Calling all West Coasters: have your say on speed in your neighbourhood


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency wants to know what you think about speed changes proposed in your highway network, part of a draft Interim Speed Highway Management Plan for the whole country.

Consultation is closing next Monday, 12 December at 5 pm on the draft plan.

The plan covers all regions and proposes new speed limits on parts of the state highway network, particularly around schools and some marae. 

Vanessa Browne, National Manager Programme and Standards, for Waka Kotahi, says speeds across Aotearoa New Zealand need to be managed in conjunction with other elements such as infrastructure, safe vehicles and safe drivers. 

“In this way we can protect people, by avoiding serious injury and being killed on our roads. The plan isn’t proposing to stop crashes from happening, this simply will not happen. However, we can focus on reducing the harm that happens when people make mistakes.”

Waka Kotahi is seeking submissions for consideration alongside its analysis and conversations with partners, interested groups and organisations as factors to finalise the Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan.  

Te Tai-o-Poutini/ West Coast key areas

For the West Coast, speed reductions or variable speed limits are proposed near a number of state highway schools – from Granity in the north to Maruia inland and Franz Josef Glacier School in the south.

New speed limits of 40km/h are proposed for Punakaiki, Reefton and Blacks Point townships.

Te Tai-o-Poutini/ West Coast Interim State Highway Speed Management background and maps

People can access information on the Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan and submit feedback by visiting the Waka Kotahi website:  

Consultation closes at 5pm, Monday, 12 December 2022.