Transmission Gully route to be done by Christmas 2020

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says Wellington’s vital new transport route into and out of the capital is scheduled to open before Christmas 2020. …

“Transmission Gully is a highly complex project being built on 27km of very difficult terrain. Progress has been slower than anticipated due to a number of issues encountered during construction including the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016 which diverted resources and materials,” says Mr Ratcliffe.

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Longer summers, shorter winters, more extreme weather

HDC are looking at climate change impacts:

Scientific studies show the district could be headed for longer summers and shorter winters, but with a forecasted increase in temperature comes the increased possibility of more extreme weather. …

The potential effects of any possible rises in sea level on beach communities and extreme weather events on the district meant HDC would soon be forced to adopt policy and planning guidelines to manage future potential risk. …

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New Ōtaki to north of Levin road, details 30 January 2020

Roading news, following the funding announcement earlier this week. There will be a 4 lane road and a separated shared path for walking and cycling running the entire length of the new highway.

Four-laning State Highway 1 from Ōtaki to north of Levin (Ō2NL) continues the Kāpiti Expressway north of Wellington to support growth in Levin and provide a safer and more resilient route.

The NZ Upgrade Programme will spend $817 million on a new 24-kilometre highway, built to the east of the existing State Highway 1 (SH1) alignment.

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Hanuere (January) 2020 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. Welcome to the season formerly known as summer (raumati). This season’s colour is the cool tones of Drizzle Grey. What’s Hot: indoor activities. What’s Not: the weather.

  1. Summer activities
  2. AGM and Committee
  3. Waikawa Beach community values
  4. Recycling updates
  5. Rubbish updates
  6. Traffic news
  7. Drone photos
  8. Sunday yoga
  9. Sea spurge plants
  10. Fire restrictions
  11. Property news
  12. Subscriptions and membership details

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Funding for local transport January 2020

Transport funding was announced yesterday. It includes money for rail and the Ōtaki to North of Levin section of SH1:

The Government announced funding for four major rail projects on Wednesday [29 January 2020] as part of a $12 billion infrastructure package. One of the projects includes the Capital Connection commuter route, which runs between Palmerston North and Wellington on week days.

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Restricted Fire Season from 24 January 2020

A Restricted Fire Season is in place:

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) have advised that as of 8am Friday 24 January 2020 a Restricted Fire Season is in place for the entire Horowhenua District, until revoked or amended by Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Note: All beach and sand dune areas remain in a Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) 365 days a Year.