Thursday, 16 March 2017
Safety is at the forefront of a proposal by Western Bay of
Plenty District Council to introduce slower speed limits through the small
township of Waitangi on the outskirts of Te Puke.
Council is proposing to reduce the speed limit on the
section of Te Puke Highway through Waitangi from 70km/h to 50km/h and introduce
electronic 40km/h speed signs that activate during school drop off and pick up
The proposal opens for consultation with the public today.
Council’s Transport Manager, Alex Finn, says the suggested
changes aim to provide a safer environment for pedestrians and students at Waitangi
(Te Matai) School, also known as Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Matai.
“Waitangi township is becoming more urban and the traffic
through the main road continues to increase. The local school is also on the
main road, and with these things in mind reducing the speed limit is a logical
step for improving community safety,” says Alex.
The electronic signs would operate 35 minutes before the
start of school and 20 minutes at the end of school – and display a 40km/h
The school is also able to manually operate the sign for a
10 minute period for occasions where children are near the road outside the
The proposed changes coincide with a range of safety-focused
work being completed in Waitiangi as part of the wider Te Puke Highway upgrade
project funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Works include restoring and resealing the road; new
footpaths at the marae and from the school to the urupa; improved road markings
and new signage.
Alex says staff have held discussions with the school, local
Iwi, police, NZTA and other key agencies regarding the proposal. Affected
residents will receive a letter in the mail.
If supported the changes are expected to be installed at the
end of April.
Anyone is invited to have their say on the proposal and can
do so at any of Council’s libraries/service centres or online at haveyoursay.westernbay.govt.nz
Consultation is open from Thursday, 16 March to 4pm, Friday,