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Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River improvements

Greater Wellington

Over 150,000 people live in communities along the 56km-long Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River.

Fourteen climate resilience projects will be delivered along this river between October 2020 and June 2022. These projects aim to help protect lives and livelihoods by making river communities more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Thirteen of these projects will repair existing erosion or put new structures and planting in place to help reduce the risk of future flooding and erosion. In December 2021 one erosion repair project restored access to a section of the Hutt River Trail. Watch this video to find out more.

The Hutt River Trail is a popular walking and cycling path that runs alongside 29kms of Te Awa Kairangi. Extensions are being added to this network and a new walking and cycling bridge built at Hulls Creek.

Two projects include riverside park enhancements to help encourage more people to enjoy these spaces. Improvements at Poets Park will limit vehicle access and create inviting spaces for people to access swimming spots, picnic or relax.

Over 65,000 plants will be planted along riverbanks and in riverside parks. This includes a collaboration with Ngāti Toa to plant a garden that supports Rongoā Māori, traditional Māori medicine and healing practices.

Funding Wellington Region’s Climate Resilience Programme (CRP)

Investment to support this, and other, CRP work in Wellington Region includes:

  • Kānoa - RDU: $10.8 million
  • Greater Wellington: $6 million
  • Masterton District Council: $300,000 (supporting the Ruamāhanga River project)
  • Hutt City Council $80,000 (supporting the Manor Park improvement project)