Last month, KiwiRail announced its design concept, known as the Master Plan, for the regional freight hub to be based near Palmerston North.
The timing was apt, as the announcement came almost a year to the day, after central government’s $40 million Provincial Growth Fund to undertake the hub design, was made in November 2018.
The Ruapehu district is going through something of a transformation at the moment, with unprecedented growth. Visitor numbers are booming, new businesses are popping up and house prices are rising.
Having just celebrated thirty years as a district in November, Tararua is experiencing unprecedented growth for the first time. This strong growth is expected to continue as the development of Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, replacing the Manawatū Gorge, progresses.