Working together to bring oranga/wellness to life
Eastside hapū Ngāti Te Roro o Te Rangi, Ngāti Hurungaterangi and Ngāti Uenukukōpako have played an integral role in shaping the way how the State Highway 30 ugrade supports the aspirations of the Eastside community.
Paraone Pirika, Kaumatua of Te Roro o te Rangi and Uenukukōpako, has been one of the hapū representatives seeing the transformation come to life from the very beginning, to the improvements between Sala Street and Iles Road being almost complete, and the SH30 Eastern Corridor Stage Two major works about to get underway.
“The vision for Eastside revolves around oranga (wellness and all that contributes to wellness of the land and the people) and the upgrade of SH30/Te Ngae Road is a perfect example of oranga at work,” says Paraone.
“The design of the road upgrade with rain gardens will prevent additional stormwater washing into our tūpuna, Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, and the resulting pollution associated with stormwater in heavy rain events. This is a win for the land and lake, and for the whānau with one less thing to worry about.”
“I have also heard many folk talking about how the traffic lights at the Tarawera Road intersection have made it easier for people to move around, compared to what it was before with the roundabout. And the wide shared paths have vastly improved connectivity for people walking and cycling; addressing safety for whānau and the community."
“Once the next stages of the SH30 upgrades are complete, including safe crossing points, improved footpath and shared paths, it’ll make Rotorua's Eastside a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone, and travelling along this corridor will be further improved.”
Most works of the SH30 Eastern Corridor – Stage One improvements are expected to be complete before Christmas, this includes removal of all traffic management. Only minor works are expected to take place in the new year.