4 June 2021: Government announces changes to New Zealand Upgrade Programme

Today (4 June 2021) the Government has made decisions on the New Zealand Upgrade Programme that will change some projects in southern Auckland.

To meet climate change and housing objectives, as well as manage cost increases and debt responsibly following COVID-19, the Government has decided to make the following changes: 

  • Mill Road will become a smaller scale project. The Government has decided on a new scope that will deliver a two lane northern section of Mill Road (Flat Bush to Alfriston, with safety improvements in the existing corridor in Takaanini) between Papakura and Drury upgrade SH1 and provide a shared path, and invest in Drury local transport upgrades, including walking and cycling and public transport connections, that support enabling additional housing.

  • The existing proposals for the three sections (Takaanini, Papakura and Drury) of the Mill Road project and the Papakura to Drury South Stage Two project, including Drury South interchange, will not be progressed as part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme.

  • The Government has increased the level of rail investment to allow construction of three new rail stations in addition to rail electrification and a third rail line.

Read more about the changes to south Auckland projects here.(external link)

Click here for more information about the changes to the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.(external link)

Further investigations and work is needed to confirm the next steps on the changed projects. This will take time but Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail will continue to work closely with partners, communities and potentially affected landowners on projects that are changing to establish what this means for them.


1 June 2021: Your feedback – what we heard and what’s happening next in North West Auckland

Between 30 November 2020 and 1 February 2021, we asked for feedback across a range of proposed transport projects in North West Auckland.

Thank you to everyone who gave their feedback during this time.

We’ve prepared a summary of the feedback themes – you can read it by clicking here [PDF, 230 KB].

Following the public consultation period closing on 1 February 2021, we continued to engage with landowners and the community to answer questions and close the loop on their feedback. We’ll continue to share information as we refine our preferred routes and progress towards route protection.

What’s next?

The next step is to submit a Detailed Business Case (DBC) to Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for approval, we expect this to be late 2021 to early 2022.

Thank you again for submitting your feedback. Ongoing engagement with landowners and the community, stakeholders and partners is key to planning the North West’s transport future together.


29 March 2021: Thank you for your feedback on improving rail in southern Auckland

Public engagement on new train stations now closed

Thank you for sharing your views and submitting feedback on our proposals for new train stations for Drury and Paerata.

Feedback is now closed and we're reviewing the comments and ideas we've received. We'll share a summary of what we've heard from the community and landowners along with next steps for the project over the coming weeks.


15 February 2021: Have your say

Feedback open on new train stations for Drury and Paerata 

We're working in partnership with KiwiRail(external link) to plan and deliver the future road and rail requirements to support expected growth in the Drury-Ōpāheke area over the next 10-30 years. 

This includes new stations for Drury and Paerata with park and ride facilities and bus connections. 

We’d like your thoughts on the facilities we’re proposing for each of these stations – things like park and rides, and ways to access the stations.

Click here to find out more and to have your say.(external link) t(external link)

Feedback is open until Friday 26 March 2021. 

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17 December: Update on new train stations for Drury and Paerata

Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, in partnership with KiwiRail, have been continuing the planning for new train stations for Drury and Paerata.

The project is part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme(external link) and will work with the electrification of the rail network from Papakura to Pukekohe that is already underway. Both projects are part of a long-term plan to improve transport in the Drury-Ōpāheke area over the next 10-30 years.

This is a complex project and we’re making good progress to confirm the footprints for the new stations and the supporting facilities. We’re taking the time to ensure we make the right decisions and in the coming months we’ll be undertaking preliminary work to investigate the intended locations for new train stations between Papakura and Pukekohe. These investigations will provide us with more information to help us develop the station designs.

We’ll continue to share information as we refine the station footprints and will provide another update early-2021. 

In the meantime, click here to read the latest project update including a summary of public feedback [PDF, 349 KB].


30 November 2020 - 1 February 2021: Public engagement on northwest future transport plans 

Thank you to everyone who gave feedback, our public consultation closed on 1 February 2021.  

More information on the plans for northwest Auckland projects in the Kumeū-Huapai, Redhills, Whenuapai and Riverhead areas can be found on the 'Have your say'(external link) page. 

Our next step is to prepare a Detailed Business Case which includes making decisions on preferred routes. Your feedback will help with our decision making on our proposals.  

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8 October 2020: Update on the Supporting Growth Programme

These are unprecedented times for New Zealand and we are all adapting to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In partnership with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport, the Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth team is continuing to plan necessary future transport projects as these will help contribute to the economic recovery of New Zealand. However, we too are adapting to the effects of COVID-19 which has had a significant impact on Auckland Transport and the wider Auckland Council whānau. As a result, Auckland Council has implemented an Emergency Budget which has reduced Auckland Transport’s budget. 

Programme changes:

Unfortunately, this means that some Supporting Growth projects have now been put on hold. These include:  

  • All projects in Warkworth, Silverdale, Dairy Flat and Wainui.
  • Pukekohe Expressway and connections to State Highway 22 and the Pukekohe Urban Arterial.
  • Takaanini rail crossings (not yet started).
  • Takaanini Frequent Transport Network (not yet started).
  • Lodging the Notices of Requirement for projects in Redhills and Whenuapai within the northwest Housing Infrastructure Fund.

Projects that are continuing:

Keeping you informed:

Over the coming months we’ll continue to engage with partners, stakeholders and the community to share information and keep everyone updated on all projects.

If you have any questions please contact us on our freephone number, 0800 GROW AKL (0800 4769 255) or email info@supportinggrowth.nz.


Find out more about Auckland's Growth Areas

Warkworth, the north, northwest and southern Auckland have been earmarked for future urban growth.

Click on the links to the right to find out more about the transport network plan to support future urban growth in Warkworth, the north, the northwest and southern Auckland, and the priority projects already underway.

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