Land row halts roadworks on Northland highway

Vital safety works on a dangerous Northland highway are being held up by a land-purchase dispute.

Whangarei district councillor Phil Halse and Transit New Zealand are at odds over the sale price of almost 7000sq m of Mr Halse's land to build two passing lanes on State Highway 1, south of Whangarei.

Seven passing lanes are scheduled for the highway, which has one of the country's worst crash rates.

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