20 Dec 2023

Farmers in cyclone region say permanent road repairs failing

From Nine To Noon, 9:15 am on 20 December 2023

Farmers in Northern Hawkes Bay and Tairawhiti are concerned that some long awaited, permanent road repairs are failing within weeks of bitumen being applied.

Hundreds of roads in the region were damaged in Cyclone Gabrielle and some permanent repairs have now been completed.

James Brownlie owns a sheep and beef farm in the Ruakituri Valley inland from Wairoa.

He says all the recently applied resealing on his local roads, both new seals and repair seals is failing, while the older seal is sound. 

Last week he travelled State Highway 2 between Wairoa-Gisborne and says the same is happening on the new seal there, over several kilometres.

Mr Brownlie says others in his remote community are also concerned.

The road workers' working group renews a part of the road with fresh asphalt and levels it for repair in road construction.

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