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Two community meetings were held in Pōrangahau in late April, which were very well attended. These meetings have enabled the community to have their say on the proposed solutions.

The project team is working through the planning stage activities, which include discussions with landowners, community consultation, concept design and preliminary site investigations.


About the Pōrangahau project

The solutions being considered and developed include a stopbank and the raising of some properties. This work will ensure that Pōrangahau’s Category 2A properties can move to Category 2C, followed by a move to Category 1.

Negotiated funding outcomes for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council


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 (including Geotech, archaeological and ecological assessments, topographic survey), design work, land access, procurement activities.

Execute (targeting 2025-2026 construction period)

This phase includes contract activities, management, surveillance and Quality Assurance (MSQA), producing 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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Communications and Engagement Lead

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Mana Whenua Engagement Facilitator

Contact us

Email the project team
06 835 9200  or 0800 108838


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