Project introduction

The Akerama Improvements project covered a section of State Highway 1 near Hukerenui, 35km north of Whangārei, from Barnes Road to Rusk Road. More passing lanes were built and tight corners were removed as part of the safety improvement work.

  • Estimated project dates

    Mar 2015–Dec 2018
  • Estimated project cost

    $21 million
  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status


Project updates

SH1 Akerama improvements November 2017 update
Project updates, (PDF)
Akerama map proposed new wetland area
Project posters, (PDF)
Akerama map overview of project
Project posters, (PDF)


The Akerama Improvements project realigned State Highway 1 near Hukerenui, 35km north of Whangārei, adding passing lane capacity and reducing sharp curves between Barnes Road and Rusk Road.

Construction was completed in 2018. It included:

  • road widening
  • removing tight corners
  • extending the northbound passing lane
  • constructing a new southbound passing lane.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency mitigated the environmental effects of the project by constructing a new wetland for the protection of native mud fish. Erosion and sediment controls were in place, and we worked in partnership with an ecologist and Northland Regional Council to ensure best practice during construction.

A pou placed at the site was carved by Shane Whatarau and represents Kahukuri, a tupuna of Ngāti Hau. The pou was crafted from totora found in the Akerama Forest and is wrapped in stylised steel mudfish and eels. A dawn blessing by Te Parawhau and Te Uriroroi, close relatives of Ngāti Hau, was held in July 2017.

Aerial view of project area

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