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Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are working collaboratively on RiverLink to deliver three separate but interdependent projects: Flood protection, Making Places Urban Development Plan, and Melling Transport Improvements.

RiverLink will make Hutt City more resilient, more connected and more vibrant.

Melling Transport Improvements

In January 2020, the Government announced the NZ Upgrade Programme – a major infrastructure funding package. This includes funding for transport improvements at Melling, which will be delivered by the Transport Agency, as part of RiverLink. Construction is expected to begin in late 2022 and be completed in 2026. The transport improvements will include a new Melling interchange, relocating the Melling train station, and better walking and cycling links.

Flood Protection

RiverLink’s flood protection work, delivered by Greater Wellington Regional Council, is expected to safeguard residents from large flood events that could affect up to 3,000 homes, five schools and 600 businesses, with the potential to cause an estimated $1.1 billion worth of damage across the community. Recent flooding events across New Zealand have shown the need for investment in flood protection infrastructure, and the devastating consequences for communities flooded as a result of not doing so.

Urban Growth and Housing

Beyond flood protection and transport upgrades, one of the goals of the RiverLink project is to spur urban growth and encourage the construction of more central city homes in the form of apartments. Hutt City Council has unveiled a Central City Transformation Plan to enable this growth. A new riverbank promenade, and a pedestrian and cycling bridge crossing the river near the relocated Melling station, are key parts of RiverLink that will be delivered by Hutt City Council and transform Lower Hutt.




Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are working collaboratively on RiverLink to deliver three separate but interdependent projects: Flood protection, Making Places Urban Development Plan, and Melling Transport Improvements.

RiverLink will make Hutt City more resilient, more connected and more vibrant.

Melling Transport Improvements

In January 2020, the Government announced the NZ Upgrade Programme – a major infrastructure funding package. This includes funding for transport improvements at Melling, which will be delivered by the Transport Agency, as part of RiverLink. Construction is expected to begin in late 2022 and be completed in 2026. The transport improvements will include a new Melling interchange, relocating the Melling train station, and better walking and cycling links.

Flood Protection

RiverLink’s flood protection work, delivered by Greater Wellington Regional Council, is expected to safeguard residents from large flood events that could affect up to 3,000 homes, five schools and 600 businesses, with the potential to cause an estimated $1.1 billion worth of damage across the community. Recent flooding events across New Zealand have shown the need for investment in flood protection infrastructure, and the devastating consequences for communities flooded as a result of not doing so.

Urban Growth and Housing

Beyond flood protection and transport upgrades, one of the goals of the RiverLink project is to spur urban growth and encourage the construction of more central city homes in the form of apartments. Hutt City Council has unveiled a Central City Transformation Plan to enable this growth. A new riverbank promenade, and a pedestrian and cycling bridge crossing the river near the relocated Melling station, are key parts of RiverLink that will be delivered by Hutt City Council and transform Lower Hutt.



  • Community volunteers - dig in!

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    06 August, 2020
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    Volunteers from Pareraho Forest Trust and the Belmont School community mucked in at a working bee at the newly constructed RiverLink Belmont Wetland pilot on Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River over the weekend.

    Keen kids and their parents planted and identified native trees, removed noxious weeds and had a lot of fun exploring and playing in and around the wetland.

  • Ground Investigations commencing for Daly Street, Lower Hutt

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    06 August, 2020
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    The RiverLink project team will be doing ground investigations in the Daly Street area in Lower Hutt for three to four weeks starting Friday 7 August.

    This work will comprise of drilling two boreholes and a few less invasive tests. The testing is an essential part of the RiverLink project. The data from the tests will be used in the design and construction of RiverLink. The map image shows the test sites.


  • What's New for RiverLink

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    22 June, 2020

    RiverLink is currently at the consenting phase and we are working to develop the design for RiverLink and preparing to apply for resource consents. During this stage we will also start to consider construction plans. As the project progresses we will keep you informed and give plenty of notice before construction work begins.

    Our partner organisations will continue to be in contact with the owners of properties that may need to be purchased, and with tenants of properties we already own.

    COVID-19 has had an impact on the project's timeframes and, like many other organisations and projects around New Zealand, we need to adapt. We will continue to update you on developments. If you have any questions about RiverLink, please get in contact with us on RiverLink@gw.govt.nz

  • Te Ara Tupua work in the Melling area

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    22 June, 2020
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    Not far from the RiverLink project area, construction of the Petone to Melling section of Te Ara Tupua is underway - with work currently taking place around Parliament Street. Te Ara Tupua is the project to create a walking and cycling link between Wellington and Lower Hutt.

    The project includes an underpass beneath the railway line at Parliament Street in Melling. Contractors Fulton Hogan will be working on this for approximately six months. A one-way detour will be in place during this time.

    More information can be found on the project website

  • Stage 2 planting of Belmont Wetland

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    22 June, 2020
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    Contractors are completed stage 2 of planting at the new Belmont pilot wetland. This wetland is the forerunner for schemes designed to manage stream and stormwater run-off into Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River, improving its water quality and supporting habitats for wildlife.

    Belmont School and the Hill Road community have been involved in previous plantings, however this phase includes more challenging planting with sedges and water-tolerant plants, so specialist contractors are leading this stage. We look forward to partnering with the school and community for future planting in the area.

