Shovel readyprojects

The global spread of COVID-19 will have a long lasting impact, which will continue to develop over the coming months and years. As they arise, it will be important to capture opportunities that will stimulate our region’s social, economic, built and natural environment, and cultural wellbeing, and strengthen our rural areas.

Collectively, the region’s seven territorial authorities and one regional council have submitted over $1.05 billion worth of ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure and environmental enhancement projects to be considered as part of central government’s budget process.

Visit our News section to keep up with the latest developments in the projects and initiatives space.

In total these


equate to a value of almost


and have the prospect ofcreating almost

15,150 JOBS

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Transport initiatives

In addition to over $1.05 billion worth of ‘shovel ready’ projects submitted to central government for funding consideration, a further $3.1 billion of investment towards transport infrastructure will enable projects already planned or underway to be accelerated, assisting with the region’s medium-term recovery from COVID-19.

  • State Highway 43: Forgotten World Highway
  • State Highway 50: Taihape to Napier Road
  • State Highway 4: Parapara Road
  • Te Puwaha Whanganui Port
  • Marton Rail Hub
  • State Highways 1 & 3: Sanson-Bulls Corridor
  • KiwiRail Regional Freight Hub
  • Palmerston North Integrated Transport Initiative
  • State Highway 2: Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Gorge Road replacement
  • Route 52 Upgrade
  • Whirokino Trestle
  • State Highways 1 & 57: Ōtaki to North Levin
  • Lower North Island Passenger Rail