Our vision is an Aotearoa where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.
Everyone should get to where they’re going safely and Road to Zero sets us on a path to achieve this.
The SH33/SH30 Te Ngae Junction (Whakatāne turnoff) has been identified as high-risk and can be made safer.
Between 2016–2020, five people lost their lives or were seriously injured at this intersection. Most of the crashes were caused by vehicles turning right, cars travelling too fast and poor visibility.
When investigating options to make this intersection safer, Waka Kotahi worked closely with representatives from Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Ngāti Tuteniu and Uenukukōpako, Rotorua Lakes Council, road user groups, and spoke with local residents and landowners. This engagement helped with the design process and determined what improvements would work best at this location.
To reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured at this intersection, Waka Kotahi is making it safer by delivering proven and effective safety improvements. The improvements will slow vehicles speeds, reduce the severity of head-on and side impact crashes if they do occur and make it safer for vehicles to turn.
For more information take a look at the project frequently asked questions and the project information sheet [PDF, 616 KB].