailey bridge established 11/8/23  Class 1/General Access Traffic loading  2027-2028
McVicars Culvert   Permanent solution initiated for resilience   2023-2024
Kahika No 1      2023-2025


A further 51 bridges have suffered significant damage and require repair. 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.

Strengthening work is also planned for Waikoau Bridge, not as an outcome of cyclone damage but as business as usual. This bridge will be closed 8:30am-3:30pm during June 2024 for the first phase of strengthening works.

Darky Spur Road

Darkys Spur No.1 Bridge on Darkys Spur Road was destroyed in Cyclone Gabrielle


Averys Bridge

Averys Bridge, Ohurakura Road after Cyclone Gabrielle

Averys Bridge after stabilisation

Averys Bridge, Ohurakura Road after stabilisation repairs


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 been cleared and repairs made. There are a further 224 larger and more complex slips requiring investigation and major construction to repair. 43% (95) of these are located in the Tūtira Ward.

Matahorua Road

Matahorua Road, 35m of road lost to slip.


Darkys Spur Road

Darkys Spur Road

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 site.

For details on the status of each slip by location, click on the interactive map above. 

Community updates

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

  • Chrystal Twin Culvert
  • Arapawanui Low-Level
  • Moeangiangi
  • Darkey Spur No.1
  • Ellis-Wallace
  • McVicar's Culvert
  • Kahika No.1



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