Safer speed limits proposed for SH1 Ōtaki to Levin


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is inviting people to be part of the solution to deaths and serious injuries on State Highway 1 between Ōtaki and Levin by sharing their feedback on proposed new speed limits.

The current speed limits are being reviewed as part of an effort to prevent people dying and being seriously injured. Along with proposed new speed limits, Waka Kotahi is implementing safety improvements on this section of road.

“Every person killed on New Zealand’s roads is someone’s family, friend, loved one. The impact of any loss is devastating,” says Director of Regional Relationships Linda Stewart.

“In the five years between 2017 and 2021, fifteen people died in crashes on this section of SH1, and 44 people were seriously injured.

“We want everyone who uses our roads to get to where they’re going safely. People dying or being seriously injured on our roads is preventable. People make mistakes and we need all parts of the transport system to work together to ensure those mistakes don’t cost people their lives.”

Alongside this speed review, Waka Kotahi is implementing a range of safety improvements between Ōtaki and Levin. These include new median barriers and turnaround points south of Manakau, and side barriers and painted wide centrelines south of Ohau.

Safety improvements were substantially completed at Kuku earlier this year – removing passing lanes in both directions, and adding painted wide centrelines, and widened shoulders. The road surface was also improved, and safe-hit posts and rumble strips installed.

“Along with these safety improvements we’re implementing, we’re also proposing new speed limits on four sections of State Highway 1 between Ōtaki and Levin. This is a busy road, and it’s important speed limits reflect the risks of the road.”

Waka Kotahi is asking the community and those that use SH1 between Ōtaki and Levin to have their say on these proposed new speed limits.

Consultation is open from 18 May 2022 through until 15 June 2022.

People can view the proposed new speed limits and provide feedback by visiting the ‘SH1 Ōtaki to Levin speed review’ webpage at