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Pahiatua development closer to completion

Work required to facilitate a housing development in Pahiatua is “progressing well” and is expected to be completed in June.

The project will install wastewater, stormwater and freshwater pipe systems on the former site of Hillcrest School, and will benefit existing housing in the area.

“The installation of the new wastewater rising main pipe and water connections have been successfully completed,” a Tararua District Council [TDC] spokesperson said.

“This milestone marks a significant achievement in the project and has been a major piece of work for contractors,” it said.

“There is ongoing work, including stormwater upgrades and the replacement of manholes for stormwater and gravity mains.

“The commissioning and transition of gravity mains to the new pump station are planned for May.”

Work will also soon begin on upgrading affected driveway vehicle crossings from Huxley to Lawson streets and completing the wastewater pump station.

These works will be largely concentrated on Huxley St upwards, extending to Kauri Place on the south side.

“The area of the improved stormwater and wastewater has been subject to flooding and stressed systems in the past,” the TDC spokesperson said.

The infrastructure project started in early February, and the housing development is expected to begin construction sometime in 2025.

The development has been supported by Crown funding of $880,000, along with TDC and iwi contributions of $440,000 and $100,000 respectively.

The Crown funding was contracted to TDC from the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund, which is administered by Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities.”

TDC has also partnered with Rangitāne Tamaki nui-ā-Rua and its business wing, Tū Mai Rā Investments.

“Together, the council and iwi successfully applied for the IAF funding to help meet the need for more housing,” a TDC statement noted when the project was announced.

Freddie Wilkie
Freddie Wilkie
Freddie Wilkie is a journalist at the Wairarapa Times-Age; originally moving from Christchurch, he is interested in housing stories as well as covering emergencies and crime.

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