Wandering stock – both sheep and cattle – continue to create a road hazard for drivers on West Coast and Buller highways. In each of the past two years, there have been more than 70 reports of stock on the region’s state highways.
The Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) Alliance is teaming up with the Kāpiti Coast District Council to sponsor and carry out an upgrade of the Makarini Community Reserve in Paraparaumu. The Makarini Reserve backs onto the new M2PP expressway and the upgrade initiative is in response to a survey of residents by the Makarini Reference Group.
A group of nine Māori from the Kāpiti Coast are entering into exciting career prospects on the Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) Expressway project, thanks to a successful employment partnership between the project’s main landscaping subcontractor Natural Habitats, and local iwi Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai.
With the Queenstown Winter Festival in full swing, the area’s highways will be hectic at times, says NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager Graeme Hall. “The Transport Agency has a new tool in Queenstown and Frankton – web cameras - to help people plan their journeys.”
The NZ Transport Agency is reminding rural property owners, particularly in South Canterbury, to ensure their fences are in the best condition to contain their livestock and prevent them wandering onto the region’s roads and highways.
Recent growth projections and transport trends for the Horowhenua region have prompted the NZ Transport Agency to undertake more investigations into the Ōtaki to north of Levin project and its planned transport improvements, before consulting with the community in early 2017.
Two lanes in peak remain for remainder of Raumati Straights works The NZ Transport Agency is advising that the next stage of the Raumati Straights Upgrade is due to begin early next week. Two lanes will continue to be open during peak hours on State Highway 1 between Mackays Crossing and Raumati for the remainder for the upgrade works.