We’re upgrading the streets and water network around Te Kaha, Canterbury’s Multi-Use Arena.

Get the latest on the Te Kaha Surrounding Streets project

Christchurch’s South-East Central neighbourhood will soon hold the most modern, state-of-the-art, multi-use arena in the southern hemisphere. We need to upgrade the surrounding streets so that they’re prepared for the increased activity this area will experience when Te Kaha opens in April 2026. 

The Te Kaha Surrounding Streets package of works covers a range of upgrades to the transport and water infrastructure in the streets around Te Kaha. The project includes widening footpaths, slower speed limits, landscaping, pedestrian crossings, changing the travel direction of some streets, and upgrades to the water infrastructure.  

The project will cost around $34 million, with $11.4 million of this earmarked for the necessary water supply, wastewater and stormwater pipes that are at the end of their life.

This entire package of work was approved as part of the Council’s Long Term and Annual Plans and is separate from the $683 million budget approved for the construction of Te Kaha.

We're taking a staged approach to the works, with critical upgrades to the water supply and wastewater infrastructure. 

Stage one - Water network upgrades

Timeline: July 2024 to early 2025.

We're upgrading the water supply and wastewater infrastructure around Te Kaha. Works are taking place on:

  • Lichfield Street – Manchester to Madras Streets
  • Madras Street – Hereford to St Asaph Streets
  • Barbadoes Street – Gloucester Street to Ferry Road, including intersections
  • Tuam Street – Madras to Barbadoes streets
  • Cashel Street – Manchester to Madras Streets
  • Ash Street – off Madras Street

Parts of the pipe network in the area are due for replacement and other elements are being upgraded to support Te Kaha.

Contractors, Isaac Construction, have been engaged to upgrade the pipes and water infrastructure around the arena. Sign up for text alerts from Isaac Construction(external link).

From Monday 15 July, Isaac's team will be on-site scoping the works ahead. Construction begins in early August 2024. 

Temporary traffic management measures will be in place throughout the works. To learn more about the project and its impacts, view the work notice(external link).

Thanks for your patience while this project is delivered. The work will help future proof the water infrastructure in the area.

Meet the contractor sessions - 22 and 24 July 2024

Meet the team

You're invited to come along and meet the team delivering the Te Kaha Surrounding Streets package of work.

To accommodate as many people as possible, we have two options for attending, in-person and online. A recording of the online session will also be made available after the meeting. 

If you cannot attend either session but would like to speak with the team, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0800 472 222 or tekaha.streets@isaac.co.nz.

Session one: in person

When: Monday 22 July, 5.30pm to 7pm.
Where: The Transitional Cathedral, 234 Hereford Street.
What: Meet the contractors and Council project team, hear about the work ahead, and get your questions answered. 

Session two: online

When: Wednesday 24 July, midday to 1pm.
How: Register for the meeting(external link).
What: Meet the contractors and Council project team, hear about the project, and get your questions answered. 

Consultation

Consultation on the Te Kaha Surrounding Streets package of works(external link) was held from 10 October 2022 to 30 November 2022.

We received feedback from 1,214 individuals, businesses and organisations during the consultation period. Hearings took place in April 2023.

The Council's Finance and Performance Committee approved the plan(external link)(external link) on 28 June 2023. 

The approved plan included a revised, hybrid option for Lichfield Street(external link) between Manchester and Madras Streets. The refined option will see it retain its current dual-direction state, but with a 10km speed limit to ensure it remains safe for pedestrians.

The upgrade to Lichfield Street West will cost $4.5 million; this is $1.2 million more than the original option, which would have transformed the street into a one-way, pedestrian-safe road.

Previous project updates

11 July 2024

Work on essential water upgrades around Te Kaha, Canterbury’s Multi-Use Arena, get underway this month. 

Our contractors, Isaac Construction, have been engaged to upgrade the pipes and water infrastructure around the stadium. The team will be on site from next week until early 2025 completing the water works.

From Monday 15 July Isaac's team will be on site scoping the works ahead. Construction begins in early August. 

Temporary traffic management measures will be in place throughout the works. To learn more about the project and its impacts, view the work notice(external link).

24 June 2024

Work on essential water upgrades around Te Kaha, Canterbury’s Multi-Use Arena, will get underway in late July.  

Contractors Isaac Construction have been appointed to carry out the works which include upgrading the water supply and wastewater infrastructure around the arena on Lichfield, Madras and Barbadoes streets.

Sections of the pipe network in the area are due for replacement and other elements are being upgraded to support Te Kaha.

The water network upgrades will cost around $11.4 million and forms part of the overarching $34 million Te Kaha Surrounding Streets project. 

The water upgrade work is expected to wrap up in early 2025. Some lane closures and night works will be required to deliver the work.

A works notice with further details will be delivered to nearby businesses and residents ahead of work beginning.

Read more on Newsline(external link).