    With the recent rain Morphum Environmental Limited Ecological Engineer Stu Farrant visited the wetland. He says "the inlet structures that flow through the wetland are working as designed, protecting the wetland from extreme flows".

    It is hoped that the pilot wetland will help us better understand how we can incorporate wetlands into the design for RiverLink

  • RiverLink Ground Investigations continue

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    02 June, 2020
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    Ground investigations for RiverLink have commenced along Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River. The work is expect to be carried out from 2 June to 19 June between the hours 8am - 5pm.

    This week Griffiths Drilling - NZ Ltd will carry out CPT tests along the river berms on the SH2 side area between Ewen and Melling bridges and just north of Melling bridge on the SH2 and city sides. Please see the map for more information.
  • Ecology Survey Underway

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    26 May, 2020

    A team of ecologists from Tonkin and Taylor, working on behalf of RiverLink, will be gathering field data on the existing local habitat around the boundary of properties in the Western Hills area this week. The ecology survey is on public land and their work will involve recording observations and taking photos of plants and wildlife in the area. The information they collect will be used to assess the environmental effects of projects planned as part of RiverLink.

  • RiverLink Developments

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    26 May, 2020

    RiverLink is currently at the consenting phase and we are working to develop the design for RiverLink and preparing to apply for resource consents. During this stage we are also starting to consider construction plans. As the project progresses we will provide further updates.

    To recap on recent developments and the project’s aims:

    Melling Transport Improvements

    In January 2020 the Government announced the NZ Upgrade Programme – a major infrastructure funding package. This includes funding for transport improvements at Melling, which will be delivered by the Transport Agency, as part of RiverLink. Construction is expected to begin in late 2022 and be completed in 2026. The transport improvements will include a new Melling interchange, relocating the Melling train station, and better walking and cycling links.

    Flood Protection

    RiverLink’s flood protection work, delivered by Greater Wellington Regional Council, is expected to safeguard residents from large flood events that could affect up to 3,000 homes, five schools and 600 businesses, with the potential to cause an estimated $1.1 billion worth of damage across the community. Recent flooding events across New Zealand have shown the need for investment in flood protection infrastructure, and the devastating consequences for communities flooded as a result of not doing so.

    Urban growth and housing

    Beyond flood protection and transport upgrades, one of the goals of the RiverLink project is to spur urban growth and encourage the construction of more central city homes in the form of apartments. Hutt City Council has unveiled a Central City Transformation Plan to enable this growth. A new riverbank promenade, and a pedestrian and cycling bridge crossing the river near the relocated Melling station, are key parts of RiverLink that will be delivered by Hutt City Council and transform Lower Hutt.

  • Work Starts on the Belmont Wetland Pilot

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    22 August, 2019
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    This week work began on RiverLink's Belmont Wetland Project. Mulching existing river berm vegetation to remove blackberry and all existing berm trees within the site footprint in preparation of new lower wetland planting.

    In the week commencing 26 August environmental controls, fencing and signage will be in place. Topsoil and filling mounds will be stripped for the upper wetland and excavation of the upper wetland will commence. This material will form mounds in the river berm for planting.

    RiverLink is piloting riverbank revegetation, stream improvements and partial diversion of stormwater through constructed wetlands within the immediate floodplain of Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River. This pilot project is designed to test the feasibility of constructed wetlands within the modified river corridor to improve the mauri of the stream, habitat for indigenous flora and fauna, stormwater quality and control and understand the short- and long-term maintenance requirements.

    The proposal includes the partial diversion of stream flows from the Belmont catchment through a tiered wetland system. The existing modified stream will continue to carry baseflows up to 5 Litres per second to support fish passage to the upper headwaters. Above this, flows will split between the existing channel and the constructed wetland system to improve water quality.

    To split the proposed stream flow and protect the wetland system, two forebays will be constructed. The first controls flows into the wetland and the second helps trap sediments and spread flows across the full width of the wetland. The wetland comprises a mix of shallow and deep habitats to support a range of indigenous plants specifically chosen to improve water quality. This achieved by a mix of physical settling of sediments as well as complex biological and chemical processes to reduce urban contaminants including metals and nutrients.

    Other features include a podocarp treeland, native shrub river edge protection, pedestrian and vehicle access and carparks, a forebay service area and a grassed areas for gathering and interpretive signage.

    We will be holding a community planting day Mid September so look out for our Facebook event.

  • RiverLink Starts its Next Chapter

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    19 July, 2019
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    The RiverLink Project Partners, Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council with support from NZ Transport Agency, are excited to announce the appointment of Isthmus, Tonkin+Taylor, GHD and Holmes Consulting to take RiverLink through the consenting process. The team bring to RiverLink a world-class design, planning and engineering team.

    Isthmus take a design-led approach that deepen the connections between land, people and culture. They will look for win-win outcomes that are best-for-river and best-for-city.

    The team believe the key to success of RiverLink lies in close collaboration between the project partners, mana whenua, stakeholders and the local community.

    RiverLink will harness the spirit of Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River to shape the future Lower Hutt.

    RiverLink is a partnership between Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency, that will deliver better flood protection, a revitalised city centre and improved transport links for the people of central Lower Hutt.