Roading & Transportation


The Council considers the provision of an effective road and transport system to be a key component of its goal of providing high quality living and productive environments. Roading and transport provide people with access to employment, services, education, and recreation, as well as providing for the movement of goods to support a growing economy. Except for the State Highways, Tararua District Council is responsible for all public roads, bridges and footpaths in the district.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining and upgrading roads and footpaths
  • Intersection design and improvement
  • Road signs
  • Street lighting
  • Traffic Management
  • Strategic Management and planning of transport routes

There are a number of issues facing the roading network, including:

  • Funding in order to keep roading sustainable
  • Bridge and Structures replacement programme

Tararua District Council is responsible for the management of roads. This is the most costly of Council's major activities (67% of total Council expenditure). Council receives a subsidy of 59% from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). This subsidy covers all maintenance activities for both operational and renewal.

How is the roading network managed and how does it work?

The network is managed by the Tararua Alliance. The Tararua Alliance is a collaborative working agreement between Tararua District Council and Downer NZ Ltd to maintain and develop the road corridor and stormwater network in the Tararua District.

How does it work? The new Alliance model is looking to see how we can take infrastructure management and infrastructure maintenance to a new level.It’s based on developing a single delivery team rather than the traditional model of client, network manager and contractor.

What does that mean? It means we have essentially ‘cut-out-the-middle-man’; instead of work going from Tararua District Council, to Tararua Engineering Services, to the Contractor, the delivery of our district’s roading and stormwater network is now managed using a single delivery team consisting of members from both Tararua District Council and Downer Ltd.

Area Roading Managers

The Area Roading Managers are the front face of Council throughout the district. They are responsible for, and carry out, liason, management, programming, supervision and co-ordination of roading for urban, north and south. This typically includes all infrastructural assets including footpaths, streetlights, kerb and channelling, bridge and culvet maintenance. The Area Roading Managers also administer stock crossings and accessways in each area and provide conditions for consents (for example building consents, dairy conversions etc). They are the eyes and ears of Council within the district and work closely with all Community Boards and Community Committees.

Tararua Alliance Contact Details

Phone (06) 374 5341
Location 9 Oringi Road, Dannevirke
Postal Address PO Box 7, Dannevirke 4942


Future Development within the District

The majority of forestry plantations within the Tararua District are predominately within the northern area. Large scale harvesting of these areas has been indicated to start in 2020 with an estimated 26,000 tonnes to be harvested per year. It is also indicated that the majority of timber will be taken to the Port of Napier for export. This is indicated to have only a minor affect on our Roading Network as plantations border both Tararua District Council and Central Hawkes’ Bay District Council.

Our western areas and southern areas of the Tararua District are areas with concentrated dairy farming. Fonterra have indicated that they may consider trucks with loadings of 45-48 tonne rating. Tararua District Council will be working with Fonterra to identify key areas for road access. Currently existing pavements are sustaining truck movements. Our renewal programme is giving additional pavement strengthening.

Our eastern area of the network - particularly coastal areas - are very dry which does not attract favourably for the dairy industry. Indications could be that additional dairy growth may occur within the central part of the district where access to the State Highway network is more favourable.

Seal Widening/Road Widths
Selective areas requiring seal widening have been identified within the secondary arterial routes, such as sections from Pahiatua to the Pahiatua Track summit and Route 52 areas. Further investigations are required to assess the need for seal widening on other district roads.

Desired Levels of Service
Tararua District Council aims to deliver the desired levels of service through the following goals:

  • Safety: Utilise appropriate best practice to provide a safe road network.
  • Quality: Construct and maintain road links to provide appropriate access.
  • Reliability: Provide a roading network that gives substantially unimpeded travel.
  • Appearance: Provide a road network that is aesthetically pleasing.
  • Affordability: Provide an affordable road network.
  • Legislative: Ensure activities associated with the road network comply with legislation and the Council’s legal liability to provide roads.
  • Community: Recognise roads as part of the community where enquiries are responded to in a timely manner.