Constructive Roading Meeting for Northern Manawatū District

(Posted on: June 22)

Network safety and resilience, specifically drainage, is a priority maintenance focus for the Manawatu District Council’s roading team over the next three years.

On Wednesday 20 June, Mayor Helen Worboys, Councillors and senior staff attended a public meeting in Apiti to hear from the northern part of the District on its roading networks.

The feedback was constructive and gave Council staff the opportunity to listen to the main concerns and priorities for residents.

General Manager – Infrastructure Hamish Waugh said it was really important to engage with local residents who use the roading network on a daily basis to really understand the local issues.

“This local knowledge is invaluable to our roading engineers to effectively maintain the local network in a fit-for-purpose style”.

“Council acknowledges that traffic volumes are increasing and transport is getting bigger and heavier. This places additional strain on the network and maintenance budgets.”

Topics covered included how funding from the New Zealand Transport Agency is determined, levels of service, value for money, maintenance budgets, cost effectiveness, future demand and emergency management priorities.

Mayor Helen Worboys believed that a better understanding of the area and a way forward was reached at the meeting.

“The roading budget over the next three years is planned to focus on maintenance, repairs and drainage, accepting that a major effort is required. Of course this work is impacted by the number of natural storm events which have to take priority,” she said.  

 “Roading makes a significant contributions to the social and economic wellbeing of the region and connects us to regionally significant places, industries and ports. They are also major connectors between regions, so it’s important we get it right.”