Pahiatua Town Centre Upgrade

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Project Overview

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Project Overview

Pahiatua Town Centre Upgrade aims to create a safer, more accessible, attractive and vibrant street environment while future-proofing Pahiatua’s Main Street for growth, development and investment.

In order to maintain attractiveness and encourage commerce, Council has been strategically reinvesting in the central business districts (the “town centres”) of the Tararua District since 2006. Town centre upgrades for Dannevirke, Woodville and Eketahuna have been completed.


Why are we doing this? 

  • To enhance the representation of the uniqueness, character and history of Pahiatua.
  • To create a new town centre/heart and public space that encourages social cohesion and enables opportunities.
  • To improve Main Street’s appeal to both locals and drive through traffic (encouraging traffic to stop).
  • To engage, involve and excite our community as we work together to revitalise Pahiatua's town centre.


What are we doing?

  • Underground works (Phase 1)
    September 2019 to September 2020

    The underground works include replacing the sewer and water mains on both sides of Main Street, between Duke & Cambridge Streets. There will also be stormwater upgrades to both sides of Main Street.
  • Aboveground works (Phase 2)
    July 2020 to July 2021
    The aboveground works will transform the Pahiatua town centre into a vibrant and thriving central area that brings a sense of pride to the community and is safe and welcoming for all.

  • Future works (Phase 3)
    July 2021 onwards

    The Pahiatua community showed a great deal of enthusiasm during the public consultation, and there were a number of features that the community wanted to see included in the upgrade. While not all of the features were able to be included in phases 1 and 2 of the project, they have not fallen off the radar and the Project Team are working with Pahiatua On Track and other community organisations to explore whether there are other avenues to achieve the desired outcomes for the community.


Progress and Updates

Current progress

Click on the image below to view the project progress map for the Pahiatua Town Centre Upgrade.

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Email updates are provided via email to those who would like more frequent updates. To sign up, email with your contact details.


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I’m worried about disruption to my business – who can I talk to about it?

With an upgrade of this size there will undoubtedly be disruptions on Main Street as construction works are carried out. The Project Team are working on ways to minimise disruption as much as possible during the upgrade. If you are worried about disruption to your business and would like to speak with someone directly, you can speak with a member Project Team by calling 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110.

I want more frequent updates...

You can sign up to receive more frequent updates by emailing with your contact details.



If you have a concern, complaint or compliment regarding this project, you can speak with a member of the Project Team by calling 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110. You can also email with your contact details and request for a member of the Project Team to get in touch with you.