Ruakura Development Update #7

7 July 2021

Kia ora taatou,

Last week directors of Tainui Group Holdings undertook a Health & Safety review of the Ruakura Superhub. This commenced with a H&S briefing and presentation from our independent H&S auditor and project managers, including a review of recent and proposed H&S initiatives.

This was followed by a site visit focused on mitigations in place at the 10-hectare wetlands, pre-loading in progress on the Logistics West zone and discussion on the safety co-ordination between the numerous contractors and employees working across the 92 hectares of stage 1.
Board members also commented positively on the progress of physical construction on site. 

A fine day, but biting wind for the Board H&S visit last Tuesday, pictured here with TGH staff escorting the visit.

Recent drone photography gives a clear indication of the scale and placement of the various zones within the wider precinct of the Ruakura Superhub. To view the video, see here.

Last week TGH hosted Waitomo Group MD Jimmy Ormsby and Simon Parham – Chief Operating Officer at the site of the 1.6 hectare service centre Waitomo will open at Ruakura by mid-2022.

The site will feature a full-service fuel stop and offer hydrogen refuelling, EV charging stations, commercial truck refuelling lanes, a touch-free carwash, two fast-food restaurants, a café and a convenience store.

Jimmy Ormsby (centre) and Simon Parham are pictured here with Ivan Bartley, development manager at TGH (foreground).

New photos were in last week of the more than 1 million native plants currently being cultivated at iwi-affiliated nurseries such as this one below operated by the Ngaati Haua Mahi Trust. Stages 1 and 2 of the Ruakura Superhub involve the planting of more than two million plants in total.

TGH has hosted a visit by 50 Year-12 economic students from St Peter’s College. As a project they are looking at the economic and social benefits of a development such as Ruakura Superhub, which has received support through the Government’s PGF programme.

Richard Jefferies, TGH GM Commercial (maroon top) and Peter Truck, GH Development (grey top), explain the rationale behind Ruakura to the visitors.

Waka Kotahi has announced this week that the completion date for the final section of the Waikato Expressway has been pushed out six months to mid-2022.
Project Team
Ruakura Superhub

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