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A new journey for our local roads

1 Aug 2019

A new journey for our local roads

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A new model has been set for our local road network by Council as Tairāwhiti Roads, the joint venture with NZTA, comes to an end.

From today, Council will be responsible for our local transport network and the NZ Transport Agency will manage state highways.

Council announced the decision to disband the venture in April this year, aiming to take back accountability for local roads and improve responsiveness to community concerns. 

Mayor Meng Foon is looking forward to the impact the changes will have on our network.

“I believe that with this new model, our roading team will deliver safer and better quality roads for all of our communities.”

Director of Lifelines David Wilson is clear about the task ahead. 

“We have rebranded our local road teams ‘Gisborne District Council – Journeys’.   This reinforces the responsibility of local roads returning to Council and also signifies the journey that we are on to re-establish levels of service for our local roads that our rohe (region) can be proud of.  

We are committed to making sure that our actions speak louder than words and that we deliver,” said Mr Wilson. 

“We want to take ownership of issues and work with the public to follow through on what we say we will do, with greater transparency and clearer communications on Council decisions and plans related to transport.

“Our relationship with the Transport Agency remains as strong as ever. Both organisations are committed to working together to provide the best possible transport network.

“Investment from the Provincial Growth Fund and increased NZ Transport Agency funding is helping to set a new standard of resilience for our roads for the future. It is essential that we work together to provide our community the service it deserves.”

Photo credit: Gisborne Herald