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Formal consultation starts next week on speed limits review

Changes to Speed Limits Have your say on the proposed changes

A six-week long formal consultation process will start on Monday August 3 with Hastings district residents, asking them to have their say on a number of speed limit amendments.  

Aimed at improving safety through reducing the likelihood and severity of crashes, Hastings District Council is reviewing the speed limits, either in their entirety or on sections of 70 roads in our district.

The review is being undertaken after Council received numerous requests from the public to consider further amendments across other routes during previous reviews in 2018 and 2019. As well as these public requests, Council is also reviewing roads identified by the New Zealand Transport Agency where speed reductions could make a big difference in preventing deaths and serious injuries. The review also seeks to align Hastings with neighbouring councils’ speed limit change proposals, and account for road and land usage changes due to development.

Broadly speaking, the roads can be clustered into the followed locations:

Location Area


South of Havelock North

Gilpin Road, Iona Road, Middle Road, Te Aute Road


Apatu Road, Bennett Road, Elwood Road, Kauru Road, Panapa Road, Paraire Road, Waipatu Settlement Road and Watson Road


Chatham Road, Henderson Road, Kirkwood Road, Omahu Road and Wilson Road

Hastings South

Algernon Road, Davis Road, France Road, Heathcote Road, Norton Road, Park Road, Railway Road South, Riverslea Road South, Southland Road, Tollemache Road West and Wellwood Road


Carrick Road, Curtis Road, Evans Road, Evenden Road, Hill Road, Jarvis Road, McNab Road, Nicholl Road, Ormond Road, Raupare Road, Thompson  Road, Trotter Road and Twyford Road.


Dartmoor Road, Puketapu Road and Vicarage Road

Cape Coast and Tukituki

Charlton Road, Clifton Road, Craggy Range Road, East Road, Haumoana Road, Lawn Road, Mill Road, Millar Road, Moore Road, Palomino Road, Parkhill Road, Raymond Road, Tennant Road, Tuki Tuki Road and Tuki Tuki Hills Road

Individual Roads

Brookfields Road, Omarunui Road, Pakowhai Road, Springfield Road, Waiohiki Road, Havelock North CBD, Pakowhai Road/Elwood Road Intersection and Mill Road/Richmond Road Intersection


The new proposed speeds are considered to be safe and appropriate for the roads or sections of roads identified but the views of the community will be sought as is required under the bylaw-making provisions of the Local Government Act 2002 and the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017.

Public drop-in sessions will be held at a variety of locations so residents and interested parties in the local areas can come along, ask any questions of the speed limits team and complete a submission form then and there. In the first two weeks of the consultation, public drop-in sessions will be held at the following locations:

  • Tuesday August 4, Havelock North Function Centre, 5pm-7pm (covering the south of Havelock North and Havelock North CBD road reviews)
  • Wednesday August 5, Te Awanga Community Hall, 5pm-7pm (covering the Cape Coast and Tukituki road reviews)
  • Thursday August 6, Ellwood Function Centre, 5pm-7pm (covering the Waipatu and Pakowhai road reviews)
  • Wednesday August 12, Hastings District Council Chambers Foyer, 5pm-7pm (covering the Hastings south road reviews)


Council will also be holding a public drop-in session for the Twyford and Flaxmere/Omahu areas in the coming weeks – details will be on the Hastings District Council Facebook page and My Voice My Choice website when confirmed.

In addition to general consultation with the community, and specific consultation with affected parties, the council will also consult with other organisations and adjacent territorial authorities. 

Council is calling for input from the public on the proposal, with the consultation running from August 3 until midday September 14, 2020.

You can view the Draft Statement of Proposal and make your submission from Monday August 3 either online at or in person at the following locations:

  • Hastings District Council, Lyndon Road East, Hastings
  • Hastings War Memorial Library, Warren Street, Hastings
  • Flaxmere Library, Swansea Road, Flaxmere
  • Havelock North Library, Te Mata Road, Havelock North.


For enquiries relating to this consultation, please call (06) 871 5000.

31 July 2020

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