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A total of $14 million will be invested in the Chatham Islands through the NLTP
during 2018–21. Of $3.2 million set aside for improving local roads, almost
$1 million will be spent to replace the single-lane Waikato Bridge that provides
access to Chatham Islands Airport. This is a key lifeline route for the island, used
by ambulances for emergency flights to New Zealand and for high-value seafood
exports for air freight. The ageing timber structure has a weight restriction and
will be replaced by a new twin-box culvert, improving the resilience of the route. A
further $10.5 million will be invested over 2018–21 to operate and maintain existing
roads on the Chatham Islands.