Road & Footpaths

All of Tararua’s roads have been classified in accordance with the One Network Road Classification (ONRC) road classification framework. These are shown here.

In 2014 the ONRC was introduced in New Zealand, to standardise data and create a classification system which identifies the level of service, function and use of road networks, including state highways.

The ONRC initiative supports a major shift in the road management framework, at national and regional levels, and has been developed by subject experts from the Road Efficiency Group (REG) – a collaboration between Local Government New Zealand and the New Zealand Transport Agency. It provides an opportunity to work smarter, moving beyond embedded maintenance schedules, which have in some cases led to major local variances in the quality of roads with similar user profiles.

These variances pose problems for transport companies and others seeking to get goods to market, when they must cover roads of widely and unpredictably varying condition. There are also equity issues where a producer in, say, Tararua faces greater difficulty getting the same goods to market compared to a producer in Tauranga or Southland.

The ONRC provides national standards for road activity management, in a step towards ensuring equity and consistency. The classification framework divides all roads into six categories based on how busy they are, whether they connect to important destinations, or are the only route available. It then drives levels of services commensurate with the classification of road, so key roads such as Weber Road and Pahiatua Pongaroa Road should be maintained to a higher standard than very low volume roads.

Roads are regularly inspected and Council, through the Tararua Alliance, maintain a database of all known faults on the network, which are categorised and assigned a severity level. Alongside the set budgets, fault data is analysed and prioritised to inform development of maintenance and renewal programmes.