The EPA notified the proposal and received submissions from the public between 16 November and 13 December 2013. A public hearing in front of an independent Board of Inquiry took place 7 April – 5 June 2014. The Board has now granted resource consents and a designation for the Pūhoi to Warkworth section. To read the Board’s final decision report please visit the EPA’s Pūhoi to Warkworth website(external link).
The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance (RoNS) has a strategic role connecting Auckland and Northland. The new highway seeks to promote future regional economic growth, improve the safety of the Auckland to Northland route and help make journey times more reliable.