The Northland towns of Opononi and Omapere have embraced the move to address the continuing erosion of the only coastal road that connects them. This important stretch of road that hugs the mouth of the Hokianga harbour receives a constant battering from the elements and thus requires more substantial protection.


A $3.2m project to rebuild the Opononi seawall and improve the resilience of State Highway 12 in Northland will be welcomed by locals, says Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones.


Minister Jones was in Opononi for a dawn blessing of the work site given by kaumatua from Te Pouka and Ngati Wharara.


“Intervention is required now as shoreline erosion is affecting areas of the highway, and existing protection measures are no longer fit for purpose. This is an important route for the local community because it’s the only coastal road connection between businesses and schools in the towns of Opononi and Omapere,” says Jones.


“Rock revetment works on the Opononi shoreline will present a more uniform and consistent foreshore, to help minimise the effects of scouring and erosion.”


“With winter closing in, and considering the severe weather events Northland experienced last year, it’s the right time to get this work underway,” he says.

Posted on Thursday 11th April 2019

Opononi needs $3.2m transport infrastructure - foreshore



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