Buller District Council

Buller District land transport and roading funding approved

9th September, 2021

Waka Kotahi – New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has approved funding for land transport and roading in Buller District.

The agency has approved the Buller District Council’s strategic programme business case for the continuous improvement programme for both local roads and the Karamea Special Purpose Road (SPR). The programme will see a spend of $19M injected into transport and roading projects between 2021 and 2024. This is an increase of 37% on the previous three-year programme.

Eric de Boer, manager infrastructure delivery said: “This is great news, it shows confidence and support from the agency for the work that Council has done on mapping its strategic investment proposals for the district’s roading”.

“We are pleased that the support from Waka Kotahi was at the level requested and this now allows the Council to fulfil and deliver on the level of service proposed as part of its’ Long Term Plan.”

Waka Kotahi also endorsed several capital improvement projects, including a significant geometric realignment of the ‘Seven Sisters’ section on the Karamea Bluffs Highway and an endorsement for a project focusing on the Cape Foulwind Omau Lighthouse Road intersection now that Holcim’s old Limestone Haul Road has finished operating.

This project will be undertaken in close consultation with the local landowners and the Kawatiri Coastal Trail.

This capex investment tallies to an additional $1.8M

Some further facts:

  • SPR Special Purposes Road is funded at 100% by the NZTA; meaning no rate payers money is required on approx. $5.5M of this funding
  • The Local Road network enjoys a NZTA Financial Assistance Rate (FAR) of 72% for this 2021-24 NLTP investment period; one of the highest in the country.


For further information please contact:

Manger Infrastructure Delivery
Eric de Boer


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