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KiwiRail regional freight hub

KiwiRail is proposing to develop a new intermodal rail and freight hub near Bunnythorpe, and has lodged a Notice of Requirement to designate land for its construction and operation.

More information about this project is available on the KiwiRail website.

How you can get involved

We have received a Notice of Requirement for a designation from KiwiRail Holdings Ltd. 

You now have the opportunity to share views on the KiwiRail regional freight hub by making a submission. If you have any questions please email Senior Council Planner Craig Auckram. His email is, or phone him at 06 356 8199.

Make your submission today

Submissions are now open until 4pm on 26 March 2021.

What is Council’s role?

Council is responsible for processing the Notice of Requirement to designate the land for the freight hub.

This process operates under the Resource Management Act and is similar to a resource consent process. The Council will be required to hold a public hearing on the Notice of Requirement, at which experienced independent hearing commissioners will hear from KiwiRail, submitters, and expert reporting officers engaged by Council.

If you have any questions, about the project, please email the KiwiRail project team at

If you have any questions about the process to designate the land, please contact Craig Auckram, PNCC Senior Planner at 

Notice of Requirement and supporting information

KiwiRail has asked for the Notice of Requirement to be publicly notified. This will happen after it has responded to Council's request for further information.

Notification is likely to happen in February/March 2021. In the meantime, you can access the notice and supporting information below, or view hard copies at the following locations: Ashhurst Library, Bunnythorpe School, Feilding Library, Palmerston North Central Library, and the Palmerston North City Council customer service centre.

Volume one: Notice of requirement form and accompanying plans

Volume two: Assessment of environmental effects and appendices

Appendix F: Multi-criteria analysis report and supporting documents

Volume three: Technical assessment reports and appendices

KiwiRail response to PNCC request for further information

Council officers reviewed the Notice of Requirement and identified a number of areas where more information is needed to understand the effects of the proposal. We issued a further information request to KiwiRail on 14 December 2020, which you can read here:

KiwiRail provided a response on 15 February this year.

These documents weren't submitted with the s92 response, but are referred to: