Road maintenance

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Our road network includes 84 km of sealed roads, 101 km of unsealed roads, 37 km of footpaths and 43 bridges. As part of the ongoing SH1 restoration work, the Inland Road is being maintained by NZTA.

Council is working hard to improve the way we maintain our roads. This includes signing a new road maintenance contract through NZTA with Downer in July 2018 and increasing Council's roading budget by $200,000 so that we have the money we need to do the work our ratepayers expect. We will soon be recruiting for a Roading Engineer to help us better manage roading contracts and inspections. 

In 2017/18 there were several large storms that damaged parts of the network. The final cost of repairing road damage from these events was $425,000. This had to be funded from a total roading maintenance budget of $968,000. As a result, a large part of the annual road maintenance programme had to be deferred, leading to poor condition of some roads with no reseals, pavement renewals or drainage renewals being undertaken during the year. Following these storm events and other anomalies Council worked closely with NZTA and managed to secure an additional $131,977 of funding for the 2017/18 year, helping reduce the cost to our ratepayers. 

Since taking over the roading contract from HEB in July, Downer have inspected the majority of the network. The new contract includes a six month transition period to allow Downer and Council to work together to plan the work required to bring the network up to an acceptable standard. This will include agreeing how the roading work will be measured and checked. An update will be available January 2019 after this transition period ends. 

In the meantime, more information can be found through the monthly Council 'Works and Services' Comittee papers.


Council are planning to collaborate with NZTA to become part of their Network Outcomes Contract (NOC). The current road maintenance contract expires in June 2018.

Council's roading contract

Kaikōura District Council's road maintenance contract includes all roading maintenance, footpath maintenance, bridge repairs, periodic maintenance renewals and resealing. It is valued at around $1.5million per year.

Review requirement

In mid 2018, under requirements of the Local Government Act (S17a review), Council completed a detailed assessment of delivery options. The outcome of this assessment indicated that joining NZTA's NOC would provide the greatest value to ratepayers.

The main reasons were:

  • The need for regular inspections by the contractor to identify immediate faults
  • The need for the contractor to inform long term programming that prioritises work within Council's limited budgets (so that we make best use of the funds available)
  • The need for Council's limited in-house resources to focus on long term direction as opposed to day-to-day work programming and problem response
  • The need to fulfill the required level of Health and Safety provision for staff and public
  • The need for locally based management of sub-contractors and work programmes
  • The opportunity for coordinated access to specialist activities aligned with State Highway activities for efficiency (such as road marking, reseals, roughness surveys)
  • The opportunity for efficient access to specialist support services (such as bridge inspection, geotechnical assessment, pavement design)
  • Access to a wider resource pool based locally
  • Effective collaboration and prioritisation of emergency response
  • Efficient procurement and management of Kaikōura District Council contracts

About Network Outcomes Contracts

This type of contract was developed to meet constrained maintenance budgets. This contracting model will ensure efficiency and effectiveness through strategic asset management and focused service delivery. NOC is a single contract model (inclusive of physical works and network management functions) and a combination of outcome and output performance based measures. 

In April 2016 Council staff had originally indicated to NZTA that Council wished to be part of the current State Highway contract competitively tendered later that year. Ultimately, Council was not included in tender documents due to the earthquake, but a schedule for the Council's network was included in the tender process and priced by all tenderers. 

This option was not taken up by Council and the current contract with HEB was extended by one year to 30 June 2018 as a stop gap measure to allow Council to progress earthquake recovery.

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 Last updated: 15 Aug 2018