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A safe, efficient roading system is vital to our district. It provides people with access to employment, services, education, recreation, and enables the movement of goods and services to support our economy.

Buller District Council is responsible for the maintenance and development of the district's roads and related assets including both sealed and unsealed roads, footpaths, bridges, culverts and streetlights.

Key facts about the district’s roading network are:

  • The district’s roading network consists of 601km of roads.
  • 318km are sealed and 283km are unsealed.
  • There are 84km footpath, 143 bridges, 1618 culverts, and more than 900 streetlights, that are maintained by Council

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Funding for road maintenance and construction is shared between Council and Waka Kotahi NZTA. All State Highways are constructed and maintained by Waka Kotahi NZTA.

Council maintains most other public roads. Council’s current road maintenance contractor is WestReef Services Limited

Waka Kotahi NZTA is subsidising 72% of costs in 2021-2024.

This funding covers:

  • Road maintenance, including metalling and grading of roads
  • Roading reseals, seal smoothing and seal widening of all sealed roads
  • Bridge maintenance
  • Minor Safety Improvements
  • Street lighting
  • Footpath maintenance

From the Mokihinui Bridge to the Karamea Bridge and from the Ōpārara Bridge to Kohaihai, roads are classified as “Special Purpose Roads”.

All work on these stretches of road is fully subsidised by Waka Kotahi NZTA.

Road maintenance is undertaken by external contractors, with Council overseeing the specifications and management of these contracts.

If you are aware of any unresolved roading problems such as potholes, road and footpath subsidence and any hazards or obstacles please contact:

  • For issues relating to State Highways within the Buller District, please contact Waka Kotahi's customer service team directly. Use Waka Kotahi's State Highway issue or feedback online form or phone 0800 4 Highways (0800 44 44 49) (operating 24 hours a day).  
  • For issues relating to other roads within the district that are not State Highways, phone Buller District Council on 0800 807 239 or submit a service request

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