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Latest update

Dedicated technical support people have now been appointed to the Whirinaki project. Work continues reviewing the SH2 culvert, and assessment of the current and future stopbanks.

Site meetings and discussions with affected landowners, and key stakeholders including PanPac.

About the Whirinaki project

This work ensures 46 Category 2C properties move to Category 1. Potential solution includes stopbanking, drainage, and stream works.

Funding for the project comes from the integrated package agreed between all five Hawke's Bay councils and the Central Government.

Read more about this funding in our fact sheet:

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.

Plan (Current Phase)

This phase includes cultural and stakeholder engagement, site investigations (including Geotech, archaelogical and ecological assessments, topographic survey), design work, land access, procurement activities.

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

Execute (Targeting Summer 2024-25)

This phase includes contract activities, Management, Surveillance and Quality Assurance (MSQA), producing technical reports, and the practical completion of the work.

This phase will be complete with approval of the practical completion.

Close out

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

Meet the team

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Land Categorisation Programme Manager

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Harry Donnelly
Senior Project Manager

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Lauren Simmonds
Project Manager

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Jack Smith-Ballingall
Iwi Engagement Facilitator

Contact us

Email the project team
06 835 9200  or 0800 108838


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