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State Highway 2 - Waikare Gorge Realignment Project

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has received the following application for resource consents (water permits, discharge permits and land use consents) under the Resource Management Act 1991. The applications are publicly notified in accordance with section 95A of the Resource Management Act 1991.

This page, including the submission form, relates to the Resource Consent application to the Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC).

Hastings District Council (HDC) and Wairoa District Council (WDC) have also received a Notice of Requirement (NOR) under Section 168 of the Resource Management Act 1991 for designation to realign State Highway 2 across both districts, including the construction of a new bridge across the Waikari River and associated works.

Details of these notices will be available on the relevant Council's websites:

Applicant's details

Applicant: Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

HBRC resource consent application number:  APP-128957

Details of HBRC resource consent proposed activities

  • To install, use and maintain a bridge, culverts, culvert extensions, and erosion and scour protection structures in and over the bed of Kings Creek (Pohatanui Stream)
  • To discharge contaminants to land that may enter water
  • To discharge operational stormwater to surface water
  • To temporarily divert streams/watercourse during construction of a bridge in the Waikare Gorge
  • To clear vegetation in an area within 6 meters of Kings Creek (Pohatanui Stream)

Property location

State Highway 2 – Waikare Gorge, Putorino (see Figure 1 below).

Full details of this application may be viewed on this page, or at our offices:
Hawke's Bay Regional Council, 159 Dalton Street, Napier

Map showing location of proposed realignment

Figure 1: Site location and proposed realignment shown in red (from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency AEE, dated May 2023).

Submissions on HBRC resource consent:

Submissions for this application open at 8am on 3 February and close at 5pm on 4 March, 2024.

Submissions to the Regional Council can be made through online form on this page, or hard copy submission forms can also be obtained from our offices at 159 Dalton Street, Napier or upon request.

Submissions on the Hastings District Council or Wairoa District Council designations can be made on their websites at the links listed above.

As soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission on the relevant Consent Authorities, you must serve a copy of your submission on the applicant, being NZTA Waka Kotahi.

To the attention of:
Caroline van Halderen, Senior Principal Planner

Supporting documents

Application documents at lodgementDate
'Resource Consent Application May 2023 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency State Highway 2 – Waikare Gorge Realignment Project' May 2023
'Volume 1 Assessment of Effects on the Environment' May 2023
Appendix A Titles  
Appendix B Ecological Assessment Report (Revision 1) March 2023
Appendix C Stormwater Preliminary Design Report December 2022
Appendix D Archaeological Screening Report January 2022
Appendix E Contaminated Land Assessment Plan September 2021
Appendix E Contaminated Land Management Plan May 2022
Appendix F Transport Assessment Report December 2022
Appendix G Landscape and Visual Assessment Report March 2023
Appendix H Urban Landscape Design Framework March 2023
Appendix I Noise and Vibration Assessment Report November 2022
Appendix J Statutory Assessment  
General Arrangement February 2022
Stormwater Drainage Preliminary Plans September 2022
Structures October 2022
Further information (s92)  request and technical review documentsDate
HBRC Annabel Beattie Memo - Wetland 16 May 2023
Christensen Consulting Ltd Initial Memo – Flooding and Erosion  19 May 2023
HBRC Further Information Request Letter (s92)  6 June 2023
Southern Skies Environmental Limited Technical Review – Erosion and Sediment Control  31 August 2023 
Christensen Consulting Ltd Final Memo – Flooding and Erosion 25 August 2023
Pattle Delamore Partners Limited Memo – Ecology and Wetlands 5 September 2023 
HBRC S92 Further Information Request with Comments 8 September 2023 
Further information (s92) applicant responses Date 
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency - ‘Further information request under Section 92(2) of the Resource Management Act (1991) (RMA) Waikare Gorge Resource Consent Application APP-128957’ 18 August 2023
Stantec - Appendix A Preliminary Erosion and Sediment Control Plan July 2023
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency – Appendix B Summary of Consultation August 2023
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency – ‘Further information request under Section 92(1) of the Resource Management Act (1991) (RMA) Waikare Gorge Resource Consent Application APP- 128957’ 20 December 2023
Stantec – Ecological Assessment (Revision 2) December 2023
Stantec – Ecological Assessment (Revision 3) January 2024
Stantec - Ecological Assessment (Revision 3) Appendix B Aquatic Ecological Maps  
Stantec - Ecological Assessment (Revision 3) Appendix C Terrestrial Ecological Maps  
Public noticeDate
Public notice 3 February 2024



Submissions for this application closed at 5pm on 4 March, 2024.


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