The new 14-kilometre link will be a four-lane median divided expressway with public transport and a shared path for walking and cycling.
Interchanges will be built at Minden Road and Ōmokoroa Road, a new bridge crossing over the Wairoa River, an underpass at Cambridge Road and Wairoa Road, and a new west-bound single lane connection from 15th Avenue to the Takitimu Drive Toll Road.
Once complete, the Takitimu North Link will significantly improve safety and support economic growth and urban development. It will also contribute to improved access and a more sustainable transport system for western Bay of Plenty communities.
Takitimu North Link will be constructed in two phases, beginning late 2021, subject to property negotiations.
- Takitimu North Link stage one: 6.8km between SH29 and SH2 near Te Puna ($478m).
- Takitimu North Link stage two: 7km between SH2 Te Puna and Ōmokoroa ($455m).
The Takitimu North Link project is part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme, which is a $6.8 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas.
New Zealand Upgrade Programme
Transport planning in the Western Bay of Plenty is a key part of the region’s SmartGrowth strategy, and has a focus on eastern, northern, western and central corridors. This integrated transport network began with the completion of the Tauranga Eastern Link in 2015, and the New Zealand Upgrade Programme provides investment required for the northern corridor, through Takitimu North Link.
The alignment for the Takitimu North Link project is within the rohe of Ngāti Ranginui iwi, and includes the hapū of Pirirākau, Ngai Tamarawaho, Ngāti Hangarau, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Pango, and Ngāti Rangi. The largest area of this roading project is within the Pirirākau rohe.
The project name, Takitimu North Link, was gifted by hapū partnership group Te Paerangi and acknowledges the area’s cultural significance.
Takitimu recognises the connection to the waka that brought Tamatea Arikinui to Aoteoroa, at Tirikawa, the base of Mauao, at the entrance of Tauranga Moana. The tohunga and navigator, Tamatea Arikinui, and some of his people settled in Tauranga and members of the six hapū can trace their whakapapa back to this ancestor.