UPDATE 2, 9.30pm Wed 13 April: State Highway 35 is now closed all the way from Okitu, north of Gisborne, through to Potaka, due to fallen trees between Gisborne and Tolaga Bay. The road closure will be reviewed tomorrow morning and an update provided.
Mokomoko (indigenous lizards) salvaged from the Takitimu North Link roading project have been relocated to their new permanent home on the maunga, Mauao in Tauranga Moana – giving them a chance to flourish in a new environment.
UPDATE 1.15PM Wed 13 April: State Highway 35 is now also closed between Tokomaru Bay and Te Puia Springs, in addition to the closure between Hicks Bay and Te Araroa. As the section between Tokomaru Bay and Te Puia Springs is still operating under an overnight (7pm-7am) road closure, this section is unlikely to reopen before tomorrow.
Bay of Plenty and Waikato travellers can make their Easter and ANZAC weekend journeys safer and a little sweeter by using the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency holiday journey planner (Easter and Anzac weekends 2022) to plan ahead and avoid delays.
Drivers who want to use Lewis Pass, SH7 need to rethink their route this evening as a serious motorcycle crash near the Boyle River has closed the highway while the Police Serious Crash Unit investigates and vehicles are recovered.
A safer connection for people walking, cycling, using scooters and mobility scooters is one step closer with the construction on the new Bayfair underpass progressing well. From 20 April, the underpass will be available to use for people crossing State Highway 2/Maunganui Road walking and cycling; and the current pedestrian crossing will be removed.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is asking people to take care and avoid unnecessary travel from late Tuesday until early Thursday, with Cyclone Fili expected to bring heavy rain and severe gales to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.