Transport Minister, Michael Wood, has announced the commencement of construction for North Auckland’s O Mahurangi – Penlink.
“Our Government’s commitment to infrastructure investment continues to play a critical part in securing New Zealand’s economy and supporting communities to thrive,” the Minister said.
“Today marks $3 billion worth of projects in pre-construction works as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP), with even more major projects set to get underway next year.
“We are investing in the future of Aotearoa with ten projects, spanning from the Far North to Otago, already complete and providing better transport for growing communities.”
Mr Wood said O Mahurangi Penlink would provide a vital connection for north Auckland, linking the Whangaparāoa Peninsula with the wider Auckland region.
“The road will not simply support the surrounding community through more lanes for cars, it will provide safer and more sustainable transport choices – becoming a key public transport route while also promoting walking and cycling on a separated shared path,” he said.
“People want choice in how they travel, so it is imperative that our transport system provides options for how people get about.”
The separated shared user path means people will be able to safely walk or travel by bike or scooter.
“We are also improving resilience within the wider transport network, helping people get to where they need to safely and reliably.”
“All New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects have also been set a target to reduce construction emissions and with alliance-led design improvements, O Mahurangi Penlink will provide superior environmental, economic and community outcomes.
“I’m proud to see construction commence on a project that will support a shift to greater transport choice, resilience and improving safety to all in this area. A lasting legacy for future generations,” Minister Wood said.
The construction of O Mahurangi – Penlink is expected to be completed in 2026.