Speed reductions planned in Otago: feedback needed by next Monday


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.  

Ōtākou/Otago key areas

For Otago, speed reductions or variable speed limits are proposed for many schools sited on SH1, 6, 8, 83, 85, 87 and 90. These range from Makarora in the north-west to Clinton in the south-east.

The Hillgrove Road/SH1, Moeraki intersection in North Otago is proposed as an intersection speed zone where a sign will display the reduced speed limit of 60km/h when traffic is turning right off SH1 and approaching from the side road.

Ōtākou/ Otago  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.