Speed Management Plan for the Tūtūkākā Coast, Hikurangi and Ōakura

Submissions closing on 26 June 2024, 05:00 PM

An image of a speeding car on a road.

We're asking for feedback on our Speed Management Plan, which proposes to lower the speed around several schools, high-priority roads, and rural and urban areas in the Tūtūkākā Coast, Hikurangi, Whananaki and Ōakura.

We want to set speed limits that are safer for local conditions and the surrounding environment.  

We know that regardless of what causes a crash, the higher the speed the greater the chance of injury or death.

Reducing  speed limits makes our roads and communities safer for everyone, whether travelling by car, bicycle or on foot.  

The proposed speed limit changes are for the Tūtūkākā Coast catchment area, which includes Tūtūkākā, Ngunguru, Matapōuri, Hikurangi, Whananaki and Ōakura.  

Why are we doing this?

We have received multiple requests from the community to investigate speed limit changes in the areas. 101 crashes have been reported in the past five years. 

What new speed limits are we proposing?

The speed limit changes we are proposing are based on local road risk profiles and community feedback.

In our urban areas and coastal villages of Ngunguru, Tūtūkākā, Hikurangi, Matapōuri, and Ōakura, speed limits are proposed to be changed to 30km/h and 40km/h to make a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

We are proposing to lower the speeds on all rural roads in the Tūtūkākā Coast area to better reflect the road conditions and surrounding environment. On many roads, drivers are already travelling at these lower speeds.

Some roads are proposed to be 60km/h, while others are 80km/h. Individual speed limits are based on the risk profiles of each road.

We are also focusing on speeds around six schools in the area. These roads have been assessed as a high priority because children are particularly vulnerable road users.

Currently, lower speed limits are focused around small areas directly outside the school gate. We are looking to extend the area of these speed limits to focus on children's journey to and from school taking an area-wide approach, using a mix of 30km/h and 60km/h speed limits to keep children safe when travelling to and from school.

Our plan 

The Statement of Proposal sets out what we are proposing and the reasons for it. It includes maps and a list of roads and changes. We recommend you read the statement in full to understand the context for this proposal.

Statement of Proposal(PDF, 3MB)

Tell us what you think

Your feedback on the proposed new speed limits is important to us and there are several ways you can let us know what you think.  

Feedback closes at 5:00pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

Online

Drop a pin

You can use our interactive map to drop a pin on a location and leave a comment.

Tūtūkākā Coastal Catchment Area map (nta.mysocialpinpoint.com)

Survey

Complete a quick online survey. 

Tūtūkākā Coast speed consultation survey (nta.mysocialpinpoint.com)

Comments on the map and surveys will be monitored.  Only relevant comments will be published on the map for others to view.  All personal information will be withheld.  

In-person

Drop-in information sessions

You can give us your feedback at one of our drop-in information sessions:

Wednesday 12 June 2024

  • Time:  5.30pm to 7:00pm
  • Location:  Hikurangi School, 4 Swan Avenue, Hikurangi

Wednesday 19 June 2024

  • Time:  5.30pm to 7:00pm
  • Location:  Ngunguru School, Te Maika Road, Ngunguru

Bring your survey into us

Step 1:  Download the survey form, print and fill in by hand.

Tūtūkākā Coast speed consultation survey form(PDF, 272KB)

Step 2:  Bring your survey form into one of our Customer Service Centres:

Te Iwitahi
9 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Hours:  Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Hours:  Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

Service centre at isite
92 Otaika Road, Raumanga
Hours: Monday to Friday - 9:00am to 12:00pm and 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

By email

Step 1: Download the survey form, print and complete it by hand.

Tūtūkākā Coast speed consultation survey form(PDF, 272KB)

Step 2:  Attach the survey form to an email and send to:

haveyoursay@nta.govt.nz

Alternatively, you can put your comments in the text of the email or attach a separate document to the email.  

By post

Step 1: Download the survey form, print and complete it by hand.

Tūtūkākā Coast speed consultation survey form(PDF, 272KB)

Step 2:  Post your completed survey form to the attention of 'Speed Limit Reviews':

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Te Mai
Whangārei 0143