5 Dec 2023

Slip damaged part of SH2 reopens after safety assessment

From Morning Report, 6:48 am on 5 December 2023

Part of State Highway 2 between Wairoa and Napier has reopened on Tuesday morning, following a safety inspection

A stretch of the road between Kotemaori and Pūtōrino was closed for most of Monday and overnight, following a slip on Sunday.

Wairoa mayor Craig Little says the key access road is suffering continuous closures - isolating the town and putting unfair pressure on residents. 

He is calling for longer-term solutions to increase resilience and prevent slipping.

Waka Kotahi regional manager of maintenance and operations Mark Owen spoke to Corin Dann.