21 Dec 2022

Extra money from govt to fix SH1 at Mangamuka Gorge

From Morning Report, 7:52 am on 21 December 2022

The government is coughing up an extra $86 million to help fix a section of State Highway 1 through the Mangamuka Gorge in the Far North, much to the relief of residents.

The $100 million project should restore the road to its original state, before severe weather forced its closure in August.

Far North Mayor Moko Tepania says he'd been preparing for a long fight with the government to seek funding for fixing the road, but he's relieved he can take his boxing gloves off.

Tepania spoke to Gyles Beckford.