We are responsible for all public roads on the Chatham Islands, as well as maintaining an adequate water supply for residents and a sewerage system.


As the owner of the roading network, we must meet legal requirements to provide roads to a certain standard. We are also responsible for all roading-related assets, such as footpaths, kerbs, street lighting and signs, and for promoting road safety.

Notification of weight (and/or speed) limits on bridges as at 7 February 2024

Regulation 11, heavy motor vehicle regulations 1974

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to regulation 11 (3) of the Heavy Motor Vehicle Regulations 1974, the Chatham Islands Council has fixed the following maximum weight and/or speed limits for heavy motor vehicles and combinations including a heavy motor vehicle on the bridges described hereunder:

Road Name Bridge Name Maximum Weight on any One Axle Gross Weight (Maximum sum of axle weights) Maximum Speed Limit (km/h)
Flower Pot to Glory Road Thistle Clear Bridge N/A 80% of Class I 10 km/h
Flower Pot to Glory Road  Waipaua Bridge N/A 60% of Class I  10 km/h 
Maipito Road  Maipito Bridge N/A  50% of Class I  N/A 
North Head Road  North Head Bridge  N/A  70% of Class I  10 km/h 
Port Hutt Road Waikawa Culvert N/A 50% of Class I  N/A 

Attention is drawn to the applicable infringement fees set out in Schedule 1A or Part 3 of Schedule 1B of the Land Transport (Offences and Penalties) Regulations 1999, which apply to infringement of these limits.

It should be noted an overweight permit system is in place for the use of the above bridges by Heavy Vehicles under prescribed conditions. Operators should apply to:

Stantec New Zealand
Telephone (03) 343 8718
Attention: Bryan Peters
Email: bryan.peters@stantec.com

Water supply

We are responsible for maintaining an adequate supply of safe drinking water for residents as well as providing water for fire-fighting purposes. We operate a public water supply that services the greater Waitangi area and Kaingaroa, and provides fire-fighting capability in these areas.


We own and operate a village sewerage system in Waitangi, which collects, treats and disposes of waste.

Drainage systems

We control the level of Te Whanga Lagoon by opening the Hikurangi Channel as and when required. We do this to protect productive land around the shores from inundation and to maintain the balance of marine life within the lagoon. We also manage a small amount of urban stormwater reticulation within Waitangi village.

The movement of people and goods within the Chatham Islands needs to be safe and convenient.