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We are working to define the ecology survey scope, continuing engagement with mana whenua, and continuing discussions with landowners of properties where we are proposing to build the stopbank (the stopbank footprint) to understand their properties further and for them to share questions and concerns.

We’ve now completed some on-site investigations including topographical and drone surveys that map boundaries, features, and contour levels of the proposed stopbank sites and hydrographical surveys that map the underwater physical characteristics of the Tūtaekuri-Waimate stream. We are waiting for the results to be analysed and reports to be provided for us to review.

About the Pākowhai project

The Pākowhai project involves two major stopbank works.

The first is re-establishing a stopbank around 5.5km in length along the true left bank of the Tūtaekurī-Waimate Stream east of SH2. This work runs from the State Highway to the secondary overflow stopbank at Hodgson Road.

The second project involves the creation of a 3km stopbank from Links Road along the Tūtaekurī-Waimate Stream to SH2.

In some areas where the footprint of the previous stopbank has been encroached, there may be the requirement for some stream realignment works to provide a large enough footprint to build the stopbank. This will manage flooding from the Tūtaekurī-Waimate Stream and increase resilience from some overflow from the existing stopbank scheme.

Project timeline

The work can be broken down into phases, as shown in our timeline diagram below.


This phase includes identifying stakeholders, risks, optioneering, site investigations, project briefing, and initial budgeting.


This phase includes cultural and stakeholder engagement; site investigations that include geotechnical, archaeological and ecological assessments and topographic surveys; design work; and land access.

This phase will be complete with pre-tender approval, and approval to move into the next phase.

Execute (targeting Summer 2025-26)

This phase includes contract activities, management, surveillance, and Quality Assurance (MSQA), production of technical reports, and the practical completion of the work.

Close out

This phase covers the handover and review activities, with final approval from the project sponsors.

Meet the team

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Phil Duncan
Land Categorisation Programme Manager

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Luke Cahalin
Project Manager

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Te Kaha Hawaikirangi
Mana Whenua Engagement Facilitator

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Comms Advisor

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Engagement Advisor

Contact us

Email Project Engagement Lead

Request more information about the project

06 835 9200 or 0800 108838


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