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SH35 speed review drop-in sessions

Next week we'll be hosting four drop-in sessions in Tairāwhiti where we’d like to hear from you about two separate projects on SH35.

Te Araroa to Te Puia Springs open road

We're wanting to have a kōrero with the local community about speed limits on this stretch of open road. We're not making any speed limit proposals at this stage but we do want to hear from you to get a better understanding of how you use the road, and whether you have any concerns about the current speed limits on this part of the road.

At the drop-in sessions, we’ll have a map of the road for you to leave post-it notes on, with any feedback you have. We'll collect this feedback to help us with our technical assessment and decision-making before we return for formal consultation at a later date.

If you can't make a session, you can also visit our webpage and comment on the interactive map instead.

Formal consultation - Te Puia Springs township & Te Puia Springs to Tokomaru Bay open road

We'll also be consulting at these same drop-in sessions about proposed new speed limits for different parts of SH35 – Te Puia Springs township, and the open road section between Te Puia Springs and Tokomaru Bay.

Changing a speed limit is a legal process with a number of stages, and this stage involves us sharing our proposed new speed limits with you. We’re also inviting you to provide us with any additional information that might impact the final decision on these proposed speed limits. We’ll have a consultation form that you can fill in with this additional information.

If you can't make a session, you can fill out the consultation form online here.


SH35 drop-in sessions

Te Araroa
Monday 28 September / 5–7pm
Te Araroa Fire Station
51 Pohuru Road

Tuesday 29 September / 5–7pm
Ruatoria Fire Station
Waiomatatini Road

Te Puia Springs
Wednesday 30 September / 5-7pm
Ngāti Porou Hauora
4 McKenzie Street

Tokomaru Bay
Thursday 1 October / 5-7pm
The Haven - Senior Citizens Association
Tokomaru Street




Call '0800 4 HIGHWAYS' (0800 44 44 49) number to report any issues, faults or concerns that you have, or request the latest highway information — 24 hours a day. Alternatively, you can email

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