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Northland and north Auckland speed reviews project update
22 Ōketopa 2021 | 22 October 2021

Ōpononi township showing 70km/h speed signs, shopfront to the left and shoreline to the right

Ōpononi township


Ngā mihi ki a koutou | Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback on the current speed limits in Northland and north Auckland

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is committed to Vision Zero, a vision for Aotearoa New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.

As a step towards Vision Zero, the Road to Zero strategy sets an initial target of reducing deaths and serious injuries by 40% by 2030.

That’s why we’re reviewing speeds on 11 sections of state highway in Te Tai Tokerau Northland and Tāmaki Makaurau north Auckland.



Ngā whakaaro | Getting your ideas

Our public engagement ran from 3 May to 14 June this year. We received a huge amount of feedback from people which will play a big part in helping us to identify where safer speed limits could make a significant difference in preventing deaths and serious injuries.

We held 10 public pop-up sessions and met with iwi, hapū, haukāinga, local residents, businesses and organisations. We also hosted an interactive website where people could share their views and converse with others. Overall, we received more than 1,000 individual submissions. 

Read the engagement summary report



Te mahi | What happens next

We’ve read all your feedback and are using this valuable local knowledge, along with our technical analysis, to help us determine where speed limit changes are the best thing we can do to improve safety for all road users.

From there, we’ll come back to the community and formally consult on any proposed new speed limits.

In this step of the process, we’ll share the proposed safer speed limits and give people the opportunity to tell us about any other factors we should consider when making our decision.

Find out more about the speed review process

We’ll be back in touch when we’re ready to begin formal consultation.



He aha ai | Why speed?

At least seven people die and around 54 are reported seriously injured every week on New Zealand’s roads.

Each death and serious injury has a devastating and wide-reaching impact on our communities.

This has a social cost to New Zealand of $84 million per week, or nearly $4.7 billion a year.

This includes the cost on individuals, our health system, of disruption on our road network, and the devastation that deaths and serious injuries have on communities - huge numbers for a small country.

Speed plays an undeniable role in the horrifying numbers of people being killed and seriously injured on our roads.  Even when speed doesn’t cause the crash, it’s what will most likely determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed from that crash.



Kotahi wāhanga noa iho | Speed is just one part of the road safety picture

We know speed limits that are safe and right for the road are just one part of a safe road system. A safe system requires a mix of solutions that all combine to keep people safe. We need to look at many parts of the transport system – including strengthening areas like safe speeds, road and street design, vehicles and behaviour and choices.

You can learn more about how we’re working with the NZ Police, Ministry of Transport, local government, WorkSafe and others to deliver our road safety strategy ‘Road to Zero'.

Road to Zero

In addition, we deliver driver training and education programmes such as DRIVE and BikeReady, and we’re improving vehicle safety. Find out more about our education initiatives and driver training on our website.

Education initiatives and driver training

We're also investing in roading improvements and maintenance for Te Tai Tokerau Northland and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Learn about our investment through the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) regional summaries.

2021-24 NLTP regional summaries

The Project Team – Northland/north Auckland speed reviews



Ngā mea pānui | More information


For more information on the Northland and north Auckland speed reviews, visit our website

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