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MacKays to Peka Peka

Construction of the four lane, 18km MacKays to Peka Peka (M2PP) road project north of Wellington is nearing completion.

Project Overview

The M2PP project makes up one section of the Wellington Northern Corridor.  The Wellington Northern Corridor consists of a 110km road corridor from Wellington Airport to Levin which is marked as a Road of National Significance (RoNS).  RoNS are essential state highways programmed for upgrading to reduce congestion, improve safety and support economic growth in New Zealand. The M2PP section links up to the Linden to Mackays section (Transmission Gully).

The $630-million project will deliver approximately 18km of four-lane expressway through Paraparaumu and Waikanae, including a new bridge over the Waikanae River. The new route will take approximately four years to build and will improve safety, reduce congestion and provide a more reliable journey times into and through the Kapiti Coast.

Higgins Role

Higgins is an alliance partner in the M2PP project with a key role to provide civil construction input and services related to drainage, pavement construction, surfacing and traffic management. Other alliance partners include the NZTA, Fletcher Construction, Beca, the Kapiti Coast District Council, and local sub consultants and subcontractors such as Goodman Contractors. 

Higgins’ representative on the Alliance team David Rubery says the project is scheduled to take four years to complete. “The combined alliance team at its peak involves 450 people, with 200 people working in the Kapiti alliance office.” Construction works centre around three zones. For more information go to: or the Mackays to Peka Peka Expresslane Community Update

The M2PP project will involve:

18km of four lane expressway
18 bridges and two footbridges
15km of drainage
60 large culverts
Over 2 million m3 of dirt
In excess 70,000 m3 of concrete and 10,000t of steel
2.4 million tonnes of aggregates and imported materials
55km of wire rope barrier

First paving underway on M2PP