The Tairawhiti Roads office in Gisborne was officially opened last month, marking a major milestone for the joint venture between the Transport Agency and the Gisborne District Council.
Gisborne Mayor, Meng Foon did the honours and cut the official ribbon at the Tarawhiti Roads office opening in March. Also pictured, from the Transport Agency, are Regional Director Central, Raewyn Bleakley (right) and Acting Highway Manager Wellington, Neil Walker (second from left) along with General Manager Tairawhiti Roads, Dave Hadfield (left).
This new venture is the first of its kind in New Zealand. In most regions, local roads and highways are managed independently with close collaboration between the Transport Agency and council. Tairawhiti Roads operates as a single entity with responsibility for managing both highways and local roads throughout the Gisborne region.
Tarawhiti Roads General Manager Dave Hadfield leads a team of eight Gisborne District Council and three Transport Agency staff. He says last month’s opening celebrated the culmination of more than two years hard work.
“People’s journeys usually cover both state highways and local roads, so it makes sense for Gisborne’s roading partners to manage them together,” he says.
“This partnership will help to make journeys safer, more comfortable and more reliable over time.”
Transport Agency Highway Manager Napier Chuck Dowdell says Gisborne is one of the more remote and challenging roading networks in New Zealand.
“This collaborative approach means we can get the best out of our resources, our people and our roading networks,” he says.
“We’ll be able to get better value for money, respond to incidents more quickly, and maintain a focus on ensuring a better experience for the people who rely on our roading lifelines.”
You can read more about the Tairawhiti Roads venture in December’s edition of Keeping Connected(external link).