25 Mar 2022

Tairāwhiti road repairs hampered by closures, Covid-19

From Morning Report, 6:49 am on 25 March 2022

Contractors in Tairāwhiti are facing a myriad of roadblocks as they try to fix the region's roads.

Repair works are being hampered by the closure of State Highway 35 from Potaka to Tolaga Bay, as well as Covid-19 staffing shortages.

The main roadblock on that highway is in Tokomaru Bay, where a large chunk of the Mangahauini Bridge has been swallowed in the storm.

Tairāwhiti Contractors director Kat Kaiwai spoke to Guyon Espiner.