Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Update on Takaka Hill, SH60, convoys going well

Update on Takaka Hill, SH60, convoys going well Sunday 25 February

The Takaka Hill Road, State Highway 60, opened to a single lane with escorted convoys in and out of Golden Bay soon after 9 am this morning in the wake of extensive damage wrought by Ex-Cyclone Gita just under a week ago. Around 750 vehicles had made the trip by 11 am.

“We’ve been pleased with how the convoys have been flowing this morning so thanks to everyone for taking care once underway,” says Transport Agency System Manager Frank Porter. “There is now capacity for vehicles wanting to head out of Golden Bay. The wait time at the moment is 20 to 30 minutes, but obviously that will vary so people should still be prepared for delays.”

• In the coming week (26 February to 2 March), convoys will operate at 7 am and 5 pm (two slots) each day, however we will update this plan if conditions change.

• All openings are subject to the road’s condition remaining safe and weather.

The following are not be permitted to travel over the route, given the narrow and winding road condition with unsealed sections:

Pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles towing caravans, boats or trailers, truck and trailer units or over-dimension units.

If you have a caravan, boat or trailer, it will have to stay on whatever side of the Takaka hill you are on until further notice. The lack of maneuverability of caravans and boats around the narrow highway’s tight bends is the key reason for not allowing them at this stage.

• People wanting to get to Golden Bay for just a day are encouraged to stay away at this stage until the road is in better condition. People with booked or planned holidays, driving cars or campervans, will be able to get to Takaka today but there will be fewer opportunities for them to leave again in the coming five days.

• Only one direction is allowed to travel at a time so people should expect to wait between convoys and come prepared with food and water. However, the average wait time at midday today was 20 – 30 minutes.

• If conditions deteriorate, due to traffic or weather, the road will be closed.

Parking and waiting areas on both sides
There are waiting areas on both the Takaka and Riwaka sides of the hill. Crews are checking the types of vehicles and people’s need to travel. Vehicles that are able to travel in a convoy will be directed to a waiting area and those unable to travel over the hill will be redirected to a safe location to turn around.

“We continue to ask that people be patient and not take your frustrations out on the crews working on site,” says Mr Porter.

For more information and updates on work to repair SH60, Takaka Hill Road, visit:

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached

'Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen.

Reportedly, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all been co-operating with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has done 19 interviews so far. So what chance has the Trump presidency got of surviving, all things considered? More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels