North Street in Autumn


The aim of the Roading network is to provide safe and convenient transportation in the district. Council has statutory obligations under the Land Transport Management Act 2003 to maintain a roading network within the district. An effective roading network is also essential to ensuring the economic and social wellbeing of the community through the provision of access and mobility for people, goods and services.

The Manawatu District spans 2,624 square kilometres from Rangiwahia in the North and Himatangi in the South. The roading network comprises of 1369 kilometres of roads and 380 bridges to enable transportation and access throughout the district.

A total of 980 kilometres (71.8%) of the roading network is sealed.

Other Services

The Manawatu Roading network includes footpaths and streetlights. Responsibility is also taken for road-side mowing, weed control, roadmarking and Traffic Signs. State highways through the district are operated and maintained by New Zealand Transport Agency.

Traffic management

Traffic movement is provided through intersection controls, signs and markings. Most moderately trafficked sealed roads wider than 5m have markings to guide traffic and these are repainted regularly to maintain clarity. Signage is provided where appropriate, e.g. generally more on higher trafficked roads and intersections.

Corridor Access Requests

Submissions for permission to access Council’s road corridor can be submitted online via the Submitica portal.


Stormwater control is provided to minimise the effects of stormwater runoff and 90% of their waterway area clear of debris.


All areas are maintained clear of debris, litter and other unsightly material. Litter control is carried out daily in central business districts (CBD) to monthly on rural roads. Litter bins are placed in high pedestrian areas, such as shopping centres, and are emptied at least twice weekly.


The vegetation is trimmed to enure that the road corridor is free of obstructions, has good visibility and is free of seedlings and plant pests.


Click here to find out more about any major projects that are currently underway.

The Level of Service we are planning for

You can expect to get where you need to go safely using our road network:   90% customer satisfaction that our roading network was safe to use.

You can expect the road to be in good condition:   90% customer satisfaction that the quality of your ride is as you'd expect.

You can expect the roading network to be well maintained:   5% of the local road network is resurfaced each year.

You can expect well maintained footpaths:   95% of the district's footpaths are within acceptable defect levels, for example, cracking, breaks, high lips, trip hazards etc.

You can expect to easily get to where you want to go:   90% customer satisfaction that the network was acessible, easy to navigate and there was adequate signage.

You can expect a timely response to your request for service:   90% of the different types of requests for service are responded and contacted within the timeframes set.

Links to Council Plans and Information

Long Term Plan (LTP) 2012/2022

Annual Report

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