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Whakatu Arterial Link ProjectTe Hononga Huarahi ki Whakatū

The Whakatu Arterial Link provides a very important connection between the growing fields of Hastings, the production facilities of our district and the routes out of the region to our customers across New Zealand and the world. It moves large vehicles from the residential streets in and around the Whakatu residential area, making the streets safer for our people.

Image of Whakatu Arterial Link Project. The 3.5 kilometre  route starts at State Highway 2 (near the Napier Rd intersection) and heads across the fields through Whakatu to Pakowhai Rd (at the entrance to Pakowhai Country Park).

It is the largest road project in Hawke’s Bay since the construction of the Napier-Hastings Expressway in 2002.

The Whakatu Arterial Link includes three large roundabouts (one at each end and one at Whakatu) and a 45m long bridge over the Karamu Stream at the Pakowhai end.

Since its inception in 2012 Council has carried an enquiry by design community consultation process, particularly with the residents and business owners of Whakatu and iwi, which has led to the route that has been constructed.

The construction of Whakatu arterial has commenced in January 2017.

The new Whakatū Arterial route has been officially named Te Ara Kahikatea.


For more information about the Whakatu Arterial  Link project, please contact the Hastings District Council, Asset Management Project Manager.


If you have a general enquiry, complaint or compliment about the Whakatu Arterial Link Project, please use this feedback form.

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