Kaituna River rediversion and Maketū Estuary enhancement

We’re making Te Awa o Ngātoroirangi/Maketū Estuary healthier for people to swim and fish in.

We’re restoring at least 20 percent of the Kaituna River’s freshwater flows into the estuary. We’ll also be re-creating 20 hectares of wetlands around the estuary margin, to help filter nutrients and create breeding areas for birds and fish.

What’s happening at the moment

Construction work began in June 2018 and is due to be completed by June 2020. See our most recent project progress video clips below.

All of the resource consents and conditions for the project were finalised in an Environment Court decision issued in May 2016. All of the land acquisitions and detailed designs for the project have now been completed. See a map of publicly owned land around the estuary. 

Ford Road and boat ramp closures from 8 February to late 2019

Ford Road will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm, on weekdays and Saturdays from 8 February to late 2019.

  • Members of the public that arrive before 7:00am will be permitted to spend the day at Te Tumu Cut at the coastal end of Ford Rd (also known as the Kaituna Cut) provided that they do not do not enter the construction zone – they will not be able to leave until the road re-opens at 7:00pm.
  • During this period, road access will be open to the public all day on Sundays.

Ford Road boat ramp and the stop bank on both sides of Ford Road will remain closed to the public at all times from 1 August 2018-30 June 2020. Please use the alternative boat ramp at Bell Road during this time. 

Project updates and monitoring

Project progress and monitoring results will be reported on annually and updates will be given to the community at quarterly public meetings. Follow this project or subscribe to our e-newsletter below to receive occasional email updates.

The last public update meeting and construction site tour was held on  13 February 2019.  The date for next community update meeting has yet to be confirmed but is likely to be in May 2019. Check back on this page for details closer to the time.