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Wairoa District Council is responsible for the maintenance of around 830km of roads around the district, not including State Highways, which are taken care of by the NZ Transport Agency. With such a vast network of routes, it is not surprising that 50 percent of rates go towards roading.

Wairoa District Council is responsible for the maintenance of around 830km of roads around the district, not including State Highways, which are taken care of by the NZ Transport Agency.

The Council's Infrastructure Business Unit (IBU) is responsible for managing the maintenance of the road, while the actual work is carried out by contractors. It's a big job, which is why it has a dedicated team assigned to the task.

IBU is also responsible for organising emergency repair work on local roads. Please contact us to report any damage to local roads or public infrastructure.

Information regarding the status of the State Highways can be found at the NZTA website.

March 2022 Flood Event

If you or your family are affected by an emergency event, you may be able to get a Civil Defence Payment. This is currently available for people affected by flooding in the Wairoa and Gisborne Districts. You do not have to be on a benefit to qualify for a Civil Defence payment. For further information, please call the Work and Income general hotline on 0800 559 009.

For farmers wanting assistance phone East Coast Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.


Hereheretau Road Low-level Bridge CLOSED both low level bridges at 14k and 16k are under water so are CLOSED 12/08/22 10:00
Erepiti Road 7.3km CLOSED Big Slip, Contractors heading to site 27/07/22 08:00
Whakaki Lagoon Road Landing bridge OPEN landing bridge at the end of Whakaki Lagoon Road, OPEN 18/07/22 15:00
Ruakituri Road All Caution advised Slips, flooding, dropouts 21/04/22 16:00
Rangiahua Road All Caution advised Road open but caution is advised 14/04/22 09:10
Papuni Road All Caution advised Dropouts/Slips 21/04/22, 16:00
Tiniroto Road All Caution advised Dropouts/Slips 21/04/22, 16:00
Ruakituri Road Te Reinga Bridge Open to light vehicles (3Tonne max) Due to a pier issue with the bridge, this is now restricted to light vehicles only (3T max). All vehicles over 3 tonne, please use the Ohuka/Erepeti link road as alternative access 18/05/2022, 12.00
Russell Parade ALL Caution advised Dropouts along river, down to single lane. 12/04/2022, 17.30
Mahia East Coast Road 18km Caution advised Road slump.
3 Tonne weight limit on this section of road until further notice.
12/04/2022, 17.30
Cricklewood Road 4.5km Caution advised Major slump. 12/04/2022, 17:30
Gaddum Road All Caution advised  Road open but caution is advised. 12/04/2022, 17.30
Mohaka Coach Road 6.5km Caution advised Slips/dropouts 12/04/2022, 17.30
Nuhaka River Road ALL Caution advised One lane in places. Caution advised 12/04/2022, 17.30
Glenbrook/Waitaha Road ALL Caution advised Slips/Trees down. Caution advised around dropout on Glenbrook Road 12/04/2022, 17.30
Ohuka Road ALL Caution advised Road open to single lane in areas. Caution advised 12/04/2022, 17.30
Ruapapa Road ALL Caution advised Road open but caution is advised 12/04/2022, 17.30
Mangapoike Road Matoitoi Bridge Caution 10km/h speed restriction in place 22/12/20, 16.22

Road Safe Hawke's Bay

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Road Safe Hawke's Bay is a Business Unit of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, this was formalised in 2009. We are a Regional resource providing road safety education services across each of the districts. We have staff based in Wairoa, Napier and Central Hawkes Bay.


Reduce the incidence and severity of road traffic crashes with a focus on alcohol and drug driving, speed, intersections, vulnerable road users including pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclist.



26/03/2022, 08.15


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